Covid-19 has interfered with the plans to have E-YOUTH international Final Symposium in Tallinn, Estonia, in May 2020. While the original event did not take place due to travel restrictions and lockdowns, E-YOUTH has organised a different event on May 25-26 – an international virtual symposium involving 15 scholars from New Zealand, the UK, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. E-YOUTH has teamed up with new partners, this time in New Zealand. On May 25-26, 2020, Natalia Chaban (E-YOUTH leader, Media and Communication, UC) together with Henrietta Mondry and Evgeny Pavlov (Russian Programme, Global Cultural and Language Studies, UC) organised and ran this virtual symposium.
Over two days, participants discussed the role and place of political communication, strategic narratives and perceptions in the information flows in the post-Soviet space, with a special focus on the political imaginations of Russia vis-à-vis Europe/the EU in post-Maidan Ukraine, three Baltic EU member states and Russia. Youth narratives were in the main focus. Symposium papers will contribute to the Special Issue with peer-reviewed New Zealand Slavonic Journal. E-YOUTh virtual symposium united experienced and early-career scholars from the international E-YOUTH team and University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and succeeded in establishing a multidisciplinary dialogue. The Special Issue with NZ Slavonic Journal (co-edited by Natalia Chaban, Henrietta Mondry and Evgeny Pavlov) is scheduled for publication by the end of 2020.