The BEAR (Between the EU and Russia) network’s key objective is to promote a better understanding of how the EU and Russia influence and inspire minority politics, integration efforts, and societal contestation on the EU’s eastern borders by: 1) stimulating knowledge development through academic collaborations and connections; 2) conducting high-quality teaching activities across Europe, North America and Russia; and 3) disseminating our knowledge to policymakers, the public and other key constituencies. Our network brings together 25 scholars from 11 universities in six countries to explore attempts to mobilize, influence, protect, and claim regional minority groups on the EU’s eastern borders, as well as how societal actors in the region draw upon, react to, and engage with the overlapping influences of the EU and Russia.

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“Between the EU and Russia: Transnational ‘Soft Power’ and Societal Activism”

July 31, 2018
The 1st edition of our Summer School took place in Montreal, Canada.
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BEAR Summer School Mobility Grants

February 27, 2018
This year’s BEAR Network Summer School Mobility Grants allow graduate students to travel to Montreal to participate in the first BEAR Summer School untitled “Between the EU and Russia: Transnational ‘Soft Power’ and Societal Activism,” to be held in June 18-23, 2018.
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Launch Workshop Report

February 16, 2018
The BEAR Network held its first series of events from February 1-3, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. Recordings of the Masterclasses...
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