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Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

Honolulu Hawaii, USA, 8-11 January 2004

Call for papers: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 8-11 January 2004, Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii, USA

Web address of the conference: http://www.hichumanities.org/
Contact: humanities@hichumanities.org

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Visual Studies in the 21st Century

Madrid, Spain, 15-16 February 2004

The First International Visual Studies Conference, organised by the Amigos de ARCO Association in collaboration with the Centro Párraga de Murcia, will be held during ARCO'04, on 15th and 16th February 2004 in Madrid. The conference will feature a series of plenary lectures presented by distinguished academics and historians who have been doing internationally recognised work on Visual Studies and Visual Culture.

The conference will be organised in six panels:

  • Panel I: 'New Art History' / An epistemology for visual studies
  • Panel II: Art Policies and Visual Culture
  • Panel III: Visuality / Technology / Knowledge Society
  • Panel IV: Visual Culture / Artistic Practices
  • Panel V: Visuality and Identity
  • Panel VI: Visual Studies and the University.

The conference is open to teachers, advanced degree students, researchers, and other members of the art and university communities who are interested in participating. Presentations should fall within one of the six working panels.

The attendance fee for all of the Conference activities is 60 euros. The registration also includes free admission to the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair during the Conference. The Amigos de ARCO Association may provide a limited number of grants for attending the Conference to universities or other educational programmes in the Visual Arts field.

The conference is being directed by Jos‚ Luis Brea, Professor of Contemporary Art Theory at Spain's Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM).

For more information about the conference, please visit the website www.visualstudies.net or send e-mail to: org@estudiosvisuales.net

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Almost Real

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 11-14 March 2004

Almost Real is an international conference exploring diverse and innovative ideas on artistic strategies in a rapidly changing Europe. The conference will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 11-14 March 2004. It is intended for artists, researchers, producers, policy makers, cultural theorists, activists, pioneers, and students who are interested in witnessing and discussing proposals concerning artistic practice and social transformation. Almost Real has chosen 'participatory media' and 'rural interventions' as its two main topics.

For more than five years, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has invested in the Art for Social Change programme that enabled thousands of young people to participate in creative projects, challenged many professional artists to engage in communities and develop and promote participatory work on a local, regional and European scale. Almost Real offers an encounter with the vivid results of this programme and an opportunity to share related idea with a larger international audience. Almost Real is co-ordinated by Marijke Hoogenboom and Vincent de Boer, in collaboration with the Amsterdam-based Art for Social Change team and the Centraal Museum Utrecht.

For more information, please visit: www.artforsocialchange.org or www.almostreal.org

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3rd Open Workshop MUSICNETWORK

Munich, Germany, 13-14 March 2004

The third edition of the Open Workshop of MUSICNETWORK will focus on music notation/representation requirements, music protection and distribution, and music description. The aim of the workshop is to make a further step toowards standardizing a music notation/representation model and a decoder integrated into the MPEG environment, that presently can be regarded as the most active and powerful set of standard formats for multimedia consumers.

As the event is supported by the European Commission, participation is free.

For more information, please see: http://www.interactivemusicnetwork.org

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US/ICOMOS Symposium

Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA, 18-20 March 2004

The Seventh US/ICOMOS International Symposium will be held in Natchitoches, Louisiana, 18-20 March 2004, with the co-sponsorship of the National Park Service National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and the Cane River National Heritage Area. The overarching theme will be conservation and management of cultural landscapes, cultural itineraries and heritage areas. The scientific committee will be looking for a broad and balanced selection of thought-provoking papers and applicable innovative experiences that will be representative of all heritage categories and all regions in the world.

For more information, please visit: http://www.icomos.org/usicomos/

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Media, Immigration and Diversity: Informing Public Discourse or Fanning the Flames of Intolerance?

Ottawa, Canada, 30 March 2004

The Metropolis Project, an international forum for research and policy on immigration, diversity and changing cities, will devote a meeting to the topic of Media, Immigration and Diversity: Informing Public Discourse or Fanning the Flames of Intolerance?, to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, on 30 March 2004.

A panel of experts from Canada, Italy, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom will explore specific case studies of the media's role in moments of crisis related to immigration and diversity. Each will address how the media shaped public opinion during, and immediately following, a specific incident. With an emphasis on best practices that may be applicable in the future, presenters will consider how other sources of information like civil society organizations and governments sought to contribute to informing the public debate through the media and other approaches.

For more information, please contact: Marie Lebel-Racine, marie.lebel-racine@cic.gc.ca

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Creative Space

Leicester, UK, 5-7 April 2004

The Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK, organizes Creative Space, an international conference that will explore museum and gallery space as a creative medium. The conference will be held in Leicester, 5-7 April 2004. Through an exploration of recent museum developments and a focus on the practices and decision-making processes of museum building and exhibition design, Creative Space will focus on the nature, character and potentialities of museum space. By bringing together the voices of museum professionals, architects, designers and academics, this conference will provide a dynamic forum for thinking about museum space, recognizing the significance and malleability of museum space, and reflecting strategically upon recent developments in museum space.

For more information, please contact: Suzanne MacLeod, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, 105 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LG, United Kingdom; tel.: +44(0)116 252 3963; fax: +44(0)116 252 3960; e-mail: sm100@le.ac.uk; http://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/about/new.htm#creative

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World Assembly of the International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA)

Genoa, Italy, 15-17 April 2004

The 14th International World Assembly of the International Artist Managers' Association will take place between 15 and 17 April 2004 in Genoa, Italy. The International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA) is the only worldwide association for classical music artist managers and concert agents.

For more information, please contact: Joeske van Walsum, International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA), 23 Garrick Street Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BN, UK, tel.: +44 20 7379 7336; fax: +44 20 7379 7338; e-mail: info@iamaworld.com; http://www.iamaworld.com/iamaworld.htm

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Tokyo International Book Fair (TIBF) 2004

Tokyo, Japan, 22-25 April 2004

Tokyo International Book Fair (TIBF) is the gateway to the world's second largest publishing market - Japan. The TIBF includes many kinds of events with 6 specialized fairs. It will take place in Tokyo, 22-25 April 2004.

