Maidan Revolutions, the War in Ukraine, and Civil Society Responses

Volodymyr Ishchenko and Oleg Zhuravlev

The research project “Maidan Revolutions, the War in Ukraine, and Civil Society Responses” seeks to deepen our understanding of contemporary revolutions within the context of an ongoing crisis of hegemony, whilst also contributing to discussions about effective counter-hegemonic strategies.

Traditionally, revolutions have played a pivotal role in shaping (counter)hegemonic politics. However, in the present landscape, we observe a crisis of hegemony wherein modern revolutions often fail to precipitate substantial social change or establish more inclusive governance structures.

Our inquiry delves into the intricate social and political dynamics following contemporary revolutions, which may perpetuate or exacerbate the existing crisis of hegemony. Moreover, we aim to identify the various civic and political actors who are emboldened by these revolutions.

Specifically, the project scrutinises the class, political, and ideological imbalances within post-Soviet civil societies, particularly amidst recent revolutions and ongoing conflicts —a manifestation of the escalating crisis of hegemony in its most visceral form.



Volodymyr Ishchenko and Oleg Zhuravlev promote a workshop for the humanitarian sector presenting an update of the political conflicts around the war in Ukraine.


The fellows organise a regular reading group to complement the project ‘Maidan Revolutions, Civil Society, and Hegemony Crisis in Post-Soviet Countries.’ The reading group is aimed at researchers from the Alameda Institute network.


Volodymyr Ishchenko and Oleg Zhuravlev introduce their current research project, which aims to contribute to the theory of contemporary revolutions, taking place under the conditions of the ongoing crisis of hegemony, and to debates on the reconstruction of counter-hegemonic strategy. 


Volodymyr Ishchenko

Dr. Volodymyr Ishchenko is a research associate at the Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on protests and social movements, revolutions, radicalization, right and left politics, nationalism, and civil society. He published widely on contemporary Ukrainian politics, the Euromaidan revolution, and the ensuing war. He has been a prominent contributor to The Guardian, Al Jazeera, New Left Review, and Jacobin. He is the author of "Towards the Abyss: Ukraine from Maidan to War" (Verso, 2024).

Oleg Zhuravlev

Oleg Zhuravlev is a sociologist. He is a research fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy) and researcher with the Public Sociology Laboratory (Russia). He received his PhD in Social Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). His research is focused on social movements, the sociology of knowledge, Marxism, pragmatic sociology. His academic articles have been published in Post-Soviet Affairs, the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Studies in East European Thought, Laboratorium, and others.

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