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Preservation and Development of Cultural Life in the Countries of Central and Eastern

22-25 January 1997

International Conference, to be held in Budapest, Hungary

Contact: Stuart Gibson, Chief Technical Advisor to the Conference CLT/DEC, World Decade for Cultural Development, UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, 75015 Paris, France; tel: (33 1) 48 83 25 46; fax: (33 1) 48 83 08 09.

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Calcutta Book Fair

January-February 1997

The Calcutta Book Fair is unique for its magnificent pavilions and the large crowd of visitors. A brisk sale of books takes place at the Fair, mainly low-priced publications.

Contact: Kalyan Shah, General Secretary, Publishers and Booksellers Guild, 5A, Bhawani Dutta Lane, Calcutta 700 073, India, fax: (91) 33 2412100.

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Media and Politics

Brussels, February 1997

The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Brussels (KUB), in association with the Political Communication and Participatory Communication Research sections and the Human Rights Committee of the International Association for Mass Communication Research (IAMCR), will organize the International Conference on Media and Politics, Brussels (Belgium), 27 February - 1 March 1997.

The world of politics and mass communication has changed substantially over the past decades. Both separate and integrated developments have led to the presentday situation of turmoil. The confusion is apparent in a number of areas and at distinct levels.

The disparity in communication resources between different parts of the world or within nations is increasingly recognised as a cause of concern. The attempt by local power-elites to totally control the modern communication channels - press, broadcasting, education, and bureaucracy - can no longer ensure their control of all the communication networks in a given society. Nor does control of the mass media ensure support for the controlling forces or any mobilisation around their objectives or even effective repression of the opposition.

Therefore, governments or rulers are no longer able to operate effectively, to control, censor, or play the role of gatekeeper with regard to all communications networks at all times. Both alternate and parallel networks, which may not always be active, function across political, socio-cultural, religious or class structures and can be based upon secular, cultural, artistic, or folkloristic channels. These networks are characterized by a highly participatory nature, high rates of credibility, and a strong organic integration with other institutions deeply rooted in a given society.

The traditionally claimed high standards of public media performance, especially news reporting, have become eroded by commercialism and transnationalisation. Journalists are forced to give in to the demand of viewer ratings and outside pressures. The thin demarcation line between the political and media worlds has become even more blurred as a result of political marketing strategies and the action of economic and political interest groups.

Different, and often contradictory, logics guide public policies. At the level of the European Union, for instance, the telecommunications policy with an emphasis on liberalisation and deregulation differs from the policy recommendations in the broadcasting field, where some of the measures could be interpreted as protectionist. In general the EU policies advocate total freedom to provide services across borders. Total liberalisation may lead to a future cultural synchronisation and economic oligopolisation of Europe. Therefore, it is questionable whether the present EU policies contribute to more than just a single marketplace for producers, and whether the average European citizen can also benefit from a united Europe.

These and many other topics will be discussed at an international conference on Media and Politics, which will take place from Thursday, February 27, to Saturday, March 1, 1997, at the Catholic University of Brussels, Belgium.

The theme of the conference will be reflected in a number of plenary sessions, with invited national and international speakers from the academic, political and media worlds.

Sessions will include presentations and discussions on the following topics:

  • the existence of the so-called 'public opinion';
  • the influence of public and commercial broadcasting on political values and party preferences;
  • the effects of agenda-setting and media stereotyping;
  • mass media and grassroots networking in the so-called Third World;
  • the European (tele)communications policies and their impact on small member states; and
  • new challenges for the political journalist.

For more information, please contact: Prof. Dr. Jan Servaes, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Catholic University of Brussels (KUB), Avenue de la Liberté E9 17, B-1081 Brussels, Belgium, tel.: +32-(0)2-412 4278; fax: +32-(0)2-412 4200; e-mail: Jan.Servaes@kubrussel.ac.be; http://www.kubrussel.ac.be/psw/menu1.html

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Body in Transition

Zagreb, February 1997

The conference Body in Transition will cover subjects dealing with all the aspects of the relationship between body, society and fashion. Fashion reflects society and is in itself a transitory phenomenon. In its dynamic process of transition it uses the body, which can obey its rules in various degrees. Throughout history, societies have found their own ways to signify, mold and transform the body. The body can therefore be viewed as a social, cultural and historical product. Like clothes, the body speaks its own language and has its own geography, with more or less emphasized or hidden parts. The conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on the body in various geographical and ideological systems and in different social groups, and on its relationship to fashion and clothing. That relationship can be studied from the perspective of anthropology, sociology, semiotics, psychology, symbology, and historiography.

The conference is organised by the Faculty of Textile and Technology, University of Zagreb, and will be held in Zagreb, 5 - 7 February 1997. Papers are invited on topics having to do with different types of relationship between body, society and fashion and could (as a focus) analyse body language versus fashion language, interaction between the body and clothes, the obedience of body image to fashion, situations of transition leading to the rebellious body (subculture movements, youth culture, transvestites, transsexual experiences...), body conformism and (or) individual body styles (tattoo, piercing, body-building...), the body and totalitarian ideologies, symbolic aspects of the body (religion, anthropology...), erotic syntax of clothes, fashionable and unfashionable human body, fashion of today - individual and society in interaction, decoding male and female principles in fashion, clothes and ideology, anthropometric reading of the body and clothes, ethnicity: local heritage - global meaning.

The papers will be published in a special bilingual edition of the scientific journal Tekstil. Accompanying events will include the TTF students' fashion show and exhibition of their designs.

For more information, please contact: Zavod za dizajn Tekstilno-tehnoloskog fakulteta, Pierottieva 6, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia, Conference Secretary - Nikola Vuljanic, or Professors Djurdja Milanovic, Anton Vladislavic, tel./fax: +385-1-440276; e-mail: blanka.pasagic@public.srce.hr

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Common Threads - The Arts for Life

Liverpool, March 1997

The British American Arts Association (BAAA) will be holding a conference, 4 - 5 March 1997, in partnership with five age-grouped learning networks - National Early Years Network, Play-Train, Youth Arts Network, NIACE, and Eurolink Age. Common Threads - The Arts for Life will be held at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and will be run in collaboration with the staff and students from LIPA's Community Arts Department.

