RIC
Regional Information Centre
for Scientific and Technological Cooperation with EU
 

EUinDepth

 

The European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme
for Research and Technological Development (FP7)

 

EUinDepth project
“EUROPEAN IDENTITY, CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND POLITICAL CHANGE”

FP7 project funded under Marie Curie Action “International Staff Exchange Scheme”

 

Project details

Full Title: EUropean Identity, Cultural Diversity and Political Change
Acronym:
EUinDepth
Grant Agreement Number: PIRSES-GA-2013- 612619
Project start: 01.01.2014
Duration of the project: 48 months

Project summary:

The definition of Europe could be based to a certain extend on the analysis of representations. Representations are usually defined as a set of knowledge and believes encoded in memory and that can be mentally extracted and manipulated (Dortier, 2002). Representations of objects and concepts are used to “read” and “understand” the world around us, but it is also mobilized to make plans and take decisions. The objects on which we have representations are at the same time cognitive schemes and social representations varying in space and time. The representations shared by a community (group of persons, but also national community…), are one of the bases of the collective consciousness that transcends the inner social divisions contributing to a group consistency. These representations are durable and are shared by many generations. The analyses of geographical representations are based on the theory of “man’s shells” (Moles & Rohmer, 1974), a series of circles organized around individual that define the level of knowledge of different places: closer spaces are known best. Among geographers analyzing representation the precursor is K. Lynch (1960) who mainly focused on the intra urban scale before further works explore smaller scales. It is the case of P. Gould & R. White (1974) who established mental maps at the national level. In the 1970s and 1980s, T. Saarinen focused on mental maps at the world level and made many survey at this scale.

In this general framework, we will focus mainly on representation of a spatial object (Europe). Here the term “representation” can be understood as the collective or personal image (of our object “Europe”) developed by an individual at the crossroad of her/his knowledge of Europe and how much s/he appreciates it or not. Both the knowledge and appreciation should be not considered as binary solutions but as two gradients at the crossroad of which all solutions are possible at one moment (stars). A social representation is a dynamic structure that is always evolving. The maintaining and evolution of the representation is due to the influence of society and belonging groups (Bonardi & Roussiau, 1999). In consequence, both knowledge and appreciation, that can be specific to each individual, can theoretically vary in time (arrows) in many directions, and not necessarily toward a better knowledge or a better appreciation. More, the object we analyze seems rather fuzzy. It can be considered as uncertain or incomplete as the level of knowledge on Europe can varies a lot from one individual to another. It can be also considered as imprecise as each individual can develop its own definition of Europe, through his own experience and history. However, being imprecise means it is neither impossible to catch it nor to explain it or to find commons significances. Then, throughout the project we tried to catch the representation of Europe, describe it and more explain it.

Previous projects research show evidences of conflation between Europe and European Union, but the conflation level is variable in space and time and probably according to the kind of public (political representatives, civil servants, citizens).

The main objective of the project is to identify commonality and diversity in perception of Europe from the side of the EU and the nearest neighbor countries – Russia and Moldova, to propose expert recommendations on development of the EU Partnerships Strategies with neighboring counties.

The project will contribute to mutual understanding among representatives of renowned national political schools, to development of intercultural communications and comparative evaluation of similarities and differences of views from European, Russian and Moldavian experts in the field of European studies. The strategic aim is to seek to overcome contradictions on the issue of perception of what Europe is, on its geographical and cultural borders, to develop a common understanding of what people in the project partner countries read into the words “being a European”.

Project objectives are:

  • to develop a common methodology of the cross-country surveys
  • to identify the frontiers of Europe by perception of European, Moldavian and Russian sides,
  • to identify the unity and diversity in perception of Europe in the EU and non EU-countries (Russia, Moldova)
  • to develop a taxonomy of cultural groups’ politicization, identity policies and conflict management on the base of the evaluation of regional and local identities as socio-cultural and political resources
  • to observe the phenomena of European identity in EU and non EU-countries (Russia, Moldova)
  • to investigate the issue of cultural security and cultural violence in multiethnic European region, spreading the output of the research on the both European and international level. These tasks can be fulfilled with support of strong, competitive and well organized research entity
  • to prepare the expert recommendations for the EU Partnerships Strategies, based on commonality and diversity in perception of Europe

Consortium members

 

Participant name

Short name

Country

Web-site

Contacts

1.

The National Institute for Economic Research and the Center of International Projects of Academy of Sciences of Moldova

CIP

Moldova

http://iefs.md/en/

Iulia Iatco
National Contact Point SC2 of the Center of International Projects
iulia.iatco@fp7.asm.md

2.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

KUL

Belgium

www. kuleuven .be

Prof. Dr. Katlijn Malfliet
Full Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences; Vice-rector of Culture, Diversity and Sustainability Policy
katlijn.malfliet@soc.kuleuven.be

3.

Institut D'etudes Politiques De Bordeaux

Sciences Po Bordeaux

France

www.sciencespo bordeaux.fr/en

Caroline Dufy
Senior lecturer, Professor
Centre Emile Durkheim Lab
c.dufy@sciencespobordeaux.fr

4.

Georg August University of Goettingen

UGOE

Germany

https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/1.html

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Tamcke
Director of Studies of Euroculture and of Intercultural Theology; Professor for Ecumenical Theology and Oriental Church and Mission History, Faculty of Theology
mtamcke@gwdg.de

5.

