...... ............ Julia Christina Keil M.A... ..north european studies political science cultural science



Stays uproad

"It is a strange thing to come home. While yet on the journey, 
you cannot at all realize how strange it will be."
(Selma Lagerlöf)

VILNIUS Erasmus - Scholarship

08/2001 - 05/2002

Legend has it that the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas was inspired by a dream when he founded the city of Vilnius as the future capital of his empire in 1323. During the winter term of 2001/2002, I was an exchange student at Vilnius University which gave me the opportunity to attend classes in Scandinavian literature; Baltic history and politics; and Lithuanian language.

The University was founded by Jesuits in 1597. Being one of the oldest Universities in Europe its multitude of architectural styles represents about one quarter of the beautiful old town.

Since I first stayed in the Lithuanian capital things have rapidly changed, new office buildings and shopping malls have appeared along the banks of the "Neris River" and examples of post-Soviet bureaucracy became rare. Lithuania has become a member of the EU on 1st of May 2004. However, these transitions have not necessarily profited everyone.

The hospitality and optimism of its citizens, the ever tempting cup of “Karštas Šokoladas” - the Lithuanian chocolate drink - in the afternoon, the never sleeping and scathing art scene and the famous trolley-busses make Vilnius one of the most interesting and charming cities of Europe. Lithuania is still in economic, politic and cultural transition and of course I’m quite curios to see how the town, as well as the entire country, will develop in the future...

Kárášjohka / Karasjok Lingua-C Scholarship

01/2003 - 04/2003

10/1999 - 04/2000

The little village of Kárášjohka is located in Norway near the river of the same name, beyond the Arctic Circle and near the Norwegian-Finnish border. On extremely cold days the temperature can fall to minus 40 °C; however, the short summers can be really warm. I went to Kárášjohka as a European Lingua-C language assistant, teaching German at the Sámi High School from early autumn until Easter of 1999/2000.

Located in the heart of „Sápmi“, the Sámis homeland, Kárášjohka is no ordinary Norwegian village. The Sámis (formerly called “Lapps or Lapplanders”) are the indigenous people of Scandinavia, having their own languages as well as sharing a distinct history and culture often characterized by the traditions of the nomadic Sámi reindeer herders.

Kárášjohka is the home of the Norwegian Sámi Assembly, the Sámi broadcasting station, the Sámi National Library, the Sámi Museum and Sámi Art gallery. In the spring of 2003 I returned to the northern Scandinavian region to do research for my master's thesis.



Professional experience



Stays abroad