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Title [en]
Narratives of Europe: Perspectives from its North-East Periphery
Abstract [en]
This project investigates how Europe is identified in narratives from the greater Baltic region. It focuses on how “Europeanness” is fabricated and narrated in one of Europe’s dynamic peripheries. Focusing on the region’s philosophical, political, literary, musical, art and media discourses, a systematic and comparative analysis is made of how European identity is articulated differently depending on national context and narrative genre. The project thus makes comparisons in three dimensions: how does the narration of European identity vary (1) between centre and periphery; (2) between national subregions of the Baltic area; and (3) between narrative genres of communication. In the relatively peripheral greater area surrounding the Baltic Sea, neighbouring countries with divergent experiences have chosen distinct paths vis-à-vis the European project of unification, offering excellent clues to the diverse facets of ongoing refigurations of what Europe means. The project mainly focuses on Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Romania, Finland and Sweden. In this region, concepts of Europe are intensely cultivated and debated, challenging the notion of the Baltic and East European region as the Eastern “Other” and suggesting that they in many ways tend to be more active Europeans than many in Central or Western Europe. Discursive tensions will be scrutinised between “Fortress Europe” and Europe as communicative node, unity and diversity, stability and mobility, universalism and particularism. There are variously emphasised traces of Christian heritage, colonial history, Enlightenment ideas of progress, experiences of war, or reference to old and new transnational connections. Six subprojects deal with European narratives in (A) phenomenological philosophy (Cederberg); (B) political movements (Kaun); (C) literature (Jonsson), (D) visual arts (MacLeod), (E) popular music (Fornäs); and (F) contemporary media genres (PhD candidate to be recruited). The project will organize annual workshops and result in individual articles and a joint anthology report. It links core disciplines within the Critical and Cultural Theory research area of Södertörn University (Media and Communication Studies, Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Studies), and make them imminently relevant to the Baltic area studies of BEEGS and CBEES.
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Kaun, A. & Murru, M. F. (2018). Narrative mediation of the Occupy movement: A case study of Stockholm and Latvia. In: Laura Basu ; Steve Schifferes ; Sophie Knowles (Ed.), Media and austerity: Comparative perspectives (pp. 226-236). Abingdon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Narrative mediation of the Occupy movement: A case study of Stockholm and Latvia
2018 (English)In: Media and austerity: Comparative perspectives / [ed] Laura Basu ; Steve Schifferes ; Sophie Knowles, Abingdon: Routledge, 2018, p. 226-236Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The economic crisis of 2007/2008 constitutes a moment of rupture not only for the financial markets, but also in terms of political engagement. In reaction to the crisis thousands took to the streets and squares in order to express their critique of the current political and economic system. The critical juncture also highlighted the role of media technologies for political organization and participation, which is reflected in comments on protests related to the financial crisis often over-emphasizing digital social media. This chapter provides an alternative way of engaging with crisis-related protest that moves beyond notions such as networked protests and connected action. Instead the chapter suggests reinvigorating more traditional methods of narrative analysis and critical hermeneutics in order to make sense of representations of protest mobilizations in reaction to the financial crisis. The financial crisis and protest that emerged in response serve as backdrop in order to further the theoretical argument about what role narrative mediation plays in the construction of social reality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2018
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34873 (URN)2-s2.0-85049985962 (Scopus ID)1552/42/2011 (Local ID)9781138897311 (ISBN)9781138897304 (ISBN)1552/42/2011 (Archive number)1552/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2018-04-23 Created: 2018-04-23 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Fornäs, J. (2017). A cultural perspective on European borders. In: Mats Andrén, Thomas Lindkvist, Ingmar Söhrman, Katharina Vajta (Ed.), Cultural Identities, National Borders: (pp. 7-20). Göteborg: Centrum för Europaforskning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A cultural perspective on European borders
2017 (English)In: Cultural Identities, National Borders / [ed] Mats Andrén, Thomas Lindkvist, Ingmar Söhrman, Katharina Vajta, Göteborg: Centrum för Europaforskning , 2017, p. 7-20Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Centrum för Europaforskning, 2017
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33785 (URN)9789189608429 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A004-2011
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Cederberg, C. (2017). Europe as identity and ideal: Reading Barroso’s ‘New Narrative’ heretically alongside Hegel, Husserl and Patočka. In: Johan Fornäs (Ed.), Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half (pp. 35-61). Bristol: Intellect Ltd.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Europe as identity and ideal: Reading Barroso’s ‘New Narrative’ heretically alongside Hegel, Husserl and Patočka
2017 (English)In: Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half / [ed] Johan Fornäs, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017, p. 35-61Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32524 (URN)1552/42/2011 (Local ID)9781783207510 (ISBN)1552/42/2011 (Archive number)1552/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A004-2011
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Fornäs, J. (2017). Europe faces Europe: An introduction. In: Johan Fornäs (Ed.), Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half (pp. 1-34). Bristol: Intellect Ltd.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Europe faces Europe: An introduction
2017 (English)In: Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half / [ed] Johan Fornäs, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017, p. 1-34Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32520 (URN)1552/42/2011 (Local ID)9781783207510 (ISBN)1552/42/2011 (Archive number)1552/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A004-2011
