ifa blog

Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

Metaphor for enlightenment. A flock of birds flies out of a head. A man climbs up a spiral staircase to the open head. In the background clouds, a skyline and a tree.

We Need a New Enlightenment

Previous concepts of progress have failed. Our oceans are polluted, the climate is changing, we are ravaged by diseases, hunger is proliferating, and black bodies are drowning in oceans ...

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So Where Do You Come From?

The German-Vietnamese author, Khuê Phạm, travelled to Singapore as part of the ifa's lecture programme to present her debut novel at the Literature Festival. To her surprise, she found ...

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People are on the street and there is a stand with balloons

'Celebration of Our Common Cultural Life'

Sixty years ago the Federal Republic of Germany signed the recruitment agreement with Turkey. According to the literary scholar Nesrin Tanç, the perspective of the so-called 'guest ...

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Detail from the comic 'Temple of refuge'

TEMPLE OF REFUGE: ­'A Better World for Everyone'

In 2016, Sartep Namiq fled from Iraqi Kurdistan to Berlin. In a utopian comic book, realised together with cyberpunk legend Bruce Sterling and a new star of the German comic scene Felix ...

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'We must learn to endure the inextricable contradictions'

What role are religious communities playing during the pandemic? This question is at the centre of a study conducted by the ifa Research Programme 'Culture and Foreign Policy'. A ...

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'Any Progressive Presence of Women Shakes the Power of this System'

As an artist, she translates experiences into images – for her political engagement, she was brought to trial. The Iranian contemporary artist Parastou Forouhar talks about idyllic ...

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Rosa Emilia Salamanca in her garden.

The Humanist

Rosa Emilia Salamanca is weaving together a network of women to make Colombia a safer and more peaceful place. To achieve this, she has learned to deal with paradoxes.

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Annika Hampel on stage

A Collaboration Based on Trust Needs Time

What will successful international collaborations between universities look like in the future? As part of ifa's Research Programme 'Culture and Foreign Policy' Annika Hampel attempts ...

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A huge crowd of people sitting and standing in a park.

In Search of European Civil Society

Civil society has a defining role in Europe's past and present – but is there consensus on what it is, and how it should function? A ifa study explores what civil society means across – ...

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