Ethnopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in a State of Flux
9-10 February 2018, University of Tartu (Estonia)
After the end of the Cold War, ethnic relations in Central and Eastern Europe have been subject to a quadratic nexus which consists of ethnic minorities, their external homelands (or kin-states), the (frequently) nationalizing new homelands, and the European Union as both a regulatory and normative power. Since the 2000s, this nexus has undergone several readjustments.
This thematic workshop will focus on patterns, trends and transformations characterizing ethnic relations, ethnopolitics and conflict resolution in contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. The workshop has a cross-regional focus and aspires to attract a wide range of area experts with a specialization in Southeast Europe, the ‘Visegrad Four’, Baltic states, Ukraine and other parts of the post-Soviet space.
The keynote speakers are Dr Roland Kostić (Uppsala University) and Professor Stefan Wolff (University of Birmingham). Dr. Kostić specializes in conflict resolution in intra-state armed conflicts (with a focus on ethnic conflicts in Southeast Europe), post-war peace building, reconciliation, transitional justice, and diaspora and peace. Professor Wolff specializes in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and civil wars and in post-conflict state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies.
The main objectives of the workshop are to:
- take stock of the state of ethnic relations across Central and Eastern Europe, with due attention to cross-national differences and regional specifics;
- facilitate cross- and interdisciplinary exchange;
- allow participants to embed their research more solidly into the wider regional and European contexts;
- establish a network of cooperation among academic and non-academic experts.
Selected contributions will be published in a special issue of Ethnopolitics (Routledge).
The convener, Vassilis Petsinis (PhD Birmingham), is a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. His expertise is European Politics and Ethnopolitics (nationalism, ethnic relations, and the populist & radical right) with a regional specialization in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic States.
The workshop is organized within the framework of the H2020 UPTAKE consortium which is a cooperative project between the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent, and the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University. It is financially supported by the European Commission under a Horizon 2020 twinning project entitled ‘Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent’ (UPTAKE). It receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691818.
Further information: Vassilis Petsinis, Marie Curie researcher, University of Tartu, firstname.lastname@example.org
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