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The World Beyond 2000

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

Being planned for the year 2000 (See also Culturelink no. 23/November 1997, p. 22.) (venue to be decided), the World Symposium for The World Beyond 2000 offers an agenda as follows:

To examine the history of the last 50 years and to establish:

  • how artists have played a significant role in shaping the world,
  • the ways in which artists have responded to challenges of the time, and
  • what are the lessons to be learnt;

To discover:

  • what visions of future could artists offer the world, and
  • what their roles and responsibilities might be in the next century.

Artists' contribution to the world can have a much deeper and more profound effect than the changes brought about by politicians, but when artists come together they discuss issues related to their own disciplines. This Symposium aims to change this by creating a space where artists can turn their thinking to face the world and explain their role and responsibilities towards it.

For more information, please contact: The World Beyond 2000, Nadi Kinarey, Dale End, Ironbridge, Shorpshire, TF8-7DW, U.K., tel.: (44) 1952 432095; fax: (44) 1952 433277; e-mail: ASDhanjal@WB2000.prestel.co.uk

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Crossing Cultural, Artistic and Cyber Borders

Tempe, January 2000

This USSEA/AAEA conference is proposed for 7-8 January 2000, with tours and museum visits on the 9th. The conference will be held at the Arizona State University, in Tempe, with meetings in the Memorial Union, Computer Commons, Art Building, Nelson Museum, and Architecture Building.

The USSEA (US Society of Education through Art) and AAEA invite proposals on the themes of cross-cultural, artistic, and cyber forms and issues, for which teachers need more information. The conference will focus on these issues.

Send proposals to Dr. Gilbert Clark, International Society of Education through Art (InSEA), 3240 N. Ramble Road East, Bloomington, IN 47401-1093, USA.

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Incentives and Information in Cultural Economics

Vienna, January 2000

The Symposium is organized jointly by FOKUS, the Austrian Association for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies, and ACEI, the Association for Cultural Economics International. It will be held in Vienna, Austria, 27-29 January 2000. The economics of incentives and information is one of the most lively areas of research in contemporary economics. While there is a growing recognition that this area has a great deal to say to cultural economics, actual applications of the theory of incentives and information remain at a nascent stage within the field.

The goal of this symposium is therefore to encourage cultural economics research into incentives by facilitating the exchange of ideas between researchers in the two areas. To this end, the invited participants will include leading researchers from both fields. Session topics will include: Principal-Agent Relationships in Arts Financing, Non-Observability of Output Quality in the Arts, Incentive Effects of Cultural Policy Instruments, Decentralized Mechanisms for Cultural Policy Implementation.

Call for papers

Submissions in the fields of Cultural Economics, Cultural Policy Studies and the Economics of Incentives and Information are invited for the joint symposium of the Austrian Society for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies and the Association for Cultural Economics International.

Areas to be dealt with in the symposium include the following:

  • Incentive Effects of Cultural Policy Instruments,
  • Decentralized Mechanisms for Cultural Policy Implementation,
  • Principal-Agent Relationships in Arts Financing,
  • Non-Observability of Output Quality in the Arts,
  • Strategic Aspects of Cultural Policy.

Prospective participants should send, via attachment, a one-page abstract to FOKUS Paper Selection Committee (benjamin.lane@kfunigraz.ac.at)

For more information, please contact: Dr. Monika Mokre, ICE - Research Unit for Institutional Change and European Integration, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Postgasse 7/1/2, A-1010 Vienna, Austria, tel.: +431/51581-573; fax: +431/51581-566; e-mail: mokre@oeaw.ac.at; http://www.soe.oeaw.ac.at/privateweb/Mokre

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Theatre Voice - British Council International Seminar

Stratford-upon-Avon, January 2000

The seminar Theatre Voice will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 to 29 January 2000. This seminar will be run in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Each day will focus on practical work, plus detailed work on a variety of texts. During the seminar there will be input by specialists in the form of either talks or working demonstrations. Time will also be allowed to look at topics that may arise out of the work and experience of participants.

The main topics will include:

  • Practical ways of using voice in the theatre
  • Continual working on texts - classical and contemporary
  • 'Standard Speech' versus 'Theatrical Speech'
  • Work with the 'male' and 'female' voice
  • The difference in speaking classical and contemporary texts

The programme will be of particular interest to theatre practitioners who wish to specialise in theatre voice. The seminar aims to attract representatives from as many different cultures as possible.

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

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Caring for Future Generations: An Inter-Religious Mediterranean Educational Agenda

Valletta, January 2000

The Future Generations Programme of the Foundation for International Studies at the University of Malta and UNESCO, in collaboration with the Comparative Education Programme (Faculty of Education), the Faculty of Theology and the Mediterranean Institute of the University of Malta, will convene a regional conference on Caring for Future Generations: An Inter-Religious Mediterranean Educational Agenda in Valletta, Malta, 27-29 January 2000. This will launch a four-year programme on developing a religious educational package for use in schools round the Mediterranean.

The conference objectives are the following:

  • to bring together a group of educators and professionals, mainly representing the three monotheistic religions, to collaborate in the drafting of a common religious educational package;
  • to set up a Mediterranean board of educators and collaborators to monitor the editing and updating of the core material comprising the educational package;
  • to set up a Euro-Mediterranean network of centres, faculties, institutes, and other organizations that are concerned with inter-faith dialogue among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

To obtain further information, please contact: The Secretariat, Regional Conference Caring for Future Generations: An Inter-Religious Mediterranean Educational Agenda, Foundation for International Studies, Old University Building, St. Paul Street, Valletta VLT07, Malta, tel.: +356 240748, 234121/2; fax: +356 230551; e-mail: fgp@mail.link.net.mt or fgp@um.edu.mt

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The Long Run: Long-term Developments in the Arts and Cultural Industries

Rotterdam, February 2000

In February 2000, the Department of Art and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, plans to celebrate its tenth anniversary with an international conference entitled The Long Run: Long-term Developments in the Arts and Cultural Industries.

The conference, to be held in Rotterdam on 23-25 February 2000, will focus on the sociological, economic, and historical aspects of the arts and cultural industries, providing an open, interdisciplinary forum for research into the world of art and culture.

The conference aims at charting long-term developments in the arts and cultural industries, featuring keynote lectures by eminent scholars in the sociology, economics, and history of the field, as well as paper sessions.

Abstracts are invited on the following or related topics:

  • Public, Non-profit and For-Profit Futures of the Arts;
  • Artistic Work and Artistic Careers between Market and Organization;
  • (Mass)Media as a Source of Information on the Arts;
  • The Museum as a Representation of Urban Culture;
  • The Dynamics of Transnational Cultural Exchange;
  • Perspectives on European Cultural Industries; and
  • Cultural Industries: Risks, Rights and Revenues.

For further information, please contact the Conference Secretariat: Theresa Oostvogels, Department of Art and Culture Studies (Room L3-25), Erasmus University Rotterdam, P.O. Box 1738, NL-3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands; tel.: 31-10-408-1020; fax: 31-10-408-9135; e-mail: Oostvogels@fhk.eur.nl; http://www.eur.nl/fhkw/thelongrun

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International Symposium on Theatre in Exile

Charleston, USA, March 2000

The Center of Research in Applied Theatre in Charleston, Illinois is the organizer of the International Symposium on Theatre in Exile, which is scheduled to take place (venue to be announced later on in 1999) from 8-15 March 2000.

Theatre in Exile is defined as the situation of a theatre practitioner who is forced by circumstances beyond his control to live out of his natural social environment. This practitioner faces trends of either rejection or acceptance, due to his race, religion, or social ranking; he faces language barriers, cultural shocks, etc. Therefore, the Symposium is open to people all around the world who are interested in learning or sharing views on the topic of Theatre in Exile.

Sponsors and institutions which may be interested in helping out with the organization effort in whatever capacity are welcome.

May-September 1999 is the time for call for papers and speakers, when all details on sites, costs, and scholarships will be known.

For further information, please contact: K. Big Musungayi, Center of Research in Applied Theatre, P. O. Box 211, Charleston, IL 61920-0211, USA; tel.: (217) 345 7805

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Forum on Arts Education

The European Conference 'Forum on Arts Education' for teachers, arts educators and others involved in cultural work with children and young people will be held in Helsinki, 14-18 March 2000.

E-mail: christina.mock-honigsto@kultuuri.hel.fi

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Virtually Certain: Working with Digital Technologies

British Council International Seminar
London, March 2000

The international seminar Virtually Certain: Working with digital technologies, organized by the British Council, will be held in London, 20-24 March 2000. The seminar will explore how UK designers, broadcasters and businesses are creating digital products and services with a significant cultural, commercial and social impact. It will explore such areas as interactive furNETure in public spaces, intelligent information interfaces and interfaces for specific users, broadcast television linked to interactive local content, wearable agents, avatar-inhabited television, knowledge management, and new forms of social interaction, such as digital cultural archives.

The seminar will provide a space to interact with the best of UK digital design applications while exploring the broader landscape of UK thinking in this important new area. The seminar will be structured into multiple workshops, plenary sessions and working lunches.

The main themes will include the following:

  • Digital design in the UK;
  • Creativity and new technologies (new products and new business models);
  • Commerce and new technologies (creative solutions);
  • Old media and new opportunities (transformations).

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

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Popular European Cinema 3

Coventry, March 2000

Organisers are calling for papers on a range of issues, including genre, stars and the politics of spectacular pleasures.


University of Warwick, Coventry, UK


24-26 March 2000

Details from

Popular European Cinema 3 (PEC 3), Film and Television Studies Department, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK; fax: 44 (0)1203 524757; e-mail: pec3@warwick.ac.uk

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International Collaborations for Live Performance - Global Aims / Local Gains?

British Council International Seminar
London, March 2000

The seminar will be held in London, 26 to 31 March 2000. This seminar will examine the power and potential of international contemporary theatre collaborations which have at their heart a shared artistic vision placing particular emphasis on projects which begin their evolution outside of large institutions. The main topics will include:

  • What is the best environment in which international collaborations take place?
  • Can collaborations be both a meeting point for specific cultural and artistic practice and an exploration of cultural hybridity?
  • Is there a creative role for supporting partners (e.g., those in advocacy and finance)?
  • How best to identify potential project partners
  • Case studies of successful practice
  • Reaping the benefits over the longer term.

The programme will be of particular interest to creative arts makers and producers whose work often takes them outside the remit of well-established arts institutions.

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

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Performing Arts Management: Audience Development

London, March 2000

The British Council International Seminar on Performing Arts Management: Audience Development will be held in London, from 26 to 31 March 2000.

This seminar aims to engage participants in considering new strategies and exploring approaches to audience development.

The main topics will include the following:

  • Audience development strategies
  • Strategic marketing planning
  • Market Research
  • Arts marketing consortia
  • Managing the marketing process
  • Strategies for marketing and arts education
  • Relationship marketing for the arts
  • Understanding barriers to attendance
  • Youth arts strategies
  • Marketing festivals and cities
  • Trend in arts sponsorship and marketing
  • Arts and Tourism

The programme will be of particular interest to arts marketing managers, artistic directors, programmers, entrepreneurs, and those concerned with performing arts education.

The seminar will, through case studies and presentations, provide examples of innovative practice and the chance for participants to discuss their own work with a wide range of specialists. The seminar will also provide the context for participants to develop professional contacts with arts practitioners from around the world.

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/

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Silence and Expression: Histories of Permission and Censorship

Texas, April 2000

The conference Silence and Expression: Histories of Permission and Censorship organized by the Center for Humanities Research, will be held in Texas, March 30 - April 2, 2000.

Papers that address the strategies by which expression is facilitated or restrained - who speaks, sings, or paints, under what circumstances and constraints, for which purpose(s) - are invited for this interdisciplinary conference.

For more information, please contact: Craig Kallendorf, Conference Chair, Center for Humanities Research, College of Liberal Arts, c/o Department of English, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4227, USA, tel.: (409) 845-8301; (409) 845-8328; fax: (409) 862-2292; e-mail: ckalendrf@tamu.edu

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Centers and Peripheries

New Haven, April 2000

The Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) announces its Fifteenth Annual Conference, which will be held at the Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 6-8 April 2000.

The conference Centers and Peripheries will focus on the interdisciplinary issues of how both ideologies and material practices construct, maintain, and challenge centers and peripheral spaces in geographic, political, and psychological terms, as well as in works produced in the arts, sciences, commerce, history, and societies of the nineteenth century.

Send 200-400-word abstracts by 16 October 1999 to Mark Schoenfield, INCS President, Department of English, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235, USA. Emailed proposals preferred to incs@vanderbilt.edu or Queries to mark.schoenfield@vanderbilt.edu; http://www.vanderbilt.edu/incs

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Summit 2000: Children, Youth and the Media Beyond the Millennium

Toronto, May 2000

Summit 2000: Children, Youth and The Media Beyond the Millennium is an international conference to be held in Toronto, Canada, May 13-17, 2000. The Summit is being organised by the Alliance for Children and Television and the Jesuit Communication Project. The three main focuses of the Summit are: production and financing; distribution and access; and media education.

Proposals for workshops and papers are invited for the Summit.

For more information, please contact: http://www.summit2000.net/
or for work-shops, fax: +416 515 0467; e-mail: pungente@chass.utoronto.ca
or for papers, fax: +61 8 9 3702910; e-mail: r.quin@cowan.edu.au

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28th ITI World Congress - Utopia 2000

Marseilles, May 2000

The French Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) has announced that the next ITI World Congress will take place in Marseilles, 14-21 May 2000. The organisers want the event to be much more than a professional colloquium - it will be a genuine festival of live theatre for both Congress delegates and the public.

