The influence of war, annexation and displacement on political identities in Ukraine

Project coordination: Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse

Kristina in Luganke just after the shelling, no.1, 2016 © Mark Neville.

This research project examines the effects of war, annexation and displacement on the politically relevant self-identification of the Ukrainian population directly affected. It is designed to be interdisciplinary and combines a sociological analysis in the form of opinion surveys with methods used in anthropological field research and artistic research. The project focuses on the Donbas region, Crimea and the areas in Ukraine and Russia where there is a high concentration of refugees. It thus generates data on regions and people who are currently usually overlooked in most surveys and debates, even though they are potentially of great importance for society and politics in Ukraine, as well as for external actors who support the reform processes. According to official estimates, the number of refugees is approximately 2.5 million people in total; in reality, the figure may be higher. To date, few studies have been conducted on the demographic and political profile of those who have fled during the conflict. Furthermore, neither in the Donbas region, including in the occupied territories, nor in Crimea has an attempt been made to use surveys to assess the present everyday lived experience of the population and the associated degree of individual self-identification. The planned statistical inquiries will be supplemented by a longer phase of field research in Ukraine and Russia. Narrative interviews and visual material (photos and video) will contextualise the implementation and evaluation of the opinion surveys.

Displaced Ukrainians

Displaced Ukrainians is a collaboration between artist Mark Neville and the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Berlin. The project gives the displaced a voice. more...