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From: "The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy" <cbg@culturaldiplomacy.de>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:52:08 +0200
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Subject: Call for Applications - The 2012 Cultural Bridges in Germany Conference (Berlin, November 7th - 9th, 2012)

- Call for Applications -

 

The 2012 Cultural Bridges in Germany Conference

“Multiculturalism, the 2012 Global Debate: Strengthening Intercultural Relations through the Arts, Sports, Politics and the Economy”

(Berlin, November 7th - 9th, 2012 - Held parallel to “23rd Anniversary to the fall of the Berlin Wall”)

 

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 

On behalf of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, we are writing to bring to your attention our upcoming programs hosted by the ICD, in partnership with other leading institutions. We would be grateful if you could forward the information below to anyone you feel might be interested in participating.

 

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The 2012 Cultural Bridges in Germany Conference

“Multiculturalism, the 2012 Global Debate: Strengthening Intercultural Relations through the Arts, Sports, Politics and the Economy”

(Berlin, November 7th - 9th, 2012 - Held parallel to “23rd Anniversary to the fall of the Berlin Wall”)

www.cultural-bridges-in-germany.org

 

Introduction >

The process of globalization is consistently increasing the speed of the development of multicultural societies, and multiculturalism itself is becoming the way of the contemporary world. As a prominent example, contemporary Germany consists of a diverse multicultural landscape of individuals whose origins stem from every continent of the world. Many countries such as France the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and other Western countries are constantly engaging with active multiculturalism policies which are continually being amended and reinvented.

 

On the international level, it is also important for the countries to show openness and hospitality towards all diverse cultures that are thriving within their society, otherwise it will influence the international relations between countries as well as possibly creating a negative image for the host country internationally. For example, if Germany does not have good practices regarding the large Turkish diaspora living in Germany, this will have an impact on relations between Germany and Turkey and possibly beyond in the international arena in which Germany is very much engaged as a major exporting country. The multiculturalism practices are, therefore, enormously important in determining the way that a host country is perceived and presented internationally.

 

Multiculturalism brings new opportunities and challenges in developing and maintaining international and intercultural relations and the question of the best practice to endorse becomes a growing issue for the international community. Both governments and private sector firms have witnessed the direct impact, either positive or negative, that multiculturalism can have on their success and development. Many private sector firms have adapted policies of corporate diversity and multiculturalism practices both within their firms and in dealing with external partners. Even though many governments and private sector firms are already engaged with multiculturalism practices, there are still examples of ineffective policies.

 

The growing field of Cultural Diplomacy can serve as a bridge between individuals of different cultures; it has the potential to further educate, promote and strengthen multicultural relations and offers new practices of multicultural dialogue and exchange. These Cultural Diplomacy practices can take the forms of educational programs, cultural exchange programs, as well as engagement programs which therefore bring various cultural groups together in the context of art, music, or sports programs.

 

Conference Agenda >

The 2012 Cultural Bridges in Germany Conference will offer a wide diversity of perspectives on the issue of intercultural relations internationally with particular focus on Germany. The Conference will create and provide a proposal document that will be presented to the international community on how to overcome the challenges in the process of multiculturalism, and will offer best practices to achieve a successful and harmonic multicultural society. In additional the conference will examine different examples and best practices of Cultural Diplomacy that might be applied in different contexts

 

Forum Participants >

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

 

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click HERE

 

Forum Speakers >

The speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics (including head of states and ministers), academia, the diplomatic community, civil society, and the private sector. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board please click HERE.

 

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The Cultural Bridges in Germany Young Leaders Forums

Forthcoming Weeklong Seminars 2012

(Berlin, Weeklong Seminars, November, 2012)

www.cultural-bridges-in-germany.org

 

The Cultural Bridges in Germany Young Leaders Forums are networks of young individuals, who share an interest in strengthening German intercultural relations in addition to exploring the challenges and opportunities facing Germany, both domestically and internationally. The forums provide a platform for interdisciplinary discussion and exchange on salient issues concerning German culture, society and related political and economic subjects. At the international level, the program seeks to analyze the roles and responsibilities of Germany in the emerging new world order. Through these discussions and exchanges, the forums play a valuable role in strengthening relations between Germany's cultural communities and between its international partners.

 

The following Weeklong Seminars will take place during November, 2012:

 

 

*Participants of the November 2012 weeklong Seminars will participate in international conference: The 2012 Cultural Bridges in Germany Conference.

 

**To apply, please click HERE

 

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The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

www.culturaldiplomacy.org

 

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The ICD´s ultimate goal is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, hosting programs that facilitate interaction among individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.

 

Thank you for your attention and for your cooperation in sharing the news of our upcoming programs. If you no longer wish to receive emails from the ICD, please send us an email at info@culturaldiplomacy.org indicating this.

 

With warmest regards,

 

Mark Donfried

Director & Founder

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)

 

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