Illia Kononov

Head of the Department of Philosophy, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University, Ukraine

Office:Department of Philosophy, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University, Ukraine

Dr. Illia Kononov is Head of the Department of Philosophy, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University, Ukraine. He has more than 230 publications, interviews, media appearances in areas of theory and methodology of social studies and sociology, conflict analysis and study of war in Ukraine, ethnic studies, and cultural sociology, among them “Cultural determinants of the interaction between Donbas and Halychyna in the regional system of Ukraine”. As a result of Russia’s occupation of Eastern Ukraine, including the town of Starobilsk on March 02, 2022, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University has completely lost its material base, including buildings, facilities, and educational supplies. Dr. Kononov is currently participating in the program Scholars at Risk (SAR). Dr. Kononov is an expert on regional specifics of Ukraine and conflict-driven mobilities, he regularly participates in discussions about international migration and applies a comprehensive approach to this complex phenomenon (Brettell, Hollifield 2000), where migrants should be studied as members of certain communities and it is required and a comprehensive methodology, where the process through studies through the eyes of community members.

Panel 3: Internal Displacement: Citizenship and Culture

Migrants from Ukraine: Regional Specifics and Discussion of New Models of Citizenship


The aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine has led to a migration crisis both within Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. According to the UN, by mid-April 2022, more than 7 million people had become internally displaced persons in Ukraine. 4.6 million people left the country, 90% of whom are women and children. Ways of adaptation of Ukrainian migrants in the receiving countries largely depend on the regions of their exit. Ukraine is a regionally diverse country. Each macro-region has its own peculiarities of civil behaviour model, which could be drawn between two poles–one is a politically oriented model of citizenship and the second is an ethnically defined citizenship model. These models are present throughout Ukraine but vary from region to region (Kononov 2011, StoczyƄski, Zarycki 2017). The first model dominates in the East, and in the West – the second.