Alexandra Yatsyk

Alexandra Yatsyk is Visiting Researcher at the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies PIASt.

She studied sociology at Kazan State University and served as a visiting fellow or a lecturer at the University of Warsaw (Poland), Uppsala Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Sweden), the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (Austria), University of Tartu (Estonia), University of Tampere (Finland), George Washington University (DC, USA) as well as at the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe at Lviv (Ukraine).

She has also run the Center for Cultural Studies of post-Socialism in Kazan, Russia.  She is an author and editor of works on post-Soviet nation building, sports and cultural mega-events, biopolitics, art, and refugee crisis, including Lotman’s Cultural Semiotics and the Political (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017), Celebrating borderlands in a Wider Europe: Nation and Identities in Ukraine, Georgia and Estonia (Nomos, 2016), Mega-Events in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Shifting Borderlines of Inclusion and Exclusion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), New and Old Vocabularies of International Relations After the Ukraine Crisis (Routledge, 2016), and Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics: Power and Resistance (Ibidem Verlag&Columbia University, 2018).

Research project: Safeguarding the national? Popular geopolitics of security and threat perceptions in Polish and Estonian identity-making

This project focuses the dissimilar political trajectories of Poland and Estonia in wider contexts of European and Euro-Atlantic institutions. The research puzzle I address is why these two countries, seemingly sharing multiple similarities related to their histories of post-Soviet or post-socialist transformation and the current commitments within the EU, diverge in many important aspects of their national identity-building and the dominant attitudes towards the principle of solidarity constitutive for the EU as a “normative power”.
I approach national security issues of these two countries from the perspective of popular geopolitics as related to the cases of a) the recent refugee crisis in Europe as an object of cultural reflection and an important element in the construction of self-other relations, inclusion and exclusion, bordering and de-bordering; and b) memory politics in both countries as an arena of discursive battles over national identities.

Dates of stay: 01 October 2018 - 31 July 2019