Call for Applications: Raising civil society awareness in Belarus


University of Tartu Johan Skytte Political Studies and The Centre for Eurasian and Russian Studies (CEURUS) in cooperation with Belarusian Student Support Association and Honest University, is pleased to announce a call for students and civil activists to participate in a series of online workshops on the topic of  “Raising civil society awareness in Belarus”. The organisation of the workshops is supported by the 2020 – 2023 Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid to Eastern Partnership countries programme of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The series of workshops is composed of seven webinars spanning from April to November 2021. Each webinar will last 90 minutes. The language of the webinars is predominantly Russian, while knowledge of English will be an asset for certain political and technical terminology. Registration is free of charge, there is no limit to participants. In particular, the participation of Belarusian civic activists and students who aim to uphold democratic rights and civil freedoms but have suffered from political repression due to their activities, is encouraged.

The first webinar will take place on 13 April via Zoom from 17.00 - 18.30 (EEST, UTC+3) as an online panel discussion on the special Belarus’ issue of political journal “New Perspectives” (SAGE Volume 29 Issue 1, March 2021). The panelists will discuss the following:

  • Aliaksei Kazharski (Charles University in Prague): Belarus’ new political nation and anti-authoritarian protests as identity-building
  • Tatsiana Kulakevich (University of South Florida): National awakening in Belarus - elite ideology to 'nation' practice
  • Elizaveta Gaufman (University of Groningen): The gendered iconography of the Belarus protest
  • Piotr Rudkouski (Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies): Russia’s cultural leverage in Belarus

Discussion moderator - Andrey Makarychev (University of Tartu)

The main objective of the workshops is to create a communication platform for political activists and representatives of Belarusian civil society to allow an exchange of experiences, discussion of the most pressing issues in relations between the Belarusian state and society, and study of the political experience of other countries. The topics that will be covered are but are not limited to: political mobilisation and development of civil society; protest art and the female face of the Belarusian protests; information resilience and hygiene, studying the experience of other countries and the historical significance of replacing an autocratic regime with a democratic one.

Upon successful completion of the webinars, 12 active participants will be selected who will be invited to spend a week in Estonia in the spring of 2022, during which they will have the chance to visit local state institutions and NGOs. NB! While participation in webinars is open regardless of nationality  only participants who hold Belarusian citizenship will be eligible for the visit to Estonia. Furthermore, the visit will only take place if the virological situation so allows.

You can find the registration form here.

For additional information and inquiries please contact Jaak Erik Laja at