For more information, please visit: http://www.reedexpo.co.jp/tibf

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Broadcasting and Civil Society in the Digital Age

London, UK, 26-27 April 2004

Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) continues to provide a top-level forum for informed, international debate about the changing media environment and the contribution that public service broadcasting can make to the quality of cultural and democratic life in the information society.

Supported by the BBC, Channel 4, Ofcom, ITV and S4C, VLV’s 9th International Conference will focus on the implications for civil society of the increasingly rapid convergence of communications technologies and the proliferation of new pay-services which digital technology makes possible.

Aimed at specialists in civil society and the information society, media professionals, policy makers, academics, regulators and technologists, the conference programme will include:

  • The Spectres at the Feast - The international world, the threats from major players, their potential power to restrict and manage the industry. The obligations put onto major media players, especially public service broadcasters, after WSIS.
  • Europe without frontiers - a step too far? - European update on TV Directives; effect of WTO, GATS and GATT; and future debates post WSIS and the effect of enlargement of EU.
  • Global Glitz - a threat to good governance? - Putting the new potential of digitalisation to effective use in our society today. Developing good governance to protect the citizen and the consumer, to ensure their voice is heard and to protect local cultures and voices.
  • E-democracy - a spider’s web or genuine participation? -Can the digital world really make our societies more democratic? Does the lack of access to technology in the developing world hinder the very countries who need help?
  • Bridging or deepening the digital divide? - What are the real benefits - and to whom? Will the consumer and citizen miss out again? Who will control the gateways and costs?
  • Media serving people - young and old - The vulnerability of the young and old in the new digital world. How do we use the new opportunities to their benefit?
  • Beyond broadcasting - new directions in learning and communication? - A core value of PSB - how do major broadcasters ensure that they spread the benefits and create opportunities, based on the potential of interactive learning. When and how will the benefits reach the developing world? and Finding the way forward.

For up-to-date information and booking form please look at VLV’s website on www.vlv.org.uk

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Urban Mindscapes of Europe

Leicester, UK, 29 April 2004

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, will organize an international conference entitled Urban Mindscapes of Europe, to be held in Leicester on 29 April 2004. The conference will focus on interdisciplinary research into the nature and role of the city (within a specifically European context) as a mindscape and as a cultural text.

The participants will examine city images and identities in literature, music, cinema, the visual arts, mythology, sports, humour, and other aspects of popular culture. Papers examining the uses of cultural images in city marketing and urban policy, or the construction of cultural identities of European cities, are also welcomed.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Godela Weiss-Sussex, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, United Kingdom; e-mail: godela@dmu.ac.uk; http://www.dmu.ac.uk

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Creative Clusters

Brighton, UK, 28 April - 1 May 2004

Creative Clusters is a conference and network for people working on the development of creative industries. Creative Clusters is interested in regeneration and development projects that deliver outcomes in both cultural and economic terms.

Creative Clusters explores and advocates the idea that strategies for growth in this sector should address the whole creative ecology, challenging traditional boundaries between art, business, education and science, between for-profit and non-profit enterprise, between economic, social and cultural policy.

The second Creative Clusters Conference takes place in Brighton, UK, 28 April to 1 May 2004. The conference will bring together those who have delivered successful projects, and the organizers will encourage them to be as open as they can about their successes and failures. The programme includes case studies from across the industry and around the world, cutting-edge speaker presentations, discussion sessions, project visits, workshops, master-classes, and networking events.

Case studies for the 2004 conference:

  • Area and sector development agencies
  • Cultural quarters and cluster projects
  • Advocacy and reputation-building initiatives
  • Business support, incubators and managed workspaces
  • Networking and resource-sharing projects
  • Mentoring, training, education and professional development programmes
  • Investment, funding and commissioning schemes
  • Partnership brokering and building
  • Vision and strategy formulation
  • Research and data collection
  • Venue and exhibition spaces
  • Marketing, distribution and sales support programmes.

Discussion papers:

  • A Sense of Place: Cultural Tourism and Cultural Industry
  • Social Inclusion and the Rise of the Creative Class
  • European Enlargement: Cultural Opportunity or Threat?
  • Cultural Value and Economic Value
  • Asia-Pacific Creative Industries
  • Financing Creativity.

If you have been involved in a ground-breaking project in any part of the world, or you have a compelling contribution to make to policy, then please see the Call for Presentations at www.creativeclusters.co.uk

For more information, please contact: Creative Clusters Ltd, The Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0) 144-249 4334; fax: +44 (0) 144-249 2205; e-mail: info@creativeclusters.co.uk; http://www.creativeclusters.co.uk

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Comuniarts: Festival of Social Communications

Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, May/June 2004

The Yugoslav Performing Arts Centre (Yustat), Belgrade, and the Foundation for Social Communication, Warsaw, announce their new project - a festival of social marketing under the name of Comuniarts.

This three-day international, multidisciplinary and multifunctional gathering, and a series of events within its framework, is to be held in Serbia and Montenegro in May/June 2004.

Comuniarts is a new initiative and a radical departure towards the improvement of wide-ranging and varied performances that we call social communication. Comuniarts will include and connect all the participants of this complex process: government and non-government sector, donors and sponsors, artists and agencies, media and universities, experts and users, associations and political bodies, etc.

The important segment of the social communications corpus are, of course, issues linked with arts and with culture in general, involving different participants in cultural activities, such as cultural institutions, artists, cultural managers and producers, informal artistic groups, etc.

The programme of Comuniarts 2004 includes a wide range of activities and contents: festival, education, networking, competitions, publications, and working sessions of relevant groups. This event will demonstrate, evaluate, initiate and summarize, as well as systematize and link a great number of various civil campaigns and their actors. Within the framework of this international assembly, different projects, strategies and plans directed towards the improvement of social communication and development will be presented and discussed. The five-day event will gather all the participants in the chain of social marketing who recognize, initiate, finance or carry out the process and activities within the cycle.