For further information, please contact: The French Centre of the ITI (CFT), tel.: +33 1 47 70 39 84; fax: +33 1 42 46 42 19.

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The Fourth International Congress of Informatics in Culture

Havana, May 2000

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba and its system of cultural institutions are organizing the IV International Congress of Informatics in Culture to be held on 22 to 27 May 2000 at the National Conference Centre. As part of the VII Convention and International Fair Informatics 2000, the event's main objective is to continue the exchange of experiences, initiated through three previous Congresses, regarding information science applied to art, culture and systems of cultural information, as well as the introduction and usage of communication and the new technologies in this sector.


The application and impact of informatics in artistic and cultural activities in general will be treated at the Congress through topics such as:

  • Impact of Internet in cultural development: Advantages and disadvantages of the diffusion of cultural activity;
  • Artistic creation and information science;
  • Products and information services in the field of art and culture;
  • Culture, ethics and informatics in the digital era;
  • The application of information science to work processes and diffusion in the field of cultural heritage;
  • Graphic and information design in the function of Web Sites;
  • The computer as an element of work in graphic design;
  • Copyright in the development of electronic commerce;
  • Development of digital painting at the end of the XX century;
  • Computer science and musical production;
  • World Wide Web: Theory and practice of design and exploitation;
  • Information science and new technologies - Influence on the training and development of cultural promoters, artists, and creators;
  • The book and its new digital format;
  • Multimedia as a new form of artistic and literary expression;
  • Electronic commerce of cultural products and services;
  • Computerization of library funds to benefit society: New services;
  • New methods of teaching art with the application of computers;
  • A new vision of the seventh art through new technologies.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 29 February 2000.

Working languages: English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact: Fernando Blanco Leyva, Executive Secretary, CEISIC, Ministerio de Cultura, Calle 4 No. 251 entre 11y13, Vedado, CP 10400, Ciudad Habana, Cuba, tel.: 552270; fax: 334441; e-mail: artcom@ceisic.cult.cu

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Congress 2000 of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Alberta, May 2000

Comparative Cultural Studies and Central European Culture Today, an international colloquium at Congress 2000 of the Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.hssfc.ca), will be held at the University of Alberta, Canada, 24-31 May 2000.

The organizers are interested in new work in any aspect of Central European culture, where the study of culture is defined as encompassing any discipline in the humanities and social sciences. However, topics dealing with post-1989 Central European culture are of special interest. Preference will be given to work where the paper is based upon the approach of 'comparative cultural studies,' that is, the topic is studied contextually and not with focus on a single language or culture of the region. In addition, evidence-based (empirical) work in theory and in application is particularly welcome. The study of the 'how' of the construction of a post-1989 Central European culture, that is, the study of representations of its culture and cultures in cultural products and activities will give us valuable insights not only into an evidence-based understanding of the contemporary situation of the region but also into the possibilities of its future. The languages of the presentations will be English, French, and German. Panel proposals are welcome.

For more information, please contact: Steven Totosy, tel.: 780 438 6486; fax: 780 492 9106; e-mail: steven.totosy@ualberta.ca

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The Creative City Conference - Why Cities Must Innovate to Survive

Huddersfield, May 2000

Cities are too important not to be creative - cities must innovate to survive. Over the last few years, a body of ideas, knowledge and techniques have been developed in Huddersfield, serving as one of the European Union's 26 Urban Pilot Projects, which might help cities in the daunting process of reinventing themselves. Hundreds of examples from around the world have been looked at; new forms of business and financing, sustainable development, imaginative uses of technology, the integration of arts and science, and better forms of governance. Issues raised include how creativity can be found, nurtured, managed and retained; how government can best work with business and communities; how new forms of networking and communication can be exploited; how trust and social capital can be built.

The Creative City Conference will allow delegates to approach the Creative City from a host of angles. Leading thinkers and policy-makers from a dozen countries will analyse the contemporary state of our cities; a series of staged debates will ensure that theory is put robustly to the test; scholars and practitioners will present examples of international best practice; and workshops will enable delegates to delve deeply into case studies in search of practical and transferable ideas.

Plenary Session 1: The State of the City - discussing the challenges faced by our cities as we enter the Third Millennium, approach the issue from four perspectives: the impact of globalization; the new logic of the weightless economy; why and how city government must be more creative; and finally how creative cities need creative citizens.

Plenary Sessions 2: Urban Creativity in Practice - urban innovation and the Creative Town

Plenary Session 3: Making Creative Cities a Reality - creative city, sustainable city, the future city: practical and achievable steps which cities can take on the way to creativity

Thematic workshops: Governance and Leadership, New Technology and the City, Urban Innovation Clusters, Re-Creating the City, The Inclusive City, Techniques and Strategies

Urban Innovation - Theory into Practice: A complete change in format - the final day will engage delegates in a participatory learning experience enabling them, in groups, to examine the factors and preconditions which have made Huddersfield a creative city; to explore projects to find out what has worked, what hasn't worked and what is still to be done; and evaluate activity against their own ideas and experiences to find practice which may be transferable. The aim is to inspire delegates to take forward practical objectives for change and development when they leave the conference.
The session will close with the announcement of nominations for the first Comedia Awards for Urban Innovation.

Walk the Talk: A chance to visit projects and organisations in Huddersfield, to meet people on both the delivery and receiving end of creative solutions and to study the practical difficulties and advantages of innovating in the city.

Open Forum: Conclusions, Forward Strategies and presentation of the Comedia Awards for Urban Innovation

For more detailed information, please contact: Conference Office, Halecat, Witherslack, Grange over Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RT, UK; tel.: +44 (0) 15395 52196; fax: +44 (0) 15395 52215; e-mail: cre@tive.fsbusiness.co.uk; http://www.creativetown.com/conference

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CIRCLE / CCRN Round Table 2000 - Social Cohesion and Cultural Policy

Edmonton, Canada, May 2000

The Canadian Cultural Research Network (CCRN), in collaboration with the Department for Canadian Heritage will organise a Round Table, back to back with the Canadian Congress for Social Sciences and the Humanities in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in late May, 2000. The Round Table will take place on 26-27 May 2000, preceding the CCRN meeting. The subject of the conference will be social cohesion, conectedness and cultural policy. This will be the first joint meeting of European and Canadian cultural researchers to discuss the role that culture plays in the social fabric of communities and nations, giving an opportunity to reflect on Europe's position in relation to substantial research which has been conducted on the Canadian situation.

The Canadian Cultural Research Network - Réseau Canadien de Recherche Culturelle (RCRC) is intended to promote the sharing of research and information in the cultural sector in Canada, build linkages between cultural researchers, policy makers and cultural managers and help develop new projects in the field of applied cultural research. CCRN is hosted by the Centre for Cultural Management at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, http://www.arts.uwaterloo.ca/ccm/ccrn/

To be held under the title of Building Connections: Culture and Social Cohesion in the New Millennium, the Round Table will aim to:

  1. build connections between European and Canadian cultural researchers and to encourage the exchange of information and the sharing of ideas;
  2. develop an overview of cultural and related policies pertaining to social cohesion in selected countries;
  3. survey existing research on culture, connectedness and social cohesion, to identify research gaps and to make suggestions for future research to fill these gaps.

The following plenary sessions and workshops will be held:

Opening Plenary - Exploring Connections: to present recent Canadian conceptual work on social cohesion and connectedness as well as recent European work on culture and social cohesion

Panel - Citizens versus Consumers - Connections to What: Recent research on cultural diversity, cultural identity, cultural pluralism and marginalization - implications for cultural policy and social cohesion

Workshop A - Cultural Participation - Research on Emerging Trends: to focus on a preliminary analysis of newly available data on trends in cultural participation in Canada

Workshop B - Culture, Communications Technologies and Civic Dialogue: to examine the interplay between culture and entertainment, citizens and consumers, and the construction of a shared public space on the Internet.

Panel - Tending to Society - Cultural Connections and the Formation of Young Minds: to explore the mechanisms by which young people are connected to their families, their communities and their nation through cultural participation.

Panel - Global Connections - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: to explore the relationship between culture, cultural policy, social cohesion and globalisation.

Workshop A - Local Connections - Culture and the Quality of Life of Cities: to address how the quality of life of citizens is best promoted and to explore how and with what ends in mind urban quality of life is measured.

Workshop B - Hearing the Third Voice - Culture and Civil Society: to examine various ways in which culture can connect individuals and sustain civil dialogue.

Closing Plenary - New Directions for Cultural Policy Research - Connecting the Dots: to engage Round Table participants in a discussion on re-balancing economic and non-economic priorities within national policy agendas and on the potential for fruitful cross-national collaboration.

For more detailed information, please contact: Circle, Co-ordinator, Carrer de la Mercé 26 4º1ª, 08002 Barcelona, Spain; tel.: 00 34 93 310 4350; fax: 00 34 93 310 2025; e-mail: http://www.boekman.nl/circle/updates.html

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Political Culture in Central and Eastern Europe

Frankfurt, May 2000

The conference Political Culture in Central and Eastern Europe, Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Evidence, will be held at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, 26-28 May 2000. It will systematically explore various aspects of the political culture approach and apply this approach to the current transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. Panels will be organized according to theoretical issues (e.g., rational choice and political culture) as well as comparative empirical studies (e.g., political support).

Proposals for paper presentations should focus on one of the following points: recent theoretical developments in the political culture approach, political culture and democratization, comparative analyses of political values and attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe, specific aspects of political culture (e.g., nation-building, social justice, religiousness).

The conference language will be English.

Further information and details can be obtained from: Political Culture in Central and Eastern Europe Study Group (PCE) Head: Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack, European University Viadrina, P.O. Box 1786, D - 15207 Frankfurt/Oder, tel.: +49 335 5534 616/617; fax: +49 335 5534 807; e-mail: omueller@euv-frankfurt-o.de; http://viadrina.euv-frankfurt-o.de/~vgkulsoz/
or Gert Pickel, Europa Universitaet Viadrina, Lehrstuhl für vergleichende Kultursoziologie, Fakultät Kulturwissenschaften, PO Box 776, D-15207 Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, tel.: 0335-5534-922; fax: 0335-5534-923; e-mail: pickel@euv-frankfurt-o.de

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SHORTCUT EUROPE 2000 - Culture and City

Brussels, May - June 2000

Shortcut is an international meeting platform, linked to one of Europe's Cultural Capitals and dedicated to the socio-cultural and artistic field. It is an exchange of experience and creativity, aimed at European cultural officials, social and community workers, the local government, artists, students and all European cultural networks, facilitating communication between cultural centres in different European countries. The aim is to bring together participants from throughout Europe to discuss the possibilities of cultural intervention and the requirements of today's cultural work which is dedicated to democratic principles and which contributes to combating social and cultural exclusion.

Shortcut is a recurring international meeting without its own organizational structure. A local institution of the Guest city takes it upon itself to coordinate the events and to create partnerships for the duration of the eventThe first Shortcut-Conference took place in Copenhagen in 1996 under the title 'Culture and democracy', while the second one in Weimar in 1999 was devoted to 'Culture and conflict'.

The Shortcut tradition will be continued in Brussels on 31 May - 5 June 2000, having as main theme 'Culture and City'. Organized by GC De Zeyp and the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) the conference will attempt to build bridges between the artistic and the socio-cultural field in an urban context. The central questions to be discussed in a number of sessions are the following:

  • Is it possible for artists and socio-cultural workers to come to terms over working in and with the city? Can the objectives of both fields be reconciled? Are they partners in an urban context? Can they offer each other a surplus value? Or is this merely a fleeting trend?
  • What is the social surplus value (community building) of socio-artistic initiatives?
  • What does 'active participation' in artistic events actually mean? Is increasing cultural competence equal to social participation? Or is it only one of the key instruments in the range of socio-cultural instruments?
  • What is the contribution of artistic elements in the development of an urban identity? For the inhabitants? For the artists?
  • How does one translate the encounter between socio-cultural work and the artistic field into a future-oriented urban cultural policy?

In addition, a series of running projects and workshops will be presented.

For more information, please contact: GC De Zeyp, Van Overbekelaan 164, 1083 Brussels-Ganshoren, Belgium; fax: +32 2 422 00 12; http://www.encc.net/shortcut2000/

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The Third European Social Science History Conference

Amsterdam, May 2000

The Third European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) will be held in Amsterdam in May 2000.

The ESSHC hopes to bring together scholars of different disciplines (history, sociology, political science, geography, demography, anthropology, archaeology) interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference will be characterized by lively exchanges in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions. The Conference welcomes papers and sessions on any topic and any historical period.

Scholars interested in proposing a session (panels, round tables, poster presentations, etc.) or a paper should send in (if possible by e-mail) a preregistration form with an abstract of their paper (100-500 words) before 30 April 1999 to the conference secretariat. The preregistration form is available on the internet (http://www.iisg.nl/esshc). You can also send an e-mail message to ESSHC@iisg.nl or request a form by mail.

The conference language will be English only.

Please address further questions to: European Social Science History Conference 2000, International Institute of Social History, Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31-20-668 58 66; fax: +31-20-665 41 81; e-mail ESSHC@iisg.nl or Dr. Wolfgang Gabbert (network chair Latin America), Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Rüdesheimer Strasse 54-56, 14197 Berlin, Germany, tel.: +49-30-838 3072; fax: +49-30-838 5464; e-mail: gabbert@zedat.fu-berlin.de

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Vademecum - InSEA 5th European Congress

Poznan, June 2000

Vademecum, InSEA's 5th European Congress is to be held in Poznan, Poland, 19-21 June 2000 organized by the Polish Committee of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), the National Centre of Art for Children and Young People in Poznan, 'Zamek' Cultural Centre in Poznan, and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Art of the Republic of Poland.

The Congress is conceived on the premise that education through art is a means of promoting international understanding and cooperation. This will be achieved by bringing together specialists, teachers, academics, government officers and others directly concerned with the encouragement and advancement of creative education. Arts and crafts will be used to explore approaches to art education which are more inclusive, interactive, collaborative and interdisciplinary.

The Pre-Conference Session Education through Art: Time Passing and Time Enduring will be held in Warsaw, 17-18 June 2000.

For more information, please contact: InSEA European Congress Vademecum, National Centre of Art for Children and Young People in Poznan, 61-809 Poznan, ul. Sw. Marcin 80/82, Poland, tel.: 0048/61/853 6090; fax: 0048/61/852 8580; e-mail: ncenter@sylaba.pl

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International Crossroads in Cultural Studies

Birmingham, June 2000

The Third International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Birmingham (UK), 21-25 June 2000, will focus on the following topics: Cultures of everyday life; Media, media culture and film; Globalisation and diaspora; New technologies; Culture and economy; Social and cultural theory; Difference and identity; Power and knowledge; The city, space and place; Cultural policy; Postcolonialism; Cultural studies; Pedagogy; Cultures of work and organisations; Consumer culture (also alternative topics are welcome).

For more information, please contact: The Birmingham Research Centre for Cultural Studies and Sociology, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B152TT, UK, tel.: 44(0) 121 414 2551; fax: 44(0) 121 414 6061; e-mail: crossroads@css.bham.ac.uk; http://www.crossroads-conference.org

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From Arts Policy to Cultural Policy

Edinburgh, June 2000

From Arts Policy to Cultural Policy is a seminar organized by the British Council's programme of International Networking Events, to be held in Edinburgh from 25 to 30 June 2000. It is aimed at a broad audience of senior arts managers, ministry of culture personnel, and those working for funding bodies.

One of the British Council's aims is to encourage international networking on arts and cultural issues. Three months before the seminar a dedicated website will be established for the participants, which will allow them to indicate their expectations of the event, the specific issues which concern them, and the contributions they themselves may wish to make to particular sessions.

The main topics will include the following:

  • The meaning of culture,
  • Holistic government,
  • Cultural planning (with case studies),
  • Social impact of the arts,
  • Education and creativity,
  • Exclusion and participation,
  • The cultural industries.

After the seminar, the website will continue in operation so that the participants may make use of it for free advice and information on cultural issues and to interact with each other. They will also be invited to post follow-up information on to the website about cultural policy developments in their countries. An electronic publication as a result of the event is expected to be produced.

To apply, please visit the following website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/networkevents

For more information, please contact: International Networking Events, The British Council, 1 Beaumont Place, Oxford OX1 2PJ, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0) 1865 316636; fax: +44 (0) 1865 557368; e-mail: network.events@britishcouncil.org

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The Sixth International Congress of Leisure WLRA

Leisure and Human Development
Bilbao, July 2000

Universidad de Deusto will host the Sixth World Leisure Congress: Leisure and Human Development, to be held in Bilbao, Spain, 3-7 July 2000. The Congress organizers are WLRA and Instituto de Estudios de Ocio. The Congress will take place in the Palacio de Congresos Euskalduna y Universidad de Deusto.

The Congress will cover the main economic sectors of organized leisure (public sector, private or market sector, and civic and voluntary sector). It will bring together leisure academics, researchers, lecturers and students (culture, tourism, sport, recreation), leisure managers, and leisure practitioners.

Proposals for papers are invited in a wide range of areas, including women and gender, access and inclusion, tourism and environment, leisure, law and politics, management, education, leisure in later life, volunterism, research, childhood and youth, sport and health, space and city.

For further information, please contact: Secretaría del Congreso, Instituto de Estudios de Ocio, Universidad de Deusto, Avda. de las Universidades, 24, 48007 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain, tel.: 34 94 446 55 84; fax: 34 94 446 79 09; e-mail: wlra2000@ocio.deusto.es; http://www.deusto.es/castell/castpags/estuc02/wlra2000/wlra2000es.htm

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Tradition and modernity in Romanian culture and civilization, 1600-2000

Sixth International Conference


3-7 July 2000
Centre for Romanian Studies
Oficiul Postal I, Csusa Postal 108
6600 Iasi, Romania
Tel.: +4032 219000
Fax: +4032 219010
E-mail: csr@romanianstudies.ro

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Population Movements in Central Europe - Past, Present, Future

Cracow - Silesia, July 2000

Population Movements in Central Europe. Past, Present, Future is a summer course organized by the International Cultural Centre in Cracow, College for New Europe. It is to be held in Cracow and Silesia, Poland, 9-30 July 2000. The Summer School will discuss the basic concepts and ideas of migration, ethnicity and assimilation from the historical and present day perspectives. What are the consequences of population movements in Central Europe for European integration and for the relationship between the nation states and Europe? In all countries there are old and new minorities. For the eastern enlargement of the EU, minority questions and the fear of mass migration of workers from the east to the west act as major obstacles. These are essential questions for the presentday political developments in Europe and for the future of integration.

The case studies of Austria after the First World War, Poland in 1945 and Croatia in the nineties will exemplify the facts and consequences of population movements.

The main topics in the Summer School will include the following:

  • The history of population movements in Central Europe;
  • Ethnicity;
  • Ethnic minorities;
  • Assimilation processes - Theory and practical aspects;
  • Multiculturalism;
  • Migration in Central Europe;
  • Case studies: Austria, Poland, Croatia.

The Summer School provides young scholars and postgraduate students with an opportunity to discuss with leading experts the fundamental questions of migration, European integration, and practical problems of the eastern enlargement of the European Union.

The College for New Europe can provide partial or full scholarship grants in cases of proven financial difficulties.

The participants are encouraged to take part in the cultural and tourist programme accompanying the Summer School, which provides them with an added opportunity to meet and get to know better representatives of the East and the West outside classes.

The College for New Europe also organizes other summer courses:

  • Democracy and Diversity, 12 July - 1 August 2000;
  • Polish-German Sommerakademie, 20 August - 2 September 2000.

For additional information, please contact: International Cultural Centre, 31-008 Kraków, Rynek Glówny 25, Poland, tel.: (+48 12) 421 8601; fax: (+48 12) 421 8571; e-mail: sekret@mck.krakow.pl

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The Americas' Universal Messages for the Twenty-First Century

Warsaw, July 2000

The 50th International Congress of Americanists will be celebrated in Warsaw from 10th to 15th of July 2000.

The General Theme of the 50th Congress is the following: The Americas' Universal Messages for the XXI Century.

International Congresses of Americanists (1875-2000): The history of the Congresses goes back to 1875, when Americanists first gathered in Nancy, France. The first ten Congresses were held in Europe, and then the New World became the host for the event interchangeably with Europe. Recently, Congresses were held in Amsterdam (1988), Stockholm (1994), and Quito (1997). International meetings of scholars reflect the intellectual interest in the Americas, as well as the need to learn and to understand the American problems. Scholars have for a long time been fascinated with the Americas and the 'American style'. Thus, International Congresses of Americanists have become a remarkable scholarly event.

The Congress will be held at the main campus of Warsaw University, a 17th-century complex situated close to the Old Town. Since 1990, Warsaw University has been undergoing a process of great development and modernization.

American studies have a long tradition at Warsaw University. Over one hundred scholars conduct research in the field of American Studies in various departments of Warsaw University, while at the same time several hundred students attend their lectures. Apart from Warsaw University, there are various other academic centers in Poland where American Studies are well-developed.

Basic subjects of the 50th Congress

Initial consultation by the Organizing Committee has produced the first suggestions of symposia topics, which are presented below:

  • Processes, trends and projections of regional, continental and global integration in the Americas,
  • The right to culture and self-government: experience and current tendencies in ethno-cultural movements in the Americas - multi-ethnic and pluri-cultural societies,
  • Religions and churches in Latin America at the threshold of the twenty-first century,
  • Afroamericas: experience and empirical and theoretical projections,
  • Latin American societies and cultures in the United States: co-existence, competition and expansion,
  • Protection of the cultural heritage of the Americas: experience and challenges for the twenty-first century,
  • Brazil in its 500th anniversary: social and political challenges for the country and America.

The 50th Congress as the Central and Eastern European Event

A number of the American Studies institutions from Central and Eastern Europe co-operate in the organization of the 50th Congress, mainly those from Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, and Zagreb. The regional commission for Latin American Studies in Eastern Europe was founded in 1992. Since that time, a joint research program called 'Inter-regional dialogue between Central-Eastern Europe and Latin America' has been under way.

The 50th Congress as a platform for a dialogue between Americanists

The 50th Congress should be a great forum of dialogue between various persons, groups and organizations of Americanists. This constitutes both a challenge and a means to stop the natural process of atomization of the Americanists' movement, creating simultaneously the possibility of a debate.

A special plenary debate will be organized under the title 'Bridges for the Americanists' Dialogue'

Address for correspondence: 50 ICA, CESLA, Warsaw University, Zurawia 4, 00-503 Warszawa, Poland, tel.: (48-22) 6253098; fax: (48-22) 6253170; e-mail: 50ica@cesla.ci.uw.edu.pl/

Information on Internet: In the WWW page of CESLA (http://www.cesla.ci.uw.edu.pl) you will find information about CESLA and the organization of the 50th Congress. From there you can connect with the WWW page of Warsaw University.

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Music and the Globalisation of the Mass Media Industry

Music and the Globalisation of the Mass Media Industry. Policy Implications for Educational and Cultural Agencies is the theme chosen for the next ISME seminar, which will take place in Vancouver, Canada, 10-15 July 2000. The call for papers (deadline: 1 June 1999) is available under the e-mail address of Terry Gates: JTGates@aol.com

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Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication

Cultural Collision and Creative Interferences in the Global Village

A conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication: Cultural Collision and Creative Interferences in the Global Village will be held at Perth, Australia, 12-15 July 2000.

Please consult the conference web site at http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac00/

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Crossing European Boundaries - Beyond Conventional Geographical Categories

Cracow, July 2000

It is a workshop at the Sixth Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), which will be held at Cracow (Poland), 26-29 July 2000. Recent changes in the socio-political and economic landscape in Eastern and Western Europe suggest that categories that have so far been taken for granted in the definition of Europe need to be reconsidered. The anthropology of Europe has for a long time dwelled upon dichotomies such as 'East' and 'West', 'North' and 'South', 'Europe' and the 'Mediterranean'. Owing to the demise of Communism, conflict in Yugoslavia, consolidation of the European Union, creation of the single European currency, unprecedented migratory movements between countries, and other events in Europe, geographical as well as symbolic boundaries between European countries have shifted. Simultaneously with the dissolution of these great divides, we also witness the creation of new boundaries which are not necessarily geographically defined. For example, political divisions between 'Left' and 'Right', 'East' and 'West', or 'North' and 'South', which have previously been associated with geographical areas, no longer have the same meaning. However, while certain political divides have eclipsed, old boundaries such as ethnic, regional, political identities, economic divisions and religious debates still bear some significance in the everyday life of the people. As a result, some of the previously forgotten anthropological discourses such as, for instance, religion in Eastern Europe, have resurfaced in response to a changing political landscape. Much has been said, from a theoretical viewpoint, about the dissolution of these great divides, but little is known about how these changes are experienced in everyday life. The organisers encourage the submission of papers with a strong ethnographic basis that both reflect on the recent developments in the socio-political and economic landscape of Europe (as experienced in everyday life) and have the potential to contribute to theoretical debates within anthropology by challenging conventional geographical categories in Europe.

For more information, please contact: Helen Kopnina, M.A.; Christina Moutsou, Ph.D; Jaro Stacul, Ph.D; Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RF, United Kingdom.

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The Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2000 Celebrating African Books

Harare, July-August 2000

The organisers of ZIBF2000, scheduled for 28 July - 5 August in Harare, are putting together a millennium-worthy programme of events on the 2000 theme of Celebrating African Books. The conference programme kicks off with a two-day Indaba on the Millennium Marketplace for African Publishing, which will examine the relevance for Africa of international marketing trends, including the e-commerce revolution, and tackle the developmental challenges presented by information/communications technology.

Other special events planned for ZIBF2000 include a celebration of the first award of the Michael Caine Prize for African writing, a bestsellers workshop sponsored by the British Council, and the unveiling of Africa's Best Books.

ZIBF2000 also has a country focus on Ghana, to showcase one of the strongest and most vibrant publishing industries in Africa and to enable Book Fair participants to establish relations with Ghanaian publishers, writers, booksellers and librarians.

For further details on ZIBF2000 and how to register, contact the ZIBF London office: David Brine, Zimbabwe International Book Fair (UK) Ltd., P.O.Box 21303, London WC2E 8PH, tel.: +44 (0)20 7836 8501; fax: +44 (0)20 7836 8501; e-mail: zibf.kingstreet@dial.pipex.com; http://www.zibf.org or
The ZIBF Head Office, P.O. Box CY 1179, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe, tel.: (263 4) 702 104; fax: (263 4) 702 129; e-mail: zibf@samara.co.zw

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World Youth Theatre 2000

World Youth Theatre 2000 will take place in July 2000. Involving hundreds of young people from every region of the globe, it will be the most ambitious international youth theatre festival ever held. To mark the new millennium, representatives from 20 different countries will come together in London. Through the shared language of the theatre, they will communicate their vision, ideas and hopes for the future.

