An African-European Research about Arts and Development
Edited By Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad
During the awarding ceremony of the Hildesheim UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development in 2013, there were some warm words for the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim. These are summarised below.
Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, linked the new UNESCO Chair to the tradition of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hildesheim (Hildesheim Cathedral and St. Michael’s Church). Furthermore she emphasised that the Department of Cultural Policy has become part of a world wide network which has dedicated its research activities to serving society. She expressed the hope that the UNESCO Chair would initiate a lively and sustainable exchange between international academics.
Cornelia Pieper, Minister of State of the German Federal Foreign Office, expressed her delight that the thematic orientation of the UNESCO Chair corresponds to one of the key aspects of foreign cultural and educational policy. Culture is defined as a fundamental field of societal development, change and democratisation. She also appreciated the geographical focus on the African continent when mediator organisations were completing existing university exchange programmes.
Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, considered the new UNESCO Chair to be the creative brain behind development cooperation – in a science-based and use-oriented way. The cultural dimension of development cooperation can support the processes of transformation and democratisation, crisis prevention and conflict management as well as the protection of natural resources. He...
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