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Task 1

The first task of National Research Programme „Modernity in Lithuania“ – Carry out fundamental research in the concepts of modernity and modernisation and the related processes, having regard of the set of multiple modernities; apply for the purpose of the research a range of theoretical, comparative and interdisciplinary accesses and innovative methods; carry out an integrated research of the factors and processes of modernisation of culture, forms and images of modern culture, evolution of the modern man, his cultural and artistic expression.

Four measures have been envisaged with respect to the first task under the Programme:

Measure 1 – examine the philosophical and theoretical preconditions for the phenomenon of modernity, and the different methods of the conceptualisation of modernity.

Measure 2 – study the formation of the attitudes of modern values, ideas, norms and culture code, and their multidimensional aspects; examine the interactions between the ideas of the conventional society and the modern society under the conditions of the late modernity and globalization.

Measure 3 – study the development of the language, culture, literature, writing, and the artistic creation, and preconditions and origins of becoming modern; formation of the modern aesthetic directions, their development and expression in literature and art; analyse the changes of the concepts of art, beauty and culture on modernity and their critical reflection; analyse the phenomena of visual culture, mass culture and cultural and creative industries; to study the impact of modernisation upon the societal mentality, language and culture; examine the changes in conventional culture forms and their expression in the society becoming modern; study the structure and the operation of the modern cultural system; study the forms of the interpretation, expression and dissemination of cultural memory and cultural identity, forms of cultural resistance and their impact upon the self-perception of an individual.

Measure 4 – examine and study the peculiarities of the human formation, his self-perception, world-views, cultural, scientific and artistic expression, aspects of emancipation, forms of expression of individuals; analyse education from the viewpoint of the interaction between the school, family and the State, factors of social and ideological construction and their interaction; study the place of Christian churches, different religious communities and religious beliefs, and their role in the process of modernisation of the society and the individual.