The two-day seminar is organized by the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies of the University of Tartu. This event is part of a series of events under the project "30 years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall – Shared Experiences, Common Challenges” organized with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tallinn.
The Tartu Seminar #BerlinWall30 –The future for the post-cold war liberal order represents the fifth edition in a series of annual events launched in 2015. Academic conveners of the event are Dr Stefano Braghiroli (University of Tartu) and Prof Andrey Makarychev (University of Tartu).
The seminar constitutes an opportunity for researchers and practitioners from very different disciplinary areas to debate and fruitfully discuss potential future practical and conceptual scenarios that might characterize the region in the years to come. It has also the ambition to shed light on the short- and mid-term evolution of the crisis in terms of bilateral relations (i.e. stabilization, normalization, and frozen conflict) and its impact on the nature of the EU-Russia relations. This year’s edition of the event will devote specific attention to the role played, in this context, by Europe’s resurging populism(s) and centrifugal forces as well as their transitive connection with Moscow.
The seminar constitutes an opportunity for researchers and practitioners from different disciplinary areas to debate and discuss potential future practical and conceptual scenarios that might characterize the region in years to come. Multiple crises and growing uncertainty are not only undermining the post-Cold War security architecture in Europe, but also challenging agreed definitions of “borders” and “neighbourhoods”. The event seeks to shed light on the evolution of the multiple crises affecting Europe and analyse possible short- and mid-term geo-political developments (i.e. escalation, stabilization, normalization, and frozen conflict) and their impact on EU-Russia and West-Russia relations.
This year’s edition of the event, marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall will devote specific attention to the role played, in this context, by the forces that challenge the post-cold war liberal order both in Europe and in the wider context as well as their transitive connection with Moscow.
The organizers of the seminar welcome contributions on the developments in the relations between EU, Russia, and the post-Soviet space and the respective interactions, from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives including politics, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, geography, semiotics, and media studies. Contributions are expected to address the multidimensionality of the current developments and the future patterns and relevant cleavages in the Eurasian political and cultural space. Comparative analytical perspectives are particularly encouraged.
While the turbulent relations between Russia and the West and Moscow’s role as one of the herald of a counter-hegemonic assault against the post-cold war liberal order will represent key foci of the event, the seminar aims to map the challenges to the instable development of the EU-Russia relations and to understand and conceptually frame these challenges and their expansive potential within the former Soviet space and at the global level.
Paper proposals – which MUST include a short abstract, applicants’ affiliation, position, and CV – can be submitted by April 5, 2019 via the submission system at the following link or via e-mail directly to Dr Stefano Braghiroli (stefano.braghiroli [ät] ut.ee).
Selected paper proposals will be notified by April 8. Should you need more information please do not hesitate to contact Dr Stefano Braghiroli (stefano.braghiroli [ät] ut.ee).
The Tartu Seminar will consist of a limited number of open panels and of graduate sections (open to master and early stage PhD students), addressing different conceptual and functional dimensions. The panels will not overlap in order to maximize the attendance and active participation of the contributors to all the sections.
On the evening of May 24, the Johan Skytte Institute will host a reception open to all the speakers and paper givers.
ORGANIZATION OF THE PANELS AND PAPER PRESENTATIONS
In order to allow an effective discussion in the panels and smooth paper presentations, please make sure that individual presentations do not exceed 15 minutes. Following the paper presentations 45 minutes, in each panel, will be devoted to discussion, comments, and Q&A. Conference presenters are kindly asked to submit their papers directly to the conveners no later than May 13. We will circulate the submitted papers among conference participants ahead of the conference in order to maximize the discussion in the panels.
The seminar will take place at on Friday and at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu.
Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. There is no registration fee. Successful applicants from the University of Tartu’s partner universities are eligible to apply for reimbursement of the following costs: accommodation in Tartu (up to 50 EUR per day); transportation within Estonia (bus/train tickets Tallinn-Tartu-Tallinn).
Tartu is situated in Southern Estonia and connects to the world through Tartu Airport and Lennart Meri Airport in Tallinn. The distance between Tallinn, Estonia's capital, and Tartu is 186 kilometres, or about 2.5 hours by express coach or car.
Tartu Airport has connections to Helsinki. The distance between Tartu Airport and the city centre is about 10 kilometres.
Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport has direct air links to numerous cities, including the nearby Baltic capitals, Riga and Vilnius. It is also easy to fly in direct from Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev, London, Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Warsaw.
You can also reach Tartu easily from Riga Airport (245 km from Tartu). If you are flying to Riga, a number of busses are available to get to Tartu.
From Stockholm and Helsinki, there is also a ferry connection to Tallinn. It is especially frequent from Helsinki, hence planning your route through there will not add much to the total duration of your trip.
Apart from that, Estonia has bus links with major cities in Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic countries. Due to the relatively short distances, coach trips from Riga and St. Petersburg are a good alternative to air travel. Both cities have direct connections to Tartu.
Further information concerning the orgnaization of your travel to Tartu can found here.
The University of Tartu, founded in 1632, is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. It is located in Estonia’s second largest city which is located 186 km southeast of Tallinn and is home to about 100 000 people. Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies offers academic programmes at all levels of higher education, and aims to excel in internationally recognized scholarship as well as applied research. The institute hosts a number of research centres, including the Centre for EU–Russia Studies, a multidisciplinary centre for research and teaching at the University of Tartu, which serves as a contact point for scholars, students and experts who share an interest in the evolving relationship between the European Union and the Russian Federation.
For more information about the University and the Institute, see www.ut.ee/en and www.skytte.ut.ee/en.