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The Interaction of Tradition and Modernity
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Date(s) - 20/11/2019 - 21/11/2019
All Day

Klaipėda University, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities


The name of Samogitia was first mentioned in written sources in the Hypatian (Ipatiev) Chronicle in 1219. Samogitia played a prominent role in the historical development of Christian European states and countries along the Eastern coast of the Baltic sea, it also made a major contribution to the establishment and development of Grand Duchy of Lithuania as well as modern independent state of Lithuania.

In 1927, the first bishop of Telšiai and the signatory of the Act of Independence Justinas Staugaitis established Telšiai Priest Seminary. In the spring of 1946, the Soviet government suspended activity of the seminary. Antanas Vaičius, former inmate of this Seminary and the bishop of Telšiai of the time, restored Telšiai Priest Seminary in the autumn of 1989.  Currently it is a non-state high school for Catholic priests which in 2019 celebrates 30 years of its reestablishment.

In the 5th international interdisciplinary conference „The Interaction of Tradition and Modernity“ researchers are invited to commemorate significant dates and to take part in a scientific discussion about the history of Samogitian culture, traditional and modern forms of its expression and their change in current social environment.

In scientific presentations, researchers are invited to expose the peculiarities of Samogitian culture as represented in:

◉  language,

◉  ethnic culture,

◉  literature and art,

◉  human geography,

◉  religion, theology, catechetics.

Researchers not investigating the Samogitian culture and social environment of this region are invited to present the importance of region X of their own country for the history of state and culture.

Working languages: Lithuanian, English.

Presentations: 20 min., and 5 min. for discussions.


Please fill in the participant’s form by 20 October, 2019.

We will provide information confirming your participation until 1 November, 2019.


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The 5th international interdisciplinary conference “The Interaction of Tradition and Modernity” will take place on 20th of November at Klaipėda University, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities; on 21st of November at Telšiai Bishop Vincentas Borisevičius Priest Seminary.

We invite you to participate!