Conference “Nationalisms in the Post-soviet Space: Logics, Ethics, Practices”

In the context of the research project: “Ukranians in Poland and Germany – Civic and Political Engagement, Expec­ta­tions and Courses of Actions” Julian Plottka and Richard Steinberg presented a paper on “Awakening National Identity Abroad? The Case of the Ukrainian Diaspora in Germany” (Patalong/Plottka/Steinberg) in Moscow. The conference took place at the Russian Presi­dential Academy of National Economy and Public Admin­is­tration (RANEPA) and was organised by the Centre d’Études Franco-Russe de Moscou, the Gefter Online Magazine and the Yegor Gaidar Foundation. In a lively and inter­dis­ci­plinary debate with partic­i­pants from Europe and other conti­nents the research findings were discussed focusing on a possible awakening of a Ukrainian national identity in the diasporic commu­nities in Germany and Poland triggered by the events of Euromaidan in 2013. The paper presented theoretical questions concerning the nature of this new “national identity” and empirical findings on the identity building process of Ukrainians living in Germany. In this regard, the paper empha­sized the role of social media, Russia as the “other” and European values.

The program of the conference is online available. A publi­cation of the paper is planned in 2017.

More infor­mation on the project “Ukrainians in Poland and Germany – Civic and Political Engagement, Expec­ta­tions and Courses of Actions” are available on IEP’s website.