On Geopolitical Identity: National Elites and International Intellectual Exchanges Cover Image

Geopolitinės tapatybės klausimu: nacionalinis elitas ir tarptautiniai intelektualiniai mainai
On Geopolitical Identity: National Elites and International Intellectual Exchanges

Author(s): Skaidra Trilupaitytė
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla & VU Tarptautinių santykių ir politikos mokslų institutas

Summary/Abstract: Aim of this article is to analyze how the interpretation of “universal” geopolitical ideas, especially those related to images of US power, depend on national, publishing and rhetorical interests. First, this article uses Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of “cultural fields” and his theoretical focus on the international circulation of ideas to discuss these varied interests. Second, while using Lithuanian examples, the specific historical circumstances of the reception of geopolitical ideas in Central and Eastern European countries are considered. Additionally, questions are raised regarding whether the split between the Left and the Right in the local Lithuanian public space and its media traditions directly corresponds to hypothetical Western models. Despite the fact that one could reasonably doubt the straight transmission to Lithuania of the division between two intellectual traditions (at least in the same way those traditions are manifested in Western Europe or the US), intensive public intellectuals’ relations with different cultural contexts – translations, academic journeys, international conferences, seminars and other accelerated by globalization factors – help escalate these tendencies.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 2(46)
  • Page Range: 73-97
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Lithuanian