The Cultures of Spain Conference

"Centuries of Multiculturalism and Inter-faith Dialogue within the Andalusia Region"

(Spain: Granada, Cordoba, & Seville; October 18th - 20th, 2012)


The history of Andalusia has influences dating back to its Islamic, Renaissance and Baroque legacies and the settlements of many different civilizations for about 300 years show their traces in the culture, architecture, and art in Andalusia. These can be seen especially in the architecture of its most important buildings, castles, fortresses and monasteries scattered across the whole of the region. The culture of the Andalusia region was most highly influenced by the Muslim Moors who governed the region for almost 800 years until the late 1400's. During the time of the Moors' reign, the region flourished culturally with new music, art, and theatre. Technological advances were made, and a tradition of intellectual growth and nurture was founded. 

Many of these cultural advances laid the groundwork for Andalusia's culture today, which is known for its art, dance and music in particular. In 1790 the guitar was invented in Andalusia when innovative musicians added an extra string to a Moorish lute. Less than 100 years later Flamenco music and ballet was born, showcasing the new instrument. Andalusia has also been home to many famous artists including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. The Moors also introduced several new ideas to Europe through their universities in Seville, Granada, and Cordoba including the mathematical concept of zero and several other concepts in physics and medicine that were so influential that they eventually led to the founding of Europe's first universities.

The conference aims to give the participants an insight into century’s tradition of multiculturalism and inter-faith dialogue within the Andalusia region of Spain as well as to analyze concrete examples of cultural diplomacy in practice. In addition, the conference will introduce participants to a network of like-minded individuals, and allow them to explore the rich cultural landscape of Andalusia, Spain.

Conference Participants

Participation in the conference is by invitation only and is limited to ICD Academy students and Alumni.

Conference Agenda

October 17th
07:00-16:00 Travel from Berlin to Marbella
16:00 Arrival in Hotel: Park Plaza Suites Hotel, Puerto-Banus (Pasaje Maritimo Benabola, Marbella 29660 Málaga, España)
October 18th
07:00 Breakfast in hotel
08:00 Depart for Granada
10:00-14:00 Conference Sessions (lectures and interactive discussions)
Location: Sala de Conferences del Palacio de Carlos V. Alhambra, Granada (This conference hall is in the Alhambra Complex)
14:00 Lunch
15:00-18:00 Visit to “The Alhambra”
19:00 Dinner
October 19th
07:00 Breakfast in hotel
08:00 Depart for Cordoba
10:00-14:00 Conference Sessions (lectures and interactive discussions)
Location: Palacio de Congreso de Cordoba
14:00 Lunch
15:00-18:00 Visit to Great Cathedral and Mosque
(Mezquita de Cordoba)
19:00 Dinner
October 20th
07:00 Breakfast in hotel
08:00 Leave for Seville
10:00-14:00 Conference Sessions (lectures and interactive discussions)
Location: To be confirmed
14:00 Lunch
15:00-18:00 Visit of Alcazar palace
19:00 Dinner & Close of Program
October 21st
  Free Day
October 22nd
  Travel back to Berlin