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In ifa’s Research Programme ‘Culture and Foreign Policy’, experts research on current issues of foreign cultural and educational policy. The Research Programme sets topics and develops recommendations for the strengthening and further development of international cultural relations. The research results are reflected in expert discussions, at international conferences and in public discussions and published in the series ifa Edition Culture and Foreign Policy as well as the impulse papers ifa-Inputs.
This research project investigates the development of the Ukrainian cultural sector and German-Ukrainian cultural relations since the Euromaidan in 2014. In doing so, the project intends to document quantitative and qualitative changes together with the effects of cultural cooperation on individual engagement as well as on the democratisation process in the Ukraine.
Dr. Susann Worschech is a research assistant in the European Studies master programme at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt on the Oder. She researches civil society, participation and social change in Central and Eastern Europe.
Free Churches and charismatic movements are enormously popular in North and South America. Although worldwide they play a key role, little is understood of the individual instigators. Do theological approaches such as prosperity theology, which is proselytised in some of these churches, conflict with peacebuilding work? This research project investigates Free Church instigators in North and South America and explores cooperation opportunities as well as the obstacles and threats of these institutions to the AKBP.
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer has been Professor for Religious Sociology and Protestant Theology at the University of Bielefeld since 2006. He has been researching religious movements in Latin America and the USA since the early 1980s.
The number of transnational educational opportunities has seen a worldwide upsurge in recent years. This not only includes students’ and scientists’ increased ability to travel abroad but also the development and establishment of educational opportunities abroad, the strengthening of the excellence of existing transnational educational opportunities, the promotion of binational universities as well as the anchoring of educational structures and institutions in partner countries. For this reason, this project focusses on the question: Which forms of university partnerships can German universities abroad develop to foster the best potential?
Dr. Annika Hampel is Scientific Coordinator and Managing Director of the Africa Centre at the University of Freiburg & Merian Institute for Advanced Studies Africa (MIASA). Her research focusses on foreign cultural and educational policy (AKBP) as well as on culture and development.
The role of culture is reflected in a cross-cutting manner in many of the targets of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). The European Union will have to develop a comprehensive implementation strategy for the UN Agenda 2030 and an action plan on its cultural dimension in close cooperation with its Member States. How will this implementation strategy and any action plan on culture relate to UNESCO's work and programmes on culture and sustainability? How does the outreach to civil society succeed? How useful are indicators for measuring the achievement of goals in the field of culture?
This research project aims to take stock of the endeavours of the European Union and other countries in the field of cultural industries in sub-Saharan Africa. Which countries in the region are currently particularly active in supporting the field of cultural industries? How and with what aims are projects being supported?
Kimani Njogu is Executive Director of the Twaweza Communications Limited, an art, culture and media institution based in Nairobi. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Yale University, has been teaching for years at the Kenyatta University and has published numerous publications in the field of art and culture.
Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco is a musician and independent consultant in the cultural industry. His areas of expertise include the cultural industry and sustainable development, the role of creative clusters in local development and participatory governance in culture.
The current discourse on the “Cyber” issue encompasses a broad spectrum that includes not only the promise of the freedom of information but also the threat of internal and external security. This project investigates how normative discourse influences cyber security and the epistemic communities that emerge.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann-Grüder is Senior Researcher at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). His research focusses on post-Soviet politics, comparative federalism, civil–military relations and irregular armed bands.