Russians and Russian Speakers in the Post-Soviet Space

Published: 23 February 2015

International, inter-disciplinary conference at the University of Tartu (Estonia), 8-9 October 2015

International Conference:

Russians and Russian Speakers in the Post-Soviet Space:
Comparative Approaches

Location: University of Tartu, Estonia
Date: 8-9 October 2015

Conveners: Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) together with the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), University of Glasgow, UK.

There is a wealth of research on Russians and/or Russian-speakers in the post-Soviet space. The existing literature has examined Russian(-speaking) identities, social integration, linguistic practices, and kin-state relations between Russia and ‘Russian compatriots’ within various national spaces. The bulk of this research, however, has largely focused on specific issues within a given state (most prominently Latvia and Estonia). While comparative research has often been carried out in the Baltic context, relatively little attention has been paid to comparative analysis across the broader confines of the post-Soviet space.

In light of the Ukraine crisis, and the increasingly assertive ‘compatriot’ policies of the Russian Federation, this international conference brings together specialists with expertise in numerous national contexts. While the post-Soviet space is characterised by contrasting political, social, cultural, and economic realities, the conference is aimed at progressing the research agenda by conceptualising numerous issues from international and comparative perspectives.

The two-day conference will discuss in detail several interrelated topics:

The identity of Russian-speakers across the post-Soviet space
Ethnicity, minority and language policies in the post-Soviet space
The new media and Russian speakers in the post-Soviet space
The Russian world, Russian compatriot policy
The Ukraine crisis, its repercussions in Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries
The Ukraine crisis and the Russian-speaking media
Security, geopolitics and biopolitics in the post-Soviet space
The conference is organised and supported by the Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS), University of Tartu, and the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), University of Glasgow, UK.

Registration: The conference is free of charge but due to limited places, organisers kindly ask to register to attend the conference by e-mail: Registration is open until September 30, 2015.

First published: 23 February 2015