Fellows for Academic Year 2017-2018

Igor Torbakov

Igor Torbakov

Senior Fellow, Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University

Title of Research: 

"Symbolic Geographies of Empire: The Ukrainian Factor in Russia-Europe Relations" 

Abstract: 

This research project intends to investigate a two-pronged question: 1) how the differing, imperial-like natures of Russia and the European Union (coupled with political imagination of their respective elites) make it hard for them to find an accommodation in their shared - and contested - neighborhood and 2) how the recent EU-Russia dynamics prompted Moscow policy elite to re-conceptualize Russia as a distinct civilization, apart from Europe. While exploring these issues, the project will keep a special focus on Ukraine, whose role in the Russia-Europe relationship has historically been and continues to be pivotal.

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