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Understanding the War in the Ukraine

Comprendre la guerre en Ukraine

CFP Forum Ukraine - The American University of Paris

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Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Abstract

The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention, and the American University of Paris hope to provide a virtual forum on May 9-10, 2022, for scholars from multiple disciplines and humanitarian activists to process the causes and consequences of the war in the Ukraine. Because of the urgency and ongoing nature of the conflict, we are not expecting polished academic presentations but short (10-15 minutes) thought pieces that help to elucidate various aspects and interpretations of the war. A primary aim is to give Ukrainian and Russian scholars the opportunity to express themselves and their point of view.

Announcement

Presentation

We are living in a perilous historical moment. Already shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic, the world is now reeling from the war in the Ukraine. The news is catastrophic. Russia, a major nuclear-weapons power and a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, appears intent on conquering and destroying a sovereign democratic state, in clear violation of international law. The human cost of the war, due to indiscriminate bombing, is enormous and growing daily, with millions of refugees making their way to neighboring countries and a daily worsening humanitarian crisis in besieged cities.

The war, a strategic and moral calamity, has global implications. While outcomes are unclear, members of the global community of scholars and activists need to come together, to reflect, to understand, and to act. What are the sources of Russian conduct? What pathways can be imagined to end the conflict? In a divided international community, what are the implications for the trajectory of world politics? How can we foster cooperation and meet the challenges of the human cost of this conflict? How can we make sense of these tragic historic events?

We hope to provide a forum for scholars from multiple disciplines and humanitarian activists to process the causes and consequences of the war in the Ukraine. Because of the urgency and ongoing nature of the conflict, we are not expecting polished academic presentations but short (10-15 minutes) thought pieces that help to elucidate various aspects and interpretations of the war. A primary aim is to give Ukrainian and Russian scholars the opportunity to express themselves and their point of view.

How to apply

Participants should send short a statement describing their thought pieces (no more than 300 words) and a short bio (100 words) by April 13th 2022 to schaefferforumukraine@gmail.com.

Presentations will be given on zoom. Because the situation is volatile and changing, we expect that papers might change as the situation evolves and hope that presenters will be prepared to adjust arguments accordingly to be able to address the situation in early May.

Organizing committee

  • Philip Golub,
  • Morgan Phillips, and
  • Brian Schiff

Scientific committee

Scientific committee in charge of the selection process for our Ukraine Forum:

  • Brian Schiff, Professor of Psychology at the American University of Paris, Director of The George and Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention
  • Philip Golub, Professor of Political Science, Political Philosophy, and International Relations at the American University of Paris
  • Sharon Weill, Associate Professor of History and Politics at the American University of Paris, Associate Researcher at SciencesPo (PSIA/CERI), Nominee for the High Commissioner for Refugees to serve as a judge in the French Asylum Courts (CNDA)

Places

  • Virtual Forum
    Paris, France (75007)

Event attendance modalities

Full online event


Date(s)

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Keywords

  • war, Ukraine, Russia

Information source

  • Schiff Brian
    courriel : Schaefferforumukraine [at] gmail [dot] com

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« Understanding the War in the Ukraine », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/18jh

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