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Witnessing the War in Ukraine: Vectors of Reflection, Practices of Documentation

Instytut Socjologii UJ również w tym roku jest współorganizatorem Summer Institute 'Witnessing the War in Ukraine'. Druga edycja przebiega pod hasłem Vectors of Reflection, Practices of Documentation.

Wydarzenie odbywa się w Willi Decjusza w dniach 12-16 czerwca 2023 oraz w Instytucie Socjologii - 16 czerwca w godzinach popołudniowych. 

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Witnessing the War in Ukraine: Vectors of Reflection, Practices of Documentation
Summer Institute
12-16 June, 2023 - Krakow, Poland

In response to the unfolding humanitarian trauma caused by the Russian full scale invasion of Ukraine launched on 24 February 2022, researchers in humanities and social sciences have stepped forward and engaged in active collection of evidence and testimonies. The war in Ukraine is so far the most well-documented modern military conflict, which poses a range of questions and challenges. What are the ethical implications of this ‘rapid scholarly response’ to the war? How do researchers conceive of and partake in fieldwork in these times? What does witnessing imply under current circumstances? How has witnessing been facilitated, framed, instrumentalized and reflected upon on various scales and in different contexts?We see it as our professional and ethical obligation to continue the initiative we introduced last year to further facilitate the exchange of the academic expertise in oral history, ethnography, interview research and research of witness literature, and share knowledge with a broad and evolving community of practitioners working in various local settings.

WWSI 2023 will build on the success of the previous Summer Institute and will expand its focus to allow war testimony documentarians—scholars and community-based researchers, oral historians and journalists, writers and performers—to reflect on their work. The goal of our second institute is to formulate key conceptual issues concerning the praxis and ethics of wartime research, as well as create a new transnational research network connecting researchers, activists and creative individuals involved in the collection of testimonies of the war.

Over the course of five days, invited presenters and participants will engage in a series of presentations and workshops examining current trends in scholarly and creative reflections on witnessing the war in Ukraine. Invited speakers and faculty will lead such discussions focusing on witnessing the war and reflecting on its impact via various media, scholarly and creative practices, including film, theater, journalism, ethnography and autoethnography, oral history and storytelling. Invited participants will be offered opportunities to discuss their work with other members of the institute.



  • Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Lund University, Sweden Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Warsaw, Poland
  • Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • Dobra Wola Foundation, Poland
  • Ukrainian Oral History Association, Ukraine
  • Polish Oral History Association, Poland