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2018/2019 Team Workshop and Public Round Table

Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies, Wroclaw University (Poland)

November 29 – December 1, 2018


Diversity and sovereignty in the zone between the EU and Russia

The workshop has the goal of putting together the expertise of the Jean Monnet Network participants concerning the policies formulated and implemented by Russia and the EU with regard to the contested areas of diversity and sovereignty. The workshop will focus on the politico-strategic management of diversity by Russia and the EU regarding the contested areas as well as application of specific instruments of power (soft power, hybrid power, power of attraction). Its main research interest will be twofold: (1) The policies of Russia and the EU vis-à-vis the de facto states such as Transnistria or Abkhazia (and recently the Donbas region) and how the de facto states fit into the contending integration schemes, (2) The policies of inclusion and exclusion of minorities by Russia and the EU and the positioning of the respective minorities within the incentive structure constructed by Moscow and Brussels.

Interested in this zone of contact and contestation between the EU and Russia on issues of citizenship, minority rights and de facto states, this workshop’s main questions are the following:

  • How do the EU and Russia affect intra-state policies of minority inclusion/exclusion?
  • How do the politics surrounding ethnically/linguistically identified de facto states (e.g., Transnistria) and similar territories of contested sovereignty (e.g., Donbas, Crimea) affect the EU integration process?
  • How do states in the region instrumentalize/securitize minority issues?
  • What are the power instruments the EU and Russia apply in the domains of contestation?


Preliminary program

 Thursday, November 29 (Arrival and Master Classes)

4:30-6:30pm                 Master Classes

Friday, November 30

9:30am-12:30pm        Paper section I

1:00-2:30pm                 Lunch

3:00pm-5:00pm           Public Round Table on “Power and the politico-strategic management of diversity by Russia and the EU”

Saturday, December 1

9:30am-12:30pm        Paper section II

12.30pm-1:30pm        Lunch

1.30pm-3:00pm           State Team meeting on the Special Issue