Panel Discussion: The (Transnational) Role of Universities in Times of War

We would like to kindly draw your attention to the following event of our frequent event partner Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS, Berlin).

Date: Monday, 22 August 2022, 6.00pm – ­­7.30pm

Venue: ZOiS, Mohrenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin

Panel Discussion: The (Transnational) Role of Universities in Times of War

The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has not spared universities as military targets: universities in ruins – a striking metaphor of Bill Readings – have become part of a concrete frightening reality with shrinking futures.

What can transnational academic networks do to support displaced researchers and students and to uphold cooperation with Ukrainian universities? What research options does the war leave for those who were forced to flee and for those who stayed?

At the same time, the challenge of rebuilding Ukraine poses a question about the (self-)positioning of universities in society in general: what role can they play in this process – as knowledge-producing institutions and as civic actors? And seen on a more structural level: how can the university be shaped as a space for scaffolding social imaginaries that might allow us to draft and realize just futures together?


Prof. Dr. Felix Ackermann (Berlin)

Dr. Tymofii Brik (Kyiv)

Dr. Svitlana Shlipchenko (Kyiv)

A live stream of this event will be also available on Youtube.

This public event is part of Transsectoral Summer School Viadrinicum 2022:  University in Ruins. Scaffolding Futures.

Viadrinicum is a summer school at European University Viadrina in cooperation with the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS, Berlin), the Center for Urban Studies (Kyiv), Adam-Mickiewicz University Poznan, Goethe Institute Ukraine, Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum for Modern Art and with kind support of Eberhard Schöck Stiftung and the German-Polish Research Foundation (DPWS).