UPTAKE Joint Panels at CEEISA-ISA Joint International Conference in Ljubljana

During the CEEISA-ISA 2016 Joint International Conference in Ljubljana, two UPTAKE joint panel will take place.

  • The Point where the Pendulum Stops: Revisiting Identity (Politics) in IR
    SB01: Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:45 PMChair and discussant: Stefano Guzzini (Danish Institute for International Studies, Uppsala University & PUC-Rio de Janeiro)
    Maria Mälksoo (University of Tartu, Estonia) “State Identity Disjuncture and the Politics of Transitional Justice: The Case of Russia”
    Anatoly Reshetnikov (Central European University) “Russia’s Great Power Identity in the XIX Century and Today: Being vs. Becoming”
    Maria Leek (University of Tartu), Viatcheslav Morozov (University of Tartu) “Identity beyond Othering: Crisis and the Politics of Decision in the EU’s involvement in Libya (2011)”
  • ‘The Politics’ and ‘the Political’ of the Eastern Partnership Initiative: Reshaping the agenda
    FA08: Friday 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM
    Drawing on Edkins (1999) interpretation of ‘the political’, this panel sets to rethink the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern Partnership agenda especially. In order to make the European Union’s (EU) policies more sustainable for dealing with the outside as different and yet permeable to negotiation of the new boundaries for ‘politics’ and ‘the political’, one can no longer afford to simply tinker around the edges with the policy contents, instruments and agents, and continue to ignore the policy’s regional contestation. Part of the problem, as the panel argues, is the EU’s failure to imagine a new social order, which would give a relational value to the Other, e.g. the outsiders, and become more accommodating of their diverse and different world, and not by way of disciplining it to the EU purported standards, but rather by way of aligning differences to a mutually agreeable ‘norm’. The panel will thus redefine the role of ‘politics’ and ‘the political’, and will explore the notions of othering, differentiation and normalisation with application to the Eastern Partnership region and the EU-Russia relations. This discussion is premised on a special issue titled ‘The Politics and “The Political” of the Eastern Partnership Initiative: re-shaping the agenda’.

Chair: Elena Korosteleva (University of Kent)
Discussant: Viatcheslav Morozov (University of Tartu)
Elena Korosteleva (University of Kent) “EU-Russia relations in the eastern neighbourhood: the importance of othering”;
Igor Merheim-Eyre (University of Kent) “Exploring the EU’s security governmentality: The case of visa diplomacy in the Eastern Partnership”;
Elena Korosteleva (University of Kent)
Igor Merheim-Eyre (University of Kent)
Eske Elisabeth Adriana Van Gils (University of Kent)
“Eastern Partnership: bringing ‘the political’ back in”
Eske Elisabeth Adriana Van Gils (University of Kent) “Differentiation through bargaining power in EU-Azerbaijan relations: Baku as a tough negotiator”
Miruna Beldiman (University of Kent) “Economic diplomacy within the Eastern Partnership: room for meaningful improvements through ‘othering’?