Sixth Annual RUCARR Conference

The research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR) will hold the Sixth Annual Conference at Malmö University, Sweden, on November 10-11, 2021.

RUCARR is an intellectual hub for scholars at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University. Established in 2016, RUCARR builds on an established and well-recognized area studies tradition at the University which connects with an extensive research network nationally and internationally.

As the name of the platform, suggests, Russia and the Caucasus are the geographical areas of primary concern. RUCARR’s research deals with political, social, cultural, economic and other dynamics and processes of significance within its geographical delimitations. Areas of interest include, but are not restricted to, contemporary politics, history and nationalism, ethnic and national identity, security issues, democracy and civil society development, authoritarianism and post-authoritarian transition and transformations.

This year’s (online) conference will approach the region from a variety of disciplines within the social sciences and the humanities with special focus on:

The range of Russian soft power and its implications for the South Caucasus and other neighboring regions

As soft power instruments since the end of the Cold War have acquired increasing importance in foreign policy strivings across the globe, Russian foreign policy has been no exception to this trend.  The years of the pandemic has shown considerable activity in Russian vaccine diplomacy, but other manifestations over recent years are manifold, such as the cases of Russian cyber activities trying to influence election outcomes in and outside of Europe, the arrangement of mega-events in sports, and the launch of counter norms to Western liberal democracy defined out of traditional religious, moral and family values. What is the impact of this new arsenal of Russian soft power tools in the neighboring countries? What are the emerging trends and what are the counter-responses? What developments are likely in the upcoming years?

PROGRAM (link)


Keynote speaker

Dr. Elizaveta Gaufman, University of Groningen: Conservatism for export: Russia in the global ideological competition. (web page)



Important dates (updated)
Deadline for abstract submission: October 15, 2021
Outcome of reviewing process by: October 22, 2021
Deadline for registration November 5, 2021  Link to registration  (closed)

Conference fee
There will be no fee for online participation.

Organizing committee
Prof. Bo Petersson, Prof. Karina Vamling, Dr. Katrine Gotfredsen, Prof. Derek Hutcheson, Dr. Christofer Berglund.

The conference will be held online from Malmö University. One hybrid session is planned for the afternoon of November 10, which will be possible to follow both at campus and online.

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