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Nationalism in Russia and Europe: Understanding the Past, Exploring the Present


LSE IDEAS 14th March, 2014 

A joint workshop: LSE IDEAS – Southern Federal University (Rostov-on-Don)




9:00 – 9:30 / Registration of the participants

9:30– 9:45 / Introduction and explanation of procedures – Vladislav Zubok (LSE)


1) What are main breakthroughs in studies of nationalism? What do they tell us about the recent history of European and Russian nationalism?

2) Is nationalism on the rise in Russia? If so, what are drivers of Russian nationalism? 

3) What are images of a resurgent Russia in Ukraine, Poland, and the rest of Europe?

4) What is the significance of the current Ukrainian crisis on the dynamics of nationalisms in the region?


9.45 – 12:30 /  Part I.  Provocations and first reactions. (Chaired by Vesselin Dimitrov, LSE)

Experts sum up and possibly amend their “provocations”. Experts react to each other’s “provocations” Floor is open to all participants.


  • Victor Apryshchenko (SFU Rostov)
  • Geoffrey Hosking  (UCL SSEES)
  • Georgii Kasyanov  (Renaissance Foundation Kiev)
  • Catriona Kelly (Oxford)
  • Adam Michnik (Editor-in-Chief Gazeta Wyborcza)
  • Serhii Plokhii  (Harvard)
  • Yuri Slezkine (Berkeley)
  • Vera Tolz  (Manchester Univ)
  • Igor Torbakov (Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala Univ)
  • Tomas Zarycki   (Univ of Warsaw)
  • Vladislav Zubok (LSE IDEAS)
  • Andrey Zubov   (MGIMO Moscow)

12:30 – 13:30  / Lunch

13:30 – 15.00
/ Timothy Snyder, : "The Strange Consensus: The Nationalizers, the Civilizers, and Europe's Violent Past." 

Followed by open discussion.

15:00 – 15:15 / Coffee Break

15:15 – 17:00 / Part II.  Setting agenda for future research (Chaired by Janet Hartley, LSE)

Policy-relevant issues to be watched and analysed; the discussion of possible scenarios of the Ukrainian crisi.

17:00 – 17:15 / Conclusion of the workshop (Summary by Vladislav Zubok)