Third UPTAKE PhD training school at BSIS
Dividing Lines in Wider Europe:
Political and security challenges three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain
9 – 13 January 2018
Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent
Call for Applications
Within the framework of the H2020 UPTAKE Project, we are happy to announce a Call for Applications for the third UPTAKE PhD Training School, to be held from 9 to 13 January 2018 at the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent, Brussels (Belgium). Its main objective is to offer an opportunity for research development, training and exchange of ideas for PhD and Postdoctoral students working in the field of Russian and East European Studies.
The theme of the Training School is to take stock of the various developments of almost three decades since the division of Europe came presumably to an end when, in 1989, the Iron Curtain was no longer. Yet, the optimism that accompanied this collapse has long vanished. Changing (geo-) political realities in the shared neighbourhood since then have highlighted the potential for different understandings of common problems to an extent where the EU and Russia have clashed over Ukraine and now find themselves in a stalemate of confrontation, with few visions about the future of their relations and of pan-European security.
Moreover, the situation of countries in their common neighbourhood is all but certain with a litany of other external actors pursuing their agendas in this space. At the same time divisive issues have arisen within the EU, over migration, economic governance and the rule of law. Does this imply, as some analysts suggest, that old and new(er) member states within the EU are drifting apart? And how may these internal issues impact on the EU’s global role?
For more information please see the Call for applications notice.