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Council of the doctoral school „Lettonica and intercultural studies”

  • Janīna Kursīte-Pakule, Dr.habil.philol. (Faculty of Humanities) – Director;
  • Maija Kūle, Dr.habil.phil. (Faculty of History and Philosophy) -Deputy Director;
  • Sigma Ankrava, Dr.habil.philol. (Faculty of Humanities);
  • Inesis Feldmanis, Dr.habil.hist. (Faculty of History and Philosophy);
  • Andris Ambainis, Dr.dat. (Faculty of Computing);
  • Pēteris Vanags, Dr.habil.philol. (Faculty of Humanities);
  • Dagmāra Beitnere, (LU Institute of Philosophy and Sociology);
  • Svetlana Jevstratova, Dr.philol. (University of Tartu, Estonia);
  • Rūta Jirgensone (Faculty of Humanities) – secretary

(confirmed with LU rector’s order Nr.5/782;14.12.2011.)

Annotation of doctoral school activity:

Doctoral school „Lettonica and intercultural studies” intend to provide new opportunities for scientific cooperation between doctoral students and increase scientific and pedagogical qualification. The result is a new interdisciplinary scientific and cooperational virtual institution where PhD students participate from philology, philosophy, linguistics, history, pedagogy, theology and law science studies.

To make LETTONICA competitive and attractive to other scientific branches specialists from  Lettonica are involved, as well as the most visible sub-field specialists from research institutes and universities in Latvia and abroad.

In doctoral school along with the possibility to listen lecturers from various disciplines of humanities regularly are managed scientific seminars where PhD students present parts of their doctoral  thesis.  In addition there are opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary field research in Latvia and abroad.

Represented study programs:

  • Philology
  • Linguistics
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Law Science
  • Theology and Religion Science
  • Pedagogy

Research directions:

  • Interdisciplinary research and education in doctoral studies: opportunities for dialogue;
  • Verbal and non-verbal semiotics in various branches of science: the contact field;
  • Literary Studies: new research angles;
  • Traditional and contemporary cultural interaction analysis: Latvia and the Baltic region;
  • Regional and global in context of Lettonica: intercultural communication;
  • Latvian historical sources and development of Lettonica: a possibility of new paradigm;
  • Historical and mythological thinking, linear and cyclic discourse;
  • Virtual reality as a research subject of folklore, mythology, philosophy, art science, computer science and linguistics;
  • Effects of virtual communication and side-effects of context of modern Latvian culture;
  • The extended  opportunity and coverage field of Lettonica: history, folklore, philology, art, music, philosophy, computer science;
  • Self-reflection and self-reference in Latvian and Baltic cultural history - the discourse of literature;
  • Digitalization of computer linguistics and cultural heritage;
  • Infrastructure of language resources and tools;
  • Speech technologies;
  • Corpus-linguistics;
  • Oral history - the research subject of history or folklore / mythology;
  • World of objects in  modern society: habitus and non-verbal communication aspect of the analysis;
  • Latvian language, folklore, literature (including oral texts), art and music as a  semiotic object  of linguistics, computer science, philosophy, literary studies, folklore and art history research complex;
  • Letonika and Baltonika - Slavistika - Germanic studies - Asian Studies / Orientalism. Comparative aspect;
  • The analysis of  term development in Latvian language environment: computer science, philosophy, history;
  • Issues about Lettonica in the context of social and cultural anthropology;
  • Asymmetry of public communication: politics, intellectuals and cultural context in Latvia;
  • Self-image and self-reference  in Latvian art;
  • Indirect involvement of cultural texts in public discourse mentality.

List of in school activities involved LU departments and other scientific research institutions:


Faculty or institute of LU or other scientific institution (city, country) outside LU.

Division, Department Laboratory or Working group in cooperational Institution

Represented direction of research

Representative of cooperation partner (avocation, name, surname)


Faculty of Humanities




Literary Studies

Art Science

Janīna Kursīte

Pēteris Vanags

Sigma Ankrava



Faculty of History and Philosophy 




Inesis Feldmanis

Maija Kūle


Faculty of Computing


Computer Science

Andris Ambainis


The Russian Academy of Sciences, Slavonic Institute

Baltic-slavic research centre

Comparative Literary Studies

Comparative Linguistics


Marija Zavjalova



Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science

Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence

Computer Science

Andrejs Spektors



University of Tallinn;

Baltic Graduate Shool


Reins Rauds

7. Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas Department of Ethnology and Folkloristics Intersectoral Romualds Apanavičius

Criteria for admission in doctoral school „Lettonica and intercultural research”: 

  • Current research activities - participation in conferences, publications, participation in projects (School Management Board will evaluate candidates after CV information);
  • Master's / doctoral thesis correspondence to school’s research directions (School Management Board will evaluate the presentation of topic  (the 2nd and 3rd attachment).

For participation are invited to apply students from master’s, doctoral studies and degree candidates.

Potential school participants must submit the following documents:

Telephone number for further information: 67034851 or 25806938; e-mail: