War in Ukraine: Humanitarian Crisis and Potential Path Forward


Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Zoom (Harvard only; registration required)
Co-sponsored with the Harvard Chan Humanitarian Development Student Association
Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Indiana University; Volodymyr Dubovyk, Odesa Mechnikov University; Emily Channell-Justice, Harvard University


Note: This event is open to the Harvard community only. You must register with a Harvard email address.

The Harvard Chan Humanitarian Development Student Association and the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University are honored to host three distinguished guest speakers for a discussion on the current humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

The speakers will address the humanitarian challenges of the internally displaced population within Ukraine and the refugee situation in neighboring countries, including their insights regarding potential pathways forward.

Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Professor of Geography; Director, Center for Refugee Studies, Indiana University

Volodymyr Dubovyk, Professor, Department International Relations, Odesa Mechnikov University, Ukraine

Emily Channell-Justice, Director, Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

The presentations will be followed by an open Q&A session.

About the Speakers

Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Cullen Dunn is an anthropologist and geographer. Her work focuses on refugees, IDPs, and other forced migrants. Her latest book, No Path Home: Humanitarian Camps and the Grief of Displacement, looks at the nexus of the state and humanitarian organizations, particularly at the ways that multinational humanitarian organizations come to take over state functions, thereby transforming the idea of territorial sovereignty. Recently, she has begun looking at the state regulation of essential workers, particularly Rohingya and Somali refugees working in the meatpacking industry, including the ways that state organizations import refugees as a labor source for essential work in the food industry.  As the founding director of the Center for the Study of Forced Migration at Indiana University, Dunn fosters conversations about states, borders, and people on the move. 

Volodymyr Dubovyk

Volodymyr Dubovyk has been working at the Odessa I. Mechnikov National University since 1992. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations since 1996 and has acted as a Director of the Center for International Studies since 1999. Among his teaching and research interests are U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Ukraine relations, Black Sea regional security, foreign policy of Ukraine. Dubovyk was a Fulbright Scholar in 2016/2017.

Related content: Ukraine’s Internally Displaced Persons (PONARS Eurasia)

Emily Channell-Justice

Emily Channell-Justice is the Director of the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist who has been doing research in Ukraine since 2012. She has pursued research on political activism and social movements among students and feminists during the 2013-2014 Euromaidan mobilizations. Her ethnography Without the State: Self-Organization and Political Activism in Ukraine is forthcoming, and her edited volume, Decolonizing Queer Experience: LGBT+ Narratives from Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Lexington Books) was published in 2020. She has published academic articles in several journals, including History and Anthropology, Revolutionary Russia, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She received her PhD from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, in September 2016, and she was a Havighurst Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies at Miami University, Ohio from 2016-2019. 

Related content: Displacement, Reintegration and Reconciliation in Ukraine (TCUP Report)