Milana Nikolko

Adjunct Professor, Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), Carleton University / Sessional Instructor, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba

Degrees:Ph.D. (V. Vernadsky Taurida National University)
Office:Carleton University, Ottawa

Dr. Milana Nikolko is an adjunct professor at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), Carleton University, and a Sessional Instructor at the Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba, Canada. From 2005 to 2014, Nikolko was an associate Professor of Political Science (Docent) at V. Vernadsky Taurida National University (Ukraine). In 2008, she was appointed as a visiting professor at the Political Science Department, at Valdosta State University, USA. She has published extensively on topics of Ukraine’s nation-building process, mediation of grey zone conflicts (case Ukraine), and political narratives of victimization among ethnic minorities, migrants, and diaspora groups from the post-Soviet countries.

Panel 2: Refugee Roles and Actions in Europe/Ukraine

The Loci of Pluralism in a War-Torn Society


The war in Ukraine is tearing apart the social, political, cultural, and economic fabric questions of the resilience of ethnicity, and pluralism is becoming increasingly relevant. The existing engagement of ethnic and various social groups in the dialogue becomes very problematic. More importantly, the warfare has led to seismic demographic changes, which forced many citizens to migrate elsewhere.

This project aims to research a new framework for pluralism in the ongoing military conflict, mass outmigration, and threatening societal institutions. The existing research frameworks on pluralism consider it an integrative concept based on the different social practices and governance institutions for diversity and the realization of the maximum potential of all individuals in society (S. Wolff). This definition is positioning pluralism in the situation of a society with elaborated liberal values, where the “hardware” of pluralism is the set of policies and formal institutions of governance that regulate the legal and political spaces and a “software” realized via communal practices. How are social practices of pluralism are affected by war? In which way do the country’s governmental institutions, facing military aggression, respond to pluralistic values? These and other questions will be raised during the presentation.