Congratulations to Živilė Arnašiūtė, recipient of the 2022–2023 Dissertation Grant for Graduate Students

Apr 12, 2022

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies is pleased to announce that Živilė Arnašiūtė has been awarded the 2022-2023 Dissertation Grant for Graduate Students.

AABS awards grants of up to $4,000 to support doctoral dissertation research and write-up in any field of Baltic Studies. Funds may be used for travel to research site, equipment, duplication or other needs as specified.

Proposals are evaluated according to the scholarly potential of the applicant, and the quality and scholarly importance of the proposed work, especially to the development of Baltic Studies. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a PhD or MA program and have completed all requirements for a PhD/MA except the dissertation. Applicants must be members of the AABS at the time of submitting their application.

The 2022 applications were evaluated by the AABS 2021-2022 Grants and Awards Committee consisting of AABS VP for Professional Development Dr. Ineta Dabašinskienė, AABS President Dr. Daunis Auers, and AABS Director-at-Large Dr. Andres Kasekamp. You can find a full list of 2022 awardees here. 

Živilė Arnašiūtė is a PhD student in music history and theory at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the complexities of music and politics in the late years of the Soviet Union, with a particular focus on the relationships between the Soviet Republics to the Union as a whole and the impact of the Singing Revolution in the Baltic states. Her dissertation project titled “Small Voices: Musical Practice and Communist Ideology in Peripheral (Post) Soviet Republics” concentrates on the Soviet-wide cultural policies and three Soviet Republics – Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine.

She holds a MSt in Musicology from the University of Oxford, a BMus in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Foundation degree in Creative Industries from City, University of London.

She also co-founded the “Klaipėda International Cello Festival and Competition” in Klaipėda, Lithuania and participated in a 2018 panel discussion “Lithuania Now and In a Hundred Years” at the Embassy of Lithuania in London, United Kingdom.