École d’été – Between the EU and Russia: Transnational ‘Soft Power’ and Societal Activism

The Jean Monnet BEAR Network, in partnership with CÉRIUM, is happy to announce its first summer school: “Between the EU and Russia: Transnational ‘Soft Power’ and Societal Activism.” Taught by renowned scholars from Russia, Estonia, the UK, and Canada, the summer school will explore EU and Russian regional integration projects as well as EU-Russian influence over elections, the judiciary, social movements, and de facto states and diasporas in Central and Eastern Europe.

The summer school will take place at the University of Montreal from June 18-23, 2018. Although designed for students at the MA level and above, members of the general public and outstanding undergraduates may also apply to take part.


Monday, June 18

Regional Integration Project I: NATO, the European Union and its eastern neighbours
9:30-12:30 Frédéric Mérand, Université de Montréal
2:00-5:00 Joan DeBardeleben, Carleton University

Tuesday, June 19
Regional Integration Project II: the Eurasian Union and its western neighbours
9:30-12:30 Yulia Nikitina, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
2:00-5:00 Viacheslav Morozov, University of Tartu

Wednesday, June 20
The impact of the EU and the Eurasian projects on electoral and partisan politics
9:30-12:30 Film screening – Dominique Arel, University of Ottawa
2:00-5:00 Zsuzsa Csergo, Queen’s University

Thursday, June 21
The impact of EU and the Russian regional powers on civil society and law
9:30-12:30 Maria Popova, McGill University
2:00-5:00 Virgine Lasnier, Université de Montréal

Friday, June 22
Issues of sovereignty between the EU and Russia: de facto states and diasporas
9:30-12:30 Ammon Cheskin, Glasgow University
2:00-5:00 Magdalena Dembinska, Université de Montréal

Saturday, June 23
Simulation games
Juliet Johnson, McGill University

The complete syllabus is available here. The working language of the course is English.

General information

University of Montreal students can register for PLU6910 (A-D) by contacting their program’s student records clerk.

Students from other Quebec universities can register to take the course and receive transfer credit by completing the online registration form available on the BCI website (formerly CREPUQ).

Students from non-Quebec universities must send proof of enrolment by email to Patricia Fabi.

The Summer School is also open to third-year undergraduate students who have already completed at least 60 credits and who hold a GPA of at least 3.5/4.3. Enrollment is conditional on the approval of their undergraduate program advisor.

Registration Fees

    • General public (salaried employees, retired persons, autonomous workers): $1,000 CAD
    • Government employees, businesses, members of the Quebec Bar: $1,200 CAD
    • Quebec Students – Credit Courses: Tuition fees will be billed by the home university’s financial department.
    • Other Students – Non-Credit Courses: Registration fee: $425 CAD

For more information, please see the CERIUM website.

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