Final meeting in Kyiv

On September 17, The Institute of international relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv hosted the final meeting of the Erasmus + project "rethinking regional studios: Baltic-Black Sea communication"

The project lasted from October 2017. During this time, a two-year master's program in regional studies of the Baltic-Black Sea region was implemented at Lviv University, as well as separate modules at partner universities. Trainings for teachers were held, two political science schools were held-at the University of Tartu (January 2020) and Mariupol State University (September 2021) , and a number of scientific studies were published. Among other things, the participants discussed further prospects for cooperation, including holding joint events and participating in new projects.





Autumn School of Political Science

From September 13 to 15, Mariupol State University hosted the Autumn political science school. It has become a platform for the exchange of experience and views on regional politics and international relations.

The Autumn School was held within the framework of the Erasmus+ project "rethinking regional studios: Baltic-Black Sea communication" on the initiative of Mariupol State University and with the assistance of scientists from the University of Tartu.

More than 50 students, graduates and teachers of Mariupol University and Ivan Franko Lviv National University joined the audience.

Speakers of the event were representatives of universities in Estonia, Sweden and Ukraine. They presented their vision of security issues, state-building processes, urban bio-politics, critical geopolitics, language policy and the importance of civil initiatives to the participants of the event. The topics were considered in the context of the Baltic-Black Sea region.

Autumn School of Political Science is a great platform for sharing your experience. The world is changing, just as the perception of a person's role and influence on the world is changing. I was impressed by Svetlana Lenyavskaya's lectures on language policy in Ukraine, Andrey Makarychev's presentation on the idea of a Biopolis or smart city. The depth and scope of their research, as well as the practical significance — this is our reality and we have all the opportunities for its formation. Olga Bogdanova's informative lecture on the development of social entrepreneurship inspired me to try to bring my idea to life,

— Alexandra Rabchevskaya, Master in International Relations.

Most of the lectures were held in English, so this became an additional language practice for the participants. The participants actively participated in the discussion: young people were interested in the level of resilience of Ukraine, strategic partnership, and economic aspects of the European Union member states.

In the topics of the School, we deeply considered the existing problems of the Baltic-Black Sea region. Such a concentration of like-minded people in one Hall is inspiring: people of different cultures, different political views, different ages gathered, who speak different languages, but at the same time understand each other. We are all united by the desire for dialogue,
— Vadym Yali, student of International Relations.

According to the results of the Autumn political science school, participants received certificates. Rector of Mariupol University, professor Mykola Trofimenko and Deputy Head for Academic Affairs at Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies Olga Bogdanova congratulated the participants on the successful completion of their studies.

The School of Political science is an opportunity to study politics not from books, but in practice together with leading experts. Such events accumulate the opinions of experts living in different parts of Ukraine, and "sew" Ukrainian society together. This project definitely impressed all the participants. I think that it will definitely give an incentive to move on-to develop yourself — to develop political science and Ukraine,
— Yelyzaveta Luchakova, student of Politcal Science








Autumn School of Political Science. Day 1

On September 13 , 2021, the Autumn political science school was launched at Mariupol University, which will become an educational platform for discussing regional policy and international relations for three days. Teachers of universities in Estonia , Sweden and Ukraine shared their professional experience with future political scientists and diplomats .

On the first day of school, students considered the parallels between the Middle East and the Baltic-Black Sea regions, the concepts of "biopolitics", "Biopolis", "smart city", as well as the language policy of Ukraine.







from 13 to 15 September

Programme Mariupol Autumn School on Political Science



from 13 to 15 September

Welcome to the Autumn School of Political Science at Mariupol State University and the University of Tartu

Mariupol State University and the Johann Schütte Institute for Political Studies of the University of Tartu (Estonia) announce the First Autumn School of Political Science. It will be held from 13 to 15 September at the MSU Center for Baltic-Black Sea Studies.

The project aims to create an educational, academic and communication platform for the study of topical issues in regional politics and international relations. Students and community activists in Mariupol are invited to participate.