For more information, please contact: Peter Prowse, Managing Director, Prowse and Co Ltd, The Coach House, 24 Bridge Street, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8BZ, United Kingdom, tel.: (01372) 363386; fax: (01372) 363359; e-mail: reception@prowse.co.uk; http://www.prowse.co.uk

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Images of the World 2000

Copenhagen/Odense/Arhus/Aalborg, August-September 2000

Images of the World is the first major international cultural festival which aims to create awareness of the consequences of globalization for all world cultures. The festival is a cornucopia of art, creativity and dialogue about cultural diversity and global ethics in a world in transition, especially devoted to the dialogue between Western and non-Western worlds.

The dialogue takes place on all levels of the festival: in the artistic programme, in workshops, in education programmes and schools, through all kinds of media, and on the Internet. The living, spoken dialogue takes place at meetings and conferences organized all over Denmark, raising such issues as 'How do we protect and develop the cultural diversity in the world?' and 'Which rules ought to regulate the interaction between cultures?'.

The festival will take place in Copenhagen, Odense, Arhus and Aalborg from 4 August - 30 September 2000. Nine themes are to be presented: World Dance (movement); World Music (beat); World Theater (awareness); World Children (future); World Exhibitions (space); World Market (community); World Sports (body); World Film; and World Dialogue (spirit).

If you have always dreamed of traveling around the world and have never had a chance to do so - just visit Denmark this year and experience this big small world of ours!

For more information, please contact: Images of the World, Vestergade 5, DK-1456 Copenhagen K, Denmark; tel.: +45 33 17 97 00; e-mail: info@images.org; http://www.images.org

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International OSI Policy Fellowships, 2001
Center for Policy Studies

Call for Proposals

All applications must be submitted online at http://www.osi.hu/ipf/apply.html by August 1, 2000

The Central European University Center for Policy Studies (CPS) is calling for proposals for its year 2001 International OSI Policy Fellowships (IPF) program, which is affiliated with the CPS and the Open Society Institute-Budapest. Launched in late 1999, the CPS works with a broadening circle of policy analysts and institutions to promote the development of policy center networks throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia, as well as countries in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. The Center undertakes policy research and advocacy that furthers the open society mission and disseminates quality analyses in accessible formats.

The CPS International OSI Policy Fellowships are intended to support the analytical policy research of open society leaders and to provide these Fellows with professional policy training. The program aims to improve the quality of analysis in countries where the Soros foundations work by ensuring that these leaders are able to conduct research in their home region while maintaining local affiliations and a high degree of mobility and intellectual freedom.

Fellows participate in four training seminars in Budapest over the course of the fellowship year conducted by professors of public policy from around the world and gain vital skills including how to write professional policy documents, identify appropriate policy instruments, and effectively advocate policies.

Outstanding Fellows from Eastern Europe may be nominated to participate in additional training and research opportunities including a three-month International Junior Public Policy Scholar Fellowship in Washington, D.C. in affiliation with the Woodrow Wilson Center's East European Studies program. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was established by congressional legislation in 1968 with the aim to promote a deeper understanding of issues crucial to global peace and stability. The Center serves as an international, interdisciplinary, non-partisan scholarly institute which fosters scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and encourages dialogue between the academic and policy communities.

Applicants are encouraged to submit individual, practical and policy-oriented research proposals in the following subject areas:

  • The Impact of European Union Expansion on Non-Accession Countries,
  • Modernization, Globalization and Islam,
  • The Future of the Caucasus,
  • The Future of Southeast Europe,
  • Media and Information Policy,
  • Education Finance Policy,
  • Gender Policy, and
  • The Public Policy Environment.

The product of each fellowship will be a detailed analysis of a major issue to be published in English and translated into other languages.

Fellows will be provided with a one-year stipend, expenses including travel, and needed communications equipment to work full-time on research of their design in one of the above areas. All initial queries must be entered online via the internet directly into the IPF application database found at http://www.osi.hu/ipf/apply.html. Successful applicants will be notified no later than January 15, 2001.

For further information, please contact: Pamela Kilpadi, Olena Sydorenko, International OSI Policy Fellowships, Center for Policy Studies, Nador u. 11, Room 511, 1051 Budapest, Hungary; tel.: (36 1) 327-3863; fax: (36 1) 327-3809; e-mail: fellows@osi.hu; http://www.osi.hu/ipf

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Transitions and Transgressions in an Age of Multiculturalism

XVIth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association
Pretoria, August 2000

XVIth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) will be held in Pretoria, South Africa, 13-19 August 2000. The main theme of the congress is Transitions and Transgressions in an Age of Multiculturalism, subdivided into seven sections:

  1. Comparative Literature in an Age of Multiculturalism;
  2. Transgressing and Traversing Continental Boundaries;
  3. Transgressing Cultural and Ethnic Borders, Boundaries, Limits and Traditions;
  4. Transgressing Gendered Stereotypes;
  5. Temporal Transition: What Was the Past; What Will the Future Be?;
  6. Transgression and Transition of Genre and Media;
  7. Transgression, Transition and Information Technology.

Prospective delegates can also participate in four Round Tables dealing with 'The World and Africa/Africa and the World'. In addition ten Workshops devoted to specific research projects will be offered.

Full details of the congress, including online registration are available on the congress' website http://www.unisa.ac.za/ICLA2000

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Managing Cultural Tourism: New Developments in Cultural Tourism Management and Policy

Edinburgh, August 2000

Managing Cultural Tourism: New Developments in Cultural Tourism Management and Policy is a seminar organized by the British Council and the Scottish Centre for Cultural Management and Policy to be held in Edinburgh from 20 to 25 August 2000. It is aimed at those cultural providers and tourism managers who are engaged in developing new approaches to cultural tourism and seeking to relate cultural tourism to the broader economic and cultural development of their communities. It will explore new perspectives on cultural provision in the context of heritage, performing arts and tourism policies.

The main topics will include the following:

  • The politics of cultural identity and tourism provision;
  • The role of planning and funding strategies in cultural tourism management today;
  • Festivals, cities of culture and their long-term impact;
  • Cooperation between artists and policy makers;
  • Cultural tourism as 'insightful tourism';
  • Tourism provision and the 'cultural industries';
  • Holistic and interactive approaches to cooperation between agencies.

The seminar will be of interest to those involved in practical provision, management and policy development in the area of tourism and its relationship to cultural and heritage provision, performing and visual arts, museum and heritage services, cultural management, strategic cultural planning and festival production.

For further information, please contact: Information Manager, International Networking Events, The British Council, 1, Beaumont Place, Oxford, OX1 2PJ UK, tel.: +44 (0) 1865 316636; fax: +44 (0) 1865 557368; e-mail: network.events@britishcouncil.org; http://www.britishcouncil.org/networkevents, http://www.britishcouncil.org/networkevents/2000/0053an.htm

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Universities - Gateway to the Future

The 11th IAU General Conference, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Association

The Conference will take place from 22 to 25 August 2000 at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa.

The Conference will discuss three main themes:

  • Changing priorities and constant values,
  • Universities and the knowledge society,
  • University governance and the 'stakeholder society'.

More information is available online at: http://www.unesco.org/iau/ and can be requested from the IAU Secretariat in Paris.

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Humanism Serving the Pacification of the Mind, the Progress of Mankind and World Peace

Budapest, August 2000

The World Federation of Humanists organizes its 17th Congress Humanism Serving the Pacification of the Mind, the Progress of Mankind and World Peace, to take place in Budapest, Hungary, 23-28 August 2000. The general theme will be treated in the following five sections:

  • Humanism and world peace;
  • Humanism and the advancement of mankind;
  • Humanism against violence and terror;
  • Humanism and the quest for spirituality; and
  • Humanism in literature and in the arts (multi/pluralism).

Presentations of papers will be followed by discussions. The working language will be English, but papers may be given in any other language, with a summary in English.

For more information, please contact: Society of Hungarian Humanists, Congress Committee, Pál László, Harcsa u. 2, 1023 Budapest, Hungary.

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Audiences, Patrons and Performers in the Performing Arts of Asia

Leiden, August 2000

From 23 to 27 August 2000, Leiden University (Netherlands) will host a conference on Audiences, Patrons and Performers in the Performing Arts of Asia, a joint initiative of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), CHIME (the European Foundation for Chinese Music Research) and the Department of Cultural and Social Studies of Leiden University. This conference will look beyond performance as a 'self-contained act' towards what performance essentially constitutes - an on-going and dynamic interaction with the environment. It will emphasise the role of the environment - the audiences who attend, the patrons who protect, and the people who, politically or otherwise, organise and support, the arts. The theme at the heart of this conference will be how they influence performances and performers, and are in turn influenced by them. Whatever singers, story-tellers, puppeteers, actors, ritual specialists or musicians in Asia have to offer their audiences - in terms of entertainment, ritual, or re-enactment of social relationships and dilemmas - they depend for the viability of their art on more than just one-way communication. How do they cope with the many different, often contradictory, voices and expectations that emerge from different groups in society, each with its own norms and values? The sub-themes include: 'Hybrid theatres', 'Art criticism', 'Creativity', 'Asian diaspora' and 'Liveness'.

For more information about the themes, accommodation, registration, etc., please write to one of the addresses below or consult the agenda of the IIAS site at: http://iias.leidenuniv.nl/iias/agenda.html or http://iias.leidenuniv.nl/oideion/general/audiences.html

Dr. Wim van Zanten, Institute of Cultural and Social Studies, Leiden University, PO Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, Netherlands, tel.: 31 71 527 3465; fax: 31 71 527 3619; e-mail: Zanten@fsw.LeidenUniv.nl or
Frank Kouwenhoven at the CHIME Foundation, PO Box 11092, 2301 EB Leiden, Netherlands, tel.: 31 71 513 3974, 31 71 513 3123; fax: 31 71 512 3183; e-mail: chime@wxs.nl

(Source: Asia-Europe Newsletter, Vol. 2. no. 1/99)

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European Cities: Networks and Crossroads

The Fifth International Conference on Urban History
Berlin, August 2000

The Conference European Cities: Networks and Crossroads will be held in Berlin, 31 August - 2 September 2000. A specialist Session will be devoted to Culture, Space and the City: Simmel at the Crossroads of Modernity.

Taking David Frisby's initial discussion of Georg Simmel's analysis of social space, the city and modernity (Frisby, 1992) as its point of departure, this session will explore the unique contribution made to a cultural history of urban modernity during the Imperial era. Simmel's analysis of the metropolis does not focus on the city as the national centre and place of political decision-making; instead, it is concerned with the city as the place where a new kind of consciousness and a new rhythm of 'sensual-intellectual life' emerged (Korff, 1987). The focal point of a culture of things, the metropolis is seen by Simmel as a vast nexus in which both social networks and indefinite collectivities, such as crowds, are located. In his formal, aesthetic and social analysis of urban modernity, Simmel reveals the forms of social interaction characteristic of the metropolis.

This session seeks proposals for papers that will focus on mapping aspects of Simmel's thought onto wider cultural phenomena of the period, exploring interactions between Simmel and the social networks in which he circulated. The central European contexts of Berlin, Prague and Vienna and the patterns of sociability located in the metropolis will be considered as pivotal to the functioning of cross-cultural influences and the dissemination of ideas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

For further details, please contact: Dr Dorothy Rowe, Department of Art, Froebel College, Roehampton Institute London, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PJ, United Kingdom, tel.: 0181 392 338; e-mail: d.rowe@roehampton.ac.uk
and Dr. Janet Stewart, Department of German, University of Aberdeen, Taylor Building, Aberdeen AB24 3UB, United Kingdom, tel.: 01224 272488; e-mail: j.stewart@abdn.ac.uk

Urban History Conference homepage: http://www.eauh2000.tu-berlin.de

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The Balkan City - A Stage for the End of the Twentieth Century

Belgrade, September 2000

YUSTAT, the Yugoslav Performing Arts Association (YUSTAT is a non-governmental, independent professional institution founded in 1992, operating since then in conditions of permanent political and economic crisis.), is currently preparing its main project for the year 2000, the Third Biennial of Stage Design (BSD) and the third international conference in the 'Spectacle-City-Identity' series, titled Balkan Cities - Stages for the End of the Twentieth Century, this time as part of the 3rd BSD programme, planned from 7 to 30 September 2000. The Biennial of Stage Design is YUSTAT's biggest event and an opportunity to present the works of many YUSTAT members - most of them prominent Yugoslav artists in various creative fields of performing events. The First Biennial of Stage Design was a major exhibition of Yugoslav artists in the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade. The Second BSD, with a subsidiary programme consisting of exhibitions, lectures, seminars, promotional and other events, and with participants from the USA, Britain, the Netherlands, Spain and other countries, demonstrated the great potential of this project as an international festival of stage design.

The Third Biennial of Stage Design is conceived as an even more ambitious event. The programme will include the international conference on The Balkan City - A Stage for the End of the Twentieth Century (14-16 September 2000) and the annual meeting of OISTAT (the International Organisation of Theatre Designers, Theatre Architects and Technicians) Education Commission, which is to be held from 28 to 30 September in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Subotica, as well as many other events. This year's BSD is almost entirely devoted to the Balkan region, its present situation and prospects for overcoming the current situation of anxiety, claustrophobia and conflicts in this region.

YUSTAT believes that Belgrade is still a meeting place, in spite of everything that has happened in the last ten years, and that it will continue to be a meeting place as long as there are people worth meeting there. And people who want to meet others.

