Rūstis Kamuntavičius

Professor at History department and head of the Czesław Miłosz Center at Vytautas Magnus University

Phd., associate professor at History department and head of the Czesław Miłosz Center at Vytautas Magnus University. The Center is studying history, politics and culture of East-Central European states. Director of the Institute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which organizes researches on history and legacy of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and acts as a promotor of the notion of common past among Lithuanians, Poles, Belarusians and Ukrainians. The main fields of interest: 1) Historical relations between Lithuania and Western European countries since the Middle ages: Creator and editor of – a site dedicated to Swiss-Italian and Grand Duchy of Lithuania artistic relations. 2) History, politics, culture and national narratives of Lithuania, Poland and Belarus: Creator and editor of – the first and the only Lithuanian site  dedicated to Belarus  (news, analytics, history).

Courses taught at the University: Lithuanian History, European Historiography, Philosophy of History, Historical Contexts of French Speaking Countries, Lituanistics in Slavonic, Germanic and Romanic Countries, Historical memory: conflicting interpretations of the past.

Member of the Board of directors of the Club of East European Summer School (Warsaw University) that unites more than 600 researches and intellectuals from East-Central Europe. Member of the Association of Slavonic, East European and Eurasian Studies (USA). Representative of the Vytautas Magnus university at the National Committee of Lithuanian Historians; General secretary (2004-2013). Member of the Academic Corporation Convent Ludenia (Minsk) based in the independent Belarusian Flying University. One of the two major organizers of the International Congress of Belarusian Studies: the only place in the world, where the most representative numbers of Belarusian academic and social elites can, freely and independently from the influences of the Belarusian as well as other States, discuss history, politics, society and culture of Belarus since 2011. Participant of Santara-Šviesa, a Lithuanian academic corporation of liberal thought.