First row discussant: Irina Isaakyan
The State of the Union has selected a group of EUI community members as first-row discussants during the panels on 4 May. They’ll be the ones to get the ball rolling for lively discussion following the panel presentations. Get to know who they are, and what they specialize in.
- What is your connection with the EUI?
I am a research associate at the Robert Schuman Centre. I have been in the EUI since 2012 – first as a Marie Curie Fellow and then as a research associate.
- How would you summarise your research, in just a few words?
My research on global elite migrations studies careers, mobility and networks of opera singers and ballet dancers who migrate from post-communist countries to the West. While exploring the complex relationship between the migrant and his/her network, the project analyses the following: career trajectories of elite migrants; the interplay between globalisation and nationalism in the operatic and ballet production; and the ‘migrant-artists’ agency’, or the ability to negotiate their choices and preferences.
- On which panel will you be a first-row discussant at SoU2017?
‘Free Movement vs. Social Solidarity: Does EU Citizenship Undermine European Welfare States?’ chaired by Prof. Dorothee Bohle
- What can academics contribute to policy-discussions about the future of Europe?
Provide new empirical data and findings that would identify major policy pitfalls and pose new questions.
- What are you most looking forward to about SoU?
To hear expert opinions about the most urgent problems of the today.