Guest researchers 2017
Below you fill find information about those visiting scholars who have been at IRES during 2017.
Period of stay: 1 November – 1 December
Hele Kiimann is a lecturer in Geography at the Department of Social and Economic Geography, University of Uppsala. She has recently defended her PhDs on Swedish farms development on the NW of the Estonia during 1600-1940 (University of Uppsala, Sweden 2016). Her research interests include Swedish settlement history around the Baltic Sea, particularly the development of coastal livelihoods during the feudal society to capitalism.
Hele Kiimann´s background in natural science, combined with her subsequent doctoral studies in Human Geography, has given her a wide experience of university teaching, both from Estonia and Sweden, and from both natural and social sciences. Currently she teaches the courses on GIS (Geoinformation Systems) as well as landscape assessment course on the Fårö Island, Gotland (see project page Fårö i förändring). She has also worked for the Museum of Coastal Folk in Estonia during 2011-2013 where she conducted a research on Swedish farms before the Northern War on Naissaar (Nargö) Island. Based on her academic background she continues to work on the interdisciplinary method development in the field of historical geography, demography, ecology and cartography. She has further widened her approach by a longer research visit to St John's College (University of Oxford, England). The aim of her research visit to the IRES is to turn the manuscript dissertation into the articles as well as conduct archive survey on Swedish National Archive (RA) in Stockholm.
Period of stay: 25 September throughout 25 October
Jaroslav Dvorak is Head of the Department of Public Administration and Social Geography at Klaipeda University (Lithuania) and has longstanding research experience in public service delivery and performance evaluation of public organisations. He holds a PhD in Political Science, obtained at the Vytautas Magnus University (2011). Dr Dvorak is the coordinator of the study programs: Bachelor in Public Administration and Master in Regional Governance. He has participated as an expert in the preparation of feasibility studies for Lithuanian public sector organizations. He has also consulted with the Klaipeda city municipality for the preparation of its strategic plan up until 2020. Jaroslav Dvorak contributed to the preparation of the Inventory of the Public Administration profession for the Study Quality Assessment Centre in Lithuania. He is also a member of the European Evaluation Society (Thematic Group Evaluation of Sustainable Development). Dr Dvorak is involved in the editorial board of international scientific journals. He has conducted research in Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Belarus, Portugal, Spain and Australia on different issues relating to evaluation capacity building and evaluation methodology, assessment criteria, and regulatory impact assessment.
Period of stay: 18 September – 15 January
Olga Smirnova is PhD student at the Institute of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Russia. She has been studying the Swedish language, culture, and literature as well as translation in the sphere of international business for five years and worked on the topic of “Complex sentences with causal clause in Swedish and Russian languages”. In 2013 Olga completed a Master’s Programme in Pedagogy specializing in modern technologies of teaching foreign languages and did a research dedicated to “Information and Communication Technologies for developing listening comprehension skills among students of Linguistic Faculties (based on the Swedish language material)”. From 2013 till 2015 she worked at the Scientific Educational Center "Integrative Theory of Translation of Subarctic Space” (NARFU), teaching translation (Russian, Swedish). Her research interests include comparative linguistics, linguistic ecology, the Swedish language, and translation. Olga was awarded the SI Visby Programme scholarship to work on her research project entitled “Lingvo-ecological aspects of expressing denial in dialogical speech of Swedish, German and Russian languages”.
Period of stay: 18 September – 15 October
Anna Giust is an independent researcher. She holds a PhD in History and Criticism of visual and performing arts, obtained at the University of Padua (2012). Her previous educational history includes a master’s degree in Musicology from the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice (2008), a diploma in classical guitar from Conservatoire “A Pedrollo” – Vicenza (Italy), and a master’s degree in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Venice (2004). She is the author of several articles concerning the Russian music theatre from the 18th to the 20th century, as well as two monographs: Ivan Susanin di Catterino Cavos, Un’opera russa prima dell’opera russa (Turin 2011) and Cercando l’opera russa, La formazione di una coscienza nazionale nel repertorio operistico del Settecento (Milan 2014). Among her interests there is the study of the operatic librettos written by Catherine the Great. She is planning to achieve the critical edition of one of these, Gorebogatyr’ Kosometovich (1789), in which the tsarina satirizes king Gustav III after the Swedish military attack targeting the Russian Empire in 1788. At the IRES she will edit the literary text and study the historical and cultural background in which the work was conceived.
