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Call for Essays and Papers

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For this project, we are looking for contributors with a background in science and technology who are willing and able to cast - tabloid-compatible, phenomenological, politically and culturally relevant - light on their fields of research and development. Possible journalistic approaches range from essay/report formats (6.000 - 10.000 chars) to more experiental, opinion-oriented sections (4.000 - 5.000 chars). Fees are far from extraordinary, but enough to make the effort worthwhile. Submission can be made in English or German language.

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The Culture of Interactivity

New York, January 1998

Produced under the auspicies of the Visual Arts Foundation, in cooperation with the MFA Photo and Related Media Program, School of Visual Arts, and to be held on 17-18 January 1998 at the Rockefeller University, New York, The Culture of Interactivity is a two-day event aiming to take a critical look at the computer and how we interrelate through it.

For more information, see http://www.interactive-culture.org/. Tel.: 212/592-2414; E-mail:interact@aaln.org.

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Tokyo International Book Fair '98

Tokyo, January 1998

The Tokyo International Book Fair '98 will be held in Tokyo, 22-25 January 1998. Organized by the Japan Book Publishers Association and six other major organizations related to publishing, the fair aims at creating opportunities for business domestically as well as internationally. Along with the TIBF '98, seven specialized fairs will be held, such as multimedia, printing and binding, science books, supplementary texts and reference books, children's books, etc.

Contact: Tokyo International Book Fair Secretariat, 18 F, Shinjuku-Nomura Bldg., 1-26-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-05, Japan, tel.: (81) 3 3349 8501; fax: (81) 3 3345 7929.

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Fourth International Copyright Symposium

Tokyo, January 1998

The Fourth International Copyright Symposium will be held in Tokyo, 22-24 January 1998. The Symposium is organised by the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Japan Book Publishers Association. Under the general theme The Publisher in the Changing Markets, the symposium will cover topics such as Publishers' Rights, Electronic Copyright Management Systems, Value Innovation in the Networks, The Asian Experiences, etc. About 300 representatives from around the world are expected to participate.

Contact: IPA Symposium Secretariat, c/o Japan Book Publishers Association, 6 Fukuromachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162, Japan, tel.: (81) 3 3268 1301; fax: (81) 3 3268 1196.

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XVIth FACP Conference and AAPPAC Arts Market 1998

Manila, February 1998

The XVIth Conference of the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) will be held at the Westin Philippine Plaza, Manila on 5-7 February 1998, with the theme Towards the New Millennium : Asia and the New World Order.

Organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the FACP returns to the site of the first FACP gathering. The Board of Governors meet on February 5 while the sessions on February 6 and 7 will cover cultural exchange in the era of borderless trade, strategies for increased regional cooperation, and Asian festivals. There will be the usual networking sessions and opportunities to meet friends old and new.

Conference fees are at US$ 480 for members (inclusive of US$200 for membership fees good for the first five member representatives) and US$500 for non-members. Airport transfers are included in the registration fee.

Contact: FACP Secretariat; Cultural Center of the Philippines; P.O. Box 310, Manila, Philippines 1099; tel.: 63-2-832-3657; fax : 63-2-831-3415; 832-3683.

Detailed schedule:

4 February


Arrival of Delegates

5 February


Arrival of Delegates



FACP Governors Meeting



Opening of CCP Arts Festival



FACP Opening Reception



FACP Gala Concert

6 February


Opening Ceremonies



Session I - Beyond Borders: GATT/WTO & Cultural Exchange



Hosted Lunch



Session II - Strategies for Increased Regional Cooperation



Networking Session



Tour of the CCP (Optional)



Concert Of The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

7 February


Session III - Asian Arts Festivals



Hosted Lunch



Session IV - Focus on the Philippines



Networking Session



FACP Business Meeting



Closing Reception



Performance Of Philippine Folk Dances

8 February


Optional Tours
Departure of Delegates

Additional information

The Association Of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centers (AAPPAC), a new organization presently comprising fifteen organizations responsible for performing arts centers in ten Asia Pacific Nations, will be holding an Arts Market on November 26-29, 1998, coinciding with the organization's General Meeting in Manila. Venue is also at the Westin Philippine Plaza. Organizations and agencies interested in exhibiting may also get in touch with the address below. For further information about the AAPPAC, visit its website at http://www.aappac.net/.

Contact: Dennis N. Marasigan, Associate Artistic Director for Performing Arts, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila; P.O. Box 310 Manila 1099, Philippines; tel.: 63-2-832-3657; 63-2-832-2314; fax: 63-2-831-3415; 63-2-832-3683; e-mail: denmar@ccpap.admu.edu.ph or ccp@portalinc.com

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Adelaide Fringe Festival

Australia's 1998 Adelaide Fringe Festival, an open-access celebration that has become the world's largest festival of Australian and international arts, second only in size to the Edinburgh Fringe, is scheduled for February 20 to March 15, 1998.

Further information is available from Marilyn Verheyen, Communications Manager, Adelaide Fringe Inc., P.O.Box 3242 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, tel.: 61 8 8231 7760; fax: 61 8 8231 5080; e-mail: fringe@camtech.net.au; Web site: http://www.va.com.au/sunfest/

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International Television Programme Market

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 1998

The Third International Television Programme Market will be held in Dubai, 8-10 March 1998. Since its launch two years ago, MID-TV has achieved considerable success. It has become a meeting point for planners and programmers in television stations and other television programming industries, including both production and distribution specialists. The interest in MID-TV has spread beyond the boundaries of the Arab world to cover the entire Middle East area.

In its second edition, MID-TV was joined by the elites of the industry from Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Australia. Its professional atmosphere and informative seminars have helped MID-TV to become an international event, unique of its kind in the Gulf and the whole region. About 80 per cent of Arab television stations - local, international, public and private - were represented, and they were the focus of attraction for a large number of production and distribution companies from all parts of the world.

Rapid change and development, challenges, and the growing need for constant exchange of views and experience and for coordination, as well as the desire to build up demand for programming materials innovative in form and content, are making such regional events increasingly attractive and important.

The third edition of this event, organised by Al Fajer Information & Services under the patronage of the Dubai Satellite Channel from 8 to 10 March 1998, will provide a highly interactive meeting ground for independent producers, distributors and buyers of mass media programmes in the Middle East.

For more information, please contact: Al Fajer Information & Services, P.O.Box: 11183, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, tel.: +971-4-621133; fax: +971-4-622802; e-mail: alfajer@emirates.net.ae; http://www.al-fajer.com

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Children's Creativity Builds the Future

Stockholm, March 1998

As part of the Cultural Capital of Europe 1998 programme, Stockholm is organizing the Children's Creativity Builds the Future conference, to be held on 11-13 March 1998. The conference is linked to the 1996 Copenhagen Conference Forum on Children's Culture. Culture for Children and Young People will also be part of the agenda of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development in Stockholm on 30 March - 2 April 1998 (See pp. 31-32 in this issue.).

With the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a base, the Children's Creativity Builds the Future conference will focus on the importance of children's rights to develop their own creativity and their access to cultural life and practices, covering the following themes:

  • children's democratic access to cultural expression and heritage,
  • a holistic approach to education, with emphasis on the stimulation of creativity, the acquisition of interpersonal skills and the capacity to be flexible in applying knowledge,
  • children's and young people's space for play and leisure, with the main focus on urban development, and
  • media, pluralism and freedom of expression.

The Conference is intended for decision-makers, researchers, practitioners, educationalists and professional instructors. The programme will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers, as well as sessions in smaller groups and visits to schools and meetings with children and young people engaged in cultural activities. The Conference participants will have opportunities for discussions, exchange of experience and building new networks.

For more information, please contact: Children's Culture Builds the Future, Stockholm - Cultural Capital of Europe 1998, c/o Stockholm Convention Bureau, P.O. Box 6911, S-102 39 Stockholm, Sweden, tel.: 46-8/736 15 00; fax: 46-8/34 83 41; e-mail: stocon@stocon.se

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Identity and Pluralism - on Cultural Dimensions of Development

La Plata/Buenos Aires, March 1998

In mid-March 1998, ERICArts (For ERICArts, see Culturelink no. 19/August 1996, pp. 29-33.) plans to co-host the inaugural North-South Expert Conference on Cultural Research and Development in La Plata/Buenos Aires, Argentina. Organised in co-operation with the International Affairs and Culture Ministry of the Province of Buenos Aires, networks like Culturelink/IRMO and Mediacult, foundations and other bodies, this event aims to strengthen scientific relations between experts in cultural policy and development from the North and South as well as to improve methodological standards and facilitate new project partnerships. A follow-up meeting is foreseen in Europe in the year 2000.

The conference programme should be of relevance for both 'North' and 'South'. The list of thematic priorities, approved in general by the last ERICArts Plenary, include media, arts and heritage policies, (inter)cultural education, and funding strategies.

Proposals for the Programme

1. Towards a 'New Deal' in North-South-Relations?
    Cultural Theory and Policy
2. The Issue of Pluralism - Comparative Cultural Studies
3. Law & Disorder - Legal and Economic Challenges
4. Fortresses in a 'Clash of Civilisations'? Media Studies

Several of these themes correspond with the work of UNESCO, in particular the World Decade for Cultural Development, the Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development, Our Creative Diversity, (See Culturelink no. 18/April 1996, pp. 35-37.) and the Council of Europe (cf. Report on Culture and Development, In from the Margins, see Culturelink no. 22/August 1997, pp. 44-47.). Following La Plata, some of these issues will be taken up two weeks later in the context of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development in Stockholm, Sweden.

