ifa blog

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

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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'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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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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'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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'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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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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