Violeta Davoliūtė

Dr. Violeta Davoliūtė is a visiting professot at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University. She was recently a visiting Professor at EHESS, Paris (Fall 2016), and an Associate Research Fellow at Yale University (2015-2016).



  • Politikos mokslų problemos
  • The Holocaust and the Politics of the Past

Additional Information:

Email: violeta.davoliute [eta]






- Population Displacement in 20th Century Lithuania: Experiences, Identities, Legacies. Amsterdam: Brill, 2016.

-The Making and Breaking of Soviet Lithuania: Memory and Modernity in the Wake of War. London: Routledge, 2013.

-Maps of Memory: Trauma, Identity and Exile in Deportation Memoirs from the Baltic States. Vilnius: LLTI, 2012.


-“Antisemitism in Lithuania: History and Current Trends,” Antisemitism Studies 2 (forthcoming, March 2017). Special Issue on Contemporary Antisemitism in East Central Europe. 

-“Sovietization and the Cinema in the Western Borderlands: Insurgency, Narrative, and Emancipation in Marytė (1947)” (with Lina Kaminskaitė-Jančorienė). Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 3 (2016): 391-408.

-“The Sovietization of Lithuania after WWII: Modernization, Transculturation and the Lettered City.” Journal of Baltic Studies. Special Issue on Post-Colonialism in the Baltic States 47.1 (2016).

-“Multidirectional memory and the deportation of Lithuanian Jews.” Ethnicity Studies 2 (2015): 131–150.

-“Post-war Reconstruction and the Imperial Sublime in Vilnius During Late Stalinism.“ Ab Imperio 2014.1 (2014): 176-203.

-“The Prague Declaration of 2008 and its Repercussions in Lithuania: Historical Justice and Reconciliation,” Lituanus 57.3 (Fall 2011): 49-62.

-“Lithuania and the New West-East Migration.” OIKOS: Lithuanian Migration & Diaspora Studies 6.2 (2008): 73-80.

-“Challenges of Trauma: Migration, Integration and the Role of Cultural Competence.” OIKOS: Lithuanian Migration & Diaspora Studies 5.1 (2008): 41-48. 

-“The Popular Movement and Postmodernism: Reflections on the Cinema of Sąjūdis.” Athena: Philosophical Studies, 3 (2007): 124-134. 

-“Deportee Memoirs and Lithuanian History.” Journal of Baltic Studies 36.1 (Spring 2005): 51-68.

-“Varlam Shalamov and the Art of Memory.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 46:4 (Spring & Summer 2004): 1-23.


Book Chapters

-“Complicated Pasts, Reckoning and History Education in Lithuania,” (with Dovilė Budrytė) Transitional Justice and the Former Soviet Union: Reviewing the Past and Looking Toward the Future. Edited by Cynthia M. Horne and Lavinia Stan. Forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press.

-“Legislated History in Post-Communist Lithuania” (with Tomas Balkelis). In Handbook on State Sponsored History after 1945. Edited by Nico Wouters and Berber Bevernage. Forthcoming 2017, Palgrave Macmillan Handbook Series.

-“A ‘Forgotten’ History of Soviet Deportation: The Case of Lithuanian Jews.” In Population Displacement in Lithuania in the 20th century: Experiences, Identities and Legacies. Amsterdam: Brill, 2016, 167-194.

-“Representations of Historical Trauma in the Cinema of Late Twentieth Century France and Lithuania.” In Novikova, Irina, ed. Memory, Identity, Culture. Riga: University of Latvia Press, 2015, 175-190.

-“We Are All Deportees: The Trauma of Displacement and the Consolidation of National Identity during the Popular Movement in Lithuania.” In Maps of Memory: Trauma, Identity and Exile in Deportation Memoirs from the Baltic States. Vilnius: LLTI, 2012: 107-136.


Articles (non peer reviewed) 

”Two Speed Memory and Ownership of the Past,“ Transitions Online (1 September 2016).

“The Crisis in Ukraine and Lithuania’s European Choice” Transitions Online (7 October 2014).

“Mob Justice in Lithuania: Who Can Stand Up to the Madding Crowd?” Open Democracy (11 May 2012).

“Vienna and Vilnius: The Values Gap” Transitions Online (29 July, 2011).

