Refugees, Diaspora and Belonging in the Digital Age: Rethinking Citizenship after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Tuesday, 7 May 2024, 12.30–17.45
Kollegienhaus, University of Basel, Petersplatz 1, Mehrzweckraum 035

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What does citizenship mean today? This question gains significance amidst the profound changes of recent decades. The biopolitics of globalisation has created new flows and networks of people that, through economic migration and recurrent refugee crises, transgressed and challenged the traditional model of citizenship tied to territory, sovereignty and imagined national community. Digitization has fostered deterritorialized identities, leading to concepts like ‹networked citizenship,› ‹network nations,› or ‹platform nations.› Scholars explore diasporas, diasporic media, and the impact of smartpho- nes on migration and refugee adaptation.

The recent Russian invasion of Ukraine has created significant forced migration, reshaping diasporas and citizenship dynamics worldwide. The illegal and unprovoked full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine has since 2022 unleashed the most potent waves of forced migration within Europe since World War II. This prompts examination of how massive emigration influences citizenship in the home society. Forced migrants navigate complex contexts, altering citizenship practices. How do recent Ukrainian emigrants engage with citizenship across borders? How does wartime influence their belonging and situation in host societies? Our workshop delves into these questions, exploring how citizenship evolves in a contemporary network society post-Russo-Ukrainian War.


Alina Dolea (Bournemouth)
Roman Horbyk (Basel)
Tanya Lokot (Dublin)
Olena Palko
Viktoriya Sereda (Berlin)
Olena Sobolieva
Yuliya Soroka (Fribourg)
Oleksandra Tarkhanova (St. Gallen)

The workshop is organized by our current URIS fellow Roman Horbyk (Basel, URIS fellow), Oleksandra Tarkhanova (University of St. Gallen), Olena Palko (University of Basel) and supported by the URIS – “Ukrainian Research in Switzerland” initiative.

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