The 2012 Cultural Bridges Conference in Germany
"Multiculturalism, the 2012 Global Debate: Strengthening Intercultural Relations"

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

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.

Conference Timetable

  Wednesday,
November 7th, 2012
Thursday,
November 8th, 2012
Friday,
November 9th, 2012
  United in Diversity: Migration, Immigration & Integration Islam in Western Society and Bilateral Relations between Countries Globalization of Multiculturalism
09:30 (09:00) Registration
“Turkey as a Cultural Bridge between Europe and the Arab World”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
“Building Cultural Bridges between Europe & the USA with reference to 2012 Presidential Elections”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Mark C. Donfried
(Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
Depart ICD at 9:30 for the Berlin Wall Ceremony
10:00 (10:15) “Sports - Connecting Cultures and Building Cultural Bridges in Germany”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Ferry Pausch
(Managing Director, Deutschlandstiftung Integration)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
“The Role of Civil Society in Transatlantic Relations”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Harald Leibrecht (Mdb)
(Member of the German Parliament)

Video Interview

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture


(10:30) 23rd Anniversary to the fall of the Berlin Wall” - Berlin Wall Memorial Ceremony
(Ceremony & Visit)
11:00 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

Participant Interviews
 
11:30 “Integration of Immigrants in Germany & the EU: Best Practices”
(Interactive Panel Discussion)

Speakers:
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
Amb. Dietrich von Kyaw
Prof. Dr. Götz Kaufmann
Wolfgang Jockusch
Ferry Pausch
Sarmad Hussein
Amela Malja
Hannes Strauss
Mark C. Donfried

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
“Strengthening of Intercultural Understanding on the Parliamentary Level”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Erwin Lotter (Mdb)
(Member of the German Parliament)
(12:15) “The Visions of Islam in Germany & Western Society”
(Interactive Panel Discussion)

Speakers:
Erwin Lotter (Mdb)
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
Mark C. Donfried

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
Continued?
13:00 (12:30) Lunch Session (13:30) Lunch Break Lunch Break
14:30 (14:00) “Biking Diplomacy - Copenhagen Bike Culture and City-Planning as a Case in Danish Public Diplomacy”
(Visit; Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Birgitte Tovborg Jensen
(Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Denmark in Berlin)

Location:
Embassy of Denmark, The Nordic Embassies, Felleshus
“Multiculturalism in Germany”
(Lecture &  Visit)

Speaker:
Dr. Marco Michel
(The German Federal Agency for Civic Education)

Location:
The German Federal Agency for Civic Education
(14:00) The Eastern Orientation/Policies of European Union and the European Orientation of Eastern Europe
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
H.E. Amb. Aureliu Ciocoi
(Ambassador of Moldavia to Germany)

Video Interview

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
15:30 (15:00) “Cultural Bridges through Film: Cinema for Peace” in the Framework of Berlinale Film Festival”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Virginia Palm
(Master Student, The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies)

Participant Paper: “The Integration of Immigrant Children of the first Generation and Intercultural Dialogue in Primary Schools, Case Study of Slovenia”
Marijanca Ajsa Vizintin

Location:
Embassy of Denmark, The Nordic Embassies, Felleshus
Continued? (15:00) Lecture & Discussion

Speaker:
H.E. Amb. Ken Osinde
(Ambassador of Kenya to Germany)

Video Interview
(15:45) "Immigration and Identification - from Multiculturalism to proactive Integration"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Kaspar-Laurenz Reif
(German Parliament, CDU/ CSU Party)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
16:30 (16:00) Depart to the German Parliament Participant Paper: ?The History of Arabs - Bridging Cultures with Knowledge of the Past?
Wafaa Al-Natheema

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

Participant Interviews
17:00 Visit to the German Parliament
(Visit and Tour)
“Cultural bridges between Pakistan and Germany in the Context of Globalization and Multiculturalism”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
H.E. Amb. Abdul Basit
(Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany)

Video Interview

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
“Multicultural Challenges of Small Countries - Case Study of Slovenia”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Marko Stucin
(First Secretary, Embassy of Slovenia to Germany)

Video Interview

Participant Paper: “Cosmopolitan Solutions for Multicultural Reality of Europe”
Narcisa ?abić

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
18:00

 
  “Can Islam subsist in Western Society?”
(Interactive  Discussion)

Moderator:
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)
Walking through the Wall: a Personal History of Berlin
(Lecture)

Rory MacLean
(Author)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
“A Vision of Democracy”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Ingrid Hönlinger (Mdb)
(Member of the German Parliament)

Video Interview

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture

Farewell Address

The Hon. Yasar Yakis
Mark C. Donfried

Participant Interviews
19:00 “Energiewende - a Cultural and Democratic Revolution”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Hans-Josef Fell (Mdb)
(Member of the German Parliament)

Video Interview

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
20:00 Welcome Group Dinner

Location:
Ach Nicko Ach- Greek Restaurant
Group Dinner

Location:
Swera - Pakistani Restaurant
Farewell Group Dinner