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International Workshop “Engaged or Enraged Citizens? Political Participation in Post-Communist Europe”

Who participates in post-communist politics? Why does this happen? What are the most frequent modes of political participation? What are the consequences of citizens’ involvement? All these questions are addressed in detail, with different sets of methodologies, by the research of 20 scholars presenting at the workshop.

The modes of political participation have gradually expanded in post-communist Europe. In addition to the traditional political engagement through voting, citizens get actively involved in social movements, protests, referendums or political deliberation. These new forms of participation have been extensively documented in the literature especially in terms of development (how and where they take place), functioning and general importance for state and societies. However, much little attention has been paid to citizens’ involvement, the reasons for which they get involved and with what consequences they get involved. This workshop aims to fill this research gap and seeks to answer several important questions: Who participates? What determines people to participate (in one or various modes of participation)? What consequences do these modes of participation have for individuals and society at large? 

To answer these questions and to better understand the development of political participation in post-communist Europe, this workshop aims to bring together researchers addressing any of these questions. We encourage both single-case studies and comparative papers. We are open to any methodological approach, without preference given for qualitative or quantitative methods. The workshop will provide the space for an academic debate in which scholars can present their most recent findings. 


The workshop will be organized for two days (17 and 18 October) and will provide the space for an academic debate in which 20 scholars can present the most recent findings of their research. The workshop seeks to attract a mix of established scholars, early-career researchers and PhD students. To increase the exchange of ideas, each presenter will serve as discussant for another paper. Each presenter will be allocated 45 minutes: 15 minutes to present the paper, 10 minutes for the discussant and 20 minutes for general discussion.

The workshop is open to all those who are interested to attend.

09.00-09.15: Welcome words & workshop goals
Joakim Ekman and Sergiu Gherghina

09.15-09.50: Playing Close to the Edge: An Analysis of Ukrainian Border Youth's Reactions to the Euromaidan
Marnie Howlett (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Discussant: Viktoriia Muliavka

09.50-10.25: Digital Media and the Thinning Out of Civic Activism: Empowerment/Disempowerment of the Savvy Few
Kjell Engelbrekt (Swedish Defence University)
Discussant: Stina Bengtsson

10.25-11.00: Alter-Politics in a Formalized Political Unsettlement: Non-Ethnic Mobilization in Republika Srpska
Lydia Letsch (Humboldt University Berlin)
Discussant: Filip Balunovic

11.00-11.30: Coffee break

11.30-12.05: Factors influencing youth political (dis)engagement in North Macedonia
Martin Galevski (University of Oxford)
Discussant: Svetlana Chuikina

12.05-12.40: Enacting Resistance, Performing Citizenship, or: Being or Becoming Political in the Stabilitocracy?
Bojan Baća (New Europe College & Charles University)
Discussant: Martin Kuka

13.00-14.15: Lunch

14.15-14.50: The Cognitive Edifice of Counter-Hegemonic Tendencies in Former Yugoslavia: Social Movements and Construction of Alternative Realities
Filip Balunovic (Scuola Normale Superiore)
Discussant: Jelena Vasiljevic

14.50-15.25: Political participation in Poland
Karolina Tybuchowska-Hartlińska (University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn)
Discussant: Petar Bankov

15.25-16.00: Kinship-based and patron-client based political participation and mobilization of voters in Kyrgyzstan
Arzuu Sheranova (Corvinus University of Budapest)
Discussant: Maja Savic-Bojanic

16.00-16.30: Coffee break

16.30-17.05: The Influence of Romanian Migrants on Voting in National Elections
Marius Grad (Babeș-Bolyai University)
Discussant: Lydia Letscs

17.05-17.40: Examining Formal Political Participation of Jews and Poles in Post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina: What Types of Participants?
Maja Savic-Bojanic (University of Sarajevo)
Discussant: Samantha Rose Simpson

17.40-18.15: Satisfaction with Politics, Resources and their Impact on Political Participation in Eastern Europe
Petar Bankov (University of Glasgow)
Discussant: Marnie Howlett

19.00: Dinner

09.00-09.35: Drivers of activism in social movements in Serbia
Jelena Vasiljevic (University of Belgrade)
Discussant: Marius Grad

09.35-10.10: Local Governance in Armenia: How decentralization reforms promote participatory policy-making in local affairs
Julya Sahakyan (EPF Armenia)
Discussant: Bojan Baća

10.10-10.45: Digital media, civic engagement and everyday life: beyond activism
Stina Bengtsson (Södertörn University)
Discussant: Mirjana Rupar

10.45-11.15: Coffee break

11.15-11.50: The role of media practices in formation of the youth protests movement in Russia
Svetlana Chuikina (Södertörn University)
Discussant: Martin Galevski

11.50-12.25: Political Parties and Voting in Referendums> Evidence from Eastern Europe
Sergiu Gherghina (University of Glasgow) and Nanuli Silagadze (Abo Akademi Finland)
Discussant: Arzuu Sheranova

12.25-13.00: The apathy of the poor as an incentive to demolish the past. The vandalization of Albania’s capital
Martin Kuka (Aleksander Moisiu University)
Discussant: Julya Sahakyan

13.00-14.30: Lunch

14.30-15.05: Planners in Exile: Kosovar Albanians and the Formation of Nationalist and Political Groups in Switzerland and Germany
Samantha Rose Simpson (University of Bern)
Discussant: Kjell Engelbrekt

15.05-15.40: The link between national identity and civic engagement
Mirjana Rupar (Jagiellonian University Krakow)
Discussant: Karolina Tybuchowska-Hartlińska

15.40-16.15: Youth Political Participation and Institutional Trust in Ukraine, 2004 to 2013
Viktoriia Muliavka (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Discussant: Nanuli Silagadze

16.15-16.30: Concluding remarks
Joakim Ekman and Olena Podolian

Tid och plats

17 oktober 09:00 - 18 oktober 16:30


MA 796, CBEES, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg, hitta hit


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The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University



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