ifa blog

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

Butterflies in the Brain

Making traditional Ukrainian hair wreaths is an art that is no longer very common today. Olena Afanasenko talks about preserving the cultural heritage of her homeland in an interview ...

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White lies and the voids of­ history

Both Namibia and South Africa look back on a violent colonial past, but the history books only tell of individual "heroes". Can historical fiction give the victims a voice?

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Jewish Life beyond the Shoah

Jewish life in Germany looks back over 1,700 years of history, which has been celebrated with a nationwide anniversary since 2021. Andrei Kovacs manages the association which was ...

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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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'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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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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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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