The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies hosted an online roundtable discussion on “The Work Goes On: Ukrainian Scholars Speak on Society, Migration, and Memory” on Thursday, April 28, from 12:00-1:00 pm ET.
The AABS and the Baltic scholarly community are watching with horror at the invasion of Ukraine, and our attention is devoted to the war and its consequences, most of all for the Ukrainian people. The AABS Board of Directors has condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and calls on President Putin to immediately withdraw all Russian forces from Ukraine.
This roundtable brought together three scholars from Ukraine – Tymofii Brik, Kateryna Ivashchenko-Stadnik, and Sergii Pakhomenko – in order to discuss their recent work on society, migration, and memory, and the ongoing war’s effect on the Ukrainian academia and research.
Kyiv School of Economics
Tymofii Brik is Head of Sociological research and Assistant Professor at Kyiv School of Economics. He is also co-founder of the public restaurant UrbanSpace500 and chairman of the supervisory board of CEDOS. In 2018, he received the N. Panina “The best young sociologist of Ukraine” award. He received his Ph.D. in social science at the University of Carlos III (Madrid) and obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology and Social Research from Utrecht University. In 2018 and 2019-2020 he was a visiting researcher at Stanford University and New York University, respectively.
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Kateryna Ivashchenko-Stadnik is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Sociology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and Research Consultant for the Centre of Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD). She studied History (Donetsk State University), Sociology (Central European University), and International Development (London School of Economics). Her papers with focus on migration and regional studies have appeared in, among others, European Sociological Review, Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal and as well as in volumes under the imprint of Palgrave MacMillan, Anthem Press, and Ashgate. Her recent publications include What’s wrong with the Donbas? The challenges of integration before, during, and after the war in Ukraine in Transformation: from Soviet Republic to European Society (2020), and (co-authored) Eight Years after the Revolution of Dignity: What Has Changed in Ukraine during 2013-2021? (forthcoming, 2022).
Mariupol State University
Sergii Pakhomenko is Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Mariupol State University, Head of the Centre of Baltic-Black Sea Studies. He holds a PhD from the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv). In 2020-2021 he held two research fellowships at the University of Latvia and University of Tartu. His scientific interests are politics of memory of Baltic countries and Ukraine, nation and nationalism studies, and the problems of ethnic minorities in the countries of the Baltic-Black Sea region.
University of Toronto
Andres Kasekamp (PhD, University College London) is the Chair of Estonian Studies and Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was the Professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu and Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute. He has served as the Editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies and is currently President-Elect of AABS. He is the author of numerous publications. His most recent book A History of the Baltic States, 2nd updated edition (Palgrave, 2018), has been translated into nine languages and received several awards, including the Baltic Assembly’s Science Prize. He currently serves as AABS Director-at-Large.