Representatives of academia, public sector and museum field discussed the main achievements, problems and perspectives of development of humanitarian policy and cultural diplomacy of Ukraine.

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In June 3, 2015 the round table “Humanitarian Policy and Cultural Diplomacy of Ukraine” took place in Chernivtsi. The event was initiated and organized by Kyiv office of the Kennan Institute at the International Center for Scholars Woodrow Wilson and the Fulbright Scholar Program, and by NGO “Quadrivium” (as a co-organizer)…

In June 3, 2015 the round table “Humanitarian Policy and Cultural Diplomacy of Ukraine” took place in Chernivtsi. The event was initiated and organized by Kyiv office of the Kennan Institute at the International Center for Scholars Woodrow Wilson and the Fulbright Scholar Program, and by NGO “Quadrivium” (as a co-organizer) with the assistance of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.
During the round table the participants discussed urgent and perspective issues related to the following:
•    development of cultural diplomacy of Ukraine;
•  establishment of the Ukrainian Institute and fixing its program activities at the institutional level as an innovative tool of Ukraine’s promotion in the world;
•  the world experience of the museum sphere reforming and opportunities for this experience implementation in the Ukrainian cultural and educational projects.
The programme of the event can be found HERE.
Participants noted that the presentation of scholarship programs and research opportunities of the Kennan Institute and Fulbright academic exchange programs was a pleasant and informative bonus of the event. The programs were presented directly by the heads of the abovementioned international centers for the scientists’ support − Marta Kolomyets and Kateryna Smagliy.

Vice-Rector of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, prof. Tamara Marusyk addressed the round table participants with a welcoming speech. In turn, Inna Kubay, head of the NGO “Quadrivium” and scientific secretary of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, as a co-organizer thanked to the Kyiv office of the Kennan Institute and Fulbright academic exchange program, which were represented by their heads. Inna Kubay stressed upon the significance of their initiative to hold the professional innovative discussion with a focus on creation and promoting a positive international image of Ukraine, as well as strengthening cultural and scientific presence of the Ukrainian state in the world using cultural diplomacy tools.

The panel reports of the round table raised such topics:
−    “Reforming the Museum Sphere of Ukraine and European Experience of Reforms” − Kateryna Smagliy, head of the Kiev office of the Kennan Institute at the International Center for Scholars Woodrow Wilson, associate professor at the Department of History of Ukraine and museums study at Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, national correspondent of the European Museum Forum;
−    “Strategy of the Cultural Diplomacy” − Natalia Musienko, senior researcher at the Modern Art Research Institute at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, a board member of the Kennan Institute at the International Center for Scholars Woodrow Wilson (Washington, USA);
−    “Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans as an Object of the World Cultural Heritage: Present Time and Perspectives for Development” − Iryna Korotun, associate professor, head of Architecture Department of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University;
−    “Museums of Communism in the Eastern European Countries” − Valentyna Harhun, professor at the Department of Ukrainian Literature at Mykola Gogol Nizhyn State University.

Duplomatia 5.phpIs there a need and expedience in the activity of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine? Where is the border which can not be crossed by the state in its attempts to regulate the activities of cultural and educational institutions? What status − public or private − is required for the unimpeded functioning of museums and their creativity? How are foreign researchers at Museum of History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews in Chernivtsi improving the international image of the state? This is only a short list of questions raised and discussed by the participants during the round table.
At the end, the moderator of the event, professor of Department of International Relations at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Serhiy Feduniak added: “Today’s dramatic events in Ukraine, the military and information aggression of Russia expose the strategic underestimation of using cultural diplomacy tools by Ukraine during many years”.

Duplomatia 6.phpThe organizers of the event are very thankful to all the speakers and participants of the discussion for interesting ideas and proposed approaches for solving the raised problems in the humanitarian policy and cultural diplomacy of Ukraine.

 


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