UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Russian identity and China

06 June 2019, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Moscow red square

This event is part of the SSEES Research Student Seminar Series. Join us to hear SSEES research students discuss their projects. On the 6th June, Andreea Rujan with: Russian identity and China and Anna Dmochowksa with: ‘The Gift of Moscow’: place and identity in the works of Tsvetaeva and Goncharova.

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Traditionally and historically, the Russian self-identification process was conducted in relation to the West as Russia’s self-referring ‘other’, a tendency shared by the imperial and Soviet pasts and the post-Soviet contemporaneity. Especially since the collapse of the USSR, the focus of academic investigations of Russian identity treated the West as Russia’s ‘other’, neglecting the fact that identities are built in relation to multiple ‘others’, and discounting their influence on Russian identity. As a result, one of the actors whose influence has been disregarded as secondary in the Russian self-identification process is that of China, which is unexpected, given its historical, political, and economic relevance for Russia.

The main objective of this project is to analyse Russia-China relations from a constructivist perspective. This will constitute a shift away from the dominant realist interpretations and advance understanding of Russia-China relations as well as identity as a driver of Russian foreign policy. Concurrently, given the post-2014 rapprochement between Russia and China, this research is prompted by two main premises: the increasingly asymmetrical relationship between Russia and China and Russia’s standing perception of itself as a Great Power.

About the Speaker

Andreea Rujan

PhD Candidate at UCL SSEES

Andreea Rujan is a GRS-funded research student at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES). She received an MA in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a BA in Russian studies (with First Class Honours) from SSEES, University College London. In 2017, Andreea worked for 6 months as Assistant Analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, during which time she co-authored several papers on geopolitics, Russian foreign policy, great power assertiveness, and international security threats. She is supervised by Dr. Peter Duncan and Dr. Ben Noble.