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Almantas Samalavicius

holds a Ph.D. in art history and theory and is a professor at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. He is the author of numerous books and essays on cultural and literary criticism, the latest of which is, Ideas and Structures. Essays in Architectural History (2011). In addition he has translated books by Zygmunt Bauman and Gerard Delanty into Lithuanian.

He serves as associate editor of the journal Kulturos barai as an expert at the Lithuanian Science Council, and as president of Lithuanian PEN. Almantas Samalavicius, with Kulturos barai, hosted the 22 Meeting of European Cultural Journals in Vilnius.

He has been a visiting lecturer and scholar at Illinois University of Chicago, Kyungpook National University of Korea and several European universities. His writings have appeared internationally in publications such as Apollo, Partisan Review, Cimarron Review, Dialogue and Universalism, Finsk Tidskrif, Var Losen, Res Baltica, Lituanus, Critique and Humanism, Kritika & Kontext, Host, Vikerkaar, as well as in books published by LIT Verlag, Editions Rodopi, Gale and Columbia University Press.



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Almantas Samalavicius, Sajay Samuel

Notes from a technoscape

A conversation with Sajay Samuel

Why is it that those in power cannot think outside the categories of economics and techno-science when faced with the spectre of widespread joblessness and natural disasters caused by an excessive reliance on techno-science? Sajay Samuel says it's time to stop and reflect. [more]

19.11.2014


Warren Karlenzig, Almantas Samalavicius

Winds of urban change

A conversation with Warren Karlenzig

From the rewilding of London's Upper Lea Valley to performance indicator software to manage 663 of China's largest cities, Warren Karlenzig knows more than most about urban sustainability projects. Yet he's never been as daunted as now by the unfathomable scale of today's cities. [more]

15.10.2014


Richard Heinberg, Almantas Samalavicius

Boom or bust time for critical thinking?

A conversation with Richard Heinberg

Following the massive bailouts, stimulus spending and quantitative easing of recent years, everyone breathed a sigh of relief and went back to sleep, says Richard Heinberg. But the coming global energy crisis will likely provide the jolt that wakes everyone up again. [more]

04.06.2014


Arthur W Hunt III, Almantas Samalavicius

Technology and consumership

A conversation with Arthur W. Hunt III

Today's media, combined with the latest portable devices, have pushed serious public discourse into the background and hauled triviality to the fore, according to media theorist Arthur W Hunt. And the Jeffersonian notion of citizenship has given way to modern consumership. [more]

09.04.2014


Almantas Samalavicius, Immanuel Wallerstein

New world-system?

A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein

At some point, there is a tilt; there always is. Then we shall settle down into our new historical system. Wallerstein foresees one of two possibilities: more hierarchy, exploitation and polarization; or a system that has never yet existed, based on relative democracy and equality. [Russian version added] [more]

19.03.2014


Nicholas Bradbury, Almantas Samalavicius

The freedom of the fox in the chicken run

A conversation with novelist Nicholas Bradbury

Nicholas Bradbury made his literary debut this year with the novel "Market Farm", a reworking of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" for the free market era. He talks here about influences for his satirical take on the current financial crisis and potential grounds for hope for the future. [more]

16.04.2013


Norman Lillegard, Almantas Samalavicius

Ideology or truth?

A conversation with Norman Lillegard

In a wide-ranging discussion, Almantas Samalavicius and the philsopher Norman Lillegard consider the dangers of relativism, the crisis of education, pleonexia and the economic crisis, and whether literature should provide moral instruction. [Lithuanian version added] [more]

20.02.2013


Joshua Farley, Almantas Samalavicius

Against growth

A conversation with economist Joshua Farley

Given the relation between economic production and ecological degradation, Joshua Farley is convinced that economic growth must stop. It is just a question of when. And whether cooperation will displace competition as the dominant concept in the economic paradigm.[Lithuanian version added] [more]

19.02.2013


Daniel Chirot, Almantas Samalavicius

Ideology never ends

An interview with sociologist Daniel Chirot

While some eastern European countries have shaken off the "post-communist" tag, in others it remains apt, says Daniel Chirot. Meanwhile, new disparities are generating a leftwing revival in the region that show pronouncements of the end of ideology to have been rash.[Hungarian version added] [more]

14.02.2013


Molly Scott Cato, Almantas Samalavicius

Flourishing within limits

A conversation with green economist Molly Scott Cato

Molly Scott Cato is willing to acknowledge the extraordinary advances that economic growth has brought. However, she insists that only by learning to flourish within limits can we hope to regain our sense of the good life. [more]

10.01.2013


John B. Cobb, Almantas Samalavicius

Beyond contemporary economic thinking

A conversation with John B. Cobb

John B. Cobb, Methodist theologian and longstanding critic of the of the political-economic establishment, talks about his communitarian and ecology-based critique of neoliberalism and the potential for world religions to inform an alternative. [more]

30.10.2012


James Robertson, Almantas Samalavicius

Future money

A conversation with James Robertson

Understanding the need to combine economics and ethics amounts to a "Copernican revolution", says the co-founder of the New Economics Foundation. The survival of our species depends on our making the money system work in ways that will "enable and conserve". [more]

30.10.2012


Mark Anielski, Almantas Samalavicius

The pursuit of happiness

A conversation with economist Mark Anielski

The global debt crisis is encouraging economists and others to explore alternative ways of measuring national wealth. In conversation with Almantas Samalavicius, Mark Anielski discusses the possibility of an economic system based on wellbeing rather than unlimited growth. [more]

29.10.2012


Bob Massie, Almantas Samalavicius

Economics, sustainability and the legacy of E.F. Schumacher

An interview with Bob Massie

American priest, politician and social activist Bob Massie talks about how the ideas of Ernst Friedrich Schumacher can inform a transition to an alternative economy and why the author of "Small is Beautiful" still has something to say to a secularized, European audience. [more]

19.06.2012


Gerard Delanty, Almantas Samalavicius

Shifting shapes of Europe

Sociologist Gerard Delanty revisits his 1995 book "Inventing Europe", talking about the possibilities of post-national citizenship, Europe's complex Christian identity, and why accounts of Europe today must include the heritage of the peripheries. [more]

04.04.2012


Almantas Samalavicius

Literary perspectives: Lithuania

Almost normal

The literary field in Lithuania has established itself since independence, despite vastly smaller print runs. Today, a range of literary approaches can be made out, from the social criticism of the middle generation to the more private narratives of the post-Soviet writers. [more]

27.04.2011


Almantas Samalavicius

The vanishing genius loci of Vilnius

Vilnius's Baroque and Gothic urban heritage was once a rallying point for Lithuania's independence movement following the architectural ravages of Soviet modernism. Now it is subject to a new onslaught from local finance capital -- and no one seems to care. [more]

15.03.2011


Almantas Samalavicius

Lithuania: Universities on the threshold

A blind drive towards utility characterizes higher education policy in Lithuania. The only remedy on offer for the ongoing brain-drain is based on the logic of the market. Lithuanian universities are steadily going the way of the rest of "common property" after independence. [more]

01.07.2010


Almantas Samalavicius

An amorphous society

Lithuania in the era of high post-communism

"High post-communism" in eastern Europe is defined by efforts to control collective memory, political discourse dominated by abstract concepts, and the cult of entertainment -- a view from Lithuania. [more]

03.12.2008


Almantas Samalavicius

National identity, culture and globalisation

Lithuania wakes up to a new social and cultural reality

In the academic and intellectual debate in Lithuania, globalisation and Europeanisation are often regarded as deadly threats to the national culture, an "evil mission". Almantas Samalavicius looks at the arguments and proposes a completely different concept of identity. [more]

10.03.2005


Almantas Samalavicius

Europe's East as spiritual space

Greek philosophy, Roman law and Christianity. Are these the only cornerstones of European culture? [more]

28.10.2004


Almantas Samalavicius

Intellectuals in post-communist Lithuania

How has the social and political standing of intellectuals changed? [more]

01.06.2004


Almantas Samalavicius

Memory and amnesia in a postcommunist society

Dealing with the legacy of the communist past in Lithuania. [more]

27.02.2004


Almantas Samalavicius

The burden of freedom

Lithuanian media during the transition

A decade into its existence as an independent state, has the Lithuanian media learned how to make use of its newly found freedom? [more]

03.04.2003


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