Period of stay: 18 September – 30 September
Aleh Dziarnovich is a research fellow at the Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (Minsk). His areas of research interests include: history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, history of Livonia, ethno-cultural processes in Eastern Europe in the Early New Times. Dr Dziarnovich has been an invited lecturer at the universities of Vilnius (Lithuania), St. Petersburg (Russia), and Greiswald (Germany). Currently he participates in the international research project "Eastern Slavs in search of new supra-regional identities in the context of the emergence of modern nations in Europe (late 15th - mid-18th centuries)" (Max Weber Foundation, Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau). Dr Dziarnovich is in Uppsala within the framework of the European Union programs for Belarus "Most" (projects for enhancing professional contacts between Belarus and the EU).
Period of stay: 1 September – 20 January
Laura Giorio is an intern at IRES for the whole autumn term. During her stay, she will be supporting IRES researchers with the preparation and execution of various IRES events and assist the editorial board for the Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies. As well, she will be working on preliminary research for her Master’s Thesis on aspects of Russia’s hybrid warfare and EEAS response. Laura is a student of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts in Euroculture jointly at Uppsala University and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She studies misinformation and deception in political news, and strategic communication in the EU and the CEE region.
Period of stay: 1 September-31 August
Anastasiya Astapova is a research fellow at the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu. She has recently defended her PhDs on student humour (Academy of Sciences, Russia 2016) and Belarusian political folklore and nationalism (University of Tartu, Estonia 2015). The aim of her research visit to the Institute is to turn the latter dissertation into a book with the major focus on various forms and genres of political folklore (or hidden transcript as coined by James Scott). These include political jokes, Alexander Lukashenko's folk biography, Belarusian Potemkin village narratives (on special preparations for the high officials' visits), surveillance rumours, protests, ideologies underneath various national symbols, nationalist naming strategies, election fraud stories, etc. (major publications available on academia.edu).
Her recent activities also include fieldwork among refugees and asylum-seekers as well as in NGOs working with refugees in Estonia. She is a part of COST Action project “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories”. In the last three years, Anastasiya was a visiting researcher and/or lecturer in Charles University (Prague), Belgrade University, Jerusalem University, European University in Saint-Petersburg, and Ohio State University.
Period of stay: 1 September – 31 December
Sergiu Buscaneanu has been research fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study; visiting researcher at the Institute for European Integration, University of Hamburg; Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin; and Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He holds a PhD (2014) in political science from Humboldt University of Berlin. His research interests lie at the intersection between comparative politics and international relations, and concern: EU external governance, democratization, regime dynamics, democratic diffusion, democratic theory, FSU, ENP, EaP, prospect theory, etc.
Buscaneanu is at the Uppsala University on a NFGL fellowship awarded by the Swedish Institute. He works at the IRES on a project, which seeks to test the analytic potential of prospect theory in explaining the strategic choices of ruling elites in Eastern Partnership countries to opt for the EU or Eurasian Economic Union as integration projects.
He is the author of “Regime Dynamics in EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood: EU Democracy Promotion, International Influences, and Domestic Contexts” published in 2016 with Palgrave Macmillan.
Period of stay: 1 September–28 February
Marina Makarova is professor at the Department of Sociology at Udmurt State University, Institute of History and Sociology (Izhevsk, Russia). She was the dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Philosophy for ten years. During the last three years she has participated in various international scholarship programs, such as DAAD, Russian–Polish dialogue, Fulbright, and Erasmus. Her research interests include the sociology of education, social studies of corruption and civil society.
