On Putin’s war in Ukraine and the Future of International Academic Cooperation

О войне Путина в Украине и будущем международного академического сотрудничества  

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Dear Russian colleagues and students!

We are writing to support those academics and students who are openly opposing the indiscriminate and horrific war in Ukraine.

This war has already forced more than two million people to flee Ukraine. It has destroyed livelihoods, and taken the lives of thousands of innocent civilians. Bombs are being dropped on Ukraine’s historic cities and are destroying kindergartens, schools, and hospitals. Our Ukrainian colleagues and friends have been seeking refuge on the cold hard floors of bunkers, cellars and underground stations for weeks on end. They have lost their homes and rightly fear for their lives and those of their relatives. This war is being waged by those who have no scruples. This is a war both against people and against values – values that unite us and for which we once stood up together.

Those who started this destructive war against Ukraine are trying to build a new world in which Russia is separated from the so-called “West” by a wall. The information blockade which the Russian authorities are currently constructing is creating a new “Iron Curtain” in order to separate our societies. This makes it easier to suggest that we think and feel differently and have different interests. The Russian state and its supporters are already spreading claims that “Western” universities are expelling Russians. We would like to reiterate that we do not want to exclude anyone from our scientific community because of their nationality.

We understand the reasons for freezing most funding programs that have been financing Russian state institutions. Currently, the time when our extensive institutional cooperation will be continued to full extent seems far away. We believe in this future and are working on making it real. Nevertheless, this war must end first! The only way we can achieve this is by standing together.

We know that some Russian academics were among the first to publicly oppose the war. Others, including numerous rectors, have remained silent, or even publicly justified the war. Thus, universities are also becoming a part of the apparatus of repression. We will work with all our strength to leave no one alone who is fleeing the regime, being persecuted and threatened, or resisting it. Our common task is to reach out to the Russian public. We must not allow the regime to present this war as a war “of Russians” or “against Russians”. We can only put an end to this madness if we stand united. 

#StopWar #PeaceInUkraine #StopWarInUkraine

Дорогие коллеги, дорогие студенты из России!

Нашим письмом мы хотели бы поддержать тех ученых и студентов, которые открыто выступают против разрушительной войны в Украине.

Эта война уже унесла жизни сотен мирных жителей. Она разрушает то, что нам дорого и обратила в бегство уже более двух миллионов человек. Разрушительным бомбардировкам подвергаются не просто исторические здания, но детские сады, школы и больницы. Наши с Вами друзья и коллеги вынуждены укрываться от снарядов в бункерах, подвалах и станциях метро. Они теряют свои дома, живут в постоянном страхе за свою жизнь и жизнь своих близких. Это война тех, кто не признает никаких границ. Это война против всего человеческого, против ценностей, которые нас объединяют и за которые мы с Вами вместе боролись.

Те, кто развязал эту войну, стремятся создать новый мир, в котором Россия окажется изолированной от того, что они называют «Западом». Информационная блокада, организованная российскими властями, создаёт новый «железный занавес», разделяющий наши общества. Таким образом легче убеждать себя и население России в том, что мы по-разному думаем, чувствуем и будто бы имеем разные интересы. Уже сейчас российская пропаганда утверждает, что «западные» университеты выгоняют российских ученых и студентов. Потому нам особенно важно подчеркнуть, что, на наш взгляд, гражданство той или иной страны не может быть основанием для исключения из профессионального сообщества.

Мы понимаем необходимость ограничения финансирования научных проектов, связанных с российскими государственными организациями. В эти дни восстановление полноценного научного сотрудничества на институциональном уровне кажется делом весьма отдаленного будущего. Тем не менее, мы верим в это будущее и уже сейчас работаем над тем, чтобы сделать его реальностью. Но для начала мы должны остановить эту войну! Добиться этого мы можем только все вместе. 

