Rasa Navickaitė

Academic Rank: 
Visiting Lecturer
Budapest, Zrinyi u. 14

I have finished my doctoral training in the Comparative Gender Studies with a Specialization in History at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. During my studies I received the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship for a research stay at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, in Marburg, Germany (October 2017 - July 2018); CEU DRSG (Doctoral Research Support) grant for a stay at the Research Center for Historical Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (September-December 2018); the Dissertation Grant for Graduate Students 2017 by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS); and the Lithuanian Foundation scholarship.

My doctoral dissertation is a transnational biography and reception history of Marija Gimbutas (1921-1994) – a renowned Lithuanian-American archaeologist and proto-feminist. Gimbutas’ utopian antimodernist vision of the matristic prehistoric civilization of "Old Europe" became a source of inspiration for a variety of socio-political movements between the 1970s and the 1990s. My dissertation analyses in particular the reception that Gimbutas’ work and persona received in diverse feminist and women's activist contexts on the both sides of the "Iron Curtain". In my work I combine historical methods with theoretical insights from feminist and postcolonial/post-socialist studies to produce a critical account of Gimbutas’ life and the reception of her ideas, while shedding light on some questions of broader historiographical and theoretical importance for gender studies and cultural history transnationally. My work focuses in particular on the effects of the Cold War and the "postsocialist" condition to the travel and transformation of (gendered) knowledge and ideas. The dissertation proposes a complex picture of feminism, as cought in a contradictory relationship with modernity, namely, regarding questions of spirituality, nationalism, scientific objectivity, gender “essentialism” and Eurocentrism. My work is interdisciplinary and contributes to gender studies, cultural studies, intellectual history and post-socialist studies.