Conference Adjusting to Europe
Thanks to funding made available by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Baltic, Timofey Agarin and Alexander Osipov organise a conference at Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas, Lithuania, on August 29-30, 2011 entitled "Adjusting to Europe: Institutional Legacies of Communism and Ethnocultural Diversity"
The organisers are pleased to invite scholars and students interested in the issues raised to attend the conference. There is no fee for attendees, yet those interested are kindly asked to indicate their wish to attend in advance of the event to Dr Alexander Osipov: firstname.lastname@example.org Conference programme is available here
Communist Institutional Legacies and Management of Ethnocultural Diversity
The impact of the European norms, standards and policies of minority rights protection on the countries of Central Eastern Europe and in the states of the former Soviet Union have been intensely studied. However, the institutional dynamics inherited from the Soviet nationalities policies have barely been in a focus of interest. The project asks how institutional legacies of the past impact on policies supporting minority communities in the new Europe since a range of the formerly communist states have accessed the European Union. Much academic and policy-oriented research has been done on the impact of European norms and institutions on the post-communist democratisation, yet none on the reverse influence. Now, 20 years following the demise of the Soviet states and its nationalities policies, we ask how the European political institutions reflect the experiences of the communist era and whether, and if so how, the institutional dynamics are reflected in the EU relations with its postcommunist neighbours. The project raises questions about the role of communist institutional and ideological legacies in contemporary European minority politics.