ifa blog

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

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Time to restore trust

At this time of great anxiety and geopolitical disorder, three unprecedented challenges knock on our doors: climate change, demography and migration, and the digital era. These all ...

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Kabul and the Lessons to be Learned

After the Western failure in Afghanistan, it is very obvious that cultural foreign policy must either have a clear long-term commitment or explicitly state that assistance is temporary ...

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Metaphor for enlightenment. A flock of birds flies out of a head. A man climbs up a spiral staircase to the open head. In the background clouds, a skyline and a tree.

We Need a New Enlightenment

Previous concepts of progress have failed. Our oceans are polluted, the climate is changing, we are ravaged by diseases, hunger is proliferating, and black bodies are drowning in oceans ...

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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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'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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Annika Hampel on stage

A Collaboration Based on Trust Needs Time

What will successful international collaborations between universities look like in the future? As part of ifa's Research Programme 'Culture and Foreign Policy' Annika Hampel attempts ...

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In Search of European Civil Society

Civil society has a defining role in Europe's past and present – but is there consensus on what it is, and how it should function? A ifa study explores what civil society means across – ...

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Streetart in Johannesburg

Mapping Cultural and Creative Industries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over the last 20 years, cultural and creative industries have gained considerable attention in sustainable development agendas, including in Sub-Saharan Africa. What impact and ...

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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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