Posts by Alexandra Yatsyk

Alexandra Yatsyk 02-18-2021
(illiberalism.org) You have both been working for several years on the concept of biopolitics as applied to Central and Eastern Europe, including Russia. Can we talk about the rise of an illiberal biopolitics? And is there a liberal biopolitics, or are the terms antinomic? The idea of biopolitics is largely known for its Foucauldian iteration of the late 1970s, which explained how European disciplinary institutions were gradually replacing their...
Alexandra Yatsyk 11-20-2020
(Populism) Abstract: This paper examines the discourse of PiS party in Poland as a form of biopolitical populism. I view this phenomenon as a specific style of political discourse rather than an ideology, that, first, focuses on bodily issues, including family and gender policy, sexual behavior, etc., second—it is inherently performative and as such it appeals to emotions, and, third—it directly communicates with “people” while circumventing the existing...
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Alexandra Yatsyk 11-25-2019
(Co-authored by Andrey Makarychev) This book is a critical attempt to cast a biopolitical gaze at the process of subjectification of Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Estonia in terms of multiple and overlapping regimes of belonging, performativity, and (de)bordering. The authors strive to go beyond the traditional understandings of biopolitics as a set of policies corresponding to the management and regulation of (pre)existing populations. In their opinion,...
Alexandra Yatsyk 07-29-2019
(National Identities) (Co-authored with Andrey Makarychev) Abstract: This article approaches Russophone groups in Estonia and Germany as discursive subjects and producers of their own narratives and storylines that are either technically independent from Moscow's control or implicitly challenge Kremlin's propaganda. The major goal of this research is to compare how the German and Estonian Russophone communities react to the situation of information...
Alexandra Yatsyk 11-14-2018
(Geopolitics) The article examines the question of how the refugee crisis in Europe re-actualizes the existing national geopolitical narratives and affects the border-(re)drawing of European political communities. I particularly refer to the Estonian experience, which I examine through two different case studies. The first one focuses on the refugee issue as seen from the perspective of fostering a less nationalistic and more heterogeneous identity in...
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Alexandra Yatsyk 11-14-2018
(Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe) This article examines Georgia’s experience of civil society engagement with reforms after 2008, which attests to the country’s Euro-integrationist aspirations. In particular, the research addresses practices of the promotion of liberal democracy as forms of biopolitical governmentality pursued by Western state and non-state actors towards and in Georgia, raising the question of what the mechanisms of...
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Alexandra Yatsyk 06-18-2018
Изменит ли чемпионат мира по футболу негативный имидж России? Почему стадион в Санкт-Петербурге стоит дороже стадиона в Лос-Анджелесе? Чемпионат как демонстрация отсталости России? Владимир Путин публично "сжигает пачки денег", чтобы изумить мир? Эти и другие вопросы мы обсуждаем с Майклом Лидсом, экономистом из Темплского университета в Филадельфии, Ричардом Арнольдом, политологом из Маскингамского университета в Огайо, Александрой Яцык из Уппсальского...
Alexandra Yatsyk 04-18-2018
27 февраля в Киеве в Доме Свободной России  состоялась презентация книги «Борис Немцов и российская политика: власть и сопротивление». В третью годовщину смерти Бориса Немцова мы обсудили его наследие и влияние на российскую политику. Приглашенные спикеры:  Александра Яцик, соредактор, научный сотрудник Института изучения России и Евразии, Андрей Макарычев, соредактор, профессор политики, Тартуский университет, Екатерина Смаглий, директор киевского офиса...
Alexandra Yatsyk 11-07-2017
(Journal of Slavic Military Studies) (Co-authored with A. Makarychev) Abstract: The article addresses the sphere of performing arts as part of Russia’s security policy and, in particular, its propaganda dimensions. The authors approach cultural representations as appeals to universal norms rather than to national interests and in this respect focus on two specific cases of aestheticization of military force applied beyond the national borders of the...
Alexandra Yatsyk 02-08-2017
(Book chapter) (Co-author: A. Makarychev) Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the military insurgency in Ukraine’s eastern provinces triggered political and academic debates on various issues related to post-Soviet borderlands, above all those populated by Russian-speakers and culturally gravitating towards Russia. In this context the Estonian city of Narva became one of the hottest nodal points in heated international discussions over the prospects and...

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