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An overview of the development of the German foreign cultural and educational policy (FCEP), the analysis of rhetoric, terminology and different cultural concepts are the starting point for the discussion of a contemporary FCEP, which is committed to global regulatory objectives, acts in dialogue with partner countries and relies on cooperation with civil society actors, at home as well as internationally.
Intercultural politics at home and foreign cultural policy go hand in hand. The biggest problem of a globally effective FCEP is the loss of credibility of German development policy as well as a lack of reflection concerning EU development policy with regard to the legacy of colonial history. Contrary to the postcolonial rejection of the nation state, the study argues for a strengthening of democratic, constitutional structures.
Prof. Dr. Sigrid Weigel is an expert in literary studies and cultural science, she has taught in Hamburg, Zurich, Berlin and Princeton among others and from 1999 to 2015, she was the director of the Zentrum für Literatur‐ und Kulturforschung (ZfL – Centre for Literary and Cultural Research). She established a programme of intercultural literary studies at the University of Hamburg in the 1970s/1980s, she has worked for many years on the topic of cultural memory, cultural heritage and national culture/culture nation, and at the ZfL, among other things, she headed up projects on the plural culture of Europe, on dialectic of secularisation and the survival of religious cultures.
Assisted by: Zaal Andronikashvili, Christian Schön