Mindaugas Kvietkauskas is a literary historian, essayist and translator. Since 2008 he is a director of the Lithuanian Literature and Folklore Institute in Vilnius. Kvietkauskas acquired Ph.D. at the Department of Lithuanian Literature, Vilnius University, in 2006. He pursued Jewish studies at the University of Oxford, Centre for Hebrew and Judaic Studies (2002-2003). His doctoral thesis The Multinational Literary Modernism in Vilnius 1904-1915 was awarded the Best 2006 Doctoral Dissertation in Lithuanian Humanities and Social Sciences Prize by Gebert Ruef Stiftung. In 2011, he was awarded an International Czesław Miłosz Year Prize for his study on Czeslaw Milosz (together with Prof. Viktorija Daujotytė). Kvietkauskas did his research as an academic visitor at the YIVO Institute in New York, Yale University, the University of Cracow, the Moses Mendelssohn Centre in Leipzig. He has published several books of translations, which include Polish poetry and essays by Adam Mickiewicz, Czesław Miłosz, and Wisława Szymborska, and Yiddish poetry and prose by Abraham Sutzkever. His book of literary essays The Port Fugue (Uosto fuga) is due to be published in 2016.
Conference abstract "The Dialogue with the Neighboring Other in the Early 20th Century Jewish Literature of Lithuania"