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Dr Eglė Rindzevičiūtė is Associate Professor of Criminology and Sociology, Kingston University London, the UK.

I am a political sociologist interested in governance, knowledge production and culture. I have a long standing interest in the transnational and global history of cybernetics and the systems approach. Although these sciences may sound rather arcane, they have been fundamental building blocks for the contemporary understanding of the self, the state, society and nature. More generally, my work explores the different roles that scientific governance as an intellectual activity can have in liberal and illiberal regimes. Is it possible to associate some types of scientific expertise with liberal governmentality? Can science, but also culture, drive democratic change? To answer these questions, my books and articles examined a range of different cases, such as European policy transfer, the making of cultural heritage, and East-West cooperation during the Cold War.

As you can see from CV, my background is international and interdisciplinary. Trained in art history, management and political science in Vilnius, Moscow and Budapest, I have received a PhD in Culture Studies from Linköping University (Sweden, 2008). Before coming to Kingston I was a researcher at the Centre d’études européennes, the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po).

In 2016-2018, I am a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Public Administration, the University of Gothenburg. I hold a Honorary Research Fellowship with the Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI), the University of Gothenburg and an Associate Professor (docent) at the Department for Studies of Culture & Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden.

My research has been funded by Swedish, EU and UK research councils. In 2018 – 2020, I am P.I. and convener of a research networking project ‘Nuclear Cultural Heritage: From Knowledge to Practice,’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This network seeks to bring together scholars, heritage practitioners and nuclear industry stakeholders to investigate the future prospects of nuclear cultural heritage, a new field in the making.

I am also Co-Investigator at the international research project ‘Atomic Heritage Goes Critical‘, P.I. Dr Anna Storm, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (2018-2020). My individual project explores the construction of nuclear cultural heritage in Russia and the UK.

In addition, I am an Associate Member of the international research project “Soviet Climate Science and Its Intellectual Legacies,” P.I. Dr Jonathan Oldfield (AHRC, 2017-2020).

I have been involved with the arts sector since my undergraduate studies in Art History. I am a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and a member of the editorial board of The International Journal of Cultural Policy. I regularly participate in contemporary art projects and collaborate with arts and cultural organisations, such as, for instance, Serpentine Gallery in London, the Architectural Association, Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre and the Baltic and Lithuanian pavilions for the Venice Biennial of Architecture.

I also work with individual artists, most recently supporting a photography project documenting ex-Soviet garage towns, Beauty Remains. See my essay [in Lithuanian] on the politics of Soviet and post-Soviet garage infrastructure here.

I am currently working on two monographs: ‘Mapping the Politics of Anticipatory Governance in Liberal and Authoritarian Regimes’ and ‘Beyond Containment: The Making of Nuclear Cultural Heritage’ . Please get in touch with me if you wish to hear more about these projects.

My new book:


The Power of Systems: How Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World 

(Cornell University Press, 2016)

In this book I examine how East-West scientists contributed to the development of global governance during the Cold War, focusing on the history of a highly influential yet little known international think tank, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), established by the Soviet Union and the US in Laxenburg, Austria (1972).

Reviewed in: American Historical Review, Slavic Review, Isis, Baltic Worlds, Lithuanian Historical Studies. Discussion roundtable: H-Diplo 2019.