Academic Council on Culture and Foreign Policy (WIKA)


WIKA-Workshop 2020

Cultures Underway. Cultural Divides within and across Societies

Friday, 4 December 2020, 11 am – 3 pm
Online via Zoom

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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

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.

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Models of future cultural relations
Realities, challenges, visions

Friday, 23/11/2018, 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
WeltRaum of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) in Stuttgart

WIKA Workshop Programme
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WIKA (Wissenschaftlicher Intitiativkreis Kultur und Außenpolitik)  was founded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) in 2004. It addresses theoretical and practical issues of international cultural exchange. Its aim is to conduct scientific research on the international relational structure of Germany's foreign cultural and educational policy, to develop concepts and create a stronger integration of the topic into science and research.

Since 2013 Prof. Dr. Caroline Robertson-von Trotha has been the chairwoman of WIKA.
WIKA forms an interdisciplinary network of academics, university lecturers and students as well as representatives of academic institutions and persons who are active in the fields of politics, art, culture and media.
Scholars, students or private persons as well as institutes, research facilities, thinktanks, intermediary organisations and other academic institutions which in theory and/or in practice address issues from the domain of foreign cultural and educational policy can become members of WIKA.

Rules of Procedure:

Application for membership: wika(at)


Events and Activities of WIKA:



Meetings and conferences

Culture: Upheaval - Departure - Reorientation

Diaspora - Networks of global communities

Foreign cultural and educational policy in Europe between re-nationalisation and globalisation

Cultural factors in geo-politics

Further training for stakeholder of foreign cultural and educational policy

Migration of the arts - Arts of migration

Education, culture(s), foreign policy

The Union for the Mediterranean: Culture and development from Rabat to Helsinki?

European integration as a challenge for foreign cultural policy

The contribution of universities to European-Islamic dialogue

Evaluation in foreign cultural policy

Culture and conflict prevention

Annual masters/doctoral colloquium




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