For most westerners, the experiences of the war in Ukraine have been indirect—we are witnessing it through mass and social media. This panel will consider how different forms of media do justice to real-life events and how they distort them. The discussants will also share their experiences of conducting research in the active war zone, both on the ground and online.
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Vladimir Petrovic is a Core Curriculum faculty member at Boston University and a Visiting Professor at Central European University where he is among the conveners of the Invisible University for Ukraine. He has published extensively on ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and attempts to undo its legacy. His latest book in English, The Emergence of Historical Forensic Expertise: Clio takes the Stand (Routledge, 2017) examines the role of historians and social scientists as expert witnesses in some of the most dramatic legal encounters of the 20th century.
Alisa Sopova is a journalist and doctoral candidate in anthropology at Princeton University. A native of the Donbas region, she has been working on the frontlines of the Russia-Ukraine War since 2014. Her research focuses on the everyday civilian experiences of military violence through the study of materiality, affect, and improvised strategies of resilience. Her academic publications have appeared alongside articles in The New York Times, Time magazine, The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal.