21 March, Birmingham: Human Geography Seminar: Forced displacement, conflict and prospects of reconciliation in Ukraine

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Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017,  15:15 – 16:30

Venue: Birmingham B15 2TT, Geography building (R26 in a map), room 125

Admission: Open for all!

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has seen the creation of ‘quasi states’, significant declines in living conditions and the displacement of more than two million people, which, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, is the 8th largest displaced group in the world.

Many IDPs suffering a significant drop in income and problems in accessing services such as health care and education. While a relatively large amount is known about the conflict in eastern Ukraine little is known about the social problems, fracturing of identities as a result of the country’s division, and the lack of legal and social support internally displaced people in Ukraine face on a daily basis.

The seminar aims to discuss how understanding of the currently fractured identities and the social/legal problems IDPs face could take us to developing meaningful strategies to bring Ukraine back together.

Prof Oksana Mikheieva, National Catholic University, Lviv ‘Social and cultural adaptation of IDPs in Ukraine

Dr Svitlana Babenko, Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv ‘Divided and Displaced: Crimean Tatars in Ukraine before and after annexation of Crimea

Dr Irina Kuznetsova, GEES UoB, Dr Gulara Guliyeva, Law School UoB ‘Understanding population displacement from interdisciplinary perspective. Presentation of AHRC PaCCS project

The seminar will be followed by a free drinks reception. The University of Birmingham and AHRC funding supports this event.

Host: Irina Kuznetsova, i.kuznetsova@bham.ac.uk @idps_ukraine

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