NETWORK

Contact details of the board, theme leaders and principal investigators are available here

The CERES network:

  • Supports research training
  • Transfers knowledge, facilitating the mobility of senior and young researchers
  • Disseminates information through publications, seminars, conferences and a website
  • Creates new joint projects, new networks and research programmes

To encompass all Scandinavian countries and further enhance the Nordic perspective on Russian and East European Studies, a new network "Choices, Resources and Encounters" (CERES) was established. The new network was formed on the basis of NERU-network by the three well-established Scandinavian expert institutes and individual researchers in the field of Russian and Eastern European Studies. The new network is formed by the Aleksanteri Institute, CBEES from Södertörn, and Department for Russian and Eurasian Studies from NUPI and Institute of History and Area Studies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

The CERES network will focus on the current situation in Russia and other post-communist states. The analysis focusses on three main themes: choices, resources and encounters. The network will focus on several themes in order to create innovative and fresh approaches to the recent developments. By encouraging existing research groups to deepen the analysis and extend the research topics, it is possible to challenge traditional views, generating new knowledge. The themes are the following:

CHOICES examines the choices Russia and the post-communist states have made during the post-Cold War transition period and are facing in years to come. This helps to define choices available in the future and the direction of the political development in the area. The Nordic perspective on the topic is comprehensive, since the Nordic countries' choices have served as examples for the post-socialist states in Eastern Europe (e.g. the Nordic welfare model). We will also look at the political, economic, cultural and social choices necessary to create a state with functioning civil society. Also treated will be the implicit, unconscious choices of states and politicians.

RESOURCES treats questions ranging from energy (oil, gas, electricity) to human capital (social equality, resources of education and cultural resources). Also the everyday security is treated under the heading "resources", having direct impact on the political, social and economic development in Russia and post-socialist states - even more today than immediately after the end of Cold War and the beginning of the transition period. Furthermore, the cultural capital in its various forms and in different periods will be discussed.

ENCOUNTERS ties the first two themes together. As the outcomes of the NERU network show, the Cold War era has proved to be more a period of interaction rather than confrontation. Thus, the developments and processes of the post-Cold War period can better be analyzed from the point of view of encounters and interactions. This approach helps us to analyze the East/West dichotomy, new identities in the target area as well as in the Nordic countries, interaction, and past and present immigration from a new and fresh perspective. We plan to address questions of how different systems meet, tourism and other points of contact with the "other".