The school was made possible by the Erasmus+ project "Rethinking Baltic-Black Sea links". The international initiative will include lectures, interactive sessions, thematic presentations and panel discussions. Educators from institutes and universities in Estonia, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine will share their professional experience with the participants.

Main topics of the school:
Biopolitics and pandemic influences on world political processes,
Nationalism and populism, perspectives on trends in the modern world,
Information and cognitive warfare and countering misinformation,
Language policy in Europe and Ukraine,
Political systems in the Baltic-Black Sea region,
Theoretical concepts of political science and their interpretation,
Project management in the educational and public spheres.

At the end of the Autumn School of Political Science, all participants will receive certificates

To enquire about participation, please contact pakhomenko.s@ukr.net (Serhii Pakhomenko, Associate Professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy Department of Mariupol State University).



30 June 2021 (on-line)

NEO- Ukraine monitoring mission
Capacity Building project, Rethinking regional studies: the Baltic-Black Sea connection (BBSR)


Please, find attached monitoring program, guidelines for organising the monitoring and preventive advisory monitoring presentation template

Guidelines_for Organization of the Prev-Advis Monitoring Visit
BBSR Monitoring_program
Preventive_Advisory_Monitoring_presentation_template





Join new MOOC “Common Challenges of Competing Regionalisms”. Registration is open until April 22nd, 2021

Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies (University of Tartu) is launching its free, English-based MOOC course "Common Challenges of Competing Regionalisms" (2 ECTS), which will begin from 26th of April till 6th of June.

What will I learn during the course?
You will learn about the dimensions of comparative regionalism in the European and Eurasian context in the light of emergence, transformation, and consolidation of integration processes in the EU and in the former Soviet and Socialist space; what regionalism is, how it can be defined conceptually and theoretically and much more! A key part of the course will imply a comparative assessment of the institutional settings of the EU and EaEU.

Who is this course for?
The course is open to everyone interested in comparative regionalism and integration processes in Europe and Eurasia, especially master degree and bachelor students in European and Russian studies, international relations and political science.

Why should I take this course?
By enrolling to the course, you will have access to video lectures from academicians and practitioners, specialising in the integration processes and comparative regionalism between the EU and EEU. There will also be guest interviews from academic representatives from the region aimed at providing specific perspectives on different case studies in competing regional integration projects. The participants will able to benefit from a wide variety of readings, course supporting and interactive materials as well as a vibrant and international online community of peers with whom they can learn together and interact throughout the course. Upon successful completion of the MOOC, participants will also receive a free digital certificate from the University of Tartu.

Register here: https://www.is.ut.ee/pls/ois/tere.tulemast?viit=4772839 (before April 22nd, 2021)
Course information: https://www.ut.ee/en/mooc/common-challenges-competing-regionalisms
Course Trailer: https://youtu.be/98OIGbbAZV8

Should you need additional information, please contact Anna Beitane at anna.beitane@ut.ee

The course is developed within the framework of the Jean Monnet Module ‘Neighbourhood, Enlargement, and Regionalism in Europe’ (NearEU) with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.





"BLACK SEA REGION IN WORLD POLICY: ACTORS, FACTORS, AND SCENARIOS OF THE FUTURE

Online Conference in Odessa Mechnikov National University "BLACK SEA REGION IN WORLD POLICY: ACTORS, FACTORS, AND SCENARIOS OF THE FUTURE gathered up to 30 participants including researchers from Lviv and Poznan. The following reports were presented on the conference.

1.Yevgeniya Gaber TURKEY’S POLICY IN THE BLACK SEA REGION: THE BALANCE OF POWERS, THREATS AND INTERESTS
2.Sergii Glebov ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA: LEGAL AND SECURITY PERTURBATIONS
3.Polina Sinovets THE RUSSIAN BLACK SEA FLEET: IS THERE A PLACE FOR STRATEGIC DIMENSION?
4.Iryna Maksymenko The EU Policy towards the Black Sea Region: Clash of Interests, Responsibility and Threats
5.Olga Brusylovska THE APPROACH OF CHINA TO THE BLACK SEA REGION COUNTRIES
6.Violetta Udovik THE BLACK SEA AREA STATES IN JAPAN’S FOREIGN POLICY: HISTORY AND MODERNITY



October 15-17, 2020

Dear all! We are pleased to inform you that we have three events on Erasmus Days, October 15-17. It will be: Lviv – online meeting with new MA students; Odessa – online Conference at Odessa Mechnikov National University “Black Sea Region in World Policy: Actors, Factors, and Scenarios of the Future” (please, see bellow information about both events), Tartu – video testimonials of the partcipants of the project. (The video will be uploaded on Thursday, October, 15)

What is #ErasmusDays?

Launched as an initiative of the Erasmus+ French National Agency on the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+, #ErasmusDays consists of a series of bottom-up events organised by various Erasmus+ programme players. Last year, 3 995 events were organised in 53 countries.

At the core of this international celebration is a simple idea: over three specific days, communicate about European values, the benefits of mobility, Erasmus+ projects results, and be visible to citizens, professionals, media and policy makers. https://www.erasmusdays.eu/event/video-testimonials-of-the-project-rethinking-regional-studies-the-baltic-black-sea-connection/



October, 15, 2020: 11.00

Department of International Relations of the Odesa Mechnikov National University invites you to attend its online conference "BLACK SEA REGION IN WORLD POLICY: ACTORS, FACTORS, AND SCENARIOS OF THE FUTURE"

Moderator: Volodymyr Dubovyk

Panelists:
1.Yevgeniya Gaber TURKEY’S POLICY IN THE BLACK SEA REGION: THE BALANCE OF POWERS, THREATS AND INTERESTS
2.Sergii Glebov ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA: LEGAL AND SECURITY PERTURBATIONS
3.Polina Sinovets THE RUSSIAN BLACK SEA FLEET: IS THERE A PLACE FOR STRATEGIC DIMENSION?
4.Iryna Maksymenko The EU Policy towards the Black Sea Region: Clash of Interests, Responsibility and Threats
5.Olga Brusylovska THE APPROACH OF CHINA TO THE BLACK SEA REGION COUNTRIES
6.Violetta Udovik THE BLACK SEA AREA STATES IN JAPAN’S FOREIGN POLICY: HISTORY AND MODERNITY



Oct 15, 2020 03:00 PM Kiev

Dear colleagues,
We invite You to take part in the on-line meeting during the #ErasmusDays with the students of MA Program "Baltic-Black Sea Regional Studies".

The students will share their experience on studying at the Program and the 1st year Master students will express their expectation from the Program. Looking forward to meeting You on-line!

Marianna Gladysh is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: MA Program "Baltic-Black Sea Regiona Studies" meeting with the students -
Time: Oct 15, 2020 03:00 PM Kiev

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82970177985?pwd=Z2xGRHkvSjFQZUtiMWNtTFljdkM1dz09
Meeting ID: 829 7017 7985
Passcode: 01hJ9q


September 25, 2020

The topic «Protests in Belarus: Post-Soviet, European and Ukrainian points of view» has been discussed in the Dispute Club «Challenges of the XXI Century»

The first Scientific Society meeting of students of International Relations and Political Scientists, the Dispute Club «Challenges of the XXI Century», took place on September 25 at the Center for Baltic and Black Sea Studies of MSU. The leadership baton of the Dispute club was passed from an associate professor of international relations and foreign policy Nina Gavrilova, who had always headed the club since its formation, to an associate professor Sergei Pakhomenko.

The participants of the club discussed the events in Belarus, the causes and possible consequences of the Belarusian protests, the reaction of the EU, Russia and Ukraine to these events. A special guest of the meeting was Alex Kazharski: a researcher of Charles University (Prague) and Comenius University (Bratislava) and a well-known specialist in Belarusian politics.

Using Skype, the researcher highlighted the interesting nuances of the mechanism of the protests, in particular the factor of Lukashenko's voluntarist policy on the problem of the spreading of the Coronavirus.

Inviting foreign professors and researchers to participate in the Dispute club via online meetings will become a constant practice of the club. It is nice to note that freshmen majoring «International Affairs, Public Communications and Regional Studies» and «Political Science» took an active part in the discussion.






