Call for Participation!


Important dates:

Deadline for submission of the topic for presentation: June 4th, 2021

Webinar takes place on: June 14th, 2021 (begins 13:00 Central European Time; 14:00 Eastern European Time; 15:00 Caucasus Time)


Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to join us as participants or presenters during a multidisciplinary Webinar dedicated to the conflicts in Abkhazia, Eastern Ukraine, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Transnistria. The webinar takes place within the framework of the “Post-Soviet Conflicts, International Law and Security Forum” initiated by the Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research platform (RUCARR) and funded by Swedish Institute (SI).

The main aim of the project is to help promote and stimulate more internationalized research and cooperation between researchers in post-Soviet states working with or interested in post-Soviet territorial conflicts. The main goal of the project is to establish a flexible multidisciplinary network-based cooperation/community of researchers called Post-Soviet Conflicts, International Law and Security Forum by the end of the year 2021.

The multidisciplinary Webinar provides opportunities for scholars and researchers from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine to present their ideas and projects, to raise awareness and take a step forward in establishing networking relations and cooperation with other colleagues with the same research interests.

If you would like to join us a participant: Simply use this Zoom-link ( to join the Webinar at 13:00 in Sweden and Central and Western Europe; 14:00 in Eastern Europe; and 15:00 in the Caucasus.

If you would like to make a presentation during the Webinar, you can use this opportunity to present your topic or research idea in a 7-minute-long presentation as a solo or team of researchers. The Webinar will have three overarching themes in relation to post-Soviet conflicts: Humanitarian and Social Issues, Territorial Issues and Institutional Issues. Feel free to use some of the suggested topics under these themes (can be found below) as your guiding or suggest your own topic in relation to the themes. Please send your proposals for presentations to Dr. Kamal Makili-Aliyev ( no later than June 4th, 2021.

Note: The purpose of presentations is not to discuss a topic in-depth, rather to present it to a wider audience of peers. We cannot guarantee that all the proposals will get times for presentations, but we will do our best to accommodate as many as we can withing our core overarching themes. Even ordinary participation in this Webinar can provide you with a very comprehensive overview of the research field and open ways for partnering with scholars and researchers with the local context knowledge and experience.

We are sincerely waiting for you and hope to see you online on June 14th!


Humanitarian and Social Issues:

Suggested topics: Right to development and peace; Mythology and information security; Social media; Collective and historical memory; Post-conflict peacebuilding; Collective psychology and militant discourse; Culture as a humanitarian law factor; Eco-social issues; Sociological data (quantitative analysis); Humanitarian access and activities of humanitarian organization; Education and language issues, etc.

Territorial Issues:

Suggested topics: Environment and use of natural resources; Regimes of occupation; Access to culture; Security of cultural values and objects; Political risks for foreign investment; De-occupation and continued control over territory; Territorial reintegration and normalization; Legitimacy of the contested territories (political and legal issues); Lack of communications, etc.

Institutional Issues:

Suggested topics: Freezing and normalization of conflicts; Permanent status quo; Information warfare and cybersecurity; Political influence on the conflicts; Citizenship as an issue in the post-Soviet conflicts; Socio-economic problems in the conflicts; Social contract and confidence-building measures (CBMs); Transitional justice; Weaponization of culture and culture as casus belli.

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