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Description of research and teaching

Trained as a political scientist at the University of Helsinki, Finland, I am an interdisciplinary scholar, interested in the political dimensions of embodiment, philosophy of history, history education, and innovative forms of storytelling in the new digital media (VR/AR).

Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki in an Academy of Finland funded project "Whirl of Knowledge: Cultural Populism in European Polarised Politics and Societies (WhiKnow). I am examining affective polarization in public debates during the run-up to the 2019 Polish parliamentary elections as well as the 2019 European Parliament elections.

Recently, I have worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in a Helsingin Sanomat funded project "Mobilizing the Disenfranchised: Post-Truth Public Stories in Finland, France, and the United States,” where I was examining the use of affects in right-wing online media outlets in the US and Poland.

I have also recently completed my PhD project (2012-2018) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Title: Towards an Embodied History: Metaphorical Models in Textbook Knowledge of the Controversial Polish-Lithuanian Past. The doctoral project examined the underlying metaphorical models of cognition which shape the representation of contested shared past in Poland and Lithuania. It adopted a novel theoretical approach – enactive embodiment – to studying international historical disagreements in school-history education. The findings of this study can be applied in diverse post-conflict contexts and are relevant to the disciplinary fields of political science, philosophy of knowledge, historical theory, and history education.

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • Right-Wing Populism
  • Nationalism and identity building
  • 5201 Political History
  • Politics of history
  • Memory and history
  • History education
  • Philosophy of history
  • 611 Philosophy
  • Philosophy of history
  • 5141 Sociology
  • Sociology of emotions

Publications

Open Access

Addressing linguistic diversity in the European Union: strategies and dilemmas

Kraus, P. A. & Kazlauskaitė-Gürbüz, R., Aug 2014, In : Ethnicities. 14, 4, p. 517-538

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Miten käsitellä vihollisuutta: liettualaisten ja puolalaisten historian oppikirjojen representaatiot maiden keskinäisestä konfliktista sotien välisenä aikana

Translated title of the contribution: Learning about the enemy: school textbook representations of the interwar Polish-Lithuanian conflictKazlauskaitė-Gürbüz, R., 2014, In : Kosmopolis. 44, 1, p. 44-58 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Historian opetus Liettuassa

Translated title of the contribution: History education in LithuaniaKazlauskaitė-Gürbüz, R., 2013, In : The Finnish Review of East European Studies. 2, p. 44-57 14 p.

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Tarp tiesos ir vertybių: istorijos mokymas mokykloje ir istorinių naratyvų pliuralizmas

Translated title of the contribution: Between Truth and Values: The Teaching of History in Schools, and Pluralism of the Historical NarrativeKazlauskaitė-Gürbüz, R., 2013, Atminties daugiasluoksniškumas: miestas, valstybė, regionas. Nikžentaitis, A. (ed.). Vilnius: Istorijos instituto leidykla, p. 89-109 21 p.

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Projects

Activities

Memory Studies Association Conference 2019

Rūta Kazlauskaitė (Attendee)
25 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Contested Pasts in Immersive Virtual Reality History Education

Rūta Kazlauskaitė (Speaker)
27 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Polish Right-Wing Media Coverage of the 2019 European Parliament Elections

Rūta Kazlauskaitė (Speaker)
20 Nov 201922 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The First Helsinki Conference on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation

Rūta Kazlauskaitė (Attendee)
19 Aug 201920 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Sankaruus on Puolan oikeiston vaaliase, sanoo tutkija.

Rūta Kazlauskaitė

01/09/2019

1 Media contribution

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