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Fornäs, J. (Ed.). (2017). Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half. Bristol: Intellect Ltd.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Europe Faces Europe examines Eastern European perspectives on European identity. The contributors to this volume map narratives of Europe rooted in Eastern Europe, examining their relationship to philosophy, journalism, social movements, literary texts, visual art, and popular music. Moving the debate and research on European identity beyond the geographical power center, the essays explore how Europeanness is conceived of in the dynamic region of Eastern Europe. Offering a fresh take on European identity, Europe Faces Europe comes at an important time, when Eastern Europe and European identity are in an important and vibrant phase of transition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017. p. 250
National Category
Media and Communications Cultural Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32466 (URN)1552/42/2011 (Local ID)9781783207510 (ISBN)1552/42/2011 (Archive number)1552/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A004-2011
Available from: 2017-05-04 Created: 2017-05-04 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Fornäs, J. (2017). Euro-visions: East European narratives in televised popular music. In: Johan Fornäs (Ed.), Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half (pp. 179-235). Bristol: Intellect Ltd.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Euro-visions: East European narratives in televised popular music
2017 (English)In: Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half / [ed] Johan Fornäs, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017, p. 179-235Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32519 (URN)1552/42/2011 (Local ID)9781783207510 (ISBN)1552/42/2011 (Archive number)1552/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A004-2011
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Kaun, A. (2017). Narrating protest: Silenced stories of Europe in Occupy Stockholm and Occupy Latvia. In: Johan Fornäs (Ed.), Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half (pp. 133-151). Bristol: Intellect Ltd.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Narrating protest: Silenced stories of Europe in Occupy Stockholm and Occupy Latvia
2017 (English)In: Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half / [ed] Johan Fornäs, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017, p. 133-151Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32523 (URN)1552/42/2011 (Local ID)9781783207510 (ISBN)1552/42/2011 (Archive number)1552/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A004-2011
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Horbyk, R. (2017). Narratives at war: Representations of Europe in news media of Ukraine, Russia and Poland during Euromaidan. In: Johan Fornäs (Ed.), Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half (pp. 93-132). Bristol: Intellect Ltd.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Narratives at war: Representations of Europe in news media of Ukraine, Russia and Poland during Euromaidan
2017 (English)In: Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half / [ed] Johan Fornäs, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017, p. 93-132Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32521 (URN)1552/42/2011 (Local ID)9781783207510 (ISBN)1552/42/2011 (Archive number)1552/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A004-2011
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Wadstein MacLeod, K. (2017). The resilience of the periphery: Narrating Europe through curatorial strategies. In: Johan Fornäs (Ed.), Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half (pp. 153-177). Bristol: Intellect Ltd.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The resilience of the periphery: Narrating Europe through curatorial strategies
2017 (English)In: Europe Faces Europe: Narratives From Its Eastern Half / [ed] Johan Fornäs, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017, p. 153-177Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2017
National Category
Art History
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32522 (URN)1552/42/2011 (Local ID)9781783207510 (ISBN)1552/42/2011 (Archive number)1552/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A004-2011
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Kaun, A. & Jurkane-Hobein, I. (2016). Occupy Narratives in Sweden and Latvia: How Mainstream Media tell the Story of a Movement. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 7(1), 23-39
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Occupy Narratives in Sweden and Latvia: How Mainstream Media tell the Story of a Movement
2016 (English)In: Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, ISSN 1757-2681, E-ISSN 1757-269X, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 23-39Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Occupy movement, which started with a group of activists in New York, soon grew into a global movement with protesters gathering and occupying public spaces worldwide. This article provides a critical discourse analysis and examines the representation of the global as well as local expressions of the Occupy movement in Latvian and Swedish major newspapers. It shifts the lens from the financial centres to the European periphery and asks how the movement is recontextualized in Latvia and Sweden. In the analysis four main discursive strategies are identified and discussed comparatively for the two countries; nomination, predication, perspectivation and mitigation. Although the discursive strategies in both contexts are similar, the recontextualization in Latvia and Sweden reflects the distinct historical and cultural circumstance in which the mediation of the Occupy movement emerged.

Keywords
Latvia; Occupy movement; Sweden; comparative analysis; discourse analysis; mediation; protest; recontextualization
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26767 (URN)10.1386/iscc.7.1.23_1 (DOI)1552/42/2011 (Local ID)1552/42/2011 (Archive number)1552/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A004-2011
Available from: 2015-03-30 Created: 2015-03-30 Last updated: 2022-07-01Bibliographically approved
Co-InvestigatorWadstein MacLeod, Katarina
Co-InvestigatorCederberg, Carl
Co-InvestigatorKaun, Anne
Principal InvestigatorFornäs, Johan
Co-InvestigatorJonsson, Stefan
Coordinating organisation
Södertörn University
Funder
Period
2012-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Keywords [sv]
Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning
Keywords [en]
Baltic and East European studies
National Category
Media StudiesCommunication Studies
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:1893Project, id: A004-2011_OSS

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