For more information, please contact: YUSTAT, Conference 2000, Irena Sentevska, Programme Coordinator, Dositejeva 20/I, 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia, tel./fax: +381 11 620 415, 631 928; e-mail: yustat@EUnet.yu

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International Conference on Copyright and the Cultural Industries

Economics, Law and Management
Rotterdam, September 2000

Call for Papers

Conference Committee: Ruth Towse, KCW Erasmus University Rotterdam; Professor Dr Roger van den Bergh, Faculty of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Professor David Throsby, Macquarie University, Sydney

Dates: 11 - 12 September, 2000

Place: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Purpose: to focus on issues connected with the administration of copyright and neighbouring rights in the cultural sector; the arts, heritage and the cultural industries (film, broadcasting, sound recording, multi media, etc).

Participants: people working in copyright administration, the cultural industries, governments, international bodies, economists, lawyers, management scientists, and others with a professional interest in the area.

Keynote speaker: Professor William Landes, University of Chicago.

There will also be a panel discussion by copyright administrators invited from a variety of countries and different parts of the cultural sector.

Papers are invited on any of the above-mentioned topics. Please submit a 100 word abstract by e-mail with your name, affiliation, postal and e mail address by 15 March, 2000. If selected, your paper should be ready for circulation by 15 July. Send to: Theresa Oostvogels

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Historical Gardens and Landscape

Florence, Siena, September 2000

The Istituto Francese di Firenze, Universita Lorenzo il Magnifico, is the organizer of a summer course Giardini e paesaggi storici: dalla conservazione alla valorizzazione that will take place in Florence and Siena from 11-15 September 2000. Distinguished experts will present issues concerning gardens and landscape as part of todays' heritage. The course will be held in Italian.

For more information, please contact: International University of Art of Florence (U.I.A.), Via delle Forbici 26, Firenze, Italy; tel.: 055 570216 / 571503; fax: 055 570508; e-mail: uia@vps.it; http://www.vps.it/propart/uia

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Digitopia: Internet and Television - The Challenge for European Culture and Commerce

12th European Television and Film Forum
Bologna, September 2000

The 12th European Television and Film Forum will take place in Bologna, Italy, 14-16 September 2000. The Forum is organized every year on behalf of its corporate members by the European Institute for the Media. This year, it will be co-hosted by RAI/Prix Italia. This platform for discussion and exchange brings together about 300 media professionals from all over Europe every year.

The title of this year's Forum is Digitopia: Internet and Television - The Challenge for European Culture and Commerce. The main questions facing media professionals and those related to economic, technical, ethical and cultural aspects of this issue will be addressed in a number of plenary sessions and working groups.

The list of the topics includes the following: Internet and Television: New Models of Business and Financing; Digital Broadcasting and European Culture: Does the Internet Offer New Opportunities?; Redefining Television: How Does the Internet Influence TV Formats and Content?; Policy Responses to the Challenge of the Internet.

The following are the working group themes: Audiovisual Regulation and Policy; Market Developments and New Communication Technologies; Consumer and Viewer Interests; Legal Aspects of the Audiovisual Media; The Film Industry in Europe; Content of Television; Truth or Fabrication: How Reliable is Internet Journalism?

For more information, please contact: The European Institute for the Media, Zollhof 2A, D-40221 Düsseldorf, Germany; tel.: ++49 (0) 211 901 040; fax: ++49 (0) 211 901 04 56; e-mail: info@eim.org; http://www.eim.org

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Internet Research: The State of the Interdiscipline

Kansas, September 2000

The first annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers will be held at the University of Kansas, Lawrence KS, USA, 14-17 September 2000.

The growth of the Internet is one of the greatest cultural phenomena of our time, impacting almost all areas of life. It is crucial to build knowledge about the Internet's socio-cultural dimensions. Despite great interest, knowledge-building in Internet research is hindered by a lack of international, centralized opportunities for scholars from different disciplines to interact. This international conference, the first meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers, will focus on the Internet as a distinct interdisciplinary field for research. It will bring together prominent scholars, researchers, and students from multiple disciplines for keynote addresses, paper presentations, formal and informal discussions.

The Association of Internet Researchers (A.(o).I.R.) invites submissions of between 150 and 250 words on all topics that address any social, cultural, political, economic, or aesthetic aspects of the Internet.

Conference Coordinator: Nancy Baym
Program Chair: Jeremy Hunsinger
A.(o).I.R. President: Steve Jones

More information can be found on the Conference Website: http://www.cddc.vt.edu/aoir

For more information about the Association of Internet Researchers visit website at http://aoir.org

Nancy Baym, Communication Studies, University of Kansas, 3090 Wescoe Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA; http://falcon.cc.ukans.edu/~nbaym

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Processes in Theatre, Art and Literature

Focus on Trans- and Interdisciplinary Research and Practice
Bergen, September 2000

The conference Processes in Theatre, Art and Literature: Focus on Trans- and Interdisciplinary Research and Practice organized by the Research Institute for Austrian and International Literature and Cultural Studies (INST) will take place in Bergen, Norway, one of the cultural capitals for the year 2000, from 22-24 September 2000. The conference is organized within the framework of the cultural programme of the Cultural City Secretariat in Bergen and is also linked with the New Art Festival that will take place in October.

The conference will be divided into a plenary session on cultural capital cities, which will be open to the public, and thematically grouped sections:

  • Multidisciplinary studies and practice in theatre and drama in the 1990s (it will be further subdivided into sections: Body and Representation; Language and Identity; Context/function vs. Autonomous Art; Historical Perspectives);
  • Theory in a global environment: Arts and Literature (Theory in a Global Environment: Arts and Literature; The Praxis of Transdisciplinarity: Towards a Global Aesthetics?; Global Postcolonial Literary Expressions and Questions of (Cultural) Identity);
  • Art processes in a global context: Classical performance; and
  • The arts in WWW.

The working languages will be English and German.

For more information, please contact: Herbert Arlt, INST, P.O.Box 74, A-1112 Vienna, Austria; e-mail: arlt@adis.at; or
Knut Ove Arntzen, University of Bergen, Section for Theatre Research, Sydnesplassen 13, N-5007 Bergen, Norway; e-mail: Knut.Arntzen@ikk.uib.no; http://www.adis.at/arlt/institut/termine/bergen.htm

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Urban Innovation and Development - Strategies for Employment

Randers, Denmark, September 2000

The conference Urban Innovation and Development: Strategies for Employment will be held in Randers, Denmark, 21-23 September 2000. The conference seeks to explore, communicate and exchange experiences resulting within the framework of the European programmes Employment Integra and EDRF Article 10 - Urban Pilot projects. It seeks to integrate experiences and recommendations into overall concepts and realistic political strategies for use at the local, national and European levels. It seeks to establish a space in which inspiration can be gained and in which networks can be established.

Two local projects in Randers, Europe Tells and Underværket, have focused on job creation and the integration of marginalized groups of people in two geographical areas in the city of Randers. The projects have explored how refugees and immigrants can become an equal part of the economic, social and cultural fabric of the city, how cultural resources can be capitalised and how new jobs can be created in the cultural industry.

The conference will address key issues by using the following points of departure:

  • A number of cases and best practices from Europe will be presented by experts and people involved in the field. They have been invited to share their experiences at plenary sessions and workshops. The themes will involve job creation connected to urban development, integrated and holistic approaches, new organisational forms and the tapping of potential within the cultural and creative industries.
  • Presentation of papers which forward ideas on how a city can create innovation, by employing holistic and creative approaches which lead to the empowerment and integration of marginalized and excluded groups and individuals. Emphasis will be laid on how human, social and cultural resources can be capitalised in specific urban contexts.
  • Another part of the conference will focus on the young immigrant population. How can we reconcile the issue where the Danish Industry Association has predicted a shortage of labour in the future with the fact that young and 2nd generation immigrants and refugees still face severe difficulties in accessing the labour market? Private companies will create a "Job Market" in the Underværket complex during the conference.

The conference will host 3 different workshops. The objectives of these are to discuss and debate strategies as well as to formulate questions, recommendations and messages to the Danish Minister of Labour, Ove Hygum, who will speak on the second day of the conference.

Underværket will host cultural events and happenings throughout the duration of the conference.

The conference is conducted in cooperation between Randers Municipality (The Employment Council and the Integration Forum) and the NGOs Underværket and Kulturkælderen.

Registration Fee: Per day: D.kr. 750
Whole conference: D.kr. 2000

(The price covers entrance to all sessions and workshops and all meals)

Please use the form or e-mail: kk@kulturkaelderen.dk to register.

For more information and registration, please contact: Kulturkælderen, Gl. Jennumvej 8, 8900 Randers, Denmark, tel.: +45 86 41 78 44; fax: +45 86 41 90 70; e-mail: kk@kulturkaelderen.dk; http://www.kulturkaelderen.dk; http://www.undervaerket.dk

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The Artist, Culture and Globalization

Santorini, Greece, September 2000

The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA), the Swedish Joint Committee of Literary and Artistic Professionals (KLYS) and the National Book Centre of Greece will jointly host a conference on The Artist, Culture, and Globalization, followed by the founding meeting of the International Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD). The conference will be held in Santorini, Greece, 24-26 September 2000.

Technological advancement, economic integration and international trade rules will be examined as key forces impacting on culture. The conference will review the effects of globalization on culture in a variety of sectors and regions, including public broadcasting, indigenous and aboriginal communities, and developing countries.

The founding meeting of the International Network for Cultural Diversity will be convened on September 26 at the conclusion of the Conference. Inspired by the Stockholm Conference on Culture and Development in April 1998, the network has been developing since the Canadian Conference of the Arts held the At Home in the World Conference in Ottawa in June 1998. It now comprises more than 160 members in almost 30 countries.

The conference will take place just prior to the meeting of the International Network on Cultural Policy, which brings together ministers of culture from around the world. It will include bridging events with the ministerial conference, including a formal presentation of each meeting to the other.

To get more details about the Network, to look at the agenda for the conference, the principles of the INCD, and the background papers on the issues, or to post your comments and concerns, please visit the network's website at http://www.incd.net or see Culturelink, no. 30/April 2000, pp. 7-9.

For more information on the agenda of the conference, or to participate, please contact the Canadian Conference of the Arts at cca@mail.culturenet.ca; tel.: 613-238-3561; fax: 613-238-4849.

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Byblos 2000

Future for Heritage - A Common Commitment
Byblos (Lebanon), September 2000

Fifth International Seminar
Call for papers

The International Centre for Human Sciences / UNESCO, Byblos, in cooperation with the UNESCO Forum on University and Heritage and with Lebanese Universities is organizing the Fifth International Seminar entitled Future for Heritage: A Common Commitment.

The International Centre for Human Sciences / UNESCO, Byblos, recently created by the twenty-ninth General Conference of UNESCO, is a centre for advanced researches and studies committed to the use of science in order to address human needs and aspirations through its virtual university and new information and communication technologies.

The UNESCO Forum on University and Heritage is an international network of universities whose aim is to enhance national and international cooperation and solidarity in favour of heritage by sharing techniques and human resources. It also gathers experts and practitioners of tangible and intangible heritage. The network is dedicated to the promotion of multicultural dialogue by building peace, youth responsibility, empowerment, and by the spread of experience.

After Valencia, Québec, Melbourne and Fès, the fifth International Seminar of the UNESCO Forum has a unique symbolic importance in the year 2000, as it is scheduled in Byblos, known as the cradle of the alphabet, an everlasting site for thousands of years, registered in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Byblos 2000 will address the following topics:

  • Heritage, Technologies and Indigenous Knowledge,
  • Cultural Values, Ethics for Heritage and Empowerment,
  • Economics of Heritage, Partnerships and Development,
  • Heritage, Education and Training: human resources development and capacity building,
  • Media, Communication and Promotion of Heritage, and
  • Nature, Landscape and Eco-tourism.

The organizers invite papers on the role of universities in the realization of the main objectives. The following specific topics will be covered:

  • National Legal Instruments and International Conventions on Heritage,
  • Heritage, Crafts and Traditions: Lexicon, languages and know-how,
  • Acting in the Field of Heritage: Local institution's and people's Participation,
  • Situations and Potential of Heritage in South-East Asia and Northern Africa,
  • Experiences, Projects and Cooperation Networks,
  • Hidden Heritages and Endangered Heritages, and
  • Heritage in Situations of Conflicts and Violence.

Specialized workshops on these topics and themes will be held during Byblos 2000.

All communications should be sent to the International Centre for Human Sciences: BP 225, Jbeil / Byblos, Lebanon; tel.: +961 9 545 401; fax: +961 9 546 400; e-mail: byblos2000@unesco.byblos.org

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ISCM World Music Days 2000

Luxembourg, September - October 2000

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) will organize the World Music Days 2000 in Luxembourg from 29 September to 8 October 2000. During the entire event, 'sound-installations', video-art, music and film installations, electroacoustic installations and exhibitions will be on display.

In order to give as complete an overview of the contemporary music scene as possible, each national section and associate member taking part in the submission process will be represented in the festival programme. Any piece composed after 1975 may be entered. An International Jury will decide on the final programme of the ISCM World Music Days 2000.

Equal attention will be given to all categories of music:

  • orchestras (with or without soloists, choir, electronic instruments),
  • chamber orchestras,
  • music for ensemble with or without soloists,
  • vocal music (choir and smaller vocal ensembles with or without instruments),
  • solo instruments (including organ) and/or voices,
  • electroacoustic works,
  • music theatre and music for dance, and
  • video (VHS, European format, not US), film, installation/ambient events.

Every effort will be made to record as many concerts as possible and to make them available to the radio stations which are members of, or are affiliated to, the European Broadcasting Union.

The ISCM World Music Days 1999 were held in Romania and Moldova, from 25 September to 2 October 1999. (See Culturelink no. 24/April 1998, p. 90.)

Submission address: ISCM Luxembourg Section, LGNM, Case Postale 828, L-2018 Luxembourg, tel.: (+352) 22 58 21; fax: (+352) 22 58 23;
e-mail: lgnm@lgnm.lu; WWW: http://www.lgnm.lu/

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A Bounty, Bountless as the Sea - Arts' Generosity

6th ELIA Conference
Barcelona, October 2000

The Institut del Teatre of Barcelona has invited the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) to organize its Sixth Conference A Bounty, Bountless as the Sea: Arts' Generosity in Barcelona, Spain, 3-7 October 2000. The conference will have the patronage of Her Royal Highness Queen Sofia of Spain.

To celebrate ELIA's 10th anniversary in the year 2000 and the opening of the Institut del Teatre's new building, the event will have a world-wide dimension.

The conference will start with an Exchange Fair for Arts Education Institutions. It will include plenary sessions, symposia and discipline seminars on architecture, arts and crafts, dance, design, media arts, music, restoration, textiles, theatre and visual arts, with partner networks involved in the preparation. Working groups focusing on more specific issues will be organized, as well as informative sessions on the latest developments in European funding programmes that have relevance to arts education. The symposia will have the following themes:

  1. New developments in higher arts education in Europe and beyond;
  2. Employability of arts graduates;
  3. Commitment of the artists;
  4. What is multiculturalism?;
  5. The arts and urban futures: arts education in relation to the ecologies of cities and issues of regeneration and sustainability;
  6. Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity; changing art forms.

For more information, please contact: ELIA Secretariat, Waterlooplein 219, 1011 PG Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 620 5616; e-mail: elia@elia.ahk.nl

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International Political Science, History, Philosophy, Sociology and International Relations Colloquium

Actuality of Raymond Aron's Thought after the End of the Bipolar World
Budapest, October 2000

Organized by

  • The Department of Philosophy of the University of Economic sciences and public administration, Budapest
  • The Joseph Károlyi Foundation, Paris/Budapest - European cultural meeting centre
  • The Institut français, Budapest
  • The Department of Political Sciences of the University of Pécs
  • The Collegium, Budapest
  • The Fondation Robert Schuman, Paris

Thursday, 5 October 2000
Inauguration evening

Friday, 6 October - Saturday, 7 October 2000
Opening by Prof. Attila Chikán, Rector of the University of Economic Science and Public Administration, Budapest

Raymond Aron, Historian and Journalist
Moderator : Nicolas Baverez

  • Lord Ralf Dahrendorf, London
  • Jean-Claude Casanova, Paris, (L'histoire virtuelle comme mode de réflexion politique)
  • Péter Hahner, Pécs (Aron and the idea of Revolution)
  • Elisabeth Dutartre, Paris (Raymond Aron through his archives)
  • Paul Janssens, Brussels (Vivre l'histoire. La cohérence de l'œuvre aronienne)
  • Christian Bachelier, Paris (Le journalisme de Raymond Aron : l'intelligence de l'évènement - le substrat et la genèse historiques des facettes du journalisme aronien avec Stephen Launay)
  • Stephen Launay, Lille (Le journalisme de R Aron - les liens de continuités et les ruptures entre l'activité journalistique et la théorie de la politique de R. Aron)

Raymond Aron, Philosoph and Political scientist
Moderator: Miklós Magyar

  • Attila Agh, Budapest, (Les grandes orientations actuelles de la Science politique hongroise)
  • Nicolas Baverez, Paris (Raymond Aron et la liberté politique au XXe siècle)
  • Claude Lefort, Paris (Raymond Aron and the communist phenomenon)
  • Lubomir Vladimirov, Sofia (L'usage méthodologique des analyses théoriques et politiques de R. Aron pour la recherche du développement historique des sociétés modernes : La globalisation et le relativisme culturel)
  • Eva Dékány-Szénási, Szeged (Aux confins de la démocratie et du totalitarisme)
  • Rémy Freymond, Fribourg (Tyrannies modernes et démocratie : le va-et-vient entre paradigmes et réalité chez Raymond Aron)

Raymond Aron, Philosoph and Sociologue
Moderator: Jean-Claude Casanova

  • László Fekete,Budapest (R.Aron and the continental tradition continentale of social philosophy, Weber and Aron)
  • Philippe Raynaud, Paris (Raymond Aron et le jugement politique, entre Aristote et Kant)
  • Daniel Mahoney, Worcester, Mass., (R Aron and the morality of prudence)
  • Dr Cristian Preda, Bukarest (Germany in the thirties. Raymon Aron and Emil Cioran)
  • Miroslav Novak, Prague (Raymond Aron, Sociologue, between Tocqueville and Marx)
  • Joachim Stark, Erlangen (Raymond Aron's political sociology)
  • Sorin Antohi, Budapest-Bukarest (Actuality of Raymond Aron's philosophy of history)

Raymond Aron, Theorician of International Relations
Moderator: Zsolt Rostóvány

  • Sándor Csizmadia, Budapest (Liberalism and Realism)
  • Brooks E. Allen, Yale (Reinterpretation of Raymond Aron's theory of International Relations and its actuality)
  • Pierre Kende, Paris/Budapest (L'«euroscepticisme» de R.Aron)
  • Michael Hopkins + Pascal Venier, Manchester (Raymond Aron, la guerre d'Algérie et la place de la France dans le monde)
  • Alessandro Campi, Perugia (Raymond Aron e il realismo politico)
  • Rafael Dobek, Poznan, (Raymond Aron and eastern Europe: a glance on the other side of the Iron Curtain)

(Order of lectures not definitive)

Sunday, October 8
Possibility to visit the European Cultural Meeting Centre created in Fehérvárcsurgó (80 km from Budapest) by the Joseph Károlyi Foundation, with the Ferenc Fejtö Library. (Informations and Reservation: Eszter Mérei, tel.: 36 1 345 41 27)

For further information, please contact: The Joseph Károlyi Foundation, Petöfi u.2, H-8052 Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary; tel.: +33-1-45 48 44 48 (Paris Office); fax: +33-1-45 48 44 48; e-mail: Karolyi@club-internet.fr

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Second International Design Biennial Festival

Saint-Etienne, October 2000

The Second International Design Biennial Festival will be held in Saint-Etienne, France, 7-15 October 2000. This event, organised by the Fine Art and Design School, seeks to present different aspects of design in the field of objects. The exhibits may be mass-produced, one-off items, prototypes, models - but no graphic design work. The research and production from 100 countries will be displayed at the Exhibition Park. Symposia and seminars will tackle the economic, social and cultural challenges of design.

Contact: Josyane Franc, tel.: +33 4 77478803; fax: +33 4 77478801; e-mail: josfranc@institutdesign.fr

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Languages and the Media

Third International Conference and Exhibition - Converging Markets and Multimedia
Berlin, October 2000

The Third International Conference and Exhibition on Languages and the Media will take place in Berlin from 12 to 13 October 2000 in the organization of International Conferences, Exhibitions and Fairs (ICEF). It will be grouped around following topics:

  • Challenges of the New Technologies;
  • Language Implications and Training;
  • Distribution and Broadcasting.

Since the audiovisual industries are important growth areas today, offering openings to specialists with qualifications covering the full spectrum from creative skills to business acumen and technical know-how, it is necessary to specify the place of languages. The conference will try to answer some questions in relation to the role of languages in today's developments, the clients of the multimedia industries, their wishes and language preferences.

The Conference is structured in three parts:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops - classroom type sessions where expert presenters will offer learning experience with clear agendas and identifiable goals;
  • Plenary Sessions - given by specially invited keynote speakers active in the field;
  • Parallel Presentations - focusing on a number of topics, where the delegates can choose to follow a particular theme.

Abstracts of presented papers will be printed in the Book of Abstracts and made available to the participants during the conference.

For more information, please contact: ICEF - Languages and the Media, Niebuhrstr. 69 A, 10629 Berlin, Germany, tel.: +49 30 327 6140; fax: +49 30 324 9833; e-mail: languages-media@icef.com

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Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts -
26th Annual Conference
Art, Culture and Policy: Prospects for the 21st Century

Washington D.C., October 2000

Co-hosted by Americans for the Arts and the Center for Arts and Culture, the 26th Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts entitled Art, Culture and Policy: Prospects for the 21st Century will be held in Washington D.C. on 12-15 October 2000.

This year's meeting will include 32 paper and panel sessions that discuss the relations between the arts and society at local, national, and international levels. Presenters include university faculty and graduate students, arts administrators and practitioners, and national arts policy professionals. The draft agenda features the following concurrent sessions:

  1. Arts and the Life Course - A Review of STP&A Disciplinary Perspectives and Methodologies - Report on "Culture Builds Community" - Contestatory Cultural Production
  2. Lessons from a Technology Survey of the Arts Community - Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest - Urban Cultural Development - Conflicts over the Arts and Humanities
  3. The Arts and Community Life - Toward a National Cultural Policy: Perspectives from the Fields - An Integrated Assessment of Policy-Relevant Research and Data on the Arts - Research on Artists and Artists' Issues
  4. New Findings from the Unified Database - Trends and the Arts Sector - Native Cultures and U.S. Policy - Critiques of Cultural Policymaking
  5. National and Local Profiles of Cultural Support - Arts Policy in International Perspective - Cultural Markets - Practice, Policy and Design in New Technological Environments
  6. Art, Culture and the National Agenda - Special Issues in the Not-for-Profit Arts - Researching Media Coverage of the Arts - Public Art, Public Audiences
  7. Lessons from "Bridges to Understanding Children's Museums" - New Paradigms or Research on the Arts Sector - Theoretical Reflections on Policy and Aesthetics - North American Arts Policy, 1920-1950
  8. The Arts and Community Institutions - Reflections on Contemporary Cultural Policy - Culture and Identity - Art and New Technologies

For more information please contact: Mark Hager, Americans for the Arts, 1000 Vermont Avenue NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036, USA; tel.: 202-371-2830; e-mail: mhager@artsusa.org; http://www.artsusa.org/upcoming/stpa.html

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Global 2000,
Worldwide Conference on Special Librarianship

Brighton, October 2000

The Worldwide Conference on Special Librarianship will be held in Brighton, UK, on 16-19 October 2000, with the theme The Information Age: Challenges and Opportunities.

More information is available at the Global 2000 web site at: http://www.slaglobal2000.org

Contact: Special Libraries Association, 1700 Eighteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20009-2514, USA, tel.: +1 202 234 4700; fax: +1 202 265 9317.

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Meeting the Intercultural Challenge in the Heart of Europe

Wroclaw, October 2000

The third annual congress of Young SIETAR, Meeting the Intercultural Challenge in the Heart of Europe, will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20-22 October 2000. 130 delegates from Europe and overseas are expected to attend the congress, which will offer a three-day programme for the YS members worldwide, for students, recent graduates and young professionals in the intercultural field. Three different role tracks will provide specific agenda topics for newcomers to the field, more advanced participants, professionals and scientists.

Contact: Young SIETAR Secretariat, Hoge Woerd 189a, 2311 HL Leiden, The Netherlands, tel.: +37 71 5120232; e-mail: xfk@xs4all.nl; http://www.youngsietar.org

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Performative Sites: Intersecting Art, Technology and the Body

Pennsylvania, October 2000

This symposium will be held at University Park, Pennsylvania, 24-28 October 2000. It will examine the theoretical, experiential and pedagogical implications of performance artists' works that use mechanical and electronic technologies. Recognizing that we live in a culture that is increasingly dependent on technology, this symposium will explore the varied ways that artists and cultural theorists can expose, critique, and intervene in the ways that technology is conceived. In doing so, we can begin to understand its phenomena as performative and embodied. In a comprehensive four- part programme, this symposium will include a performance series, lectures, workshops and panel discussions by national and international performance artists, theorists and scholars. Given this broad basis, the symposium will bring a global perspective to our understanding of the intersection of art, technology and the body.

For information, please visit the following website: http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/performativesites

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The Sixth Conference on European Culture

Pamplona, October 2000

The Sixth Conference on European Culture will be held in Pamplona, 25-28 October 2000. The previous five conferences (See The Dossier: European Culture in Culturelink no. 27/April 1999, pp. 125-184.) were attended by 1,075 people, among them urban planners, philosophers, architects, political experts, philologists, journalists, experts in canon law, biologists, educators, computer experts, theologians, ethnologists and anthropologists, sociologists and economists. These participants came from 40 countries in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Such variety makes this Conference an obviously multidisciplinary gathering, where any topic is valid in a plural, international debate among open individuals.

The conference, designed for university, research and cultural professionals, is organized by the students of the University of Navarra, who are also invited to participate. Some 160 papers are expected to cover diverse aspects of European culture, stressing the importance of culture as a fundamental element of the European integration. There will also be round table discussions and work groups.

Papers will be published in the Proceedings, of which there are already four volumes.

Conference sections

I. Main sections

  1. Cultural identity: ethnocentrism, multiculturalism, or crossbreeding?
  2. Cultural and urban policies: exclusion or integration
  3. Currency and culture
  4. Popular culture pop culture: Elements of European identity?
  5. What should a European cultural policy be? Who decides what should be supported?

II. Interdisciplinary sections

  1. The function of the University and the function of intellectuals
  2. Intercultural education and linguistic plurality
  3. The role of museums and other cultural institutions
  4. An open Europe: towards the centre and the east
  5. Cultural protectionism or cultural liberalism?
  6. Cultural patronage and sponsorship
  7. European identity: historical roots, diagnostic, and prognosis
  8. Globalization, regionalization, and European culture
  9. Europe and other continents: transfers, contacts, images, and rejections
  10. Tourism and culture
  11. Cultural volunteer work
  12. Women and culture
  13. New challenges for cultural management
  14. Deconstruction, postmodernity, and the idea of Europe
  15. The European dimension in national education and curricula
  16. European culture as a history of interactions and mediations
  17. Cultural referents or the cultural vacuum of (young) Europeans
  18. The role of religion in the twenty-first century
  19. Towards a European culture of life
  20. Trade and culture: on the style of doing business
  21. How to write a European history of European culture?
  22. Is interethnic violence intercultural violence?

III. Specific sections

  1. The arts
  2. Movies and theatre
  3. Architecture and urban planning
  4. Education and communications
  5. Literature
  6. New technologies
  7. Philosophy, ethics, and religion
  8. Music
  9. Economy and business
  10. Science and technology
  11. Ecology


You are invited to send a paper to any of the sections planned for the conference. The papers read during the sessions will be published in the Proceedings. Papers may be presented in English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

For more information, please contact: Conference Secretariat, Centro de Estudios Europeos, Universidad de Navarra, E-31080 Pamplona, Spain, tel.: +34/948/425634, fax: +34/948/425622; e-mail: ebanus@unav.es; http://web1.cti.unav.es/castellano/pamplona/otros/cde.html

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Samuel Beckett Festival 2000

This Festival aims to celebrate one of the most important voices of the twentieth century and to inspire a fresh response to Beckett as we move into the next century. A unique, Scottish-led international event taking place in Glasgow, October 2000, will include theatre, music, dance, art, photography, film, education and conferences. Cryptic is interested to hear of any outstanding Beckett productions and other works which have been inspired by Samuel Beckett.

For more information, please contact: Cathie Boyd, Cryptic Productions, Patrick Burgh Halls, 9 Burgh Street, Glasgow G11 5LW, United Kingdom, tel.: 0141-338 6929; fax: 0141-357 6924; e-mail: theatrecryptic@compuserve.com

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The IASP Conference

Kuala Lumpur, November 2000

The International Association of Scholarly Publishers 2000 conference is entitled Publishing in a Borderless World. The sessions will include the following:

  • Electronic publishing,
  • Printing on demand,
  • Copyright and rights management in the digital environment,
  • New strategies for scholarly publishers,
  • Models of co-operation between groups of information professionals.

For more information, please contact: IASP, c/o Fred C. Bohm, Michigan State University, 1405 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823-5202, USA, fax: +1517 432 2611; e-mail: bohm@pilot.msu.edu

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IST 2000 - The Information Society for All

Nice, November 2000

The IST event is organised each year by the European Commission Information Society Directorate-General, to promote results of its Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme and present main orientations of the European Union regulatory activities in the ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) field.

Some of the main themes underlying the IST 2000 event to be held in Nice on 6-8 November 2000 are:

  • The Information Society: a chance for everyone?
  • Will it strengthen competitiveness in Europe?
  • What technological challenges are at stake?
  • How can we change the rules to support this process in a sustainable manner?

The conference provides an opportunity to discuss the challenges ahead, on the eve of the 21st century, in line with the European Commission's eEurope initiative.

For details, please see: http://istevent.cec.eu.int/

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Medi@terra 2000 - NEO[TECHNO]LOGISMs

International Art and Technology Festival & Symposium
Athens, 3 - 7 November 2000

Call for Net-Collaborative Projects
Deadline For Submissions: 1 September 2000

Medi@terra 2000, organised by the FOURNOS Centre for Art and New Technologies and supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the Athens School of Fine Arts, aims at promoting innovative artistic creation as well as spawning new ideas and cooperation. Therefore it wishes to produce, co-produce, present, support and promote collaborative projects that use the Internet as their main means of communication.

Submissions to be considered are collaborative and participatory projects that:

  • are created by three or more collaborating artists, OR by an interdisciplinary team comprised of three or more artists, researchers, students etc. OR by two or more collaborating companies / groups of artists / institutions etc.;
  • focus on post-internet, contemporary expressive means in art and culture;
  • use interaction, exchange of ideas and communication as a basic part of their implementation process;
  • permit and/or encourage cooperation in order to attain their final form;
  • require a budget of 1400 Euro at most in order to be produced or co-produced by the Medi@terra festival.

The procedure to be followed in the selection and implementation of submitted projects includes participation in on-line discussions held at the fournos-culture mailing list and moderated for the public, concerning the goals and the implementation procedure of the project. Trans-locational collaborative projects will be preferred, as will be those proposed by cultural groups traditionally under-represented at international events.

The selected projects should expose to fournos-culture the progress of their work during their implementation procedure, remaining open to on-line public discussions and cooperation proposals and being formed by the exchange of ideas and interaction with the public. They will be physically presented in or net-connected to Medi@terra 2000 International Festival, Athens in the form of a parallel event (exhibition, projection, on-line connection etc.), workshop or other venue to be judged attainable by the organisers, taking into account technical requirements and cost.

All selected projects as well as the most interesting parts of the on-line discussions will be archived by Medi@terra 2000 and presented on the Internet at: http://www.fournos-culture.gr

How to Apply

Send the following information to info@fournos-culture.gr:

  • Your full name, mailing address, e-mail address, WWW address, phone, fax;
  • Full name of collaborating artists / companies etc.;
  • Short CVs of all collaborators with links to other on-line projects;
  • Country of residence;
  • A description of the project including title, why and how you consider it to be networked-based art, why and how you consider it to relate to the NEO[TECHNO]LOGISMs theme of the Medi@terra 2000 festival;
  • A description of the implementation procedure you intend to follow (and timetable);
  • Technical specifications of the project (platform, extensions, special programs etc.);
  • Total Budget; and
  • Budget requested by the Medi@terra Festival.

Information: FOURNOS Cultural Center, Mavromihali 168, 11472 Athens, Greece; tel.: +301.6420451, +301.6460749; fax: +301.6470069; e-mail: eikona@hol.gr; http://www.fournos-culture.gr

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International Conference on Cities and Ports

Marseilles, November 2000

Urban and port development authorities for coastal and river cities from throughout the world will meet in Marseilles (France), 6-9 November 2000, for the seventh Cities and Ports (IACP) International Conference. More than 500 delegates representing the port cities of more than 50 countries are expected in Marseilles to debate and exchange views regarding the implementation of sustainable development in port areas. This challenge is of interest to you? This meeting concerns you? We propose to keep you informed free of charge of the programme development of this conference at: http://www.aivp.com/7conf/formgb.asp

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What About the Future of Cultural Research in the Context of the New Information Society?

Quebec, November 2000

This is the theme of an important public colloquium, which will be held at the Université du Québec a Trois-Rivieres (UQTR), Ringuet Pavilion, November 9th and 9th, 2000.

Jointly organized by the Fernand-Dumont Chair on culture, at INRS-Culture et Société, and the Department of Leisure and Social Communication of UQTR, this colloquium is convening several specialists to discuss different aspects of that question. There will be also a speaker from UNESCO.

Culture is becoming a topic of great importance in our societies; however, very few colloquia put the emphasis on new research trends about it.

You are warmly invited to consult the programme of the colloquium, and the registration procedures, at the following WEB site: http://www.inrs-culture.uquebec.ca/quoide9/Colloque/index.htm

The colloquium will be held in French.

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The World Congress on Environmental Design for the New Millennium

Seoul, November 2000

The World Congress on Environmental Design for the New Millennium, planned by the Presidential Commission for the New Millennium in Korea, will be held under the theme 'Creativity Respecting Human Earth Culture' in Seoul, Korea, 8-22 November 2000.

The Congress, organized by Yonsei University, aims to collect world wisdom and creativity to shape our built environment for the next millennium. It involves three distinct but related conferences:

  • the World Conference on Universal Design;
  • the World Conference on Green Design;
  • the World Conference on Cultural Design.

The World Conference on Universal Design will focus on issues related to preserving human dignity and equality, thereby creating a more humane environment where design democracy will be realized. The World Conference on Green Design will focus on issues related to a sustainable concept which centres on building an ecologically sound environment. The World Conference on Cultural Design will examine the ways to provide a common ground where the traditional, present and future diverse cultures coexist in harmony.

A Students' Conference will also be held in conjunction with the Congress to transfer the wisdom of the currently active professionals to students - future leaders in this field, to enhance and upgrade their creative minds, and to provide them with a chance to have international field experience and to interact with other international students.

For more information, please contact: Yeunsook Lee, Chair, Planning Committee, World Congress on Environmental Design for the New Millenium; e-mail: seoul2000@millenniumed.org; http://www.millenniumEd.org

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Design for Museums, Galleries and other Cultural Institutions

London, November 2000

This seminar, scheduled to take place in London, 19-24 November 2000, will debate, discuss and dissect key issues in design and design management and examine the vital contribution design can make to the success of museums, galleries and other cultural institutions.

The main topics to be covered will include:

  • How design can help today's museums and galleries compete with entertainment, shopping and other leisure activities,
  • Managing exhibition design projects, including choosing and managing designers,
  • Managing building design projects, including choosing and managing architects and designers,
  • Using new technology, including multi-media and virtual reality, in exhibitions,
  • Designing retail, catering and other facilities,
  • The role and use of branding in raising public awareness, attracting visitors and generating funding,
  • Designing web sites to promote museums and galleries and increase public awareness to collections.

The seminar will be of interest primarily to chief executives, marketing directors, exhibitions directors, heads of building and design, and other senior professional managers of museums, galleries and other cultural institutions.

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

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Education in a Global Era: Challenges to Equity, Opportunities for Diversity

14th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers
Halifax, November 2000

Education in a Global Era: Challenges to Equity, Opportunities for Diversity is the fourteenth Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers organized by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 27 to 30 November 2000. It will provide the ministers with an opportunity to focus on the need for educational diversity to meet the expanding range of challenges that will confront education in the new millennium. Along with the main theme, subthemes will give the ministers an opportunity for reflection and discussion on the issues such as accessibility, social and economic development, enhancing cultural integrity, and strengthening quality and promoting mobility. At the same time, Halifax will host parallel events, a symposium on Commonwealth Knowledge Solutions and the trade fair Shopping for Solutions.

For more information, please contact: CCEM Organising Committee, c/o Department of Education, 2021 Brunswick Street, P.O.Box 578, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3J 2S9, tel.: (902) 424 3448; fax: (902) 424 0749; e-mail: ferguscm@gov.ns.ca; http://ccem.ednet.ns.ca

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International Relations and Culture

Bologna, 30 November - 2 December 2000,
Lyons, 11-12 May 2001

The international symposium in two sessions
Cultural Diplomacy and Nations
Culture in the Multilateral Field

organized by
The European College for Cultural Cooperation of Luxembourg
Ecole française de Rome
Faculty of Political Science of Bologna, Italy
Institute of Political Studies, Université Lumière, Lyons, France
French Institute of Florence
French House of Bologna

Autumn 2000 - Spring 2001

First session: Cultural diplomacy and nations, 1870-2000, bilateral aspects
Venue: University of Bologna
Accommodation: Collegio Erasmus (centre of town)
Thursday, 30 November (3 p.m.) - Saturday, 2 December (1 p.m.)
Working languages: English, French, Italian

Second session: Culture in the multilateral field (analysis of the 20th century and prospects for the 21st century)
Venue: Université Lumière, Institute of Political Studies of Lyons, 14 avenue Berthelot (7e)
Accommodation: Résidence Villemanzy
Friday, 11 May (10 a.m.) - Saturday, 12 May 2001 (6 p.m.)
Working languages: English, French

Executive director: Mr François Roche (roche@fol.it)
Contact person at Ecole française de Rome: Mrs. Catherine Brice
Contact person at the University of Bologna: Professor Stefano Cavazza
Contact person at the European College for Cultural Cooperation: Mr. Raymond Weber, Director of the Culture and Cultural Heritage, Department of the Council of Europe
Contact person at the French House of Bologna: Mrs. Isabelle Mallez
Contact person at the Institute of Political Studies of Lyons: Mr. François Roche


The direct partners of this project are:

  • The European College for Cultural Cooperation (Luxembourg)
  • Ecole française de Rome
  • Facoltà di Scienze politiche, Università degli studi di Bologna
  • Institut d'Etudes politiques, Université Lumière, Lyon 2
  • Institut français de Florence
  • Maison française de Bologne

The associated partners are:

  • Council of Europe
  • E.U.

Call for paper

Presentations will have a time limit of 20 min. They will be followed by discussion periods organized in half-days.

The deadlines for papers are:

Session in Bologna:

  • deadline for registration and submission of the title of the paper: 1 September 2000
  • deadline to submit the summary of the paper (preferably in English, irrespective of the language of the paper) to be distributed at the symposium; maximum length 2000 characters: 15 October 2000
  • deadline for the publication of the final text of the paper: 15 January 2001

Session in Lyons:

  • deadline for registration and submission of the title of the paper: 15 February 2001
  • deadline to submit the summary of the paper (preferably in English, irrespective of the language of the paper) to be distributed at the symposium; maximum length 2000 characters: 1 April 2001
  • deadline for the publication of the final text of the paper: 30 June 2001


The papers presented at the symposium, will be published, in the original language, in the collection of the French School of Rome.


For the Biennium 2000-2001 two international symposiums will take place reflecting two aspects of the same issue: Culture as the third component in international relations between politics and the economy.

Bologna, Italy, Autumn 2000, International Symposium (first session)
Cultural diplomacy and nations (1870-2000)

Themes and context:

The desire to consolidate or preserve empires and protected areas in Europe led to the development of cultural diplomacy, which grew in parallel with political and military clashes between nations. More clearly identified at the end of the nineteenth century, cultural diplomacy was always more active in times of tension - before and after the First World War and during the rise of totalitarianism. The high point was reached during the thirty years that followed the Second World War, as the European model spread all over the world.

Far from weakening cultural relations,the fall of the communist systems in Europe reactivated the links with countries seeking to find a new place in the community of nations. Indeed, the end of the century was a crisis period, when diplomacy and culture seemed to have more difficulties getting along well, owing to the autonomy and industrialization of exchanges.

Problems to be dealt with by the symposium:

  • crossover between the cultural and intellectual field and the political and military field in international strategies,
  • diplomacy: political use of culture,
  • parallelism or non-parallelism in the institutionalization of culture inside and outside national borders,
  • cultural diplomacy: a European model?
  • promotion of national languages and cultures in national strategies abroad,
  • civil society in the defence and promotion of national cultures and languages abroad: competition and complementarity.

Lyons, France, Spring 2001, International Symposium (second session)
Culture in the multilateral field (from 1919 to the present day)

Themes and context:

Analysing the reasons why international cultural cooperation failed, starting with the attempt of the League of Nations to create intellectual cooperation (1921) up to 1939.

However, cooperation improved in the post-war period at the European level (La Haye, the Council of Europe) and at the global level as well (UNO). This was due to the desire to build peace on cultural democracy. In Europe, the European Union joined the effort, and intergovernmental organisations are getting involved in this domain too. Currently, there is a healthy competition between public collectivities (national or local), intergovernmental organisations, civil society, and the professional sector.

As the concept of 'culture, a source of peace' is still claimed by institutions, analysts have noticed a trend towards 'culture, a source of conflict' filling the gap left by vanishing ideologies.

Problems to be dealt with by the symposium:

  • culture and democracy: crossroads of political and cultural fields in intergovernmental organisations,
  • intellectual power and political power in the organisation and functioning of the international community,
  • identity reflex: conflicts and arbitration,
  • cultural contract, ethical contract,
  • multilateral, bilateral: which balances?
  • eruption of culture in the economic and commercial fields,
  • intellectual property law in multilateral organisations.

To join the symposium and book your accommodation, you may: either download the registration form from the web site http://www.multimania.com/culturediplo and send it to the secretary of the appropriate symposium, or
contact the respective secretaries:

  • for Bologna: Mrs. Isabelle Mallez or Mrs Angela Caputo, Maison française de Bologne, Via de'Marchi 4, 40123 Bologna, Italy, tel.: (39) 051 58 11 61; fax: (39) 051 33 28 50, e-mail: francebo@eur.it
  • for Lyons: Mr. Arnaud Desmazières, Secrétariat 3e cycle, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, 14 avenue Berthelot, 69365 Lyon cedex France, tel.: (33) 4 37 28 38 16; fax: (33) 4 37 28 38 01; e-mail: arnaud.desmazieres@univ-lyon2.fr

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Séptima Bienal de La Habana

Havana, November - December 2000

La Bienal de La Habana represents one of the most important meetings of artists on the international scale. The next Séptima Bienal de La Habana, organized by the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, will take place in November - December 2000. It is planned to address issues concerning communication and dialogue between peoples within the framework of global projects. It will also reflect on questions of ethnic, religious and cultural particularities which seem to stress the differences between various communities and nations of the world. All the issues will be expressed by way of works of art and arts projects in order to stimulate an effective dialogue between peoples and to transmit the most authentic values of our cultures.

The Bienal Committee will select artists from different regions of the world who are able to develop projects in situ or send their works which have been previously developed.

It has also been proposed by the Organizing Committee to set up a workshop and a series of conferences devoted to similar issues and to invite arts and architecture students to participate in the educational centres of different regions of the world.

For more information, please contact: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, San Ignacio 22, esquina a Empedrado, Plaza de la Catedral, La Habana Vieja, Cuba, tel.: (537) 61-2096 or (537) 61-3419; fax: (537) 33-8477; e-mail: wlam@artsoft.cult.cu

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For the Arts! World Summit on the Arts and Culture

Ottawa, December 2000

The Canada Council for the Arts will host For the Arts! The First World Summit on the Arts and Culture, an international conference of national arts councils and other cultural institutions, to be held in Ottawa, Canada, 1-3 December 2000.

The purpose of 'For the Arts!' is to provide an opportunity for national arts councils and similar funding bodies to address common challenges and opportunities in the next century and lay the groundwork for a network to facilitate actions beneficial to their artists and cultures in the future. The Canada Council for the Arts has undertaken this initiative in the belief that many of the challenges faced by artists, creators, arts organizations and national arts councils should be addressed in cooperation with the larger international community. There has been a great expansion of national arts councils or equivalent bodies in the last decade or so. While the older councils are 30 to 50 years of age, many others have been established more recently in response to the end of colonialism, the emergence of new democratic governments, requests from artistic and cultural communities, and the desire to reform government structures and encourage private sector contributions. There are now quasi-governmental (or parastatal) national public bodies funding the arts, with some degree of independence from government, across the globe. These organizations will benefit from sharing their richly diverse experiences and innovative approaches to arts support.

A second reason for the timeliness of the conference is that arts councils face common challenges, which are also of interest to international organizations. Among others, these include:

  • fostering and supporting indigenous cultures and cultural diversity in an increasingly globalized world,
  • promoting wider public appreciation of the arts and culture,
  • protecting intellectual property rights in an era of technological innovation,
  • fostering artistic exchanges and developing audiences in other countries,
  • encouraging freedom of expression and artistic independence, and
  • developing revenue sources beyond the government's cultural budget.

Invitations are being extended to national arts councils in over 50 countries, to organizations and institutions from another 25 nations, to Canadian provincial arts councils and national arts service organizations, and to multilateral bodies such as UNESCO, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe. In planning for the Summit, the Council works in cooperation with other national cultural institutions and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

For further information about the World Summit, please contact: Ms. Jocelyn Harvey, c/o Planning and Research, The Canada Council for the Arts, 350 Albert Street, P.O.Box 1047, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P5V8, tel.: (613) 512-4062; fax: (613) 521-6167, e-mail: harvey@cyberus.ca

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On the Beach: Cultural Studies of Australia Conference

University of Queensland, December 2000

On the Beach: Cultural Studies of Australia Conference will be held at the University of Queensland, 4-6 December 2000. The beach has long been a privileged site in Australian culture, though it is a while since the discipline has paid it much attention. Recently there have been arguments published which see it as the quintessential Australian location. Perhaps it is time that cultural studies returned to the idea of the beach to see what it offered. The organizers would also be happy to see this dealt with as a more abstract, metaphoric notion - as it is in the Neville Shute novel (film and tv mini-series), where it represents both the physical and the temporal end of the world.

In particular, they would like to receive proposals which address the theme through one of the following three broad areas: Australianness, Pleasure, The End of the World. Investigations of the body, of leisure and tourism, of nuclear discourse, of the history of Australian cultural studies itself (remember 'Sandiotics and Surfalism'?) all seem particularly well suited to the theme.

The conference is being organised jointly by the Media and Cultural Studies Centre, the Department of English and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies all at the University of Queensland. It will follow the International Television Conference also being held at the University of Queensland (see following page).

For more information, please contact: Organising Committee, Department of English, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Q 4072, Australia; or contact Frances Bonner, e-mail: f.bonner@mailbox.uq.edu.au; http://english.uq.edu.au/more

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Mercado Cultural Latinoamericano

Salvador, December 2000

Aiming to enhance cultural cooperation and community development by promoting education, health and culture, the Casa Via Magia Cultural Institute is organizing the Second Latin American Cultural Market, to be held in Salvador, Bahia Brasil, 5-10 December 2000, through a number of conferences, seminars, workshops, residencies, open classes, cultural productions, multicultural festivals and fairs - events and open spaces where cultural goods, talent, and ideas are shared.

The Latin American Cultural Market is an initiative that fosters the expression of talent, broadens cultural engagement, promotes artistic work and gives visibility to cultural resources, enabling the distribution of quality works and offering professional development and networking opportunities.

One of the main goals of the Latin American Cultural Market is to allow the necessary time to think about the social realities and new cultural perspectives all over the world, highlighting the importance of the conferences and debates which promote cultural exchange and communication among cultural agents, especially between Latin America and Africa, where there are so many challenges to be overcome, as well as between Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.

The Second Latin American Cultural Market follows the project lines delineated in 1999.

The multicultural festivals will include:

  • African Heritage Celebration (music and dance shows);
  • Via Bahia Festival (theatre and dance shows);
  • Indian Culture Meeting (music and dance show);
  • Pan-African Movie Festival (movie and video shows);
  • Social-cultural projects (multidisciplinary shows).

With the participation of more than 300 cultural agents from all over the world and over 1,500 artists, the Latin American Cultural Market will comprise the presentations of 60 groups, some 100 stands at the Latin American Art Fair FALA, over 20 lectures, workshops and seminars, presenting music, dance and theatre groups.

To provide more information about the 1999 event, the Casa Via Magia Cultural Institute has published a guide presenting the synthesis of the shows, conferences, workshops and fairs. The 2000 edition of the guide, to be published in Portuguese and English with the aim of stimulating further thought about the events, will also list all Market participants.

For more information, please contact: Instituto Cultural Casa Via Magia, R. Henriqueta Catarino, no. 123, Cep/Zip 40 2220-180, Federaçao, Salvador - Bahia, Brasil, tel.: 55 71 247 0068; fax: 55 71 245 3089; e-mail: mercado@viamagia.com.br; http://www.viamagia.com.br

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Globalization and Cultural Diversity in Europe

Notre Dame, Indiana, December 2000

In the cultural area, much disagreement exists over the spread of a worldwide capitalist market economy that has accompanied globalization. Some see a 'commodification' of culture that homogenizes local-national distinctiveness and 'degrades artworks,' while others perceive a more varied response to global forces. While those who feel threatened by globalization have tried to reject it, both politically and culturally, others have accepted but altered it. In the case of youth, for example, a dominant homogeneous youth culture that existed in the late sixties is no longer dominated by America.

The conference Globalization and Cultural Diversity in Europe which will take place at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 8-9 December 2000, will examine the state of European cultural unity/diversity at the turn of the millennium. By bringing together scholars, performers and students of European literature, the cinema, mass media, music and the performing arts, the conference will probe the extent to which Europe is responding to global forces.

For more information, please contact: The Nanovic Institute for European Studies, tel.: (219) 631-5253; fax: (219) 631-3569; e-mail: ND.Nanovic.1@nd.edu

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European Cultural Processes and Cultural Studies Terminology

Izmir/Kusadasi, December 2000

Organized by the Research Institute for Austrian and International Literature and Cultural Studies (INST), the conference to be held in Turkey, 8-10 December 2000, aims to continue the systematic development of the terminology used in the field of cultural studies, based on the work conducted through the virtual exhibition entitled Cultural Studies and Europe or the Reality of Virtuality and the International Cultural Studies Online Research Cooperation (ORC). The working languages will be German, English and French, with no translation.

The conference will be based on the writings which make up the Kleine Enzyklopädie, to be made publicly accessible on the Internet in August 2000. The topics include languages, systematic terminologies, cultural studies, transformation of old scientific institutions, new scientific institutions, cultural studies and new information processes, globalisation, intercultural exchange, transcultural processes, international scientific community, Internet, communication processes and cognitive interests, multilingualism, multiculturalism, interculturalism and transculturalism.

The Internet exhibition Cultural Studies and Europe (http://www.adis.at/arlt/institut/ausstellung/ebene2_e.htm) presents a programmatic concept aiming to establish cultural studies as the productive force of the twenty-first century through five explanatory essays and twelve presentations dealing with a broad range of topics. A Cultural Collaboratory (http://www.adis.at/arlt/institut/studies/collab.htm) has also been set up, aiming to modify research and the framework within which it is conducted in Europe and internationally. The exhibition offers opportunities for interactive discussion around interconnected major motifs, placing emphasis on possible future developments. The intention is to include the results of this discussion especially in the 6th Research programme of the EU, which should be passed in 2003, but also in the plans of UNESCO, private organisations, and communal and national institutions.

For more detailed information, please contact: Dr. Herbert Arlt, Research Institute for Austrian and International Literature and Cultural Studies (INST), PF 74, A-1112 Wien, Austria, fax: 43/1/7481633/15; e-mail: arlt@adis.at; http://www.adis.at/arlt/institut/index.htm

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Words into Worlds - Worlds into Words

International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Short Story
New Delhi, December 2000

The International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Short Story Words into Worlds - Worlds into Words will be held in New Delhi, India, 16-22 December 2000. The organizer of the conference is Katha, a nonprofit, voluntary organization which works on programmes in the literacy-literature spectrum.

The annual Katha National Colloquium on Language, Culture, Translation has built up a national meeting place for writers, translators, scholars and critics from all over the country. This is the tenth year of the Katha Awards and once again writers and translators, critics and scholars will gather from all four corners of India, from Manipur and Rajasthan to Kerala and Tamilnadu, to discuss the short story.

You are also invited to contribute and to explore the creative possibilities of a short story!

For more information, please contact: Mrs. Geeta Dharmarajan, Katha, India, tel.: (91 11) 686 8193; fax: (91 11) 651 4373; e-mail: katha@vsnl.com

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Feria Internacional del Libro/International Book Fair

Guadalajara, December 2000

For more information, please contact: Feria Internacional del Libro, MEX-44540 Guadalajara, Mexico, tel.: +52 3 6100331; fax: +52 2 6100379; e-mail: fil@dgserv.cencar.udg.mx