Call for Papers
Political Development Between Competing Empires: Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia in Search of Sustainable Political and Economic Order
2-3 December, 2016
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA), Kyiv, Ukraine
Since 2014 and the events following the «Revolution of Dignity» in Ukraine, the still so called post-Soviet region has taken yet another step towards more diversity in terms of regime characteristics as well as geopolitical orientations. While post-revolutionary Ukraine and a more democratically consolidated Georgia are trying hard to integrate into the West, turmoil-ridden Moldova and Armenia are struggling to find working models and direction, and even Belarus and some Central Asian states – despite the persistence of autocratic rule – are eager to strike a new balance by reducing Russian influence. Clearly, however, most states of the region confront a new quality of domestically and internationally-induced stress for the foreseeable future: whereas the prolonged and structurally–based economic recession of the whole region is questioning the existing political and economic orders with a growing potential for social unrest, Russia's military answer to Ukraine's revolution and the EU's foreign policy-«catharsis» challenge statehood and make security a priority.
Those observations are a challenge also to existing approaches in the study of political transformation and democratization. Whilst it has been accepted now that the once popular «linear» or «convergence model» of transformation cannot explain the many democratic roll-backs and hybrid or even autocratic «regime equilibria» in many third and fourth wave democratization contexts, there is still a considerable lack in explanations of what drives political and economic development and how new «equilibria models» could look like. The Conference is designed to explain the latest development of political and economic orders in the post-Soviet region from a multitude of mainstream and not so mainstream perspectives (such as (critical) political economy, political learning or political culture/psychology). It is encouraging esp. young researchers from the region itself but also from EU states to present papers based on creative theoretical and methodological thinking and profound empirical observations. Comparative perspectives discussing two or more countries are most welcome. We accept paper/presentation proposals on the following three overarching topics:
The 2-day Conference will take place on 2nd and 3rd December 2016 at the premises of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in Kyiv, Ukraine. The organizers are the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), NaUKMA and the team of the joint MA program (DSG) “German and European Studies” of Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (FSU Jena) and NaUKMA. The CfP is open to young scholars, meaning PhD candidates or Post-Docs from the post-Soviet region and EU countries. We cover travel and accomodation costs depending on your affiliation (university, think tank, etc.) based on DAAD-defined rates and categories. Working language is English. Proposals (no more than 250 words) fitting well into one of the three overarching topics outlined above can be sent to the main organizer Dr. André Härtel (firstname.lastname@example.org) until no later than 15 October 2016. A publication based on paper versions of selected presentations of the Conference is planned for 2017.
The conference is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany within the framework of the special program: “Strengthening the Cooperation with Civil Societies in the Countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia”.
Dr. André Härtel
DAAD Associate Professor for “German and European Studies”
Political Science Department, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA)