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Interkulturelle Projekte, Koordination des deutschen Netzwerks der ALS

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German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation


World Science Café

The new format ‘World Science Café’ presented by ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies is part of the KIT’s activities within the framework of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, which was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the German Federal Foreign Office. In the lecture series, fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research. In line with the title-giving café concept, a brief outline will be followed by a discussion about the state of academia in the speakers’ country of origin, in dialogue with a partner who is familiar with the situation in the respective country. What are the consequences a society faces when scientists are unable to continue research in their own country? How can threatened scientists be enabled to continue their work in Germany? How do they enrich and amplify the academic world and German society?

The first three events took place in winter semester 2016/17 in cooperation with the International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO) and the Anna Lindh Foundation with the following guests:

  • Prof. Dr. Hussein Almohamad, Anthropogeographer from Syria and now working at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, talked about the Status Quo and Prospects during the Syrian Conflict.
  • Prof. Dr. Ammar Abdulrahman, Archeologist from Syria and now working at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, gave an extensive insight in the Syrian Cultural Heritage during the Crisis. 
  • Prof. Dr. Hande Birkalan-Gedik, a Turkish Anthropologist, who is working at the Institute of Sociology of Goethe-University Frankfurt, gave a lecture about Human Condition and Refugee Crisis.

Further lectures of ‘World Science Café’ will follow in summer semester 2017. Further information


Network Meeting of the German ALF Network

On the 25th and 26th of November, the German ALF Network organized a Network Meeting which was hosted by one of its member association: boat people projekt. Boat people projekt which is an award winning theatre company with a focus on themes as “escapes and migration” invited the German ALF Head of Network to organize its Meeting in their stage area. Today the building, where the stage and office of boat people projekt is located, is also used as a Refugee’s lodging which gave the event a very unique and authentic atmosphere. The thematic focus of the meeting was on the following three themes: Diaspora, Interculturality and Integration.
After an opening speech by Caroline Robertson-von Trotha and Swenja Zaremba, the members got the opportunity to find cooperation partners – national as well as international – and new project initiatives. Members presented their offers, projects and ideas to potential partners. In preparation of the Network meeting the Head of Network initiated a new form of finding partners for cooperation among members across the ALF National Networks: They sent an inquiry, which included a matchmaking form in four languages, to the ALF National Networks and the feedback was very positive.
In addition to that, one of the “traditional“ element of the German network meetings took place during the afternoon; four members organizations introduced their organizations and presented their current projects. This was considered as a great opportunity for members to get to know each other. In the evening, The participants visited boat people projekt‘s recent play: “HILFE! Ein Stück über Grenzwerte” (HELP! A play about critical values). On the second day, a workshop on Capacity Building was offered to the members by Elisabeth Lenz, a fundraising expert. The workshop familiarized the members with methods and techniques to attract sponsors and supporters, which was one of the most desired subjects by the members of the German ALF Network.

Network Intercultural Action 2015/2016 "Mediterranean on the Spot: New Neighbourships"

For the fifth time the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation is organizing the series of events "Mediterranean on the Spot" in many German cities. 
Many people recently coming from the Mediterranean region and elsewhere contribute to the constantly changing culture of our cities. Therefore, since October 2015 the new neighbourships are in the focus of the nationwide series of events.
In form of exhibitions, film series, theater projects as well as workshops, readings and discussions the series of events is dealing with the vivid, constantly changing culture of our cities, shaped by interactions between migrants and the host society.
The nationwide Action “Mediterranean On the Spot” takes place in cooperation with the members of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, who operate in the fields of “Arts and Culture”, “Migration” and “Science” regarding interreligious dialogue, youth work and political education together with partners in the Mediterranean.
Over the last four years, the topics were “Mediterranean on the Spot” (2011), “Migration and Flight” (2012), “Active Diversity – and its Limits” (2013), and “Spaces of Encounter” (2014).


For more information about the series of events kindly visit our Network Intercultural Action blog.
You can find the flyer with the whole programme here.


Network Meeting in Hannover

The 18th Network meeting of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation was set on the 15th and 16th of April 2016 in the Theaterwerkstatt Hannover. This event was hosted by the Anna Lindh member BAG (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Spiel und Theater) and was coincided with the "Palestinian-German Dialogue on theatre and theatre pedagogy" of the BAG.
The BAG organised a workshop for the Anna Lindh members, in which the team of the Ashtar Theatre introduced themselves and talked about their work and experiences in the refugees camps in Jordan. The Ashtar Theatre was founded in Jerusalem in 1991, and it plays experimental theatre since 1995 in Ramallah.

Pictures of the event

Anna Lindh Talk

The talk “Engagement without limits Dialogue is not enough, Encounters matter” sets up the beginning of the annual series of events of the Anna Lindh German Network. The talk which is organized by the ZAK|Centre for Cultural and General Studies will take place on the 6th of September 2014 in the garden of the Bellevue Palace in Berlin. Following the motto “Dialogue is not enough, Encounters matter” of the former Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh members of the Anna Lindh Foundation and those of the intercultural field will discuss the challenges and consequences of the globalization. Anna Lindh members will tell their own stories on stage. Whether they help refugees find a new home, whether they train students to set themselves "against oppression in the name of honor" or support Roma, the Anna Lindh members always find their own ways to take responsibility in the world today.

On the podium:
Deniz Ince (Heroes gegen Unterdrückung im Namen der Ehre e.V.),
Michael Müller-Verweyen (Goethe-Institut e.V., Head of Network der Anna Lindh Stiftung Deutschland),
Nina de la Chevallerie (boat people Projekt),
Mohammad Hasani, (heimaten e.V. – Netz für Chancengerechtigkeit).

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha (Direktorin des ZAK).

Date and Location:
September 6th 2014, 5:00 pm at Bellevue Palace, Spreeweg 1, Berlin

The Mediterranean on the Spot: Encounters

For the fourth time the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation is going to organize the series of events "Mittelmeer vor Ort". In September and October 2014 chances and challenges of Euro-Mediterranean encounters are the focus of the events. Projects, plays, lectures, discussions, seminars, readings and more will help to reflect the diverse image of the Euro-Mediterranean area with its profitable and challenging aspects. Associations, foundations and institutes belong to the around 150 members of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. They operate in the fields of “Arts and Culture”, “Migration” and “Science” regarding interreligious dialogue, youth work and political education in cooperation with partners in the Mediterranean

Cluster meeting ,Migration' and 'Arts&Culture' of the Anna Lindh Foundation

The challenges and opportunities of (inter-)cultural work were the focus of the cluster meeting ‘Migration’ and ‘Art & Culture’ on the 9th -10th of July 2015 in Leipzig. Due to the refugee crises in the Mediterranean and the persistently high number of refugees in Germany the members of the German network of the Anna Lindh foundation focused in their meeting in particular on projects that currently deal with the theme “Refugees in Germany”. Moreover, members of the Munich Association “heimaten e.V.” attended as experts because of their long-standing work with and for refugees. Additionally, projects of the Heinrich Boell Foundation Schleswig-Holstein and its project office ,radius of art', the Kreisau-Initiative Berlin and the Association of Social Vision were presented. The Cluster meeting took place in cooperation with the Association for TransMediterranean Cultural Dialogue “eurient e.V.”.

Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends 2014

With contributions by Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, Swenja Zaremba (ZAK) and Marco Ianniello (ZAK): The "Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends 2014" is based on surveys conducted by Gallup Europe, which were carried out in 13 member countries of the Mediterranean area in the years 2012/2013. 
Attitudes and values ​​relating to intercultural coexistence and intercultural cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean area were queried. A first development was significantly characterized in the polls: Citizens in the Euro-Mediterranean region have an increasing need to know more about each other. At the same time they are confronted with an alarming increase of xenophobic and radicalizing tendencies.

Experts from the European and South Mediterranean countries analyze these results in the light of their specialized science. 

The report is the most important instrument of the Anna Lindh Foundation to issue recommendations of action at the level of policy and the ALF networks. For this purpose, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle explains: " This new edition of the Anna Lindh Report, the first since the historic Arab uprisings, is an invaluable tool as we continue to adapt our strategies and programmes to take account of the new regional realities"  

To the Report

Anna Lindh’s Competition „Sea of Words“ 2014

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 6th edition of the Sea of Words organised by the IeMed, the Head of Network institution in Spain, in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation. This year the Sea of Words theme is in the framework of the Council of Europe campaign "Young People Combating Hate Speech Online", not only to reflect on the existence of speech that encourages racism and discrimination in Euro-Mediterranean countries but also to propose ways of opposing these narratives. The competition is open to young people between 18 and 30 years, citizens of one of the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area. The deadline to send the stories is on the 15th of June 2014, midnight.

Further Information on annalindhfoundation.org
Further information on iemed.org


A look back at the Network meeting and Cluster „Science“ 2014

About 20 members and organizations of the Anna Lindh Network Germany took part in the annual meeting of the Anna Lindh Foundation on the 10th and 11th of March 2014 at the Centre for Mediterranean Studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum. The Network members put a focus on searching for new project partners as well as presenting new members and outstanding projects of the German Network. Using a Matchmaking Wall project ideas were presented and concrete cooperation was developed. In addition, important impulses for the work of the German network 2014 as well as the thematic orientation of the coming network activity “Mittelmeer vor Ort (autumn 2014)” were developed and discussed. The network meeting was followed by the Cluster meeting “Science” where concrete tasks were planned.


16th Network meeting

The annual meeting of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation will be held on the 10th to 11th of March 2014 at the Centre of Mediterranean Studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Immediately afterwards the Cluster meeting "Science" will take place.

As requested, the program will put particular focus on the projects and cooperation of members.



In addition to the presentation of outstanding projects of our members there will be a matchmaking slot to exchange project ideas.

Another focus will be put on the planning of the network’s activities in 2014/2015 and most importantly on the appearance of the German Network at the Presidential Feast in September 2014. 