The conference aims to break down communication barriers between those working in education/community development and the arts, to provide a forum for sharing experience and ideas, and to highlight the value of intergenerational work.

The conference promises to be two days of essential information, training and networking for anyone working with the early years, in play and youth work, in adult education, with older people and with community groups, and those working in arts organisations - across generations, artforms and sectors. It will also provide an important opportunity for local authority officers, businesses and funding bodies to analyse the elements of successful partnerships between communities and the arts, to learn new ways of working in cross-sector projects and for everyone to work on the development of a common language with which to communicate in the future.

For further information on the conference, please contact: British American Arts Association (BAAA), 116 Commercial Street, London E1 6NF, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0)171 247 5385; fax: +44 (0)171 247 5256.

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International Television Programme Market

Dubai, March 1997

MID-TV'97, the International Television Programme Market, is to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 9-12 March 1997, reflecting the rapid changes in the broadcasting industry and its broadcast, media and programming markets.

For more information, please contact: Media International Dubai Television, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, or Al Fajer Information and Services, P.O.Box 11183, Dubai, U.A.E., tel.: (971-4) 62 11 33; fax: (971-4) 62 28 02.

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European Conference of Theatre Magazine Head Writers

Blois, April 1997

The European Conference of Theatre Magazine Head Writers will take place in Blois, France at the Théâtre - Scène Nationale - La Halle aux grains, 16-19 April 1997. It is organized by ULYSSE, a research, training and intermediary organisation for theatre professionals.

The head writers of theatre magazines will first take an initial look, on Wednesday 16 April, at how they work. The Conference will then continue, on Thursday 17 April 1997, with a discussion that is expected to encourage the organisation of original editorial partnerships (circulation of information, meetings with essay writers, co- production of studies). Strengthened by the diversity of the sensibilities and present situations, it will open a debate, on Friday 18 April, on the theatrical season 1996/97.

Open to all theatre magazine head writers (or their representatives), the conference will be a place of exchange, for which a formal context will be prepared in advance. In February 1997, an information package will be sent to head writers.

For more information, please contact: ULYSSE, Le Carré‚ Saint Vincent, 45000 Orléans, France, tel./fax: 33 38 62 82 14.

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IFI Forums in 1997

As the only international organization to represent interior architects and design professionals, with members, associates and correspondents in over fourty countries world-wide, the International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers (IFI) undertakes programmes and projects to further the profession. The following activities are currently announced:

  • the IFI 'Office of the Future' Forum, to be held in November 1996 in Bombay, India, organized by the Indian Institute of Interior Designers (for more information: fax: +91 22 446 4452; e-mail: ove@generation.net);
  • the 'Office of the Future' Forum and the 'Design for All' Forum, to be organized by the Society of Designers in South Africa, in February 1997 in Johannesburg, addressing particularly the aims and objectives of South Africa's Reconstruction and Development Programme and the contribution that design can make to it (for more information: fax: +27 11 646 6165);
  • the 'Office of the Future' Forum to be held by the Interior Design Association in Hong Kong on 7 April 1997, in conjunction with the Interiors '97 International Fair (for more information: fax: +852 2866 3261).

The next IFI Congress A Sense of Place, will be held in Dublin, Ireland, in 1997.

Please note the new address: International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers (IFI), Herengracht 162, 1016 BP Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: 31-20-422 1288; fax: 31-20-422 3883; e-mail: IFIdes@msn.com

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Culture and Development: Challenges and Strategies

La Habana, May 1997

The Centro de Superación para la Cultura of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba will host the second Latin American meeting entitled Cultura y Desarrollo: Retos y Estrategias (Culture and Development: Challenges and Strategies), to be held in La Habana, 4-9 May 1997. Various aspects of cultural development will be dealt with in talks, papers, reports, workshops, and exhibitions. The following themes will be covered:

  • the role of artists and intellectuals in cultural development - impact of cultural policies on cultural activities,
  • communication technology and the mass media,
  • culture and economy - cultural industries of leisure, the market for cultural products and goods,
  • cultural development and the community,
  • sustainable development,
  • identity, interculturalism and diversity,
  • the human factor - the key to cultural development.

For more information, please contact: Centro de Superación para la Cultura, Calle 5 #754 e/ Passeo y 2, Vedado, C. Habana 10400, Cuba, tel.: (537) 301000, 39921, 39922; fax: (537) 301000, 39921, 332033; e-mail: csuper@artsoft.cult.cu

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European Expert Conference: Gender Relations in the Arts and Media

Bonn, Germany, 9-11 May 1997


With its second report on "Women in the Arts and Media" (Frauen im Kultur- und Medienbetrieb II), commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology and completed in 1995, the Centre for Cultural Research presented a detailed survey of the professional qualifications and the general employment situation of women working in the arts and media in Germany. The objective of the study was to indicate potentials for improving equality of opportunity for men and women in educational and training situations and on the job market.

The study was focused primarily on the German situation. Approaches taken in other European countries and comparative statistics on the presence of women in the arts and media were indicated only in isolated instances. A comprehensive assessment of affirmative action programmes being employed in individual European countries to strengthen job opportunities for women, approaches that have proven successful over time, and which of the approaches could be applied to a particular national situation, will require an intensive exchange of information across national borders. The European expert conference being proposed here is intended to promote this effort.

Based on initial reactions from abroad, the proposed European expert conference might very well serve as a kind of catalyst for new situation assessments in other countries. The current deficits of comparable empirical data, something which has hindered effective action at the EU level, could be reduced in this connection.

In order to achieve as high a level of comparability as possible it would make sense to carry out future situation assessments in the individual European countries on the basis of jointly formulated standards. The conduct of individual studies should be coordinated centrally and the results brought together in a European comparative study. This task could be assumed by the European Research Institute for Comparative Cultural Policy and the Arts (ERICArts) in cooperation with the Centre for Cultural Research and other partner institutions. In May 1996, at its annual meeting in Turin, ERICArts approved a motion put forward by Ritva Mitchell, the chairperson of the Academic Council, to attribute priority to this issue in further research planning.

Objectives and strategy

The Centre for Cultural Research, in cooperation with ERICArts and other partners in Europe, is making preparations for a three-day conference to be held near Bonn in the spring of 1997. This expert conference is being supported by the European Commission in the framework of the 4th EU medium-term action programme on equal opportunity for women and men.

