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#5 UkraineMEMO: Cultural diplomacy in times of war


Between solidarity and struggle for existence: In episode 5 of UkraineMEMO we discuss what constitutes modern Ukrainian culture, how it can be integrated into the European cultural space and why Ukraine is allowed to be uneasy in its communication right now.

Increasing Ukraine's visibility in the world and integrating it into the international cultural context is the goal of the Ukrainian Institute in Kyiv. Russia's war against Ukraine poses new challenges, but also opportunities for Ukrainian cultural diplomacy. What constitutes modern Ukrainian culture? How can a puzzle of cultural identities be communicated to a foreign audience? Is culture also political and what is the appropriate relationship to Russia's cultural heritage? These and other questions will be discussed with our guest:

Volodymyr Sheiko is the Director General of the Ukrainian Institute in Kyiv. The Institute was founded in 2017 by the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a state institution to promote knowledge about Ukraine abroad and intercultural dialogue. Sheiko has many years of experience in cultural management, marketing and communication. Most recently, he worked for the British Council cultural institute's branch in Ukraine as head of cultural programmes.

Moderator: Ljudmyla Melnyk

Speaker & Overvoice: Arthur Molt

Episode #3 of the UkraineMEMO podcast is also available on:

With its podcast "UkraineMEMO: Interviews, Analysis, Policy Advice", IEP presents new perspectives on Ukraine. With guests from Germany and Ukraine, Ljudmyla Melnyk discusses recent developments in the areas of Ukrainian politics, economy and society and thus provides an insight into the events on the ground that are moving the country. Ukraine's relationship with Germany and the EU is always kept in mind.

The UkraineMEMO podcast is part of the “German-Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN 2) project and is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Team & authors

About the GURN – German Ukrainian Researchers Network project: The cooperation between think tanks and politics are strengthened. GURN focuses on knowledge transfer, capacity building and bilateral dialogue. Current developments and German-Ukrainian relations are discussed in a variety of formats.

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