Irena Remestwenski, M.A.

Managing Director

Office: RECET, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1.1

E-Mail: irena.remestwenski@univie.ac.at

Phone: +43-1-4277-411 30

 

 

Irena has a Master's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and more than 10 years of experience of working as a trainer and educator with young adults. She has founded and directed a successful Ukrainian NGO active in the field of historical-political education, as well as applied for, planned, and carried out a vast array of third-party-funded projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
At RECET, she is responsible for general administration, project finances, office management, and public relations.

Research project:

“Borderland Blues: Integration offers on the eve of the Maidan Revolution and historical narratives that sustained them”

The project focuses on the Maidan Revolution as a recent turning point in the Eastern European transformation process, focusing on Ukraine’s perceived available choices in terms of its (geo)political integration and prospects of further democratic reform. While the popular view of the Maidan depicts the revolution as the fight for European integration, there were forces on the Maidan - including not just right-wing groups, but also many centrist civil-society actors – that feared future hegemonial claims and advocated for an independent path for their country, proposing that Ukraine should abstain from joining any larger political unions.
This project's empirical data, accumulated from interviews with Ukrainian revolutionary leaders, shows ways in which available integration projects were interpreted by grassroots political and civil society actors before and during the revolution. It offers insights into where Maidan protesters located themselves in the historical-political field, which messages coming from Russia and the European Union they discerned and how they understood them, how their preferences were formed for a particular integration offer, and which historical narratives, myths, and concepts formed the discourse generated around Ukraine’s geopolitical choice.