The projects will be evaluated according to the defined criteria, illustrated and presented appropriately, in publication, CD, multi-media, etc.

For more information, please contact: Yustat - Performing Arts Centre, Dositejeva 20, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, tel.: 381 11 631 928/ 620 415; e-mail: office@yustat.org

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Interacció 2004

Barcelona, Spain, 4-6 May 2004

Before the official opening of the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004, its organizers invite you to Interacció 2004, a meeting and reflection point for politicians and cultural managers working within the local context.

The gathering will discuss six main topics: economic growth and cultural development; the discontents of cultural identities in a diverse world; mass media and cultural context; arts: dilemmas and limits; participation in cultural life; and the impact of globalisation on the cultural dimension of the cities. The discussion on the draft of the Cultural Agenda 21 will take a prominent role in this meeting.

Activities will include plenary sessions, conferences, workshops and an open forum in which initiatives and projects can be presented by the participants.

For further details, please contact: Cultural Studies and Resources Centre of the Barcelona County Council, Montalegre 7, 08001 Barcelona, Spain; tel.: +34 934 020 630; fax: +34 934 020 631; e-mail: ac.interaccio@diba.es, or register at http://www.diba.es/interaccio; http://www.agenda21cultura.net/agenda21/

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Journeys of Expression III: Tourism and Festivals as Transnational Practice

Call for Papers
3rd annual CTCC Tourism & Festival Research Conference
Innsbruck, Austria, 5-7 May 2004

Journeys of Expression III: Tourism and Festivals as Transnational Practice is a small three day academic conference to be held in Innsbruck, Austria from 5 to 7 May 2004. Coorganised by the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and the Institute for European Ethnology and Folklore at Innsbruck University, the conference aims to present and discuss a selection of case studies and theoretical approaches focusing on the relation between tourism and festivals in the context of the contemporary world(s).

Within this context, this conference aims to discuss academic meanings of the relation between tourism and festivals in a transnational context. Why do tourists go to festivals? How do they participate? What do they experience and through which forms of symbolic or semiotic frameworks do they make this experience meaningful? Do festivals become social nodes of a transnational culture, of a 'global village'? What is the meaning of the economic and symbolic exchange processes involved? Are there meta-narratives, and what is their ideological grounding, and their vision of the world?

The conference welcomes case studies and theoretical explorations that address such questions. Themes for the conference include:

  • tourism and festivals as transnational social phenomena;
  • tourism as a global geographical extension of ritual processes;
  • heritage, culture and nature as sacred spaces;
  • festivals as transnational relations and exchange systems;
  • cultural festivals as international institutions, utopias and doctrines;
  • festivals as expressions of power;
  • tourist participation in 'cultural' festivals and the communication of experience;
  • the challenge of internationalisation to cultural values and organisation patterns.

Critical contestations and discussions of such themes and particularly papers based on research data are welcome. Please send a 250 word abstract to Dr David Picard (d.picard@shu.ac.uk). The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 5 March 2004. The conference convenors are Mike Robinson, David Picard, Oliver Haid.

For more information, please contact: Centre for Tourism & Cultural Change, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street - Owen Building, Sheffield SW1 1WB, United Kingdom; tel. +44 (0) 114 225 3973; fax: +44 (0) 114 225 3343; e-mail d.picard@shu.ac.uk; http://www.tourism-culture.com

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Cultural Heritage

Córdoba, Argentina, 6-9 May 2004

The Second International Cultural Heritage Conference will be held in Córdoba, Argentina, 6-9 May 2004. The conference is organized by Centro Cultural Canada Córdoba and Museo Histórico de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba.

The conference theme is Cultural Heritage and will be organized around 4 sub-themes:

  • Aborigine Heritage
  • Jesuits Heritage
  • Immigration Heritage
  • Scientific Heritage.

The call for papers (Primera Circular) on the event, will be available in April 2003.

For further information, please contact: Prof. Elsa Zareceansky: zarecean@esl.unc.edu.ar; Arq. María del Carmen Franchello de Mariconde: mfranche@faudi.unc.edu.ar

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Group Dynamics

Zagreb, Croatia, 6-9 May 2004

As part of the Zagreb – Cultural Kapital 3000 project, an international interdisciplinary symposium entitled Group Dynamics will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, from 6-9 May 2004. It will explore aspects of research and presentation related to the phenomenon of artist groups and different aspects of collective work and collectivity. The symposium is conceived as a first step in long-term addressing of issues of organization and self-organization, grouping, collectives and widely related to the field of cultural production.

As this is a very heterogeneous phenomenon a number of eminent theatre scholars, but also theoreticians from the fields of philosophy, architecture, art history, and artists who practice in specific types of organized groups, are invited to participate in the symposium. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • affects and relations in group work
  • self-organization and non-hierarchical forms of public presence
  • group politicality
  • group as an event
  • collectivism
  • group utopias
  • production of common
  • group as a market of interests, etc.

The symposium foresees a variety of forms of participation including moderated discussion panels with presentations by theorists, curators or artists in the form of 10-minute statements, longer presentations of artistic projects, papers of up to 30 minutes (followed by a discussion), performances, workshops, and additional off-topic slots for participants to form interest groups or collaborative presentations.

The Project Zagreb – Cultural Kapital of Europe 3000 is a collaborative platform initiated by four independent cultural organizations in Croatia: CDU - Center for Drama Art (performing arts), mi2 - Multimedia Institute (new media), Platforma 9,81 (architecture and media), WHW - What, How and for Whom (visual arts). The project was developed together with the German partner project relations, and with the financial support by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Throughout a three year period (2004-2006) the project plans to develop manifold collaborative practices within the local and international cultural scene, thus drawing attention to the inadequacy of dominant cultural models to meet the challenges in a changed setting for cultural action.