The primary objectives of the conference are:

  • to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange of information on time-tested practices and the development of new strategies
  • for promoting a balanced involvement of women and men in cultural policy decision-making processes, and
  • for improving the situation of women on the cultural job market
  • to provide information on the situation in the individual European countries
  • to undertake an analysis of country-specific similarities and differences
  • to discuss the potential transfer of time-tested forms of organisation, qualification and affirmative action for women working in arts and media occupations
  • to lay the groundwork for a European comparative study by discussing and approving indicators for future comparative situation assessments

The following areas will be dealt with and discussed in expert papers and workshops:

A. National reports on the situation of women in arts and media occupations

  • training, job qualification, socio-economic situation
  • public and private affirmative action programmes aimed at improving equal opportunity
  • references to studies and comparative data

B. Information exchange in international workshops on the situation in the individual art and media areas

  • promotion of artists at the individual level, women's prizes, prizes for efforts aimed at achieving gender equality (e.g. Niki Prize, women and television), as well as European scholarships/grants and their use by women in arts and media occupations (e.g. Kaleidoscope, Erasmus, Employment NOW)
  • work methods and activities of (inter)national networks (e.g. International Association of Women in the Arts, IRIS)
  • compilation and evaluation of cultural statistics and their importance for public debate on cultural, as well as potentials for data harmonisation

Date/Duration: 9-11 May 1997

Conference location: Königswinter near Bonn (Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung)

Conference languages: German and English, possibly also French

For active participants and workshop moderators, travel expenses will be covered, with an additional fee for selected keynote-speakers.

For more information, please contact:
Zentrum für Kulturforschung (Centre for Cultural Research / Centre de recherches culturelles), mit: Archiv für Kulturpolitik (ARCult) - Arbeitskreis Kulturstatistik - Europäische Kulturdokumentation - Gründungssekretariat von ERICArts, Am Hofgarten 17, D - 53113 Bonn, tel.: +49-(0)228-211058, Fax: 217493, e-mail: UZR604@rhrz.uni-bonn.de

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Arts and Education in Partnership

22-24 May 1997, Edinburgh, Scotland

A mayor conference exploring the best practice and policy in arts and education for children and young people in Europe is to be held in Edinburgh from 22 to 24 May 1997. Arts and Education in Partnership is being organised by the City of Edinburgh Council Education Department and the European Union Cultural Forum.

The three day conference is aimed at everyone who works professionally with children and young people, aged 3 to 18 years, in the arts, in education, or both, and is interested in the links between education and the arts. It will be of particular interest to professional artists and arts organisations working with children and young people in an educational context; educators, including directors of education, head teachers, teaching staff, local authority senior education staff, lecturers, representatives of educational bodies; and national and local policy-makers.

Arts and Education in Partnership will explore the interface between education and the professional arts across Europe and how the arts are developed, supported and promoted in Europe's schools. It will also look at the ways in which artists can contribute to the educational experiences of children and young people, and how these continuations can relate effectively to the curricular framework in which the arts operate within formal education.

The three-day conference will include keynote lectures, field trips to cultural organisations and schools engaged in innovative arts and education practice, workshops and lectures delivered by European practitioners, a full-day visit to the Scottish International Children's Festival, and an extensive social programme.

Arts and Education in Partnership will provide a unique forum for artists and educators from throughout Europe to exchange information and ideas, share experiences, and develop new and lasting links.

Further information is available from: Philippa Johnston, Conference Administrator, Arts Unit, Education Department, The City of Edinburgh Council, Gorge IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 QUQ, tel. 0131 469 3453, fax 0131 469 3397

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Res Artis

Cassis, France, May 1997

Res Artis, the International Association of Residential Arts Centres and Networks, is organizing its 5th Annual Plenary Meeting 1997, to be held at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, 2 - 6 May 1997. Res Artis represents the interests of residential arts centres throughout the world. Its annual meetings are forums for debate and exchange of professional experience. (See Culturelink no. 20/November 1996, pp. 71-72.)

This year's meeting is intended as a platform for ideas, projects and collaborations. There will be plenary sessions (with reports from the Executive Committee) and seminars discussing management matters concerning boards, advisory bodies, arts councils and other entities, ideas for enhancing the artistic programme through concerts, workshops, symposia, exhibitions and other outreach programmes, institutional funding, and technical support for artists-in-residence.

Address: Michael Haerdter, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin, Germany, tel.: 30/616 9030; fax: 30/616 90330
or The Camargo Foundation, B.P. 75, 13714 Cassis Cedex, France, tel.: (33) 4 42 01 11 57; fax: (33) 4 42 01 36 57.

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World Congress - Action Learning, Process Management and Participatory Action Research

Cartagena, Colombia, June 1997

In commemoration of the First World Symposium on Action Research, which took place in Cartagena in April 1977, the World Congress is an invitation to educators of all persuasions committed to democratizing knowledge. The Congress will take place in Cartagena, 1-5 June 1997.

The Congress themes will include the following:

  • Action research with and for people: construction of democratic societies and cultures; theory and practice;
  • Action learning: creation, transmission and utilization of knowledge;
  • Process management: system building for socioeconomic, industrial and ecological administration.

For more information, please contact: World Congress, Organizing Committee, Apartado A. 52508, Bogota 2, Colombia, tel.: (571) 368-1579 and 221-6855; fax: (571) 368-7471 and 221-6855; e-mail: ofalsb@bacata.usc.unal.edu.co or elleras@uniandes.edu.co

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Privatization and Culture
Limitations or Opportunities for Cultural Development in Europe?

Amsterdam, June 1997

The Boekman Foundation was invited by Circle (Cultural Information and Research Centres Liaison), a network supported by the Council of Europe, to host the next European Round Table in 1997. The conference Privatization and Culture will be held in Amsterdam, 11-14 June 1997 and will explore the effects of various forms of privatization, or désétatisation on the cultural sector in Europe. A comparison of research and evaluation of practice in this sector will be a springboard for the formulation of models for cultural policy on a national level.

Since the 1980s, privatization has been a buzz word in economics, management and politics the world over. The balance of public and private forces is changing not only in the Western European countries, but also in the former socialist countries. Following the collapse of the socialist regimes in 1989, these countries had to reconsider the relations between the (central or regional/local) government and organizations active in various cultural sectors.

The effects of privatization on the cultural sector are complex, and a review of the existing material on privatization reveals numerous different definitions of the term. The issue of funding is crucial: cultural organizations are largely dependent on government subsidies, and their withdrawal can, and in many cases does, lead to such organizations being closed down entirely. The central question then arises: Which forms of privatization are desirable in the cultural sector if we are to create a cultural policy under which cultural life in the respective countries will flourish?

The conference will make a careful selection of case studies which can lead to a fruitful exchange of experiences and approaches to the subject of privatization and culture.

The Conference is organized by the Boekman Foundation, Amsterdam, the Felix Meritis Foundation, Amsterdam, and the University of Twente, Faculty of Public Administration and Public Policy.

Additional information: Annemoon van Hemel, Boekman Foundation (Study Centre for Arts, Culture and Related Policy), Herengracht 415, NL-1017 BP Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 624 37 36; fax: +31 20 638 52 39; e-mail: e.boekman@inter.NL.net

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Life Sciences and the Performers' Arts

Malta, June - July 1997

Life Sciences and the Performers' Arts is the first edition of the Summer University set up to explore the interaction between Cognitive and Life Sciences and Creativity and the Arts by focusing on the work of the actor. The Summer University is considered to be indispensable for the contemporary University context, in order to broaden the horizon and create the opportunity for researchers, theatre practitioners, and students (graduate and postgraduate) to engage in interdisciplinary research. As QHCA - Questioning Human Creativity as Acting (a permanent interdisciplinary research programme at the University of Malta) and other research units all over the world have initiated a variety of investigations in these fields during the last few years, it is important to create fora for the sharing and exchanging of the results and experience.

The Summer University will be held in Malta, 22 June - 6 July 1997, and will consist of lectures and seminars in theatre studies and practical workshops. It is open to researchers, (post)graduates, and theatre practitioners. Enrollment is limited to allow for open discussions and the full participation of all in a two-week programme.

For further information, please contact: Jean Killick, International Office, Foundation for International Studies, University Building, St. Paul Street, Valletta VLT 07, Malta, tel.: (356) 234121/2; fax: (356) 230538; e-mail: jkil@cis.um.edu.mt

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Second International Summer School on the Russian Media

St. Petersburg, June - July 1997

The Mass Media Centre, School of Journalism, St. Petersburg State University, is organizing The Second International Summer School on the Russian Media. It will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, 30 June - 11 July 1997.

Scholars, educators, journalists and students in media and mass communication science are invited to participate in this two-week summer course. This will be an excellent opportunity to widen the view on media studies, studying the Russian media and journalism in a political, economic, legal, ethnic, cultural and environmental perspective.

Working languages: English and Russian.

For more information and registration, please contact: Ms Nina G. Boykova, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Director of the Mass Media Centre; Mr Dmitry A. Ruschin, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Head of the International Department, Director of the International Summer School on the Russian Media.

Mass Media Centre, School of Journalism, St. Petersburg State University, Room 606, 1 Liniya V.O., Dom 26, St.Petersburg, 199034 Russia, tel./fax: (7-812) 213 00 67; e-mail: mmc@mmc.jur.pu.ru ; e-mail: ruschin@mmc.jur.pu.ru

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First International Biennial Exhibition of Graphic Arts by Children and Young People

Ljubljana, June - September 1997

The Institute of Education of the Republic of Slovenia, the International Centre for Graphic Arts, and the Slovenian Ministry of Education and Sports are the joint organizers of the First International Biennial Exhibition of Graphic Arts by Children and Young People, to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, June - September 1997, within the framework of the European Cultural Month, with the aim to:

  • encourage an interest in artistic and graphic work, as well as in national, international and universal cultural and artistic heritage,
  • promote graphic arts among children and young people,
  • draw attention to the significance of art education and graphic arts, and
  • facilitate the meetings of young people and teachers from different countries.

Expressive graphic works by children and young people will be exhibited alongside works created by adult artists, emphasizing the rich tradition of children's graphic arts in Slovenia. Artistic and graphic languages represent an increasingly universal means of communication between art teachers, educational institutions, children, young people and professional educators. Ten young artists, award recipients, and their teachers will participate in a graphic art workshop.

For more information, please contact: Marjan Prevodnik, Art Director of the Biennial, Institute of Education of the Republic of Slovenia, Poljanska 28, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia; tel.: 386-61/333 266; fax: 386-61/310 267; e-mail: Marjan.Prevodnik@guest.arnes.si

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International Competition for Original Composition for Band

Entries: 10 July, 1997

Under the patronage of the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, the Assessorato alla Cultura della Regione dell' Umbria is co-organizing an International Competition for Original Composition for Band, with the aim to promote band music, and improve the quality of its repertory in response to requests of modern society. The compositions may be based freely on any theme or musical form, with or without instrumental or vocal soloists (excluding a choir). The winning composition, as judged by an international jury, will be performed during the Agosto Corcianese of the following year. An entry fee of Lire 60.000 is required per composition entered.

Entries, sent by registered mail, must reach the following address no later than 10 July, 1997: Segreteria Pro Loco, via Laudati 4, 06073 Corciano (PG), Italy.

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International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management

San Francisco, July 1997

The 4th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management, organized by the Management, Arts and Culture International Association (AIMAC), is to be held in San Francisco, 29 June-2 July 1997. With the participation of practitioners in the cultural sector as well as researchers in universities and those attached to public or private research institutes, the forum will highlight research work in the general area of administrative studies applied to the arts and culture.

The conference themes focusing on research in cultural management will include marketing, organizational behaviour and theory, management control, and topics from other disciplines with a specific or potential application to management in the cultural sector and the general theme of arts and cultural policy.

For more information, please contact: Prof. Anne W. Smith, AIMAC, Golden Gate University, 536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA, tel.: (415) 442 6515, 442 7875; fax: (415) 442 7032; e-mail: asmith@ggu.edu; WWW: http://INTERNET.ggu.edu/~asmith/aimac.html

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First International CAiiA Research Conference
Consciousness Reframed - Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era

Newport, July 1997

An international conference to look at new developments in art, science, technology and consciousness will take place in Newport, 5-6 July 1997. The Conference is organised by CAiiA - the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, University of Wales College, Newport, UK.

