Online conference «European and Russian Identity: Challenges and Tendencies»

Online conference was held on 10-12 March 2021 at UNECON. For three days, 8 student and 21 expert reports were presented. Main topics for discussion were national identity in European countries and European identity, cultural identity, ethnical identity, formation of civic identity, influence of migration on identity and migration policy in Europe and Russia, integration processes in Europe and Brexit, national myth and identity, digitalization and identity. A session on Integration vs Regionalization was held in the framework of the conference, organized in cooperation with the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Science. Experts discussed concepts of Greater Europe and Greater Eurasia, Multi-speed Europe, national interests in integration process, EU- EAEU relations. Over 200 participants attended the event including experts, university teachers and students from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Astrakhan, Nizhny Novgorod, Veliky Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Finland, Germany and Armenia.


Presentations: А. ЗайцеваВ. СазинВ. ШипулинЖ. ТадевосянЛ. БаеваН. БарановМ. Риэккинен.


International Online Conference “Transformation of Identities: the experience of Europe and Russia”


The International Online Conference “Transformation of Identities: the experience of Europe and Russia” was held on 1-4 December 2020 at UNECON.

In the framework of the conference, leading Russian and foreign experts, university teachers and students gave speeches on various aspects of formation and transformation of modern identities in Europe and Russia.

The first two days of the conference were dedicated to students – within five sessions, students and PhD students presented 25 reports on multiculturalism in different European countries, civic identity, migration and integration processes in the EU, evolution of Russian identity.

The expert day on 3 December included two sessions where reports of leading experts on different topics were presented: European identity in conditions global challenges (Andrey Branitskiy, Dr. in History, Prof., Nizhny Novgorod State University named after N.I. Lobachevsky), civic integration in the EU (Olga Potemkina, Dr. in Political Sciences, Head of the Department for European Integration Studies, Institute of Europe, RAS), multiculturalism (Mikhail Klupt, Dr. in Economics, Prof., St. Petersburg State University of Economics), Scandinavian identity (Elizaveta Pronyakina, PhD in Political Sciences, Associate Professor, NWIM RANEPA), British Identity (Oleg Okhoshin, PhD in Historical Sciences, Senior Researcher, Institute of Europe RAS), Scottish Identity (Mikhail Grabevnik, Researcher, PFIC UB RAS), Slovak identity (Mikhail Vedernikov, PhD in History, Senior Researcher, Institute of Europe RAS), civil society (Alexander Sungurov, Dr. in Political Sciences, Prof., NRU HSE – St. Petersburg), “nation-co-citizenship” in Russia (Valery Achkasov, Dr. in Political Sciences, Prof., St. Petersburg State University), Euro-Atlantic solidarity as a source of socio-cultural conflicts in the space of Europe and Russia (Konstantin Zavershinsky, Dr. in Political Sciences, Prof., St. Petersburg State University), EU’s aid policy (Vitaly Kartamyshev, programme manager), language policy of the EU countries (Kirill Bogdanov, head of the department of academic mobility, RSHU), application of multiculturalism policy in Russia based on European experience (Marianna Aleksandrova, PhD in Law, Associate Professor, NovSU), national identity in European culture of the XXI century (Vera Serkova, Dr. in Philosophy, Prof.. SPbPU). On the part of the authorities, representatives of the Committee on Interethnic Relations and Implementation of Migration Policy in St. Petersburg took part in the conference and shared their experience of work on the integration and adaptation of migrants in St. Petersburg (Vera Zavadskaya, chief specialist) and the experience of interaction between the executive bodies of state power of St. Petersburg with national-cultural associations of St. Petersburg (Andrey Frolov, leading specialist).

At the end of the day, a discussion “Formation of Identity in Binational Families” took place. The participants of the discussion, using their own example, spoke about the change and preservation of their Russian identity when moving to Europe and after a long period of residence in a European country, as well as the peculiarities of the formation of the identity of children in binational families. The discussion turned out to be sincere and lively.

