prof. dr. Giedrė Mickūnaitė
Member at the Committee of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Council of Lithuania since 2018
In 1995, completed Fine Arts Bachelor’s studies in Vilnius Academy of Arts and received the Master’s (1996) and Doctorate (2002) degrees in Medieval Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Since 2003, has been working at the Department of Art History and Theory of Vilnius Academy of Arts. In 2007, obtained the Title of Docent and in 2014 the Title of Professor. Researches the European and Lithuanian culture of the Early Modern period and the Middle Ages, historical memory and imagination, analyses written art sources and the Lithuanian culture heritage.
1999-2017, received training at Warburg Institute in London (United Kingdom), at Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington (USA), at Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), at Centres for Advanced Studies Collegium Budapest (Budapest, Hungary) and Sofia (Sofia, Bulgaria), at Harvard University Byzantine Research Centre Dumbarton Oaks in Washington (USA), Landis&Gyr cultural residence in Cuge (Switzerland); worked on the European Research Council supported project ‘Jogailaičiai: Dynasty, Memory, Identity’ at The University of Oxford. 2009-2015, Chairwoman of the Humanities and Social Sciences Section of the Lithuanian Science Award Commission. 2011-2014, Member of National Commission for Cultural Heritage. Since 2005, Member of the Lithuanian Art Historians Society.
Continuously conducts research and its dissemination, currently the research focus is the Byzantine art heritage and the concept of Greek style in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Publishes research in Lithuanian and foreign press, actively participates in national and international conferences and projects, coordinates historical art expositions, peer-reviews science and culture projects in Lithuania and abroad and participates in the activities of culture and art assessment commissions.
Prepared monographs ‘Making a Great Ruler: Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania’ (Budapest, 2006), ‘Vytautas the Great: the image of the ruler’ (V., 2008), a collection of documents ‘Synagogues in Lithuania. A Catalogue’, 2 volumes (V., 2010–12, co-authors Aliza Cohen-Mushlin, Sergey Kravtsov, Vladimir Levin and Jurgita Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė) and the textbook ‘Fine Arts: theories, methods and practices’ (Lith. Dailėtyra: teorijos, metodai, praktikos) (V., 2012).