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The Impact of the War in Ukraine on Academic Freedom

23 August 2022, 16:45 – 18:15 CEST

University of Innsbruck* & Online


Iryna Maksymenko Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University 
Nonna Mayer Sciences Po Paris ​
Claudia Padovani University of Padova​
Olga Tokariuk Center for European Policy Analysis 




Organised in collaboration with our Working Group on Academic Freedom.

Delivered by a diverse group of scholars, this roundtable seeks to facilitate a broader discussion on the rising concern affecting academic freedom in various contexts – from the war in Ukraine as the main contemporary global event, and beyond.

About the event

Join us in discussing the following issues:
  • Growing divisiveness in discussions on political opinions, gender, religion, and ethnicity
  • Threat to and displacement of Ukrainian scholars as a result of the war
  • Political and ideological bias affecting academic debates on the war
FREE and open to all

For the very first time, we are thrilled to be opening the House Series to the broader ECPR community as part of our General Conference programme. 

*In-person participation at the University of Innsbruck is available only to scholars attending in-person Panels at the ECPR General Conference. 

Attending the General Conference?

You don't need to register separately – the roundtable will be automatically added to your General Conference Itinerary.

About our speakers

Nonna Mayer

Nonna Mayer is CNRS Research Director Emerita at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics of Sciences Po and a specialist of electoral sociology and of far-right movements in France. She chaired the French Political Science Association from 2005 to 2016 and edits the Contester (Protest) series at the Presses de Sciences Po. Nonna coordinates the methodological research seminar 'Les sciences sociales en question. Grandes controverses en sciences sociales' (with Samy Cohen) since 2011. She has been a member of the National Consultative Commission for Human Rights since 2017.

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Claudia Padovani

Claudia Padovani is Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Padua (Italy). Padovani is one of the 3 co-coordinators of the SAR Italy national section, which comprises 33 universities. She co-chairs the SAR Italy Working Group on Advocacy and co-directs the Padua Students’ Advocacy Seminar and is the SAR Italy representative in the European Coordinating Committee for Academic Freedom Advocacy.

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Iryna Maksymenko

Iryna Maksymenko is an Associate Professor, PhD in Political Science, Department of International Relations, Political Science and Sociology, Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University (ONU); Research Fellow of Odessa Center for Nonproliferation (OdCNP), currently based at the University of Malta. Iryna is an expert in European security policy and Black Sea security. She has been a Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies, ONU since 2001 and worked as a Senior Research Associate at Ukraine’s National Institute for Strategic Studies from 2004 – 2015. In 2019 she worked as a Vising Fellow at James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute for International Relations.

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Olga Tokariuk

Olga Tokariuk is an independent journalist and non-resident fellow at CEPA (Center for European Policy Analysis) based in Ukraine. Her professional interests include international relations and disinformation research. Olga co-authored an investigative documentary about a controversial trial of Ukrainian soldier Vitaliy Markiv in Italy and published a research paper on the role of Russian disinformation in this case. She holds an MA in political science and international relations from the University of Bologna (Italy) and an MA in journalism from the Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv (Ukraine).

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About the House Series

The House Series is open to both ECPR Member and Non-Member affiliates. 

Harbour House, our HQ in the UK, is a literal and metaphorical ‘home’ for the ECPR community.

The Series is designed to provide platforms and spaces for discourse, reaching out beyond academe and shining a light on the work of our discipline.

Each talk seeks to open doors to some of the most pressing issues across the discipline, and is followed by an extended Q&A session.

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