Papers, posters, multimedia presentations and performances are invited from artists, professionals, theorists and researchers in the arts, architecture, communications, education, biology, cognitive science, complexity and artificial life, and other relevant fields.

The term 'post-biological' is intended to cover all aspects of life which are mediated, extended or transformed by technology, including, in the case of this conference, the mind and consciousness. For example, we are interested in the impact of digital technologies, bio-technology and artificial life on art, as well as in exploring the value of art in understanding cognitive processes, conceptual modelling and theories of mind. The conference is convened in order to enable ideas from a variety of artistic, scientific and other sources to surface, be exchanged and developed in ways which might further our individual practice and research in both science and art.

CAiiA is a Research Centre of the University of Wales College, Newport, based in the Newport School of Art and Design, offering MPhil and PhD research programmes in the Interactive Arts. Fellows and post-graduate students are based onsite or online: http://caiiamind.nsad.newport.ac.uk

Newport School of Art and Design is located on the Caerleon Campus in a striking new building which has some of the best Art and Design facilities in Europe including studios, laboratories and workshops for Film, Animation, Sound, Installation, Photography, Telemedia, Electronics, Anamatronics, Multimedia.

For more information, please contact: CAiiA Director: Roy Ascott, e-mail: 100143.100@compuserve.com , or Conference Coordinator: Joseph Nechvatal, e-mail:jnech@imaginet.fr

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International Conference on Socio-Economics

Montréal, July 1997

The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) and the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, the oldest Canadian business school, have issued a call for papers for the Ninth International Conference on Socio-Economics, to be held in Montréal, Canada, 5-7 July 1997. Centering around the theme of rethinking the welfare state, the organizers are looking for theoretical contributions as well as empirical analyses involving such issues as the privatization of the welfare state, the downsizing of government, social exclusion, the trade-offs between unemployment and low wages, alternative delivery systems for health, education and welfare, programmes for the disabled, etc. Comparative articles as well as detailed studies of particular welfare states are welcome. Also, papers related to the themes of social institutions, organizations, socio-economic development, law and social philosophy, and gender, work and the family will be accepted.

For more information, please contact: SASE, The University of New Mexico, 2808 Central Avenue S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA, fax: +1-505-277-4215; e-mail: SASE@unm.edu

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Our Futures by Design
Fourth European Congress of the International Society for Education through Art

Glasgow, July 1997

The Fourth European Congress of the International Society for Education through Art will take place in Glasgow, 10 - 15 July 1997. It is being organized by the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) in collaboration with the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and Glasgow UK City of Architecture and Design 1999. Glasgow's current progress towards its celebration of the title of the UK City of Architecture and Design 1999 lends a fitting background to the principal theme of the congress: Our Futures by Design and especially the interaction between Art, Architecture and Design and Cultural Policy in visual arts education. A particular concern will be the relationship between art and design education and social and economic regeneration, with Glasgow providing an outstanding case study.

The congress programme will include keynote lectures, lecture presentations, workshops, exhibitions, 'hands on' art experience, and much more.

For more information, please contact: Anne Ingall, Conference Administration, NSEAD, The Gatehouse, Corsham Court, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 0BZ, United Kingdom, tel./fax: +44 (0) 1249 714825.

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Adult Learning: A Key for the Twenty-First Century

Hamburg, July 1997

The Fifth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA V) will take place in Hamburg, Germany, 14 - 18 July 1997. Worldwide commitment to lifelong learning through adult and continuing education is the broad objective of this upcoming conference. Its specific objectives are to:

  • review the fast and diversified development of education for out-of-school youth and adults and of continuing education since 1985, in order to identify the achievements and obstacles as well as the changing patterns;
  • identify the contribution that adult and continuing education could make to help women and men to face the major world challenges and to empower themselves;
  • exchange experiences on how to enhance the quality, conditions and accessibility of adult and continuing education programmes;
  • recommend future policies and priorities for adult and continuing education within the context of lifelong learning;
  • examine the contribution and impact of new information technologies;
  • explore and suggest the most effective modalities for local, national, regional and international cooperation;
  • provide, overall, an open forum for reflection and discussion that mirrors the culture of adult learning that the conference wants to promote.

For more information, please contact: UNESCO Institute for Education, Feldbrunnenstrasse 58, 20148 Hamburg, Germany, tel.: (+49 40) 44 80 41-0; fax: (+49 40) 410 77 23; e-mail: uie@unesco.org

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New Information Technologies, Globalization and Multicultural Societies

Oaxaca, Mexico, July 1997

The IAMCR's 40th Anniversary and 1997 Annual Conference will take place in Oaxaca, Mexico, 3-6 July 1997.

Since the Information Age has made itself felt and overpowering throughout the world, local cultures have responded to its challenge in different ways. The diverse social and cultural groups living in urban and rural areas, as well as more remote ethnic communities, are posing challenging research questions to professionals in this area. Information technologies, telecommunications and cultural identity must be studied from different perspectives, including economic, political and social. New endeavors are needed in research and policy making to create more adequate conditions for the use of new information technologies in different regions and countries and with distinct social and cultural groups.


  • The IAMCR 1997 Conference will focus on the local reactions of different cultures to globalization, in particular to new information technologies.
  • The Conference will explore and analyze the different mechanisms that social groups develop to cope with the new information technologies and changes in the media.
  • It will further explore the different areas now opening to telecommunications and information research.
  • It will also propose strategic policies and actions required to cope with globalization and penetration of new information technologies in society.

For more information, please contact: Carmen Gomez Mont, Universidad Iberoamericana, Departamento de Comunicacion, Prol. Paseo de la Reforma 880, 01210. Mexico, D.F., tel.: (525) 723-11-37 and (525) 292-02-58; fax: (525) 604-17-58; e-mail: cgomez@uibero.uia.mx

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European Conference of Promoters of New Music (ECPNM)

The ECPNM is the European union of organizations concerned with the promotion of contemporary music, especially music composed after 1950. Among its 90 members are famous festivals of contemporary music as well as small local concert organizers and new music ensembles. Its aim is to improve the international cooperation and the coordination of new music events in Europe, as well as international exchange of ideas and experiences at meetings and symposiums. Symposiums where subjects connected with new music are dealt with, contribute to find new solutions on an international level without neglecting specific regional characteristics. The next ECPNM general assembly will be in Viitasaari on July 6 and 7 during the festival "Time of Music".

A databank with information on different aspects of new music which will help to improve international cooperation will be the basis underlying a comprehensive documentation of new music on a European level. The data-bank can be reached by calling the Bulletin Board number 31.20.6928588.

A Calender of New Music Events is published twice a year. The Calender gives a survey of the festivals, concerts and other events organized by members. Included is also an agenda with the dates of all European new music events. The Calender is also available on the Internet via http://www.xs4all.nl/~ecpnm/

For more information, please contact: ECPNM c/o Gaudeamus, Swammerdamstraat 38, 1091 RV Amsterdam, The Netherlands; tel:..31.20.6947349; fax:..31.20.6947258; e-mail: ecpnm@xs4all.nl; WWW: http://www.xs4all.nl/ecpnm.

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Zimbabwe International Book Fair 1997
Focus on Libraries

Harare, August 1997

The 1997 Zimbabwe International Book Fair will focus on the theme of Libraries.
The ZIBF97 dates are as follows:

Saturday-Sunday, 2-3 August
Indaba on 'Access to Information'

Monday, 4 August
Setting-up day for exhibitors

Tuesday-Wednesday, 5-6 August
Book Fair open: trade-only days

Thursday, 7 August
Trade-only in the morning

Friday-Saturday, 8-9 August
Book Fair open to the general public

Harare has become internationally recognized as 'The Book Capital of Africa'. Therefore, ZIBF97 will be held in Harare, 2-9 August 1997, on the theme of 'Libraries'. Both within the Book Fair itself and through the accompanying conference and events programme, the theme will be used to address key issues and questions for libraries and librarians in Africa and internationally. A diverse programme of seminars and workshops for publishers, librarians, academics, writers, teachers, and booksellers will be arranged to coincide with the Fair.

One of the permanent pavilions in the ZIBF's outdoor exhibit site that will be dedicated to the Libraries theme will feature exhibits from library associations and professional bodies in Africa and internationally. It will also include displays on urban and rural libraries in Zimbabwe and the country's innovative rural community library movement.

An eight-day programme of conferences, seminars and events will open with a keynote Indaba on 'Access to Information', 2-3 August. The two-day programme will include plenary and workshop sessions, taking up various sub-themes, including Scholarship and Research, Freedom of Expression, Copyright and Intellectual Property, Information for Children and the Community, and National Book Policy. The ZIBF97 programme, which is being developed in consultation with the Zimbabwe Library Association and other bodies, will bring together donors, end users and providers of library services to examine and plan practical strategies for meeting the needs of Africa's readers and potential readers.

ZIBF(UK) Limited is the agent in Europe, North America and the Caribbean for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair Trust.

For more information, please contact: Margaret Ling, ZIBF(UK), 25 Endymion Road, London N4 1EE, UK, tel.: +44 181 348 8463; fax: +44 181 348 4403; e-mail: margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk
or ZIBF, P.O.Box CY1179 Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe; tel./fax: +263 4 702104 or 702108; fax: +263 4 702129; e- mail: zibf@mango.zw

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20th Century Europe: Inclusions/Exclusions

Colchester, August 1997

The European Sociological Association (ESA) will hold its Third European Conference on August 27-30, 1997, at the University of Essex in Colchester near London. The conference theme is 20th Century Europe: Inclusions/Exclusions. The theme will be explored focusing particularly on the issues of gender, ethnicity, class and age in the restructuring of European societies throughout this century and the role of European sociological insights in the understanding of inclusionary and exclusionary changes. Thematic sessions will be organized around six topics: Revisiting Classical Theory, Work, Welfare and Citizenship, Inequalities Old and New, Globalizations, European Processes, Boundaries and Institutions, Cultures and Identities.

The topic of Cultures and Identities will include: Cultural Identities and Homogenisation?, Technology and Culture, European Values in Transition, Biographical Perspectives on European Societies, Families in Europe, Consumption, Sociology of Mass Media and Communication.

The session on migration and fortress Europe co-convened by Krystyna Romaniszyn and Marco Martiniello will discuss some of the following themes:

  1. Postindustrial economy and contemporary migration patterns
  2. Institutionalisation of migration (networks and institutions, micro and macrostructures)
  3. Migration and the global division of labour
  4. The Europeanization of immigration policy
  5. Immigration and the renewal of citizenship and national identities
  6. The politicisation of immigration
  7. Migrants, political mobilisation and ethnic conflicts
  8. 'Fortress Europe': myth or reality?

The European Sociological Association invites scholars working on European questions to submit ideas for papers (abstracts of 250 words, deadline January 15, 1997, including an indication of which thematic group they would prefer).

For more information, please contact: Mr. Marco Martiniello, Université‚ de Ličge, Faculté‚ de Droit - Science Politique, CEDEM, Bâtiment 31 - boîte 43, 7, Boulevard du Rectorat, 4000 Ličge, Belgium, tel.: 32 (0)4 366 30 40; fax: 32 (0)4 366 45 57 or 366 29 83; e-mail: M.Martiniello@ulg.ac.be
or Professor Krystyna Romaniszyn, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, 52 Grodzka Street, 31 044 Krakow, Poland, tel.: 48 12 222129; e-mail: usromani@cyf-kr-edu.pl

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World Dance Congress 1997

5-8 August 1997 - Perth, Australia.

World Dance Congress 1997.
For more information, please contact:
Global Dance Foundation Inc. Level I, 175 Main Street, Osborne Park, Perth, Australia 6017, fax: 619 345 3112

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Cooperation and Diversity

Södertalje, August 1997

The International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), with the support of the European Commission, the City of Södertalje, Uppsala University In-service Training Department, and the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE), is organizing an international, intercultural, interactive conference under the title Cooperation and Diversity (Cooperative Learning in Intercultural Education). It will be held in Södertalje (Sweden), 10-13 August 1997.

The Conference will be an opportunity for teachers, teacher trainers and other educational professionals to meet, present their projects, connect schools and institutions, and broaden their networks. The programme will consist of information and training sessions, workshops, informal meetings, and exhibition of materials. The conference themes include the following: Cooperative learning strategies; Learning to know, Learning to do, Learning to be, Learning to live together; Relation between intercultural education and cooperative learning; Relationship between cooperative learning and the curriculum; Innovative projects in cooperative learning and intercultural education; Conflicts in the classroom and their managing; School innovations.

