DEVELOPING THE EUROPEAN STUDIES IN CAUCASUS (DESCNET)
Originally conceived of by the University of Graz’ Russian East European & Eurasian Studies Centre (REEES), it is now under the direction of the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. DESCnet is designed to enhance the level of European Studies in the Caucasus. At its heart the goal is to create a scholarly association (“Association of European Studies for the Caucasus”, AESC). In the long run, AESC will be a leading EU thematic association that not only run by local academic circles but also flexibly accommodates to the region’s developments depending on the activities of its members. With JM Network start-up funding AESC commits itself to synergize the efforts of its partner institutions and create a benchmark for excellence.
“Europe at the periphery-LEAP
Since September 2019, Ilia State University got involved in new project “Linking ‘Europe’ at the periphery (LEAP) within the framework of Erasmus + Jean Monnet Networks.
The project aims to explore academically how the EU is taught in these countries and to create a conducive environment to exchanging knowledge and experience on the EU methodological and theoretical challenges of studying ‘Europe’ at the periphery. Apart from these, the project targets to shed light how the EU penetrates into the everyday lives of the people especially the young population and civil society activists. Besides, project aims to assess the reasons of Euroscepticism in the ‘periphery’ and the reasons hampering European Integration.
Another project partners are: Eskişehir Osmangazi University (Turkey), University of Pristina “Hasan Pristina” (Republic of Kosovo), National University of Ivan Franko in Lviv (Ukraine), National University of Political Science and Public Administration (Romania).
The Project Coordinator: Middle East Technical University Centre for European Studies (Turkey).