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Between the EU and Russia : Transnational «Soft Power» and Societal Activism

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BEAR Montreal Summer School 2018
June 18-23, 2018
- PLU6910 (A-D)
CÉRIUM, Université de Montréal

Between the EU and Russia: Transnational ‘Soft Power’ and Societal Activism (sigle du cours à venir)

The European Union's eastern members and their neighbors represent a zone of contact and of contestation, a meeting point between cultures, communities and social spaces. It is a ‘playground’ for political and socio-economic transformations in which states and diverse societal groups must navigate between the EU and Russia, between varied economic and political integration projects, and between different values, ideas and visions of society. Power relations in this Eastern zone influence the opening, closing, and transformation of political possibilities for EU integration.

This Summer School, organized the Jean Monnet BEAR Network (“Between the EU and Russia: Dimensions of Diversity and Contestation”), examines two aspects of this larger issue: the EU and Russia as transnational actors in regards to regional integration and “soft power” and the society activism in response to these integration projects.

Interested in this zone of contact and contestation between the EU and Russia, and in the ways states and societies engage with their respective/overlapping influences, this Summer School addresses the following broad questions:

•    In what respects are the EU and Russia's regional connectivity/integration projects competitive vs. complementary?

•    How does the "soft power" of the EU and Russia affect local perceptions of threat or belonging?

•    How does real and/or prospective EU integration affect protest dynamics and the likelihood of violence?

•    To what extent are the claims and dynamics of social movements in one state in the region affected by those in neighboring states, and with what ramifications for European integration?






Programme

Monday, June 18

8:30-9:30  Welcoming remarks and school presentation (evaluation requirements and such)
Juliet Johnson and Magdalena Dembinska

Regional Integration Project I: NATO, the European Union and its eastern neighbours
9:30-12:30    Frédéric Mérand, Université de Montréal
2:00-5:00    Joan DeBardeleben, Carleton University

Tuesday, June 19
Regional Integration Project II: the Eurasian Union and its western neighbours
9:30-12:30    Yulia Nikitina, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
2:00-5:00    Viacheslav Morozov, University of Tartu

Wednesday, June 20
The impact of the EU and the Eurasian projects on electoral and partisan politics
9:30-12:30    Film screening - Dominique Arel, University of Ottawa
2:00-5:00     Zsuzsa Csergo, Queen’s University

Thursday, June 21
The impact of EU and the Russian regional powers on civil society and law
9:30-12:30     Maria Popova, McGill University
2:00-5:00     Virgine Lasnier, Université de Montréal

Friday, June 22
Issues of sovereignty between the EU and Russia: de facto states and diasporas
9:30-12:30    Ammon Cheskin, Glasgow University
2:00-5:00    Magdalena Dembinska, Université de Montréal

Saturday, June 23
Simulation games
Juliet Johnson, McGill University and Tatiana Romanova, St. Petersburg State University (TBC)

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Les étudiants de l'Université de Montréal peuvent s'inscrire au cours PLU6910 (A-D) en contactant la TGDE de leur programme.

Les étudiants d'autres universités du Québec doivent s'inscrire en complétant la demande d'inscription en ligne disponible sur le site du BCI (anciennement CREPUQ).

Les étudiants canadiens non québécois, étrangers ou sans attestation doivent être inscrits dans une maison d'enseignement au moins depuis le 1er janvier 2018 et nous faire parvenir une preuve valide de leur inscription dans un établissement d'enseignement (dernier relevé de notes ou de frais  universitaires) par courriel à Patricia Fabi

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Responsables

Magdalena Dembinska, Université de Montréal, département de science politique

Juliet Johnson, McGill University, département de science politique

Florence Seguin, coordonnatrice (UdeM-McGill)