New sociology for new Belarus: is it possible to avoid the information bubble?

February 19, 2021 16:20

February 24th, 5 PM (3 PM CET)

Preliminary registration is required, please see below.

The demand for sociology has increased during the Belarusian socio-political crisis as various actors perceive it as a way to understand the ongoing changes within the Belarusian society and possibly to influence these changes. Amidst the repressive Belarusian laws which de facto forbid opinion surveys by the traditional sociological institutions, many new surveys using various online methods have appeared (by People’s Voice, the Voice, Chatham House, OSW). Earlier, the Belarusian regime got rid of the sociological service of the presidential Information-Analytical Center while restructuring it to the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research (BISR). Now, however, the regime pays more attention to sociology as it announced a large-scale study before the ‘All-Belarusian People’s Assembly’.

Today’s open questions include:

1) What is the most important thing we have learned about the changes in Belarusian society thanks to the opinion polls?

2) How do the new formats of opinion polls allow us to take a broader look at Belarusian society? Is it possible that they place researchers in the information bubble of the most active citizens?

3) Why did the authorities turn to sociology as a form of propaganda, and how effective can it be?

The meeting will be attended by:

● Andrei Vardomatski - PhD in Sociology, founder and director of NOVAK laboratory;    

● Oksana Shelest - PhD in Sociology, senior analyst at the Centre for European Transformation, head of Voice of the Streets project;    

● Genadz Korshunau – former head of the Institute of Sociology of Belarus’ National Academy of Sciences, research associate of the faculty of the social sciences of the European Humanities University;    

● Wojciech Konończuk - Deputy Director of the Center for Eastern Studies (OSW), Warsaw. 

Moderators:

  • Valeria Kostyugova (Our Opinion);
  • Vadim Mojeiko (BISS);
  • Anton Ruliou (Belarus in Focus Information Office/Press Club Belarus).

Working languages: Belarusian and Russian with simultaneous interpretation into English.

We invite analysts, foreign journalists, employees of the Foreign Ministry, representatives of civil organizations who are interested in what is happening in Belarus to participate.

Video recording is envisaged. The Chatham House Rule will apply upon the participant’s prior notice and will be off the record.

How to participate (please note that you will not be able to join the meeting after it starts):

1. To join the online discussion, please fill out the Google Form (https://forms.gle/Gi9mKhoepXk5EpYL7)

2. In response, you will receive a link inviting you to join a Zoom meeting (if you do not have Zoom, you may install it on your PC, phone or tablet following the same link. It is free and easy).

 

 

Short title: 
New sociology for new Belarus: is it possible to avoid the information bubble?