Impediments & Engagements. International Workshop

IMPEDIMENTS & ENGAGEMENTS. Humanities and Social Sciences since the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

International workshop within the program of the CEFRES non-residential fellowships for Ukrainian scholars in humanities and social sciences, 2023

Location: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1
Date: September 19–20, 2023
It is also possible to participate online. To receive the link, please register at cefres(@)
Language: English


Tuesday September 19, 2023

14:30 Welcome Address by HE Alexis Dutertre, Ambassador of France to the Czech Republic
14:45 Opening remarks by the Organizers


Chair: Sylvie Archaimbault (CNRS-Sorbonne University)

15:00 Nataliia Romanyshyn (Lviv Polytechnic National University): Conceptualizing national identity: new methodological perspective and approaches

15:30 Vadym Osin (Dnipro University of Technology): Themes of the political science dissertations in Ukraine (1993-2022): Overcoming postcoloniality

16:00 Coffee break


Chair: Luba Jurgenson (Sorbonne University)

16:30 Oksana Dovgopolova (I.I.Mechnikov National University): Thinking on the imperial heritage in Odesa (Ukraine)

17:00 Vyacheslav Grekov (Ukrainian Institute of Physics and Technology): Imperial-Soviet heritage of Ukraine: rethink impossible forget

17:30 Closing remarks of the first day

19:00 Dinner

Wednesday September 20, 2023


Chair: Kateřina Čapková (Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences) and Ota Konrád (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University)

10:00 Igor Serdiuk (Poltava National Pedagogical University): Quality of life in Ukraine in the 18th and 19th centuries: sources, markers, interpretations

10:30 Maria Maioroshi (Uzhhorod National University): Research on Church at/in War: Contemporary stakes in historical perspective

11:00 Dmytro Yanov (Odesa archaeological museum, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine): Export of cultural property from Ukraine: state policy and the practice of conducting art expertise

11:30 Coffee break


Chair: Valeriya Korablyova (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague)

12:00 Elina Paliichuk (Borys Grinchenko Kyiv Metropolitan University): Fight or flight, or how Ukrainians struggle for science commitment: exploring human trafficking vulnerabilities during the war

12:30 Yevhenii Tkachenko (Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University): How has the research methodology on minority rights protection changed since the full-scale aggression of Russia against Ukraine?

13:00 Lunch break


Chair: Kamila Urban (Slovak Academy of Sciences) 

14:30 Natalia Tsybuliak (Berdyansk State Pedagogical University): Isolation and migration: conceptual approaches to understand the phenomenon in war times

15:00 Nataliia Zachosova (Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy): How education can be used for forming security-oriented economic behavior of individuals: changes in the full-scale invasion period

15:30 Coffee break


Chair: Ioana Cîrstocea (CNRS–CEFRES) 

16:00 Igor Lyman (Berdyansk State Pedagogical University): Progress of the initiative “Ukrainian Science Diaspora” as a response to the challenges caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine

16:30 Andrii Pastushenko (Oxford University, Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics): An academia in the war through the lens of personal experience

17:00 Coffee break

17:30 Yana Shliabanska & Louisa Martin Chevalier (Sorbonne University): A women composer in the war: musical closing (and opening)

18:30 Eva Voldřichová-Beránková (Vice-Rector for International Relations, Charles University): Closing Remarks

19:00 Vin d’amitié


  • Mateusz Chmurski, PhD (CEFRES, Prague)
  • Prof. Oksana Dovgopolova (I. I. Mechnikov National University, Odesa)
  • Prof. Luba Jurgenson (Sorbonne University, Paris)
  • Valeriya Korablyova, PhD (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague)
  • Stanislav Tumis, PhD (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague)

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Eva Voldřichová-Beránková (Vice-Rector for International Relations, Charles University)
  • Prof. Sylvie Archaimbault (CNRS-Sorbonne Université)
  • Prof. Ota Konrád (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University)
  • Kateřina Čapková, PhD (Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
  • Ioana Cîrstocea, PhD HDR (CNRS-CEFRES)


  • French Research Center in Humanities & Social Sciences (UMIFRE 13, UAR 3138 CEFRES, CNRS-MEAE), Prague
  • Cultures and Societies of Central, Balkan and East-Europe Research Center (UMR 8224 Eur’ORBEM, CNRS-Sorbonne Université), Paris
  • Ukraine in a Changing Europe Research Center, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (IMS FSV UK), Prague
  • Department of East-European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (ÚVS FF UK), Prague
Thesis of the workshop

In the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we would like to jointly reflect on the impediments faced by the Humanities and Social Sciences both in Ukraine and abroad, yet also consider engagements that developed in the recent years to circumvent them by innovating in methods, objects, and models of conducting research.

In recent years both In Ukraine and elsewhere many fields of research are more and more often closing, whether due to the wars, high security risks, health crisis, the rise of authoritarianism (in whatever form), diplomatic tensions, or more simply because of prohibitions (legal, political, ethical…), etc. Some areas involve security risks, incl. deprivation of liberty (researchers prosecuted, incarcerated, or subject to pressures), and some fields & sources become inaccessible (Frangville, Merlin, Sfeir, Vandamme 2021). The political and geopolitical situation hinders some objects of inquiries, jeopardizes independent research work, while researchers are deemed suspects when addressing specific topics. Hence, the workshop aims at proposing a reflection in three main domains:

  1. Mapping the landscape: impediments & difficulties

The situations of impediment may foster researchers’ reflexivity in the practice of their discipline, but also in their social role. Hence, the first panel invites self-reflective papers on knowledge in situations of impediment in the context of the war in Ukraine. Possible themes include self-reflective interrogations on impeded fieldworks & objects, but also research actors, activities & academic liberties in the context of war.

  1. Adapting: methods, solutions, innovations

The workshop also ambitions to question the relationship between impediment and commitment: How do methods and models of research adapt (or tend to adapt) to impeded contexts, especially since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine? We highly welcome papers devoted to projects and debates regarding knowledge under war conditions: initiatives that connect researchers, preserve research networks; protect and (re)organize sources; adapt pedagogical activities with use of innovative & interactive tools; develop diverse forms of academic solidarities.

  1. Disruptions, returns, readjustments: crossed perspectives

A final roundtable will be devoted to strategies and synergies developed between scholars from Ukraine and other European countries, especially in the case of existing (and projected) Czech, French and Central-European collaborations. We would like to discuss what solutions have already appeared, what initiatives develop in a long-term, and how do perspectives from inside and outside the war enhance or inhibit research endeavors, as well as to ask what (preliminary) conclusions can be formulated at this stage. This panel also welcomes epistemological reflection on the necessary rethinking that await the European Humanities and Social Sciences, in particular the need to decentralize often Russocentric research perspectives.

The workshop is part of the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences (CEFRES) program of non-residential fellowships for Ukrainian researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences, developed in close collaboration with the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, the French Embassy and Institute in Ukraine as well as the Ukraine in a Changing Europe Research Center at the Faculty of Social Sciences,  the Department of East-European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, as well as the Institute of Contemporary History
of the Czech Academy of Sciences (see: