Образование и трудовая деятельность:
Stefano Bianchini is doctor of Political Sciences and Professor of East European Politics and History at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Forlì Campus, University of Bologna
Основные области научных интересов:
He is currently leading a three years research project of his Department on “Russia and China in the Global World. State and Societies between Domestic Dynamics and International Projections”. As an expert of Balkan issues, particularly on Yugoslavia and its successor states in politics, contemporary history and international relations, he published several books and articles in Italian, French, English and other languages. He was an advisor of the ICTY, in the Hague. Editor in Chief of the English Series on the Balkan and East-Central Europe (Longo Publ., Ravenna), he is the Executive Editor of «Southeastern Europe», Brill, Leiden, a blind peer review international journal indexed by Scopus and Web of Science ESCI, among others.
Участие в научных конференциях:
Speaker at the Round Table “Dystopic Optimism and Nostalgic Realism in 21st Century Academia” at the international conference “The Interdisciplinary Intellectual Practices and Moral Imagination of Leonidas Donskis”, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas 11-12 May.
Post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina as a Bone of Contention, paper presented at the round table “The Eastern Question… Again” and discussant at the panel “Perspectives on Post-War Democratization”, at the 22nd ASN Convention, Columbia University, New York City, 4-6 May.
International Relations between globalization and Unipolarity. The Russian approach, paper presented at the panel “Russian Foreign Policy: Continuity and Changes”, at the convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Baltimore, 27 February.
2016 Speaker at the Round Table “Mobility, Flexibility, Immobility from Dover to Damascus: The Chess Game of the Walls in Europe” at the 48th ASEEES Convention, Washington DC, 17-20 November.
Speaker at the Round Table “Nation Building and Self-Determination as Interpretative Categories. Compatibilities and Incompatibilities in the 19th and 20th Century”, and Member of the Scientific Committee of the international ASN Conference in Europe on “Europe, Nations, and Insecurity: Challenges to Identities”, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, 30 June-2 July.
La Russia alla ricerca di un ruolo nel mondo. Occidente, Eurasia e “Russkij mir”, paper presented at the panel “Russia e Cina nel mondo globale. Alle radici del multipolarismo”, National Conference of the Italian Association of International History, 3 June.
EU and the Balkans in Trouble: Between Solidarity and Nationalism, paper presented at the round table “Breaking Down or Re-Building the Walls? The EU and the Balkans facing New Challenges” and discussant at the panel “Civil Society and Democratization in the Post-Socialist Countries”, at the 21st ASN Convention, Columbia University, New York City, 14-16 April.
The Russian Universe and its Geopolitics, paper presented at the Seminar “Reflections on Russia. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University-Bologna Center, 24 March.
Участие в научной жизни СПбГУ и факультета:
Former International Coordinator (2004-2015) and currently Professor of the joint MA degree program MIREES (MA in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies) of SPSU, Vytautas Magnus U. and U. of Bologna.
Speaker on the "Impact of Self-Determinationin the Versailles Order" at the conference "WW1, Versailles System and Modernity, SPSU, 20 Oct. 2017
Владение иностранными языками:
Serbo-Croatian or Croatian-Serb (fluent)
Italian (mother tongue)
French (good knowledge)
Spanish and Russian (basic)
Участие в международных программах и проектах:
Coordinator of the 3-years research project
on “Russia and China in the Global World. State and Societies between Domestic Dynamics and International Projections”.
Coordinator of a one year ESPON research project on " Territorial and Urban Potentials Connected to Migration and Refugee Flows"
Международные профессиональные контакты:
SPSU, Vytautas Magnus University, U. of Zagreb, U. of Belgrade, U. of Sarajevo, Kazan Federal U., NYU, European U. of Tirana, Pittsburgh U., Columbia U.
Доктор политических наук
Профессор кафедры международных отношений на постсоветском пространстве
Основные читаемые курсы
History of Yugoslavia in the 20th century and of teh Balkan states in the 21st.
18 Oct. 2017, at 3,40 PM and 5PM
ForeignPolicy in the Balkans
18 Oct. 2017 at 11,10 AM
European studies. Main trends and challenges
room 206, 17 Oct. 2017 at 3,20PM
Бьянкини С.Ч. Geopolitics of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region. An arc of diversity in search of integration // Chapter in: Elena Tagliani (eds.), Innovation through integration in territorial policies for the Adriatic-Ionian region. Ideas for Reflection from a Local and Regional Perspective, Regione Emilia-Romagna/Adri-Gov EU Project, Bologna, 2016, pp. 55-78
the chapter analyzes in depth the historical experience of apparently closed basins (as the Adriatic and the Ionian) and the “global” dimension of trade. The legacy of the 20th century and the geopolitics of conflicts that affected the area, its development and its inclusion in the global public and economic spheres. Then the chapter described both the potentials of a transition from a geopolitics of conflicts to a geopolitics of integration that the macroregion may offer as a bridge toward the broader EU integration, while later scrutinizes the obstacles which interfere with the perspective of the EU integration. In the end, the chapter recognizes that economic interests need power stimulation in the Balkans together with an equally strong eﬀort to reconstruct cultural bridges (in terms of conscious syncretism and cross-breeds) in a framework of intense political cooperation (on the part of governments) and managerial cooperation (on the part of the administrations). Only in such a way the currently absent territorial cohesion may be rebuilt, encouraging the convergence between local and macroregional, passing via the state dimension and thus coming out of provincialism and the short term
Бьянкини С.Ч., Chapter in: Jody Jensen and Ferenc Miszlivetz, Reframing Europe's Future. Challenges and failures of the European construction, Routledge, London, 2015, pp. 160-178 Yugoslav and EU Decline: the Dynamics of Dissolution and Sovereignty Reframed // Routledge, London
The Chapter investigates how and to what extent in times of crisis, nationalism emerges as a strong cohesive factor of social groups. This trend has been experimented with in Europe repeatedly during the twentieth century and, once again, in the new millennium, when a new crisis has been deeply affecting the world, financially and economically, since 2008. The Yugoslav case deserves under many respect a special care for its lessons not learned.
Бьянкини С.Ч. RE-EXAMINING INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE TO SOUTHEAST EUROPE: TIME FOR A POST-FUNCTIONALIST APPROACH? // : “Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (JSEEBSS)” , Routledge
In the last decade, a wide literature has critically analysed individual aspects related to the role and the impact of international aid to Southeast Europe (SEE), bringing to light both its successes and failures. However, 22 years after the communist collapse and the Yugoslav dismemberment, a broad re-examination of the aid policies pursued in SEE and of the rationale behind these policies is becoming increasingly necessary, in light of (a) the global financial and economic crisis, (b) the sharp decline of support from external bodies, and (c) the persistence of controversial and unresolved conflicts and rivalries at the macro-regional level, particularly where reconciliation remains to be reached. Therefore, this article aims to discuss whether, under these new conditions, the support so far offered to SEE requires the most relevant donors to change their strategy and methods in order to achieve the proclaimed goals of stability, development and integration into the Euro-Atlantic framework, which appear to be still fragile in the region under scrutiny.
Бьянкини С.Ч. Eastern Europe and the Challenges of Modernity, 1800-2000 // Routledge, London
This book presents a concise and comprehensive overview of the mainstream flows of ideas, politics and itineraries towards modernity in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans over two centuries from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the end of the Gorbachev administration. Unlike other books on the subject which view modernity based on the idea of Western European supremacy, this book outlines the various different pathways of development, and of growing industrialisation, urbanisation and secularisation which took place across the region. It provides rich insights on the complex networks whereby very varied ideas, aspirations and policies interacted to bring about a varied pattern of progress, and of integration and isolation, with different areas moving in different ways and at different paces. Overall the book presents something very different from the traditional picture of the” two Europes”. Particular examples covered include agrarian reform movements, in various phases, different models of socialism, and different models of socialist reform.
Бьянкини С.Ч. Liquid Nationalism and State Partitions in Europe // Edward Elgar publ., London-New York
This timely book offers an in-depth exploration of state partitions and the history of nationalism in Europe from the Enlightenment onwards. Stefano Bianchini compares traditional national democratic development to the growing transnational demands of representation with a focus on transnational mobility and empathy versus national localism against the EU project. In an era of multilevel identity, global economic and asylum seeker crises, nationalism is becoming more liquid which in turn strengthen the attractiveness of “ethnic purity” and partitions, affects state stability, and the nature of national democracy in Europe. The result may be exposure to the risk of new wars, rather than enhanced guarantees of peace.
Included is a rare and insightful comparative assessment of the lessons not learned from the Yugoslav demise, the Czechoslovak partition, the Baltic trajectory from USSR incorporation to EU integration, and the impact of ethnicity in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Beyond their peculiarities, these examples are used to critically assess the growing liquidity of national identities and their relationship with democracy.Those seeking a deeper understanding of the European partition experience will find this an immensely valuable resource.