On 28-29 November 2022, Project Leader Dr. Anne Pintsch and Project Post-Doc Maryna Rabinovych participated in the seminar “Contemporary Ukraine and its Future”, organized by the Norwegian Network for Research on Ukraine (UKRAINETT). The event was hosted by the OsloMet University.
In terms of the seminar, Dr. Anne Pintsch presented the paper, titled “Great oaks from little acorns grow. How the dynamics of EU-Ukraine cooperation contributed to the EU’s reaction on full-scale war on Ukraine”, co-authored by the Project Team. Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr. Maryna Rabinovych talked about her paper “EU Security Cooperation with Third States: A New Momentum for Differentiated Integration”, co-authored with Hanna Shelest (Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”.
Except for paper presentations and discussions, the seminar served as a platform for debate about the future of Ukrainian Studies in Norway.
On 28 November 2022, Project Team Dr. Anne Pintsch and Dr. Maryna Rabinovych gave a guest lecture “EU, Ukraine and the Eastern Partnership in War and Post-War Times: Quo Vadis?” at the University of Oslo. The event was hosted at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages.
The first part of the lecture focused on the presentation of the “Lowering the Bar?” project and an insight into the role of compliance negotiations in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
In the second part, the talk zoomed in on the European Union’s response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The Project Team highlighted, inter alia, the role of pre-war EU-Ukraine networks in the EU’s strong response to Russia’s aggression.
In the third part, the presenters elaborated on the challenges of shaping EU future policies to a highly heterogenous and conflict-prone Eastern Partnership region (i.e. Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus).
The lecture was followed by a Q&A session with many intellectually challenging questions from the audience.
The key themes of the Symposium included the implementation and the future of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement; perspectives on Ukraine’s EU membership application; approximation of laws on the way to European integration and experience of the EU integration – Eastern Enlargement of 2004. The Symposium brought together speakers both from academia and public institutions from the EU/EEA and Ukraine.
Project Team presented two co-authored project-related papers, namely “From the 2014 Annexation of Crimea to the 2022 Russian war on Ukraine: Path-Dependence and Socialization in the EU-Ukraine Relations between the Critical Junctures” and “Compliance Negotiations and the EU Association Relations with Third Countries. The Case of Ukraine”. Talks’ streaming to online audience and the facilitation of discussion was ensured by conference organizer Dr. Liliia Opprysk, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen.
On 4 November 2022, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt gave a speech on “Norwegian Foreign Policy in a New Time” at the UiA’s Lilletun lecture (Lilletunforelesningen). Project leader Anne Pintsch was invited to comment on the speech.
Titled “Understanding Ukraine: War, International Politics and External Relations”,Maryna’s talk aimed to provide teachers of the Kristiansand Katedralskole Gimle with background knowledge about Ukrainian history and politics and discuss internal politics and foreign relations perspectives as to the current war. The event was attended by more than 30 teachers and followed by an intense discussion.
On 19 October 2022, the Project Team organized and facilitated the screening of the documentary film “Train ‘Kyiv-War'” for UiA students and staff. The screening took place in terms of the “Imagine Europe – Europe in Film” series, and the film was introduced by Project Post-Doc Maryna Rabinovych.
In terms of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Laboratories of Differentiated Integration in a Post-Brexit Europe”, coordinated by Project Leader Anne Pintsch, the Project Team recently conducted two mini-modules on topics related to the EU and Ukraine relations. The idea of Jean Monnet mini-modules is to share knowledge about European topics within various courses, taught within the University of Agder, mixing disciplinary perspectives and approaches.
On 28 September 2022, Project Leader Anne Pintsch gave a lecture on “European refugee policy and practice, with a particular focus on the war in Ukraine” in the course “Critical Perspectives and Current Debates in Global Development” for students, focusing on development studies. Policies vis-à-vis Ukrainian refugees are currently broadly debated and researched both in the EU and in EEA countries, such as Norway, with a prospect to develop new ‘best practices’ for asylum law and collective protective regulations.
