ifa’s Research Programme ‘Culture and Foreign Policy’ provides experts with an opportunity to study current topics related to Germany’s foreign cultural and educational policy and to work at the interface between theory and practice. Research projects normally last three to six months. During this period, the experts involved in the project provide actors in the area of international cultural relations with clear, concise summaries of the latest academic findings. They formulate recommendations for future external policy strategies, initiate expert dialogue and organise discussion forums and events.
Ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is currently inviting proposals for a research project titled ‘Culture of Remembrance and Migration: 60 Years of German-Turkish Recruitment Agreement’.
In 2021, it will be 60 years since the Federal Republic of Germany has concluded a recruitment agreement with Turkey. Initially recruited as temporary “guest workers”, today around 1.4 million people of Turkish origin live in Germany and help shape this country.
How did migration to Germany affect cultural heritage? Are there any signs of a common memory? What are the expectations that coming generations have of Germany and where do they see opportunities for more civil society cooperation with Turkey? How has the agreement changed the dialogue with Turkey? How has it changed society in Germany – how has it changed culture in Germany? And what could a culture of appreciation for change look like? How could foreign cultural and educational policy accompany the 60th anniversary?
The research will start in November 2020 with outputs in the format of a study and workshop. Location of work is flexible, with a gross fee of 9000€.