This webpage contains compiled information due to the war in Ukraine. We also provide links to articles about our research, and to seminars, panel discussions and webinars.

Södertörn University: Response to the invasion of Ukraine

“Södertörn University has a specific focus on research into the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. Due to our research focus, it is natural that Södertörn University has colleagues and departmental contacts with higher education institutions in Ukraine, as with researchers in Poland, Germany, the Baltic States and south-eastern Europe, and with researchers in Russia.

The university has had student exchange agreements with two Russian state-run universities. These have now been terminated as Södertörn University has ceased cooperation with the Russian state.

Södertörn University is deeply concerned about the consequences of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in terms of human suffering, academic freedom, and Ukraine’s sovereignty. We wish to support our colleagues in Ukraine in every way we can. The political regime led by Vladimir Putin must immediately cease its military aggression and respect international law.”

Read the entire statement from Södertörn University.

Support for staff and students affected by the war

More information for staff at Södertörn University is available on the Employee Web External link..

Student who need support are welcome to contact the Student Health Centre.

FAQ for prospective students affected by the war in Ukraine. External link.

New podcast series (in Swedish)

As part of our podcast series that focuses on our research, Södertörns forskarpodd External link., we have produced three episodes due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The are released at intervals and recorded in Swedish.

Ukrainaspecial del 1: Informationskrig och digital aktivism. External link.

Ukrainaspecial del 2: Vad innebär kriget för Sveriges säkerhet? External link.

Södertörn University supports the statement from the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions

The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions wishes to state its strong support for higher education institutions in Ukraine, to colleagues, students and the entire civilian population who are affected by the Russian invasion. The closure of Ukrainian universities due to the current circumstances will have serious consequences, not only for higher education and research, but for society as whole in both the short and long term.

Read the entire text on Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions' website (in Swedish) External link, opens in new window..

Current research about Ukraine and Russia

Södertörn University has many researchers with specialist knowledge of Russia and Ukraine in a range of fields. Links to our themed webpages are provided below. These pages are in Swedish, but a large amount of their research is published in English.

"The war must be positioned in a wider context" – two researchers from Södertörn on the conflict in Ukraine

Olena Podolian and Roman Horbyk, researchers at Södertörn University with Ukrainian roots, provide a background to the events in Ukraine. Please note that the text was written and published before the invasion occurred. Read the article here.

The Many Faces of the Far Right in the Post-Communist Space

CBEES' State of the Region Report is an annual report that reflects on societal and political developments in the Baltic sea region and Eastern Europe. This year's report has now been published External link, opens in new window..

Information as a tool – the internet and social media in times of war

Media and communication researchers Anne Kaun and Jonas Andersson Schwarz talk about the media, social media, the internet and their role in times of war.

Baltic Worlds' special issue on Ukraine from 2020

This includes an article about Volodymyr Zelensky: Baltic Worlds - The Personal is Political External link..

Swedish higher education institutions working together to welcome Ukrainian researchers

A joint Swedish initiative is helping Swedish higher education institutions offer Ukrainian researchers the opportunity to come to Sweden. This may involve participation in research environments, access to infrastructure or facilitating research that is prevented in their homeland. Read the press release on the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' website. External link.

Seminar 23 May: Russia's War in Ukraine and the End of the Post-Cold War Era: European and Historical Contexts

Stockholm Universitet will host an internationell discussion about Russia's war on Ukraine, in which the historical context of the war will be discussed, as well as the ar's consequences for Ukraine and the rest of Europe. Södertörn's researcher Yulia Yurchuk is participating. Read more on Stockholm University's website. Länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster. External link.

Previous webinars in which Södertörn University has participated

Webinar 8 March: Ukraine, the Global Crisis and Public Spheres: an open discussion

European Media Salon organised the event/open discussion 17.00-18.30. Länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster. External link.

Webinar 9 March: The Information War: Communication and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) organised an open webinar on Wednesday 9 March 14.00 -16.00 Länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster. External link..

23 March - Putin's Authoritarian and Neo-Imperial Ambitions

This event is conducted as a collaboration between the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), the research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR) at Malmö University, the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs and the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University.

29 March - Film and discussion: The Earth is Blue as an Orange

Södertörn University offers an open viewing of the film and subsequent discussion. The film is the multiple award-winning The Earth is Blue as an Orange by Ukrainian filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk. The event is free of charge and open to everyone.

UR Källkoll (in Swedish)

Anne Kaun, professor of media and communication studies, features in the Källkoll programme, talking about the function of social media in war. Källkoll is a public service, internet-based series about source criticism. The hosts, Åsa Larsson and Jack Werner, and their colleague Edwin Safari examine how information and communication function in digital media. Länk till annan webbplats. External link.


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