Dr. Lina Pranaitytė

Portraitaufnahme von Dr. Lina Pranaitytė
Critical Media Literacy

Heidelberg School of Education
Bergheimer Straße 104
69115 Heidelberg

Raum 009
+49 6221 477-6760


  • Since 2021: Research associate, Heidelberg School of Education. Scientific coordinator in the project “Critical Media Literacy”. Heidelberg University (Germany).
  • 2021: Lecturer (SuSe), interdisciplinary MA students, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. Heidelberg University (Germany).
  • 2020: Research associate, Heidelberg School of Education. Scientific coordinator and organiser of the digital Autumn School “Transculturality in Teacher Education”. Heidelberg University (Germany).
  • 2019: Research associate, Heidelberg Center for the Environment. Scientific coordinator in the project “Bridging Natural and Cultural Heritage: Towards Transdisciplinary Collection-based Research at Heidelberg University”. Heidelberg University (Germany).
  • 2019: Short-term ethnographic fieldwork on university collections in Heidelberg (Germany).
  • 2018–2019: Member of the Zukunftskolleg, Heidelberg Center for the Environment. Heidelberg University (Germany).
  • 2016: PhD in Social Anthropology. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology/ Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany).
  • 2014–2015: Lecturer (WiSe, SuSe), MA Transcultural Studies students, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. Heidelberg University (Germany).
  • 2011–2013: Ethnographic fieldwork on inalienation, recipes and native plant use in Australia.
  • 2007–2010: PhD Candidate. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany).
  • 2008–2009: Ethnographic fieldwork on gift exchange among Roman Catholics in Lithuania.
  • 2006–2007: Project coordinator. Social Research Center, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania).
  • 2006–2007: Research assistant. Center for Cultural Studies, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania).
  • 2006: Member of an archaeological excavation team. Site: the necropolis of pre-Christian graves in Marvelė (Lithuania).
  • 2006: MA Sociology, Social Anthropology programme. Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania).
  • 2005–2006: Research assistant. Centre for Social Anthropology, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania).
  • 2005: Ethnographic fieldwork on neo-pagan religious communities in Lithuania.
  • 2004: BA Sociology. Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania).
  • 2003: Short-term ethnographic fieldwork on religious communities in Lithuania.
  • 2003: Research assistant. Department of Sociology, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania).



  • Critical media literacy
  • Critical heritage studies, botanical gardens
  • Transcultural theory
  • Exchange, gifts, inalienation
  • Foodways, recipes, native plant use
  • Postsocialism, postcolonialism
  • Anthropology of religion


  • Europe (Northern and Western)
  • Australia (Kimberley and New South Wales)



  • Pranaitytė, Lina. 2021. The Coffin in the Attic: Gifts, Debts and the Catholic Church in Rural Lithuania. Berlin: Lit Verlag. (Accepted for publication).


  • Pranaitytė, Lina. 2021. ‘Kriol Kitchen in Australia: Migration, Recipes and Inclusive Cookbooks’.  Zeitschrift für Australienstudien / Australian Studies Journal. (Accepted for publication).


  • Pranaitytė, Lina. 2018. Review of The Contest for Aboriginal Souls. European Missionary Agendas in Australia, by Regina Ganter. Zeitschrift für Australienstudien / Australian Studies Journal, no. 32, pp. 151–4.


  • 2020 “Heidelberg – a transcultural space”. Director and script co-writer thereof (24 minutes).


  • Pranaitytė, Lina. 2021. ‘Transculturality in Teacher Education: A Virtual Autumn School’. Blog: Fokus Lehrerbildung. Blog der Heidelberg School of Education. https://hse.hypotheses.org/2685. (Published: 03/02/2021).


  • 2020 “Botanical Garden as the Platform for Reconsidering Heritage”. In: Negotiating Heritage in and beyond Academia. Heidelberg University (Germany).
  • 2020 “Australia’s Kriol Kitchen and Its Secrets”. In: Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference ‘Futures’. University College London (United Kingdom).
  • 2019 “What are museums good for in the 21st century – a transcultural approach”. Panel with S. Gänger, M. Juneja and K. Sieckmeyer. In: New Directions in Transcultural Studies Conference. Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University (Germany).
  • 2019 “Ko mus moko sutartinės?” [What do sutartinės (Lithuanian polyphonic songs) teach us?]. In: Efektyvūs lietuviškos tapatybės išlaikymo ir perdavimo būdai. Private Lithuanian Gymnasium, Hüttenfeld (Germany).  
  • 2018 “Dwelling upon Food: Descent Stories in Australia’s Kriol Kitchen”. In: Association for Australian Studies Conference ‘Australian Perspectives on Migration’. Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany).
  • 2018 “Secrets in the Kriol Kitchen”. In: Masterclass on Values, led by Prof. Dr. Joel Robbins (Cambridge). Frobenius Institute (Germany).