For more information please contact: Ms. Ivana Ivkoviæ, Project Coordinator, Center for Drama Art, e-mail: cdu@zamir.net, or visit the web site: www.projekt-relations.de

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Celebrating Innovation, Creating the Future

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 6-10 May 2004

American Association of Museums 2004 Annual Convention
e-mail: annualmeeting@aam-us.org

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The Universal Forum of Cultures

Barcelona, Spain, 9 May - 26 September 2004

A new event is being shaped that seeks to address one of the main challenges of the twenty-first century - to ensure dialogue of cultures. The First Universal Forum of Cultures (See Culturelink no. 27/April 1999, pp. 25-27.) will be held in Barcelona in the year 2004. It is to be a new type of world event, of spirit and scale similar to the Olympic Games and International Expositions, but based on the cultures of the world. From 9 May - 26 September 2004, numerous debates, discussions, thematic exhibitions, and the World Art Festival will take place.

The Forum aims to facilitate dialogue between peoples, cultures and civilisations. It is an attempt to respond to the challenge posed by the globalisation of all human activities; it is also a contribution to the principles of tolerance and the culture of peace promoted by UNESCO. It hopes to provide an opportunity to show the world the best of each culture, to learn from each other, and to pool together everything that favors solidarity, human rights and sustainable development.

Three major issues will be the subject of debate: cultures and diversity, cultures and peace, and cultures and sustainability.

The Forum will bring together cultures from all over the world and it will offer each an opportunity to show its own creative skills. The Forum invites everybody to an exchange of experience, contrasting ideas and beliefs, in the spirit of tolerance and respect and stimulating cooperation. It hopes to be a meeting of community spirit, in which everyone will participate from the perspective of his or her own identity.

The participants will not be nation-states, but rather different groups of people interested in the problems raised at the Forum and willing to join in. Besides UNESCO, different non-governmental organisations, universities, multinational corporations, as well as major political and trade union organisations will take part. The Forum will encourage the presence of young people, the university and scientific communities, professionals, intellectuals, artists and creators.

The Forum hopes to leave behind a legacy of knowledge, expertise, relationships and documentation on the subjects dealt with, to contribute to the continuity of the event, and to pave the way for the cities wishing to host similar events in the future.

The Forum is an initiative of the Barcelona City Hall, supported by Generalitat de Catalunya and the Spanish Government, as well as UNESCO. The first two months of the Forum will feature activities and seminars focusing on cultural diversity and on the celebration of differences among communities. Analysis and debates will follow on issues concerning environmental sustainability and human progress and development. The Forum will provide a unique occasion for the reflection and debate of the great social and cultural challenges of living in the new century, as well as offering the opportunity to celebrate different cultures and cultural values.

For up-to-date information on the programme, please contact: Universal Forum of Cultures - Barcelona 2004, Torre Mapfre, C/ de la Marina 16-18, Planta 29, E-08005 Barcelona, Spain, tel.: +34 93 401 2004; fax: +34 93 402 3912; e-mail: forum@barcelona2004.org; http://www.barcelona2004.org

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Managing Cultural Dynamics within the Renewed Europe

Krakow, Poland, 13-16 May 2004

The next ENCATC Annual Conference and General Assembly on Managing Cultural Dynamics within the Renewed Europe, will take place in Krakow, Poland, 13-16 May 2004.

This first international event in the cultural field in Poland after its accession to the EU (01/05/2004) has the ambition to create a unique international environment for information exchange, know-how sharing, debate amongst the representatives from the cultural and educational sectors in Western, Central and Eastern Europe on managing cultural dynamics within the renewed Europe.

The timing for this conference is very appropriate. It will enable the representatives from the cultural and educational sectors to examine the new role of culture in an enlarged Europe, as well as the new place of culture in the draft Constitutional Treaty. With the biggest enlargement ever, the EU citizens need a deep understanding of the sense of building the European society and feeling of belonging to Europe without losing their national, regional and local ties.

More precisely, in the context of the work of the European Convention and the discussions on the future Constitutional Treaty of the European Union, this event reflects the ENCATC desire and commitment to support and foster discussions among its members (networks of institutions, including civil society organisations in the field of culture and education). The discussion concerns the responsibility of the culture and education sector for building Europe as a continent open to culture, learning and social progress. In addition, intercultural dialogue within Europe and beyond focuses on the importance of the cultural inheritance of Europe for the life of society.

For more information, please contact: ENCATC, European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres, Square Sainctelette 19 - 1000-Bruxelles, Belgium, tel.: +32 2 201 29 12; fax: +32 2 203 02 26; e-mail: info@encatc.org; http://www.encatc.org

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Performing Africa: Politics, Development and Practice in African Theatre

Leeds, UK, 15-17 May 2004

The Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) will be holding a conference May 15-17, 2004, at Weetwood Hall, Leeds. The conference will centre on the crucial role of theatre and related art forms in contemporary Francophone and Anglophone Africa as a vehicle for political debate, development and cultural identity.

The conference will feature performances, workshops and papers exploring the nature of performance created to make the arts a major source of information and change throughout the continent.

For more information, please contact: Michael Medley, e-mail: African-Studies@leeds.ac.uk

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Ethnic Communities in Democratic Societies

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 20-23 May 2004

The Fourth MESEA (Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies) conference on Ethnic Communities in Democratic Societies will be held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 20-23 May 2004. Proposals for workshops and papers may cover the following topics, among others:

  • Negotiation of culture, language, religion within (non-)territorial communities
  • Parochialism and globalization
  • Community and fragmentation in global cities
  • Communitarianism vs. rights
  • Literary and artistic productions within transnational democracies
  • Aesthetic concerns of ethnic subjects in democratic societies
  • How literature reflects democratic concerns
  • Negotiating ethnic exceptionalism and participation in a larger collectivity
  • Nation states and imagined communities
  • Nationalism and transnational loyalties
  • Nativism and racism in democratic contexts
  • Ethnic press and transnationalism
  • Ethnic community vs. local law / (Il)legal immigration
  • Transnational identities
  • Fragmented identities
  • Political agency, political choices
  • Balkanization of mentality
  • Bastions of ethnic tolerance
  • Citizenship and ethnopolitics
  • Civis and civility
  • Ethnic anxieties
  • Ethnic discrimination and affirmative action
  • Ethnogenesis and ethnostasis
  • From confrontation to cooperation
  • Internal colonialisms
  • Mythologized nationalisms
  • Xenophobia / xenophilia.