A Programme Committee has been set up to explore the suggestions for the conference topics and speakers. Members of this committee include Nelly de Camargo (Mediacult, Sao Paulo), Biserka Cvjeticanin (IRMO, Zagreb), Aurora Duhalde (Provincia de Buenos Aires), Manuel Fernández Hechenleitner (Universidad de Chile), Edwin R. Harvey (Universidad de las Naciones Unidas, Buenos Aires), Ritva Mitchell (The Arts Council of Finland), Steven Totosy (University of Alberta, Canada), and Andreas Wiesand (ZfKf/ERICArts). Additional representation is being encouraged from CIRCLE, UNESCO and other institutions.

For more information, contact the Secretariat of ERICArts: Zentrum für Kulturforschung, Am Hofgarten 17, D-53113 Bonn, Germany, tel.: (49 228) 211 059; fax: (49 228) 217 493.

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KLYS Conference

Hässelby Slott, March/April 1998

The Swedish Joint Committee for Literary and Artistic Professionals (KLYS), serving as an umbrella organization for 19 cultural organizations (i.d. 30.000 individual members), has been provided with resources from the Swedish government, the European Cultural Capital Stockholm '98 and the Swedish Institute to organize a world conference of cultural workers parallel to the conference of the Ministers, the Stockholm conference on Cultural Policies for Development to be held on 30 March - 2 April 1998. At this unique opportunity to bring up questions of mutual interest between artists and Ministers, some 100 artists, writers and other artistic performers from all parts of the world are expected to meet and discuss the theme "Our creative diversity". The conference hosted by KLYS will take place at Hässelby Slott, an old castle in the surroundings of Stockholm, hosting the Nordic Centre for Culture.

The three main items on the agenda will be:

  • the role of culture in conflicting areas;
  • the impact of new technologies on the development of culture; and
  • the economical status of the artist.

It is obvious that within the field of culture it has been possible to establish relations and cooperation crossing political bounderies. The world of culture is a worlds of its own. At the KLYS conference several speaches will be delivered by delegates from countries in conflicting areas. Also, to demonstrate the power of the new technology, the whole conference will be transmitted simultanously ovet the Internet, updated every 30 minutes, to give absent cultural workers the opportunity to follow the conference and participate in the discussions by e-mail. During the conference a TV-link will be established between the Ministers in the city of Stockholm and the Castle of Hässelby. Minibusses will also bring interested delegates to and from the city.

Fore more information, contact: KLYS, Skeppargatan 26, 114 52 Stockholm, Sweden; tel.: 08-667 88 90; fax: 08-667 88 11; e-mail: council@klys.se; WWW: http://www.klys.se/worldconference.htm

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The World Conference of Cultural Workers in Stockholm 98

Stockholm, March - April 1998

The Swedish Joint Committee for Literary and Artistic Professionals (KLYS), serving as an umbrella organization for 19 Swedish cultural organizations (with 30,000 individual members), is planning a world conference of cultural workers to run in parallel with the conference of Ministers, the Stockholm Conference on Cultural Policies for Development, to be held on 30 March - 2 April 1998 (See Culturelink no. 23/November 1997, pp. 31-32 and pp. 55-56.). This will be a unique opportunity to bring up questions of mutual interest between artists and Ministers. Some 100 artists, writers and other artistic workers from all parts of the world are expected to meet and discuss the theme Our creative diversity. The conference, to be hosted by the KLYS, will take place at Hässelby Slott, an old castle in the surroundings of Stockholm, now the Nordic Centre for Culture.

The three main items on the agenda will be:

  • the role of culture in conflicting areas;
  • the impact of new technologies on the development of culture; and
  • the economic status of the artist.

At the KLYS conference, several speeches will be delivered by delegates from countries in conflicting areas. Also, to demonstrate the power of the new technology, the whole conference will be transmitted simultaneously over the Internet, updated every 30 minutes, to give absent cultural workers the opportunity to follow the conference and participate in the discussions by e-mail. During the conference, a TV-link will be established between the Ministers in downtown Stockholm and the Castle of Hässelby.

For more information, please contact: KLYS, Skeppargatan 26, 114 52 Stockholm, Sweden, tel.: 08-667 88 90; fax: 08-667 88 11; e-mail: council@klys.se; http://www.klys.se/worldconference.htm

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Arts on the Edge - Contemporary Issues for Arts Trainers, Educators and Practitioners

Perth, April 1998

The International Conference Arts on the Edge - Contemporary Issues for Arts Trainers, Educators and Practitioners will be held in Perth, Western Australia, 30 March - 4 April 1998. The programme focusing on the performing and visual arts and related activities will address the following issues: the significance of the arts in society and how we educate artists for the twenty-first century, education and training for change, arts in a university environment, arts training versus arts education, etc.

For more details, contact: Austin Bond, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Western Australia 6050, tel.: 61 9 3706588; fax: 61 9 3706665; e-mail: a.bond@cowan.edu.au

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British Council International Seminars

Performing Arts Management: Building New Audiences
Glasgow / London, 15 to 23 April 1998

The purpose of this seminar is to explore contemporary approaches to developing new audiences for the performing arts. There will be an emphasis on rethinking the uses of arts buildings and the relationship between arts and tourism, with a focus on practical case studies/models, enabling the participants to select elements suited to their own circumstances.

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Third Latin American Meeting on Woman and Communication

La Habana, April 1998

The Third Latin American Meeting on Woman and Communication/ III Encuentro Iberoamericano Mujer y Comunicación, will be held in La Habana, Cuba, April 20-25, 1998, with the objective to promote the exchange of experience and knowledge in this field.

The main topics to be debated are the following:

  • The woman as the protagonist on radio and television;
  • Alternative communication as a way of making known the reality;
  • The image of the woman in advertising;
  • Directing the mankind from childhood. Towards the journalism of mankind;
  • Construction of communication between men and women.

For more information, please contact the Organizing Committee: Editorial Pablo de la Torriente, Calle 11 no. 160 el KyL, Vedado, La Habana, Cuba, tel.: (537) 32 7581; fax: (537) 32 3322 and 33 3079; e-mail upec@mail.infoc.etecsa.cu

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ISCM World Music Days

Manchester, April - May 1998

The ISCM World Music Days 1998 will be held in Manchester, 24 April - 2 May 1998. The Festival will be jointly promoted by the ISCM and the BBC and is part of New Music '98, a new music festival created in partnership with major Manchester-based music organizations. The main themes of the festival will be the acknowledged masterworks of the twentieth century, the 75th anniversary of the ISCM, and music that is inspired by the urban environment and that reflects the cultural diversity of Manchester. As well as professional performances, there will be music education and participatory community projects.

Equal attention will be given to all categories of music: orchestra, chamber orchestra, symphonic wind band and brass band, music for ensemble, vocal music, solo instruments and/or voices, electroacoustic works, music theatre and music for dance, video, film, installation/ambient events, other categories.

For further information, please contact: ISCM British Section, c/o SPNM, Francis House, Francis Street, London, SW1P 1DE, United Kingdom, tel.: 44 171 8289 696; fax: 44 171 931 99 28.

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Sustainable Development in the Islands and the Roles of Research and Higher Education

Rhodes, May 1998

In cooperation with the University of the Aegean, the University of Cyprus, the Democritus University of Thrace and the National Technical University of Athens, PRELUDE International (Programme of Research and Liaison between Universities for Development) is organizing a congress on Sustainable Development in the Islands and the Roles of Research and Higher Education, to be held in Rhodes, Greece on 30 April to 4 May 1998.

The Congress will aim simultaneously to help conserve the interrelated natural and cultural heritage and to upgrade the awareness of local researchers and actors in specific fields of the ways to appropriate local scientific, technical, intellectual, material and financial resources. Here, the role of research and higher education institutions is critical to stimulate the conditions for a viable human and global development, indispensable if the islands are not to be marginalized in their context of socio-economic dependence and irreversible ecological degradation (erosion, water shortage, pressure of tourism on social and cultural environments, isolation, energy problems).

The working method proposed by the Organizing Committee meets the two prerequisites for active participation: globalization and interactivity. Priority will be given to case studies and debates, in the form of continuous workshops, involving different actors such as researchers, project initiators, local authorities, and other social agents, aiming to stimulate the emergence of networks and long-term action processes. The workshop topics will primarily refer to case studies from a global perspective and its local interpretation, with specific subjects covering tourism, education, communication, energy, water, transport, land management, environment, cultural heritage, and the methodology of project elaboration. Each subject will be integrated into its human and social context, taking into account the inter-island relationships and their dependence on the continental centres, as well as their specific geo-political and symbolic features.

For more information, please contact: Professor Georges Thill, Scientific Coordination of PRELUDE, University of Namur, 61 rue de Bruxelles, 5000 Namur, Belgium, tel.: +32-81-72 41 16; fax: +32-81-72 41 18; e-mail: georges.thill@fundp.ac.be

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Postcolonialism and Cultural Resistance

Joensuu, Finland, May 1998

The Department of Finnish Language, Literature and Culture Studies and the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Joensuu will stage a two-day multidisciplinary seminar from 15-16 May 1998 on the theme of postcolonialism and cultural resistance. The keynote speakers will be Professor Kenneth Parker, Centre for British and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Warwick, UK, and Professor Edvard Hviding, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway.

The seminar will be open to all teachers, researchers and students interested in postcolonial literatures and cultures. The seminar will consist of plenary lectures and workshops, and both postgraduate students and researchers will have an opportunity to discuss their research topics.

Since literature and culture have always played a significant role in the construction of the identities of marginalized peoples, the Joensuu seminar will focus on the legacy of colonialism and the forms and expressions of cultural resistance.

For more information, please contact the organizers at the University of Joensuu:
Dr Raisa Simola, tel.: +358-13-251 4535; e-mail: raisa.simola@joensuu.fi
Mr Jari Kupiainen, tel.: +358-13-251 4291; e-mail: jkupi@cc.joensuu.fi

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Global Awareness - Global Dialogue, Worlddidac

Basel, May 1998

With the theme Africa - The Realities of Change and a focus on Education for Change, this exhibit, workshop and media programme will bring together African and European publishers and NGOs working on materials to create global awareness and global dialogue. The Programme will take place in Basel, Switzerland, 12 - 15 May 1998.

Contact: Markus Adelsbach, Programme Advisor, North-South Centre, Avenida da Liberdade, 229-4°, P-1250 Lisboa, Portugal, tel.: +351 1 352 49 54; fax: 351 1 353 13 29.

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Tourism and Culture for Sustainable Development '98

Athens, May 1998

The Department of Geography and Regional Planning of the National Technical University of Athens has announced the First International Scientific Congress on Tourism and Culture for Sustainable Development, to be held in Athens, 19-21 May 1998. Under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, and the Greek Organization for Tourism, the congress will focus on research and practice of the bipolar system 'Tourism - Culture' within the framework of sustainable development. It is planned that the congress should take place every three years, with the aim to examine, evaluate and redefine the contemporary tourism and cultural products through scientific, technical and technological research. Members of the academic community, international and national organizations in the field, and practitioners in tourism and culture will discuss topics dealing with:

  • Tourism - The Natural and Social Environment; New Tourism Products; Measuring Attractiveness; Spatial and Seasonal Allocation of Demand; Advertising Issues; Europe's place in the International Tourism Product; The Mediterranean Basin; Problems and Prospects; Environmental Sensibility and Attitudes; Zoning Issues;
  • Culture - The Cultural Environment; Monuments; Historical Centres; Traditional Settlements; Landscapes of High Value; Promoting Cultural Heritage; Classical and Contemporary Culture; Cultural Identity; Effects; Cultural Conscience and Education; Spatial Dimensions;
  • Development - Sustainable Development; Policy Making; Development Strategies; Sustainable Use of Resources; Qualitative Change; Impacts; Redefinition of the Tourism/Cultural Product within Sustainability; Regional Aspects of Tourism/Culture.

For more information, please contact the Secretary of the Congress: LEADER in Research & Development Ltd, 19 Amerikis str., 106 72 Kolonaki, Athens, Greece, tel.: (0030) 1-3614633, 3614635; fax: 3614635; e-mail: leader@compulink.gr

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Strangers and Brothers

Sofia, May 1998

The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) announces its symposium Strangers and Brothers - Present, Past and Future; Interrelated and Estranged Societies in Europe, which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, 21-24 May 1998, organized in collaboration with the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts 'Krustyo Sarafov' in Sofia. It is a follow-up event to the ELIA Symposium Confrontation and Conflict: The Challenge to the Arts in Times of Human Turmoil, organized in Graz, Austria, 30 May to 2 June 1996, of which the documentation has recently been published.

Strangers and Brothers will focus on countries around the Black Sea -ÿGeorgia, Moldavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Armenia and Ukraine. Participants from all over Europe will discuss the history of this region as a cradle of civilization and a melting-pot of cultures, including the role and responsibility of artists in our changing society.

The Symposium will seek to deepen the understanding of the genesis of confrontation, taking the Black Sea region as an example, and will focus on many aspects of the cultural development of a region which has been a major influence on all European cultures for thousands of years. It will offer a platform for -

  • discussion and reflection on the different histories and current situations of European societies, as well as possible approaches to a future common European society through artistic practice, reflecting the continent's cultural diversity;
  • the expansion of political debates, to include artistic (also non-verbal) languages in the development of policies and political action;
  • the examination of how artists (professionals, teachers, or students) can involve themselves in their societies' conflicts;
  • the exchange of experience and expertise to help artists and arts institutions in areas of unrest and conflict;
  • the improvement of international cooperation and networking to strengthen the position of artists and arts institutions in the region; and
  • discussions of the responsibilities of artists and their teachers to uphold and disseminate basic human values.

For more information, please contact: ELIA Secretariat, Waterlooplein 219, 1011 PG Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 620 39 36; fax: +31 20 620 56 16; e-mail: elia@elia.ahk.nl; http://www.elia.ahk.nl

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Facing the 21st Century: Divergence or Convergence of European Cultures?

Jennersdorf, Austria, June 1998

This Conference within the Euroconference Series on Cultural Standards in Business and Society in the European Union will be held in Jennersdorf, Burgenland, Austria, 1-4 June 1998.

Within the conference, organized by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, and supported by the European Commission, young researchers will be given the opportunity to attend lecturers given by renowned experts.

Target groups:

  1. Researchers from across the European Union and Associated States within TMR ('Training and Mobility of Researchers' (TMR) Programme of the European Union) (Norway, Liechtenstein, Israel, Iceland) who are aged 35 years or under, researchers whose place of work is in a less-favoured region, women researchers, researchers who work in industry.
  2. Renowned experts in the field of intercultural research and science. Their contributions (current or completed studies in German or English) should deal with the following topics:
  • divergence or convergence of European cultures
  • is there a vision of a European culture?
  • information technology and culture
  • the Internet and culture
  • European life-styles in different fields of life (business, politics, society, art, sports, etc.)
  • regional cultures in Europe (in particular: Austria and neighbouring countries).

Additional funding for researchers from the following countries is very likely to be available: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia.

The conference is a joint effort of Professor Gerhard Fink, Jean Monnet Chair for Applied Microeconomics in European Integration, Research Institute for European Affairs, Business and Economics University, Vienna, Assistant Professor Schapour Zafarpour, Study Abroad Center at the Business and Economics University, Vienna, and the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (IACCM).

For more information, please contact: Dr. Claudia Feichtinger, Research Institute for European Affairs, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Althansstrasse 39-45, 1090 Vienna, Austria, tel.: +43 1 31336 4141; fax: + 43 1 31336 758.

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Managing across Borders - Cross-Cultural Issues in Management Studies

Lugano, June 1998

The Conference on Managing across Borders will be held in Lugano, Switzerland, 4-6 June 1998. The conference is organised by Università della Svizzera Italiana. Its aim is to provide a forum for discussing the managerial implications of the multiplicity of cultures and their impact on organizational life. The importance of addressing cultural differences in managing organisations has been widely acknowledged by both scholars and practitioners. However, research in this area has mainly focused on the influence of national cultures on the policies and operations of multinationals. In doing so, these interpretive frameworks have considered culture as something different from both organisations and individuals. The acknowledgement of the multi-faceted nature of cultures implies a need for new approaches.

For further information concerning submissions, registration fees, accommodation, travelling, etc., please visit the Aidea-Giovani's web site, http://www.dial.it/aideagiovani or contact:
Dr. Luca Brusati, e-mail: luca.brusati@uni-bocconi.it or Dr. Paolo Quattrone, e-mail: bigfour@tin.it

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Xth International Conference on Cultural Economics

Barcelona, June 14-17 1998

The International Conference on Cultural Economics is the most important biennial forum for discussing the economic dimension of contemporary cultural life. Organised by the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI), this year's Tenth International Conference on Cultural Economics, will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on 14-17 June. During the three-day conference, approximately 200 experts from around the world will submit papers applying economic analysis to the arts and culture sector.

The Conference will be structured into:

  • Plenary Sessions: two Plenary Sessions, in addition to opening and closing sessions. During these sessions, guest speakers will discuss the economic impact of the internationalisation of cultural markets, as well as mechanisms for public policy intervention in the cultural sphere.
  • Panel Sessions for paper presentations: thirty panel sessions, during the course of which participants will present their papers. The aim of the sessions is to promote debate on the methodology and findings of presented research.
  • Round Table Debates: two Round Table Debates will be offered, open to cultural institutions, in which officers and arts managers are invited to compare the most current research with the cultural context of their day-to-day experience.

Also, special meetings in order to facilitate communication between specific groups of participants are planned.

The papers will deal with the application of economic analysis to the arts, culture and related areas, including (but not limited to):

  • Economics of the "cultural industries";
  • Tax policy, artists, and arts institutions;
  • Culture as a subsector of the not-for-profit sector;
  • The role of culture in economic development;
  • Cultural tourism;
  • Arts labour markets;
  • Economic history of the arts;
  • State expenditure on and regulation of the arts;
  • Economics of marketing and promoting culture; and
  • Economics of copyright.

For more information, please contact: X International Conference on Cultural Economics, CERC, Montalegre 7, 08001 Barcelona, Spain; tel.: 402.28.27; fax. 402.25.77; e-mail: eco.cult@eco.ub.es; WWW: http://riscd2.eco.ub.es/~eco.cult/

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A Century of Latin American Plastic Arts

La Habana, June 1998

The Dirección de Artes Plásticas invites creative artists, critics, curators and researchers to an international colloquium entitled Un Siglo de Plástica Latinoamericana (A Century of Latin American Plastic Arts), to be held in La Habana, Cuba, 15-19 June 1998, and aiming to assess the twentieth century plastic arts production in the region and its development.

