Values, Communities & the War in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine sends a shockwave through our political and ideological landscape. It urges us to make an inventory of dominant values and to a renewed search for understanding the different narratives at hand. (English / SG-Certificate*)
Time: 16:00-17:15 hrs.
Admission is free, registration required.
War in Ukraine
Russia’s invasion in Ukraine has revitalized tensions in Europe and beyond, that many had thought had been buried with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union around 1990. Thirty years later, the war sends a shockwave through our political and ideological landscape.
It urges us to make an inventory of dominant values and to a renewed search for understanding the different narratives at hand.
Vladimir Putin legitimizes Ukraine's current invasion by arguing that Ukraine is closer to Russia than to Europe, and that the two countries are separated only by an artificial border. That raises the question of whether Ukrainian values resemble those of the rest of Europe, or more closely resemble those of Russia? Dr. Tim Reeskens is looking for answers on the basis of European Values Studies.
Common grounds (in the east)
Dr. Karim Schelkens will focus on the historical backgrounds of the narratives of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the way it relates to the discourse of a ‘metaphysical’ anti-western struggle in the words of the patriarch of Moscow, Kirill. Karim Schelkens will highlight the common ideology of Putin and Kirill to legitimize the Ukrainian invasion, and how it the history of relationships between communities in Russia and Ukraine during the Cold War leaves its traces in the present-day conflict.
- Dr. Tim Reeskens is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Tilburg University. He is the National Coordinator of the European Values Study, responsible for current data collection in the Netherlands.
- Dr. Karim Schelkens is Associate Professor and Vice-dean of Research, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, and Guest Professor at the Centre for the Study of Vatican II, KU Leuven.
Emergency Fund for students
The war in Ukraine is having a great impact on students at Tilburg University.
- Students who are directly affected are not only extremely worried about family and friends but are also experiencing acute financial hardship.
- The purpose of the Emergency Fund of the Tilburg University Fund is to support these students in particular.
- We cannot do so without your help.