Rethinking identity: interrogating the ‘other’ in Russia’s international relations

Panel – ‘From a Russian perspective on world events to Russia’s place in the world: how RT navigates ‘us’ and ‘them’ for its international audiences’ Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody, The University of Manchester ; The European Union and Russia: the visions of other in academic discourse’ Professor Natalia Zaslavskaya, St Petersburg State University and Dr Katarzyna Kaczmarska, Aberystwyth University; ‘Beyond ‘state identity’: Russia as Great Power and the myth of the state in international relations’ Dr Stefanie Ortmann, University of Sussex and ‘Relational process or substantialist attribute? Stigmatisation in Russian-Western relations and its impact on international society’ Adrian Rogstad, LSE.

British International Studies Association, Annual conference, Bath, 13-15 June, 2018.

Academic discussions of ‘othering’ have a long and distinguished pedigree drawn from international relations, comparative politics and area studies not to mention sociology and psychology. Yet, despite this variety, particular themes and tropes persist and recur in discussions of Russia’s interactions with its significant ‘others’. The papers on this panel present alternative perspective on the comfortable discourses of identity and otherness in Russian foreign policy analysis, interrogating their conceptual assumptions; academic heritage; regions of focus; and global media representations.