International workshop on Russia, NATO and the West: Disinformation and Contestation in Central and Eastern Europe

Call for Papers

The Department of Politics and European Studies of the American University in Bulgaria invites applications for the international workshop on Russia, NATO, and the West: Disinformation and Contestation in Central and Eastern Europe to be held on the Campus of the American University in Blagoevgrad from 29th September to 1st October 2022. Accommodation and travel expenses will be covered by the workshop. The participants will be invited to stay for the duration of the workshop. If online participation will be made possible on a case-by-case basis, on-ground presence will be strongly preferred. The main outcome of the workshop will be to gather the contributions into a book published in English by an internationally renowned publisher. Scholars from Bulgaria and the Western Balkans are particularly encouraged to apply. 

The organizers of the workshop invite contributions from academics and practitioners on any of the five cluster themes listed below: 

Cluster theme 1: Realities and perceptions of EU and NATO policies towards Russia in Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on Bulgaria and the Western Balkans. 

Cluster theme 2: Assessing societal resilience [and fragilities] in Central and Eastern Europe to the Russian threat (s) with a focus on Bulgaria and the Western Balkans. 

Cluster theme 3: Different dimensions of Russian ‘sharp power’ in Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on Bulgaria and the Western Balkans.

Cluster theme 4: Countering disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on Bulgaria and the Western Balkans: NATO [and EU responses]. 

Cluster theme 5: Countering hybrid threats in Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on Bulgaria and the Western Balkans: NATO [and EU responses]. 

Application & Registration 

Please register and submit abstracts here

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 

June 30, 2022. 

For any questions regarding the workshop, please contact Jean F. Crombois at  jcrombois@aubg.edu.

Scientific Committee of the Workshop 

Jean F. Crombois, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Head of Department of Politics and European Studies, American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria.

Ivan Dinev Ivanov, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs University of Cincinnati, USA. 

Ilya Levine, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of International Relations, American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria. 

Arthur Pantelides, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Management, Business and Economics, Virginia Wesleyan University, USA. 

Kaloyan Simeonov, Ph.D. Dr. Habil, Associate Professor, European Studies Department, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria. 

Andrew T. Wolff, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Political Science & International Studies, Dickinson College, USA.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the American University in Bulgaria.

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