Members of the UPTAKE consortium will present their research at several joint panels in the upcoming conferences.
- The first joint panel will take place at the ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention at the University Centre of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.The panel, entitled “Political Attitudes and Allegiances of the Russian-speaking Minorities in Estonia” examines the attitudes of the Russian-speaking groups in Estonia, focusing on their political identities, values, allegiances and attitudes, including support for democracy as a type of government, levels of satisfaction with regime performance, and patterns of political participation. The attitudes and allegiances of the Russophone population of Estonia will be contrasted with those of ethnic Estonians, as well as those of ethnic kin in the Russian Federation.The panel will address the dynamics of the interethnic cultural and political gap in Estonia, while discussing prospects for normative convergence. It will also discuss the resonance of the Kremlin’s compatriot policy in Estonia, assessing the susceptibility of the country’s Russophones to Moscow’s political and normative agendas.The composition of the panel is as follows:
Chair and discussant: Jerry Pankhurst (University of Wittenberg)
Kristina Kallas (University of Tartu) “Claiming the Diaspora: Russia’s Compatriot Policy and Its Reception by the Russophone Population in Estonia”;
Piret Ehin (University of Tartu) “Different Regime Trajectories, Divergent Attitudes Towards Democracy? A Comparison of Ethnic Russians in the Russian Federation and in Estonia“;
Leonid Polishchuk (University of Uppsala) and Ryhor Nizhnikau (University of Tartu) “Drivers and Impediments to Inter-ethnic Cultural Convergence in Estonia”.
- The second joint panel “‘The Politics’ and ‘the Political’ of the Eastern Partnership Initiative: Reshaping the agenda” will be held at the CEEISA-ISA 2016 Joint International Conference in Ljubljana.
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’.The composition of the panel is as follows:
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’?