Aziz Elmuradov - Doctoral Researcher
Contesting Images of EU in Russian Foreign Policy Discourse: In Search for Identity or Policy?
|since 10/2017||Doctoral Researcher in the Research Training Group "World Politics", Bielefeld University|
|2015 - 2017||Research Associate, Department of International Relations and European Integration, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Stuttgart|
|04/2014 - 07/2014||Internship, Centre for OSCE Research at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg|
|2013 - 2014||M.A. Peace and Security Studies, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg|
|02/2012 - 05/2012||Internship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan|
|2007 - 2012||B.A. International Relations, University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
The Russian discourse on the EU in recent years has been marked by its strong dynamism and multiplicity of perspectives and trajectories that come into light in view of Russia's re-evaluation of its own 'weight' and that of the EU. While the EU has remained a point of reference across various contexts, new ways have emerged in which the Russian policymakers problematize and frame the EU in their discursive practices. On the one hand, in line with 'popular' perceptions and speculations that Russia is rather up 'to sow discord in the EU', different images of 'declining Europe' are recalled in attempts to interpret the course of Russia's present relations with the European Union. On the other hand, contrary to common expectations, these very discourses also seem to indicate that Russia portrays and self-identifies with a strong EU. Using discourse analysis and the concept of Other, this research project seeks to trace Russia's changing images of the EU and provide insights into how Russian foreign policy debates draw upon multiple images of the EU while trying to transform them into their self-image.
In my PhD project I set out to explore the politics of otherness in processes of constructing collective identity of a state through foreign policy practices. I inquire into foreign policy of a state as a social discursive field in which policy making is inseparably linked to the processes of boundary drawing, practices of inclusion and exclusion, identification and differentiation grounded on the complex relationships between, on the one hand, Self and its dynamic portrayal of and relation to Others, on the other hand, the distinctive role of language as a social phenomenon in mediating these representations; and inter-textual embeddedness of represented images of Others in the sense that no representation, written or spoken, is produced without reference to larger web of social texts, meanings and that politics of otherness is inherently embedded on fluid, unstable and therefore changing and contesting narratives of difference.
- Elmuradov, A.(2018) "Russlands europäische Schatten: Historisches Erbe und zeitgenössische politische Einstellungen."
Paper presented at the DAAD Center's doctoral conference "Herausforderungen der neuen Welt Imaginationen der neuen Generation: 1968-2018," Centre for German and European Studies, Chung-Ang University, 4-8 October, Seoul.
- Elmuradov, A. (2018) Chair at the panel "Revolution and Nation" at the 10th Annual Seminar of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology "Inclusion and Exclusion. New Perspectives in History and Sociology," BGHS, Bielefeld University, 5-7 July, Bielefeld.
- Elmuradov, A. (2018) "The Politics of Otherness: EU in Russia's 'Multipolar World'."
Paper presented at the "Third Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies," University of Tartu, 10-12 June, Tartu.
- Elmuradov, A. (2018) "Competing Narratives of the EU in Russian Foreign Policy: In Search for Identity or Policy."
Paper presented at the conference "Tuning into the Noise of Europe," The Hague University of Applied Science, 18-19 January, Den Haag.
Forthcoming in October and November: RTG-Workshops
Two-day workshops at Bielefeld University on 'Imagining Belonging in World Politics: Concepts, practices and struggles' (01 & 02 Oct.18) and 'Balance and Competition in World Politics' (09 & 10 Nov.18) organized by the RTG members.
"Attention please & the power of persuasion." A workshop for female PhD students funded by the RTGs equality fund.
Workshop with Deborah Ruggieri
Guest Lecture by Georgios Varouxakis (London)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Towards a genealogy of the concept of the West" presented by Prof. Dr. Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary University), Thursday 12 July at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.
Guest Lecture by Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Observing transnational labor markets through the lens of economic sociology - on the production of a transnational labor market in the meat industry" presented by Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld University), 19 June at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.
Workshop with Jennifer Pitts (Chicago)
Workshop jointly organized with the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology on "Boundaries of the International" held by Prof. Dr. Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)
Guest Lecture by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Cultural Convergence or Political-economic Divergence: A Comparative Perspective on the Welfare Development in Greater China" presented by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Bielefeld).
Guest Lecture by Or Rosenboim (London)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Globalism: Historical Perspectives on a Contested Concept" presented by Dr. Or Rosenboim.
RTG newsletter was launched
The RTG successfully launched its newsletter. The first issue is now available online. The newsletter provides an overview of past developments and events of the RTG and informs about future events. The next issue is expected to be published at the end of the summer semester.
New doctoral researcher joined the RTG
On 01 March, Karlson Preuss took up his position in the Research Training Group. In his doctoral dissertation, he focuses on "The Unwritten Constitution as an Intersection between Global Law and World Politics".
A touch of world politics in Bad Salzuflen
The RTG participated in the Annual Retreat of the Institute for World Society Studies on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Bad Salzuflen. More.
Guest lecture by George Lawson (LSE) on 28 November
We would like to invite you to the Guest lecture "Global Historical Sociology" by Dr. George Lawson (LSE) on Tuesday, 28 November at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.
RTG "World Politics" officially launched
Ten international young scientists and eleven principal investigators will investigate the emergence of world politics as a specific type of politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. More.
Official Opening of the RTG on 24 October
We would like to invite you to the Official Opening of the RTG and the guest lecture "'Lies are the Law of the World!' News and Global Media Networks in the Twentieth Century" by Prof. Dr. Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) on Tuesday, 24 October at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.
The RTG "World Politics" started on 01 October
On 01 October 2017, the Research Training Group "World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society" started. Nine doctoral researchers and one post-doctoral researcher took up their positions.
The RTG is approved
We are pleased to announce that the DFG has approved our Research Training Group application. The new Research Training Group `World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society´ will start 01 October 2017.