Papers / Projects

Milan Vignjevic

MICC WeB - Model of International Criminal Court for Western Balkans

This project aims at making young people sensitive to human rights and their protection, by opening up discussion on difficult subjects from the region's recent history and teaching them the principle of individual responsibility for violations of rights.

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Bianca Schönberger

Anti-Discrimination Trainings in Vocational Schools - Peer Education

This project engages pupils at vocational schools interactively with the topics of: prejudice, discrimination, racism and moral courage. The aim of the anti-discrimination workshops is to reflect on one's own prejudices, to promote a positive approach to diversity, and to train the communication skills of young people to intervene in discriminatory situations. After the workshops pupils can apply for the two "Train the Trainers" Seminars, which each last 2.5 days.

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Olga Terenetska

T-Tools for dialogue and reconcilation

To produce training content (visuals, non-verbal, audio, videoclips) organize contest of participants online and at festivals (eg. MitOst) that would offer ideas regarding the training content.

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Chelsea Bracci


"The creation of an "other" sets the boundaries between "us" and "them" and leads to the alienation of a group of people based on characteristics that make them different or unwanted. The "othering" of specific groups of people who are considered different is a mechanism for defining the "self". The autor argues that such a relationship has become a "common theme" in East and West. This article shows which origins this phenomenon, in this case called "orientalism", has. The autor demonstrates some aspects and orientalist stereotypes on the basis of art in Romanticism.

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Joanne P. Sharp

"The Russians acted like the Russians": The 'Othering' of the Soviet Union in the Reader’s Digest, 1980-90

The recent emergence of a new 'critical geopolitics' has opened up traditional geopolitical texts for thorough interpretation yet there is little work which contextualizes traditional. This article engages with the conceptions of geopolitics in America of the popular magazine The Reuder’s Digest from 1980-90. It becomes apparent which importance to be due to them.

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Paul Sanders

Under Western Eyes. How meta-narrative shapes our perception of Russia – and why it is time for a qualitative shift

Taking a social-constructivist perspective, this article profiles the impact of cognition on Western interpretations of Russian historical development. Since the nineteenth century this ideological output has situated Western-Russian relations within a meta-narrative of freedom and democratization. This meta-narrative has alternated between two operating modes: an Orientalist search for a Russian civilizational "black box", on the one hand, and a missionary vision, driven by an aspiration to recreate Russia in the Western image, on the other." During the Cold War era the meta-narrative was enriched by new scientific narratives, "path dependency" and "patrimonialism". The article stresses the need for "competing narratives" and concludes with suggestions as to what agenda might replace superseded Russia narratives, as well as the wider "super-story".

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Aliaksei Kazharski

Eurasian Regionalism as an Identitary Enterprise: Representations of European Other in Russian Discourse on Eurasian Integration

The article argues that the recent discourse of the Russian elite on building an "Eurasian Union" contains a series of new attempts of delineating Russian identity. The author relies on the concepts of constitutive Other and othering to argue that Russian understandings of themselves continue to hinge on how they interpret Europe. Representations of European integration that the Russian rulers articulate are used in order to construct images and ideas legitimizing and guiding the development of Eurasian regional integration. The author suggests that while the symbolic "Europe" or the "West" remains a constant point of reference, there are several ways in which it has been used by Russians, leading to emergence of varying identitary patterns. An analysis of discourse on Eurasian regional integration is undertaken in order to show which patterns of Russian identity this political project discursively reproduces and how they may interplay with the future of EU-Russia relations.

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Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Russia's never−ending war against "fascism"

Seventy years after the end of World War II, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko, the fight for hegemony in Europe continues − disguised as a conflict of historical master narratives. The beginning of the current round of memory wars in the post−Soviet space can be dated back to 2005, when the sixtieth anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany turned into a loyalty test for the politicians of neighbouring countries.

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Conference | 28-29 October | Brussels

NECE Conference 2021

Follow the hybrid NECE Conference 2021 "COMMITTED TO CHANGE! Reimagining the future of citizenship education in Europe" from 28–29 October 2021 in Brussels. Registration is open now!

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