The mini-module by Post-Doc Maryna Rabinovych, offered to the master students of Media Studies, was titled “Key narratives of the EU media systems vs Russian hybrid information warfare”. Maryna conducted it on 18 October under the auspices of the course “Social Science Ways of Thinking: Driving Forces in Societal Change”. The mini-module covered the peculiarities of and current developments in the media landscapes in the EU and Russia with a focus on how the EU and other democracies counter Russian disinformation, in general, and with respect to Russia’s war against Ukraine, in particular.
Russia’s war against Ukraine led to massive displacement of Ukrainian students. Some of them continue studying online or in a hybrid mode at the government-controlled territories of Ukraine. Many continued their studies at universities abroad, including Norway. Others remained at occupied territories, though the occupants threaten students, who wish to resume their education at Ukrainian universities. Launched by the Central European University (CEU) , the non-degree programme “Invisible University for Ukraine” (IUFU) brings together junior and senior undergraduate (B.A) and graduate (M.A and Ph.D) students from Ukraine, whose studies were affected by the war. The programme does not duplicate or replace existing educational programmes at Ukrainian universities, yet seeks to fulfill students’ zeal for a deeper understanding of current events and phenomena related to the war and the future of the European security architecture.
The Department of Political Science and Management at the UiA joined the second edition of the IUFU, offering teaching support to the initiative’s module “Ukraine and/in Europe” and the possibility of individual tutorship/mentorship to Ukrainian students. In particular, Stefan Gänzle and Maryna Rabinovych will teach on Ukraine’s differentiated European integration amid the war; Anne Pintsch will co-lead the session on Central and Eastern European countries’ enlargement experience and its applicability to the Ukrainian case, and Romulo Pinheiro will speak about the European higher education space and the prospects for Ukraine to join it. Maryna Rabinovych will co-lead the academic aspects of the module together with Marta Mochulska, Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty of the Ivan Franco National University, Lviv, Ukraine.
With more than 250 student applications for five exciting modules, the autumn edition of the IUFU promises to be a success. We thank IUFU Programme Director Ostap Sereda (Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv /Recurring Visiting Professor, CEU Department of History) for the opportunity to contribute to this insightful programme and help Ukrainian students in the country and in exile.
On 14 September 2022, Dr. Anne Pintsch and Dr. Maryna Rabinovych presented their book chapter “EU External Differentiated Integration and Compliance: Theoretical and Legal Aspects”, which is part of the Routledge Handbook of Differentiated Integration, edited by Benjamin Leruth, Stefan Gänzle and Jarle Trondal. The book launch took place at the premises of CEPS – a leading Brussels-based think tank on EU affairs and one of Europe’s top think tanks.
Following the book’s presentation by the co-editors and the book chapter presentations, panelists discussed the future of EU differentiated integration, especially in the foreign and security domains, amid the continuing Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Between 5th and 9th September Project Leader Anne Pintsch and Project Post-Doc Maryna Rabinovych participated in the 52nd Annual Conference, organized by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies, which took place in Lille (France).
Dr. Pintsch and Dr. Rabinovych were part of the panel “The EU and Ukraine” with a co-authored draft paper, titled “Revisiting Compliance Negotiations: The EU-Ukraine Association Relations”. Other panel presenters involved Dr. Gergana Noutcheva and Dr. Kateryna Zarembo with the paper “Normative Power at its Unlikeliest: EU Norms, Soviet Legacy and Security Sector Reform in Ukraine” and Dr. Jan Niklas Rolf who presented the work “From Asymmetric to Symmetric Conflict: An Events Data Analysis of the International Response to the Conflict of Ukraine (focusing on the conflict in Eastern Ukraine in 2014-2016, rather than the current war).
Dr. Rabinovych also took part in the UACES non-traditional panel “European Institutional Leadership: Which Integration for Greater Europe”, chaired by Philippe Lefevre (think tank “Institute for Greater Europe”.