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