For more information, please contact: Casa de las Américas, 3ra y G, El Vedado, La Habana, Cuba, tel.: 32 3587/88/89; fax: (537) 33 4554, 32 7272; e-mail: casa@artsoft.cult.cu

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National Languages, Languages of Art and the Mobility of Dramatic Theatre in Europe

ITI Symposium at the 1998 Bonn Biennial
Bonn, June 1998

The International Theatre Institute - ITI has scheduled an international symposium in conjunction with the Bonn Biennial on the situation of European dramatic theatre, i.e., theatre oriented towards text/dialogue. In accord with the theme of the festival and the ITI's cultural mission, the symposium will focus on the promotion of cultural exchange in the area of contemporary drama. The symposium will take place in Bonn, 18-21 June 1998. National Languages, Languages of Art and the Mobility of Dramatic Theatre in Europe opens up questions about the potential and limits of international cultural exchange with regard to language-oriented theatre:

  1. What roles do national languages play in different (theatre) cultures? What values (heritage, tradition, identity) attach themselves to the use of national languages in the theatre? What functions do national languages have in the context of the new nationalist discourse in Eastern Europe that has developed following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
  2. Language barriers as cultural barriers and barriers to dialogue: Experience with the potential and limits of international exchange in dramatic theatre.
  3. Artistic languages from the subjective perspective of authors: Why is there such a marked tendency - in the German theatre in particular - towards personally stamped stylistic forms or even veritable 'Kunst-Sprachen' (artistic languages)?
  4. Artistic languages from the perspective of mediators: What problems arise for translators and intermediaries in arbitrating artistic languages in processes of cultural transfer?
  5. Mobility of dramatic theatre: What measures are being undertaken on the European and international levels to promote exchange specifically in the area of dramatic theatre?

At the symposium in Bonn, the ITI's European partners will share their experiences regarding the functioning of the European market. A particularly important issue in this regard is the promotion of smaller languages - an EU priority - and the translation of dramatic works. The second step will be to develop models for improving the promotion of foreign tours of foreign-language productions (from project financing to practical matters of simultaneous interpreting, subtitles, and overhead titling) and for quickly arranging foreign-language premieres of new works. The third step will be to discuss European experiences with the situation in other, non-European language regions in order to develop channels of cultural dialogue that cross the European borders.

The project has been developed in equal parts by Bonn's Schauspiel and the German ITI Centre. At the ITI, the Committee for Dramatic Theatre, Cultural Identity and Development and Communication is responsible for planning and preparing the event.

For more information, please contact: German ITI Centre, P.O.Box 41 11 28, D-12 121 Berlin, Germany, tel.: (4930) 791 1777; fax: (4930) 791 1874; e-mail: itigermany@aol.com

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The Stockholm Rencontres

Stockholm, June 1998

Les Rencontres, the association of European Cities and Regions for Culture, chaired by Mr. Roger Tropeano, will hold its annual general meeting in Stockholm, the Cultural Capital of Europe 1998, from 25th to 28th June this year. The meeting will bring together some 250 participants from different cities and regions all over Europe.

The principal topics, chosen in collaboration with the City of Stockholm and Stockholm '98 (See Culturelink no. 23/November 1997, pp. 31-32 and p. 69 in this issue.), are as follows: The impact of culture on employment; Which meaning for local cultural policies?; and Basic culture versus cultural events.

The speakers will be cultural figures and elected representatives with different backgrounds, who will be treating different aspects of the Cultural Europe. Workshops will alternate with plenary sessions and the Declaration of Stockholm, a summary of proposals from local elected officials, will be published at the end of this process of reflection and exchange.

The elected representatives in charge of cultural policies in Swedish cities will get together on Thursday 25th June in the afternoon to discuss the theme 'The cultural life of Swedish cities as an element of economic development', an event organized in collaboration with the Swedish association of local authorities. Another meeting is planned for Thursday 25th June in the morning, namely the meeting of Directors of Cultural Affairs in the Cities of Europe.

For more information, please contact: Les Rencontres, 25 rue Deparcieux, F-75014 Paris, France, tel./fax: 33 1 45 38 70 13; e-mail: rencontr@club-internet.fr

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Globalisation and Marginality - Work and Identity in New Europe

Manchester, June 1998

The various transformations associated with globalisation have helped to undermine the conventional idea of the nation state in which political, cultural and economic boundaries tend to coincide. In the era of nation states, the identity and the role of the worker-citizen and member of the nation closely overlapped. The effect of globalisation has been to disaggregate this vital trinity. The aim of this conference is to bring together a variety of disciplinary insights into the new identities and roles triggered by globalisation. The conference, which will be held 26-27 June 1998, will focus on three main themes: labour, culture, and political formations.

To obtain forms for the submission of abstracts, please contact:Laura Turney, Centre for the Study of Globalisation, Eurocentrism, & Marginality (CGEM), Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom M13 9PL, tel.: 44 0161 275 7852; fax: 44 0161 275 2462; http://les.mcc.ac.uk/cgem/

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Crossroads in Cultural Studies

Tampere, Finland, June 1998

The special theme of the conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies, which will be held in Tampere, Finland, 28 June - 1 July 1998, will be borders and border-crossings, but it will also be an open forum for all topics that interest the diverse international cultural studies community. The participants will have an opportunity to make contacts, exchange views and gain inspiration from each other. International participation from different countries, disciplines and cultural backgrounds, and from a wide range of research areas is encouraged.

The organisers assume that concepts such as

* gender

* power and knowledge

* ethnicity

* traditions today

* identity

* nation-states

* body

* globalization

* otherness

* culture and economy

* age

* centre and periphery

* media

* new information technology

will be tackled in the sessions and plenaries, but again it is up to the participants to make this a conference that will show where cultural studies are going next.

How to subscribe to the Crossroads list?

To subscribe, e-mail the following message to listproc@uta.fi: subscribe crossroads "firstname" "lastname" (Please note that the line above must be the very first line of your message).


The conference is organized by the Department of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Tampere, and Network Cultural Studies, supported by a cross-disciplinary organizing committee. However, after 1998 the organizers will be happy to send the crossroads conference "on the road".

Conference Town and Venue

Located between two large lakes, Tampere is a beautiful city situated 180 kilometres north of Finland's capital, Helsinki. Tampere, with its 190,000 inhabitants, is home to two universities as well as various branches of industry. In fact, the city is renowned for its wide variety of educational institutions such as the University of Tampere, the University of Technology, the University Hospital, and the Technical Research Center of Finland, as well as its versatile cultural services, sports facilities and other attractions for visitors. The conference will be held at the Tampere Hall, which is located in the city centre. It is a modern conference centre with state-of-the-art facilities.

Information on the Internet

The Conference Home Page with several useful links to other websites: http://www.uta.fi/crossroads/

To receive the Invitation Program, please contact: Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Tampere Conference Service, P.O.Box 32 (Pyhdjdrvenkatu 1 A), 33201 Tampere, Finland, tel.: +358-3-3664400; fax: +358-3-2226440; e-mail: iscsmail@uta.fi

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Management of Change - Cultural Aspects of European Integration and the Enlargement of the EU

Questions of Qualifications and Employment in the Context of the Reforms in Public Cultural Administration
Graz, 2 - 4 July, 1998

KulturKontakt Austria has been instructed by the Austrian State Secretaty for the Arts, European Affairs and Sport, with support from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, to organize the international expert meeting "Management of Change" during the Austrian EU-Presidency.

Reforms in Public Cultural Administration in Western and Eastern Europe

The main topics of the conference will be the current discussions in nearly all Western and Eastern European countries about the reforms of public cultural administration and the resulting future needs for enhanced training opportunities. Flexible and new structures, models and working practices in the field of art and culture, in state cultural administration as well as in cultural policy have to be found, in order to realize efficient work with more and more limited financial ressources.

Qualification and Employment

In the course of the reforms in cultural administration it is primarily the heads of and those employed in cultural administration and in cultural management who are facing new challenges. Restructured forms of cultural administration which would like to implement new legislative and financing models require staff who can demonstrate economic, legislative, strategic and communicative abilities. The introduction of complex management reforms also requires an effective process of organizational development in the context of which the far-reaching participation and qualifying of those working in the sector plays an important role.

Management of Change

The international expert meeting "Management of Change" will move the needs of qualifications in Western and Eastern Europe into the centre of the discussion about specifically cultural aspects of the enlargement of the EU. The objective of the "Management of Change" is, with the background of reforms in cultural administration in East and West as well as the integration of Central and Eastern Europe, to discuss and create opportunities for European measures for the development of programmes of further and in-service training relevant to employment. About one hundred experts and representatives of national and European cultural policy and administration, cultural networks, foundations, consulting and training organisations as well as artists and intellectuals from the East and the West will be invited to give lectures and to discuss the following topics: aims and trends of the reforms of cultural adminstration in Western and Eastern Europe, relations between cultural policy, administration and production, qualification needs, European co-operations in the field of Cultural Management and training programmes.


A detailed conference reader will be published.

For more information and programme, please contact: Ms. Eva Müllner, Office: "Cultural Management in Europe", KulturKontakt Austria, Spittelberggasse 3/8, A-1070 Vienna, Austria; tel.: +43 1 522 9160; fax: +43 1 522 91 60-14; e-mail: eva.muellner@kulturkontakt.or.at; WWW: http://www.kulturkontakt.or.at/kk

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Education, Equity, and Transformation

Cape Town, July 1998

Education, Equity, and Transformation is the theme of the tenth World Congress of Comparative Education, to be hosted by the Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society on behalf of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) in Cape Town, 12-17 July 1998.

Call for papers (due 15 January 1998): The Congress will include plenaries (keynote addresses), commissions (see below), panel sessions (involving related presentations), individual paper presentations, and film/video screenings.

Commissions include: Literacy & Language; Indigenous Education; Higher Education; Gender; Teacher Education; Lifelong Learning; Vocational Education and Training; Civic Education; Educating All for Peace and Justice; Theories and Methods in Comparative Education; Dependency, Education and Development; Tradition and Change; Education, Internationalization and Globalization; Culture and Education; Race, Class and Education; International Trends in Teaching and Learning.

Papers included in Commissions are solicited by commissions' chairs or channelled to commissions by the Conference Organizers.

Send proposals before 31 January 1998 (as well as registration or information request) to: The WCCES 1998 Congress Coordinator, School of Education, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch, 7701, Cape Town, South Africa, tel.: +27-21-6502768; fax: +27-21-6503489; e-mail: cs@education.uct.ac.za; Web site: http://www.uct.ac.za/education/wcces/index.htm

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23rd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME)

Pretoria, July 1998

The 23rd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) will be held in Pretoria, South Africa, 19-25 July 1998. The Conference theme is UBUNTU - Music Education for a Humane Society. Ubuntu is an age-old African term for humaneness - for caring, sharing and being in harmony with all creation.

Proposals for general session presentations and applications for performing groups should be submitted no later than 15 May 1997. Written presentations must be submitted in English, and should relate specifically to the conference theme. All session presenters must be members of ISME.

During the week prior to the ISME Conference, various seminars will be held. Also, conference exhibitions will be staged presenting a variety of teaching materials, books, sheet music, recordings, instruments, and novelty items. Those interested in staging exhibitions are urged to contact the ISME Conference Secretariat by 15 May 1997 at the latest.

For further information, please contact: ISME Conference Secretariat, Unisa, PO Box 392, Pretoria, 0003, South Africa; tel.: +27-12 429 3311/3353/2583; fax: +27-12 429 3644; e-mail: Irouxm2@alpha.unisa.ac.za ; Internet: http://www.unisa.ac.za/isme/isme.html

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The Future of Globalization

International Sociological Association
XIV World Congress of Sociology
Montreal, Canada, July - August 1998

During the late 1998s, a new term entered popular discourse: globalization. Instead of clarifying issues of world development, the buzzword rather seemed to add to confusion and misunderstanding. There are at least five different dimensions of globalization that need to be distinguished:

  • economic globalization,
  • political globalization,
  • common ecological constraints,
  • cultural values and institutions, and
  • globalization of communication.

While the earlier popular discourse on globalization seemed to suggest - at least implicitly - that globalization and world economic growth occur in tandem, a closer look reveals that the various aspects of globalization became accentuated in the phase of long-term sluggish economic growth (1973-1992), as compared with the earlier long-term economic upswing (1950-1973). And it became evident that despite several countries with remarkable growth in the 1980s and 1990s, the overall polarization in the world did not shrink but rather increased in the latest era of globalization. Adjectives such as 'uneven' and nouns such as 'limits' have increasingly appeared in the titles of academic works on globalization. This reflects not only a critical stance, but also the obvious need for theoretical clarity and empirical research.

For more information, please contact: Volker Bornschier, University of Zurich, Sociological Institute, Raemistr. 69, CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland; fax: 0041/1/634-49-89; e-mail: vobo@soziologie.unizh.ch
or Christopher Chase-Dunn, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Sociology, Baltimore, MD 21218 USA, fax: 001/410/516-7590; e-mail: chriscd@jhu.edu

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Keshet Eilon Mastercourse

Kibbutz Eilon, July-August 1998

The Keshet Eilon Summer 1998 Violin Mastercourse, intended for gifted young violinists of all nationalities, aged up to 25, will take place in Kibbutz Eilon, Israel, on 24 July-11 August 1998. Founded in 1989, this uniqe project, administered by a registered non-profit organization, has gained fame as a music centre for the advancement of young violinists. The curriculum includes masterclasses, private instruction, and performances. The participants are offered the opportunity to gain experience in solo and in ensemble performances before audiences. The project also encourages composition and performance of Israeli music. Keshet Eilon is distinguished from other Mastercourses by its unique combination of music and instruction in archery, as well as a workshop in violin- and bow-making. Archery practice assists the violinists in their playing, as the talents required for this sport are similar to those required for violin playing.

The application deadline for the 1998 Summer Mastercourse is 15 April 1998.

For more information, please contact: Keshet Eilon Mastercourse, Kibbutz Eilon, Western Galilee 22845, Israel, tel.: 972-4-9858191; fax: 972-4-9806766; e-mail: keshetei@bigfoot.com

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Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication (CATAC98)

London, August 1998

The conference on Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication (CATAC98) will be held in London, 1-3 August 1998. It will bring together presenters from all over the world who will provide diverse perspectives - both in terms of the specific culture(s) highlighted in their presentations and in terms of the discipline(s) through which they approach the conference themes:

  • Communication in industrialized cultures
  • Communication in industrializing/capitalizing countries
  • Homogeneity, marginalization, and the preservation of local cultures
  • East/West cultural attitudes and communicative practices
  • The politics of the electronic global village.

Please see the web site for the registration form: http://www.arch.usyd.edu.au/~fay/catac/register-form.html

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Zimbabwe International Book Fair

Scholarship Initiative Launched for ZIBF98

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair organisers have announced a new international initiative for ZIBF98, to be held in Harare over the period 1-8 August 1998 on the theme of Children.

The ZIBF98 programme (Harare, 1-8 August 1998), opens with the scene-setting Indaba conference on Books and Children, 1-2 August, bringing together decision-makers from across the publishing and book development sector. African Scholarship at ZIBF, a new initiative bringing together publishers and the academic community, will be launched at ZIBF98. The Book Fair itself runs from 4-8 August (three days trade, two public days).

African Scholarship at ZIBF98 seeks to ensure that publishing and information issues of concern to African and Africanist scholars are addressed at the ZIBF - and in an African context. The ZIBF98 programme will include activities to facilitate South-South and South-North interchange amongst scholars, publishers and others in the book and information sector.

The 1998 focus country is Kenya, which will have a special pavilion.

Events planned to date include:

  • An academic research seminar on Children in Africa, scheduled for 30-31 July (immediately before the Indaba that opens the ZIBF98 programme) and hosted by the University of Zimbabwe.
  • An academic and scholarly special interest workshop strand within the ZIBF98 Indaba on Books and Children, 1-2 August at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Monomatapa Hotel, Harare.
  • A one day workshop on scholarly book and peer review, to be held in Harare later during the ZIBF98 period (5 or 6 August) and organised by the Southern African Book Development Education Trust (SABDET) in conjunction with the ZIBF.
  • An international group of scholars based in Africa, Europe and North America are assisting the ZIBF in the development of the African Scholarship at ZIBF98 initiative. It will be announced at the African Studies Association annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, November 12-15.

For further 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

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

The ZIBFT can be contacted in Zimbabwe at P.O. Box CY1179, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe; tel./fax: +263-4-702104/702108/707352/705729/704112; fax +263-4-702129; e-mail: zibf@samara.co.zw; WWW: http://www.mediazw.com/zibf/

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The 64th IFLA Council and General Conference

Amsterdam, August 1998

The theme of the 1998 IFLA conference will be On the Crossroads of Information and Culture.

Contact: IFLA, PO Box 95312, 2509 CH The Hague, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 70 3140884; fax: +31 70 3834827; e-mail: ifla.hq@ifla.nl

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Second International CAiiA Research Conference on Consciousness Reframed

The Second International CAiiA Research Conference on Consciousness Reframed: art and consciousness in the post-biological era will be held from 19-23 August 1998 in Newport, Wales. (For the First International CAiiA Research Conference, see Culturelink no. 21/April 1997, p. 61.)

Contact: Roy Ascott, Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA), University of Wales College, tel./fax: +44 1633 432174; e-mail: aces@newport.ac.uk

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Translation and Community

International Colloquium on Literary Translation
University of Sheffield, September 1998

The first ITI Colloquium looked at the emergence of literary translation studies as an academic discipline; the second reviewed the richly diverse practices of working literary translators. This third meeting will give these things a wider context, exploring how translations connect with the experiences, identities and needs of those who read or otherwise receive them. It will also try to reflect the part played by translation in the worldwide interaction of languages and cultures. The title Translations and their Communities refers first to all those ways in which translation defines and shapes language-communities, extending their own horizons of awareness, and representing them in turn to others. It also evokes the way in which a particular translation can constitute its audience or readership as a community - the 'society of the text'.

The third meeting will be held in Ranmoor House Hall of Residence, University of Sheffield on 1st-3rd September 1998.

For more information, please contact: Professor N.G. Round, Third ITI Colloquium, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S102UJ, United Kingdom.

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Theatre Lighting: Design and Technology

London, 1 to 9 September 1998

The seminar will examine the role of lighting in current stage practice. It will explore the technological and organisational means by which concepts can be developed and realised in the finely balanced mixture of art and technology.

For information, please contact: Promotions Manager, International Seminars, The British Council; 1 Beaumont Place, Oxford OX1 2PJ, UK; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 316636; fax: +44 (0) 1865 557368/516590; e-mail: international.seminars@britcoun.org; Web site: http://www.britcoun.org/seminars/

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International Gaudeamus Music Week

Gaudeamus announces a composers' competition for the International Gaudeamus Music Week, 7-13 September 1998. The next International Gaudeamus Interpreters' Competition will take place on 14-24 October 1999.

For more information, please contact: fax: +31 20 6947349; e-mail: gaud@xs4all.nl

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Management of Cultural Tourism

Sofia, September 1998

The Bulgarian Commission for UNESCO, the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management and Cultural Policies at Neofit Rilski University (Blagoevgrad), the Institute of Culturology at the Ministry of Culture (Sofia), and the Network of UNESCO Chairs in Culture and Management (NETCULT) have convened an international seminar on problems of development of cultural tourism. The aims of the seminar are as follows:

  • to approach the complexity of the issues involved in order to make future analyses possible;
  • to make the public at large more aware of these questions;
  • to define the future fields and forms of co-operation on this matter.

The organizers are especially eager to focus the attention of the participants on the capacity of the arts and culture (especially heritage) to attract tourists and thus advance economic growth. The seminar will take place in Sofia, 12-15 September 1998.

Working languages: English, French and Bulgarian.

The following topics will be discussed: Development of cultural tourism: conditions, challenges, impacts on the economy; The attraction of cultural heritage; Festival tourism.

For more information, please contact: Mr. Christo Gueorguiev, Secretary-General, National Commission of Bulgaria for UNESCO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, P.O. Box 386, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria; fax: (359.2) 736-289 or 706.031;

Dr. Lazar Koprinarov, President of NETCULT, fax: (359.2) 873-592; e-mail: culture@bg400.bg

Dr. Raina Cherneva, Director, Institute of Culturology, 4 Alexander Batenberg Str., Sofia, Bulgaria, fax: (359.2) 873-592; e-mail: culture@bg400.bg

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The Heritage and Development of Historic Cities
Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation

Cracow, September 1998

Between 17 and 20 September 1998, the Cracow International Cultural Centre will host a conference The Heritage and Development of Historic Cities. Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation.

The aim of this project is to work out a tourism development strategy that would make the best use of the heritage of historic cities.

Tourism may be one of the best opportunities for historic cities to develop. Seen from the viewpoint of tourism, the management of a historic city covers a broad range of issues, as well as a whole series of actions - from physical planning, which takes into account different accommodation facilities offered to tourists, to control functions and the creation of suitable tourist packages and programmes. On the other hand, the unchecked expansion of the tourism industry may have a negative impact on a city's historic fabric.

New principles of urban policy that would combine tourism development with the protection of historic monuments must be worked out so as to minimise the risk and maximise the benefits of tourism development. Local authorities do not have much experience in this regard. The transition to a market economy is making it necessary to elaborate new action strategies for the tourist industry and cultural heritage protection in historic cities.

The conference will bring together specialists on this subject from Europe and the Unites States, as well as local government representatives from Poland and other post-Communist countries.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Katarzyna Pajdzik, Mr. Rafal Solewski, Dr. Krzysztof Bronski, International Cultural Centre, Rynek Glówny 25, 31-008 Kraków, Poland, tel.: 00 48 12 4218601; fax: 00 48 12 4218571; e-mail: sekret@mck.krakow.pl

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EST Congress

Granada, September 1998

Papers are invited for the Second International Congress of the European Society for Translation Studies (EST), to be held at the new Exhibition and Conference Centre (Palacio de Congresos) in Granada, Spain, 23-26 September 1998.

Like all EST meetings, the Congress aims to provide an international forum for scholars, teachers and practitioners involved in Translation Studies and Research, and papers are invited from EST members and non-members alike on any topic relevant to the discipline in the world of the outgoing twentieth century.

For more information, please contact: European Society for Translation Studies, EST Congress - Granada 1998, Organizing Committee, Gymnasiumstrasse 50, A-1190 Vienna, Austria, fax: +43-1 31352-280 http://www.univie.ac.at/transvienna/est

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Euricom Colloquium on Tabloidization and the Media

Piran, September 1998

There is widespread concern that the mass media are experiencing a process of 'tabloidization.' This involves a shift to new and more entertainment-oriented kinds of content and a shift from verbal to visual priorities. The most serious questions concern the relationship between the mass media and political life. One of the traditional functions ascribed to the mass media is to inform citizens about the public affairs of their societies. The shift towards entertainment-based content leaves less and less room for this informative function. Another problem is the role of the media as the forum for rational debate. The shift in the kind of language used, the stress upon the sensational and the emotive, and the increasing domination of visually determined discourse undermine the place of reason.

At their most extreme, critics of tabloidization see it as one major element provoking a crisis of public life that is eroding the basis of democracy. On the other hand, there are those who argue that there is little or no evidence of growing tabloidization, and that the traditional functions of the mass media continue to be discharged at least as well as they have been in the past. Others welcome the spread of tabloidization, which they see as broadening and democratising the content of the mass media. The old ways of the media were the preserve of an elite minority, and the media served to exclude the voices and concerns of the majority of the population, particularly the poor and women.

The aim of this Colloquium, to be held in Piran, Slovenia, in September 1998, is to review the range of debate about tabloidization. The organisers will welcome proposals for papers addressing any aspect of the issue, whether concerned with the empirical evidence or possible implications.

Please send short (c. 200 word) proposals for papers by e-mail to:

Colin Sparks (c.s.sparks@westminster.ac.uk), Slavko Splichal (slavko.splichal@uni-lj.si)

More information about Euricom, its Colloquia and their publications, Javnost-The Public, or the venue in Piran, is available from the Euricom home page http://www2.arnes.si/guest/ljjavno1/euricom.html

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Cultural Competence: New Technologies, Culture and Employment

International Conference, Design Center Linz, Upper Austria, 1 - 3 October, 1998

An event organised by the Department for the Arts, Federal Chancellery, as part of Austria's Presidency of the European Union 1998.

Electronic communications and information technologies are developing at breakneck speed and have a serious impact as a result on all social spheres - from economy and education to culture and art. If they are to be used and developed effectively, the new technologies and media will require a cultural environment. Not only does this creative potential of culture have everyday importance as a social innovation, it is also gaining in significance throughout society by creating new professions and types of work. The technology-oriented market is a market for producers of culture, or "content suppliers".

During Austria's Presidency of the European Union, a conference entitled "Cultural competence: new technologies, culture and employment" is being organised to focus on the new position of culture in connection with the new media. The digital revolution has brought about structural changes throughout the entire cultural environment. It offers possibilities but also harbours risks, both of which can be favourably influenced by art and culture and by the development of a general media competence.

Social scientists, politicians and administrators from all over Europe will be discussing the contemporary significance of culture and employment, the new work cultures and the end of monosequential (earnings-oriented) careers. The information society requires new communications outlets and innovative educational strategies. In future scenarios of society culture will be seen increasingly as a potential new job provider. The type of work and employment situation that will evolve and the changing position of culture within ICT (information and communications technologies) will be discussed on the basis of European best-practice models. The effects of the change in distribution structures as a result of the new technologies, together with the general question of forward-looking work forms in the cultural sector, will be the main focuses of the conference.

Technology policy needs cultural policy

One of the aims of this conference is to structure art and culture more sustainably within a European context, within the different aspects of European politics and within the concept of an information society in general, and to give greater transparency to existing and future conflicts and to permit their critical examination.

Above all, it is hoped that the prejudice surrounding the term "culture" and its supposed arbitrariness can be removed and that the prospects and limitations in terms of employment and activity in the field of culture and art, and specifically the new position of creativity in a European employment context, can be clarified.

Culture is a tradition-building force but it also contributes to changes in society. The aim of the conference is to define culture and show the different ways it is used - in many cases for conflicting or parallel purposes - by those determining cultural policy and administrative bodies on the one hand and those who produce culture on the other. Culture as competence is the ability to perceive the generalist aspect of our complex civilisation.

The political aim is to integrate culture as an operative agent in the employment guidelines of the European Union.

For more information, please contact: Österreichische Kulturdokumentation / Veronika Ratzenboeck and Andrea Ellmeier, Schultergasse 5/15, 1010 Vienna, Austria; e-mail: kulturdokumentation@kulturdokumentation.org; http://www.kulturdokumentation.org/.

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North-South Conference on Cultural Research and Development

The North-South Conference on Cultural Research and Development scheduled to take place in La Plata/Buenos Aires from 18-22 March 1998 (See Culturelink no. 23/November 1997, pp. 56-57.) has been postponed for the first week in October (4th-8th) 1998.

The conference is organized in co-operation with Culturelink and other organizations and networks.

For more information, please contact: Zentrum für Kulturforschung, Am Hofgarten 17, D-53113 Bonn, Germany, tel.: (49 228) 211 059; fax: (49 228) 217 493.