“Lyginti nereiškia dėti lygybės ženklo” Kultūros Barai  3 (April 2011): 21-25. Republished in English as “Genocides?” Eurozine (7 July 2011).

“In Vilnius, Shared Pain, Divided Memories” Transitions Online (30 June, 2011).

“Mūsų kursas buvo ypatingas – daug poetų, daug savižudžių” (Our Year was Special: Many Poets, Many Suicides. Interview with Justinas Marcinkevičius) Kultūros Barai 2 (March 2011): 43-36.

“The Last Gulag” Transitions Online (9 February, 2011).

“Europoje nerimsta mūšiai dėl istorijos” Kultūros Barai 3 (April 2010): 4-9. Republished in English as “History and Politics Between Left and Right, East and West” Eurozine (April 16, 2010).

“Dar kartą atrastas ‘paribio’ regionas. Su Timothy’u Snyderiu kalbasi Violeta Davoliūtė” Kultūros Barai 7/8 (2009): 8-10.



-Vilnius Between Nations: 1795-2000, by Theodore R. Weeks. Journal of Modern History (forthcoming 2017).

-Transitional and Retrospective Justice in the Baltic States, by Eva-Clarita Pettai & Vello Pettai. Journal of Baltic Studies 47.3 (2016): 426-28.

-No Illusions: The Voices of Russia's Future Leaders, by Ellen Mickiewicz. Transitions Online (19 July 2016).

-Children of Rus. Right Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation, by Faith Hillis. Transitions Online (11 December 2014).

-Vilnius Poker, by Ričardas Gavelis. Slavic and East European Journal 53.3 (2009): 507.

-Vilnius: City of Strangers, by Laimonas Briedis. Journal of Baltic Studies. 40.1 (2009): 340-42


Interviews and speeches

-“The Making and Breaking of Soviet Lithuania.“ Podcast Series New Books in Eastern European Studies. New Books Network, January 2017.

-“Lithuanian Memory and the Difficult Heritage.’” Difficult Heritage and Memory in the Making. Doctoral Summer School organized by Bremen University Centre for East European Studies, Vilnius Jewish Library, 2 August, 2016.

-“The Culture of Collaboration: Lithuanian Intellectuals under German Occupation (1941-1944).” Yale University, 26 April, 2016.

-“Building a Soviet Intelligentsia in Lithuania after WWII: A Generational Approach.” Yale University, 18 November, 2015.

-“Building a post-Soviet Nation: The Discourse of Autochthony in Soviet Lithuania (1970-1990)” Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, 17 August, 2015.

-“1941-ųjų metų Lietuvos žydų tremtinių patirtys.” Žydų kultūros dienos, organized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, Vilnius, 8 August, 2015.

-“Fact, Fiction and Memory: Representation of the Post-War Struggle for Lithuanian Inependence from Soviet Times to the Present.” Stanford University, 11 March, 2015.

-“Displacement and Cultural Change in Soviet Lithuania.” CREEES, Stanford University, 10 March, 2015.

-“Lietuvos žydai Gulage: nepapasakota istorija.” Lietuvos žydų bendruomenė, Vilnius 8 March, 2015.

-“Kasdienybės istorijoje – sovietinės epochos atgarsiai,”, Wróblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, 11 December 2014.

-Radio Interview, “Gyvoji istorija”, LRT radijas, 3 October 2014.

-Radio Interview, Pokalbis apie sovietmetį, “Naktinis ekspresas”, LRT televizija, 9 April 2014.     

-“Legacy of Displacement in Postwar Lithuania,” Santara Conference on Lithuanian Studies. Chicago, 9-10 September 2011.


Conference Presentations

-Round-table on “Budapest 1956 and its Repercussions in the East,” at Centre d'études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen, Paris, organized by Claire Mouradian, Director of Research at Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France, November 29, 2016.

-“Forced Modernisation in 20th Century Lithuania,“ Transformations of statehood and their impact on societies in 20th –21st century Central Europe”, Technische Universitet Berlin, Berlin, November 3-4, 2016.

-“Native Narratives: Soft Power and Cultural Collaboration in Lithuania under Nazi Rule.” American Association for Baltic Studies Conference, Philadelphia, 27 May, 2016.

