WIKA 2018: Models of Future Cultural Relations

The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) and the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and general Studies which is also the coordinator of the German ALF Network organized a workshop on „Models of Future Cultural Relations“ on November 23th, 2018 within the framework of the Scientific Initiatives Circle Culture and Foreign Policy (WIKA, Wissenschaftlicher Intitiativkreis Kultur und Außenpolitik). The workshop took place in the WeltRaum of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) in Stuttgart. Among the speakers was the Greek ALF Head of Network Stefanos Vallianatos.

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Models of Future Cultural Relations

Realities, Challenges, Visions

Through processes that we generally characterise as the dynamics of globalisation and glocalisation, societies are simultaneously confronted with very different developments. International mobility and connectivity on the one hand appear to have greatly increased, yet at the same time associated disintegration processes inside and between societies can be observed. The current success of neo-nationalism and increasing uncertainty in societies generally are possible consequences and represent major challenges to international relations.

Cultural relations thus take place under conditions of cultural heterogeneity and simultaneous circumstances of mono-cultural orientation. The constant interactions between the global and the local influence cultural development, identities and their representations. Changed realities, political and social upheavals, global power shifts therefore require perspective visions and an adaptation of international cultural relations.

The development of a new policy of cultural relations as it is advanced by the Foreign Office is therefore necessary for both Germany and Europe in order to be able to help shape the norm-and value-based global order of the 21st century. The WIKA workshop seeks to contribute by directly relating the vision of a post-nation-state cultural policy to current uprising neo-nationalisms in Europe and secondly by discussing concrete models of future cultural relations taking these challenges into account.

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