Darius Sakalauskas is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Vilnius University, Lithuania with a research focus on the economic history of the late Grand Duchy of Lithuania. His doctoral project is entitled Socio-economic processes in the 17-18th c. Vilnius: the management of private capital, where the different groups of the city’s socio-economic agents will be analyzed through their engagement with the private capital: its accumulation, investment practices, rationale of the decisions, partnerships and their distance. One of the specific groups analyzed will be the local Jewish community and its individual members.
Darius Sakalauskas is also active in the area of Jewish heritage in Lithuania: he is a collaborator in a Research Centre https://www.jewishstudies.lt and has managed a project http://discoverjewishlithuania.com/. Besides it, he is currently project manager for developing the Jewish Cultural Heritage Route in Lithuania.
During his GEOP Research Fellowship at POLIN Museum, Darius Sakalauskas will work on a research project entitled Jews as financial intermediaries in the city and nearby surroundings: the view of the 18th c. main urban center in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. He will be examining Jewish role in the financial sector in the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 18th c. Research will aim to analyze both the community’s and its individual members’ financial capacity, rationale of the decisions, available partnerships, institutional hindrance and support. Furthermore, Darius Sakalauskas will compare Vilnius situation with the other urban centers in the Commonwealth, especially fast-growing Warsaw in the 18th c. This research will result in an article and a contribution to the PhD thesis.
Darius Sakalauskas will be in residence at POLIN Museum from January until April 2017.
The GEOP Research Fellowship is offered by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in cooperation with the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute within the framework of the Global Education Outreach Program. This program was made possible thanks to the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.