Division for the History of Science and Technology (IUHPST)

Division of History of Science and Technology

DHST statement on the Ukrainian war

The president, officers, and undersigned council members of the Division of the History of Science and Technology (DHST) of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology condemn the ongoing military actions against Ukraine directed by the government of the Russian Federation. Our deepest concern and sympathy go to our Ukrainian colleagues and all the people bearing the grim consequences of this war, and also to colleagues elsewhere who are suffering in silence or risking their lives to speak up. We know that in addition to the unacceptable loss of human life, wars devastate libraries, schools, universities, and all kinds of cultural institutions that are the material remnants of a people’s history and right to education. As an organization that traces its origins to the vision of scholars who experienced first hand the tragedy of two World Wars, the DHST is acutely aware that freedom of education, culture, and research are among the many rights presently being violated. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and our fellow scholars on both sides who are struggling to maintain their lives, livelihoods, and scholarship.

Marcos Cueto, Janet Browne, Hasok Chang, Liesbeth De Mol, Thomas Haddad, Takehiko Hashimoto, Xingbo Luo, Jahnavi Phalkey, Maria Rentetzi, Milada Sekyrkova, Hamish Spencer