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ifa Library

FIV (Fachinformationsverbund Internationale Beziehungen und Länderkunde)

Catalogue

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Fields of Collection

Cultural Diplomacy and International Cultural Relations

Cultural Diplomacy and International Cultural Relations

  • concepts of public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, soft power, foreign cultural policy
  • institutions dealing with public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, soft power
  • history and development of public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, soft power
  • cultural factors of globalisationmultilateral cultural cooperation (Europe, UNESCO)
  • language and diplomacy
  • science diplomacy
  • German schools abroad
  • art, music and literature diplomacy
  • media diplomacy
  • human rights as a part of public diplomacy
  • sports diplomacy

Intercultural Communication / Research on Exchanges

Intercultural Communication / Research on Exchanges

Research on intercultural communication and exchanges is the analysis of processes and conditions of intercultural contacts and encounters and the study of their psychological, social, political, cultural and economical consequences:

  • person-to-person exchange and its impact on a country’s culture, values etc.
  • intercultural dialogue
  • cultural standards, cultural values (dos and taboos)

Cultural Area Studies

Cultural Area Studies

Acquiring a basic knowledge on foreign cultures to benefit a dialogue across borders for the exchange and cooperation between persons and institutions from different countries:

  • information on Germany’s bilateral connections
  • cultural systems of foreign countries
  • cultural identity

National Stereotypes

National Stereotypes

  • the image of Germany abroad, the image of foreign countries in Germany
  • national stereotypes in mass media, fine arts, literature, schoolbooks etc.
  • nation branding

Migration and Minorities Research

Migration and Minorities Research

  • cultural issues of ethnic minorities in Germany
  • psychological and cultural factors of xenophobia
  • cultural factors of migration policies

German-Speaking Minorities Abroad

German-Speaking Minorities Abroad

Supporting German minorities abroad has been a key issue in Germany’s cultural diplomacy from its beginnings. Consequently, literature on the topic forms an important part of the ifa Library’s holdings:

  • promotion of German minorities as a measure of cultural diplomacy and an integral part of cultural relations
  • surveys and research on the history and cultural activities of German minorities abroad
  • German-language press published abroad
  • cultural aspects of overseas exile
  • cultural factors of German colonial policy

Special Collections

Lesesaal der ifa-Bibliothek

ifa Library

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart
Phone +49.711.2225.147
Fax +49.711.2225.131
bibliothek(at)ifa.de

Opening Hours

Tuesdays – Fridays 1–6 p.m.

The ifa Library is the only research library worldwide specialising in German foreign cultural and educational policies and international cultural relations. Its collection currently consists of 430,000 books and 1,000 magazines. The library participates in national and international interlibrary loan services.

ifa Library: Foreign cultural policy in Stuttgart

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