-“Memory Blanks and the Deportation of Jewish Lithuanians to the Gulag,” Round-table discussion. Shtiler Shtiler: kokią Lietuvos žydų istoriją pasakosime rytoj? Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, 25 February 2016.

-“Memory of WWII in Lithuania: Victims, Heroes and Beyond?” “Commemoration without Borders – European Commemoration II.” Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen, Berlin, 15 December, 2015.

 “Antimodernist Cultural Practices in Lithuania in the 1970s.” Interlocking urbanity and rurality in the Popular Culture of East European Societies. Ethnographical Museum, Prague, October 31, 2015.

-“Late Socialism Years in Lithuania: focus on Intelligentsia.” Late Socialism (1956-85): The Forgotten Years between Stalinism and Perestroika. Tallinn University, July 25, 2015.

-“Deportation of Lithuanian Jews“ Population Displacement in Lithuania and Europe: From World War One to World War Two. Faculty of History, Vilnius University, 28-29 May, 2015.

-“The Long Thaw: Soviet Lithuanian Intelligentsia under Brezhnev.” Literary Field under Communist Regime. Lietuvių Literatūros ir Tautosakos Institutas, Vilnius, 7 November, 2015.

-“XX a. 5-ojo dešimtmečio žydų tremtinių patirtys ir Gulago atminties paradigmos Lietuvoje.” Militarizmo ir karinių konfliktų reikšmė XX šimtmečio Lietuvos visuomenei. Klaipėda University, 14 September, 2015.

-“The Postcolonial Approach to Soviet Studies in the Baltic States.” Orientalism, Colonial Thinking and the former Soviet Periphery. Centre for Orientalism, Vilnius University, 27 August, 2015.

-“Jewish Deportees to the Gulag. Lithuania’s Forgotten Story.” Colloquium Vilnense: Violence and Social Change. Centre for German Studies, European Humanities University, Vilnius, 10 December 2014.

-“Crack (in) the Soviet Monolith: The Nature of Social Agencies in Force?” Round-Table Discussion. Disclosing Invisible Society: Informal and Concealed Social Networks under Communism. Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, 5 December 2014

-“The Discourse of Autochthony and the Search for Authenticity in Soviet Lithuania (1965-1985). Fifth Vilnius Symposium on Late Soviet and Post-Soviet Issues. Vilnius, 4 December 2014. 

-“Memory and Modernization: The Trauma of Deportation and the Popular Movement in Soviet Lithuania,” 2nd International Memory Workshop, Tartu University, November 14-15, 2014. 

-“Sovietų Lietuvos kūrėjai ir griovėjai: pokalbis apie sovietmetį ir jo paveldą” (Č. Laurinavičius, T. Venclova, V. Davoliūtė), Venclova Museum, Vilnius, 9 October 2014.

-“Sovietisation or Modernization? The Collective Biography of the ‘Generation of 1930,’” Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, July 4-5, 2014.

-“Deportees and the Intelligentsia: A Tragic Symmetry,” Retours: La libération des déportés d’Europe centrale et orientale en URSS, CERCEC, Paris, May 13-14, 2014.

-“Making the Soviet City: Vilnius after WWII,” Public Lecture, Free University Vilnius (LUNI), 17 February, 2014.

-“Book Presentation: The Making and Breaking of Soviet Lithuania,” Roundtable Discussion on Anti-Soviet Resistance in the Baltic States, University College London, 5 November 2013.

-“The Discourse of Displacement in Soviet Lithuania,” BASEES Congress, Cambridge University, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 5-7 April, 2014.

-“The City and the Country in Soviet Lithuania,” 10th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe, Tallinn University, Estonia, June 16-19, 2013.

-“Maps of Memory: Trauma, Identity and Exile in Gulag Testimonies,” Past Continuous in the Baltic States: Memory and the Trauma of the Difficult Past, CERI Sciences Po, Paris, 24 May 2013.



-The Memory of Crimes Committed by Totalitarian Regimes in Lithuania. In Study on how the memory of crimes committed by totalitarian regimes in Europe is dealt with in the Member States. Institute for Public Goods and Policy Centre of Human and Social Sciences. Madrid, Spain: CSIC, January 2010.

-Patterns of Cultural Integration and Identity Change of Lithuanian Migrants. Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University, 2008.