VERA and other related events

May 2020

  • Save the date (to be confirmed): 27-28 May in Joensuu, VERA Conference Know Your Rights: Minorities and the Travails of Democracy. 100 years after the Treaty of Versailles linked the protection of minorities to the establishment of democratic regimes in eastern Europe, minorities and marginalised groups are coming under pressure at the same time as understandings of democracy are being reevaluated. This conference will examine cross-border minorities in the Russian and broader world, how states accommodate difference, and how minorities organize themselves. A Call for Papers will be issued in February.

February 2020

  • Public talk on Russia-EU Relations, Joensuu, 6 February at 14.00–15.00. Venue: Agora Building room AG109, Yliopistokatu 4, Joensuu Campus. Tatiana Romanova is the Chair of European Studies at St Petersburg State University. She will give us a talk on Resilience in Russia-EU Relations. The talk will be in English. For detail contact: jeremy.smith@uef.fi.
  • Public talk on Democratisation in the Gambia, Joensuu, 11 February at 18.15. Venue: Ravintola Kerubi, Rajakapteenin Pirtti, Siltakatu 1, Ilosaari, Joensuu. We will have a talk on Democratisation in the Gambia by Jimmy Hendry Nzally, Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the University of the Gambia. The talk will be in English.
    Pub Talks are organized by the VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies at the University of Eastern Finland. For detail contact: jeremy.smith@uef.fi.
  • Yleisöluento: Jussi Konttinen: Kokemuksia Siperiasta, Joensuu, 25 February at 10.00–12.00. Paikka: Aurora-rakennus, huone AU206, Yliopistokatu 2, Joensuun kampus. Jussi Konttinen on tunnettu journalisti (Helsingin Sanomat). Hän kertoo kirjastaan Siperia. Suomalaisen perheen ihmeellinen vuosi ikiroudan maassa. Esitys on suomeksi. Tilaisuuden järjestää Itä-Suomen yliopiston Venäjä- ja rajatutkimuskeskus VERA. For detail contact: jeremy.smith@uef.fi.

September 2019

  • Seminar on historical GIS-mapping ‘Tver’ Karelia: past, present and future’, 18-19 September. Link to programme.

October 2019

  • BoMoCult Conference ‘Populism, Bordering and Countering Fears of Encounter’, 3-4 October. Link to programme. For details contact: james.scott@uef.fi.
  • Post-Soviet Borders Conference, Gomel, Belarus, 7-9 October. For details contact: jeremy.smith@uef.fi.
  • Open lectures by Professor Thomas Bremer from Münster University (Germany) organised in cooperation with Aleksanteri Institute, 16-17 October. For details contact: teuvo.laitila@uef.fi.
    • Orthodoxy in Ukraine from the end of the Soviet Union until Euromaidan (1991–2014), 16 October.
    • The struggle for Ukrainian Orthodoxy (from 2014 onwards), 17 October.
  • Seminar ‘Cross-border land: Karelia in the XVII - XIX centuries’, St.Petersburg, 17-18 October. For detail contact: kimmo.katajala@uef.fi.
  • Aleksanteri Conference, Helsinki, 23-25 October. Link to conference.

November 2019

Past events in spring 2019

  • Politiikkaseminaari ”Rajanvetoja. Raja eurooppalaisena, kansallisena ja alueellisena kysymyksenä, 13 February.
  • Training Seminar Researching Russia through Social Media and New Datasets, 19 March.
  • Open seminar on Space and Population in late Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, 20 March.
  • VERA Pub Talk ‘Hard and soft borders and identities in Brexit Northern Ireland’, Professor Thomas M. Wilson (Binghamton University, State University of New York), 9 May.
  • Valtakunnallinen Aleksanteri-foorumi, 9 May.
  • Venäjän ja Itä-Euroopan tutkimuksen seuran kevätseminaari, 10 May.