For further information, please write to: Mr. Lars Stensborg (IAIE), Köpmangatan 7, S-151 71 Södertalje, Sweden, fax: +46 8 55010081.

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Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
East and West

Tokyo, August 1997

The International Conference on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis: East and West will take place in Tokyo, 21-23 August 1997. The Conference is sponsored by Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, and the International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis.

The conference has two main aims. The first is to bring together, for the first time in an international conference in Japan, researchers and scholars from the United States, Europe and Japan who are interested in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis and to develop and foster international contacts and cooperation in advancing common research interests. The second aim is to advance research and theory in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis by providing opportunities for the presentation of papers and research studies and adequate opportunities for discussion.

The conference will include presentations of theoretical and empirical studies, workshop sessions to explore data and discuss research methods and strategies, and opportunities for the discussion of theoretical and practical issues.

For more information, please contact:: George Psathas, Department of Sociology, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 USA, tel.: (617) 353-2591; fax: (617) 353-4837; e-mail: geops1@acs.bu.edu
or Hisashi Nasu, Department of Sociology, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, fax: 81-3-3203-7718; e-mail: hnasu@mn.waseda.ac.jp

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Communication, Citizenship and Social Policy: Re-thinking the Limits of the Welfare State

Boulder, September 1997

The University of Colorado at Boulder and the European Institute of Communication and Culture (EURICOM) will hold a conference in Boulder, Colorado, September 25 - 28, 1997, on the relationship between communication policies and welfare politics. The ideas that welfare policies are inefficient and wasteful, that they undermine economic activity, and that their clientele are enfeebled rather than empowered, not only enjoy a broad consensus across the political spectrum in many countries, but actually provide an ideological springboard for radical state economic intervention toward what are sometimes referred to as the neo-liberal state and neo- liberal global economic policies. Most defenses of the welfare state attempt to outline a minimum level of human dignity which every citizen should be guaranteed. However, the grounds for defending the welfare state have shifted over time and increased but inadequate recognition has begun to be paid to the relationships between communication policy and social policy. The need to re-think the purposes and possibilities of state intervention in areas such as access to the media, the promotion of technological literacy, the re-invigoration of 'public service' media, the sustaining of cultural identity, and the provision of universal geographic coverage, are bases upon which communication policies need to confront more directly the debates in welfare state theory and politics. Communitarian, neo-liberal, materialist, and 'post-materialist' critiques of the welfare state raise many important empirical and theoretical questions about what roles governments can and should play to formulate and sustain progressive social policies in the realm of communication. This conference will address those themes.

For more information, please contact: Andrew Calabrese, Center for Mass Media Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA, fax: 1 303 492 0969; e-mail: andrew.calabrese@colorado.edu
Jean-Claude Burgelman, Department of Mass Communications, Free University of Brussels, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium, fax: + 32 2 629 28 61; e-mail: jcburgel@vnet3.vub.ac.be

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The 2nd Latin American and Caribbean Meeting of Theatre and Education and
the 4th International Festival of Theatre for Children and Young People

will be held in Lima, from 25 to 31 October 1997.

Contact: Centro Cultural Nosotros, Ande-Peru.
Organizers: Miryam Reategui, Lima 11, Peru; tel./fax: 51 14 707 308.

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10th ELRA Congress
Leisure and Tourism in Europe: The Challenge of Reconstruction and Modernization of Communities

Dubrovnik, September 1997

As all European cities and communities undergo dynamic changes, there is an increased growth in, and demand for, leisure and tourism services. This is most readily evident in Central and Eastern European and some Mediterranean countries, as well as in postwar regions encountering the double problem of reconstruction and modernization.

The 10th Congress of the European Leisure and Recreation Association, the European Regional Association of the World Leisure and Recreation Association, has been recognized as an official activity of the World Decade for Cultural Development and is supported by UNESCO. The Congress will take place in Dubrovnik, 29 September - 1 October 1997.

The provisional programme envisages plenary sessions and workshops addressing the role of leisure and tourism under the following topics:

Areas of Reconstruction and Modernization

  • Tourism and Leisure Meet Again : their new productive relationship
  • Cultural Leisure and Tourism
  • City Leisure and Tourism
  • Spa Leisure and Tourism

Goals and Means of Reconstruction and Modernization

  • Eco-Leisure and Tourism
  • Reconstruction of Human Resources
  • Leisure and Tourism Studies

The Congress will end with a roundtable discussion of experts, with a view to preparing a set of guidelines for reconstruction and development in the field of leisure, recreation and tourism.

Papers are invited for presentation. Practical examples and theoretical models which will stimulate discussion are particularly welcome. Please submit the title and abstract (100 words) of the proposed paper to: Professor Mag Peter Zellman, Ludwig-Bolzmann Institut, Schönbrunnerstrasse 222-228, A - 1120 Vienna, Austria, fax: 43 1 813 9300.

For further details concerning the Congress, please contact the organizer: Dr. Tonka Pancic Kombol, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism, P.O.Box 97 HR-51410 Opatija, Croatia, tel.: 385 51 292 633; fax: 385 51 291 965; e-mail: Tonka.Pancic_Kombol@hotel.hika.hr

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IFI Congress '97

Killarney, September 1997

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) plans to bring together experts from the visual arts, medical research, commerce, psychology, and universal design, to confront culture, technology and design in a challenging and participatory congress to be held in Killarney, Ireland, 25-28 September 1997. In its plenary sessions, the IFI Congress '97, entitled A Sense of Place, will include parallel sessions focusing on -

  • ecology - the future environment and changing directions in education,
  • human needs in the workplace,
  • identity and place - culture, community and history,
  • body and mind - psychology and perceptive senses in the built environment, and
  • shelter and technology.

For registration and accommodation, please fax IFI '97 at +353-1/679 3458.

Please note IFI's new office and e-mail address: International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), Herengracht 162, 1016 BP Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31-20/4221288; fax: +31-20/4223883; e-mail: info@ifides.nl

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World Congress of ITI

Seoul, September 1997

The 27th World Congress of ITI (International Theatre Institute) will be held in Seoul (Korea) from 14 to 20 September 1997.

The Congress theme will focus on the performing arts in the twenty-first century and the emergence of new models in the era of the multimedia.