Deadline for proposals: 20 December 2003.

Send a one-page proposal and one-paragraph bio on the same page as your e-mail submission to Dr. Heike Raphael-Hernandez.

For more information please contact: Dr. Heike Raphael-Hernandez, University of Maryland in Europe, Im Bosseldorn 30, 69126 Heidelberg, Germany, e-mail: raphael-hernandez@mesea.org; http://www.mesea.org

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Reaching Communities through the Arts

Edinburgh, UK, 30 May – 5 June 2004

Organized by the British Council and supported by the Scottish Arts Council, the international seminar entitled Reaching Communities through the Arts, to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 30 May – 5 June 2004, will examine the various contexts in which arts are used within communities.

Over the past 40 years, community arts has achieved recognition at the highest level. However, its grass-roots nature has meant that opportunity for international networking and sharing of ideas between cultures has been limited and ad hoc. By offering this unique opportunity for organisations and individuals from all over the world to come together and discuss their experiences, arts within communities will be able to develop beyond current national boundaries - without compromising the essential local focus of the work.

This seminar is aimed at policy-makers and senior managers in ministries, local government and arts agencies/councils and other bodies implementing or influencing arts policy. It will offer participants the opportunity to explore issues of quality, sustainability, and partnership in community arts projects, using examples from Scotland as case studies.

Topics will include arts in urban and rural contexts, arts used for social inclusion and regeneration, arts and health, arts in the workplace, arts used for consulting communities, arts as a tool for developing personal and social skills, and arts facilitating lifelong learning, training and inclusive routes into education.

For more information, please contact: British Council Seminars, 1 Beaumont Place, Oxford OX1 2PJ, United Kingdon; tel.: +44(0)1865 302720; fax: +44(0)1865 557368, 516590; e-mail: yellowteam.seminars@britishcouncil.org; http://britishcouncil.org/seminars

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Seoul International Book Fair 2004

Seoul, Korea, 4-9 June 2004

Organized by the Korean Publishers Association (KPA), this annual book fair invites participants from Korea and other countries. It will take place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 4-9 June 2004.

For more information, please contact: e-mail: moon@kpa21.or.kr; http://www.sibf.co.kr

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Audience Development: Sharing Practices and Experiences in the Region

Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania, 10-12 June 2004

Balkan Express, the Balkan Performing Arts Network, is organizing a meeting to be held in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania, on 10-12 June 2004, under the title of Audience Development: Sharing Practices and Experiences in the Region. During the meeting, an artistic workshop for young directors and a training session for cultural operators will be held, along with the 'exploration' of the host country's performing arts sector.

The BE encounter is organised by the ECUMEST Association (BE contact point for Romania) in partnership with the League for Theatre Foundation and Arcus Cultural Center, and will take place in the framework of the ATELIER International Unconventional Theatre Festival (9-13 June 2004).

For further details, please contact: ECUMEST Association, 14 Batistei St., 701314 Bucharest, Romania; tel./fax: +40-21-21 22 100; e-mail: oana.radu@ecumest.ro; http://www.ecumest.ro or http://www.ietm.org

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New Challenges in a World Longing for Peace

International Congress on Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue
Bilbao, Spain, 14-18 June 2004 (tentative dates)

General Features of the Congress

Organisers: Barandiaran Kristau Alkartea – Pax Romana (International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs) and UNESCO Etxea

Patrons: UNESCO, The Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Catholic Church (being contacted), United Nations (pending confirmation), The World Council of Churches, The World Jewish Congress, and The Parliament of Religions

Intellectual Foundations of the Congress

The promotion of dialogue among different communities and civilizations is, at present, a priority for the international community. It is only in dialogue that communities can truly meet and understand one another.

Choosing the route of dialogue however, involves facing a number of difficulties and challenges. First of all, throughout history there have been clashes between groups of people bearing different 'truths' or worldviews. This difficulty is ingrained in the centuries-long history of every group and its own self-understanding and, therefore, can be eliminated neither quickly nor through pure will power. Overcoming it implies facing anew this history of clashes and engaging with the 'other' in a process of mutual recognition and understanding, altering thereby the resilient patterns of fear, suspicion and mistrust towards the 'other'.

There is no consensus concerning the nature of the triggering factors of historical conflicts is. In the Western world, and especially since the wars of religion of the 16th and 17th centuries, a current of thought has developed which cites religion as the main source of such conflicts. The proponents of this current claim that religion must be deprived of all public dimensions and reduced to the private realm, thus sometimes falling into a sort of fundamentalist secularism. In response to such tendencies, there has been a deepening affirmation of the public value of religion in large groups of the world population, which, in certain cases, has led towards forms of religious fundamentalism.

Due to such a conflict of interpretations with regards to religion, different strategies of dialogue have been developed. For some, dialogue among cultures or civilizations must take place on a strictly cultural level, such as to avoid the dangerous symbolic-affective worlds of the different religions, worlds with vast sentimental and historical burdens. For others, the dialogue among religions is paramount, precisely because they affect the core values and motivations of every civilization. Leaving them out reduces any dialogue to a certain superficiality.

Another difficulty is the division that exists at the heart of the international community. There is no shared authority beneath which a strategy can be established to forestall possible conflicts between countries and between different visions of the world and society. The barrier, raised in the 19th century, which divided the world along the lines of two ideological blocks, has all but disappeared after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. A new and wide range of 'identity' factors (anthropological, cultural, historical, religious) have become the nucleus of new blocks that struggle for self-affirmation, for international recognition, and for an adequate level of power in the concert of nations. For the countries that are better positioned in said concert, the movements produced by these factors are seen as potentially destabilizing, whilst for the actors themselves they are a means of liberation from previous impositions and are, therefore, necessary for survival and development.

This question leads to the underlying one of how to understand 'identity'. It is by no means clear whether any human group can have a totally separate identity of its own. History teaches that civilizations and religions have intermingled constantly throughout the centuries, and that, therefore, the identity of any given culture or civilization should be construed as an ongoing and complex process during which several 'identities' never cease to interact. From this point of view, clinging to a sort of identity or value-based essentialism seems to be just the expression of fear before those who are somewhat different, not taking into account the many commonalities with them. This, in turn, may take the form of a dangerous exclusion of all those who are different, thus justifying war against them.

A relatively new phenomenon may help overcoming this danger. The vast migratory movements across countries and continents must be treated as an essential part of any modern-day dialogue. Many countries (mainly developed of fast-developing ones) face the reality of culturally and religiously pluralist societies, a reality which they must learn to manage. Such societies provide the possibility of new perspectives on the meeting of civilizations by producing vastly promising cultural and religious interactions at the heart of countries that, until recently, were rather homogenous in terms of culture. Daily interactions are converting those homogenous identities into identities marked by diversity and are also making essential the construction of a shared social project, capable of accommodating and protecting minorities.

Today debates about such issues focus on how we are to advance from the fact of multicultural and multi-religious societies towards intercultural and inter-religious societies on both a local and a global level. This is a debate of great conceptual complexity which requires patient and genuine dialogue founded on mutual respect. Two things seem to be clear in this debate. The first is that only the mutual recognition between different groups and individuals can lead towards the construction of an effective dialogue. The second is that respect for difference does not entail the creation of societies populated by enclosed ghettos.

The fact that different groups clash on the basis of difference (whether political, cultural, religious or other) usually masks an important truth, i.e., that they share in many spiritual resources and values, which may ultimately be essentially similar.

The conference will stand as a platform for the exploration of these key themes, taking into account the outcome of other conferences and the different declarations concerning these or similar issues, such as the 1995 UNESCO declaration concerning tolerance, the 2000 UNESCO declaration concerning cultural diversity and the 2001 Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilisations with its Programme of Action, among others.

Outline of Conference Content

Objectives:

  • Affirm and promote dialogue as the road to a peaceful and just global coexistence in which diversity is enriching
  • Base the dialogue on each party’s faithfulness to its own tradition on the one hand, and on a sincere openness to other traditions on the other
  • Discern the similarities and differences of the spiritual roots of each culture in order to foster mutual understanding among cultures
  • Recognise encounters and conflicts among traditions throughout history
  • Identify the risks and opportunities posed by present day migratory movements

Central points:

  • Interdependency among religions and cultures
  • Causes for violent conflicts and opportunities for reconciliation among different groups
  • The way forward to live with justice and peace in a global and intercultural world

Questions to be dealt with:

  • Self-understanding of each tradition
  • Plurality and the related problems within each tradition
  • Plurality of traditions and cultures
  • Encounters and conflicts among traditions
  • The experience of present day migrant communities and strategies for interculturalism
  • Constructing a future for everybody
    • Paths towards inter-religious dialogue
    • The need for the incorporation of the cultural factor
    • Universality in difference
    • Educational factors
    • Concrete proposals for the present day situation.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Molly Stevenson, Organising Committee, e-mail: info@unescoeh.org

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The Economics of Culture

Training Course for Arts Managers
Madrid, Spain, 14-25 June 2004

The Subdirectorate-General for International Cultural Co-operation of the Spanish Directorate-General for Cultural Co-operation and Communication offers twenty grants of 1,400 € each to arts managers of the EU candidate countries for participation in a Training Course for Arts Managers on the topic of The Economics of Culture, to be held in Madrid, Spain, from 14-25 June 2004.

The programme will discuss the bases of international co-operation and financial co-operation, cultural co-operation nowadays, concepts and instruments, financial resources, Spanish cultural co-operation, and current bases of economic analysis of culture.

The course is tailored for civil servants in cultural administrations linked to economic and financial services and/or international co-operation, for civil servants in cultural administrations in charge of drawing up policies, and for professionals in companies and foundations in the cultural sector. In all cases, applicants must be in possession of a university degree.

Proposal submission deadline is 23 April 2004.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Paz Canto, Subdirectorate-General for International Cultural Co-operation, Plaza del Rey 1, 28001 Madrid, Spain; tel.: 34-917017106; fax: 34-915232573; e-mail: paz.canto@dgcc.mcu.es

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Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations

Moscow, Russia, 18-21 June 2004

The Centre for Civilizational and Regional Studies, in cooperation with the Institute for African Studies (both under the Russian Academy of Sciences), be hosting the Third International Conference on Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations, to be held in Moscow, 18-21 June 2004.

The working languages of the conference will be Russian and English.

For more information, please visit http://civreg.ru or contact Prof. Dmitri M. Bondarenko and Dr. Igor L. Alexeev, preferably by e-mail: civ-reg@inafr.ru or by fax: + 7 095 / 202 0786, phone: + 7 095 / 291 4119, or ordinary mail: Centre for Civilizational and Regional Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, 30/1 Spiridonovka St., 123001 Moscow, Russia.

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The Summer Shift 2004

CPR International Programme of Performance Workshops
Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, 19 June - 25 July 2004

Whether you are a performer, designer, writer, director, choreographer, artist or a lecturer/teacher in performance/scenography dance and theatre, under the title Summer Shift 2004, the Centre for Performance Research (CPR) summer school offers the perfect opportunity to explore your own creative practice and meet like-minded participants from around the world.

The Summer Shift offers an opportunity to:

  • experience and learn new training methods;
  • devise work that embraces the voice, physical and visual theatre;
  • explore your creativity and your imagination; and
  • enjoy the beauty of the landscape in West Wales.

