14:40 - 15:00
Lithuania, along with the other two Baltic States, has so far emerged from the aftermath of the 1990s triumphant and less corrupt than any other Former Soviet Union states. With the construction of a national identity, the Lithuanian independence movement was able to unite and mobilise the populace, eventually securing succession from the Soviet Union. Lithuanian politics, however, inherits far more from this construction of the myth of the nation than independence.
One significant aspect of the Lithuanian national myth is the rural homeland, where people live out their lives according to traditions, undisturbed by Soviet industrialisation and modernisation. To what extent does this notion create resistance towards urbanisation and Western liberalism? How does the way in which national identity is constructed and appropriated affect the trajectory of the political culture? Is it comparable at all to Scottish nationalism and the independence movement?
College of Social Sciences
I am a second year Sociology and Central and East European Studies student. My professional skills include being able to state my course name in full. I grew up mostly in China, where I developed a mysterious fondness for Soviet propaganda.I am fascinated by how identity, specifically national identity, is used to mobilise a group, and the ramifications of such a movement. I explore how political ideology becomes tied in with romantic notions about a nation’s past.I am currently in the process of learning Lithuanian and Russian - I can just about say “Nešaudyk! Aš nesu rusų šnipė!” fast enough to make it useful. I plan to stay in academia and moonlight as a stand-up comedian-cum-tattoo artist.