An international research network
The Research Alliance for International Cultural Relations is a global network initiated by the ifa. It seeks to network institutions that are practically or theoretically concerned with issues of international cultural relations and thus promote international, evidence-based discourse on issues of international cultural relations and foreign cultural policy.
The activity of the network is consists in
- annual network meetings to discuss fundamental issues in the field of international cultural relations with international actors, focusing on including as many participants as possible from the global South;
- a digital platform managed by the ifa that collects (links), structures and continuously updates the freely available research literature on the topic, supplemented by shorter, non-scholarly texts.
In this way, the ifa aims on the one hand to create a digital forum for international and publicly accessible discussion at a time when the concept of 'culture' is once again becoming the centre of increased political debate worldwide, and on the other hand to institutionalise and consolidate the theoretical discussion between actors in the field of international cultural relations.