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Natalya Kosmarskaya

Directeur de recherches
Institut d’études orientales, Académie des sciences de Russie
Co-Ethnics as Unwanted Others Exploring the Origins of Intra-Group Conflict in the Context of Migration and Resettlement
01 February 2014 -
30 June 2014

Natalya Kosmarskaya is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Eurasian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). She has published extensively on ethnic/social identity change and formation of diasporas in the post-Soviet context, intra-ethnic conflicts after the fall of communism, community relations and ethno-cultural boundaries in a post-Soviet city and, more generally, on the adaptation of immigrant communities under different ethnic/social milieus. N. Kosmarskaya is the editor of Diasporas, a Moscow-based academic journal published since 1999.

The project goal is a comparative study of the origins of mutual estrangement taking place through the encounter of co-ethnic populations. This pattern of peoples’ interaction is usually a result of migration provoked by socio-political cataclysms. The resettlement of the Pieds-Noirs to France, Russians from the former Soviet Union to Russia, «Soviet» Germans to Germany, «Russian» Jews to Israel after 1991 and many similar movements have been marked by mutual exclusion and enmity.

An explanation of tensions due to the ethno-cultural otherness of newcomers, the identity and lifestyle «borrowed» from their previous ethnic surrounding is, in the author’s view, insufficient as it obscures the differences between the reception, by the host societies, of co-ethnics and «ordinary» labor migrants — ethnic, racial and cultural «others». Moreover, it may (re)produce popular stereotypes in relation to co-ethnic migrants.

A more complex «contextual» approach is suggested, in this case applied by the author to the study of the unwelcome reception of Russian migrants from Central Asia by rural residents of Central Russia in the 1990s. It redirects attention from newcomers to the receiving population and brings to the fore the hosts’ negativism towards «co-ethnics» — as a re-channeled social discontent, as a re-interpretation of previous social and historical experience (on the local and/or national levels), provoked by the presence of migrants.

20 Jun 2014 09:30 -
20 Jun 2014 18:45,
Paris :
Co-Ethnics as Unwanted Others. Intra-Group Tensions After the Fall of Communism: Causes, Consequences, and Contexts
10 Jun 2014 10:00 -
10 Jun 2014 13:00,
Paris :
Remembering the Soviet Times in Central Asia: Urban Life Through the Eyes of Old-Residents of Ferghana (Uzbekistan) and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).
Communication de Natalya Kosmarskaya, résident à l'IEA de Paris
06 Jun 2014 09:00 -
06 Jun 2014 12:00,
Toulouse :
Exploring Intra-Group Tensions After the Fall of Communism: Old and New Agendas
Intervention of Natalya Kosmarskaya, fellows at the Paris IAS, in the BASEES Annual Conference
06 Apr 2014 11:00 -
06 Apr 2014 12:30,
Cambridge :
Deciphering Migrantophobia of Muscovites: Some Results of Qualitative Research
Communication de Natalya Kosmarskaya, résidente à l'IEA de Paris
28 Mar 2014 11:00 -
28 Mar 2014 12:30,
Dijon :
Intra-Group Tensions After the Fall of Communism
Contemporary period (1789-…)