CPR has created a workshop programme aimed at revitalising bodies and minds with an energizing blend of practical training and creative inspiration. Throughout June and July, Aberystwyth will host some of the most talented and inspiring theatre and performance artists, including:

  • Carol Brown and Dorita Hannah, dance & scenography summer school, 19-25 June
  • Elevator Repair Service, 27 June - 1 July
  • Beyond the Border festival, 2-4 July
  • Aida Redza, Butoh/traditional Malay dance, 3 -8 July
  • Taal-Fusion, Bollywood dance workshop, 10-11 July
  • Motiroti, video & photography to create performance, 12-16 July
  • Joan Mills, voice retreat, 17-18 July
  • Mike Pearson, performative expedition, 20-21 July
  • Richard Gough, performativity of food, 22-25 July

For further information, please contact: Centre for Performance Research (CPR), Unit 6, Science Park, Aberystwyth SY23 3AH, Wales, UK; tel.: +44 (0) 1970 622133; fax: +44 (0) 1970 622132; e-mail: cprwww@aber.ac.uk; www.thecpr.org.uk/summershift4.htm

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13th International Conference on Cultural Economics

Chicago, USA, 22-25 June 2004

The Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) is organising the 13th International Conference on Cultural Economics, to be held in Chicago, USA, on 22-25 June 2004. The areas that will be covered by the conference include the following:

  • industrial organization and competition in the cultural industries
  • arts labour markets
  • counterfeiting, copying and other property rights issues for artists
  • international trade in the arts
  • pricing and marketing strategies for arts, organizations and museums
  • public policy for the arts
  • cultural tourism and economic development
  • investing in the arts
  • economic history of the arts.

ACEI is a scholarly society that includes academic scholars, government officials, foundation officials, managers of arts and cultural organizations, and artists, all of them united in their interest in furthering our understanding of the economic aspects of the arts and culture. It holds international research conferences every two years.

For more information, please contact: Neil Arper, Department of Economics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 02115 USA; e-mail: acei@neu.edu; http://web.econ.uic.edu/tsmith/index_cultural.html, http://www.dac.neu.edu/economics/n.alper/acei

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Preserving the Audiovisual Heritage - Transition and Access

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 24-26 June 2004

The sixth technical symposium to examine issues of concern to audiovisual archivists will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 24-26 June 2004. The symposium will be organized jointly by the participating members of the CCAAA (Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations) and AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists).

The three-day event will be held on the theme Preserving the Audiovisual Heritage - Transition and Access.

Each of the preceding conferences developed themes relating to conservation and preservation from the viewpoints of the major types of collections: film, television and sound.

More details can be found on the website: http://www.jts2004.org

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Asia-Europe Seminar on Cultural Policy

Bangkok Thailand, 24-27 June 2004

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), with the Ministry of Culture of Thailand and the support of the Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and the International Intelligence on Culture, London, is organising the Asia-Europe Cultural Policy Seminar, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 24-27 June 2004.

Although stages of development differ from country to country in Asia and Europe, the need for governments to respond with appropriate policy solutions to safeguard and promote culture has become more and more evident. Ministries with responsibility for culture are often positioned at the heart of policy challenges. They will know that developing cultural policies is an increasingly complex business. What policy options do they have? How can ministries assess that what they are doing is effective? What can the countries of Europe and Asia learn from each other?

Addressing these questions, the Seminar is aimed at senior civil servants, cultural policy analysts and researchers from Asian and European countries, giving them an opportunity to exchange information and experiences and engage with some leading international cultural policymakers and policy analysts. The objectives of the seminar are to:

  • look at innovative policy solutions to common cultural policy dilemmas;
  • examine the drivers for change and policy shifts occurring in cultural policy;
  • learn how ASEM countries implement and put their cultural policies into practice;
  • look at ways cultural policy objectives can be measured and attained;
  • promote comparative and inter-cultural dialogue among ASEM countries on cultural policy; and
  • encourage and foster good understanding and cooperation between Asia and Europe in the field of culture.

The program will include topics of government support for culture, ensuring a policy balance between the heritage and the contemporary, cultural planning and effective policy delivery, culture and development policies, and policies for international cultural cooperation. The ultimate output could be a comparative study of cultural policies carried out in ASEM countries, which would provide the best practical input in different cultural aspects for policy makers.

To find out more, please see http://www.asef.org/project.asp?projcode=274&deptcode=1

Contact: Ms. Marie Le Sourd, Project-Manager, Cultural Exchange, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), 31 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119595; tel.: (65) 6874 9723; fax: (65) 6872 1207; e-mail: marielesourd@asef.org; http://www.asef.org/dir/ce

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Policing the Crisis

Fifth International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference
Urbana, Illinois, USA, 25-28 June 2004

The Fifth International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, the Official Conference of the Association for Cultural Studies, will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 25-28 June 2004. In keeping with the Crossroads' mission to provide an open forum for all topics that interest the heterogeneous international cultural studies community in a time of global uncertainty, the Conference's main theme in 2004 will be Policing the Crisis within the following areas of human activity:

  • Critical Pedagogy and Cultural Studies,
  • Political and Cultural Studies
  • Globalisation, Postcolonialism, and Pedagogy
  • Race, Identity, and Representation
  • Performative Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies
  • Neo-liberalism, Governmentality and Cultural Studies
  • Asian/Asian-American Studies
  • Medial/Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Innovation at the Crossroads.

For more information, please contact: Norman K. Denzin, Director, Institute of Communication Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 228 Gregory Hall, mc-463, 810 S. Wright Street, Urbana, Illinois, 61801 USA; e-mail: info@crossroads2004.org; http://www.crossroads2004.org

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World Culture Forum Brazil 2004

São Paulo, Brazil, 26 June - 4 July 2004

World Culture Forum Brazil 2004 will take place in São Paulo, 26 June - 4 July 2004. It is an initiative which seeks to promote culture as a fundamental dimension of contemporary life, involving different aspects of human existence, focusing especially on the relation between culture and social development. The Forum attaches to the arts and culture an important role in economic development, education, and in cultivating diversity. The idea to create the World Culture Forum was conceived during a consultative meeting organised by the Ford Foundation in 2000, and was further elaborated in consultations between the Ford Foundation, Texaco Foundation, Prince Klaus Fund and Prince of Asturias Foundation.

