Asian studies in Lithuania

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Assessing Iranian Foreign Policy Through the Perspective of Khumayni’s Concept of Justice

Author: Ieva Koreivaitė-Sadauskienė
Institute: Vilnius university
Year of assertion: 2016

The research objective of the dissertation is to complete the analysis on the first Iran’s Supreme Leader’s ayatollah Khumayni’s concept of justice and, consequently, to create an analytical perspective, which would serve for the further Iranian foreign policy analysis. Research revealed that the complex logics of Khumayni’s political thought and his concept of justice can be traced as an integral or unsolid narrative in today’s Iranian foreign policy. Respectively, every case of Iranian politics can be explained through the discourse of Khumayni’s justice. The analysis of Khumayni’s concept of justice is performed combining methodological guidelines of adherents of the Cambridge School of Political Thought J. G. A. Pocock and Q. Skinner. More

Dalit Student Movement in India: from Identity Politics to Counter Culture Movement

Author: Kristina Garalytė
Institute: Vytautas Magnus University
Year of assertion: (Lietuvių) 2016

This dissertation investigates the burgeoning yet largely underexplored phenomenon of the Dalit, so-called ex-untouchable, student movement in India and its ideological and participatory complexity. The study is based on two stages of anthropological ethnographic fieldwork at the New Delhi and Hyderabad universities that witnessed intensified Dalit student mobilization in recent years. Following the ideas of the “framing” theory (Snow et al., 1986; Snow & Benford, 1988; Snow & Benford, 1992; Benford & Snow, 2000) the author have been tracing the ways the Dalit student mobilization is underwritten by “framing” and “frame alignment” processes – how the movement ideologically frames the worldview of its participants; on what resource base the Dalit student movement builds its ideological worldview and repertoire of contention; More

The Clash Between China’s and Russia’s Interests of Regional Hegemony in the 21 st Century

Author: Konstantinas Andrijauskas
Institute: Vilnius university
Year of assertion: 2014

The research objective of this dissertation is to assess the impact that a regional level of foreign policy has on Sino-Russian relations in the 21st century, by successively determining: (1) whether the relations are characterized by power asymmetry at a regional level; and, if yes, then (2) what the main features of that regional-level power asymmetry are; and (3) what influence it has on both actors’ positions in their traditional spheres of influence and on the strategic partnership between them. Based on the regional approach of international relations, the dissertation presents an innovative theoretical model of regional-level power asymmetry along with its three component methodological tools. More

Taxonomy of the Nepticulidae of Continental East Asia (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae)

Author: Agnė Rocienė
Institute: Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences
Year of assertion: (Lietuvių) 2014

The object of the doctoral research is one of the most phylogenetically primitive (and thus theoretically one of the most important) taxa of the Lepidoptera order. The distinctive feature of the Nepticulidaefamily is deep trophic specialization and wide distribution in almost all terrestrial habitats and continents (except the Antarctic) (Puplesis, 1994; Diškus & Stonis, 2012). Though the family has long been an object of study, the fauna of many regions is still poorly known. East Asia is an important centre of biodiversity and is faunistically related with the European biota. Therefore studies of the East Asiatic Nepticulidae are important for better understanding the old faunogenetic processes which took place in the Eurasian continent. More

Contemporary philosophical controversy on the nature of early Confucian ethics

Author: Vytis Silius
Institute: Vilnius university
Year of assertion: (Lietuvių) 2014

The dissertation deals with the controversy between two contemporary Western philosophical interpretations of early Confucian ethics: Confucian virtue ethics and Confucian role ethics. The dissertation not only discusses the different presentations of what constitutes the core characteristics of early Confucian ethics, but also critically reconstructs and analysis the changing Western reception of early Confucian ethics. The two interpretations are compared in order to critically assess the ongoing controversy and to evaluate the prospects of the newly suggested alternative reading of early Confucian ethics as Confucian role ethics. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU