home > activities > conferences > archive > 1999  

International Meetings and Conferences

January - February - March - April - May - June - July -
August - September - October - November - December

Year 1999 Events

Programme of Meetings of Les Rencontres in 1999

Les Rencontres, the Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture, is planning a number of meetings in 1999:

  • Committee Meeting - Paris, the Castle of Versailles - 19-20 March.
    During the Paris Book Fair.
  • A thematic meeting, Cascais, Portugal - May.
    This meeting will take place during the Festival 'Utopia' on the theme of books and the multimedia.
  • A regional meeting, Tampere, Finland - August/September.
    During the Finnish Presidency of the European Union, which will take place in the second half of 1999, Les Rencontres suggests that a meeting of Finnish elected officials should take place in Tampere.
  • 'Les Rencontres de Weimar'.
    This meeting will take place on 29 and 30 October 1999 in the European City of Culture '99. One of the themes suggested is 'The cities of Europe: History and their own past. Cultural perspectives'.

Address: Les Rencontres, 25 rue Deparcieux, F 75014 Paris, France, tel./fax: (33 1) 45 38 70 13; e-mail: rencontr@club-internet.fr

return to index

ETN Conferences in 1999

The European Textile Network is the organizer of the three conferences/symposiums in 1999. They are all organized under the title A Textile Summer in the North of Europe. Conferences are the following:

  • 8th ETN Conference 'Textile Interfaces', 19-22 June 1999, Rovaniemi, Finland
    Conference language: English
    Contact: Textile and Clothing Department, University of Lapland, fax: +358 16 3412310; e-mail: etn@levi.urova.fi
  • 4th International 'White Nights' Symposium, 24-28 June, St. Petersburg, Russia
    Conference languages: Russian and English
  • 2nd International Textile Symposium 'Caucasian Textile Route', 14-18 September, Tbilisi, Georgia
    Conference languages: Georgian and English.

The 'Textile Interfaces' and the 'Caucasian Textile Route' Conferences are preceded by the seminars: the first, entitled Hidden Treasures of the North which includes a tour through the whole Lapland, 3-18 June; and the second, the International Felt Seminar, to be held in Tbilisi and Omalo, Georgia, 2-12 September 1999.

For more information, please contact: ETN Secretariat, P.O. Box 5944, D-30059 Hannover, Germany, tel.: +49-511/817006; fax: +49-511/813108; e-mail: ETN@ETN-net.org; http://www.etn-net.org/

return to index

The 1999 Calendar of European New Music Events

The European Conference of Promoters of New Music (ECPNM) has issued a new edition of the Calendar of European New Music Events for the year 1999. The Calendar gives a survey of the festivals, concerts and other events organized by the ECPNM members. Included also is an agenda with the dates of all European new music events. The Calendar is also available on the Internet: http://www.xs4all.nl/~ecpnm

To obtain the publication, please contact: ECPNM, c/o Gaudeamus, Swammerdamstraat 38, 1091 RV Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: 31 20 6947349; fax: 31 20 6947258; e-mail: ecpnm@xs4all.nl; http://www.xs4all.nl/~ecpnm

return to index

World Symposium on Artists' Role in Shaping Histories and Imagining Futures

The World Symposium on Artists' Role in Shaping Histories and Imagining Futures is planned for the year 2000. The papers will examine how artists have played a significant role in shaping the world, what visions of the future they could offer to the world, and what their roles and responsibilities might be in the next century.

For more information, please contact: Nadi Kinarey, Dale End, Ironbridge, Shropshire TF8 7DW, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 1952 432095; fax: +44 1952 433277; e-mail: ASDhanjal@WB2000.prestel.co.uk

return to index

Thailand's Communication and Culture under the Current Economic Crisis

Bangkok, January 1999

The international conference on Thailand's Communication and Culture under the Current Economic Crisis, co-organised by the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, and the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, will be held in Bangkok, 6-9 January 1999.

The aim of the conference is to assess the impact of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) plans on Thailand's culture and communication.

Experts in the fields of (tele)communications, cultural studies, anthropology, economics, social and political sciences from Thailand, Europe and elsewhere are invited to submit papers (due 1 November 1998) addressing the problems from a multidimensional and interdisciplinary perspective.

For more information, please contact: Conference Secretariat, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Phyathai Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand, tel.: +66 2 218 2200 7; fax: +66 2 215 3591; e-mail: fcoajrc@chulkn.car.chula.ac.th, or
Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, FPSW-CSC, Vrijheidslaan 17, B - 1081 Brussels, Belgium, tel.: +32 2 412 42 78; fax: +32 2 412 42 00; e-mail: CSC@kubrussel.ac.be

return to index

Southern Crossings - Pointers for Change

Sydney, January 1999

The Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) has announced its Second International Conference entitled Southern Crossings - Pointers for Change, to be held in Sydney, Australia, on 14-18 January 1999. Conference activities will focus on educational processes of social transformation for building sustainable societies, discussing five major themes:

  • Building sustainable communities - local strategies and community toolkits;
  • Educating for environmental citizenship - early childhood environmental education, higher and adult education, curriculum;
  • Developing sustainable industries - workplace and industry sector education and training strategies for environment and profit, and industrial ecology;
  • Relating ecologically - ecopolitics, ecophilosophy and ecospirituality of education, marine education, landcare, biodiversity education, indigenous and ethnic community learnings;
  • Communicating for the environment - strategies and ideas for successful environmental communication, environmental themes and new agendas in the news media, mass media, contemporary and popular culture.

Participants - including environmental educators and advocates, communication professionals, trainers, researchers, policy workers, programme managers, administrators, and officials from early childhood, school, vocational and university organisations, community-based, non-government organisations, industry, local, state and national government agencies - will learn new ways to:

  • improve community-wide understanding of and concern for environmental issues,
  • strengthen environmental learning capacities across all sectors,
  • integrate education, communication and training into strategies for ecological sustainability, at local, national and global levels, and
  • work in a complex and changing social, political and economic environment.

For more information, please contact: AAEE International Conference Secretariat, The Organizing Group, Suite 1, 470 Sydney Road, Balgowlah NSW 2093, Australia, tel.: 61 2 9949 4933; fax: 61 2 9949 3905; e-mail: orggroup@orggroup.aust.com; WWW: http://www.education.uts.edu.au/projects/eeconf/

return to index

Breaking the Boundaries

Stirling, January 1999

The Stirling Media Research Institute, an acknowledged centre for documentary research, is organizing the international Stirling Documentary Conference entitled Breaking the Boundaries, to be held on 28-31 January 1999, at the University of Stirling, Scotland. The four-day event, aimed at anyone professionally interested in film and television documentary, including academics, film-makers, programme producers and teachers, will examine the current state of documentary. The conference will discuss:

  • New voices: Who are the new movers and shakers in documentary?
  • Are boundaries between fact and fiction forms breaking down?
  • What has been the impact of technological developments on documentary past and present?
  • Reappraisals and legacies: What do the documentary voices of yesteryear still have to tell us?
  • What is the impact of growing commercialisation?

Those wishing to present a paper or make other types of contributions (e.g., presentations of work) to the Conference are invited to send a short (200-word) abstract or synopsis to: Richard Kilborn, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland; e-mail: r.w.kilborn@stir.ac.uk

For further information on the conference, please contact: Michelle Lee, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland, tel.: 01786 467520; fax: 01786 466855; e-mail: mtl1@stir.ac.uk

return to index

The International Fibre Art Symposium

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig/IRL invites artists to apply for participation in the Fibre Art Symposium in January 1999. The organizers are looking for inventive ways to use fibre materials of all sorts. An exhibition is planned in the year 2000, to be shown in Ireland, Continental Europe and the USA.

Please contact: Grainne Millar, Project Coordinator, Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, County Monaghan, Ireland, tel.: +353-47/54003; fax: +353-47/54380; e-mail: thetgc@indigo.ie

return to index

The First Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning

Brunei Darussalam, March 1999

Established in 1988, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) encourages the development and sharing of open learning/distance education materials, expertise, technologies and other resources. Working with and providing services to hundreds of institutions throughout the 54-member Commonwealth, the COL is helping to increase the capacities of developing nations to meet the demands for improving access to quality education and training.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Commonwealth of Learning, the First Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning will be held in Brunei Darussalam on 1-5 March 1999, providing a unique opportunity for Commonwealth citizens to share a range of experiences and interests. Co-hosted by the Commonwealth of Learning, the Brunei Darussalam Ministry of Education and the University of Brunei Darussalam, the Forum's theme will be Empowerment through Knowledge and Technology.

The Forum is designed to enable the countries of the Commonwealth to:

  • extend open learning into all aspects of education, training and human resource development;
  • share ideas, expertise, research and best practice in the development and delivery of open learning;
  • strengthen and extend collaboration and networking; and
  • plan for future open learning activities throughout the Commonwealth.

The Forum will examine open learning in a broad range of applications, showcasing what is achievable with vision, concern for the learner, effective teaching and learning, and appropriate applications of technology. Agendas ranging from basic literacy to postgraduate and professional education will be addressed.

Keynote and plenary presentations will set the agenda for the next decade of open learning in the Commonwealth. Case studies, workshops, poster displays and examples of work will follow five sub-themes: non-formal adult and community education, corporate/industrial training, primary and secondary (open) schooling, technical and vocational education and training, and university and college education.

On-line, 'virtual' conferences will also be organised to help the participants and conference planners to prepare for the Forum and to provide means of participation for those who may not be able to attend. Topics will cover specific areas within the Forum sub-themes and will be World Wide Web-based (http://www.col.org/forum/virtual.htm), taking place toward the end of 1998 and the beginning of 1999.

For more information, please contact the Forum Secretariat: Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, 1285 West Broadway, Suite 600, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8, Canada, tel.: 604 775 8200; fax: 604 775 8210; e-mail: forum@col.org; WWW: http://www.col.org/forum

return to index

CEM Convention

Athens, March 1999

The Second CEM Convention (See the Dossier, in Culturelink no. 19/August 1996, pp. 153-184.) will be held on 25-28 March 1999 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The Convention will be an opportunity for grassroots organizations, national associations and individuals to come together around the theme of diversity in media ownership, employment and representation. In addition to the annual CEM business meeting, there will be scheduled speakers and artistic presentations. The weekend will be devoted to meetings in smaller working groups to develop strategic direction and action plans around a variety of issues.

Attendance is open to members and is by invitation only. If you would like to receive an invitation to the 1999 Convention, send your request to: CEM, P.O.Box 31847, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, tel.: 215-204-6434; fax: 215-204-5823; e-mail: cem@libertynet.org; WWW: http://www.cemnet.org

return to index

The Mediterranean and Latin America
IX Congress of the FIEALC

Tel Aviv, April 1999

The International Federation of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (FIEALC) will hold its Ninth Congress on 12-16 April 1999, at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Most of the panels will be related to the central theme: The Mediterranean and Latin America, although there will also be some independent sessions. The almost 50 panels will cover Latin American and European intercultural philosophy, cultural and ideological influences, migration and colonization, indigenous identity and human rights in Latin America, interethnic relations, translation and transculturation, Latin American and European literature, economy in an era of globalization, free market economies and limited forms of democracy, Latin American development, educational systems, visual culture, the presence of Jews in Latin America, etc. Each panel will feature at least three presenters.

The three official languages of the Congress are Spanish, Portuguese and English. Papers shall not exceed 15 pages.

Please send a brief abstract (no more than 250 words) and a C.V., by e-mail or on a diskette, to: Professor Tzvi Medin, Dr. Raanan Rein School of History, Universidad de Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviv, P.O.B. 39040 (69978), Israel; e-mail: fiealc99@post.tau.ac.il

All inquiries relating to registration fees, accommodation, tourism, etc. may be addressed to: ARIEL Tours, Att. Dina Roditti, Trumpeldor 1, Tel Aviv 63433, Israel, tel.: 972-3-5160203; fax: 972-3-5160915; e-mail: arieltd@netvision.net.il

return to index

Culture, Health and the Arts World Symposium

Manchester, April 1999

Arts for Health, the UK's national and international information centre for the arts in health, uniting artists, designers and all those involved with health care, has issued the second announcement and call for papers for its first Culture, Health and the Arts World Symposium - CHARTS '99, to be held in Manchester, England, 13-16 April 1999.

Supported by UNESCO, the Symposium will build on the work of the World Decade for Cultural Development project 'Culture and Health', providing a world forum to review developments in health and the arts from a cultural perspective, showing how various approaches and responses operate in different cultures, and searching for new strategies from within this diversity.

Through plenary session presentations and workshops, key figures in the field of culture, health and the arts will debate a range of issues, aiming to lay foundations for a world agenda for combining culture and health development.

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 24 September 1998.

For enquiries relating to the Symposium programme, please contact: Peter Senior, Arts for Health, The Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints, Oxford Road, Manchester MI5 6BY, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0)161 236 8916; fax: +44 (0)161 247 6390; e-mail: p.senior@mmu.ac.uk

For enquiries relating to the Symposium organization, registration and accommodation, please contact: James Arthur or Claire Horrigan, Complete Congress Services, CMC House, 19 King Edward Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 1AQ, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0)1625 624091; fax: +44 (0)1625 624075; e-mail:james.arthur@cmc.co.uk

return to index

The Bologna International Children's Book Fair

Bologna, April 1999

Organized by La Joie par les Livres in conjunction with all African professionals involved with children's books, the Bologna International Children's Book Fair, to be held in April 1999, will honour African illustrators. The illustrators must come from a country in Sub-Saharan Africa (resident or not), while the illustrations to be selected to take part in the exhibition must be either from a children's book already published (in Africa or not) or from a dummy ready for publication. A bilingual (French-English) colour catalogue of the exhibition will be printed.

Contact: La Joie par les Livres, Immeuble Atlantic 361, 361 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 92140 Clamart, France, tel.: (331) 40 83 14 62; fax: (331) 40 94 04 04.

return to index

Dance, a Culture on the Move

Strasbourg, May 1999

The Centre for European Corporal Research (CREEC) intends to look at the latest state of play of dance and choreography. At the turn of the century, hear out artists, creators and researchers. Over and beyond the specific concerns of aestheticians, anthropologists, ethnologists, psychoanalysts, etc. provide a three-day meeting ground for the expression of their different ideas against the backdrop of artistic creation. The symposium will be held at Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg, 7-9 May 1999.

Three main themes have been selected:

  • Body and subject,
  • Dance styles and innovation dynamics,
  • How art relates.

Two shows are programmed: La danse, une histoire à ma façon (Dance, the way I see it) by D. Boivin and two Opéra du Rhin ballets (Cl. Brumanchon and M. Kelemenis).

For registration information and presentation proposals, please contact: CREEC - colloque Danse, Université Marc Bloch, 14 rue Descartes, 67084 Strasbourg, France, tel./fax:; e-mail: creec@ushs.u-strasb.fr

return to index

The Westernization of Europe

Budapest, May 1999

The Symposium The Westernization of Europe will take place in Budapest, 26-28 May 1999, organized by the Hungarian Society of Political Science and the Austrian Society for Central European Studies. The topic is the first decade of the process of West-Eastern adaptation. An attempt will be made to take stock of the transformation so far.

Contact: Austrian Society for Central European Studies, Hohenstaufengasse 9/7, A-1011 Vienna, Austria,tel.: +43 1 4277 3830; fax: +43 1 4277 9383.

return to index

8th Pan African Children's Book Fair

Nairobi, June 1999

With a focus on Children's Libraries, the 1999 Fair will be held in Nairobi, 2-6 June 1999. A full programme of events is being prepared and papers are invited for the following seminars:

  • Reading Promotion and Access to Books,
  • Writing for Children,
  • Illustrating for Children,
  • Children's Bookselling and Marketing,
  • The Role of Toys in Children's Education,
  • Forum for African Book Exhibition Organisers.

Contact: Alex Chamwada Ayego, Marketing Executive, Pan African Children's Book Fair (PACBF), PO Box 61301, Nairobi, Kenya, tel./fax: +254 2 573029/571944.

return to index

The First International Congress on Culture and Development

Havana, June 1999

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba is convening the First International Congress on Culture and Development, to be held on 7-11 June 1999, at the Havana International Conference Centre, Cuba. Focusing on the theme of Cultural Development from an Ethical Perspective, the event will feature lectures, creative fora, workshops, exhibitions and exchange sessions, visits to communities and community centres, pre- and post-Congress courses and workshops, and other parallel and optional activities with the following aims:

  • to facilitate the exchange of experience on the theoretical and practical aspects of the relationship between culture and development and on the contemporary projection of cultural development;
  • to achieve a fair assessment of the interaction between culture and development;
  • to strengthen the operation of the Ibero-American network and expand it internationally;
  • to foster international cultural cooperation in the programmes of international agencies and entities; and
  • to consider and compare the progress arising from an effective cultural dialogue and flow of ideas on the integral development of mankind.

As a response to UNESCO's call from the report Our Creative Diversity prepared by the World Commission on Culture and Development, the Conference is being convened for the purpose of creating a thought-provoking environment and a forum for learning and the exchange of ideas. Researchers, artists, creative people, academics, specialists and executives, as well as groups and institutions involved in cultural processes, will discuss topics covering cultural policies and development, the role of artists and intellectuals in the shaping of cultural development, culture and the impact of state-of-the-art technology, culture and economy, cultural industries, the market of cultural products and its impact on cultural development, the environment and sustainable development, integration, identity, diversity and other intercultural processes, the cultural dimension of tourism, and integration and participation in community development.

For further information on the conference, please contact: Dr. Reina Mestre Veitía, Lic. Andrés Gonzáles Beltrán, Executive Secretariat, Centro de Superación para la Cultura, Calle 15#754 e/Paseo y 2, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución, Ciudad de Habana, 10400, Cuba, tel.: (537) 301000, 39921, 39922; fax: (537) 301000; e-mail: csuper@arsoft.cult.cu

return to index

Language and Identity

Jyväskylä, June 1999

What is the relationship between language and identity? How are national, cultural and ethnic identities constructed through the use of language in various contexts? How are institutional and professional identities constructed? What kind of methods can be applied to study the relationship between language and identity? How can this relationship be taken into account in teaching? These are some of the questions that will be discussed during the 19th Jyväskylä Summer School for AppliedLanguage Studies, which will take place at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 7-11 June 1999. The aim of the school is to bring together recent research, as well as to provide insights for researchers, teachers and students alike.

The programme consists of lectures and workshops. A detailed programme of the summer school will be available in April.

For more information, please contact: Helen Niskanen, Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, PL 35, 40351 Jyväskylä, Finland, fax: +358-14-603 21; e-mail: hniskane@cc.jyu.fi

return to index

The Fifth AIMAC Conference on Arts and Cultural Management

Helsinki, June 1999

The International Association of Arts and Culture Management (AIMAC) has announced its Fifth International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management, to be held on 13-17 June 1999, in Helsinki, Finland. It will be hosted by the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (HSE). This scientific conference will be devoted to research issues and practical cases in the areas of:

  • cultural marketing and consumer behaviour;
  • arts and cultural management;
  • cultural and media industry and markets;
  • interaction between culture and media, and the new media; and
  • arts and business relations (e.g., issues on sponsorship).

The participants will include selected researchers in universities and public or private research institutes, as well as practitioners in the arts and cultural sectors from North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. Additional participation is welcomed from those who wish to be informed of recent research findings concerning arts and cultural management issues of today.

The conference is meant to be a forum not only for scientific researchers but also for management practitioners, and therefore descriptions and analyses of specific practical examples or cases of cultural management and cultural production are also welcome.

The main conference language will be English. French language contributions will also be accepted. The deadline for abstracts, 1-2 pages, is 15 October 1998. The authors will be informed of acceptance by the end of November 1998. The final papers and registrations are to be submitted by 31 March 1999.

For further information on the conference, please contact: Ms. Maini Mannerkoski-Willman, Secretary General, Helsinki School of Economics, AIMAC '99, POB 1210, FIN-00101 Helsinki, Finland, tel.: +358-9-4313 8781; fax: +358-9-4313 8660; e-mail: aimac@hkkk.fi; WWW: http://www.hkkk.fi/aimac/

return to index

From the City to Urban Civilization

Public Spaces in the Global Era
Budapest, June-July 1999

University Paris IV-Sorbonne and the Research Centre 'Espace et Culture' will organize an International Conference in Paris, 17-18 June 1999. Saying that society is changing is banal, yet it is difficult to understand the real stakes of this multidimensional crisis. The economic change labelled globalization in connection with new technological communication is certainly crucial, but the supremacy of the urban order over the rural one is also important.

The international conference Habitat II or the City Summit of June 1996 in Istanbul, organized by the United Nations, announced the coming of the twenty-first century; it gathered together national delegations as well as professionals in urban planning, researchers, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and representatives of local governments to underline their incontrovertible role and the need for a new partnership.

The evolution of public space, seen as a universal place and a fundamental basis of the European city, to a simple commodity in an era of global World Time through the creation of malls, and the proliferation of ethnic space will be discussed by social researchers as well as professionals from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and cultural backgrounds.

The four themes to be discussed are the following:

  • Public space and the market (mix of goods and entertainment);
  • Residential neighborhoods, public spaces, and security ideology: the conception as well as the uses of public space;
  • Should public space as a material artefact be viewed as a residual space in a global and urban society shaped by market needs and technological tools? Will the community then represent a new form of public space?
  • Defining criteria of distinction between public space and community space in a plural society. How can we reconcile the universal with the particular?

For more information, please contact: Cynthia Ghorra-Gobin, 2, rue des Prêtres St. Séverin, 75005 Paris, France, tel./fax: 01 43 29 54 82; e-mail : Implementation@compuserve.com

return to index

World Science Conference

Budapest, June-July 1999

Between 25 June and 1 July 1999, Budapest, Hungary, will host the World Science Conference, organised jointly by UNESCO and the International Council of Scientific Union (ICSU). In addition to the intergovernmental organizations within the UN system, others, such as the International Social Science Council and the Third World Academy of Sciences, will also be called upon to contribute.

UNESCO and the ICSU describe the objectives of the WSC as follows: The WSC will analyse the achievements, shortcomings and opportunities in natural science and their wide-ranging and profound impact on society. It will address the challenges science is to meet in the 21st century and the ethical issues raised by scientific research. It will seek to bring about a renewed and sustained commitment to science by all stakeholders and partners in science at the international, regional and national levels.

The Conference is expected to result in an innovative and pragmatic plan of action beyond the year 2000. It is also expected that the third World Science Report and the first World Social Science Report will be available at the Conference and will provide background material.

For more information, please contact: UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Science, Maurizio Iaccarino, who acts as the Secretary-General for the organization of the Conference, e-mail: m.iaccarino@unesco.org or fax: +33 (3) 45 68 58 01.

return to index

The 1999 International Humor Conference

Oakland, June-July 1999

The 1999 International Humor Conference is the eighteenth in a series of scholarly meetings on humor and laughter and the eleventh such meeting sponsored by the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS). The 1999 Conference is scheduled to take place from June 29 to July 3, 1999 at Holy Names College in Oakland, overlooking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. For this conference, scholars, professionals, and students are invited to submit proposals for Papers, Posters, and Symposia focusing on humor research in the arts and humanities, as well as in the health and social sciences, with submissions falling into at least one of five conference topical tracks:

  • cognition and creativity,
  • health and well-being,
  • individuals and individual styles,
  • culture and gender,
  • public and private discourse.

A brochure containing an overview of the conference with details on conference tracks, scholarships, and procedures on how to submit proposals for papers, symposia, and workshops can be obtained by writing to: Martin D. Lampert, Chair, 1999 International Humor Conference, Holy Names College, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619-1699, USA, tel.: (510) 436-1699; e-mail: humor99@hnc.edu; WWW: http://www.hnc.edu/events/humor99

return to index

9th International WASBE Conference

San Luis Obispo, July 1999

The Ninth International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) is to be held in San Luis Obispo, California, USA, 5-11 July 1999, bringing together international musicians from over 15 wind orchestras and ensembles to participate in concerts, rehearsal masterclasses, professional development seminars, and smaller breakout sessions for discussion of specific topics of research.

WASBE, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, a member of the International Music Council of UNESCO, is a non-profit international association uniting over 1,000 individuals, institutions and industries interested in symphonic wind bands and wind ensembles as serious and distinctive mediums of musical expression and cultural heritage. The organization's goals and objectives include the promotion of, and assistance in, the development of band activities throughout the world. International exchange of conductors, teachers, students, and composers is encouraged, as is the composition of band literature that reflects national heritage and transcends international boundaries.

The principal theme of the Conference is the development of the skills of the conductor through the discussion of the following opics:

  • Professional Development Seminars - Finding the Balance: How to Achieve Professional and Personal Success;
  • Chamber Winds - The Core Repertoire;
  • BodySpeak - Exploring the Gestural Communication of the Conductor;
  • Motivation - Models In Musical Motivation For The New Millennium;
  • The Balanced Life - What the Conductor Does Is What the Ensemble Gets;
  • The Quest for Good Music - The Intersection of Personal Taste and Aesthetic Criteria.

Full information is available from: WASBE Organising Committee, 1037 Mill Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA; or WASBE Executive Director, Leon Bly, Graf-von-Galen Str. 28, 70565 Stuttgart, Germany, tel.: +49 711 715747; fax: +49 711 7157761; e-mail: wasbe@t-online.de

return to index

European Summer Academy for Culture and Management

Salzburg, 18 July - 1 August 1999

Based on its three years' experience made with the Compact Course in Arts Management, the International Centre for Culture & Management will hold the fifth European Summer Academy for Culture and Management in Salzburg, Austria, between 18 July and 1 August 1999.

Consisting of the European Project Workshop, the European Arts Management Forum and an a virtual academy, the two-week compact training course aims to convey the process of European understanding, unification and integration to the field of the arts. The Academy is intended for 21 arts managers from the whole of Europe, holding responsible positions in connection with the specific projects they submit, devoted to the fields of:

  • festivals and cultural organizations dealing with a variety of arts subjects
  • music and music-theatre
  • film/new media

Projects will be further analysed and developed at a highly professional level, discussing their organization, funding and marketing.

Application forms should be submitted by 20th March 1999.

For more information, please contact: International Centre for Culture & Management, Jakob Haringer Strasse 5A, A - 5020 Salzburg, Austria; tel.: +43(0)662/459.841; fax: +43(0)662/459.838; e-mail: Spitz@iccm.co.at; http://www.iccm.co.at/

return to index

Media, Religion and Culture

Edinburgh, July 1999

An international conference on Media, Religion and Culture is set to take place in Edinburgh, UK, 20-23 July 1999. The world's leading academics and researchers concerned with the evolving relationships between the media, religion and culture will come together.

Contact: Dr. Jolyon Mitchell, Faculty of Divinity, New College, Edinburgh EH10 2LU, UK, e-mail: jolyon@div.ed.ac.uk

return to index

8th ICEA World Conference

Rio de Janeiro, July 1999

The conference The Earth Charter through Community Education, organised by the International Community Education Association (ICEA), will take place in Rio de Janeiro, 26-30 July 1999. It will provide ICEA Focus Groups with an opportunity to present and discuss their work and debate the role of the community educator in changing values and behaviour in order to bring about a culture of sustainability. It is intended that this will be a working meeting and preference will be given to those involved in the Earth Charter Network.

For more information about the conference, please contact: The ICEA International Office, 9-11 Princess Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6BY, U.K., tel./fax: (441565) 750156; e-mail: icea.io@virgin.net

return to index

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair 1999: Women

Harare, July 1999

ZIBF99, theme: Women, focus country: South Africa, will be held in Harare from 31 July to 7 August 1999. A huge increase in participation is expected, particularly from South Africa, and a wide range of activities relating to women and gender are planned in parallel with the Book Fair. The ZIBF organisers are working with women's information and publishing organisations in Africa and internationally to develop a programme of seminars, workshops and training events, opening with a keynote Indaba conference entitled Women's Voices - Gender, Books and Development. The Indaba will feature three outstanding women keynote speakers from the fields of environment, history and scholarship, with special interest groups exploring themes around writing, publishing, access to information and research.

The ZIBF has a strong developmental programme and its organisers intend to use their 1999 theme to highlight women's information needs in Africa and to support women to enter and to be effective within the information, book and publishing sector. ZIBF99 will provide an unparalleled opportunity to meet, network and do business with the key players. The ZIBF's own regular marketing workshop for African publishers, now entering its fourth year, will bring together 24 of the most enterprising and creative women publishers from all parts of Africa, francophone, lusophone and anglophone.

Other planned events include an African Buyers-Sellers Meeting, the African Booksellers Convention, the Writers' Workshop, and an academic conference on Women and Development.

For further information on the Zimbabwe International Book Fair, please contact: David Brine, ZIBF(UK), P.O. Box 21303, London WC2E 8PH, UK, tel./fax: +44 (0)0171 836 8501; e-mail: zibf.kingstreet@dial.pipex.com; East Africa: ruth@ngnet.co.ke; Southern Africa: seeber@icon.co.za; Asia: ghai@nde.vsnf.net.in; or
The Zimbabwe International Book Fair Trust (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; http://www.zibf.org/

return to index

5th World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education

Hilo, Hawaii, August 1999

This conference will take place in Hilo, 1-7 August 1999. The conference is intended to focus on the past, present and future of cultural knowledge practice, recognize current needs, strengthen future collaborations, and offer direction and guidance as we enter into the next millennium. The planning committee of Po' e Hawai'i or Native Hawaiians includes educators, students, business and community people, retirees, activists and volunteers who are all collaborating to create a conference that will be meaningful and complementary to the island's lifestyle.

For more information, please contact: the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, 1999 WIPCE HAWAI'I, 200 W. Kawili Street, C/o P.O. Box 6159, Hilo, Hl 96720-8923, USA, fax: (808) 969 7932; e-mail: wipce@ilhawaii.net

return to index

Diversity within Unity:
Civil Society and Human Community

Prague, August 1999

Call for Papers

A conference entitled Diversity within Unity: Civil Society and Human Community will be held in Prague from the 2-6 August 1999. The focus of the conference will primarily be on the context of Europe in the widest sense (to include Eastern Europe and the Baltic States), concentrating on the meaning of (European) community. Themes will include:

  • the nature of social, national, and international relationships;
  • social antagonism, cultural identity, and ethnicity within and across states;
  • violence, non-violence, and civil disobedience;
  • peace, justice, and the possibilities for reconciliation;
  • tolerance, dialogue, and the intolerable;
  • civil society, civility, persons and the state;
  • persons, federalism, communitarianism;
  • persons, difference, and the foreign;
  • religion, religious identity, and the european community;
  • broadening the boundaries of business and economic possibilities;
  • broadening the boundaries of politics and political possibilities.

The conference is part of a larger series of conferences being offered in the future, run under the general banner 'At the Interface'. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

Submissions of papers, responses to papers, work-in-progress sessions, panel discussions, and displays are welcome.

For further information, please contact: Dr Rob Fisher, School of Humanities, Westminster College, Oxford. OX2 9AT, Great Britain; e-mail: rob@fishwest.demon.co.uk

return to index

International Federation of Translators (FIT) -
XV World Congress

Translation - Transition
Mons (Belgium), 3-11 August 1999

3-5 August 1999 - Statutory congress
6 - 10 August 1999 - Open congress

Organised by
Université de Mons-Hainaut
Chambre belge des traducteurs, interprètes et philologues

M. Jean-Marie Van de Walle
3, Avenue du Lycée Français, bte. 9
1180 Bruxelles, Belgique
Fax: 02.375.71.26

return to index

Will Europe Work?

The Fourth Conference of the European Sociological Association
Amsterdam, August 1999

The Conference Will Europe Work? will take place in Amsterdam, 18-21 August 1999, organized by the European Sociological Association (ESA).

The Conference will focus on four themes:

  • Where is work in Europe going and what consequences do the transformation in its paid and unpaid forms have for European societies?
  • What kind of work is being done in constructing the Europe of social institutions?
  • How does Europe work in the construction of new and old identities?
  • How does the unified Europe work in and on the world through its impact as a producer and an employer, exporter of lifestyles and consumer of the environment?

Contact: Conference Organiser - European Sociological Association (ESA) Conference, Plantage Muidergracht 4, NL-1018 TV Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: 31 20 5270646 (Jantine van Gogh); fax: +31 20 6229430; e-mail: esa@siswo.uva.nl; WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/ss/ssp/esa/conf.99.htm

return to index

65th IFLA Council and General Conference

Libraries as Gateways to an Enlightened World
Bangkok, August 1999

The 65th IFLA Council and General Conference of the International Federation of Library Association is to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 20-28 August 1999.

The Conference on the theme On the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century: Libraries as Gateways to an Enlightened World is to be hosted by the Thai Library Association and the Thai library community. The three sub-themes are the following: Strengthening the Gateway, Assuring the Quality and Quantity of Information, Networking for 'Quality of Life'.

The Conference activities will include presentations of professional papers, lectures by internationally recognized guest speakers, library seminars, workshops, round tables, professional visits to libraries and information centres in Thailand, professional and trade exhibitions, cultural events, and informal meetings.

The Conference will be held under the high patronage of King Bhumbibol Adulyadej.

For further information and to obtain registration forms, please contact: Professor Khunying Maenmas Chavalit, President of the National Organizing Committee, IFLA'99 Conference Secretariat, c/o SEAMEO SPAFA Headquarters Building, 81/1 Si-Ayutthaya Road, Sam-sen, Theves, Bangkok 10300, Thailand, tel.: (662) 280-4022-9; fax: (662) 280-4030; e-mail: spafa@ksc.th.com

return to index

A Meeting of Young European Writers

Krk, Croatia, August 1999

Pontes '99, the Fourth Meeting of Young European Writers, will be held in the town of Krk, Croatia, 23- 29 August 1999. The discussion groups and lectures topic of Pontes '99 will be: Literature and Entertainment Industry. This meeting will bring together writers, theorists and critics, as well as publishers, magazine editors, etc., mostly people under 35, from about fifteen European countries. Besides the discussion part of the meeting, the participants will describe the contemporary situation in culture, including literature, in their countries and take part in the central performance of the Night of Poetry. They will also participate in programmes such as the screening of new European movies, Pontes magazine launch, concerts, performances, exhibitions etc.

Pontes is the European Cultural Network of cooperation in culture and literature. It has been active since 1996 and it includes, besides the summer meetings of young European writers in Krk, various activities to promote the translation, publishing and presentation of young authors in European cultural magazines, cooperation on the Pontes web site (www.pontes.com/) through cultural news and information exchange, publication, etc.

For more information, please contact: Katarina Mazuran, e-mail: katarina.mazuran@pontes.hr

return to index

Identity and Pluralism / Identidad y Pluralismo

The First North-South Expert Conference on Cultural Research and Development
1. Conferencia Norte-Sur de Investigación Cultural y Desarollo
Santiago de Chile/La Dehesa, 7-10 September 1999

Originally planned for October 1998 in La Plata/Buenos Aires, this meeting will aim to strengthen scientific relations between experts in cultural policy and development from the 'North' and the 'South', to improve methodological standards and facilitate new project partnerships. If successful, a second meeting should follow in Europe or North America in the year 2001. It is hoped that this dialogue will become an ongoing biannual event.

The conference is being organised by ERICArts in co-operation with the following institutions:

  • Ministerio de Educación, República de Chile,
  • Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo,
  • Instituto Goethe Santiago, Chile,
  • CULTURELINK, Zagreb, Croatia,
  • MEDIACULT, Vienna, Austria,
  • Zentrum für Kulturforschung, on behalf of the Federal Ministry
    of Education and Science, Bonn, Germany,
  • and other partners.

The conference programme reflects the themes relevant to researchers and policy makers in the 'North' and 'South' and approved by the last ERICArts Plenary. Debates will be held in plenary and workshop sessions on the following main themes:

  • Perspectives on global development and regional cultural identity: towards the North-South dialogue;
  • Heritage policies and (inter-)cultural education;
  • Heritage management and tourism;
  • Funding and management strategies in the arts;
  • Culture industries development;
  • Arts television and media diversity.

These themes correspond to the work done by UNESCO, in particular the World Decade for Cultural Development, the Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development, Our Creative Diversity, and the Council of Europe, including the Report on Culture and Development, In From the Margins. Most of these issues were addressed by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural and Media Policies for Development in Stockholm/Sweden, Spring 1998, and are now being followed up in both national and international contexts.

Well-known scholars and specialists from Europe, North America, Africa/Middle East, Asia and Australia have already voiced their interest in taking part in the conference. Some of the contributions originally planned or proposed for the La Plata meeting still apply to the Santiago de Chile programme.

Suggestions for speakers and papers should reach ERICArts no later than 30 March 1999.

The working languages of the conference will be English and Spanish. Depending on the available funds, additional working languages could include Brazilian/Portuguese, French and/or German. Active participants will be guests of the host organisers in Santiago. Their conference fees will also be waived. Travel costs will have to be met by the participants. The ERICArts Secretariat is currently researching discounted tariffs.

For more information, contact the ERICArts Secretariat: Am Hofgarten 17, D-53113 Bonn, Germany, tel.: (+49-228) 2420996/7, fax: 241318; e-mail: uzr604@uni-bonn.de; WWW: http://www.artec.org.uk/ERICArts

return to index

SHORTCUT EUROPE 1999: Culture and Conflict

Weimar, 9-12 September 1999

In 1999 Weimar will be the European City of Culture. This provides an opportunity to take up and develop an initiative which first came to life in 1996 as part of Copenhagen's European City of Culture program: SHORTCUT EUROPE.

The aim of SHORTCUT EUROPE 1999 is to promote cultural initiatives and projects which are mainly based in Cultural Houses, Socio-Cultural Centres, Social Action Centres, Maisons de la Culture and other similar institutions across Europe. Since the 1970s these centres and houses have developed a specific working approach which makes social issues a priority and attempts to link artistic productions and reception with everyday experience and environments. Despite many differences, they all share the belief that culture is much more than just the 'fine arts' - that it also extends to the way in which we communicate with our fellow citizens, how we cooperate and how we deal with conflicts.

The Conference which will be held in Weimar, 9-12 September 1999, will discuss the relationship between culture and democracy.

SHORTCUT Weimar will try to feature specialist contributions and lectures, as well as practical projects which can serve as models. The possibilities of cultural intervention will be investigated along a variety of lines of conflict such as changes in social and working life, growing racism, and the emergence of new youth cultures. With this goal in mind, 'Best Practice' projects will be presented - projects which are already working successfully at social flash points. New and innovative working models have been developed in many European countries, but because too little attention has been drawn to them, they often go ignored. The SHORTCUT conference will enable us to learn more from each other and thus help to pave the way for future socio-cultural cooperation in Europe. Parallel to the conference program a project market will be organized, designed to give cultural initiatives and centres throughout Europe the opportunity to present themselves and discuss their experiences with other groups. Those who are interested in taking part are asked to contact Fonds Soziokultur, the organiser of SHORTCUT EUROPE 1999, as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact: Fonds Soziokultur, Birgit Meding (Project Coordination), Weberstrasse 59a, 53113 Bonn, Germany, tel.: +49 228 20167 21/35; fax: +49 228 20167 36; e-mail: weimar99@aol.com; WWW: http://www.soziokultur.de/shortcut

return to index

The Baltic Sea Region Students' Contribution to Our Creative Diversity

Jyväskylä, September 1999

Our Creative Diversity, the report of the World Commission on Culture and Development was published in 1995 and has ever since been circulated among policy-makers, academics etc. However, young people have not had a chance to contribute to this discussion. This is why a discussion forum will be organized in Jyväskylä, Finland, on 15-17 September 1999, as part of the follow-up activities to the Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development held in spring 1998 at Stockholm.

The objectives of this forum are:

  • to broaden existing perspectives on Our Creative Diversity by giving young people the opportunity to be heard;
  • to analyse cultural pluralism and related issues in the Baltic Sea Region;
  • to use creativity in order to find ways of living together in harmony within pluralistic societies; and
  • to reinforce cooperation within the borders of the Baltic Sea Region.

A final report of this forum will be sent to the National Commissions to UNESCO in the Baltic Sea Region and to the Nordic Council of Ministers. The event is co-organized and financed by the Cultural Policies for Development Unit at UNESCO, the Nordic Cultural Fund, the Finnish National Commission for UNESCO and the University of Jyväskylä. At the same time, an International Congress on Intercultural Education will be organized at the University of Jyväskylä.

For additional participants a participation fee of 200 FIM will be charged.

For further information please contact: Ms Jaana Lantto or Ms Ulla Tissari, Multicultural Programmes, Continuing Education Centre, University of Jyväskylä, P.O. Box 35, 40351 Jyväskylä, Finland; tel. +358 14 602648; fax +358 14 602514; e-mail forum@cone.jyu.fi

return to index

The International Congress on Intercultural Education: Living and Learning Together in the 21st Century

Jyväskylä, September 1999

The University of Jyväskylä (Finland), in co-operation with the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), will host the International Congress on intercultural education in Jyväskylä, 16-18 September 1999.

The Congress will provide a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners in education to discuss new initiatives related to intercultural education. The Congress will also critically appraise theory and practice with respect to key areas in the field of intercultural education.

  • Preliminary topics for the Congress:
  • Educational and Cultural Policies for Managing Diversity
  • Intercultural Education for Promoting Cultural and Human Rights
  • Educational Reflections on Linguistic Diversity
  • Intercultural Curriculum Development
  • Intercultural Teacher Education and Teaching Practices
  • International Student and Teacher Mobility
  • Cross-Cultural Counselling and Guidance
  • Lifelong Learning in Intercultural Context
  • World Heritage Education
  • Intercultural Learning and the Crises of the Nation State
  • Cultural Diversity and Citizenship
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations.

For further information, please contact: Organising Committee Secretariat, Ms. Kirsti Häkkinen, University of Jyväskylä, Continuing Education Centre, P.O.Box 35, FIN - 40351 Jyväskylä, Finland, tel.: +358 (0) 14 602 510; fax: +358 (0) 14 602 514; e-mail: hakkinen@cone.jyu.fi; http://www.cec.jyu.fi/tkk/kv/congress.htm

return to index

Cultures and Transitions - 30th InSEA World Congress

Brisbane, Australia, September 1999

Based on the continuing belief that art through education is a means of promoting international understanding and cultural co-operation, the International Society of Education through Art (InSEA) is organizing its 30th World Congress entitled Cultures and Transitions, to be held on 21-26 September 1999, in Brisbane, Australia, hosted by the Australian Institute of Art Educators (AIAE), the Australian affiliate of InSEA. Bringing together specialists, teachers, academics, government officers and others directly concerned with the encouragement and advancement of creative education, the 30th World Congress aims to provide a venue for the extension of world co-operation in the exchange of ideas and cultural contributions in the visual arts. Art and crafts will be used to explore approaches to art education which are more inclusive, interactive, collaborative and interdisciplinary.

The principal theme of the congress is Cultures and Transitions, which recognises the complexity of diverse cultures in a world rapidly unfolding towards the next millennium. The sub-themes acknowledge the UNESCO goals in education which were released in the major 1996 UNESCO report, namely, Learning: The Treasure Within. The report, prepared by an International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century, declared education to be at the heart of both community and professional development, extending opportunities to develop a framework for the process of learning throughout life. The framework was built on four pillars:

  • Learning to know is the basic learning that provides a foundation for life-long learning together with the possibility of in-depth work on selected subjects.
  • Learning to do emphasises the capacity to apply knowledge in a variety of situations.
  • Learning to live together addresses a deep need - an understanding of others and their history, traditions and spiritual values, contributing to achieving a spirit that recognises our society's essential interdependence and the need to work together harmoniously and constructively.
  • Learning to be emphasises the spiritual side of humanity and sees personal fulfilment as an ultimate aim. It also implies the need to develop qualities of imagination in children and adults as life-long learners.

Two days prior to the World Congress, a Research Conference will be held, providing a forum for the presentation and discussion of research relevant to the theme of the conference.

Fieldwork visits will also be organized, offering delegates the opportunity to visit and work in Queensland and New South Wales schools and meet with teachers from Preschool, Primary and Secondary sectors, giving insight into the processes that underpin their work in art education. Hosted by Education Queensland, the Fieldwork programme will be scheduled for the week preceding the Congress, 13-17 September 1999.

Paper and workshop proposals are invited. The deadline for the receipt of the final paper is 31 May 1999. English will be the official language for the 1999 World Congress.

For detailed information, please contact: InSEA 30th World Congress, GPO Box 2179, Brisbane, Queensland 4001, Australia, fax: +61 7 3832 8245; e-mail: mail@enterprisingevents.com.au; WWW: http://www.qut.edu.au/insea99/insea

return to index

Congreso Iberoamericano de Gestión y Políticas Culturales

Bilbao, September 1999

In cooperation with the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture, the Instituto de Estudios de Ocio of the Universidad de Deusto is organizing the Latin American Congress of Cultural Management and Policies entitled The Professional and Cultural Cooperation towards the Third Millennium. The conference to be held on 22-24 September 1999 in Bilbao, Spain, is a follow-up activity to the Meeting of Ministers and Creators of Cultural Policies of Latin America, held in Madrid in 1997, which stressed the need to identify and analyse the necessity of education and training in the cultural sector.

The Bilbao conference presents a forum for meeting, reflection and debate of Latin American cultural managers, national, regional or local public administrators, representatives of cultural industries and the private sector, researchers and educators, exchanging their experiences and project information through round table discussions and workshops.

Various models of public and private cultural management will be discussed, as well as cooperation networks in the field of cultural creation, production, distribution and diffusion; social integration and community development; information and documentation systems; leisure, culture and tourism; and cultural industries and the market.

For information, please contact: Instituto de Estudios de Ocio, Avda. Universidades 24, Apartado 1/E 48080, 48007 Bilbao, Spain, tel.: 944 139 000 ext. 2782; fax: 944 467 909; e-mail: eventos@ocio.deusto.es

return to index

Call for Papers
9th General Conference of EADI

Europe and the South in the 21st Century: Challenges for Renewed Cooperation
Paris, 22-25 September 1999

After more than 50 years, cooperation has failed to achieve its original objective, that is, to contribute to 'developing' the countries of the South. But during this time, both the problem and the participants in development have changed. The relations among the players, in the North and the South, are more complex. Our analysis must now recognise not only the traditional challenges to relations between North and South (flows of trade, capital, and people; development aid), but also the emergence of many 'Souths' and new issues (international regulation, environment, urbanisation, integration into the world market, etc.). Globalisation has brought greatly increased trade in goods and services, in investment, in migration, and in exchange of technology. More important, it has also seen a growing number of players on the international scene: countries have been joined by inter-country regions - for example, the EU itself - and local governments, by NGOs, by the private sector, each with their own forms of cooperation.

The new and stronger relations between Europe and the South suggest new questions: How will the growing competition for Europe in industry and in agriculture be resolved and the new producers of the South integrated into world markets? Do we need new ways to regulate migration? The environment? Does urbanisation pose new challenges for cooperation? As the volume of aid falls, how can it be made more effective, and how can we develop a political dialogue or partnership? Can Europe help prevent conflicts in the South? What is the special role which Europe can play faced with these challenges? How can it reconcile this with multilateralism?

The aim of the conference is to offer a coherent set of conclusions for policy makers and to identify new research priorities.

The conference will be held in Paris, 22-25 September 1999.

For more information, please contact: EADI, European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, 24, rue Rothschild, P.O. Box 272, 1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland, tel.: (41) 22 - 731 46 48; fax: (41) 22 - 738 57 97; e-mail: eadi@uni2a.unige.ch; WWW: http://www.eadi.org

return to index

C21: Art Australis, the 30th InSEA World Congress

Brisbane, September 1999

An International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) World Congress often is the most significant international art event for people involved in education from many different nations and cultures. The C21: Art Australis, 30th InSEA World Congress will be the last significant art education congress of the twentieth century. The Congress will take place in Brisbane, Australia, from 22 to 29 of September 1999. Some participants may want to attend also the International Research Conference, the InSEA World Council Workshops, or the International Baccalaureate Workshops to be held from 19 to 21 of September 1999, in Brisbane.

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the venue of the World Congress, is a modern convention centre with vast spaces and full facilities. This site will make possible the holding of events and exhibits that usually accompany an InSEA Congress. Post congress tours are already being planned and they will offer excellent opportunities to see The Land Down Under.

For further information (early inquiries are encouraged), please contact: Dr. Robyn Stewart by e-mail (stewartr@usq.edu.au) or fax (61 76 311 855). If using mail, contact Ms. Jan Leo, Arts Queensland, World Congress Planning Committee, PO Box 1436, Brisbane, 4001, Australia.

return to index

Ideas About Europe

Pamplona, September 1999

The Centre for European Studies of the University of Navarra is organizing an International Conference entitled Ideas About Europe, to be held in Pamplona, Spain, 23-24 September 1999, seeking to contribute different ideas, visions and perspectives on Europe, bringing to the foreground less known answers to the question of what Europe is. The conference aims to study the influences that some writers might have had on the beginnings of the European integration.

Papers must be submitted by 1 August 1999. The conference languages will be English and Spanish. The publication of the conference Proceedings is planned.

For more detailed information, please contact: Centro de Estudios Europeos (CEE), Universidad de Navarra, Edificio da Derecho, 31080 Pamplona, Spain, tel.: +34-948-425634 or 425600; fax: +34-948-425622; e-mail: ebanus@unav.es; WWW: http://web1.cti.unav.es/castellano/pamplona/otros/cde.html

return to index

A Conference not to Miss

Common Threads: Participation for a Better World is the title of both the conference and the exhibition celebrating the end of the first year of collaboration of projects from ten European countries. (See Culturelink no. 26/November 1998, p. 21.) Both events will be staged at the Lighthouse in central Glasgow. The exhibition will open on 23 September and run for two weeks. The conference, which is limited to 100 people, will take place on 23-24 September.

For more information, please contact: Centre for Creative Communities, 118 Commercial Street, London E1 6NF, United Kingdom, tel.: (+44-171) 247 5385; fax: (+44-171) 247 5256; e-mail: baaa@easynet.co.uk

return to index

The Murdoch Symposium on Talk-in-Interaction: Culture, Communication and Psychology

Perth, Western Australia, September 1999

The School of Psychology and the Centre for Research in Culture and Communication are hosting a two-day symposium on Culture, Communication and Psychology at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, 23-24 September 1999.

While the primary aim of the symposium is to offer a forum for workers in Australasia, in any discipline concerned with the analysis of talk-in-interaction, to come together and discuss ongoing research, present work in progress and develop stronger interdisciplinary links, interest from colleagues overseas is warmly welcomed.

The Symposium will be held immediately prior to the Annual Conferences of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) and the Australian Linguistics Society, which are also to be held in Perth. Expressions of interest from the participants at these events would be especially welcome. Information about these events may be obtained at the ALAA website http://www.cltr.uq.oz.au/alaa/alaa99.html

For further information, and to submit contributions, please contact: Dr. Mark Rapley, School of Psychology, Murdoch University, South Street, Perth, 6150, Western Australia, tel.: +61-89-360-2861; fax: +61-89-360-6492; e-mail: mrapley@socs.murdoch.edu.au

return to index

The ISCM World Music Days 1999

The ISCM World Music Days will be held in Romania and Moldova, from 25 September to 2 October 1999.

During the ISCM World Music Days a symposium will be organized in Cluj-Napoca on the theme Interculturality and identity in new music today. The ISCM General Assembly 1999 will take place in Bucharest from 30 September to 1 October 1999.

Concerts will be organized in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Chisinau, Iasi and Bacau. The organizers will include in the festival programme at least one work by a composer from each National Section. Most of the programmes will be performed by orchestras, choirs and new music ensembles from Romania and Moldova.

All entries should be sent to the following address: International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), Romanian Section, c/o UCMR Calea Victoriei 141, sector 1, 70102 Bucharest, Romania, tel.: 40 1 6502838; fax: 40 1 2107211.

The text is available at http://www.xs4all.nl/~iscm

return to index

Sydney Design '99: 'Viewpoints in Time'

IFI General Assembly and Congress
Sydney, September-October 1999

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) is the organizer of the General Assembly and Congress, which will this year take place in Sydney, Australia, 26 September-1 October 1999. This joint congress of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA), the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and IFI will bring together design practitioners, educators and managers from all over the world. The Congress will be accompanied by many exhibitions in and around Sydney.

A major design trade exhibition will accompany the Congress and represent the key component of Sydney Design '99. It will provide exhibitors with an excellent opportunity for exposure to the world's leading designers from more than 50 countries as well as Australia. The exhibition will feature themed areas and will showcase all aspects of design practice.

Three following topics have been chosen:

  1. Searching for Sustainability and Competition;
  2. Understanding Today: Enterprise, Government and Design Projects drive our very being, clients in our direction?;
  3. Enjoying the Journey. The next 10 years. Short term thinking - what about the long term?

Various prominent speakers will participate in the Congress and discuss the approach of the new millennium with all its challenges and opportunities. The peak bodies for industrial, interior and graphic design will be a part of this great event.

The registration form is available on the Internet for direct on-line registration: http://www.sd99.com.au

For further information, please contact: Sydney Design '99, C/- ICMS Australasia Pty Limited, GPO Box 2609 Sydney, New South Wales 2001, Australia, tel.: +61 2 9241 1478; fax: +61 2 9251 3552; e-mail: exhibition@icmsaust.com.au

return to index

Summer School Lorenzo il Magnifico,
(L.I.M. University)

Economy of the Cultural Heritage in Europe
Florence, Italy, September 1999

Target group:

  • You are a student at least in the third year of university or a young professional in the sector of culture or tourism;
  • You study preferably art history, economics, managment, tourism or architecture;
  • You have an intermediate or higher level of knowledge in French and possibly understand Italian;
  • You would like to work in the cultural sector or acquire more knowledge.

Date and place:

You must be interested in a trip to Florence to take part in the Summer School dedicated to the economy of the cultural heritage in Europe, which will take place in September 1999 (exact date to be announced).


The Institut Français of Florence, in partnership with Culturelink, the Council of Europe, the Toscany Region, cultural meeting centres in association with European universities, organises the first session of this summer school on a theme which has not been studied often so far, even though it is an important one nowdays in Europe.


Indeed, we can see, throughout the continent, that cultural heritage comes alive again when used for new activities. This is not a new phenomenon, but one that will further develop in the years to come.

What are the examples, the plans, the future and the possibilities offered by the exploitation of the cultural heritage? How and why exploit the cultural heritage, apart from scientific preservation? What is the fallout?

The summer school Lorenzo il Magnifico proposes to answer these questions through conferences, meetings with professionals, sightseeing and working groups.

Working language:

French (intermediate level) and Italian (beginner level), exceptionally English.


For any information or to recieve a form and a pre-programme, write to Marie Hélène Leca at france-m@fol.it; tel.: (0)55/239.89.02; fax: (0)55/21.72.96

return to index

Global Arts Beyond 2000

Auckland, New Zealand, 8-13 October 1999

The International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) is organizing an International Conference for Higher Education in the Arts entitled Global Arts Beyond 2000, to be held on 8-13 October 1999, in Auckland, New Zealand. Focusing on global arts as the new millennium approaches, the event is designed for deans, directors, educators, administrators, professionals and amateurs, artists, designers, teachers and students interested in the various art forms - design, visual arts, theatre, film, dance, music, and the crafts.

Conference papers will cover the following thematic areas:

  • Curricula for the Next Century - As advances in technology diminish the artisan and mastery of craft, what is required for cultural expression and what responses are called for from the academy?
  • Intermedia in the Age of Multimedia - What is the current state and potential for new structures both within and outside of the academy?
  • Locating the Avant-Garde - What does the new millennium hold for adherents of the 'classical' arts?
  • Renaissance Teams - Does the work conducted by teams of computer scientists, physical or social scientists and artists at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications foreshadow a re-emergence of the artist/scientist?
  • Needed - Theory for the Rest of Us - As postmodern, poststructuralist theory no longer speaks to the great mass of cultural consumers (and many creators), is it time for the pendulum to swing back and provide a new vernacular for criticism?
  • Whither Patronage - What are the prospects for patronage in the next millennium?
  • Pathways to Professionalism - In view of rapidly changing technology (and aesthetics), what structures will be required for maintaining creative relevance and professional currency in the next century?
  • Strange Bedfellows - Exploring institutional structures and how they shape research and practice in the arts.
  • Power of the Arts School - Does the increasing need for the divergent problem solver, the creative entrepreneur and the lateral thinker put Arts Schools in the penultimate position of power?
  • Indigenous Arts Moving in from the Edge - Is cultural democracy a reality for the next millennium?
  • Arts as Centre Stage - How has the theatre, music and dance been used to instigate societal change around the world?

ICFAD was founded in 1964 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information related to the needs of academic and/or professional administrators in charge of two or more arts or arts-related disciplines at university-level institutions. Today, ICFAD has evolved into a formally incorporated organisation with a membership of more than 275 leaders in higher education and the arts.

For more information, please contact: Belinda Keith, Co-Ordinator for Steering Committee, P.O.Box 108-099, Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand, tel.: +64 9 3095970; fax: +64 9 3022957; e-mail: icfad99@wcad.ac.nz or
Lynette Murray, Assistant for ICFAD 1999, e-mail: brampton@iconz.co.nz

return to index

SADC Dance Festival

Mauritius, October 1999

The Republic of Mauritius will host the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Dance Festival, 9-15 October 1999, in partnership with the Sector for Culture, Information and Sports. This festival is integrated into the general framework of the SADC Arts and Culture Project, approved by the SADC Ministers responsible for culture, in order to memorise, develop and promote the spiritual and material values that constitute and embody the real African culture.

The festival will take place in Mauritius. About 400 artists from the region are expected to take part and this will be a great opportunity for them to meet.

The main objective of this Festival is to contribute to the promotion of dance as an expression of the cultural identity of the people of the region and to establish a permanent network for artists.

Simultaneously with the festival, workshops on matters related to dance will also be organised. The issues to be discussed will be dance in the SADC countries, past and present experiences, traditional dance, African choreographers, relationship between African dance and dance in other parts of the world, and others.

For further information on the SADC Dance Festival, please contact: Ministry of Arts, Culture and Leisure, Port Louis, Mauritius, tel.: 201 1337/ 230 2128377; fax: 230 2129366/ 230 2123196; or The SADC Sector for Culture, Information and Sports, Maputo, Mozambique, tel.: 258 1 497944; fax: 258 1 492285/ 258 1 497943.

return to index

Education for Citizenship: Preparation in Schools for Full Participation in Democracy and Adult Life

London, October 1999

The British Council International Seminar on Education for Citizenship: Preparation in Schools for Full Participation in Democracy and Adult Life will be held in London, from 10 to 15 October 1999.

Educators throughout the world are recognising that education should not only develop academic knowledge, skills and understanding, but also help give young people the attitudes, confidence and experience to become full and responsible members of their societies and the wider world. If 'education for citizenship' is to be an entitlement for all students, it requires structural factors (policy, status, support) and educational content (in topics and methodology). The seminar will incorporate a range of delivery methods, including key note speeches, panel discussions, workshops, short presentations, and visits.

The aim of this seminar will be to consider the content, structure and support needed for citizenship education in schools, as well as examples of good practice. Participants will explore experiences, mainly from the UK, in defining, promoting, supporting and delivering citizenship education in schools.

Topics covered in this seminar will include the following:

  • Policy making
  • Pedagogy
  • Monitoring and accreditation
  • Teacher training and support
  • Case studies

This seminar will be of particular interest to policy makers, both ministerial and professional, and leading educators, including local education officers and head teachers.

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

return to index

Towards an Education Policy for Galleries and Museums

London, October 1999

The British Council organizes a seminar on Education Policy for Galleries and Museums, to be held in London, 10-16 October 1999.

The seminar is intended for experienced professionals who are involved in planning and providing education services within museums or art galleries at the national, regional or local level. Participants may well be education officers, directors, and governmental department officials.

The topics to be covered include the following:

  • the role and function of education within the organisation's overall aims and strategies,
  • the stages in forming a policy, including the role and input of stakeholders, content and evaluation,
  • the content and management of education programmes and support materials for a range of audiences, including multicultural groups and schools,
  • the methods to evaluate the visitors' experience in both the short and long term.

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

return to index

SimpLAC99 -
Latin American and Caribbean Symposium on Information Technologies in the Society

Aguascalientes, Mexico, 13-15 October 1999

In cooperation with UNESCO's Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP), Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática (INEGI) is organizing SimpLAC99, the Latin American and Caribbean Symposium on Information Technologies in the Society: Present and Future Use and Impact. Aiming to offer a forum for reflection on the (both, positive and negative) social implications of the information technology revolution of our times, the symposium will be held on 13-15 October 1999 at Aguascalientes, Mexico. Researchers, technologists and managers will discuss policies of promotion and exchange experiences on two principal topics:

  • the use and impact of information technologies on society - covering education and culture, public services and legislature, and commerce, work and free time in the information society, and
  • present and future informatics and information policies - dealing with policies and infrastructure for universal access, regulatory and institutional frameworks, and financing of the information society.

Social, cultural, ethical and legal aspects of new information technologies will be covered by papers and panel discussions.

For more information, please contact:M.C. Olga Álvarez Maldonado, Directora de Políticas y Normas en Informática, Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática, Av. Patriotismo 711, torre A, piso 9, Col. San Juan Mixcoac, CP 03730, México, D.F.; tel.: (52-5) 598 7617 y 598 7490; fax: (52-5) 598 7738; e-mail: oalvarez@dpni.inegi.gob.mx; WWW: http://www.inegi.gob.mx/

return to index

Global Culture and Arts Communities

Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta Campus, 13-17 October 1999

Arts, culture, technology and community are all powerful and complex topics. Together they paint a picture of a world and a millennium of tremendous potential and challenge. Organized by the Edmonton Arts Council in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Extension of the University of Alberta, Global Culture and Arts Communities will explore the relationship of arts, culture, technology and community as we move toward 2000.

The program is designed for pure energy and synergy. Through concentrated, absorbing dialogue, it will explore the landscape and potential of arts communities on a local and global scale. Panel discussions, debate and presentations will encourage participants, as individuals and as a community to share their ideas - to observe, to challenge, and to question.

Whether you are a scholar or artist, communicator or community builder, this symposium sets the stage for a thought-provoking, inciting, visionary exploration of the arts community in a global culture.

Topics for discussion include:

  • What is the nature of community in the age of the internet?
  • What are the necessary components or common factors needed to make an arts community a cohesive community?
  • What have been the great arts communities of the past?
  • What is now happening in other arts communities and why?
  • Is a geographic arts community possible, given the power and potential of global communities?

For more information, please contact: Christina Tozer, Executive Producer for the Symposium, Edmonton Arts Council; tel.: 780-424-2787; e-mail: ctozer@oanet.com; http://www.edmontonarts.ab.ca/symposium

return to index

Art and Community - New Century New Connections

Melbourne, Australia, October 1999

Art and Community - New Century New Connections is a national conference supported by the Australia Council, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, on 17 to 20 October Organisations hosting workshops as part of the conference include Arts Access, the Melbourne Workers Theatre, the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Carnivale (in association with the Australian Forum for Cultural Diversity) and the Victorian Arts Council.

Day 1 of the conference will feature a series of panel discussions dealing with the challenges communities face in the next millenium, and exploring the artist's role in building active, resillient and healthy communities and in generating powerful and meaningful art. For the second day, a range of concurrent workshops is planned, showcasing some of Australia's best community-based arts practices, covering topics such as:

  • Art & Survival
  • Art & Empowering Aboriginal Communities - The Art of Telling - Story/Life/Culture
  • Art & Sustainability
  • Art & Uniting Rural Communities
  • Community & Artistic Innovation
  • Art & Community Celebrations
  • Making a Difference, Art & Local Government
  • Art & Community Music
  • Art, Technology & Networks
  • Art & Uncertainty
  • Art & Empowering Aboriginal Communities - Getting Technical - Medi/Art
  • Art & The Physical Environment
  • Art & Regional Identity
  • Art & Different Generations
  • Art & Management for and by Young People
  • Resourcing the Arts in Local Government
  • Art & Cultural Pride

On day three a series of full day sessions will focus on critical issues of both practice and theory, encouraging new partnerships and new ideas for moving forward. These include:

  • Verve - Arts & Disability National Symposium
  • Community & Art: Powering Regional Australia
  • Connections & Directions - A Local Government & Arts Forum
  • Community Arts is Dead: Debate, Dissent, Dialogue
  • Community Cultural Development: An Indigenous Perspective
  • This Way In - Community Arts & Young People
  • Cultural Diversity - Cutting a New Edge
  • Community Circus From Darwin to Adelaide

For further information, please contact: Julia Trahan, Production Assistant, Graduate Diploma in Arts Management, School of Studies in Creative Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Grattan St. Parkville 3052, Victoria, Australia; tel.: 61 + 3 + 9600 3630; fax: 61 + 3 + 9347 1257; e-mail: j_trahan@hotmail.com; http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/arts_comm/index.htm

return to index

Culture and Activity

Debrecen, Hungary, October 1999

The Department of Cultural Studies and Adult Education of the Kossuth Lajos University and the Nullpont Cultural Association organize an international conference and seminar on Culture and Activity, to be held in Debrecen, Hungary, 28-30 October 1999. This is the third conference in a row of a series of conferences entitled Culture and the Market Economy - Economy in Culture. Their aim is to study the relationship between culture and business in the free market economy and in the developing countries.

The topic of the 1999 conference is culture and voluntary activity and the conference is to investigate the following:

  • The importance and role of voluntary activity, civil initiatives and non-profit organizations at the end of the 1990's (in Western and Eastern Europe);
  • The role of managers working in the cultural field (non-profit);
  • The relationship between culture, small communities and economic development;
  • Culture and civilization;
  • The networks of democracy;
  • Conceptions, possibilities, tasks relating to civil institutions in the developing countries.

The conference is intended for educators, experts, managers, students and universities, institutions and organizations from all over Europe and overseas.

The conference languages will be English and Hungarian.

For further information, please contact: Nullpont Cultural Association, H - 4010 Debrecen, Egyetem t‚r 1, Pf.: 29, Hungary, tel.: +36 52 512 900/(ext.) 2276; fax: +36 52 412 336; e-mail: SZABOJZ@hotmail.com

return to index

5th Translation Studies Conference

Castell, October 1999

The Fifth Translation Studies Conference will be held at the Universitat Jaume I (Castell de la Plana, Spain), in October 1999. This time the conference will focus on the theme Audiovisual Transfer in the Twenty-First Century. The Conference will be structured in five plenary lectures given by outstanding professionals and scholars in the field of Audiovisual Translation and five Interactive Round Tables, which will deal with the following topics:

  • Translation Strategies and Techniques in Dubbing and Subtitling
  • Linguistic and Semiotic issues in Audivisual Translation (Towards an Analysis of Audiovisual Texts for Translators)
  • Methodological Aspects in the Teaching of Audiovisual Translation
  • Translating Audiovisual Genres: Films, Documentaries, Cartoons, Adverts, etc.
  • Literature, Cinema and Translation.

For more information, please contact: Universitat Jaume I, Department de Traducci I Communicaci, Rosa Agost Can s, 12071 Castell, Spain, tel.: 0034 964 345700 ext. 3523; fax: 0034 964 345657; e-mail: agost@trad.uji.es

return to index

Mare Balticum

Oldenburg, November 1999

Kulturtage Oldenburg, a cultural centre in Northwest Germany, is preparing Prisma 4, a cultural festival featuring Scandinavia, Poland, Russia and the Baltic States under the title of Mare Balticum. It is dedicated to innovative aesthetics and social reflection. The festival is going to be held from November 3-20, 1999.

The countries around the Baltic Sea are connected through streams of history and commerce. Ten years after the fall of the iron curtain and after the earthquakes in the Scandinavian welfare systems, the question is the following: How do people experience their countries? How do artists deal with traditions and trends? And what identity means to them?

Prisma 4 will also feature literature, contemporary music, fine arts and lectures.

Kulturtage is a place for international guest performances, production and socio-cultural projects.

For more information, please contact: Honne Dohrmann, Prisma 4, Theatre and Dance, Kulturtage, Bahnhofstrasse 11, 26122 Oldenburg, Germany; tel.: +49 441 9248024; fax: +49 441 9248080.

return to index

Third Global Youth Theatre Workshop Festival

The Third Global Youth Theatre Workshop Festival will be held in Chandigarh, India, from 6-15 November 1999. Young people (aged 16-25) will meet to exchange ideas and theatrical experiences.
Deadline: 6 September 1999.

Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA), Shyam Juneja, fax: +91 172 548065; e-mail: Corepr@ch.1.dot.net.in

return to index

International Conference on Cultural Policy Research

Bergen, November 1999

The conference aims to provide an outlet for an interdisciplinary and international exploration of the concepts, function and impact of cultural policies (See Culturelink no. 27/April 1999, pp. 83-86.).


SAS Radisson Hotel
Bergen, Norway


10-12 November 1999

Details from

Svein Bjørkås, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Bergen, Haakon Sheteligs plass 11, N-5007 Bergen, Norway; tel.: 47 (0)55 5898 10; fax: 47 (0)55 5898 09; e-mail: kulturstudier@kul.uib.no

return to index

Convergence, Digitisation and Culture: Employment, Representation and Access in the Digital Arts

London, November 1999

Convergence, Digitisation and Culture: Employment, Representation and Access in the Digital Arts is a major conference, a part of the project (Cf. also p. 17, section on Research and Programmes in this issue.) of the same name, to be held at the London School of Economics from 12-14 November 1999. Its aim is to bring together artistic content creators working in digital forms, arts organizations, academics and policy makers in order to discuss the findings of the research and to explore the opportunities and challenges generated by new technologies in the arts.

For further information, please contact: digitalmedia21@hotmail.com

return to index

The Visual-Narrative Matrix: Interdisciplinary Collisions and Collusions

Southampton, November 1999

The international conference The Visual-Narrative Matrix: Interdisciplinary Collisions and Collusions will be held in Southampton, United Kingdom, 15-17 November 1999. The organizer is the Southampton Institute, Fine Art Research Centre. This three-day conference will explore the numerous ways in which twentieth-century artists have radically transformed our perception of narrative through innovative approaches to forms of visual expression.

For the purposes of this conference, visual-narrative is conceived of as a 'matrix' in the sense of a heterogeneous fabric - a dynamic ecology of different cultural and conceptual 'events' interacting to inform multiple modes of visual representation.

The discussions will embrace a wide range of theory and practice in twentieth-century visual culture with an emphasis upon innovative, experimental and deconstructive approaches to the visual-narrative matrix. In addition to art practitioners and theorists, contributions will be particularly welcome from other disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, and psychology, where the study of the visual in human expression forms a major part of their research.

For more information, please contact: Rebecca Anderson, Fine Art Research Centre, Southampton Institute, Millais Building, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 OYN, United Kingdom, tel.: 44-1-703-319-409; fax: 44-1-703-232-510; e-mail: rebecca.anderson@solent.ac.uk

return to index

Interculturalism, Intercultural Education and Intercultural Business Communication

Göteborg, November 1999

The Adult College, Annedals Vuxengymnasium in Göteborg in cooperation with SAF (Svenska arbetsgivarföreningen - Swedish Employer's Federation) will host an international conference on Interculturalism, Intercultural Education and Intercultural Business Communication. The conference will be held in Göteborg, Sweden, 23 November 1999.


  • to present an overall view on the current development of interculturalism in Europe;
  • to inform on the actual situation in intercultural education;
  • to promote intercultural business communication.

For further information, please contact: Annedals Vuxengymnasium, P.O. Box 72 84, 413 14 Göteborg, Sweden; Project Leader, Ms Marijana Smilevska; fax: +46 31 28 55 33; e-mail: marijana.smilevska@swipnet.se or Project Leader, Ms Gisela Grahm, fax: +46 31 43 43 73.

return to index

The Sixth International Seminar on Current Problems in Africa and the Middle East

Havana, November 1999

Within the framework of the activities to mark its twentieth anniversary, the Centre for the Study of Africa and the Middle East will host the Sixth International Seminar on Current Problems in Africa and the Middle East (PAAMO, according to its acronym in Spanish), an expert forum to debate contemporary affairs in both regions, as well as their insertion in the global context. In this occasion, the Seminar will focus its attention on the topic 'Crisis, Conflicts and Changes. Alternatives for the New Millennium', with a view to consider these topics, as well as their consequences and prospects. The Seminar will be held in Havana, Cuba, 22-28 November 1999.

For further information, please contact: PAAMO Organizing Committee, CEAMO, Calle 3ra No. 1805, e/ 18 y 20, Miramar, Playa, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba, tel.: 22 1222/ 22 1890/ 22 2902/ 29 5841.

return to index

Global and Local: the Choices Facing the European Audiovisual Industry

The Eleventh European Television and Film Forum
Prague, December 1999

The Eleventh European Television and Film Forum will take place in Prague, 2-4 December 1999, organized by the European Institute for the Media in cooperation with TV Nova and Czech Television. The topic of the Forum is Global and Local: the Choices Facing the European Audiovisual Industry.

For more information, please contact: European Institute for the Media, Monique Masius/Anne Renaudineau, Kaistraße 13, 40221 Düsseldorf, Germany; tel.: ++49 211 90 104 57; fax: ++49 211 90 104 56; e-mail: masius@eim.de; http://www.eim.de

return to index

Latin American Cultural Market

Salvador, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, December 1999

In its effort to broaden international cultural engagement, the Latin American Cultural Market, scheduled to take place in Salvador, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, 9-18 December 1999, will stimulate innovative networking through conferences, support for socio-cultural projects, and presentation of a dynamic array of artists from diverse regions of the world.

The major conference themes, which include Culture and Social Development: Intercultural Exchanges Latin America / Africa, Supporting Cultural Business Initiatives and the Celebration of African Heritage, will address common issues through a lens of constructive cooperation. How can culture act as a catalyst for social development? What strategies can be implemented in support of local initiatives? How may we amplify the circulation of cultural ideas and products between Latin America and Africa?

Early this year, the Latin American Cultural Market/ III, Celebration of African Heritage began a process of community meetings which resulted in the support of various social-cultural projects. Already children are taking advantage of photography lessons, community youth workers are taking videos and educational material to public schools all around Salvador, and an educational agenda for the year 2000 is being published for young people.

The Latin American Cultural Market will also be welcoming a wide range of dynamic artists from Cape Verde, Egypt, Malawi, Peru, Brazil, etc.

For more information on the Latin American Cultural Market, please contact: Casa Via Magia, tel.: 55 71 331 2198/ 247-0068; fax: 5571 245-3089; e-mail: viamagia@bahianet.com.br; http://www.viamagia.com.br

return to index

Conference on Identities in Action

University of Wales Conference Centre, Gregynog, December 1999

The interdisciplinary conference on Identities in Action will be held at University of Wales Conference Centre, Gregynog, UK, 10-12 December 1999. Proposals are invited for the presentation of scholarly papers on the theme of identity construction which are based on studies of groups and/or individuals in action.

The deadline for proposals (to be presented as 500-word abstracts, in electronic form) is 1 May 1999.

The conference aims to gather together diverse perspectives on the ways in which concepts of identity, alienation and belonging, and modes of language and discourse, reveal themselves in cultural and political undertakings. At this turning point of the millennium, we hope to identify some emerging patterns in the negotiation, rehearsal and affirmation of identities, and to consider the roles of visual, verbal and other codes in mediating, as well as defining, cultural positions and forging alliances. What, for instance, is the role of imagery drawn from advertising, popular music and the mass media in the construction of identities? In what ways are identities 'under construction' in online media? What are the variations and constraints in the ways in which we represent ourselves when we use various modes of ommunication? What dynamics can we identify in the ways language and other discourses shape the identities of groups in action, and help to construct their trajectories?

Details at: Daniel Chandler, e-mail: dgc@aber.ac.uk; WWW: http://www.aber.ac.uk/~dgc/identact.html

return to index

Essay International Festival

Amsterdam, 10-12 December 1999

Ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, European societies are confronted with major social, political, economic and cultural changes. What is lacking in these times of turbulence is an international European debate, rather than the various debates isolated within the narrow confines of national borders.

As the Felix Meritis Foundation's objective has always been to provide a platform for an international exchange of ideas, it has now joined forces with the Informal Working Body Gulliver and the Network of European Reviews in establishing Essay International. Beginning with the Essay International Festival at the Felix Meritis Foundation, Essay International aims not only to establish a network, but also to make possible an ongoing dialogue by providing some much needed continuity.

The Essay International Festival will feature debates, lectures, interviews, a book and magazine market, a retrospective film and video programme, online question sessions, and examples of best practices covering the most striking European developments and debates. It will give the participants an opportunity to meet prominent intellectuals, essayists, writers, editors and publishers of political-cultural magazines and newspapers from all over Europe.

Among the people who have already confirmed their presence at the Festival are György Konrád, Dubravka Ugresic, Ismaël Kadare, Almeida Faria, Hans van Mierlo, Michaël Zeeman, Arne Ruth, Marianne van Kerkhoven, Antonin Liehm, Paul Scheffer, Abram de Swaan, Ian Jack, Andrei Bitov, and many others.

For further information, please contact the Essay International Secretariat, the Felix Meritis Foundation, Daniëlle Roeleveld, Keizersgracht 324, 1016 EZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31-20-6262321; fax: +31-20-6249368; e-mail: Danielle.Roeleveld@felix.meritis.nl; http://www.felix.meritis.nl

return to index

Fourth Annual Cross-Cultural Capability Conference

Leeds, 11-13 December 1999

The Fourth Annual Cross-Cultural Capability Conference will be held in Leeds, England, 11-13 December 1999. The papers and discussions will focus on the theme of the poetics and praxis of languages and intercultural communication.

Contact: Joy Kelly, Conference Administrator, Centre for Language Study, Leeds Metropolitan University, Beckett Park Campus, Leeds LS6 3OS, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 113 283 7440; fax: +44 113 274 5966; e-mail: j.kelly@lmu.ac.uk; http://www.lmu.ac.uk/cls

return to index

The Second International Children's Book Fair

Lomé, Togo, December 1999

This week-long fair will include a children's book fair, seminars about children's literature, a competition for children's artists, national scientific writing competitions for children in different age groups. This sub-regional fair is open to all publishers, booksellers, authors, and to companies wanting to develop a relationship with the children's book sector in West and Central Africa. Francophone, anglophone and lusophone participants are expected and an important place will be reserved for children's literature in African languages.

Contact: CEPA, BP 3035, Lomé, Togo, tel./fax: +228 22 49 65.