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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Woman with megaphone in hand

Even Heroes Sometimes Need a Break

Human rights are violated worldwide. Human Rights Day on December 10th is a reminder of this. Human rights defenders stand up against these violations and so repeatedly put themselves ...

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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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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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'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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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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Traditional headwear of the Banat Swabians in Romania

Minority Policy is European Policy

One state, one nation, one language? Most European countries contain linguistic and cultural minority societies. What do they ask for from the states where they live? And how can their ...

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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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