Dr Paul Chaisty awarded funding from the John Fell OUP Research Fund to support research on Nationalism and State-Building at a Crucial Turning Point: Democracy, Authoritarianism and Political Mobilisation in Ukraine and Russia.
25 July 2014
Dr Paul Chaisty has been awarded funding from the University’s John Fell OUP Research Fund to support research on Nationalism and State-Building at a Crucial Turning Point: Democracy, Authoritarianism and Political Mobilisation in Ukraine and Russia.
Together with Stephen Whitefield and Tomila Lankina (London School of Economics), he will investigate how political and national identities and preferences are changing in Russia and Ukraine, with particular emphasis on Ukraine's varied regions including Crimea. In particular, the project will consider how national identities and mobilised political activity connect with mass and elite support for democratic or authoritarian government (and their institutional forms) and with attitudes towards European integration. The research questions will be addressed through national surveys of citizens in both countries, supplemented by content analysis of media sources to map shifting elite framing of nationalism and states.
MSc student Stephanie Cohen to present thesis at Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Studies conference in the US
9 July 2014
REES MSc graduate Stephanie Cohen has been accepted to present her dissertation at the International Studies Association Western Conference in September 2014. The theme of the conference is 'Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Studies' and she will be presenting her work on a panel on Elites and Identity.
Stephanie is very excited for this opportunity and would like to thank her advisor Dr Nicolette Makovicky for her support and guidance.
Well done Stephanie!
Dr Sasse - Kick-Starting Ukrainian-Russian Relations?
4 July 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse's article on Russian-Ukrainian relations went live on the Carnegie Europe site, 4th July 2014.
Quo vadis Postelection Ukraine? Dr Gwen Sasse
30 May 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse's latest piece on the Ukranian elections for Carnegie Europe
Click here to read.
Dr Sasse interview in Christian Science Monitor
27 May 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse was interviewed and quoted by the Christian Science Monitor on 25 May 2014.
Confused about whats at stake in Ukraines elections? Here are five things to know
27 May 2014
The Brazilian economic newspaper Valor Economico interviewed and quote extensively Dr Gwen Sasse. This was published on 22nd May 2014.
BBC 3 Free Thinking – Arts and Ideas
15 May 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse was a studio guest on 'Free Thinking – Arts and Ideas' on BBC3 on 14th May. Discussion is about culture and politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Click here to listen.
The Only Chance to Rebuild Ukraine by Dr Gwen Sasse
6 May 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse's latest piece in Carnegie Europe.
SPIELBALL DER MÄCHTIGEN
31 March 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse's piece in the German political magazine Cicero (a monthly publication) has just been published – in the April edition.
31 March 2014
Here is an article published in one of the main Danish weeklies 'Weekendavisen' on 28 March which quotes from an interview with Dr Gwen Sasse.
Dr Sasse was invited to write a piece for the Carnegie Endowment - which was also published on 28 March
Ukraine and its Place in the World
24 March 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse was part of panel discussion 'Ukraine and its Place in the World' – this year's Elliot Lecture at St. Antony's College on 14 March. The panelists were Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland, Javier Solana, former Secretary General of NATO and former EU High Representative and Dr Sasse – the discussion was moderated by Chris Patten, Chancellor of the University of Oxford. The podcast can be found here.
The Crimea crisis should mark the beginning of a federal state for Ukraine
24 March 2014
'Quartz', an important business outlet in the US, picked up the story written by Dr Gwen Sasse for New America. Read the article here.
Discussion in the German daily Die Welt on Dr Sasse's archival work on the transfer of Crimea from the RSFSR to the Ukrainian Socialist Republic.
24 March 2014
The German daily 'Die Welt' discusses Dr Gwen Sasse's archival work on the transfer of Crimea from the RSFSR to the Ukrainian Socialist Republic as a 'more detailed analysis than any other publication' and sums up her findings on Khrushchev's role and the underlying motivations for the transfer.
The Case for the United States of Ukraine
24 March 2014
A piece by Dr Gwen Sasse for the US think tank New America Foundation
Europe Pulls Punches With Limited Sanctions, Wary Of Backfire
20 March 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse was on the NPR show 'All Things Considered' on 17 March - the clip and transcript are here.
Crimea: What's Next? by Greg Myre
20 March 2014
Crimea appears to be on the fast track for joining up with Russia after Sunday's referendum vote in favor of union with Moscow.
Ukraine and the West are adamantly opposed to the Russian annexation of Crimea, but what are they prepared to do about it? Here's a look at the major players and the choices they face in the Crimea crisis.
Neoliberalism, Personhood, and Postsocialism Enterprising Selves in Changing Economies. Edited by Nicolette Makovicky, University of Oxford, UK
19 March 2014
Available at http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409467878. Customers buying the book through www.ashgate.com will automatically receive a 10% discount.
Despite a growing literature debating the consequences of neo-liberal political and economic policy in the former Eastern bloc, the idea of neo-liberal personhood has so far received limited attention from scholars of the region. Presenting a range of ethnographic studies, this book lays the groundwork for a new disciplinary agenda by critically examining novel technologies of self-government which have appeared in the wake of political and economic liberalization.
Neoliberalism, Personhood, and Postsocialism explores the formation of subjectivities in newly marketized or marketizing societies across the former Eastern Bloc, documenting the rise of the neo-liberal discourse of the ‘enterprising’ self in government policy, corporate management and education, as well as examining the shifts in forms of capital amongst marginal capitalists and entrepreneurs working in the grey zone between the formal and informal economies.
A rich investigation of the tools of neo-liberal governance and the responses of entrepreneurs and families in changing societies, this book reveals the full complexity of the relationship between historically and socially embedded economic practices, and the increasing influence of libertarian political and economic thought on public policy, institutional reform, and civil society initiatives. As such, it will appeal to anthropologists, sociologists and geographers with interests in political discourse, identity, entrepreneurship and organizations in post-socialist societies.
‘This timely volume builds on current debates regarding post-socialism and neoliberalism and, offering detailed ethnographic observation, makes a convincing case for the value of nuanced, empirically grounded approaches to neoliberalism and some of its key concepts. Eschewing the simplistic and the abstract, it shows what neoliberalism means for particular people, in particular places and times.’ Victoria Goddard, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Post-Crimea Vote: The West Vs. Russia?
19 March 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse was on the NPR programme 'On Point' on 18th March 2014. This is an hour-long show, this time in the company of former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and Eugene Rumer. (Dr Sasse comes in about 20mins into the show)
What We'll Learn From Crimea's Vote.
14 March 2014
This is a piece written by Dr Gwen Sasse for the New America Foundation on the referendum in Crimea on Sunday 16th March 2014.
What We’ll Learn From Crimea’s Vote
Crimean autonomy: A viable alternative to war?
4 March 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse has written a piece on the current situation in Crimea which has been published in the Washington Post on 3rd March 2014.
What does Ukraine’s #Euromaidan teach us about protest?
28 February 2014
Dr Gwen Sasse and Dr Olga Onuch wrote a piece for the Washington Post Blog on the Ukrainian protests. Click on this link to read the article.
The Power of the Presidents. Paul Chaisty, Nic Cheeseman and Timothy Power win prize for the global comparison of presidential systems
12 February 2014
On which pillars does presidential power depend? Which factors ensure (in)stability? Paul Chaisty, Nic Cheeseman and Timothy Power from the University of Oxford have compared different presidential systems in the world regions of Africa, Latin America and the former Soviet Union. For their work, the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies has awarded the three scholars with the Comparative Area Studies (CAS) Award.
This is the first time the GIGA has awarded the prize. With the CAS Award, the GIGA wants to promote the development of this young and innovative field of research. From the first-class entries received, the international jury consisting of Scott Gates (editor-of-chief of International Area Studies Review), Sean Yom (Temple University) and Andreas Mehler (GIGA) selected the article “Rethinking the ‘presidentialism debate’: Conceptualizing coalitional politics in cross-regional perspective” first published online 2012 and now in Democratization, Vol. 21, Iss. 1, 2014.
“The authors have taken excellent advantage of the opportunities offered by comparative area studies: context sensitivity, generalisation to broader empirical base, but also concretisation. What matters where and how much?”, said Andreas Mehler in explaining the jury’s decision. “Chaisty, Cheeseman and Power have not only investigated the interplay of diverse possibilities of presidents’ influence, they have also – and that is the decisive progress – given weight to local factors: history, culture, development paths.”
The three researchers distinguished themselves with their political scientific expertise as well as their knowledge about each world region: Paul Chaisty is an expert on the former Soviet Union, Nic Cheeseman on Africa and Timothy Power on Latin America. “For their paper, they have looked beyond the borders of their area”, said Mehler. “As a result, they gathered new insights into the study of political systems.”
The ceremony for the GIGA CAS Award will be held on 10 April 2014 in Hamburg at the international conference “Adapting Institutions: A Comparative Area Studies Perspective”, which will mark the GIGA’s 50th anniversary.
For more information on comparative area studies:
Karen Hewitt appointed MBE
7 January 2014
Congratulations to Karen Hewitt, Tutor in the Department for Continuing Education, who was appointed MBE for services to building academic and cultural understanding between the UK and Russia.
Ms Hewitt said: 'I was thrilled to receive the MBE for work which would not have been possible without the support of many colleagues at the Department for Continuing Education and throughout the University. I first taught in a Russian university in 1989 and realised how difficult it was for intelligent and thoughtful Soviet university teachers to understand western societies and culture. They needed books and explanations and academic opportunities as their country was undergoing an agonising transformation. I was able to pioneer schemes which were supported by the Department for Continuing Education, by the University’s agreement with Perm State University, and later by St Antony’s College's Russian Centre. In recent years, thanks to the Oxford Russia Fund, I’ve been able to bring thousands of books, especially of contemporary literature, to teachers and students all over Russia. The experience has been fascinating and academically absorbing.'
Interview on BBC World Service.
9 December 2013
Dr. Olga Onuch (Research Fellow, Nuffield College University of Oxford) gave interviews to the BBC World Service on Monday 2nd December.
Dr Onuch has been conducting research on protests and election in Argentina and Ukraine over the last several years. When the recent mass-protest erupted in Ukraine she quickly set up a survey of protest participants. Dr. Onuch has a team of 20 Canvassers taking turns interviewing and surveying protest participants.
They have already completed 668 surveys (which are on-going) and they have 5 focus groups set up with approximately 8-10 participants in each. Dr. Onuch's goal is to expand the survey to other regional cities.
The main preliminary finding is that "social networks and NOT social media" seem to be central in mobilizing and connecting protest participants, and most certainly facilitating 'Ordinary Citizens' to join-in the protests. This is significant because the media and analysts are focusing on the "power of Facebook and Hashtags".
One interview was pre-recorded and will appear on-line soon, the second was during a debate on BBC World Service "World Have Your Say"
This research is linked to and will be referenced in a book that is forthcoming with Palgrave.
Revolutionary Moments and Movements: Understanding Mass Mobilization in Argentina (2001) and Ukraine (2004). Palgrave MacMillan.
Dr Gwen Sasse participates in a one-hour radio show on NPR to talk about the protests in Ukraine.
5 December 2013
Dr Gwen Sasse participted in a one-hour show on NPR called 'On-Point' hosted by Tom Ashbrook in the USA. Click on the link to listen to the discussions about the current protests in the Ukraine.
Ukraine Splits Over East-West Economic Rivalry.
Call for Participants: CEELBAS Research Training Workshop
20 November 2013
Using the British Library's Slavonic and East European Collections Thursday 20th-Friday 21st March 2014 at the British Library and UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
Call for Participants: CEELBAS Research Training Workshop; Using the British Library's Slavonic and East European Collections
Thursday 20th-Friday 21st March 2014 at the British Library and UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) invites Research Masters and PhD students to register for a two-day research training event offering a practical introduction to the British Library’s extensive Slavonic and East European Collections – the largest research resource in the field of Slavonic, East European and Soviet Studies in the UK.
The event is open to Research Masters and Doctoral students at any of the CEELBAS network universities: Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Kent, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield, Warwick, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and UCL.
The programme (see attached) includes:
- an introductory session at the British Library;
- a networking drinks reception for participants and BL and curators at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies;
- small group ‘show and tell’ sessions; an opportunity for independent exploration of the BL’s collections;
- a chance to receive personalised and research-specific help and advice from the BL’s team of experts.
Ideal for those at the start of Master’s or Doctoral research, the workshop will provide practical research skills and highlight the breadth and diversity of the materials available in the UK for language-based research on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe.
A limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries (up to £100) are available for those coming from outside London.
To register for a place, e-mail email@example.com by 16th December, confirming:
- Your name;
- Your university and programme of study;
- Whether you would like to request a travel/accommodation bursary;
- Your main research interests (key-words);
- and which of the British Library’s Slavonic and East European collections (view list) you would be most interested in exploring.
Places and travel bursaries will be allocated on a ‘first come first served basis’. To enable the British Library’s experts to prepare the training sessions, participants will be required to provide a fuller outline of their research, indicating the areas of the collections that they are most interested in, one month in advance of the workshop.
For all queries about the workshop, please e-mail the CEELBAS Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS)
CEELBAS is a network of leading UK universities established to promote the study of all the countries of Central, Eastern, South-Eastern Europe and the Baltics, Russia, as well as Turkey and the Black Sea, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Postgraduate and early-career researchers facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/ceelbas
10 October 2013
Forward to democracy or back to authoritarianism? The attitudinal bases of mass support for the Russian election protests of 2011–2012
Paul Chaisty & Stephen Whitefield. Department of Politics and International Relations , University of Oxford
Published online: 18 Jun 2013.
CPP team visit to HSE in Moscow, Russia
4 October 2013
On October 4th 2013, the CPP team visited the National University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russia, where it debated the early results of the project along with faculty and students of the Department of Comparative Politics. Among others, the event was attended by Andrei Melville (Head of the Department of Comparative Politics) and Mikhail Ilyin (Deputy Dean for Research).
Pictured (left to right): Mikhail Ilyin (HSE), Dmitry Efimov (HSE), Timothy Power, Zlata Sergeeva (HSE), Nic Cheeseman and Svitlana Chernykh.
CPP workshop in Ukraine
2 October 2013
On 2nd October, 2013 the CPP held its second regional workshop at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in Ukraine. The Oxford team debated the early results of the project along with representatives of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, the Agency for Legislative Initiatives and the Academy of Public Administration under the Office of the President of Ukraine (Department for Parliamentarism) as well as the students and faculty of NaUKMA.
The CEELBAS Language Repository
25 September 2013
The CEELBAS Language Repository is an open access resource for teachers and students of the languages of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.
CPP present at Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo (USP)
23 September 2013
On 23rd September 2013, the Oxford team presented the CPP project to the Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo (USP). Discussants included Fernando Limongi (Professor and Chair, USP) Argelina Figueiredo (IESP, Rio de Janeiro), and George Avelino (Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo).
Pictured (left to right): Germán Bidegain Ponte (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Andréa Freitas (CEBRAP), Svitlana Chernykh, Fernando Limongi (USP), Paul Chaisty, Timothy Power, George Avelino (FGV), Nic Cheeseman, and Santiago Basabe-Serrano (FLACSO Ecuador and GIGA, Hamburg).
CPP team visit Feseral University of Parana
20 September 2013
On 20th September 2013, the CPP team visited the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil, where a symposium on comparative presidentialism was sponsored jointly by the graduate programs in Law and Political Science. The event was organized by UFPR professors Fabrício Tomio (Law) and Luciana Veiga and Renato Perissonotto (Social Sciences).
The proceedings were streamed life on YouTube and the video is archived HERE
Pictured: Timothy J. Power, Renato Perissonotto.
CPP workshop in Brazil
19 September 2013
On 19th September, 2013 the CPP held its first regional workshop at the Federal Senate of Brazil in Brasília. The event was jointly opened by Senators Cyro Miranda, Flexa Ribeiro, and Lídice da Mata, by the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, HE Alex Ellis, and by the Director of the Brazilian Legislative Institute Helder Rebouças. The CPP team was joined by the researchers from Federal Senate of Brazil and the University of Brasilia. The event was attended by over 150 people and broadcast on TV in the Senate and online.
Pictured (left to right) are Paul Chaisty, Leany Lemos (Federal Senate of Brazil) João Henrique Pederiva (Interlegis), Germán Bidegain Ponte (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Svitlana Chernykh (University of Oxford), Timothy J. Power, Santiago Basabe-Serrano (FLACSO-Ecuador and GIGA, Hamburg) and Nic Cheeseman
Paul Chaisty, Nic Cheeseman, Svitlana Chernykh and Timothy Power present cross-regional findings
16 September 2013
On 16th September 2013, Paul Chaisty, Nic Cheeseman, Svitlana Chernykh and Timothy Power presented cross-regional findings from the Coalitional Presidentialism Project.
They presented to an audience of graduate students and faculty at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFGM), Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The events was opened by Antonio Mitre (Director of the Center for Latin American Studies); Josè Angelo Machado (chair of the Department of Political Science), Claudia Feres (coordinator of the Political Science Postgraduate Program), Jorge Neves (dean of Philosophy and Human Sciences FAFICH), and Magna Inácio (Centre of Leislative Studies).
Pictured (left to right) are Nic Cheeseman, Svitlana Chernykh, Paul Chaisty and Magna Inácio.
CPP team at international workshop on Coalition Management
13 September 2013
On 13th September 2013, The CPP team participated in an international workshop on “Coalition Management in Comparative Perspective” at EBAPE (Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration), Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro. Other participants in the event included Carlos Pereira, Octavio Amorim Neto, and Greg Michener (all of EBAPE), Marcus Melo (UFPE), Sérgio Praça (UFABC), Acir Almeida (IPEA), Marcelo Vieira (UFMG), and David Samuels (University of Minnesota).
Pictured: Nic Cheeseman
SIAS twitter feed launch
3 September 2013
SIAS is on twitter (@SIASOxford). Please follow us to get notified about news and events from across the school.