The fate of the approximately two million internally displaced persons (IDPs) as a result of the war in eastern Ukraine is only slowly beginning to capture the attention of social scientists. When it does turn to these issues, migration research concentrates primarily on IDPs as passive victims and those who suffer as a result of the war.
In her current research project “The power of the disempowered: civic activism of Ukrainian IDPs”, Prof. Viktoriya Sereda, our eighth URIS fellow, shifts the perspective and looks at the agencyof the Ukrainian IDPs. To what lengths do they go to become integrated in their new environment? How do they manage to draw strength from their own experience of displacement and flight for civic engagement? Viktoriya Sereda’s interview-based research is situated at the interface of the sociology of everyday life and the history of identity. She addresses one of the greatest challenges Ukrainian society has faced since the outbreak of the war in the east of the country.
The portal "Uninews" of the University of Basel reported on her current research with a detailed interview.