Nadia Bureiko: Bukovyna as a Contact Zone

The project “Bukovyna as a Contact Zone” aims at exploring the self-perceptions, identificational and attitudinal trends at the level of the two most relevant minority groups living on the two sides of the Ukrainian-Romanian borderland Bukovyna – ethnic Ukrainians in the Romanian part of Bukovyna (the southern part of Bukovyna) and ethnic Romanians in the Ukrainian part of Bukovyna (the northern part of Bukovyna). This study inquires, first, how ethnic Romanians in Ukraine and ethnic Ukrainians in Romania (confined to the region of Bukovyna) position themselves in relation to the state of their ethnic origin and to the current state of their residency. Second, the project seeks to identify what are the main factors influencing the attachments and loyalties of ethnic Romanians in Ukraine and ethnic Ukrainians in Romania towards the two states. This project explores and centralises findings from a questionnaire-based survey, first of its kind on both sides of the Ukrainian-Romanian border, simultaneously conducted by using the same set of questions in May 2016 in Bukovyna. The data obtained from the survey are aimed at offering a comparative picture of two most relevant minority groups – Ukrainians and Romanians – living on the two sides of the frontier.

Nadia Bureiko

Nadia Bureiko is the head of Europeanisation Studies at the Foreign Policy Council ‘Ukrainian Prism’ and vice head at the NGO ‘Quadrivium’. She has recently completed her research fellowship at the New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Studies, in Romania, and her postdoctoral research at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland where she was a holder of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (2014-2015). Prior to this she pursued an MA in International Relations and a PhD in Political Science at Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine, where she also worked as an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations. Nadia is a coordinator of the ongoing research project “Bukovyna as a Contact Zone” co-funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. She was also a coordinator of the projects ‘From Inspiration to Implementation: Europeanisation Process in Ukraine’ co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund and ‘United by Future’ co-funded by the Polish-Ukrainian Youth Exchange Council. She is a member of Erasmus + Jean Monnet project ‘The Eastern Partnership under strain – time for a rethink?’ and Erasmus + Jean Monnet network ‘European Union and its neighbourhood. Network for enhancing EU’s actorness in the eastern borderlands’. She is a participant and organiser of more than 60 scientific and practical conferences and workshops in more than 20 countries. Nadia’s academic interests include the Europeanisation process, Ukraine’s foreign policy, migration policy, national identity, and public diplomacy.

 


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