ECMI Senior Research Associate Ljubica Djordjević participated in the Fourth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies that was held at the University of Tartu (Estonia) from 9 to 11 June.

The University of Tartu (Estonia) is the oldest university in the Baltics

This year’s conference was focused on “Communities in Flux: Rethinking Sovereignty and Identity in an Era of Change” and gathered around 200 scholars into numerous interesting panels, exchange of ideas and discussions on the developments, dynamics and challenges in the post-Soviet space and beyond.

Ljubica Djordjević had a twofold role: as a discussant and a panellist. She acted as a discussant in the panel “Ethnicity in the making: (re)construction of minority ethnic identities in the post-Soviet area” that dealt with the highly interesting topics of the identity construction of Hungarian Greek Catholics in the Ukrainian Transcarpathia, the dynamics of the identity of the Kists of Pankisi Valley, the durability of Russian language in the Moldavian Gagauzia and the nexus between the political and ethnic identity of the Russians in the Baltic states.

On the other hand, Ljubica presented a draft paper “Conceptual Disputes over the Nation and National Minorities in the Western Balkan Countries”, which – on the basis of constitutional texts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – explores how the states through their constitutions deal with the (ethnic) diversity and balance between the civic and ethnic concepts. The paper was presented in the scope of the panel “Ethnicity, Conflict and Nation-Building”, which dealt with a variety of interesting topics: the consequences of separatist wars in the Caucasus and the Balkans, Afrikaners in South Africa and Serbs in Croatia, migration echo of the Syrian conflict in the southern regions of Russia, and Russia as perceived by the Chechens.

A photo gallery is available at  https://bit.ly/2WQCgA0 and video recordings of keynotes by Prof Gerard Toal and Professor Nancy Condee are available at https://bit.ly/2XkVSjR.

The next Annual Tartu Conference will take place on 7-9 June 2020.

Author: LD

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