The Self/Other Space and Spinning the Net of Ontological Insecurities in Ukraine and Beyond: (Discursive) Reconstructions of Boundaries in the EU Eastern Partnership Countries Vis-à-Vis the EU and Russia

  • Susanne Szkola


This chapter explores Dirk Nabers’ notion of “disruptive processes” in the EU Eastern Partnership countries to scrutinize contested patterns of belonging amid continued talk of a “new Cold War” in light of the Ukraine Crisis. The arguments brought forward are that the crisis in Ukraine: (1) pointed to a case of ontological insecurity where the (narrated) existence and autobiography of Ukraine are challenged and reconfigured; (2) reflected a situation where, through mutual constitutions of othering/belonging, not only Ukraine was rendered ontologically insecure, but in particular Georgia as well; (3) led to a substantial refortification of already existing images of Self(s) and Other(s); and (4) showed that balancing images of (the) significant other(s) is a discursive strategy of rendering one ontologically secure again.


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  • Susanne Szkola
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  1. 1.Brussels School of International StudiesUniversity of KentBrusselsBelgium

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