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WIKA-Workshop 2019
The Role of Civil Society in Cultural Relations

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WeltRaum at the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Stuttgart

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The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) and the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the KIT organise a workshop on "The Role of Civil Society in Cultural Relations" on Thursday, 26 September 2019 within the framework of the Academic Council on Culture and Foreign Policy at the ifa (WIKA, Wissenschaftlicher Intitiativkreis Kultur und Außenpolitik). The workshop takes place in the WeltRaum at the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) in Stuttgart.

Civil society actors are gaining influence and are becoming political change makers. Their local embedding and engagement at the grassroot level and the strength of internationally working NGOs who use their cross-border cooperation as a means of empowerment make them attractive partners for state involved actors. The WIKA Workshop seeks to reflect on interdisciplinary topics such as “Cultural Cooperation and Shrinking Spaces”, “Youth as Civil Society Actors” and “Civil Society and Statehood” in order to relate them directly to fields of action of cultural relations and education policy.
This year’s workshop takes place in close collaboration of ifa and ZAK with the Foreign Office’s working group “Civil Society” and Goethe Institut e.V. in line with the Strategical Process 2020 of German Foreign Cultural Policy and the Anna Lindh Foundation, headed by the Chairwoman of WIKA, Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha.

 

WIKA Workshop Programme:

PRE-WORKSHOP EVENT: Wednesday, 25 September 2019 | WeltRaum | ifa | Charlottenplatz 17 | Stuttgart
19:30 – 21:00 h Young Mediterranean Voices – Live Debate with Audience
Subject (TBC): Youth as Central Actor of Civil Society


Listen to the voices of young engaged citizens of the Euro-Mediterranean
region debating live!

In cooperation with the Anna Lindh Foundation

Moderator: Sirine Ben Brahim, Young Mediterranean Voices Master Trainer, ERASMUS+ Debate Trainer, and Teacher of English with the Tunisian Ministry of Education

Dabaters:

Mohammed Abdedaim, Engineer Consultant at Altran S.A.S. & Co. KG and Alumni of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Optics and Photonics

Fatima Boulahdoud, Young Mediterranean Voices Alumni, Media and Cultural Studies Master Student at Justus Liebig University of Gießen, Germany

Burak Yusmak, Alumnus Young Mediterranean Voices Leadership, Consultant for International Affairs, Brussels

Jakub Zientala, Political Activist working on Civic Engagement and Education, Coordinator of 89' Initiative in the Netherlands, currently living in Maastricht

WORKSHOP: Thursday, 26 September 2019 | WeltRaum | ifa | Charlottenplatz 17 | Stuttgart
10:00 h Words of Welcome
Ronald Grätz, Secretary General of ifa

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, Chairwoman of the Academic Council for Culture and Foreign Policy (WIKA) at ifa Founding Director ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at KIT Coordinator of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation

Civil Society in the Strategical Process 2020 of German Foreign Cultural Policy
Presentation by members of the Working Group “Civil Society in AKBP”
 
11:00 – 12:30 h

Atelier 1: Cultural Cooperation and Shrinking Spaces

Moderation: Dr. Annika Hampel,
Scientific Coordinator, Merian Institute for Advanced Studies Africa (MIASA)
Managing Director, Africa Centre for Transregional Research, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) & Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI)


If not for Democracy for What?
Prof. Dr. Annette Zimmer, Professor of German and European Social Policy and Comparative Politics at and Director of the Institute of Political Science, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Lights, Camera, & Action
Kevin Mwachiro, LGBTQI*-Podcaster, Writer, Journalist and Activist in Kenya


Revisiting the Civic Space
Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Board of Directors of Maecenata Foundation, Director of Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society

 
12:30 – 13:45 h Atelier 2: Youth as Civil Society Actors

Moderation: Jana Scheible, Programme Coordinator for the German-Chinese forum on cultural education in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator at ifa

Starting Them Young: The Role of Civil Society in Advancing Digital Literacy for Girls in Indonesia
Michael Canares, Former Senior Research Manager at the World Wide Web Foundation (Project “Starting them Young: Advancing Data Literacy for Girls in Indonesia”, Goethe-Institut Indonesia, PASCH-Initiative, Open Data Labs Jakarta and World Wide Web Foundation)

Rethinking Diplomacy through Youth in the Mediterranean Region
Burak Yusmak, Alumnus Young Mediterranean Voices Leadership
 
13:45 – 14:45 h Lunch
 
14:45 – 16:00 h Atelier 3: Civil Society and Statehood

Moderation: Sarah Widmaier, Scientific Coordinator of ifa’s Research Programme “Culture and Foreign Policy”'

Democratization Through the Backdoor: The Political Impact of ‘Non-political’ Culture Support
Dr. Susann Worschech, Research Associate, Faculty of Cultural Studies, European Studies Institute, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Expert of ifa’s Research Programme „Culture and Foreign Policy”

Changing Contexts and Trends in Syrian Civil Society
Jelnar Ahmad,
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager at IMPACT – Civil Society Research and Development e.V.
 
16:00 – 17:15 h Closing Session: Synopsis

Bringing together the results of the Working Group “Civil Society in AKBP” and the WIKA-Workshop

Moderation:
Dr. Odila Triebel, Head of Dialogue and Research “Culture and Foreign Policy” at ifa
Swenja Zaremba, Research Fellow at ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at KIT Coordinator of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation
 
17:15 – 17:30 h Concluding Remarks

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha
 
19:30 – 21:30 h ifa Research Award on Foreign Cultural Policy

Award Ceremony and Reception

Please, note that the programme is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the workshop. If you have any comments or questions directly related to the programme, please contact swenja zarembaUiz2∂kit edu.


On Friday, 27 September 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the WIKA-Colloquium 2019 for master and doctoral students will take place at WeltRaum I ifa. Guest students are welcome. For further information and registration please contact: wika∂ifa.de.

 

Workshop Programme

 

Date: WIKA-Workshop 2019
Thursday, 26 September 2019, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: WeltRaum at ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart
Direction: Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha,
Chairwoman of the Academic Council on Culture and Foreign Policy (WIKA) at ifa
Contact: wika-workshop∂zak.kit.edu
Registration: wika∂ifa.de

 

Pictures: © Bettina Meister