Conference reports

Higher education and research in times of war and repression

The roundtable “Universities at War”, held in Vienna on September 27, 2023, provided a panorama of case studies analyzing how universities have been implicated and affected by wars and conflicts. The speakers reflected on the way academic communities have been affected and the role of European academic institutions as sites, agents, collaborators, resisters, and victims of military conflicts from the Second World War to Russia’s war against Ukraine.

By Yuchen Li April 23, 2024

The culture war and the actual war

At a time where many public debates are informed by the ongoing full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, we thought it would be important to further explore the relation between controversies of gender, sexuality, reproduction – what can be labelled the “culture war” – and the actual military war. Four scholars on feminist and anti-gender politics were invited to discuss this topic from various angles on the roundtable “Exploring the links between the culture war and the actual war” at CBEES Annual Conference 2023 on the war and its effects.

By Hansalbin Sältenberg et al April 23, 2024

The Anthropocene? Knowledge and practice in times and spaces of unravelling

In a panel discussion and workshop organized by doctoral students and Södertörn and Uppsala Universities, we set out to explore how the idea of the Anthropocene encompasses – and disrupts – various temporalities and spatialities, as seen from these various angles.

By Tatiana Sokolova, Oldouz Nejadibabadaei and Bartira Fortes January 25, 2024

Standing Up for Democracy and Academic Freedom

Current research tell us that we are presently facing a global wave of autocratization. Gradual declines of democratic attributes characaterize political regimes worldwide. Technology opens up for democratic interaction, but also makes it easy to spread fake news. Freedom of expression is in peril. Universities all around the world encounter repression of academic freedom. To discuss these and other challenges, Linnaeus University (in Växjö) organized a digital conference on A Questioned Democracy, on November 15, 2023.

By Joakim Ekman November 15, 2023

Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region

On November 7-8, 2023, Baltic University Programme organized the BUP Symposium, an annual online event to discuss different aspects of ongoing research on sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region.

By Joakim Ekman November 8, 2023

Supporting Ukrainian Researchers

Shortly after the outbreak of the war (the full-scale Russian attack on February 24, 2022), the European Commission set up a fellowship scheme (called MSCA4Ukraine) to provide support to displaced researchers from Ukraine.

By Joakim Ekman September 19, 2023

The Political Representation and Participation of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities

For two days in early June, a team of researchers met up at Södertörn University (CBEES) to discuss different aspects of political participation and political representation of ethnic minorities and migrants in Central and Eastern Europe.

By Joakim Ekman September 5, 2023

The EU-funded “Europast”project’s first summer school

June 19-23, 2023, a summer school of the international project “Europast” took place at Lund university. “Europast” is short for the project’s title “Facing the Past: Public History for a stronger Europe” and is an international project financed by the EU within Horizon Europe program that started in December 2022 and will end in November 2025.

By Odeta Rudling August 18, 2023

Combining fossil-fuel phaseout and just transition

The conference From the grassroots to policy and back: Putting just transition to practice gathered social scientists who in different ways struggled with the tensions implied in the concept of “just transition”. The conference took place in Katowice, Poland, in many ways at the epicenter of the transition.

By Ella Pertrini June 20, 2023

The politics of environmental knowledge. Shaping environments through research, art, and activism

The CBEES Environmental Conference, “The politics of environmental knowledge: Shaping environments through research, art, and activism in the Baltic Sea Region – and beyond” took place May 23–24, 2022 and was arranged in collaboration between CBEES and the Färgfabriken art gallery.

By Hugo Faber et al January 18, 2023