We are happy to inform that according the Amendment to Grant Agreement concluded between the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of European Commission and The University of Tartu the project BBSR has been extended until October 14, 2021.



February 9-15, 2020

Winter School in Kääriku, Estonia

BETWEEN THE BALTIC AND THE BLACK SEAS: NEW REGIONALISMS AND NEIGHBORHOODS


The Johan Skytte Institute of the University of Tartu invites M.A. and PhD students to apply for the winter school "Between the Baltic and the Black Seas: New Regionalisms and Neighborhoods” that will take place in Kääriku, Estonia, on February 9-15, 2020. This event is part of cooperation between Ukrainian, Polish, Swedish, Lithuanian and Estonian Universities within the framework of the “Rethinking Regional Studies: the Baltic-Black Sea Connection” project supported by the European Commission (586281-EPP-1-2017-1-EE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP).

The school seeks to explore different dimensions of spatiality, territoriality and borders, and relate them to the ongoing domestic and foreign policy changes in a group of post-Soviet and post-socialist countries located at Europe’s eastern margins. School classes will particularly focus on juxtaposing, comparing and unpacking various facets of transformation dynamics in Central and Eastern Europe, Baltic states, and the South Caucasus, and discuss them through a variety of different interdisciplinary and country-based perspectives, including international relations, sociology, political philosophy, and cultural studies.

The tentative plan of classes includes a number of nodal topics to be taught by lecturers from the Universities of Lund, Bratislava, Odessa and Tartu:

- The Illiberal turn and the ontological insecurities
- Maritime security in the Black- Azov Seas nexus
- Contemporary myth-making in memory studies
- Biopower and necro-politics: critical analysis
- Populism and national-building: cross-national variations

The school is administered by Johan Skytte Institute of the University of Tartu as an educational and academic communicative platform for developing innovative approaches to topical issues in IR and comparative regional studies in Eastern and Central Europe and South Caucasus. The learning process consists of lectures and interactive classes based on students' participation, including topical presentations and group-based debate. Basic knowledge in social, cultural and / or political theories, geopolitics, along with skills in comparative and critical analysis, as well as independent thinking are welcome and strongly encouraged.

The venue of the School is Kääriku Leisure and Sports Centre of the University of Tartu, situated in a beautiful area in Valga County, about 40 km south of Tartu, near the Otepää winter resort. The Centre provides comfortable accommodation, full board, free Internet access and numerous sports and outdoor opportunities, including a gym, indoor basketball and volleyball courts, cross-country skis for rent, and will be able to use 150km of cross country ski tracks, starting right outside the Centre.

The school working language is English. Participation is equal to 4 ECTS credits, which will be confirmed by a certificate awarded to each student upon successful completion of the school program.

Eligible candidates for the school are students of the Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Mariupol State University and Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, with academic backgrounds in the fields of international relations, regional studies and political science. All other applicants are expected to cover their travel to Kääriku (Estonia) and accommodation costs on their own.

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered from the project funds. The Johan Skytte Institute will provide travel information and advice, as well as issue visa invitations for those requiring a Schengen visa.

M.A. and doctoral students interested to learn more about different facets of regional politics, histories and cultures, and partake in professional discussions are invited to submit their CVs and one-page motivation letters as one pfd file entitled “name_application to Kaariku school 2020”, explaining their interest in the topic and its relevance for the applicant's future career.


Applications should be sent by November 30, 2019 to Alexandra Yatsyk (University of Tartu, kaariku2020@gmail.com ).

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February 10-13, 2020

Training on academic writing and plagiarism-2 in Odesa

Odesa (host), Lund, all teachers of UA universities!

Dear all! We are glad to announce second training with our colleague Sveta L’nyiavskiy in Odesa. Training will be useful both for participants of 1 Lviv session or not. Only be ready to work! It can be anyone from our universities. Please, write me who will be participating from Kyiv, Lviv, and Mariupol!

As usual we recommend you hotel Arcadia (Генуезька вулиця, 24, Телефон: 048 750 5050)

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