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Parallel and/or Divided? The Information Spaces of Russian Speaking Minorities in the EU
Presentation by Heidi Erbsen
International relations between Russia and ‘the West’ have historically had, and continue to have, a significant impact on Russian speaking minority populations in terms of social inclusion. In the case of Estonia, where Russian speakers make up 33% of the population, different interpretations of history and security threats have perpetuated parallel information and cultural spaces. This presentation considers how these information spaces interact in Estonia by looking at 1) how international media (in English and Russian) frames the minority population 2) how international institutions (such as the EU and American Councils) shift but do not change the social paradigms of inclusion, and 3) how local Russian speakers interact with national and international frames.