Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

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Americas Cultural Summit 2018

Leaders in public funding of arts and culture from across the Americas discuss among others cultural citizenship.

Canada Council for the Arts | 09.05.2018
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Celebrating Australia in Japan

This year, Australia now is taking place in Japan with events to portray Australian innovation, lifestyle and creativity. 

Australia now | 13.04.2018
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi. Photo by David Rodrigo on Unsplah

CultureSummit in Abu Dhabi

For five days, leaders from the worlds of the arts, media, public policy and technology discuss cultural partnerships.

CultureSummit Abu Dhabi | 10.04.2018

Selective Bibliography

ifa Library, reading room; photo: ifa / Honzera
ifa Library, reading room; photo: ifa / Honzera

Cultural Conventions

Christian Schnettelker: bureaucracy, (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr
Christian Schnettelker: bureaucracy, (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Bilateral cultural conventions of the Federal Republik of Germany.


Ev. Schuldekanat Schorndorf/Waiblingen, (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr
Ev. Schuldekanat Schorndorf/ Waiblingen, (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr


25.05.2018 | Genshagen
Academy under Trees: A Europe of boundaries and borders
As part of the event series "Academy under Trees" at Castle Genshagen 
01.06.2018 to 03.06.2018 | Kobe
ACCS 2018: "Fearful Futures: Cultural Studies and the Question of Agency in the Twenty-First Century"
The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies.
12.06.2018 to 15.06.2018 | Granada
6th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development

Calls for Proposals

27.05.2018 | Genshagen
Genshagen Trilateral Sommer School vom 22. bis 31. August 2018
Drifting Apart? How to Deal with Rising Divisions within the European Union. Genshagen Castle 22 - 31 August 2018
30.05.2018 | Kaunas, Lithuania
Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018
Call for Papers: Deadline for submission of abstract is 30 May
01.06.2018 |
Call for nomination - Raif Badawi Award for courageous journalists 2018
Courageous journalists or media organisations should be nominated by 1 June.

Foreign cultural and educational policy (FCEP) is a central element of foreign policy for the Federal Republic of Germany. It forms the "third pillar" of foreign policy alongside political and economic relations. A constant focus of this policy area is to promote multilateral cultural exchange.
The most important tasks of FCEP are to portray contemporary culture, media and research in Germany, as well as to communicate current social, political and cultural discourse. A further aim is to promote access to the German language across the globe. This work enables German culture to be showcased in foreign countries, and at the same time advocates foreign cultures at home. In addition, by strengthening civil societies, FCEP also has a role to play in overcoming and preventing conflicts arising from cultural, religious or ideological differences. In the context of globalisation, foreign cultural and educational policy actively contributes to shaping cultural exchange. With the aim of promoting peaceful coexistence in Europe and across the world, FCEP provides impetus for integrated cultural policies between European countries, and it is instrumental in establishing and supporting sustainable international relations.