Crisis, conflict and critical diplomacy: EU perceptions in Ukraine after the Maidan

An examination of media images of the EU in Ukraine, and the evolution of Ukraine's image in the World

  • Date: 07 JUNE 2022  from 17:30 to 19:00

  • Event location: In presence and online event

  • Type: Lectures

February 24, 2022, marks a watershed in the history of Europe and the world. In its response to the invasion by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and its people “demonstrated  that it is possible to be a patriot and a believer in an open society, that a democracy can be stronger and fiercer than its opponents” (Applebaum 2022 for The Atlantic). The seminar will contribute to a deeper understanding of this response by exploring how Ukraine has perceived the EU, EU Member States and broader visions of Europe over the decades of its independence. In focus are EU images in key issue areas of economy, politics, foreign policy, energy, climate change, civil society, culture and education in terms of the EU’s perceived capability, intent and affinity. The seminar will examine media images of the EU, and perceptions of the EU and its states among Ukrainian elites and youth after the historical Maidan events, annexation of Crimea and the start of the Donbas war. The seminar will also explore the evolution of the image of Ukraine in the world and argue that it is critical for the EU and its citizens to diagnose and understand mutual perceptions and track expectations.


Natalia Chaban

University of Canterbury

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