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Lecture Series Russia´s war, Ukraine’s resistance | “Dynamics of identity and attitudes toward peace and war in Ukraine?” – Karina Korostelina


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The current lecture series is aimed at revealing some of the aspects that pre-defined and framed the current occasions. On the one hand, the lectures will present the development of Ukrainian identity, nation and sovereignty in different historical context and under various, often contradicting factors. On the other hand, important part of the series is to show how Russia attempted to influence the country from several angles, often using media, culture and religion as tools of spreading narratives harmful for Ukrainian nation-building.

Based on several decades of the study of the dynamics of social identity and perceptions of history in Ukraine, Dr. Karina Korostelina will discuss major narratives of national identity in Ukraine. She will show how the war has impacted the identification with the Ukrainian nation in both its salience and meaning. While a clear majority of Ukrainians independent of age identified as European, older generations still feel some connections to Russian culture and the Soviet legacy. In discussing the effects of war, Dr. Korostelina will specifically concentrate on the current study that explored the social psychological processes and wartime experiences informing the dispositions of ordinary Ukrainians toward peace. This research provides understanding of how ordinary people with different war experiences – those displaced to frontline cities by war and local resident there -- think about the costs of peace amidst enduring war and develop attitudes toward the war parties, ceasefires, negotiations, and peace settlement scenarios.

Karina V. Korostelina is a Professor and Director of Peace Lab on Reconciling Conflicts and Intergroup Divisions and of the Program on History, Memory, and Conflict at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, USA. Professor Korostelina is a social psychologist whose work focuses on social identity and dynamics of identity and power in protracted social conflicts. Her recent publications include the book "Neighborhood Resilience and Urban Conflict: The Four Loops Model" (Routledge, 2022) and co-edited book "History Can Bite - History Education in Divided and Post-War Societies" (V&R Unipress, 2016). She is a principal investigator in several projects and recently receive a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

Webex Link for the lecture series: https://uni-flensburg.webex.com/uni-flensburg/j.php?MTID=m23bf7fc163fbf2a04766ae6edc1fb67e