Popular geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe

Страна: Великобритания

Город: London

Тезисы до: 17.10.2014

Даты: 19.02.15 — 20.02.15

Область наук: Политология;

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: j.szostek@ucl.ac.uk

Организаторы: University College London


Understandings of the world held by ordinary citizens affect political dynamics both between and within states. In Ukraine, the popular appeal of a ‘European’ future and antipathy towards the Moscow-oriented alternative helped to draw thousands onto the streets during the ‘EuroMaidan’ protests of 2013–14. In Russia, popular mistrust of the West has persisted since the end of the Cold War and has lately been exploited and encouraged by the authorities to justify domestic and foreign policy decisions. Western and non-Western states alike engage in public diplomacy with the aim of enhancing their image in the eyes of foreign populations and thereby increasing support for their international agendas. Yet popular perceptions of foreign ‘others’ and their relationship to the national ‘self’ tend to have deep roots in a complex nexus of influences, including education, personal experience, popular culture and the mass media.

This workshop is intended to advance research into the societal or ‘popular’ dimension of geopolitics in Russia and post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Participants are invited to tackle the following interrelated questions:

  • How do citizens (‘the public’) in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other post-Soviet states perceive ‘the West’ and its constituent parts (the European Union, the USA and other individual countries), their regional neighbourhood and their place on the geopolitical map?
  • How are geopolitical narratives sustained and/or challenged by domestic and transnational media, popular culture, government policies (including education and public diplomacy) and processes outside state control (such as travel and increasing internet use)?
  • How do public attitudes reflect, contradict and/orshape official geopolitical rhetoric and policy choices?
  • How might theoretical approaches and evidence from different disciplines and geographical areas be combined to further our understanding of such issues?

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