ifa blog

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

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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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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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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'How Are We Registering the Suffering of Racialized People?'

Openly racist governments, white sensitivity; in 2021 racism is still present in every part of the world. Colombian activist Mauri Balanta Jaramillo talks about life in Cali, ...

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Maria Zhukova in the private library of Peter Struve

In the Footsteps of Peter Struve

Leafing through the books of one of the most important figures of Russian liberalism: With the help of ifa's funding programme CCP Synergy, a team of researchers from the University of ...

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Photography of a Chinese Temple with High Rise Building in the Background

Between Traditional Values and New Technologies

China. A country of rapid developments and innovations but also thousands of years of history and traditions. How does the country manage the balancing act between these contrasts? What ...

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LGBT flag is waved in a crowd at a Pride Festival

'There is a Silent Trust that Unites the LGBT Community Online' – Gender & Diversity Part III

Online censorship and persecution of LGBT people is commonplace in Egypt. Local organisations and activists like Omar (name changed by the editors) are trying to help those affected by ...

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Asma Abidi during a CCP workshop

'LGBTQ Are Our Doctors, Friends or Neighbours' – Gender & Diversity Part II

After the Tunisian Revolution in 2010, censorship and threats against critical voices declined and the LGBTIQ movement became more visible. Even so, a lot of prejudices still exist in ...

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