Мы знаем, что некоторые из российских ученых одними из первых открыто выступили против этой войны. Между тем, многие, в том числе ректоры десятка российских университетов, не просто уклонились от выражения своего мнения, но открыто поддержали эту войну. Более того, российские университеты зачастую становятся частью аппарата репрессий. Мы приложим все усилия для того, чтобы ни один из тех, кто противится этой войне и вынужден покинуть страну из-за преследований, не остался без помощи. Наша общая задача – прорвать информационную блокаду, с помощью которой российские власти пытаются изолировать российское общество. Мы не можем позволить режиму представить происходящее в Украине как войну «русских» или «против русских». Только вместе мы можем положить конец этому безумию!

#StopWar #PeaceInUkraine #StopWarInUkraine 

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List of Signatories

Initial signatories (*Authors)

Felix Ackermann, Research fellow, German Historical Institute Warsaw
Kate Brown, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael David-Fox, Professor, Georgetown University
Maciej Górny, associate professor, Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History Polish Academy of Sciences
Karl Hall, Associate Professor, Central European University
Johanna Hügel, Researcher, University of Freiburg*
Yvonne Kleinmann, Professor, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Bernhard Kleeberg, Professor, University of Erfurt*
Claudia Kraft, Professor, Vienna University
Aleksei Lokhmatov, Postdoc, University of Erfurt*
Maciej Janowski, Professor, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Klemens Kaps, Senior Lecturer, University of Linz*
Holt Meyer, Professor, University of Erfurt
Michael G. Müller, Professor, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Michał Murawski, Assistant Professor, University College London
Riccardo Nicolosi, Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München,
Andrea Pető, Professor, Central European University
Xavier Rousseaux, Research Director, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)/UCLouvain
Maren Röger, Associate Professor, Leibniz-Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe/ University of Leipzig
Steven Seegel, Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Katrin Steffen, DAAD Professor of European and Jewish History, University of Sussex
Bernhard Struck, Reader, University of St Andrews
Jan Surman, Senior Researcher, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences*
Heidemarie Uhl, Senior Researcher, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Theodore R Weeks, Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (USA)
Leszek Zasztowt, Professor, University of Warsaw


