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Research Seminar Series

Wednesday Nov 16
12-1:30 pm, Hurst 202

National Identity Through the Prism of Immigration in Modern Russia: Advantages of Qualitative Approach to the Analysis of Changing Nature of National Identity

Dr. Ekaterina Romanova, Assistant Professor in International Peace and Conflict Resolution

In my research, I explore reasons behind burgeoning nationalism, ethnic violence and anti-immigrant attitudes in Russia. In my presentation, I’d like to argue that Russia’s changing perceptions of the national identity, as well as the characteristics that Russians attribute to immigrants have shaped intergroup relations and contributed to the growth in nationalist violence against immigrants. This presentation in no way claims to draw a comprehensive picture of national identity formation and its transformation in Russia after 1991, but rather offers a specific focus on the transformation of the perception of the national identity through the immigration angle, how through perception of immigration and immigrants, the host population projects the host population projects characteristics and boundaries of its collective self.

In my research, I rely on qualitative approach, using critical discourse analysis and grounded theory to data analysis. In my presentation, I will talk about benefits of using NVivo in qualitative research projects.

Speaker’s Biography
Dr. Ekaterina Romanova is an Assistant Professor in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at American University. Ekaterina teaches core classes on theory and practice of conflicts and conflict resolution. Her research interests include nationalist violence, identity politics, migration, youth and gender. Dr. Romanova’s regional expertise is in the CIS, the Caucasus and Central Asia. She has been actively involved in the conflict resolution work and trainings in the Caucasus and Asia, contributing to a series of problem-solving workshops between South Ossetian-Georgian civil society leaders and trainings for youth leaders from that region. Dr. Romanova holds a PhD from School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.