Culture and Foreign Policy

Selected Articles

How to innovate Islamic thinking

Egyptian Mufti and Islamic reformer Mohamad Abdou (1849-1905), source: Wikimedia Commons
Egyptian Mufti and Islamic reformer Mohamad Abdou (1849-1905), source: Wikimedia Commons

Political economist Tarek Osman in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

The information portal "Culture and Foreign Policy" provides an important impetus on the cultural diplomacy of tomorrow. Here you find results from research and articles on current themes of the foreign cultural and educational policy of Germany and Europe as well as on the main regions and countries which are in the spotlight of the bilateral cooperation. In addition we procure information on our research program.



04.08.2016 – 06.08.2016 | Zurich
ICBTS 2016
International Social Sciences and Education Research Conference
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: March 30, 2016
07.08.2016 – 21.08.2016 | Bernau
International Summer School Bernau
10.08.2016 – 12.08.2016 | Los Angeles
The Arts in Society
Eleventh International Conference

Calls for Proposals

01.08.2016 |
Binational Research Tandem Program in Global and Trans-Regional History
deadline for applications: 01 August 2016
01.09.2016 |
Europe and Global Challenges
Call for Applications
Deadline: September 1, 2016 
09.09.2016 | Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris
Call for Applications
Application deadlinge: 9. September 2016

ifa Events

28.07.2016 – 06.08.2016 | Windhoek, Swakopmund
Sustainable Energy Supply – Sustainable Development
The German government's lecture programme: Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer
30.07.2016, 19:00 h - 21:00 h | ifa Gallery Berlin
Constellations #3: Poetry meets City – A Lyrics Workshop
Performance and workshop
06.08.2016 | Streetlevel Gallery, Glasgow
Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs
Exhibition opening

News on Cultural Diplomacy

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra in performance. Photo: josemrosas (CC BY-SA 2.0) via

Joint Japan-Brazil pop concert in Rio

"Olha Pro Céu~Look at the Sky~" is the title of a two-day joint Japan-Brazil pop concert in Rio de Janeiro.

Japan Foundation | 29.07.2016
2016 LUX Film Prize from the European Parliament

Finalists of the 2016 LUX Film Prize

The three finalists competing for the 2016 LUX Film Prize were announced in Rome by the European Parliament’s culture committee chair Silvia Costa.

European Parliament | 28.07.2016
Travel prohibitions for Turkish scientists. Photo: SPNR (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Concerns about travel prohibitions in Turkey

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Goethe-Insitut exercised criticism on Turkey’s treatment of its scientists and scholars.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation | 28.07.2016

Network Europe

Countries and flags of Europe; © Joebloggsy
© Joebloggsy
Online directory of governmental institutions and organisations of the countries in Europe and of the European Union that are concerned with foreign cultural and educational policy

Internship guide

generation internship, Berlin Wall; © Patrick Conley, CC BY 3.0
© Patrick Conley, CC BY 3.0

Online directory of institutions offering internships for students in the field of cultural diplomacy and cultural exchange (in German)

Artguide Germany

Artguide Germany

Collection of links that presents Germany’s diverse art landscape providing information about structures and services in the field of art.

Basics on Foreign Cultural Policy

Documents, conventions and treaties crucial for the Cultural Relations and Education Policy of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Tasks and fields of activity of German and international organisations active in foreign cultural work.