Academic Reactions to the War in Ukraine

The world was shaken by the Russian invasion on Ukraine on the February 24. Since that, several international organizations and associations, including academic actors, have reacted upon the ongoing war. We gathered a few of the many reactions.

Research associations’ statements

After the Russian invasion on Ukraine, the national and international media and communication research associations came out with statements expressing their support for Ukrainians. Among the associations were the largest associations ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association), IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) and ICA (International Communication Association), as well as the Swedish FSMK (Association of Swedish Media Researchers):

Individual experiences

Individual academics have started putting the Ukrainian flag to their pictures in social media, and some Ukrainian academics have also posted messages to the world. For example, the Scandinavist scholar Viktoriia Trostohon who is teaching Swedish at the Scandinavian Centrum in Kyiv posted a video:

The Institute of Network Cultures (INC) at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences has dedicated a section of their website to the war in Ukraine where you can read letters from the inside by some of their collaborating partners. Especially its founder, the Dutch media theorist Geert Lovink has given voice to Ukrainians’ experiences in blog posts:

The question “what can we academics do” has been frequently addressed. Christopher Starke, a post-doc at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), listed some suggestions:

While debunking dis- and misinformation is seen as important, curating correct information is equally essential. Latvian scholars put together the initiative #ScienceForUkraine to collect information on the practical support provided by the global research community to Ukrainian researchers and students, including possibilities for research visits, accommodation and funding:

However, many academics were reporting the difficulties regarding how difficult it feels to concentrate on your work when the social media feeds are filled with tragical news.

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