Makarova has extensive experience of academic teaching on different levels. She teaches courses at her home university and in the Academy of Public Administration, including but not limited to “Sociology of Education”, “Sociology of Politics”, “Methods of Social Research”, “Sociology of Public Opinion”, “Sociology of Corruption”, and “Social Problems in Contemporary Russian Society”.
She is currently conducting a comparative study of academic ethics and student cheating in different countries. While at the IRES she will be working on the project “The role of civil society in EU anticorruption movements: main principles and practices (case of Sweden)”. Makarova’s research also focuses on anticorruption discourse and anticorruption activities of civil society organizations around the world, including Sweden, Russia, Germany, Poland, and Latvia.
Period of stay: 1 September– 31 May
Vasil Navumau completed his PhD at the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Currently he is a postdoc researcher at IRES and editor of Belarusian web-based journal e-gov.by, devoted to discussion and popularization of ideas in the sphere of public sector innovation, e-government formation and e-participation enhancement in Belarus.
His research interests focus on the ways new ICTs influence the transformation of repertoire, scope and ideology of social movements and the way in which they can contribute to the formation of a more transparent, participative and inclusive government.
Period of stay: 5 September-26 December
Svetlana Ryumina has been working with the Swedish language for over five years. She started studying Swedish in 2006 at the Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU) in Arkhangelsk, Russia. Then she studied Swedish Kävesta Folkhögskola near Örebro. Currently she is studying a master's program focusing on interpretation and translation in business communication within the Euro-Arctic regions. Her Master thesis concerns the difference in advertising between Sweden and Russia, based on a language perspective. In connection with her stay at the Uppsala University, she would also like to explore the possibility of an expanded Swedish-Russian cooperation in the fields of culture and sport. In addition, she is interested in designing an overview course in Swedish for Russian floorball players and coaches.
Period of stay: 15 August - 14 September
Mikhail Maslovskiy is a senior researcher at the Sociological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences and a professor of National Research University Higher School of Economics, St.-Petersburg. He is an international partner of the Finnish Centre of Excellence “Choices of Russian Modernisation”. His research interests include contemporary sociological theories, historical sociology and political sociology. In particular he discussed application of the multiple modernities theory to Soviet history and post-communist political transformations in Russia. He is the author of six books and numerous articles in Russian journals. His works in English have appeared in Europe-Asia Studies, Historická Sociologie, Social Imaginaries. During his stay at UCRS (15 August – 14 September 2017) Mikhail is going to work on the project titled “Russia’s New Political Identity: Imperial Legacies and Civilisational Imaginaries”. The main aim of the study is to contribute to conceptualisation of the process of political identity formation in post-Soviet Russia with a focus on the concepts of “empire” and “civilisation”. Mikhail will hold a seminar entitled “Towards a Comparative Analysis of Transformation Processes in Brazil and Russia from the Multiple Modernities Perspective”.
Period of stay: 9-21 Jun
Iryna is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies Department at UCU in Lviv (Ukraine) and co-editor of "Ukraina moderna" - uamoderna.com. She has been a guest lecturer at the Higher East European School in Przemysl, Poland (2008-10) and Greifswald University, Germany (2010), and a research associate at Groningen University, the Netherlands (2012-2013). Member of the National Union of Writers of Ukraine since 1997, and the Association of Ukrainian Writers since 1999, she authored three volumes of poetry and a number of essays. Her research and publications have focused on the disputed memories and cultural counter-narratives of the 20th century Ukraine told across the shifting borders in Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, and also covering parts of the Jewish story. On June 12 Iryna will be holding a seminar entitled “The Stories of Holodomor in the Holocaust Lands”
Period of stay: 2-31 May
Louis Wierenga was awarded this year’s guest PhD position at the UCRS. He is a second year PhD student at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. Louis holds a bachelor’s degree in history from York University in Toronto and a master’s degree in political science from Munk School of Global Affairs also in Toronto. He is writing his dissertation about the populist radical right and its relationship with the Russian-speaking minorities in the Baltic states. While at the UCRS Louis will hold a seminar entitled “Russians, Refugees and Europeans: What shapes the discourse of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia?”
Period of stay: 1 - 31 May
Matthew Light is associate professor of criminology and sociolegal studies at the University of Toronto. Light received his doctorate in political science at Yale University in 2006. His research concerns migration policy, law enforcement, and criminal justice in post-Soviet countries. His book, Fragile Migration Rights: Freedom of Movement in Post-Soviet Russia, was published by Routledge in 2016.
Period of stay: 6 feb - 6 mar
Magnus Feldmann is a lecturer in politics at the University of Bristol, UK and is visiting UCRS from 6 February until 6 March 2017. His research interests include a variety of topics related to political economy and Russian, Eurasian and East European politics, and he is particularly interested in post-communist capitalism and institutions. While at UCRS he is working on a survey article that analyses different approaches to post-communist capitalism as well as a longer-term project on the Russian political economy.
Period of stay: 6 Feb - 30 Jun
Tetyana Malyarenko is Professor of International Security and Jean Monnet Professor on European Security at the National University 'Odesa Law Academy', Ukraine. She is the founder and director of the Ukrainian Institute for Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution, a Ukrainian NGO, which aims to promote interdisciplinary research, research-led teaching and evidence-based advice to policy-makers on crisis management and conflict resolution in Ukraine and beyond. Her main research areas of interests include societal and economic aspects of security in transition states, human security and good governance, social conflicts and civil wars. Dr. Malyarenko has held visiting professorship at the Johns Hopkins University, Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington DC, University of California Berkeley, the Institute for Peace and Conflicts, University of Granada, the University of Tromso and the University of Gothenburg. Dr. Malyarenko’s publications to date include five books and over fifty journal articles and book chapters. Tetyana Malyarenko holds a Master Degree from Donetsk National Technical University, a Candidate of Science Degree in Economics from Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade and a Doctor of Science Degree in Public Policy from Donetsk State Management University (thesis title: ‘Preventing Social Conflicts: The Mechanisms of Governance and Security of the State’). Dr. Malyarenko is staying at the UCRS 1 February - 30 June 2017.
Period of stay: 1 Sep 2016 – 31 Aug 2017
Alaksiej Michalevic is a researcher and lawyer in Belarus at the Centre for Refugee Support. Mr. Michalevic holds a degree in Political Science and Law from the Belarusian State University and PhD in Social Studies from Polish Academy of Sciences. His scientific interests are EU immigration and asylum policy, post-communist transformation and international human rights law. During his stay at the UCRS he will be working on project entitled “Asylum-seekers from Countries of Eastern Partnership in Sweden and Poland: Comparative Analysis of the Decision-Making Process in Migration”.
Period of stay: 15 Aug 2016 - 30 Jun 2017
Uku Lember defended his PhD in 2014 at Central European University in Budapest. He is interested in the study of late Soviet Union, memory politics and ethnicities; he is also planning a study of queer history of Soviet Estonia. Uku’s dissertation was based on life-story interviews with inter-married families, titled “Silenced Ethnicity: Russian-Estonian Inter-marriages in Soviet Estonia (Oral History).” In 2015, he expanded a similar research agenda to Ukraine, asking how families with differing heritage have adjusted to conflicts in socio-cultural alignments and in which ways have their historical interpretations and imaginations of futures changed in the last years. Recently, he has spent much time in Kyiv, conducting life-story interviews with people from different regions of Ukraine. In the last years, Uku has received research grants for working at Cornell University (Telluride Association), UCL SSEES (Estonian Research Council), Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv (Erasmus Mundus) and New Europe College Institute for Advanced Study in Bucharest. His most recent publication is titled “Temporal horizons in two generations of Russian-Estonian families during late socialism” (in Generational Perspectives on Sociocultural Transformations, ed. by Nugin, Kannike, and Raudsepp, 2016). While at UCRS, Uku works on the project titled “Conflict and conviviality in Ukrainian and Estonian culturally mixed marriages.” Uku Lember’s stay at the UCRS is sponsored by Visby Fellowship of the Swedish Institute.