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Centre for Baltic and East European Studies

The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) is tasked with encouraging and developing Södertörn University’s research and doctoral education that focuses on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, as well as conducting research.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 violated the territorial integrity of the independent Ukrainian state and is causing extreme suffering to Ukrainian people. We, the researchers at the Center for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University, condemn this violation of international law and the targeting of Ukraine’s civilian population.

For many years, the political, economic, societal and cultural development of Eastern Europe has been the principal focus of our scientific work. As part of this, CBEES has developed collegial networks at educational and cultural institutions in the broader region of Eastern Europe, including Ukraine and Russia. This war threatens both our research and our networks.

With this statement we declare our solidarity with the Ukrainian people, who are the innocent victims of Russian aggression. We demand that all Russian troops be withdrawn from Ukrainian territory with immediate effect, and that the democratic legitimacy of the Ukrainian state be acknowledged and respected. We demand an end to Russian attacks on the civilian population and an immediate halt to the destruction of Ukrainian cities.

We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian higher education and academic communities, and condemn in the strongest terms the violent destruction of Ukraine’s cultural heritage and educational facilities as a result of Russia’s invasion.

As a research centre with a specific regional focus, we also strongly support the statements from the Swedish Association of Slavists External link. and Södertörn University's response to the war in Ukraine. The war will have profound consequences, now and in the future, for wider society and for collaboration and research throughout the region.

Since it was founded in 2005, CBEES has become a strong and thriving multidisciplinary research environment. The centre is an important actor, with collaborations throughout the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. CBEES also organises international conferences, seminars and workshops. The researchers are in demand as experts in academia and in the public sphere. Research in the area is reflected in the international journal Baltic Worlds.

Over the years, many international visiting researchers have passed through the centre and more than 90 doctoral students have been educated at the Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS).

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05-04-2022