Russia's search for identity and political practice, 1990-2010 (2011-2012)

Project leader

Assoc. prof. Dovile Jakniunaite

Project duration

 June 2011 - December 2012
Grant giver
Research Council of Lithunia
Project description

The goal of the project is, first, to analyse the variety and rivalry of identity discourses in the new Russian state in 1990-2010 m., second, to reveal how this constant conceptualization is manifesting itself through political practices and contributes to the formation of the contemporary politics. Instead of unitary depiction of Russia (e.g. as “new empire”, “post-totalitarian state”) the project seeks to demonstrate how different actors participate in the process of Russia’s identity representation and how different ways and means are used in creating these representations, thus showing the inconsistencies, breaks and variety of the newly created and modified identity discourses.The discourses of the government (power) and specialised/expert discourses which have certain relationship to power or are cooperating with it (media, the community of historians, cinema, academic, legal discourses) are analysed.  

Five cases studies will be executed: 
a) the analysis of the post-soviet IIWW movies as the field of negotiation about history and present;
b) the discursive changes of the relationship between the law and the government (the Putin’s “dictatorship of the law” vs. the Medvedev’s “rule of law”) and its projections in the society; 
c) the analysis of the bilateral relations with Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine and Lithuania as differing symbolic identity games; 
d) the analysis of “the strategies of the attraction” in the post-soviet space; 
e) the development of the geopolitical identity and geopolitical discourse in the official and expert documents.

The analytical tools developed during the project will allow understanding and commenting the contemporary processes by revealing their historical contexts and discursive sources. The project results will provide methods and theoretical framework to diagnose the current conditions and understand the political practices of the contemporary Russia.

IIRPS academic staff involved Natalija Arlauskaitė, dr. Nerijus Maliukevičius, Vladas Sirutavičius, Inga Vinogradnaitė
Participant institutions