The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2009

"The Role of Soft Power in the International Environment"

Berlin, 27th - 31st July 2009

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2009 will be based in the Amerika Haus Berlin (Hardenbergstr. 22-24, 10623 Berlin, Germany). To read more about this historic venue please click here. We politely request all participants to arrive at the Amerika Haus for the first session on Monday, July 27th no later than 10am. Further information about the locations for the rest of the week will be given to the participants on the first morning. The locations during the week will include...

Location Description
Amerika Haus Berlin Former home of the cultural department of the US Embassy in Berlin. For almost 60 years the Amerika Haus Berlin represented a firm fixture on Berlin's international political and cultural landscape. An historic institution, the Amerika Haus closed its doors in 2006, but was reopened by the ICD for future activity in September 2008.
German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) Few buildings have experienced Berlin's turbulent history to the extent of the German Foreign Ministry. Built between 1934 and 1940 as an extension of the German Reichsbank, the building was used by the National Socialists to formulate economic policy and the financing of the Second World War. More recently, it was here that the treaty for the reunification of Germany was signed. Although the building has been modernised and expanded, care has been take to preserve its character and unique history.
European House Berlin Berlin's European House is located in the heart of the city, on the famous boulevard Unter den Linden. The building is situated opposite the Adalon, one of the world's most exclusive hotels, and a short walk from Pariser Platz, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag. The location is home to the European Commission representation in Germany.
German Parliament The seat of the German Parliament, the Reichstag, is closely linked to the modern history of Berlin. Burnt down under suspicious circumstances in 1933, stranded in No-Man's Land during the Cold War, and then "unwrapped' as the home of the German Parliament once again in 1995. The glass dome on the roof of the building, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster, symbolises the transparency of modern German government institutions.
Olympic Stadium The Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium) is a sports stadium in Berlin. There have been two stadia on the site: the present facility, and one that was built for the aborted 1916 Summer Olympics. Both were designed by members of the same family, the first by Otto March and the second by his son Werner March. The current Olympiastadion was originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics in the southern part of the Reichssportfeld (today Olympiapark Berlin). During World War II, the area suffered little damage. After the war, the United Kingdom military occupation used the northern part of the Reichssportfeld as its headquarters until 1994.
Berlin City Hall Located in the heart of East Berlin, close to the TV Tower and a short walk from the famous Unter den Linden Boulevard, Berlin’s City Hall is an impressive building. Home to the Berlin Senate and the offices of the Berlin Mayor, the “Red” City Hall has been in use since 1869 and holds a unique place in the city’s history.  
Deutsche Welle Germany’s international media broadcaster conducts its television activity from its Berlin base, in the city district of Mitte. The building was designed by architect Josef Paul Kleiheus and houses director’s offices, studios, and a technical department. Its location ensures that DW not only broadcasts from the heart of Europe, but from the heart of Berlin.