Meike Lettau

 Meike Lettau
  • Cultural & Media Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Cultural policy; Foreign cultural and educational policy; Cultural diplomacy; Cultural activism; Artists as agents of change; Socio-political transformation processes; Culture and conflicts

since 2023


Zeppelin University, Germany

Am Seemooser Horn 20
88045 Friedrichshafen

+49 7541 6009-1221
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About me

My research interests include foreign cultural policy, international cultural relations, artists as agents of change, cultural activism, sociopolitical transformation processes and culture in conflict regions among others. 

I am the head of the DAAD funded project “تواصل [Tawasol] Cultural Production and Policy Network” investigating socio-political dimensions of artistic formats in cooperation with universities in Lebanon and Tunisia by setting up pioneering educational programs in the field of cultural policy and international cultural relations. 

Before that, I was an academic associate at the University of Hildesheim and coordinator of the Graduate School ‘Performing Sustainability: Cultures and Development in West Africa’.

I strive to engage in Arab-German knowledge exchange and to collaborate with artists and other social actors in the MENA region and Germany. 

Within the framework of AGYA, I am able expand my networks and implement collaborative interdisciplinary research projects in the field of arts, cultural diplomacy, and social transformation processes. 

Academic career
2022 - todayJunior Professorship for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Germany
2021Finalist 2021 ENCATC Research Award
2020Didrik Pinning Fellowship: Visiting scholar at the University of Haifa, Haifa Center for German and European Studies, Israel
2016 - 2022Academic Associate, Department of Cultural Policy, UNESCO Chair ‘Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development’, University of Hildesheim, Germany
2016 - 2017Project manager, Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) / International Society of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
2014 - 2016Research Fellow in the German-Tunisian Research Group 'Tunisia in Transition', Universities of Carthage, La Manouba, Munich, Tunis-el Manar, Passau, Sousse
2014 - 2016Project assistant, ifa-Gallery Berlin, Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Berlin, Germany
2013 - 2014Fellow, KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India
2011 - 2013Master of Arts in Cultural Mediation, University Hildesheim, Germany

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Ien Ang, Yudhishthir Raj Isar & Phillip Mar (2015) Cultural diplomacy: beyond the national interest? International Journal of Cultural Policy, 21:4, 365-381.

Favourite novel:
Mithu Sanyal: Identitti