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The Effects of Sanctions on Cultural Relations

Keynote & Discussion | Berlin | 31.05.2016 | 18:30 - 20:00 Uhr | Hertie School of Governance

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The Hertie School of Governance and the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) cordially invite you to a Keynote & Discussion

In the face of international conflicts and breaches of law, sanctions are often imposed by members of the global community in an effort to restore justice and order. Their effect and degree of success depend on factors including their design, the conflict at hand and the nature of the target state. While these aspects of sanctions are often addressed, the (unintended) consequences for cultural relations have received very little attention until now. In this discussion the less-welcome side effects of sanctions will be examined with particular reference to Iran, Belarus, and Russia. These cases beg answers to pressing questions including: To what extent do sanctions – unintentionally – affect cultural relations between the West and targeted states? Does international conflict hinder exchange between students or cooperation amongst universities and academics? Does it sever the bonds between cultural representatives or even stymie the links between civil society activists? Furthermore, could cultural actors and intellectuals with areas of common ground hold the key to mitigating some of the undesired effects of sanctions on societies across borders?

The event will be followed by a reception.


  • Christian von Soest, Expert, ifa Research programme 'Culture and Foreign Policy'; Lead Research Fellow, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies


  • Alireza Labeshka, Curator, KAAF Institute, Tehran; ifa- RAVE fellow 2015, Aedes Forum, Berlin 
  • Michail RyklinPhilosopher, Author, and Professor, Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • Olga Shparaga, Philosopher and Lecturer, European College of Liberal Arts in Belarus (ECLAB); Editor of the internet magazine 'Novaja Europa'


  • Helmut K. Anheier, President, Hertie School of Governance


Via fax (0049-30-259 219 444) or e-mail (events@hertie-school.org).

Time & Location
31 May 2016  |  6.30 - 8.00 p.m.

Hertie School of Governance

Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin