Simone Benazzo

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Mots clé: Balkans Occidentaux, Chine, autocratisation, démocratie, UE

Dans le cadre de ma thèse, je cherche à comprendre comment la Chine influence le processus d’autocratisation des Balkans occidentaux? 

Dans mon approche, j’appréhende  la Chine comme un “Authoritarian Gravity Center”: un pouvoir extérieur qui peut contribuer à la détérioration des démocraties avec lesquelles il interagit, dans une façon passive et/ou active.

Mon objectif est ainsi d’ analyser le lien causal entre l’influence croissante de la Chine dans les Balkans occidentaux et le processus d’autocratisation des pays de la région (Serbie, Monténégro, Albanie et Macédoine du Nord). 

En tant que pays candidats à l’adhésion à l’Union européenne, ces derniers seraient censés se démocratiser pleinement avant de rejoindre l’UE.    

 

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Keywords: Western Balkans, China, autocratization, democracy, EU 

Research question: “How does China influence the autocratization process of the Western Balkans?”

In my research project I frame China as an “Authoritarian Gravity Center”, namely a power that can contribute to deteriorating the democratic performances of the countries it interacts with, both actively and passively. I thus explore the nexus between China’s growing influence in the Western Balkans and the autocratization process of the states of the region, as EU-candidate countries, would be expected to achieve full democratization in order to be admitted to the EU.

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Publications 

- “Which reconciliation do “new museums” contribute to? Insights from Sarajevo”, in Dennis Dierks, Stefan Berger et Chantal Kesteloot (edit), Public History on the Battlefields of Europe. Experiences of Dealing with Painful Pasts in Former Yugoslavia, De Gruyter, Oldenbourg [l'oeuvre sera publiée le 13 février 2022]. 

- “Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past (revue de livre)”, Memory Studies 12 (1), 101-103, février 2019, doi: 10.1177/1750698018811995b. 

- “Not All the Past Needs To Be Used: Features of Fidesz’s Politics of Memory”, Journal of Nationalism Memory & Language Politics 11(2), 198-221, janvier 2018, doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/jnmlp-2017-0009.  

- “Western Balkan memory games”, New Eastern Europe 27 (3/4), 48-54, mai/août 2017. 

Présentations aux conférences académiques 

- “Brussels Calling. Changes And Continuities In Fyrom’s Foreign Policy Under Zoran Zaev”, à la conférence The EU and the Balkans at the End of the Second Decade of the 21st Century, University of Peloponnese (4-5 juin 2018, Corinthe, Gréce)

- “«History Gives Hungarians No Reason to Feel Threatened by Russia.» How the Narrative Of Russia Has Changed In Viktor Orbán’s Illiberal Democracy”, à la conférence Uncertainty: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, 15th UCL SSEES Biennial International Postgraduates (12–14 fèvrier 2018, University Central London, Londres, Royaume Uni)

- “Everything is Not Illuminated Yet: The Quest for Transnational Memory”, à la conférence Public and Applied History on the Battlefield of Europe. Dealing with Painful Pasts in the 20th Century, Friedrich Schiller University Jena (7-9 Novembre 2017, Jena, Allemagne)

Parcours académique  

2010 - 2013: Bachelier en Sciences de la Communication, (domaine: Sémiotique, note finale: 110 cum laude / 110), Université de Bologne (Italie)

2013 - 2016: Master en Relations Internationales (domaine: Balkans Occidentaux, note finale: 110 cum laude / 110), Université de Turin (Italie)

2016 - 2017: Master en Études européennes interdisciplinaires (domaine: L'Union européenne et ses voisins, note finale: excellent), Collège d’Europe, Natolin (Pologne)

Écoles d'été

Juin 2016: Nationalism, Religion & Violence (Charles University, Prague, Tchéquie) 

Juillet 2016: Engaging Conflict (Université de Turin, Italie)

Août 2020:Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy (en ligne)

Expériences professionnelles  

Mars 2018 - Juillet 2018: “Bluebook internship” à la Commission européenne (Service du porte-parole, Affaires étrangèrs; porte-parole: Maja Kocijančič), Bruxelles (Belgique)

Novembre 2018 - Avril 2019: stage à Limes, Italian review of geopolitics, Rome (Italie)

Décembre 2016 -  Août 2021: journaliste indépendant spécialisé sur les Balkans et l’Europe de l’Est: 274 articles/reportages pour 22 médias, parmi lesquels Euronews, Balkan Insight, Le Grand Continent et Le Courrier des Balkans. 

