ifa blog

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

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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Olga Karatch forms a heart with her fingers.

'Women are Demanding Political Divorce'

The protests in Belarus have been going on since August 2020 and people have been standing up to President Lukashenka. Most recently, the attempted kidnapping of Belarusian athlete ...

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'The Grey Masses are Exciting'

79 years ago, something dreadful was discussed in a villa at lake Wannsee in Berlin: the systematic organisation of the mass murder of Europe's Jews. Matthias Haß is committed to ...

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French Fashion, Real Soft Power and Civil Society. Challenging Perspectives and Voices on Cultural Europe

German cars or French fashion – European culture is even among specialists for cultural policy often perceived through symbols of commercial success. And for some, the EU is not as much ...

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Annual Report 2020: Impressions of an Unusual Year

Societies around the world have been marked by the Corona pandemic. ifa, too, has been impacted, and like the rest of the world, the institute found new ways to bring people together, ...

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Feminists and LGBT+ activists celebrating the International Women's Day in Bishkek with purple and rainbow flags

'LGBT+ are used to covering up the real problems'

Although Kyrgyzstan is comparatively more liberal than other countries in Central Asia, life as a queer person can be difficult. CCP alumnus Amir Mukambetov, Head of the Community ...

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Andreas Nachama, historian, rabbi and former director of the documentation centre Topography of Terror in Berlin-Mitte

The Puzzle Pieces of Life

For decades, the rabbi and historian Andreas Nachama has been committed to fostering dialogue between religions. He directed the documentation centre Topography of Terror in Berlin for ...

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'There is a Strong Need to Develop New Narratives that are African Specific'

Avril Joffe heads the Cultural Policy and Management Department at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In an interview with ifa, she explores whether ...

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