Asian studies in Lithuania

The Website Azijos studijos Lietuvoje (Asian studies in Lithuania) is an electronic data base where data regarding the history and present situation of Asian studies in Lithuania is collected. Here you can find the information about the personalities (scholars, travelers, educators, translators), working in the field or Asian studies, the books and dissertations on Asian countries, the academic and cultural events, the resources (library funds, art collections, textbooks, etc.) needed for studies, etc. This website deals with the mission to promote Asian studies in Lithuania. Its main aims are to fasten the access of Lithuanian society to the information on Asian studies; to enhance the mutual cooperation and sharing the information among the scholars; to increase the understanding about the situation of Asian studies in Lithuania abroad.

Since the 1970’s, Asian Studies in Lithuania started to recover. Moreover, in the beginning of the 21st century it has been continually gaining more specific and stable institutional forms. An essential condition for the development of Asian Studies in Lithuania is the implementation of an effective network of specialists, thereby allowing information on the history and contemporary issues of Asian Studies to be compiled, categorized, and shared. After the independence of Lithuania, due to decrease of the Orientalist association activities, the ability to create such a network was very hard.

However, with the aid of modern technology we are finally able to create this network. There as, from March 2012 this website Azijos studijos Lietuvoje was launched.  This website is not only expected to virtualy gather Lithuanian scientists both in Lithuania and abroad, but also to better present the situation of Asian studies in Lithuania to the rest of the world.

The website was initiated by the Centre for Asian Studies of Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas), and its initial creation was funded by Japan Foundation. However, presently this website does not represent any institutional interests and aims at creating the favourable space for consolidating academic network among Lithuanian scholars and students. Its administration, creation and development are based on volunteer activities. It is expected, that the Asian studies specialists and everybody interested in Asian studies in Lithuania will contribute for this website. About the possibilites to contribute, please, refer here.

「リトアニアにおけるアジア研究」ホームページについて

リトアニアのアジア研究は1970年から次第に再度発展し、21世紀のはじめに、本格的に、具体的、安定的な制度の形となった。リトアニアでのアジア研究発展に必要な条件として挙げられるのは、優秀な専門家のネットワークづくりである。このネットワークを構築することで、アジア研究の歴史や、現代の問題に関する情報を収集、組織化し、専門家の間でその情報共有ができるようになるだろう。しかし、リトアニアの独立後、アジア研究家学会の活動があまり行われなくなり、このような知識人を統括できるネットワークを作る制度がなくなった。

しかし、このたび、現代技術を用い、このネットワーク構築が可能になった。2012年4月からこの「Azijos studijos Lietuvoje」(リトアニアにおけるアジア研究)というウェブサイトが開設される。このウェブサイトでは、海外にいるリトアニアの科学者を収集だけでなく、世界に向けてリトアニアにおけるアジア研究の現状を紹介することが期待される。

Contact us

The e-mail of this website is asianstudies@asc.vdu.lt. You can contact us.

 

 

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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