Biography

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Eglė Rindzevičiūtė is a Lecturer in Sociology, Kingston University, London

I have a long standing interest in the development and legacy of cybernetics and the systems approach, the sciences which may sound rather arcane to many, but which have been fundamental building blocks for our contemporary understanding of the self, the state, the society and nature. In my earlier work I have examined governance as an intellectual activity in such different contexts as museums, state cultural policy and East-West cooperation in scientific governance during the Cold War.

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, Sciences Po in Paris.

I am affiliated as a honorary research fellow with the Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI), the University of Gothenburg and I am an Associate Professor (docent) at the Department for Studies of Culture & Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden.

Also, I participate in the Foucault Political Life and History Group, convened by Colin Gordon and Patrick Joyce.

I am a friend of the FRINGE Centre, an initiative founded and funded by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and housed at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, which explores the roles that complexity, ambivalence and immeasurability play in social and cultural phenomena.

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. Always seeking to create and maintain links with the practitioners, I participate in contemporary art projects, mainly with the Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, but also with individual artists, most recently supporting the photography project documenting ex-Soviet garage towns, Beauty Remains.

My current research projects involve the historical sociology of Cold War governance and a study on how high-risk technologies, such as nuclear energy, are constructed as a national heritage in Russia.

My new book:

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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).

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Beauty Remains II, by Agne Gintalaite (2015)