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Transnational and

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Regional Dynamics

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Ph.D. Scholarships in
Humanities and Social Sciences

Programme

“Trajectories of Change” addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighbourhood. The programme offers stipends and fieldwork grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences studying political and social change in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as Central Asia.

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Last call was published in 2018

A new scholarship programme will be announced in summer 2020.

Analysing change

The Politics of State Celebrations in Belarus


Bucerius Fellow Maryia Rohava studies ideological power relations between the state and its citizens in an authoritarian context
 
“The symbolic production of WWII commemorations has been the recipient of one of the Belarusian government's most dedicated streams of public spending since the start of Aliaksandr Lukashenka's presidency over 25 years ago.1 Lukashenka regularly confirms financial support for the organisation of military parades. (…) However, not all Belarusians share the President's sentiment about the need for military parades. Every year, online petitions to stop military parades are circulated, arguing that they disturbed the everyday life of city residents, damaged roads and created dangerous traffic situations. Two dramatic events have also contributed to public concerns. On 3 July 2008, more than 40 people were injured when a bomb exploded during the Independence Day concert. More recently, on 3 July 2019, an incident during the Independence Day fireworks killed one spectator and injured 10 people. Moreover, the decision to hold a military parade on 9 May 2020 during the COVID‐19 pandemic exacerbated public concerns regarding the government's public health response and called into question the appropriateness of public commemorations during the pandemic.”more

Analysing change

Russia’s disinformation campaigns are targeting African Americans

Bucerius Fellow Žilvinas Švedkauskas and his colleagues published an article in the Washington Post:

“During this summer’s historic Black Lives Matter protests across the United States, social media platforms have been rife with disinformation. That’s not a coincidence. Since 2016, Russian disinformation campaigns have focused particularly on race and social issues related to African Americans, exploiting the fact that race remains a highly volatile area in U.S. politics." 

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News

Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences

Bucerius Fellow Ilyas Saliba and his co-authors published a guide for a safer fieldwork and digital security 

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A Golden Opportunity for Middle East Autocrats?


Bucerius Fellow Tobias Zumbrägel and his co-author Thomas Demmelhuber analyse the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Middle East  more

Analysing change

Neither a Turning Point Nor an Overall Determinant

Advisory Board member Muriel Asseburg and her co-authors about the Covid-19 pandemic and conflict dynamics in Syria

“Nine years into the (civil) war, Syria is in an extraordinarily poor position to confron the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of the pandemic leading towards the uniting of local, regional, and international actors involved in Syria around a common purpose, conflict dynamics have hampered an effective response to Covid-19. Yet, the pandemic is unlikely to become a decisive turning point in conflict dynamics or an overall determinant of its future trajectory. Rather, in the mid-term, the relevant actors are likely to continue to follow their strategic interests in Syria, while some will have to adjust their operational priorities, as well as the strategies to pursue them, against the backdrop of the pandemic.” 

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