Visiting fellow in Political Sciences

(04-07-2019) Natalia Morozova, Higher School of Economics Nizhny Novgorod @ Department of Political Sciences, prof. Fabienne Bossuyt (May 2019)

Natalia Morozova is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Higher School of Economics in Nizhny Novgorod. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest. Her research is situated at the intersection of linguistics and international relations/political science. She is interested in the theory and methodology of studying foreign policy as discourse and uses Russian discourse and policies of regional integration as empirical data. She mostly teaches at the MA program in Political Linguistics so her teaching interests include political communication, political linguistics, political and media discourse analysis.

Natalia Morozova: “I chose to undertake a research stay at Ghent University when I came across Prof. Fabienne Bossuyt’s profile on the website of the Department of Political Sciences. I thought that Prof. Bossuyt’s interest in the EU’s relations with Central Asia and my interest in Russia’s relations with Central Asia were well aligned so that there was a good chance of research cooperation in the future. During my research stay at Ghent University I was mostly collecting, processing and analyzing primary data – media texts representing the discourse within the Central Asian civil society. I also attended 4 meetings of the post-development reading group and these discussions provided me with some important insights into the post-development and postcolonial theory that I will use in my research. At the end of my research stay I gave a seminar to PhD students on the theory and methodology of foreign policy discourse analysis. During my stay I also attended the lecture of Prof. Koen Schoors: “Russia and China: Uneasy Similarities”, a China-Russia Lecture Café event. Prof. Bossuyt and I are planning to co-author a paper based on the research I was pursuing while in Ghent. We have submitted an application for a joint FWO-Russian Science Foundation research grant. If we receive it, there will be a chance of a much closer and more long-term cooperation between our universities.”

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