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

Tools of destabilization

/ Mike Winnerstig. Totalförsvarets Forskningsinstitut (Stockholm) (ed.)
/ Mike Winnerstig. Totalförsvarets Forskningsinstitut (Stockholm) (eds.)

Russian soft power and non-military influence in the Baltic States



26.05.2016 – 29.05.2016 | Akademiezentrum Sankelmark, Oeversee
Between exclusion and participation. European culture of memory in the Baltics
Conference of the Academia Baltica
24.06.2016 – 26.06.2016 | Sapporo
ISCAL 2016
International Symposium on Culture, Arts, and Literature
30.06.2016 – 02.07.2016 | Amerikahaus, Munich
Cultural Mobility and Knowledge Formation in the Americas
International Conference
Deadline: February 15, 2016
05.07.2016 – 09.07.2016 | Seoul
The International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR)
10.07.2016 – 14.07.2016 | Wiston House, Steyning
What does the EU mean to us in Britain and Germany now?
British German Forum 2016
Registration deadline: April 29, 2016
12.07.2016 | Brussels
Cultural Leadership and the place of the artist
ENCATC seminar

Calls for Proposals

15.04.2016 – 31.05.2016 |
Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris
Deadline: May 31, 2016
06.05.2016, 15:50 h – 07.07.2016, 15:50 h | Kassel
33. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest
Submit most current works and projects now. Deadline: July 7, 2016.
06.05.2016 – 15.06.2016 |
Artists-in-Residence, Jericho
The el-Atlal project, Palestine
Deadline: June 15, 2016

News on Cultural Diplomacy

Winner of the Nippon Honor Award: Regisseur Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Photo: bittermelon (CC BY-NC 2.0) via Flickr.

Nippon Connection brings Japanese film to Frankfurt

Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection is taking place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. A focal point is the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Nippon Connection | 24.05.2016
Logo for New Zealand’s delegation

Guam hosts the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts

From 22 May to 4 June, representatives from 27 Pacific Island Nations and Territories attend the festival. New Zealand is sending 100 artists.

12th Festival of Pacific Arts | 20.05.2016
Detail of a statue of Alexander von Humboldt. Photo: George M. Groutas (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Humboldt Professors for 2017 selected

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has selected three nominations for Germany’s most highly endowed research award. 

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation | 19.05.2016
As part of ISEA 2016, works will be project on to an urban media screen at the International Commerce Centre. Photo: Eddie X 525 (CC BY-ND 2.0) via Flickr

Hong Kong welcomes electronic artists

The 22nd International Symposium on Electric Art (ISEA 2016), entitled Cultural R>evolution, takes place between 16 and 22 May 2016 in Hong Kong.

International Symposium on Electric Art | 17.05.2016
Dutch flag. Photo: Willemvdk (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) via Flickr

The Netherlands: new plan for international cultural policy

The Netherlands has published a three-year plan for its international cultural policy. In it, the connecting role of culture is emphasised.

DutchCulture | 13.05.2016

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. 

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.

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