For information and programmes, please contact: International Theatre Institute, UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, F-75732 Paris Cedex 15, France, tel.: +33 1 45682650; fax: 33 1 45665040.

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VIth Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint-Denis

October 1997 - March 1998

Every other year the Centre international de Bagnolet pour les oeuvres chorégraphiques Seine Saint-Denis organizes the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine Saint-Denis, an award event, or more accurately, an elaborate growing process that contributes to the creation and dissemination of choreographic works on an international scale.

In the year 1997/98, on its tenth anniversary, the Centre international de Bagnolet is engaged in preparations for the sixth edition of the Rencontres, which have so far proved to be an inestimable contribution to the stimulation, encouragement and recognition of choreographic art as such.

Upon the preliminary selection on the basis of the entry forms and video material of about 500 choreographers who applied this year, a wide variety of works will be presented on 33 so-called dance platforms (from October 1997 to March 1998), conceived and hosted by local theatre directors and festival managers. In this way, choreographers will get an opportunity to show their work under normal performance conditions to dance professionals, official authorities and the public. In addition, in conjunction with the platform performances, debates concerning the production and dissemination conditions will be organized, providing an occasion for a gathering of the artistic community and spectators, in order to exchange ideas and experience and ponder about solutions to acute problems.

The award-winning works will be presented at the Maison de la culture de Seine Saint-Denis in Bobigny, in March 1998.

For more information, please contact: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint-Denis, Bagnolet, France, tel.: (33 1) 55 82 08 08; fax: (33 1) 43 63 81 71.

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The Thessaloniki Rencontres

Thessaloniki, October/November 1997

Les Rencontres, the association of European cities and regions for culture, is holding its annual meeting in Thessaloniki, European Capital of Culture 1997, on 31 October to 1 November 1997. The Les Rencontres association was launched by elected officials in charge of culture. Each year the members of the network come together for their General Meeting in the European Capital of Culture to discuss important cultural issues and set up concrete collaborative projects to favour the development of cultural cooperation in Europe.

The Thessaloniki Rencontres will examine two major themes, one related to the problems of multiculturality in cities, raising questions on the responsibility of urban planing, and the other examining the place of culture and local authorities in the new organization of the European Union. Three working groups will examine possibilities of cooperation between cities and regions with particular emphasis on cultural policies for the youth, and will discuss the setting up of local cultural policies in small and medium-sized towns.

The meeting is open to local and regional cultural practitioners from all over Europe as well as representatives of other national and international networks of cities and local authorities, giving network members the opportunity to further cooperation on cultural policies. A Forum of Project Exchanges will allow elected officials to present their projects and find partner cities and regions.

For further information, please contact: Alexandra Logothetou-Seguin or Angie Cotte, Les Rencontres, 25 rue Deparcieux, 75014 Paris, France; tel./fax: 33-1/45 38 70 13; e-mail: rencontr@club-internet.fr.

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The Universities' Responsibilities to Society

Bangkok, November 1997

The Fourth International Association of Universities (IAU) Mid-Term Conference will be held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 12-14 November 1997. This Conference will form part of Chulalongkorn University's 80th Anniversary celebrations. The general theme for the Mid-Term Conference is The Universities' Responsibilities to Society.

IAU hopes to gather a large number of higher education leaders from around the world to debate this theme and related sub-topics, which will also include some of IAU's priority areas - academic freedom and university autonomy, the role of universities in an information society, and sustainable development. The outcome of the meeting will contribute to preparing the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education.

For more information, please contact: International Association of Universities, UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, F-75732 Paris Cedex 15, France, tel.: +33 (1) 45 68 25 45; fax: +33 (1) 47 34 76 05; e-mail: iau@unesco.org or iau@citi2.fr

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Urban Cultural Heritage, Identity and Multiculturalism - New Intervention Strategies

El Castell-Ecomuseu urbŕ, established in Rubí, at the connurbation of Barcelona, is organizing the European Conference "Urban Cultural Heritage, Identity and Multiculturalism - New Intervention Strategies", which will be held at Rubí on November 28 and 29 1997.

The project is run by the Castell-Ecomuseu Urbŕ (Rubí, Catalunya, Spain), together with Kulturkaelderen (Randers, Denmark) and the Ecomuseum of Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (Île de France, France). All three institutions are located within urban areas and multicultural environments. They all value heritage as an important means through which attain the recovering of a collective memory and a sense of place, to promote the social and cultural cohesion and to restore the positive image of the urban environment.

Based on exhibitions and other artistic and cultural activities, the main aim of this meeting is to introduce, review and exchange the new definitions of urban heritage, as well as the current experiences and instrumental proposals on heritage intervention projects undertaken in urban areas and multicultural societies, within the different countries of Europe. On the other hand, the Conference aims to be a platform to establish a network between the different participants in order to be able to guarantee the future co-operation at a transnational level.

The Conference will consist of several plenary sessions (lectures and roundtables) and a workshop, in which the participants will go into the town of Rubí to actively participate in one of the intervention strategies presented.

For more information, please contact the Secretariat: Ester Calbet - Montse Mallol, El Castell-Ecomuseu Urbŕ, c/ Justícia, 21, Rubí 08191, Spain; tel: 34 3- 588 75 74 / 588 33 79; modem fax: 34 3- 588 33 79; e-mail: rubi.ecomuseu@valser.es

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The Seventh World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters will take place in Brisbane, Australia, 29 November - 6 December 1997.

For further information, please contact the International Secretariat, 3575 boul. Saint-Laurent, suite 611, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H2X 2T7, tel.: +(514) 982-0351; fax: +(514) 849-7129; e-mail: amarcho@web.net or amarcmem@web.net

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Nairobi International Cultural Festival

Nairobi, December 1997

The Fourth Nairobi International Festival will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, 4-7 December 1997. The Festival programme will feature the following:

  • Folk dance
  • Folk music
  • Folk singing
  • Exhibition/Demonstration of arts and crafts.

All Festival participants will be hosted by families in Nairobi on a full-board basis.

For other conditions for participation, please contact: Mr. Joseph Amisi, Festival Director, Nairobi Cultural Institute, P. O. Box 10369, Nairobi, Kenya, tel.: (254-2) 567111; fax: (254-2) 228407.