Eotvos Lorand University Budapest

ELTE

Hungary

University: www.elte.hu

Faculty: http://tatk.elte.hu/english-pages-topmenu-1128

Prof. Antal Orkeny
Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences
orkeny@tatk.elte.hu

Prof. Gyorgy Csepeli
Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Csepeli.gyorgy@gmail.com

6.

Universita di Siena

US

Italy

www.unisi.it

Prof. Maurizio Cotta
Full professor of DISPOC (Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences)
maurizio.cotta@unisi.it

7.

Universidade de Coimbra

UC

Portugal

www.uc.pt/en

Dr. Licinia Simao
Assistant Professor, International Relations, School of Economics
lsimao@fe.uc.pt

Dr. Maria Raquel Freire
Assistant Professor, International Relations
rfreire@fe.uc.pt

8.

University of Birmingham, Centre for Russian and East European Studies

CREES

UK

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/government-society/departments/russian-east-european-studies/index.aspx

Prof. Derek Averre
Senior Lecturer of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES)
D.L.Averre@bham.ac.uk

9.

Association of European Studies,
Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences

AES

Russia

www.ieras.ru/english/

Prof. Elena Ananieva
Senior Research Fellow, Centre of British Studies
e-ananieva@yandex.ru

10.

Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences

IMEMO RAS

Russia

www.imemo.ru/en

Prof. Irina Semenenko
Head of Applied Socio-political Studies Sectoral Department
isemenenko@mail.ru

11.

Kuban State University

KubSU

Russia

www.kubsu.ru/eng

Dr. Prof. Elena Morozova
Head of the Department of State and Municipal Government
morozova_e@inbox.ru

12.

Perm State National Research University

PSU

Russia

http://en.psu.ru

Prof. Lyubov Fadeeva
Head of the Political Science Department
Lafadeeva2007@yandex.ru

13.

National Research Tomsk State University,
European Union Centre in Siberia

TSU

Russia

http://tsu.ru/english/

Prof. Larisa Deriglazova Director/ Professor; EU Center in Siberia (EUCES), Faculty of History
dlarisa@inbox.ru

14.

Udmurt State University

USU

Russia

http://v4.udsu.ru/english/

Dr. Vladimir Zolotykh
Head of the Modern and Contemporary History and International Relations Department
vladzolot@mail.ru

15.

Voronezh State University,
Regional Information Centre for Scientific and Technological Cooperation with the EU

VSU

Russia

https://www.vsu.ru/english

Dr. Alla Akulshina
Head of the Regional Information Centre for Scientific and Technological Cooperation with the EU
akulshina@vsu.ru

Events

KICK-OFF MEETING AND JOINT METHODOLOGICAL WORKSHOP
6-7 FEBRUARY 2014
MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Thursday, 6 February 2013
Venue: The Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Mokhovaya str, 11-3B

10.00

 

Registration
Hall, 1 floor

10.30

Opening session
Welcome
Prof Alexey Gromyko, President of Association of European Studies, Deputy Director, IERAS
Iulia Iatco, Center of International Projects of Academy of Sciences of Moldova

10.45

The new EU programme Erasmus+ (2014-2020)
Nicola Scaramuzzo,
Delegation of the European Union to Russia
Q&A

11.30

Short presentations of partners (5 min for each partner)

  • Center of International Projects of Academy of Sciences of Moldova
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Sciences Po Bordeaux and Centre Emile Durkheim
  • Georg August University of Goettingen
  • TARKI Research Institute Inc., Budapest
  • Eotvos Lorand University Budapest
  • Universita di Siena
  • University of Coimbra
  • Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham

12.15

Coffee break

12.30

 

Short presentations of partners (5 min for each partner)

13.15

Project presentation
Communication and cooperation inside the project

Alla Akulshina, VSU

13.30

Lunch (cafe Duma, near of Institute of Europe)

14.30

 

FP7 Marie IRSES scheme rules Introduction, Administrative issues of the project (GA,CA)
Iulia Iatco, CIP

15.00

WP1 Development of the joint methodology, questionnaires and methodological materials for the cross-country surveys
Objectives, tasks, activities during the first year

Larisa Deriglazova, TSU
Antal Orkeny,
UGOE

15.15

WP2 Geographical, political and cultural frontiers of Europe in the EU and non EU-countries (Russia, Moldova)
Objectives, tasks, activities during the first year

Alla Akulshina, VSU
Caroline Dufy,
Sciences Po Bordeaux

15.30

WP3 Cultural diversity and identity conflict management in EU and non-EU countries
Objectives, tasks, activities during the first year

Lyubov Fadeeva, PSU
Ria Laenen,
KUL

15.45

Coffee break

16.00

Project Coordination
Project management, Financial management, project reporting

Iulia Iatco, CIP

16.45

Time-table of staff-exchanges during the first year;
Hosts and visits

Q&A
Elena, Pilieva, VSU

17.30

End of the Day 1 and Dinner

 

Friday, 7 February 2013
Venue: Russian Academy of Science Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Profsoyuznaya str, 23

10.00

Registration, Room 17 03, 17 floor

10.30

Welcome

Presentation of IMEMO
Irina Semeneko,
IMEMO

11.00

Questionnaires and methodological materials for the cross-country surveys
Larisa Deriglazova,
TSU
Antal Orkeny,
UGOE

Discussion

13.00

Lunch (dining room, 1 floor)

14.00

Individual meetings in the departments of IMEMO