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Eras, Laura

Laura Eras, M.A.

PhD Student in Sociology and Eastern European Studies


Freie Universität Berlin
Garystr. 55
14195 Berlin

Website: FU Berlin

Doctoral Project

Intergroup relations in Ukraine

While an enormous amount of the literature on Ukraine focuses on ethnic, linguistic and regional identities, it has rarely been examined how important these group identifications are for the relation between these groups. In my dissertation project, I explore different aspects of this question, such as attitudes towards other linguistic or ethnic groups or discrimination due to ethnicity or language use. Currently, I examine if the war in Donbas has increased the social distance between linguistic and ethnic groups in Ukraine using survey data from the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. This analysis adds to several debates about Ukrainian society, such as the impact of the war on the social, political and economic development of the country, the importance of ethnic and linguistic identities and the nature of Ukrainian nationalism. Apart from a better understanding of Ukraine, the study allows us to learn more about how conflicts affect attitudes towards outgroups.

Curriculum Vitae

Laura Eras joined the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies in December 2018. Since October 2017, she is a research assistant at the Chair of Societies in Eastern Europe at the Department of Sociology of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Laura holds an M.A. and a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in History from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. During her M.A. program, she spent exchange terms at Central European University and Orenburg State University.

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Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Shaping Eastern European Societies and Economies: Culture, Religion and Historical Legacies. Tagung der Fachgruppe Wirtschaft am 16./17. November 2018, Berlin [Conference Review]. In: DGO Rundbrief (2) 2018, p. 40-43.



"The effects of the war in Donbas on the social distance between linguistic and ethnic groups in Ukraine." Project presentation in the lecture series of the Economics Department of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg, 14 May 2019.


"Does war affect intergroup relations? Results from Ukraine." Poster presentation at the workshop "Analytical Sociology" at Venice International University, 12-15 November 2018.