S04E02: Geopol­i­tics of the War in Ukraine

This episode explores the geopo­lit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic, and social impli­ca­tions of the cur­rent war in Ukraine. The in-depth his­tor­i­cal analy­sis, both of the cur­rent Russ­ian inva­sion in Ukraine, and the larg­er glob­al con­text out­lines how the war can be under­stood as a world war, which involves the rethink­ing and remak­ing of a world order.

Guests fea­tured in this episode 

Geor­gi Der­luguian, Pro­fes­sor of Social Research and Pub­lic Pol­i­cy at New York University’s Abu Dhabi cam­pus. Born in the Sovi­et Union, Georgie then expe­ri­enced its breakup as a young social sci­en­tist. Hav­ing pur­sued African stud­ies in Moscow, Geor­gi spent two years in Mozam­bique dur­ing the civ­il war in the 1980s, and then  moved to the Unit­ed States right after that to work with Immanuel Waller­stein, grad­u­at­ing with a PhD in soci­ol­o­gy from the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York at Binghamton. 

His dis­ser­ta­tion research formed the basis of a ground­break­ing and idio­syn­crat­ic book of his­tor­i­cal soci­ol­o­gy: Bourdieu’s Secret Admir­er in the Cau­ca­sus: A World-Sys­tem Biog­ra­phy (Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go Press, 2005).


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.