20-21 Nov Intensive Doctoral School: European North divided: cultural, ecological and legal debates in the Russian-Nordic borderlands, Joensuu

The Doctoral Programme in Russian and Border studies announces



Intensive Doctoral School, 20–21 November, 2014

University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Joensuu Campus, Aurora building, room: AU104-AU105,

The Karelian Institute, 1st floor, address: Yliopistokatu 2, B-entrance


>> Programme

We warmly welcome all interested PhD candidates to the forthcoming intensive Doctoral School "European North divided: cultural, ecological and legal debates in the Russian-Nordic borderlands", to be held at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus, on 20–21 November 2014.

Due to changes resulting from, e.g. climate change, increasing global bordering processes, sovereignty and securitisation debates, environmental protection conflicts and the race for Arctic resources, a broad variety of problems in the North are under increasing scrutiny. The ensuing discussions involve a diverse group of actors, including states, local communities and peoples, indigenous groups, international corporations, etc., which has led to a perceptible rise in local conflicts and divisions.

For the past 20 years, the northern part of Europe, stretching from northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland to North-West Russia, usually has been thought of a region of ‘best practice' co-operation, with intensive interaction and developing institutions, such as the Nordic Council, Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Saami Council, and euroregions, however does this still ring true? What divisions have been developing regionally? How have local institutions and peoples been addressing these divisions? The present Doctoral School will address these questions from many different perspectives (legal, environmental, political, geographical, historical, social and cultural) and will propose thoughts on how the future will develop in this fragile and strategically important region.

The Doctoral School is interdisciplinary, spanning cultural, ecological and legal debates in the Russian-Nordic borderlands of the European North. Contributions from the social sciences and humanities, including general Arctic issues, cultural ecology, cross-border conflicts and co-operation, minority languages and cultures, environmental law, indigenous rights, etc., are welcome. The programme includes 3 keynote papers by respected scholars in relevant fields.

The intensive Doctoral School aims to bring together doctoral candidates from relevant disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to listen to 3 keynote speakers representing different fields as they explore the afore-mentioned divides in the European North, and then to present their own research and receive expert feedback. Valuable insights will be provided by renowned scholars including Professor Patrick Dillon (University of Exeter), Professor Maria Lähteenmäki (UEF) and Dr. Leena Heinämäki (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland).

We ask that all PhD candidates wishing to participate in the course send a short paper proposal (approx. 750-1000 words, 1-2 pages) by e-mail to dawid.bunikowski(at)uef.fi or paul.fryer@uef.fi by 20 October 2014, including a short introduction to their general research and paper's relation to the Doctoral school's theme. Candidates may also highlight any specific challenges that they are currently facing/requirements for concrete feedback and what phase are you in with your research. You can also introduce questions/themes for the workshop to discuss. We ask that successful candidates send their full paper by the 15 November 2014 at the latest in order to ensure proper feedback during the Doctoral School. These papers will be distributed to the keynote speakers and other participants in order to familiarise everyone with each other's work. At the Doctoral School, PhD candidates will present their paper (15-20 minutes) in panels and receive feedback from the keynotes. At the end of the Doctoral School, everyone will be invited to participate in a roundtable that will examine the future of the Russian-Nordic borderlands of the European North.

Important dates:

•                          20 October – proposal deadline

•                          15 November – paper deadline

•                          20-21 November – Doctoral School

Participation in the Doctoral School is free of charge; however, the Doctoral Programme in Russian and Border studies is unable to offer financial assistance for travel or accommodation. Coffee and tea will be provided.



Thursday 20 November, 2014


Opening & Keynote presentations

Chair: Dr. Paul Fryer, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, UEF

9.00-9.05  Opening of the Seminar by Dr. Dawid Bunikowski, Law School, UEF

9.05-10.00   Cultural Ecology: a Perspective from the North
by Professor Patrick Dillon, University of Exeter and UEF

10.00-10.30  Coffee break

10.30-11.20  Political Divisions in the History of Lapland (Terra Ultima)
by Professor Maria Lähteenmäki, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, UEF

11.20-12.15  A Human Rights approach in Environmental Dialogue: the case of indigenous peoples of the North
by Dr. Leena Heinämäki, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

12.15-13.00  Lunch (own expense)

Student Paper Sessions

Chair: Dr. Joni Virkkunen, Karelian Institute, UEF

Session 1 (History\Politics)

13.00-13.30  "Vyborg is ours": cultural post-memory's role in the Finnish-Russian borderland
by Chloe Wells, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, UEF

13.30-14.00  The Legal Status of Ethnic Minorities in Georgia: Georgia's Ethnic Azeri Community and State Language Policy
by Karli Storm, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, UEF

14.00-14.30  Facing Unfamiliar Russia
by Henrik Dorf Nielsen, Karelian Institute, UEF

14.30-15.00  Coffee break

Session 2 (Regions\Places)

15.00-15.30  No Borders, Many Borders: Different Strategies of the Russian-Norwegian Relations at Svalbard
by Andrian Vlakhov, European University at St. Petersburg, Russia

15.30-16.00  Kaliningrad: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Stan Domaniewski, Karelian Institute, UEF

16.00-16.30  The Spatial Planning of the Leningrad region: Russian Practices and the Finnish Dimension
by Iakov Matveev, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, UEF



Friday 21 November, 2014 


Student Paper Session, Round Table and Closing

Chair: Dr. Dawid Bunikowski, Law School, UEF

Session 3 (Law\Society)

9.00-9.30   Russian North divided: Social & Legal debates (during the period 1990-2010s)
by Natalia Taksami, Karelian Institute, UEF

9.30-10.00  Combating Illegal Logging through Means of Criminal Law: on Example of Karelia
by Alexandra Shtromberg, Petrozavodsk State University, Russia

10.30-11.00  Drivers and Constraints of Regional Security Integration in the Baltic Sea Region through the Prism of Post-1999 National Security and Defence Documents. The case of Finland, Poland and Sweden
by Adam Klus, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, UEF

Round Table and Closing

11.00-12.00  Roundtable & Closing Discussion: "In your opinion, what is the most important issue that divides the European North today? Possible resolutions?"
Participants: Patrick Dillon, Leena Heinämäki, Paul Fryer, Joni Virkkunen + others

Organisers: VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies & Doctoral Programme in Russian and Border studies of the University of Eastern Finland


Dr. Joni Virkkunen, Karelian Institute: joni.virkkunen(at)uef.fi (the organising institution)

Dr. Dawid Bunikowski, Law School: dawid.bunikowski(at)uef.fi

Dr. Paul Fryer, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies: paul.fryer(at)uef.fi


Publishing year: 2014

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