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UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education

Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Vision and Action
Paris, October 1998

The conference Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: Vision and Action will take place in Paris, 5-9 October 1998. Quality, Pertinence and International Cooperation are the three major themes for the conference and the following ten topics will be the focus of thematic debates, each organized by a different UNESCO partner in collaboration with other groups:

  • The World of Work and Diversification
  • Higher Education and Research
  • Higher Education and Sustainable Human Development
  • Higher Education, National and Regional Development
  • Social Responsibility and Academic Freedom
  • Higher Education and the Culture of Peace
  • Higher Education and New Technologies
  • Higher Education System as a Whole
  • Human Resource Development in Higher Education
  • Mobilizing the Power of Culture.

For more information on the WCHE, please contact: Ms. Mary Louise Kearney, Head, Unit for the World Conference on Higher Education, UNESCO,
7 place de Fontenoy, F-75352 Paris 07SP, France, fax: 33 1 4568 5626; e-mail: ml.kearney@unesco.org

(Source: IAU Newsletter, no. 5/1997)

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The First Croatian Conference of INSEA
Visual Culture and Art Education in Croatia and in the World

International Symposium
The Challenges of Art Education at the Close of the Twentieth Century

Zagreb, October 1998

The First Croatian Conference of INSEA on Visual Culture and Art Education in Croatia and in the World, organised by the Croatian Council of INSEA, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Croatian Association of Visual and Art Culture, the Association of the Croatian Art Historians, and the Croatian Organisation of Art Teachers, will be held in Zagreb, 14 - 16 October, 1998.

The Conference will focus on the main issues concerning art and education, such as:

  • Education and culture of visual communications
  • Ecological education through art
  • Cultural heritage education
  • The relationship between educational strategies and economic development
  • Urban culture education
  • Art pedagogy.

During the conference, several exhibitions will be held, including 'Seas and Oceans' - The Seventh World Exhibition of Children and Youth, and an Experimental Exhibition of Art Teaching in Elementary Schools.

For submission of papers, please contact: Mr. Radovan Ivancevic, The Croatian Society of Art Historians, Gajeva 2B, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, tel./fax: +385 1 423 962.

To mark the 210th anniversary of the establishment of the first art schools and art education in Croatia, the Croatian Academy of Fine Art will organise an international symposium on The Challenges of Art Education at the Close of the Twentieth Century, intended to stimulate the exchange of ideas and experience among all those who are interested in art education. The symposium will cover the following topics:

  • Historical development of art education in Croatia and in Europe
  • The challenge of art in the transformation of education
  • Respect for and violation of standards in art education
  • Main directions of contemporary and future development of art education in the world
  • Possibilities and limitations of research in art education.

For more information, please contact: Emil Robert Tanay, M.A., The Academy of Fine Arts, Ilica 85, Zagreb, Croatia, tel.: +385 1 37 77 300; fax: +385 1 37 71 401; e-mail: vmesari1@alf.tel.hr

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Lithuanian and Polish Culture in History
Identity and Coexistence

Cracow, October 1998

The Lithuanian - Polish conference on Lithuanian and Polish Culture in History. Identity and Coexistence, to be held between 15 and 17 October 1998, is intended to discuss the phenomenon of Lithuanian and Polish, or Lithuanian - Polish, culture in conditions of political coexistence of the two states. While the Polonization of Lithuania can be easily observed, people have been less aware of Poland's Lithuanization, a process which has been taking place over the last several centuries. While the former is concerned with language as well as legal and political institutions, the latter is primarily related to the mental sphere, which easily escapes the historian's observation. The Lithuanian element is as much present in Polish culture as the Polish influences are present in Lithuanian culture. The main goal of the conference is to show what things are native to both cultures and which elements determine their identities and are regarded as their common achievements.

This conference is being held as part of a series of bilateral meetings organised by the International Cultural Centre in Cracow. The previous meetings - dealing with Slovak - Polish, Hungarian - Polish and Czech - Polish relations - turned out to be academically fruitful and served the good cause of neighbourly rapprochement. This year marks the bicentenary of Adam Mickiewicz's birth, and thus provides an excellent occasion for staging this Lithuanian - Polish meeting.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Katarzyna Pajdzik, Mr. Rafal Solewski, Dr. Krzysztof Bronski, International Cultural Centre, Rynek Glówny 25, 31-008 Kraków, Poland, tel.: 00 48 12 4218601; fax: 00 48 12 4218571; e-mail: sekret@mck.krakow.pl

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Fifth World Congress of Leisure (WLRA)

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 26-30 October 1998

Topic: Leisure in the global society: inclusion or exclusion

More information: SESC SP, Avenida Paulista 119 13º, 01311 903 Sao Paulo, Brazil; fax: (+55) 11 288 6206; e-mail: leisure@sescsp.com.br

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The Fifth Conference on European Culture

Pamplona, October 1998

The Centre for European Studies of the University of Navarra has announced the Fifth Conference on European Culture, to be held in Pamplona, Spain, 28-31 October 1998. It will seek interdisciplinary dialogue among a great variety of cultures, as well as university specialists who might not often get a chance to exchange ideas, coming from fields as diverse as cultural science, communication, philosophy, philology, art, music, architecture, sociology and political science, law and economics, engineering. Further, the participation of cultural managers, representatives of institutions, artists, writers, mediators and journalists is also expected. The conference, designed for university, research and cultural professionals, is organized by students, who are also invited to participate.

The main topics, to receive special attention, are the following:

  • European Culture, for what? With what Content?
  • The Interplay Between Cultural Identity and Multicultural Diversity: Cultural Plurality or Ethnocentrism?
  • To What Extent Does the Promotion of Culture Contribute to Improving the Human Condition?
  • Europe: Is it, and will it be - and should it be - a Cultural Model?
  • In a Global Context, Does Culture in Europe Need Protectionism?

Other sections will include topics covering interculturality and the Europe of regions, women and culture, the Europe of universities and their ethical mission, the crisis and challenge of culture and ethics, the emergence of a European identity, effects of culture on the economy and the influence of the economy on culture, symbols expressing European cultural values, effects of the new technology and media on European cultural development, free competition and circulation of cultural workers within the European Union, cultural roots of Europe, living and travelling in Europe, migrational and cultural change, linguistic diversity, the function of museums and other cultural institutions, the EU and the support for culture in developing countries, as well as European state, regional and local cultural policies. Also, several working groups will be organized, headed by professors, researchers and other experts, involving limited numbers of university professors and students interested in particular topics.

A summary of the papers to be presented at the conference should reach the Conference Secretariat by 31 May 1998.

For more detailed information, please contact: Centro de Estudios Europeos, Universidad de Navarra, 31080 Pamplona, Spain, tel.: +34-48-425634; fax: +34-48-425-622; e-mail: vcongre@mail1.cti.unav.es; http://web1.cti.unav.es

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Governance of Cyberspace and Capacity Building of Media and Information Technology in Africa

1998 Annual Meeting of ASA
Chicago, October - November 1998

Call for papers

The Electronic Technology Group of the African Studies Association (ETG/ASA) is interested in receiving papers for its panels occurring within the ASA's Annual Conference, Chicago, October 29 - November 1, 1998.

The Group is interested in Research and Reports on applications regarding the convergence of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as they relate to Africa, Africa in global affairs, and the practices of Africanists. Convergent technologies include, but are not limited to, computer networks, CD-roms, satellites, radio, television, video, telephone/telecommunications, and the digitization of cultural forms (e.g., music). There is also interest in the cultural contextualisation within which African ICTs are inscribed.

Papers need not be limited to traditional Communication or Information Science/Technology Studies paradigms. Papers that knowledgeably use paradigms within, but not limited to, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Education, History, Journalism Studies, Political Economy/Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology are welcome.

E-mail proposals to: ETG Deputy Chair: Brian Martin Murphy, bmmurphy@comm.umass.edu

More information is available from: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/ASA/asa41.html

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The Second Ghana International Book Fair

Accra, November 1998

The Second Ghana International Book Fair will take place on 4-10 November 1998. The theme is Discover new worlds with books. The deadline for application for exhibit space is 31st August 1998.

Contact: The Director General, Ghana International Book Fair, PO Box 111, Trade Fair Centre, La-Accra, Ghana; tel.: +233 21 776611-5; fax: 233 21 772012; e-mail: gtfa@igh.mail.com

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Culture and Tourism '98

Budapest, November 1998

The Hungarian Institute for Culture and the Hungarian Culture Foundation have announced their joint Culture and Tourism '98 International Conference and Fair, to be held in Budapest, Hungary, 9-13 November 1998. The aim of the event is -

  • to evaluate the common activity of culture and tourism and experiences so far;
  • to elaborate the possibilities for further cooperation between the two fields, so that each strengthens the other;
  • to search for further fields of common activity and forms of cooperation, meeting special market requirements; and
  • to promote the creation of ties between experts in cultural tourism.

Conference sessions will discuss topics of mass tourism and culture, financing cultural tourism, rural tourism, hotels as a media for the transmission of culture, the role of festivals in tourism, tourism and communication, as well as tourism and the environment. The main purpose of the Fair is to demonstrate and sell products from the cultural tourism market and promote the meeting of demand and supply.

For further information on the conference, please contact: András Földiák, Director, Hungarian Institute for Culture, 1011 Budapest Corvin tér 8, POB 33, 1251 Budapest, Hungary, tel./fax: 36-1/201-5782.

