ZOiS participates in decoder project
Since the summer of 2020, Belarus has been experiencing ongoing protests that grew into an unprecedented mobilisation for the country, mainly in response to police violence and mass arrests. Unlike previous protests, this time people refused to be intimidated despite massive violence, creating a situation whose long-term political outcome is uncertain. For the German public, the protests were largely unexpected in their breadth. Accordingly, the demand for information about politics and society in Belarus increased noticeably. The online medium dekoder.org therefore launched the project "Decoding Belarus", which accompanies the process of profound change in Belarus and makes it accessible to the German interested public.
Dekoder.org already began in November to expand its range of topics to include Belarus and publishes background texts on current politics, but also on culture and the economy in Belarus. Since January 2021, ZOiS has also been involved in this project as a sponsor, will accompany dekoder scientifically and contribute its own expertise to substantiate the knowledge. In this way, dekoder will expand and deepen the Gnosis programme on Belarus.
ZOiS Caucasus Network
The ZOiS Caucasus Network, which was founded in autumn 2019, focuses on the development of a cross-institutional, interdisciplinary, scientific and practice-related exchange on the region as well as the networking of experts from research, politics and the media.
- The establishment of a contact point that brings together different actors with regional and transregional connections in a flexible organisational framework.
- The permanent networking of academics and experts who would like to exchange views on issues related to the Caucasus region (politics, society, culture).
The exchange rounds currently take place twice a year. Regular newsletters are sent out informing about current research activities, publications and events of the network members. Due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings are currently held online. If you are interested or have any questions about the network, please contact: Sina.Giesemann(at)zois-berlin(dot)de
Since October 2020, ZOiS has participated as an Associate Partner in the GLocalEAst strategic partnership, which is funded by the European Union under Erasmus+. The three-year consortium aims to develop an innovative curriculum in Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies in East-Central Europe that would provide the students with practice-driven skills, facilitating their transition to the labour market. Participating institutions are engaged in the development and testing of innovative digital methods and pedagogies, aimed at elaborating attractive teaching methods, strengthening the staff professional profiles, filling gaps in specific teaching areas, and promoting internationalisation and networking. A further project aim is to establish a platform of experts from academic, NGOs and local governmental institutions which monitor migration and integration processes in East-Central Europe. At ZOiS, researchers Tsypylma Darieva, Piotr Goldstein and Sabine von Löwis are involved in GLocalEAst.