ifa blog

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

A Collage of the cities of Almaty, Satu Mare and Opole

At Home in the World: 25 Years of the Deployment Programme

From Germany out into the world – feeling at home at your next destination. In the Department of Integration and Media within ifa's Deployment Programme, this is possible. For 25 years, ...

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Julia Boxler (middle) with her podcast colleagues Helena Melikov (left) and Ani Menua (right)

The Russian-German Landscape

From 2015 until 2017, Kazakh-German Julia Boxler was an ifa editor at the newspaper 'Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung' in Kazakhstan. In the interview with ifa, she talks about this time, ...

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Former ifa cultural assistant Josef Sporrer between his grapevines in northern Romania

From Youth Culture to Viticulture

Josef Sporrer was a cultural assistant for ifa at the German Forum in Romania until 2003. He liked the country so much that he decided to stay and started growing wine on the border to ...

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Portrait Karolina Slusarenka

ifa as a Stepping Stone into Berlin Politics

In an interview, Karolina Slusarenka, former coordinator of ifa's Deployment Programme in Poland and the Czech Republic, talks about identity as an important component of her work with ...

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Statue of Tito in the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, photograph of the statue from behind, view into the inner courtyard of the museum.

An European Excursus: Peripheries and Places of Diversity

Current conflicts and the increasing division in society have lead ifa to realize the new art project 'EVROVIZION crossing stories and spaces'. The author Sanja Kojić Mladenov, one of ...

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Portrait of the writer Eva Menasse

The Loss of the Public Sphere

The digital revolution has destroyed the public sphere as we knew it. Isolated from each other, we dig our own tunnels: blind, sensitive to the smallest of vibrations, frightened by ...

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Portrait of the writer Ilija Trojanow

In Defence of the Do-gooders

It’s easy to go through life as a cynic. It’s convenient and comfortable to accept everything, never fight, isolate ourselves, keep our heads down, protect ourselves and lay down our ...

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Portrait of the author Margaret Atwood

Giving voices to the voiceless

Human beings have engaged in the arts: music, visual imagery, dramatic performances – including rituals – and language arts, including tale telling, ever since they have been ...

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'Bruderkuss' between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker by Dimitriy Vrubel on the monument East Side Gallery in Berlin.

The Power of Feelings

What role do feelings play in politics? And which emotions do we associate with Europe? Daphne Büllesbach, a European activist, discussed this topic during her lecture tour through the ...

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