ifa blog

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

The Future of German-Afghan Cultural Relations

The swift fall of Kabul into Taliban hands and the evacuation of Western military forces, aid workers and other civilians dominated the screens in August. While international media ...

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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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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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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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'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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'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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