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Ukraine’s Global Identity: Eurocentric and Decolonial

Date & Time

Apr. 11, 2024
11:00am – 12:00pm ET


Online Only


As the full-scale invasion of Ukraine continues into its third year, Ukraine is grappling with multiple identities on a global level, marking its path towards Europe, anti-colonial resistance, and deeper underlying decolonial processes while fighting Russia's war on its territory. In this discussion, panelists examined the ways in which Ukraine can embrace its European political and cultural orientation while confronting its own colonial past and fostering new disentangled discourses. They focused on the role that cultural diplomacy and the re-examination of contested history play in this process. The panel proposed theoretical and practical interpretations of Ukraine's complex and multivectoral historical, geographic, and political landscapes and discuss key transformative policies leading the resistance of Ukrainian society against external aggression.


Svitlana Biedarieva

Svitlana Biedarieva

Former George F. Kennan Fellow
Andrii Portnov

Andrii Portnov

Professor of Entangled History of Ukraine, European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder)
Volodymyr Sheiko

Volodymyr Sheiko

Director General, Ukrainian Institute

Hosted By

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier US center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

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