Open lecture: The EU Flag as a Political Symbol in non-EU countries
Prof Juliet Johnson, Department of Political Science McGill University, Canada.
11:00-12:30, room 216
How and why have governments and publics in non-EU member states used the EU flag as a political symbol? Building on work on everyday EU symbolism, the lecture argues that the display of the flag outside the EU is arguably an assertion of national identity in a way that it has typically not been within the EU, particularly in countries with strong pro- and anti-Russian partisan cleavages, and that this trend has increased over time. Case studies of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will be employed to discuss the evolving use of the EU flag. Also the conspicuous absence of such use - even by anti-government protestors - in Armenia and Russia will be equally discussed.
Open lecture: Russia’s Approaches to Regionalism in Eurasia
Yulia Nikitina, Associate Professor of World Politics and Leading Research Fellow at the Centre for the Post-Soviet Studies at the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO)
13:30-15:00, room 216
Russia-led regional organisations in Eurasia are not perceived in the EU as efficient and viable, mainly because of the perceived understanding that Russia uses them to project its influence. The lecture will present different explanatory logics for regionalism in Eurasia and discuss the choices for the countries “in-between” Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian institutions.