Research Programme "Culture and Foreign Policy"
Day after day, the media seems to be full of images and reports of religious violence around the world, whether it's outbreaks of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or appeals against the expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar. But the enormous potential for peace offered by religions and their efforts to promote peace rarely make the headlines. In its foreign policy, Germany is now keen to focus more strongly on this neglected 'blind spot'. The political scientist and theologian Peter Bender examines this issue in his study "Religionen als Partner für Frieden in der Welt. Potenziale für die Außenpolitik" ("Religions as partners for world peace. Opportunities for foreign policy"). For ifa's Culture and Foreign Policy Research Programme, he investigates existing collaborations with proponents of Islam, Judaism and Christianity in different countries and a range of international organisations. In this interview, he explains why it is important for religious representatives to be more closely involved in foreign policy and discusses some of the issues that have to be considered.
Within the Research Programme "Culture and Foreign Policy" experts carry out research on topics related to international cultural relations and formulate policy recommendations for future external cultural policy strategies. With a scientific foundation concerning basic themes and areas of international cultural relations the ifa as a centre of competence offers so far unique expert advice to foreign cultural policy actors. The research results are reflected in expert talks, at international conferences and public discussions, and published in the ifa Edition Culture and Foreign Policy.
ifa Input – impetus to current debates on foreign cultural policy
ifa Input 2/ 2018: L.H.M. Ling "Worldliness: how do we live with others? Universality-as-multiplicity" (PDF)
ifa Input 1/2018: Mike van Graan: Enhancing Cultural Democracy. From national to global cultural democracy in cultural policies (PDF)
ifa Input 4/2017: Regina Wonisch: Decolonising ethnological museums. Art as a way out of the crisis of representation? (PDF)
ifa Input 3/2017: Martin Rose: A New Cultural Diplomacy. The integration of Cultural Relations and diplomacy (PDF)
- On Humboldt's tracks: Cultural relations with Latin America
- An international comparison of interfaces of arts education and intercultural education
- Intangible Cultural Heritage under Pressure
- Non-Abrahamic Religions: Their Position in Society and Their Responsibility for Peacebuilding
- Religion and German Foreign Policy
Interviews and articles
ifa | Science writer Nalaka Gunawardene from Sri Lanka does not see the internet in black and white. But how can the positive and negative sides of the internet be reconciled?
Interview | Jillian York works in the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a US-American non-governmental organization protecting digital rights. She says, that online censorship even occurs in democratic countries. But on the other hand the internet provides many opportunities, York explains in an interview with ifa.
Interview | "Why do we always mean refugees and migrants from Africa and the Middle East when we speak about "people who leave their home country"? We Europeans also leave our countries", states communicologist Anke Fiedler.
Interview | How will Brexit affect International Cultural Relations in the EU and between UK and Germany? An interview with Stuart MacDonald about his study.
Video | For Richard Higgott, emeritus professor of international political economy, the cultural sector plays a special role in the resistance against movements which constitute a danger to democracy.