Co-Signatories

Luc Courtois, Professor, Université catholique de Louvain
Gilles Lecuppre, Professor, UCLouvain (Belgium)
Patrick Meyfroidt, Research Associate & Professor, F.R.S.-FNRS & UCLouvain
Catherine Lanneau, Professor, ULiège
Emmanuel Debruyne, Professor, UCLouvain
Tomáš Pavlíček, Assistant Professor, Institute of History PAN, Warsaw
Christophe Massson, F.R.S.-FNRS/Université de Liège
Geneviève Warland, Professors, University of Louvain
Isabelle Devos, Full Professor, Ghent University
Aleksander Etkind, Professor, EUI
Friedrich Cain, Postdoc, Vienna University
Joanna Derdowska, Assistant Professor, University of Silesia in Katowice
Jakob Vogel, Professor/Director, Sciences Po Paris/Centre Marc Bloch Berlin
Robert Kondler, Professor, Osteuropa-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Steven Barnes, Associate Professor, George Mason University
Francisco Martínez, Associate Professor, Tallinn University
Therese Garstenauer, Senior Research Fellow, Vienna University
Slava Gerovitch, Lecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rossen Djagalov, Assistant Professor, New York University
Victoria Shmidt, Researcher, University of Graz
Emilia Palonen, Senior University Lecturer, University of Helsinki
Elena Aronova, Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Alyona Sokolnikova, Ph.D in Design pedagogy, Independent researcher, curator, lecturer on design history and theory
Anatoly Reshetnikov, Assistant Professor, Webster University
Eva Kovacs, Research Professor, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies/Center for Social Sciences, Budapest
Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky, Professor, LMU Munich
Saida Sirazhudinova, Researcher, the Center for the Study of Modern Global Issues and Regional Problems “Caucasus. Peace. Development”
Simon Werrett, Professor, University College London
Ina Alber-Armenat, Postdoc, University of Göttingen
Andreas Kappeler, Emeritus Professor, University of Vienna
Anya Yermakova, Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College
Rosa Traversa, Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
Martin Franc, Assistant Professor, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Robert Stockhammer, Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Ekaterina Heath, Research Associate, The University of Sydney
Jokubas Salyga, Postdoc, University of Helsinki
Teemu Oivo, Researcher, University of Helsinki
Anastasiya Lopukhina, Researcher, HSE University
Sviataslau Valasiuk, Researcher, University of Warsaw
Elizaveta Palshina, Researcher, Ural Federal University
Christian Forstner, Privatdozent (Heisenberg-Fellow), Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Christian Holtorf, Professor, Hochschule Coburg
Carolyn Taratko, Postdoc, University of Erfurt
Lisa Malich, Assistant Professor, Universität zu Lübeck
Duccio Colombo, Associate Professor, Università di Palermo
Dorota Julia Nowak, Lecture, Palacky University, Olomouc
Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio, Professor, University Hospital Bonn
Manfred Heinemann, Professor, University of Hannover
Anastasia Shchedrina, graduate, Ph.D., FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Christoph Meinel, Emeritus Professor, University of Regensburg
Kärin Nickelsen, Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Christoph Friedrich, Professor, University of Marburg
Andrey Kutuzov, Postdoc, University of Oslo
Verena Halsmayer, Post Doc Researcher & Lecturer, University of Lucerne
Christopher Möllmann, Academic Coordinator, Centre for Cultural Inquiry, University of Konstanz
Joan Neuberger, Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Rebecca Wolf, Director, Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung PK, Berlin
Shaul Katzir, Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University
Mitchell G. Ash, Professor Emeritus, University of Vienna
Grégory Dufaud, Maître de conferences, Institut d’études politiques de Lyon
Sabine Schmolinsky, Professor, University of Erfurt
Alix Cooper, Associate Professor, SUNY-Stony Brook
Grigori Utgof, Associate Professor, Tallinn University
Jonathan C Bauer, Researcher, Regensburg University
Friedrich Steinle, Professor, Technische Universität Berlin
Hilmar Preuß, Researcher, independent, Ph.D. (Russian literature and culture)
Victoria Kononova, Associate Professor of Russian, Lawrence University (USA)
Tatiana Levina, Academy in Exile Fellow, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI)
Johannes Feichtinger, Director, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Moritz Epple, Professor, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main
Alexandra Volokhova, PhD student, Université de Montréal
Julie Hemment, Full Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
David Spreen, Postdoc, Harvard University
Borbala Zsuzsanna Török, Senior Researcher, University of Vienna
Michael Eckert, Senior Researcher, Deutsches Museum, München
Barbara Czarniawska, Professor, University of Gothenburg
Hans-Liudger Dienel, Full Professor, Technische Universität Berlin
Noyan Dinçkal, Professor, University of Siegen
Bettina Wahrig, Full Professor, TU Braunschweig
Michal Frankl, Senior Researcher, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Anna Klassen, Researcher, PhD student, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Fabian Link, Associate Professor, University of Wuppertal
Guido Hausmann, Professor, Head of history division Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies Regensburg
Anna Möllers, PhD student, University of Erfurt
Karel Černý, Associate Professor, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague
Andrei Bespalov, Postdoc, University of Warwick
Sandra Janßen, Postdoc, University of Erfurt
William Jay Risch, Professor, Georgia College, Milledgeville, Georgia
Tom Junes, Assistant Professor, Institute of Political Studies Polish Academy of Sciences
Ondřej Vojtěchovský, Reader, Charles University, Faculty of Arts, Prague
Boris Belge, SNSF Ambizione Fellow, University of Basel/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lidia Zessin-Jurek, Researcher, Masaryk Institute and Archives, Czech Academy of Sciences
Dorothee Kimmich, Professor, Universität Tübingen
Nikola Karasová, Researcher, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Egle Rindzeviciute, Associate Professor, Kingston University London
Ekaterina Grineva, Researcher, Europa-Universität Viadrina
Aleksandr Eroshkin, Student, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N.Yeltsin
Frank Henschel, Post-Doc, CAU Kiel
Maria Sekatskaya, postdoc, University of Düsseldorf
Egor Bronnikov, Junior Lecturer, Utrecht University
Maksim Bardadim, Graduate student, High School of Economics
Natalia Tristan, Ph.D. in Physics, Quantum Design Europe
Maria Sekatskaya, Postdoc, University of Düsseldorf
Egor Bronnikov, Junior Lecturer, Utrecht University

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