Competing Sovereignties: Intertwinement, Contestation, Evolution

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December 2, 2021 to December 4, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Eastern Europe History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Political Science, Environmental History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations

This Graduate Workshop looks to rethink the concept of sovereignty within, between, and among states by engaging in a dialogue between multidisciplinary scholars within area studies. Through diverse approaches, we will examine state sovereignty in the contexts of environmental and climate challenges, political unions, independence movements, nation-building narratives, multi-national military alliances, international organisations and multinational corporations in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The program is available here.

This 2nd Graduate Workshop of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies at the University of Regensburg in cooperation with the Leibniz ScienceCampus Europe and America in the Modern World takes place on 2-4 Decemeber 2021 as a hybrid event, starting with a keynote lecture at 18:00 on 2 December.

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Regensburg, 02.12.2021 - 04.12.2021


2 December 2021

  • 18:00 - 20:00 Altes Finanzamt (Landshuter Straße 4, Regensburg), Room 319

Welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer, Speaker of the GS OSES Regensburg

Keynote Lecture by Prof. Dr. Bruno Coppieters, Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Sovereignty: How to Give it Meaning?


3 December 2021

all panels in Room VG1.31, Univeristät Regensburg

Panel 1: Identifying Pathways to Emergent Sovereignties
10:00 - 12:00

Moderation: Jon Matlack

  • Silvia Nicola (FU Berlin) - “Competing Sovereignties during the Interactions between Emerging and Established States”
  • Nelly Gérard (University of Liège)  - “After Devolution and Brexit, What is Left of the UK’s Sovereignty? Competing Narratives of Sovereignty and State in Scottish Political Parties’ 2021 Manifestos”
  • Damjan Matković (Universität Regensburg) - “Complete autonomy? Influence of Ottoman Empire and Russian Empire on Serbia from 1817 to 1878”
  • Vladislav Lilić (Vanderbilt University) - “The Impossible State? Reinvention of Sovereignty in the Ottoman-Montenegrin Highlands (1856-1862)”


Panel 2: Negotiating Sovereignty through Resource Usage
13:30 - 15:30

Moderation:  Magdolna Molnár

  • Henrietta Omo Eshalomi (University of Ibadan) - “Environmental Colonialism: A Better Bargain for Sustaining Capitalism”
  • Guglielmo Migliori - “Shared sovereignty over the Svalbard? Russia’s strategy to gain a strategic condominium in the High North”
  • Allison Haskins - “Discussions of Sovereignty Across the Atlantic: An examination of how NATO countries weigh the contributions of land access
  • Cornelia Sahling - “Reinforcing monetary sovereignty in Russia: The role of the Central Bank of Russia and contemporary regulation”


Panel 3: Cultural Sovereignty and State Intervention
16:00 - 17:30

Moderation: Lena-Marie Franke

  • Ksenia Maksimovtsova (HSE University St. Petersburg)- “One Nation - One Language? The Ambiguity of the State Language Policy and Policy towards Minorities in Contemporary Latvia and Ukraine”
  • John Gillespie (Vanderbilt University) - “In the Name of Beer: Multinational Disputes over a National Cultural Commodity during the late Cold War”
  • Matthias Melcher (LMU München) - “Playing for Sovereignty in the App Store of History: Online Games Issued by the Polish Institute for National Remembrance and Their Role in Memory Politics”


4 December 2021

Panel 4: Locating Sovereignty through Scales of Contestation
09:00 - 11:00

Moderation: Elia Bescotti

  • Viviana García Pinzón (Universität Marburg) - “Sovereignty and negotiated governance in the urban peripheries of Latin America”
  • Jon Matlack (Universität Regensburg) - “Highways to Hell: Allied Armor on German Roads - Negotiating Sovereignty through Infrastructure by local and state practitioners in the Cold War”
  • Tim Kucharzewski (Universität Potsdam) - “A State of Imaginary: How war shapes narratives of sovereignty”
  • Matthäus Wehowski (TU Dresden) - “Uncertain sovereignty: The Borderland of Teschen Silesia in times of upheaval (1918-1920)
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