On the final day of the conference, 4 December, two sessions were devoted to the issues of identity in the Post-Soviet space and the identity of modern youth. Presentations were made on transformation of identity in Estonia (Vladimir Weingort, Dr. in Economics, Member of the Board of Kardis Consulting), Belarusian geopolitical identity (Gennady Nuryshev, Dr. in Political Sciences, Prof., UNECON), national and civilizational identity of Belarus (Ekaterina Biketova, PhD in History, senior lecturer, ASMU), evolution of Ukrainian identity (Vitaly Kartamyshev, programme manager), modern identity (Natalia Vlasova, PhD in Philosophy, analyst, IAC UNECON), macroregional identity and regional identity in modern Siberia (Maria Nazukina, PhD in Political Science, Researcher, PFIC UB RAS), identification challenges of our time (Evgeniya Shishkina, PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor, St. Petersburg State University), identity of modern student science of youth (Elena Lukovitskaya, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, NovSU), peculiarities of political identity of the generation born after 2000 (Ekaterina Potapova, PhD in Political Sciences, Senior Lecturer, NWIM RANEPA), civic responsibility (Olga Artamonova, PhD Sociology, Associate Professor, Novgorod branch of RANEPA), civic consciousness of students (Maria Starovoitova, Senior Lecturer, Pskov State University), multicultural education in Russian schools (Boris Krichevsky, PhD in History, Assistant Professor, Academy of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education), theater pedagogy as a means of forming a student’s national identity (Victoria Vishnevskaya, head of the pedagogical part of Children Musical Theatre “Through the Looking Glass”).

Two sessions with the participation of foreign experts became an important part of this day of the conference. The session “European Identity: Cultural and Historical Aspects” was chaired by Dr. in Economics, Prof., Rector of St. Petersburg State University of Economics Igor Maksimtsev. It featured reports on the dialogue of cultures and the role of university cooperation between the EU and Russia (Massimo Maria Caneva, President of AESI), the process of EU integration and nationalism at the end of the 20th century (Antonio Macchia, Secretary General of AESI), the European mission of Russia (Alexander Dianin-Havard , author of the Virtuous Leadership), the impact of innovation on the transformation of identities (Gabriella Marcelja, President of Sirius Global – Academic Diplomacy 4.0, President of the Impact Innovation Alliance), relations between Russia and Europe (Johann Günther, Professor, University of Krems). A lively discussion took place as well within the framework of the session “Transformation of Identities in Modern Europe”. It included speeches on European borders and memory at the beginning of the XXI century (Carlo Spagnolo, professor, University of Bari Aldo Moro), citizenship, refugees and migration to the EU (Willem Maas, professor, York University), regional identity on the example of the Netherlands (Jacques Bazen, Lecturer, Saxion University of Applied Sciences).

In total, four days of the conference united 220 participants, including teachers and students from 12 universities of St. Petersburg and six cities of Russia (Moscow, Veliky Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Barnaul, Pskov), as well as experts from the Institute of Europe RAS, PFIC UB RAS. Foreign experts (Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Netherlands, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Canada) presented the European experience.

The variety of issues discussed at the conference, as well as the audience’s interest in reports and discussions, testifies to the relevance of the topic that will be studied within the framework of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet project “Transformation of identities in modern Europe and Russia”.




Workshop “Civil society and social identity formation”

The workshop was held on 11-12 of February 2020 in UNECON. Three sessions were organized to discuss forms of non-profit organizations and government interaction; socio-cultural profiles of social and national identity in Europe and Russia; role of civil society organizations in the EU and Russia in resolving social problems; role of professional communities in civil society development; civil society in migration and integration context. A plenary session and a panel discussion with representatives from HEIs, local authorities, professional unions, experts, eight NGOs were organized to provide a multilateral dialogue. Two lectures and a master-class for students were held to develop their knowledge and let them try to create a project on citizens' initiatives. They also participated in a quiz on EU issues provided by the Institute of Europe of the RAS and filled out a questionnaire on assessment of the state of civil society in Russia. The event united 205 participants.

There were UNECON students among participants of the quiz winner team named “Golden fish”: Anastasia Steshenko and Sofia Krygina from Э-1609 group. The runner-up team named “4,5” involved UNECON students as well: Maxim Lutovinov (ЗР-1804 group), Nadezhda Kulik (ЗР-1805 group) and Dmitry Milek (ЗР-1804 group).


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