The editorial collective of Cultural Praxis stands with the victims of the war in Ukraine. We say no to war in Ukraine, and no to the “forgotten” wars and forms of violence in Ethiopia, Libya, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. People have the same worth no matter their skin color, gender or sexual orientation. It is imperative to disband the military everywhere, to direct military spending to education, climate change, and cancer research. We believe each one of us must support the global peace movement andpay attention to hostile discourses leading to war and violence before it is too late. We should not take our eyes away from the struggles for social and racial justice that are ongoing all over the world. We take to heart Cherríe Moraga’s words said soon after 9/11: “Terrorism will never be defeated by big guns, only by big minds and hearts.” We say stop all wars, demilitarize every country, join peace movements where you are, and stand up to all forms of injustice, racism, and inequality.
An invitation to reflect on our role as scholars
We believe that each of us is responsible for making peace and justice possible. As editors and as members of a wider international community of researchers and educators, we wonder, what is our role and responsibility, as academics and educators, in the current situation? Each one of us can do many things as individuals, but what can we do as a community of scholars, and how can our scholarly work/practices contribute to making peace and justice possible, now and in the future? In the context of the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis, we know, for example, that several academic institutions are demanding freezing relationships with Russian colleagues until hostilities against Ukraine stop. This generates dilemmas and contradictions, as we want to support our colleagues no matter the nation, yet we realize that scientific collaboration itself is a political statement. Many other dilemmas, challenges and possibilities emerge when considering the diverse ways in which intersections between science and politics become more salient in times of humanitarian crisis. We do have many questions, and the wish to offer a platform for collegial discussion on these issues. We therefore invite CP readers and community members to engage in discussion and help us address these questions.