OPEN CALL: ARAB-GERMAN YOUNG RESEARCHERS EXCHANGE 'Cultural Policy and Cultural Mediation in Transforming Societies'

Dienstag, 22. Mai 2018 um 08:30 Uhr

October 18–24, 2018 in Beirut, Lebanon. Application deadline is June 30, 2018.


Short facts

  • 30 Master and PhD Students (10 from Lebanon, 10 from Germany, 10 from Tunisia/Morocco/Yemen/Jordan/Libya/Iraq
  • 7 days at Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Cultural Mediation, Cultural Policy and Social Sciences
  • Workshops, Discussions, Lectures, Field Visits
  • Working Language: English


Concept and Idea

Cultural policies and cultural activism in Lebanon are often considered as an exception in the MENA region. Lebanon with its diverse society and a vibrant cultural scene is a country where arts and culture can be drivers of transformation. After the civil war, the Ministry of Culture was created in 1993 and a state cultural policy established. Nevertheless, due to financial limitations several cultural activities cannot be supported and get neglected. Faced with this situation artists create own spaces for freedom and expression, implement community outreach projects and work on strengthening the public value of the arts. On the other hand, external actors such as the Goethe-Institut develop and implement culture-specific programs aiming at encouraging and strengthening practices and actors within the cultural sector.

Against this backdrop, the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development at the University of Hildesheim (Germany) and the Lebanese University Beirut (Lebanon) organize a research atelier with participants from Lebanon, Germany and the MENA region in Beirut from October 18–24, 2018. The research atelier takes the opportunity to investigate the role of artists, cultural mediation and cultural policies in Lebanon. Furthermore, challenges and opportunities of international engagement will be analysed.

The research atelier is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Thematic focus

The thematic focus of the research atelier is structured along the following main topics:

  • Comparative Approaches of Cultural Mediation and Cultural Policy
  • Cultural Policy in Lebanon – State Actions and Civil Society Involvement
  • The Lebanese Cultural Scene – Culture and Social Change
  • Cultural Diversity and Democratization
  • German Cultural Diplomacy and International Engagement in Lebanon

The research atelier consists of seminars, workshops and discussions with international and local experts as well as Lebanese artists and cultural activists. Field visits to cultural institutions will complement the program.


Target group

The research atelier offers the opportunity to learn and exchange in an international academic environment with participants from different countries (Germany, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Iraq). It is addressed to qualified young scientists and students. Candidates should be enrolled as MA or PhD students at a university in the fields of cultural studies, cultural mediation, cultural policies or social sciences.

30 students will be selected based on their qualification and motivation. Special emphasis will be placed on gender balance. A proficient knowledge of English (working language) is mandatory.


Application process

To apply please send the following documents to Meike Lettau: lettau(at)

  • Motivation letter (1-2 pages) stating interest, qualifications and expectations
  • Short CV in English (2-3 pages maximum, table form)

Deadline for applications is June 30, 2018. Selection of participants will take place until the end of July. We are looking forward to receive your application. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiry.


For detailed information and dowloading the open call please click here.