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Articles written by Ninna Mörner

Safe guarding human rights during war

Civil society in Ukraine is, although under severe stress, very active and plays an important role in providing people with their basic needs and safeguarding their human rights. Civil society in Ukraine is still functioning even in a situation of full-scale invasion and warfare, with constant shelling and unpredictable attacks on infrastructure and Ukrainian civilians. How is this possible?

By Ninna Mörner January 18, 2023

Russian journalism in Exile A new chapter in Novaya Gazeta's life

The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta is known for its critical and investigative coverage of Russian political and social affairs. Their former editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. Kirill Martynov is now editor-in-chief for Novaya Gazeta Europe, operating from Riga, Latvia. He is the newspaper’s former political editor, a political scientist, and a former associate professor at Moscow State University. In an open lecture at Södertörn University November 22, Kirill Martynov discussed Russian journalism in exile and the new chapter in Novaya Gazeta’s life.

By Ninna Mörner January 18, 2023

Call for papers Baltic Worlds’ Special Section: Nationhood, gender, and classical music education

Call for papers "Nationhood, gender, and classical music education". Baltic Worlds will publish a special section on classical music and music education in the Baltic Sea region and Central Europe in 2023/2024, guest edited by Associate Professor Ann Werner (Södertörn University and Uppsala University).

By Ninna Mörner January 1, 2023

Andrea Pető: “Why Do Universities and Academic Freedom Matter?” 

Andrea Petö, professor at the Central European University (CEU), was awarded an honorary doctorate an held a talk:" Why Do Universities and Academic Freedom Matter?" where she warned about how illiberal regimes infiltrate universities to legitimize their ideology.

By Ninna Mörner September 27, 2022

Statement of Solidarity

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 violated the territorial integrity of the independent Ukrainian state and is causing extreme suffering to the Ukrainian people. Baltic Worlds deplores and condemns this violation of international law and the cruelty of the war against the people of Ukraine. For many years, the political, economic, social and cultural development of Eastern Europe has been the principal focus of the scholarly research published in the journal. Baltic Worlds has extensive networks of readers, contributors and colleagues at educational and cultural institutions in the larger region of Easter Europe, including Ukraine and Russia. The current war threatens and concerns us all. With this statement Baltic Worlds declares its solidarity with the Ukrainian people, who are the innocent victims of Russian aggression, and demand that all Russian troops be withdrawn from Ukrainian territory with immediate effect and an immediate end to the Russian army’s attack on the civilians. Baltic Worlds condemns in the strongest terms the violent destruction of Ukraine’s cultural heritage, cities, and educational facilities as a result of Russia's full-scale invasion. Stop the war immediately!

By Ninna Mörner March 11, 2022

Response to the Russian war on Ukraine

There has been open conflict between Russia and Ukraine since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. On 24 February 2022, we woke to the news that Russia had begun a military invasion targeting all of Ukraine, following a period of increased aggression. Baltic Worlds has a specific focus on research into the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe and many contributors and colleagues come from Ukraine – as well as from Russia. And, for that matter, from Poland, Germany, the Baltic States and south-eastern Europe. In these uncertain times in Europe and the wider world, it is important to differentiate between a political regime and the researchers at the various universities. Baltic Worlds wants to continue to work with researchers and higher education institutions in Ukraine, as well as with researchers in Russia. Baltic Worlds as a scholarly journal will follow the development closely and will publish on the situation from a scholarly approach here at the website and/or in the printed journal. Baltic Worlds, as well as the publishing Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) and the whole Södertörn University, is deeply concerned about the consequences of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in terms of human suffering, academic freedom, and Ukraine’s sovereignty. We wish to support our colleagues in Ukraine in every way we can. The political regime led by Vladimir Putin must immediately cease its military aggression and respect international law. Ninna Mörner, Editor-in-Chief, Baltic Worlds Joakim Ekman, Director of the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES)

By Ninna Mörner February 24, 2022

Freedom & Resistance 2021

There are several recent reports highlighting a worrying trend towards what one could call attacks on democratic values such as independent media and academic freedom.

By Ninna Mörner January 24, 2022

1991-2021: THIRTY YEARS AFTER A SERIES OF INTERNATIONAL MULTIDISCIPLINARY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Preliminary Programme  (links, dates, and hours to be specified, all subject to eventual changes)   In December 1991, the Soviet […]

By Ninna Mörner February 23, 2021

Invitation to submit for a Baltic Worlds’ Special Section New Age Spirituality in Socialist Societies

CfP: Please submit before February 20, 2021 on the New Age-related topics suggested here.

By Ninna Mörner January 18, 2021

Baltic Worlds’ Online Coverage: “The Impacts of the Pandemic”

Baltic Worlds' Online Covid-19 Coverage examines how politicians in different parts of the region are reacting to the crisis, and to what consequences.

By Ninna Mörner May 10, 2020