The AAA is closely watching the outrageous and unprovoked Russian military invasion of Ukraine unfold. We are signing on to statements/letters of support through sister societies and will also soon be announcing a "teach-in" organized by our Society for the Anthropology of Europe, including colleagues from Ukraine. It is important to raise our voices in outrage and call for a cessation of hostilities and to also recognize that many of our colleagues in Russia are strongly opposed to the Putin regime’s actions but would be vulnerable to retribution if they voiced their disagreement. We also recognize the difficulties that Ukrainian people and their diverse international emigrants face as they flee the violence. The broader realities and needs of displacement for the African, South Asian, and other people impacted by this horrid invasion need to be addressed as well. As a scholarly and professional society, we are in a position to raise wider awareness about the cultural, historical, and political context in which this outrageous invasion is occurring, and are opening up our AnthroSource archives to feature articles that are relevant to the events taking place in Ukraine. In addition, we will be pointing people to a number of resources being mobilized to coordinate a humanities and social science data rescue and website crawl to aggregate information online before it is lost. Please watch the AAA All-Member Community for additional information soon, and please hold our Ukrainian colleagues and their families in your thoughts.
Sister Society Statements
- African Studies Association
- American Geophysical Union
- American Historical Association
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- American Physical Society
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
- DOE Office of Science letter supporting students/scientists
- European Association of Social Anthropologists
- National Research Foundation of Ukraine
- New University in Exile Consortium
- Scholars at Risk
- Shevchenko Scientific Society
- Society for American Archaeology
- Society for the Anthropology of Europe
- The Register of Professional Archaeologist
- USCBS and AIA Statement on Ukraine
- World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) *also see their petition
- The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology has complied a list of resources for Ukrainian scholars and students in an attempt to create a simple, accessible, and comprehensive list of support services and placements for those in need.
- The Association for the Study of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) contains a number of important resources for helping displaced scholars from Ukraine.
- The American Historical Association has also compiled a list of resources on the history of Ukraine, Russia, and the Cold War and its legacies.
- The National Academies’ International Visitors Office offers assistance for international scientists who are coming to the United States.
- A list of research labs from around the world who are willing to support Ukrainian scientists can be viewed in this Google Spreadsheet.
- The Internet Archive is supporting several preservation efforts including the Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) initiative.
- National Academies of Science: “NAS Launches Effort to Help Support Ukrainian Researchers as They Relocate to Poland.”
- ESpero (AAA member in Singapore): https://www.worldofkindness.online/blog
- The Council on Anthropology & Education (CAE) recommends you consider these resources as well:
Razom for Ukraine (Together with Ukraine)
Connect with your local Ukrainian Culture Center to support at a local and global level: