(Kyiv, NaUKMA, 26/27 January 2018)
Organized by the “German and European Studies” Program at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) and the Research Group “Frozen and Unfrozen Conflicts” of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg
With the annexation of Crimea and the emergence of two separatist entities in Ukraine’s Donbass region (self-declared “DNR” and “LNR”) in 2014, issues of contested territory and statehood in the region between the European Union and Russia have made it to the international political agenda again. While every conflict constellation has its individual whereabouts and dynamics, the protracted existence of territorial conflicts and the emergence of these new conflicts pose similar questions to their so-called parent-states (e.g. Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia) as well as to the international community of states. Apart from broader questions of international and regional security, political and legal status and possible ways of internationalized conflict settlement, actors in the region face a range of everyday-challenges when dealing with the economic and humanitarian situation of the populations concerned. With all these conflicts being of a ‘protracted nature’ creative political thinking about effective temporary solutions – ensuring acceptable life conditions while holding status questions open – are of key importance.
The workshop aims for developing a deeper understanding of the two most recent territorial conflicts in the so-called post-Soviet space and looks for possible transfers of existing expertise and knowledge from other cases in the regions. It will take place on 26 and 27 January 2018 on the premises of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in Kyiv, Ukraine. Organizers are the «German and European Studies»-Programme, located at NaUKMA and based on a cooperation project between NaUKMA and Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, together with the Research Group “Frozen and Unfrozen Conflicts” of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS). The workshop is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
We invite applications from young scholars, PhD candidates, early career researchers and Post-Docs, from Germany, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus and Moldova. Proposals (not more than 250 words) on topics fitting in one of the here prescribed three sub-themes should be sent together with a short CV to our workshop assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 3 December 2017. A limited number of scholarships (based on DAAD-defined rates and categories) covering travel and accommodation expenses are available for successful applicants. Working language of the workshop is English.
Further information concerning the workshop can be found here.