Photo: Bettina Meister
Photo: Bettina Meister

Subject Repositories Decolonial

Open Access for Academic Documents on International Cultural Relations

8 Feb 2023
14:00 - 16:30

The production of knowledge for international cultural relations takes place globally in institutions of different type, not only in research institutions. In order to meet the information needs of experts, the Open Access community has offered so-called subject repositories since the early 1990s, which make relevant documents available as a collection. These repositories are still largely operated in the "Global North". How do they work? Can they meet the global diversity of requirements? What is needed for subject repositories with decolonial sensitivity?

A short presentation of the results by author Nora Schmidt, PhD, is followed by statements from invited experts and an extended debate. Experts: Jo Havemann, PhD (AfricArXiv), Avril Joffe (Wits University; ICRRA member) and Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, PhD (University of Yaoundé II; CEIMIA). Please find the study draft and abstract at

Registration is requested: widmaier(at)

Research Programmes

In the research programme "Culture and Foreign Policy" and the programme line "Research" of the Martin Roth Initiative, experts investigate current issues of foreign cultural and educational policy. The research programmes set topics and develop recommendations to strengthen and further develop international cultural relations. The research assignments are accompanied by conferences and workshops. The research results are published in the ifa edition Culture and Foreign Policy, as ifa Input or as Policy Brief.
Find out more on the ifa website.

Sarah Widmaier

Scientific Coordinator of ifa’s Research Programme on Culture and Foreign Policy

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.2225.214