Dr. Bjorn Ingvoldstad, associate professor of communication studies, has been awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant that will fund a trip to Lithuania. He will spend the spring semester teaching courses on cinema and media studies at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania's second-largest city.
In addition to teaching in the university’s Department of Public Communications, he will also be working on research projects tied to Baltic cinema and Lithuanian popular culture.
Dr. Ingvoldstad’s interest in this area dates back to his dissertation. He moved to Lithuania in 1997, and was struck by how the local people he spoke to about film did not talk about domestic films of the recent past. Instead, the references tended to look back to the Soviet period.
Over the years, he has addressed himself to the question as to what happened to Lithuanian cinema. Below, you can read his paper, “The Paradox of Lithuanian National Cinema.” (Photo by Karen Callan, story by John Winters, G ’11, University News)