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Amsterdam, November 1998

From 12 through 15 November 1998, the Theater Instituut Nederland will host NewOp7, an international conference on small- and medium-scale opera and music theatre. Throughout Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim, far from the grandeur and formality of the major opera houses, there is a growing movement of artists who are creating music theatre on a small and medium scale, often on specific sites outside the confines of conventional theatres. These artists, who reach across national and continental boundaries to create their work, convene once a year to share experiences and explore new ways of working together.

Founded in 1992 by Lukas Pairon (Walpurgis) and Dragan Klaic (Theater Instituut Nederland), NewOp meetings provide a forum for composers, directors, conductors, performers, drama directors and producers working in contemporary music theatre and opera. The time spent conversing, sharing insights, and seeing examples of each other's work allows the participants to develop as artists and as managers. Since the inaugural meeting in Brussels. NewOp has met in Antwerp, Colmar (France), Toronto, Copenhagen, and Cambridge.

For more information, please contact: Luuk Hoekstra, Theater Instituut Nederland, Herengracht 168, 1000 GH Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 551 33 00; fax: +31 20 551 33 03.

(Source: Carnet, no. 16/1998)

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The Fifth ELIA Conference

Helsinki, November 1998

The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), an independent network of 274 arts education institutes in 40 countries, has announced its Fifth ELIA Conference 'Where Are We Going?' The Artist as Facilitator at the Turn of the Millennium, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, 18-21 November 1998, to discuss 'Doubt, Art and Power' and 'Current Developments in Arts Education'.

ELIA's biannual conferences address national and international issues and developments that affect and challenge education in the arts in today's world, both generally, at the institutional level, and at the specialist subject-discipline level.

The conference will start with the 'Exchange Fair for Arts Education Institutions', offering an opportunity to make a presentation and meet people on an individual basis. It will include plenary sessions and symposiums on the themes of the conference, as well as working groups focusing on more general issues, such as arts and science, research methods, interdisciplinarity, philosophy and the arts, the preparation of arts students for professional life, lifelong learning in the arts, the transition of graduate arts students into the professional field, and many others. Organised by Discipline Networks, specialist discipline sessions will be held in architecture, dance, design, media arts, fine art, music and theatre. Also, the results of the Thematic Network for Higher Arts Education in Europe will be presented during the Helsinki conference, a project researching the current situation in the field and identifying differences, strengths, weaknesses and good practice, including curriculum development.

The main aims of the ELIA conference are as follows:

  • to provide information on the arts and arts education institutions in Europe and beyond;
  • to provide information on support programmes for arts education;
  • to provide information on developments in arts education policy at both national and international levels;
  • to discuss curriculum development, student and staff exchange experiences, teaching methods in the arts, advice on organising international projects;
  • to discuss the role and responsibility of the artist in Europe;
  • to discuss ways of improving international cooperation and networking to strengthen the position of artists;
  • to discuss the relation of the arts with other disciplines, such as science, philosophy, new technologies, etc.;
  • to discuss the implications of 'lifelong learning' for the arts;
  • to provide international encouragement for students' events.

For more information, please contact: ELIA Secretariat, Waterlooplein 219, 1011 PG Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 620 39 36; fax: +31 20 620 56 16; e-mail: elia@elia.ahk.nl; http://www.elia.ahk.nl

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RES ARTIS Annual General Meeting

RES ARTIS (International Association of Residential Arts Centres)
(See pp. 25-26 in this issue.)
Sixth Annual General Meeting from 19-23 November 1998, New Delhi, India.

Contact: Bernard Loughlin, tel.: +353 (0) 47 54003; fax: +353 (0) 47 54380; e-mail: thetgc@indigo.ie.

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SIETAR Congress '98 - Asia/Pacific Basin
Dialogue for Creating a Global Vision

Kashiwashi, Japan, November 1998

SIETAR Japan is hosting the 1998 SIETAR Congress in Tokyo with the co-sponsorship of SIETAR International. The Congress will be held at Reitaku University, Kashiwashi, 19-23 November 1998. This will be the first SIETAR Congress in Asia, and it will address the theme of Intercultural Visions of/for Diversity and Globalization, Empowerment and Social Change, and Organizational Practices.

The Congress objectives are to share the latest regional and global information on developments in the intercultural field, to exchange insights about the best intercultural practices in global corporations and organizations, and to facilitate networking among and with interculturalists in Asia. (See also Culturelink no. 22/August 1997, p. 68.)

For more information, please contact: SIETAR Congress '98 Office, c/o Japan Convention Services, Inc., Nippon Press Center Bldg 4F, 2-2-1, Uchisaiwai-cho, Tokyo 100-0011, Japan, tel.: +81 3 3508 1213; fax: +81 3 3508 0820; e-mail: sietar@convention.co.jp; http://www.vcom.or.jp/project/international/SIETAR

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Music Policy for Europe

20-22 November, Vienna, Austria

Annual Meeting of the European Music Council

Contact: Haus der Musik, tel.: +41.62.8229423; fax: 8229407
e-mail: musikrat@aarauonline.ch

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Culture and Communication: A Global Information Society
10th MacBride Round Table

Amman, Jordan, November 1998

The Tenth MacBride Round Table on Communication will take place in Amman, Jordan, 24-26 November 1998, in conjunction with the Jordanian Institute of Diplomacy and Jemstone, a network of journalists. The theme of this round table is Culture and Communication: A Global Information Society, and the emphasis of the round table portion of the programme will be on building global governance structures for the media and communication in civil society.

This marks the tenth year of the MacBride Round Table. The Round Table is an international communication rights advocate with an agenda to accommodate scholars, activists, journalists and other communication experts devoted to the monitoring of world communication, legal ramifications, and information imbalances, and then disseminating its findings to community groups, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and the news media. The MacBride Round Table was created in 1989 to stimulate discussion of issues embodied in the 1980 UNESCO MacBride Report. This report was critical of imbalances in world information flows. Nine Round Tables have been held to date: Harare (1989), Prague (1990), Istanbul (1991), Sao Paulo (1992), Dublin (1993), Honolulu (1994), Tunis (1995) Seoul (1996), and Boulder (1997).

Of particular interest at this meeting will be the discussion of the institutions, laws and ethics, and interfaces with communication. Related to this would be the role that civil society might play in governance structures for media and communication globally. Past Round Tables have focused on information flow and equity, the new communication technologies, the information superhighway, the role of women, indigenous people and other marginalized groups in society, and grassroots communication activities. The Round Table is also a sponsor for the World Congress on Media and Communication, currently in its planning stages.

For more information on the MacBride Round Table and the Conference, see: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~rvincent/macbride.htm or contact:
Seán O Siochru: sean@nexus.ie, Secretary General, MacBride Round Table, 14 Eaton Brae, Shankill, Co. Dublin, Ireland, tel.: +353 1 282 1003 or 473 9599; fax; +353 1 272 0034 or 473 0597.

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Convergence: Culture and Policy in the Digital Age

Brisbane, November 1998

The 1998 Conference of the Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, to be held in Brisbane in mid or late November 1998, will be entitled Convergence: Culture and Policy in the Digital Age.

'Convergence' as the core theme for this conference refers to the convergence of technologies and communications systems, of broadcasting and collecting institutions, of practices and art forms, of industry and culture, and of policy domains - culture, industry, information, communications. The implications of convergence for the overall shape and contours of the cultural field and the cultural policy domain pose urgent questions for practitioners, creators, regulators, theorists and consumers, and affect all dimensions of work in cultural and media policy.

The conference will provide a forum to deal with a more strategic and integrated agenda and to go beyond the limitations of many sector-specific conferences on new media/multimedia, bringing together government, industry, creative and educational communities. The major themes of the conference will include:

  • Broadcasting in and beyond national regulation;
  • Copyright and intellectual property;
  • Collections and digitisation (museums, galleries, libraries);
  • Cities of bits/wired cities;
  • Comparative analyses of national and global information infrastructure initiatives;
  • Information wealth and information poverty;
  • The local and the global: engaging the space of flows.

For more detailed information, please contact: Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, Faculty of Arts, Griffith University Qld 4111, Australia, fax: +61-7-3875 5511; e-mail: CMP@hum.gu.edu.au; http://www.gu.edu.au/gwis/akccmp/home.html

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Arts Funding: New Challenges, New Opportunities

Birmingham, November - December 1998

The British Council International Seminar on Arts Funding: New Challenges, New Opportunities, will be held in Birmingham, 29 November - 4 December 1998. Though taking the UK experience of arts funding as a starting point, this seminar will also incorporate a strong international dimension. The seminar will explore the funding options available and investigate how/where they may fit into the various funding systems operating around the world.

  • The main topics will include:
  • Historical background,
  • Justification for arts spending,
  • Arms-length principle,
  • Peer assessment; recognition of value/status,
  • Evaluation and accountability,
  • Subsidy - models of approach, endowments, sponsorship, patronage,
  • Subsidy allocation,
  • Education.

The programme will be of particular interest to arts administrators, ministry of culture personnel and those working for funding bodies.

For further information, please contact: Information Manager, International Seminars, The British Council, 1 Beaumont Place, Oxford OX1 2PJ, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0) 1865 316636; fax: +44 (0) 1865 557368; e-mail: international.seminars@britcoun.org; http://www.britcoun.org/seminars/

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November - December 1998, London

The Intercultural Arts Festival INTERFACE '98 - celebrating the creativity of our cultural mix, November - December in London, UK.

Contact: Pan Project, tel.: +44.171.8314399; fax: 8315199
e-mail: 113067.3101@compuserve.com