Depuis avril 2021: producteur de podcast chez Bulle Media, Bruxelles (Belgique)

Membre de l’Ordre des journalistes italiens depuis juillet 2021.  

 

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PUBLICATIONS

- “Which reconciliation do “new museums” contribute to? Insights from Sarajevo”, in Dennis Dierks, Stefan Berger et Chantal Kesteloot (edit), Public History on the Battlefields of Europe. Experiences of Dealing with Painful Pasts in Former Yugoslavia, De Gruyter, Oldenbourg [to be published on 13 February 2022]. 

- “Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past (book review)”, Memory Studies 12 (1), 101-103, February 2019, doi: 10.1177/1750698018811995b. 

- “Not All the Past Needs To Be Used: Features of Fidesz’s Politics of Memory”, Journal of Nationalism Memory & Language Politics 11(2), 198-221, January 2018, doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/jnmlp-2017-0009.  

- “Western Balkan memory games”, New Eastern Europe 27 (3/4), 48-54, May/August 2017. 

PAPER PRESENTED AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

- “Brussels Calling. Changes And Continuities In Fyrom’s Foreign Policy Under Zoran Zaev”, at the conference The EU and the Balkans at the End of the Second Decade of the 21st Century, University of Peloponnese (4-5 June 2018, Corinh, Greece)

- “«History Gives Hungarians No Reason to Feel Threatened by Russia.» How the Narrative Of Russia Has Changed In Viktor Orbán’s Illiberal Democracy”, at the conference Uncertainty: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, 15th UCL SSEES Biennial International Postgraduates (12–14 February 2018, University Central London, London, United Kingdom)

- “Everything is Not Illuminated Yet: The Quest for Transnational Memory”, at the conference Public and Applied History on the Battlefield of Europe. Dealing with Painful Pasts in the 20th Century, Friedrich Schiller University Jena (7-9 November 2017, Jena, Germany)

EDUCATION (2010-2017)

2010 - 2013: Bachelor in Communication Studies (field: Semiotics, final grade: 110 cum laude / 110), University of Bologna  (Italy)

2013 - 2016: M.A. in International Relations (field: Western Balkans, final grade: 110 cum laude / 110), University of Turin (Italy)

2016 - 2017: M.A. in European Studies (field: The EU and its neighbors, final grade: excellent) at the College of Europe, Natolin (Poland)

Summer schools: 

Jun 2016: Nationalism, Religion & Violence (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic) 

Jul 2016: Engaging Conflict (University of Turin, Italy)

Aug 2020:Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy (online)

WORK (2016-2021)

Dec 2016 - Aug 2021: freelance contributor and reporter with a focus on Western Balkans and Central-Eastern Europe. Total: 274 contributions (articles, policy analyses or reportages), for 22 news outlets, such as Euronews, Balkan Insight, Le Grand Continent and Le Courrier des Balkans. 

Mar 2018 - July 2018: Bluebook internship at the European Commission (Spokesperson service, Office of Foreign Affairs, spokesperson: Maja Kocijančič), Brussels (Belgium)

Nov 2018 - Apr 2019: Internship at Limes, Italian review of geopolitics, Rome (Italy)

Since Apr 2021: podcast maker at Bulle Media, Brussels (Belgium)

Member of the Italian Order of Journalist since Jul 2021.  

Domaines d'intérêt

Sciences Politiques, Relations Étrangères / Political Science, Foreign Relations