Robert Bosch Cultural Managers in the Arab World

Robert Bosch Cultural Managers in the Arab World


Amount:Historically, the monthly stipend has been 1.800 €. Starting in March 2016, two fellowships are available in Egypt. The fellowship will last one year with an option for extension.

Applicant Type:New Faculty/New Investigator; Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional

Citizenship or Residency: Germany

Activity location:Egypt

Deadline: 15 November 2015

Since October 2005 cultural managers from Germany have been sent to institutions in the Arab world. Locations so far have included Assiut in Egypt, Marrakesh in Morocco, Tripoli in Lebanon, Aden in Yemen, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and Aleppo in Syria. Currently, one cultural manager is active in Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia, and three cultural managers are active in the Nile Delta, Northern and Southern Upper Egypt.

For 2016, the program will offer to fellowships as cultural managers in Egypt. The fellows will organize educational and cultural projects in order to support the dialog between Germany, Europe, and the Arab world.

Robert Bosch Cultural Managers are offered fellowships and are tasked, through cultural events and other opportunities to socialize, with expanding the information on offer and supporting the dialog between Germany, Europe, and the Arab world.

The fellowship awarded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung gives fellows the opportunity to obtain further practical qualifications in international cultural management and to distinguish themselves in the area of international cultural exchange.

The work of a cultural manager varies greatly depending on the specific needs of the site. Generally, the fellow is to convey an image of contemporary Germany in the host country through innovative projects and is also to inspire the local population for German culture. As the guest of a cultural institution in the Arab world, he or she promotes international relations by helping to organize networking structures for sustainable cooperation between the host country and Germany, but also in the region. The fellow proposes cultural and educational offerings that relate to Germany. This includes organizing expositions, musical events, workshops, lectures and theater projects, but also fundraising and acquiring funds from third parties as well as media and public relations work.

The program Robert Bosch Cultural Managers in the Arab World is a cooperative endeavor of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut. As the regional institute for the Middle East and North Africa, the Goethe-Institut in Cairo supports and coordinates the cultural managers.

Culture in EU external relations

A general call is being circulated – feel free to respond directly, as described below.

“We would like to hear from you – what role should culture play in EU external relations?

In 2012 a consortium consisting of eight members, led by the Goethe Institute, Brussels, was tasked by the European Commission to carry out the preparatory action ’Culture in EU external relations” launched by the European Commission and approved by the European Parliament.

The purpose of the action is to facilitate an on-going process of research, exchange of knowledge and support policy reflection in strengthening the role of culture in external relations.

In particular, the preparatory action will contribute to formulating recommendations for a strategy on culture in EU’s external relations on basis of the comprehensive mapping exercise and consultation process involving 54 countries worldwide. Watch and hear Professor of Cultural Policy Studies Yudhishthir Raj Isar, team leader, shortly explaining the aim and purpose of the Preparatory Action.

The Preparatory Action is running until mid-2014 along with the online discussion. To sum up the process, we converge the results into a final conference in April 2014 where future recommendations for policy makers are made and the strategic approach towards mobilising action on culture in external relations is presented.

It is our goal to raise awareness of the project and make the debate on Culture in EU external relations as strong as possible by involving wider public, civil society, culture institutions, artists, public bodies and individuals who have knowledge to add and comments to share. So, please tell us what do you think?

Please visit our website/blog and join the discussion, or post a video, picture or comment #CultExtRel on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. And subscribe to our Newsletter to be on top on the latest research in the field – and add your perspective and knowledge to it.

We are looking forward to passing on your recommendations to the policy makers, the European Parliament and interested parties.”

All the best,

Maiken Høj
Web-Editor, Culture in EU’s external relations

Museums and Intercultural Dialogue

A very nice article by Eva Zimmerhof on museums as forums for intercultural dialogue has just been posted online by the Goethe Institute.

It begins: “In future the traditional national museums to be found in Europe are to open multidimensional perspectives on the history and culture of both the individual countries and on Europe as a whole. To implement this new approach the European Union has initiated a program called “Eurovision – Museums Exhibiting Europe” (EMEE). This is an interview with the project’s coordinator, Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp.”

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