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IOS Annual Conference: "(Re-)Ordering Eastern Europe"

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12.10.2023 – 13.10.2023 IOS, Room 319, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg Conferences

10th IOS Annual Conference 2023

From the bipolar setup of the Cold-war era via a unipolar world order following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world has moved on to yet another stage of being in flux. It is marked by constant re-negotiations and re-adjustments of centres and balances of power, as well as of security arrangements involving volatile and fragmented coalitions. The 2023 edition of the IOS Annual Conference aspires to address these ongoing changes and shifts as multiscalar processes of re-ordering Eastern Europe. ‘Eastern Europe’ is broadly defined as including Eastern and East-Central Europe, Southeastern Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia.

The program may be subject to change.

The conference is open to the public. Registration by email or at the reception:


08:30 — 09:00


09:00 — 09:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS)

Cindy Wittke, Head of the Political Science Research Group, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS)

09:30 — 11:00

Ukraine’s Resilience

Chair: Kateryna Busol (British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL), National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

Explaining Ukraine’s Resilience to Russia’s Invasion: The Role of Local Governance and Communities, Maryna Rabinovych (University of Agder, Kyiv School of Economics) & Tymofii Brik; Andrii Darkovich; Myroslava Savisko; Valentyn Hatsko; Serhii Tytiuk; Igor Piddubnyi (all Kyiv School of Economics)

Are Workers Nationalist? National Mobilisation and Spontaneous Politization in Ukraine, Denys Gorbach (Sciences Po Paris)

In Search of Peace: Improving Mediation Strategies and Post-Conflict Rebuilding Measures in War-Affected Ukraine, Tetyana Malyarenko (University of Regensburg, National University “Odesa Law Academy”)

11:00 — 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 — 13:00

Digital Politics and Digital (Re-)Ordering

Chair: Fabian Burkhardt (IOS)

Brothers in (digital) arms? Private tech companies and Ukraine cyber resilience, Julien Nocetti (Geopolitics of the Datasphere (GEODE) University of Paris 8)

Managing Research under Dataveillance, Jasmin Dall’Agnola (George Washington University)

Religious institutions as information actors: Identity, emotions and war, Precious Chatterje-Doody (The Open University)

13:00 — 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 — 16:00

Authoritarian Practices across Regime Types

Chair: Jasmin Dall’Agnola (George Washington University)

Channeling discontent or fraud? Evidence from the 2021 smart voting strategy in Russia, Galina Selivanova (University of Bonn) & Adrián del Río (Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB); Visiting Fellow, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies)

The Politics of Memory Laws in the Parliaments of Russia and Ukraine in 1991—2022, Andrii Nekoliak (University of Amsterdam)

Authoritarian democrats or democratic authoritarians? Explaining preferences for excluding political outgroups in Belarus, Jan Matti Dollbaum (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) & Fabian Burkhardt (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies)

16:00 — 17:00


17:00 — 19:00

First Keynote Speech

Martin Müller (University of Lausanne): Decolonising decolonialism: worlding global theory with Eastern Europe


Multi-Disciplinary Conversation

Peter Bugge (University of Aarhus)

Jana Hönke (University of Bayreuth)

Anne Brüske (University of Regensburg)

Oleksandr Zabirko (University of Regensburg)

Moderator: Cindy Wittke (IOS)

19:00 — 21:00

IOS Annual Reception

Contact person

Dr. Cindy Wittke

Political Science Research Group
Head of the Research Group

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