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The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES) joins other area studies centers and academic organizations in unequivocally condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Our mission is to promote research, scholarship, and teaching related to the CEERES region. We see this as particularly crucial in the context of a war justified by widespread misinformation and distortions of history, and are committed to supporting and providing factual information, context, and expert perspectives.

This page will serve as a summary of resources and events regarding Ukraine and the current crisis there. It will include both CEERES events and materials as well as resources from other academic institutions and scholars.

Events

CEERES will regularly update our list of events. But for a more comprehensive list of all the events that are happening we highly recommend regularly checking the UKRAINE EVENTS CALENDAR organized by ASEEES. 

 

Opportunities to help:

The list below is provided solely for informational purposes and does not constitute an endorsement of the organizations, their views, or their services by the University of Chicago. Please ensure you are comfortable with the resource(s) before making any contributions.

Members of the CEERES Executive Board and affiliates are involved in efforts to help scholars at risk in Ukraine. If you know of someone currently at risk who might benefit from a year in Chicago, please contact Prof. Hillis. If you would like to get involved in this project in other ways, please contact ceeres@uchicago.edu.

For Ukrainian and Russian-speakers seeking volunteer opportunities, we recommend the Translation Crisis Group, which is looking for volunteer translation/interpretation services in both languages. https://respondcrisistranslation.org/en/get-involved

For those looking to donate, you can use this link to find non-profits and charitable foundations with a history of success and transparent reporting. 

A data rescue session will occur on Saturday, March 5, 2022 (time TBD). focused on identifying and archiving data and sites for music collections at cultural heritage institutions in Ukraine which may be at risk during the attack and invasion by Russia. 

Online Resources

Ukraine research guide - NYU Libraries 

This guide assembles recommended literature and other resources for all who are interested in the history of Ukraine and its place in the global context.

Russia's War on Ukraine - HURI

The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University (HURI) has put together a list of resources for journalists, scholars, and the general public.

Resources for Understanding the Conflict in Ukraine - CSEEES 

This is a list of resources, including articles, books, events, and films to help provide context and background for the conflict in Ukraine. The list will be regularly updated.

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Special Focus is a collection of articles by leading experts with their latest analysis on the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Feature articles, opinion pieces, and links to pertinent resources have been collected here by the NATO Library staff here for easy access.

Encyclopedia of Ukraine

http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/ is an English language reference source that provides a lot of background information on Ukrainian topics.

East Carolina University

East Carolina University has put together guides to federal documents of interest regarding the conflict since 2014 available in two parts: general documents of interest and those specifically related to the military engagement.

The Ohio State University

OSU's Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies is maintaining a list of articles and books which provide background and context on the region and the invasion.

Kyiv School of Economics Videos

The Kyiv School of Economics produces regular video interviews covering all aspects of the war in Ukraine, featuring experts from around the world and reporters on the ground in Ukraine.

Twitter Accounts

The following are Twitter accounts by academics and reporters on the ground that will allow you to follow events faster than might be possible via news publications.

History:

@Steven-seegel

@FaithCHillis

@dobczansky

@ksvarnon

Political science/Geopolitics:

@SevaUT

@KofmanMichael

@sgehlbach

@monika_nalepa

@k_sonin

@ProfPaulPoast

English-language coverage of military operations and events on the ground:

@KevinRothrock

@ChristopherJM

@MaxSeddon

@Meduza_En

@RALee85

@DAlperovitch

@MassDara

@konrad_muzyka

Coverage of Ukrainian civil society:

@dkaleniuk

@Mylovanov

Articles

Look here for academic and journalistic articles covering the region and crisis.

Financial Times Ukraine Reporting

The Financial Times has made its Ukraine reporting free to read for the duration of the crisis. 

Pulizter Center on Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Center is an organization that awards grants to journalists reporting on conflicts and policy issues globally. This is their landing page for Ukraine/Russia related material.

Putin is gambling his future — and Russia’s

This article by UChicago faculty members Scott Gehlbach and Zhaotian Luo explore what the Russian invasion of Ukraine means for Ukraine and for Russia itself. This article requires a Washington Posts subscription to read.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: An Explainer

This article responds to common questions about the conflict.

Russia, Ukraine and the West: A CPCS Virtual Issue

This virtual issue of Communist and Post-Communist Studies presents a range of articles published during the last decade that highlight the drivers of Russia’s foreign policy towards Ukraine and the West.

Fantasy is not history

This essay by Victoria Smolkin assesses Putin’s claim that modern-day Ukraine is a ‘gift’ from the Bolsheviks.

Ukraine articles from Nationalities Papers

This collection of articles is based on in-depth social science and historical studies and provides a new depth of understanding in light of ongoing events. They have compiled a syllabus broken down by theme of some of the most relevant articles on the subject. They will be free of charge until the end of March 2022.

Russia Just Seized Chernobyl. Here’s Why It Matters.

This interview with Kate Brown (MIT) discusses the ramifications of Russia seizing control of the Chernobyl plant. 

Seize the Oligarchs’ Wealth

This essay in The Atlantic by UChicago Professor Faith Hillis examines how a crackdown on the Russian elite could help the situation in Ukraine and offer solutions to broader social problems. (Potential paywall)

The ruble has plummeted. It’s not the first time.

This piece by Kristy Ironside (Asst. Prof at McGill University) is on the history of ruble collapse.

Ukraine 2022: Why and What Next?

Andrzej Makowski’s text “Ukraine 2022: Why and What Next” as published in the latest  (March) issue of The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs (XVI:1):

 

CEERES Videos and other Resources

Nikita Kadan Artist's Talk: "Stone Hits Stone," Recorded from Kyiv

Artist Nikita Kadan (Kyiv) discusses his recent solo show 'STONE HITS STONE,' in which he delves deep into the (Ukrainian) avant-garde and engages with the history of last century in Ukraine. Permeating the entire exhibition are historical events, objects and designs which the artist re-interprets with regard to modern-day pressing need to resist geopolitical failures, and far-right ideologies. Recorded Wednesday, March 16 in Kyiv.

Russian State Media and the War in Ukraine

William Nickell and Anne Eakin Moss discuss internal Russian media and disinformation with Anton Shirikov (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Recorded March 11, 2022.

Roundtable Discussion - Reports from Kyiv, Moscow & Chicago

Panelists Scott Gehlbach,Tymofiy Mylovanov, Monika Nalepa, and Konstantin Sonin discuss recent developments. Recorded March 4, 2022.  

PODCAST - The Naked Pravda - "Putin vs Ukrainian history"

"Putin vs Ukrainian history" is an interview by Meduza's Kevin Rothrock  with Prof. Faith Hillis (UChicago) 

Russia and Ukraine share a complex, tangled history

This interview on NPR's "The World" features Faith Hillis explaining the long, tangled history between Ukraine and Russia: https://theworld.org/media/2022-02-17/russia-and-ukraine-share-complex-tangled-history

How to Lose the Information War

How to Lose the Information War is a CEERES event with Nina Jankowicz and Konstantin Sonin of the University of Chicago about Jankowicz's book "How to Lose the Information War," recorded on October 13, 2020. It focuses on Russia's disinformation campaign in Ukraine. 

What is Happening in Russia? Understanding the 2021 Protests

What Is Happening in Russia? Understanding the 2021 Protests is a CEERES panel event focusing on what protests in Russia mean for the Putin regime, recorded May 12, 2021.