The Mediterranean in Bellevue – with and for Anna Lindh



On the 30th and 31st of August the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation is getting the chance to present itself with other 23 selected organizations at the Citizens Festival of the Federal President of Germany in Berlin.

From the political NGO over the small theatre group to large foundations and science institutions – more than 150 members are now part of the German Network of Anna Lindh Foundation.

Overall, the intergovernmental organization includes 42 member states with about 4,000 civil society organizations.

The extremely enriching diversity of the Euro-Mediterranean region and its current challenges are the focus of the (inter)- actions of the Anna Lindh Foundation at the Citizens Festival at the end of August: An instrumental treasure chest of the Mediterranean Sea and the compelling stories of Arab poets, the Anna Lindh Talk ‘Migration –Integration- Racism’, mini-workshops and interactive performances will be part of the Anna Lindh programme at the Festival.

At the moment the German Network of Anna Lindh Foundation is led by Goethe Institut e.V. in cooperation with the ZAK. The German Network of Anna Lindh Foundation is kindly inviting you to let yourself be surprised by the diversity of Anna Lindh Foundation and other organizations on the 31st of August at the Festival in Berlin.


Further Information

(Photos: Bundesregierung / Henning Schacht)

Common Action 2013: Diversity in practice – and its limits

Since March 2012 the ZAK |Centre for Cultural and General Studies is the new coordinator of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation for the dialogue between cultures.
In the autumn of 2013 the next Common Action of the German Network will take place focusing on: “The Mediterranean on the Spot: Diversity in practice – and its limits”.
The Citizens Festival in Berlin at the end of August (in which the German Network of the Foundation is presented) will mark the beginning of this year’s series of events. From the mid of September more events will lighten the theme “Diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean Area“ and its various facets – even in critical ways. The members of the German Network are expected to provide contributions to this year’s Common Action until the middle of December.

We would like to invite you to the events!

Further Information

Common Action 2012 – On Site in the Mediterranean. Migration and Flight

“Migration and Flight” will be the focus of the series of 20 events that will be presented by members of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation nation-wide in October and November 2012. The events include artitistic and scientific as well as political formats and will allow for the discussion of current issues of migration in their depth and complexity.
The starting point of Common Action will be an expert workshop of the German network on the 18th of October with the subject of media and migration, that will take place in the course of the bestowal of the reputed Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award by the General Secretariat of the foundation in cooperation the the Allianz Kulturstiftung in Berlin.
The public science forum with the title “The luggage home. Migration in times of medial globalisation” on the 1st of December will be the ceremonial closing event of the series. As part of the 10 year anniversery of the ZAK the forum will invite international experts to discuss the relationship between the media and migration in the context of the rapid developments of the new media.

We would like to invite you to the events!

Further Information

The Euro-mediterranean Anna Lindh Foundation for dialogue between cultures

The Anna Lindh Foundation was founded in 2005 in Alexandria with the goal of fostering cooperation and exchange in the cultural field, following the motto of the former Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh: “Dialogue is not sufficient to decide encounters.” The Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures is the first joint institution of the Barcelona Process, the “Euro-Mediterranean Partnership”. The Foundation sees itself as a network of networks, that by now incorporates over 4.000 member organisations in 43 member nations. The German network contains about 150 members: Societies, foundations, institutes, media, project spaces and others, that operate in the fields of art and culture, migration, interreligious dialogue, youth work and political education in cooperation with partners in the Mediterranean.

The ZAK as coordinator of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation

The ZAK has been a member of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation since 2006. In March 2012 Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha and Swenja Zaremba were elected as the new coordinators of the network for the dialogue between cultures.

As the network coordinator, the ZAK is working for one rotation phase with the management of the network at the Goethe Institute (Head of Network) and the member organisations on subjects of cultural politics of the intercultural dialogue between EU states and the Mediterranean and on strengthening the visibility of European-arabic issues in public discourse. In October and November 2012 a Germanywide event series with the title “on site in the Mediterranean” will take place that focuses thematically on migration and flight and is coordinated by the ZAK.

The ZAK as a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation

Arab Shorts in the Kinemathek Karlsruhe

11th of Mai 2011
In the course of the event series “on site in the Mediterranean” of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, the ZAK presented arabic short films that provided insights into the realities of arabic life and into arab film culture. The film programm is part of the project “Arab Shorts”, an initiative of the Goethe Institute Kairo.



Germanywide launch of the Anna Lindh-Report 2010

Intercultural trends and values in the euro-mediterranian region
20th of September 2010
On the 20th of September 2010 the symposium of the ZAK presented the results of the Anna Lind-Report germanywide for the first time. It dealt with the attitudes toward other cultures in 13 different countries north and south of the Mediterranean. The evening event in the garden hall of the castle took place in cooperation with the “Badisches Landesmuseum”, the Anna-Lindh Foundation and the Goethe Institute.




1001 Actions for Dialogue

22nd of Mai 2008
The matinée with the title “local dialogue and local actions made visible: The goals of Anna Lindh live” took place on the 22nd of May 2008 in the “Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe” and presented people and projects that commited themselves commendably to the cultural dialogue.