Gediminskaitė Guoda, M.A.

Doctoral Subject: Christian Archaeology and History of Byzantine Art
Working Title: To Wage War and Prevail Against Enemies: Testimonies of the Akathistos Hymn from Venetian Crete
Mentor at the JGU: Prof. Vasiliki Tsamakda
Topic of the Dissertation:
The primary concern of my dissertation is the complete study of sources related to the Akathistos Hymn and its visual rendering from Crete, the key area of Byzantium which was under Venetian rule from 1211 to 1669. In the research I argue that in the island the Akathistos pictorial cycles become militant images, and they should be approached and studied as such. Methodologically, this inquiry relies on a thorough autoptic interrogation of testimonies through a combined art historical and philological investigation.
09/2016 – 11/2019

M.A., History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage, Curriculum of Medieval and Byzantine Art, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Thesis: “Reassessing Religious Identities in the Fourteenth-century Venetian Crete: Foundations of Two-aisled Churches and the Kallergis Family”, Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Antonio Rigo, Grade: 110/110 Cum Laude.

10/2014 – 06/2016 M.A., History and Theory of Arts, Vilnius Academy of Arts
Thesis: “Manifestations of the Florentine Union in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: Two Church Foundations of the Sapiehas”, Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Giedrė Mickūnaitė, Grade: 9,3 / 10.
10/2010 – 06/2014 B.A., History and Theory of Arts, Vilnius Academy of Arts
Thesis: “Noble Palace and Parish Church in the Pre-Tridentine Grand Duchy of Lithuania: Case Study of Zapyskis”, Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Giedrė Mickūnaitė, Grade: 9,63 / 10.
01/2020 – 08/2020 Librarian (Assistant Cataloguer)
Rare Books Division, Heritage Collections and Research Department, Vilnius University Library
2006/2018 – 09/2018 Trainee (Assistant Cataloguer), Department of Close Access Collections, Crete University Library (ERASMUS+ for Traineeship Scholarship)
09/2015 – 12/2015 Trainee, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Holy See and to the Maltese
(Scholarship of Education Exchanges Support Foundation)
Gediminskaitė G. 2018, “Kuriant istorines vertes: juvelyrikos iš Trakų parapinės bažnyčios medžiaginis aspektas ir kultūrinis kontekstas” [“Creating Historical Values: Material Aspect and Cultural Context of the Jewellery of the Parich Church of Trakai“], in Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, vol. 90: Po Trakų Dievo Motinos karūna, ed. M. Paknys, Vilnius, pp. 197–208. Available online:
Gediminskaitė G. 2014, “1578 m. Zapyškio parapijos aprūpinimo aktas”, [“Donation for Zapyškis Parish in the Year 1578”], in Menotyra, ed. L. Balaišytė, vol. 21/4, Vilnius, pp. 334–341.  Available online:
Gediminskaitė G. 2014, “Zapyškio Šv. Jono Krikštytojo parapinė bažnyčia XVI amžiuje: architektūra ir socialinis kontekstas” [“The St. John the Baptist Church of Zapyškis Parish in the Sixteenth Century: Architecture and Social Context”], in Bažnyčios istorijos studijos, vol. 7: Žemaičių krikštas ir krikščionybė Žemaitijoje: Šešių šimtmečių istorija, ed. L. Jovaiša, Vilnius, pp. 55–75, 315–316. Available online: