Experts’ feedback

Jerzy Jaskiernia
Prof. Dr., the Faculty of Law, Economy and Administration
Jan Kochanowski University
Kielce, Poland

Generally I consider GRAPOM project as a very interesting and fruitful one. The most important was a comparative approach, as we discussed for example radical, nationalistic and populistic tendencies in Europe. It was especially interesting dealing with the case of Brexit where such a comparative approach brings about new and important contexts on development of situation in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and foreign perception of this development. It helped me to understand political situation in Europe in a more detailed and deep way. In consequence I have improved my academic skills especially with teaching at the Jan Kochanowski University following courses: Contemporary Political Systems, Institutions and Sources of Law in Euroepan Union, the EU Law and the Constitutional Law. I also used the experience from GRAPOM conferences in my publications devoted to the political development in Europe, especially in context of radicalization of attitudes of the European people.

The GRAPOM Conferences opened the way to establish a new contacts, especially with the collegues form Russia, UK, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Italy. It was the opportunity to better understand organization of academic life in those countries. I would like to particularly note the visit to the Institute of World Civilizations in Moscow, led by Professor Slobotchikov. It was an unique occasion to follow the activitity of one of the leading Russian political party, led by Prof. Vladimir Zhirinovskij, and to taste the Russian political parties life, structure and activity in State Duma. In consequece of this contacts two scholars from Moscow Institute of World Civilizations took part in the International Human Rights Conference in Warsaw, organized by Jan Kochanowski University in Sejm (Polish Parliament).

The most imprtant outcome of this project on the EU Level seems to me to bring together scholars from EU (such as Poland) and non-EU member States (such as Russian Federation). It should and it will help to build the better bridges of understanding from both sides. It is particularly important for futher European development. We should avoid building a new „iron curtain” and try to find the ways of open academic discussion to better understand each other. EU should suport such an effort, when scholars from Russian Federation are actively involved and may chance to have the serious discussions with the scholars from the EU States. It is an importnat part of East-West dialogue.

Lorenzo De Sabbata
Dr., ISIG researcher
The Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia (ISIG)
Gorizia, Italy

The opportunity to participate in the roundtables of the GRAPOM project resulted in a significant professional and personal experience. Although very open and informal, the debates and exchanges were particularly fruitful, mainly thanks to the European and international scope that characterised the project’s vision.The possibility to participate in these events allowed me to reconsider pivotal issues such as radicalization and populism through a transnational and somehow “global” perspectives. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of the roundtables gave the participants the possibility to overcome traditional scientific barriers, fruitfully hybridising their analysis.

The GRAPOM project allowed ISIG to discover new potential academic and non-academic partners to develop future research projects.

In my opinion, the outcomes of the GRAPOM project may represent an original and innovative standpoint to interpret contemporary political phenomena taking place in several European countries.

Nikolay Tomov
Dr., Executive Director of the “Slavyani” Foundation,
Sofia, Bulgaria

I would start from the subject of the project, namely: “PHENOMENON OF GROWING POPULARITY OF RADICAL POLITICAL MOVEMENTS IN EUROPE: CAUSES AND PROSPECTS”. As a theme it was extremely well chosen — the political developments in Europe these last years proved it undisputedly. The round tables thus turned into a discussion of the actual European evolution. For me personally the professional reflection of the project discussions is the possibility to familiarize with different aspects of evaluation of the above-mentioned elements of European development.

The influence of the project on the work with our partner network, both within and outside the EU, is that our efforts will be much more efficient, based on the fact that after the two-year discussions on Europe’s present, we have a much clearer idea on where we stand and what direction are we moving in.

During these past two years we tried to find an answer to a fundamental question: “Quo vadis, Europa?”. We might not have reached a comprehensive, all-embracing answer. But we did approach it from several important angles. And most consequential – we did search this answer as it is seen from different geographical point of view — Bulgaria, UK, Italy, Poland, Russian Federation and Slovenia.

The conclusions of the round tables, thereof, are important not only to us, as participants in the project and active partakers of European academic and political life, but also for the think-tanks of the EU, for all those who are concerned with the future of the Old Continent.

Alicja Jaskiernia
Prof. Dr hab., the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies
University of Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

I consider GRAPOM project as an occasion to gain some different approaches to the main issue radical, nationalistic and populist tendencies in Europe, as well as of many others (e.g. about landscape of contemporary political views in Europe in many areas). There are case of Brexit, European Union future, Russia Federation`s role in Europe. I’ve considerably improved my knowledge and even academic skills after the great experience of GRAPOM round tables.

The GRAPOM project has created the possibilities to establish some new relations with the academics and experts from Bulgaria, Russia, Slovenia, UK and Italy. The final Moscow`s conference at the Institute of World Civilizations, led by Professor Slobotchikov, was an unique occasion to recognize some issues of the Russian political life.

Every occasion to build bridges between EU and the states from outside Union (especially so powerful as Russia) should be supported as an effort to enhance understanding and to eliminate reluctance in Europe. At the EU level it means that such projects favor integration, ipso facto – help building better and safer future for all of us. Science, art and culture are specially design as areas for building the bridges.

Franc Mlinar, MA
Institute for Ethnic and Regional Studies (ISCOMET)
Faculty of Law, University of Maribor
Maribor, Slovenia

Participation in GRAPOM project was for me a great opportunity to establish contacts with professors, researchers and other experts working/researching with topic similar to my professional expertise. Such projects, without doubts, are contributing a lot to the on-going fight for protection of human rights in European society. Discussing the actual topics on the panel with experts with different backgrounds enables participants to learn particular dimensions of the issues that were not relevant before as they did not confront their standpoints with other participants with different background experiences.

What I have learned:
— New knowledge on the topic;
— New methods used for researching the project topics;
— Background experience of participants defines the basis standpoints;
— Standpoint of the participant is rather difficult to change or supplement with new knowledge.

Competences I have improved:
— Improved capabilities for public presentation of my expert work and standpoints;
— Improved arguing capabilities for my standpoints in the discussions;
— Networking capabilities (gained new acquaintance with experts that could contribute to my professional and expert growth);
— Improved social competences (especially ability to take another’s perspective concerning the project topics etc.).

My institution established new contacts with institutions that have not before. We also established new personal contacts with members of institutions that we already collaborated. New acquaintances help our institution to wider the network of institutions and individuals that we collaborate with in regular basis.

The GRAPOM project addressed one of the most urgent topics in EU: human rights, role of Law, democratic processes etc. which are important not only for new members of EU but also for old members as they are facing reversible processes on many above mentioned fields. The topics are also important for EU neighbourhood, especially Western Balkans and Eastern partnership countries as future members must fully respect standards on this field before entering the EU. In the project participated countries from different background experiences (new-old members states, rich-poor, eastern-western etc.) which enables participates to discuss different causes and perspectives of the radical movements in whole Europe not just in one part with one background experiences. Two publications were published in English and Russian languages that enable project partners to disseminate the project result to wider possible public not only in EU but whole Europe. Results of the project were/are published on webpages of project partner institutions that enables long-term dissemination and sustainability of project results. Participants gained new knowledge which will be of use in their further academic and/or research activities.