The main objectives of the Forum are:

  • to create a platform for joint actions that promote culture and development;
  • to form an information network about themes related to cultural and economic development;
  • to research, identify and monitor the state of the arts and culture on a regional and global level;
  • to manage new mechanisms for supporting cultural entrepreneurship;
  • to develop and promote access to the cultural market;
  • to support regional and international cultural initiatives that promote intercultural understanding, peace and development;
  • to serve as a point of reference for cultural actions and debates.

At the centre of the World Culture Forum Brazil 2004 there will be an international symposium which will provide an opportunity to reflect on the world's cultural prospects and social realities. It will provide an open platform to discuss and exchange ideas, experiences and knowledge. The symposium will comprise six general themes:

    Culture and Social Development: Dividing Responsibilities
  • Identity and Autonomy: Designing new Maps
  • Knowledge, Education and Solidarity: Cultural Dimensions of a New Time
  • Cultural Diversity and Biodiversity: Patrimonies and Paradigms of Humanity
  • Culture and Economy: Production and Circulation of Values
  • New Concepts of the World: Articulation and Administration of Culture.

The Forum will also include a rich artistic programme and cultural fair. A permanent virtual forum will also be established that will serve as a gateway to arts, culture, economic and social development, providing access to information and virtual markets, global communication and networking. The Forum will invite artists and professionals from all fields of arts and culture, scientists, politicians and journalists from all over the world to participate in the Forum.

Preparations for the Forum are under way and a preparatory conference of representatives of cultural networks was held in Salvador/Bahia in conjunction with the fifth Mercado Cultural in December 2003, during which discussions were held to reflect upon the ideas and content of the Forum.

For more information, please contact: Fórum Cultural Mundial Brasil 2004 - World Culture Forum Brazil 2004, Escritorio - Office Rio de Janeiro, Rua Eng. Pena Chaves 95/202, Jardim Botanico, CEP 22460-090 Rio de Janeiro R.J., Brazil, tel.: +55 21 25298760; fax: 22594765; e-mail: info@forumculturalmundial.org; http://www.forumculturalmundial.org

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Region and Demography – Depressing Peripheries or New Opportunities?

6th European Summer School for Sustainable Regional Development
Germerode, Germany, 27 June - 3 July 2004

The annual European Summer School for Sustainable Regional Development is an institution of the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Planning of the University of Kassel. It's 6th session will take place from 27 June to 3 July 2004 in Germerode, Germany.

The purpose of the curriculum is to provide further education in regional development in Europe. The Summerschool aims to bring regional managers and planners, public administrators, scientists and politicians in contact with each other through creative and active learning training. The latest information, new methods and clarifying theories and practice will be used to design and discuss visions and concepts of future regional development.

The European Summerschool will provide participants with a forum to satisfy their need for exchange of practical experience, theory and methodology. At the same time, the participants own experience will be integrated into future study programmes and research projects.

For more details, please contact: University of Kassel,European Summerschool for Sustainable Regional Development, Mönchebergstraße 17, 34109 Kassel, Germany; tel.: ++49 (0)561 804-3505, fax: ++49 (0)561 804-2485; e-mail: summerschool@uni-kassel.de

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The Second International Museology Conference

Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece, 28 June - 2 July 2004

The Second International Museology Conference will be held in Mytilene, Greece, 28 June - 2 July 2004. The central theme of the Conference will be the use and application of New Technologies in the recording and presentation of Cultural Heritage, as well as in the promotion of the social role of the Contemporary Museum. The Conference will be structured around three major cycles:

  • Collections Management: museum documentation, preventive conservation, environmental parameters in modern museums, digitization of cultural heritage: policies and strategies, organization and management of the museums, virtual libraries, virtual museums.
  • Education: new technologies and educational activities in museums, production of educational material, and evaluation of applications.
  • Communication: Internet, promotion strategies in contemporary museums, public relations, evaluation of museum practices, cultural heritage, globalization and the museums, the museums and local communities, museums and identities, cultural heritage in urban environments: communication and promotion strategies, museums and the natural / cultural environment, archaeological sites and monuments, open-air museums, museums as cultural industries, cultural heritage and tourism.

For more information, please contact: Ms Sophia Bakogianni, tel.: + 30 2251 036637; e-mail: sbak@ct.aegean.gr; http://www.aegean.gr/culturaltec/museum/2004/

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Development Summer Workshops

Ottawa, Canada, July 200

Aiming to provide innovative solutions to development issues, Mosaic.net International Inc. announces Summer Workshops to be held in Ottawa, Canada on the topics of Results-based Management, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space (12-16 July 2004), Participatory Development Concepts, Tools and Application in PLA/PRA Methods (19-24 July 2004) and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (26-31 July 2004).

The workshops are designed for international development practitioners; NGOs and aboriginal facilitators; policy, programme and project officers; and consultants.

For more information, please contact: Mosaic.net International, Inc., 705 Roosevelt Avenue, Ottawa, Canada K2A 2A8; tel.: (613) 728-1439; fax: (613) 728-1154; e-mail: workshop@mosaic-net-intl.ca; http://www.mosaic-net-intl.ca

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International Understanding Through Arts: Living on a Bridge

InSEA 7th European Regional Congress
Istanbul-Cappadocia, Turkey, 1-6 July 2004

The International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) organizes the Seventh InSEA European Regional Congress, in Istanbul and Cappadocia, 1-6 July 2004. This year's congress theme focuses on the ways of learning and understanding the differences, as well as the commonalities of different cultures through art and better international understanding of arts and art education.

For more information, please contact: The Conference Committee InSEA 7th European Congress - Vedat Ozsoy, Gazi Eglitimi Fakültesi, Güzel Sanatlar Egitimi Bölümü, Teknikokullar, Ankara, 06 500, Turkey; e-mail: vosoy@gaz.edu. and
Olcay Kirisoglu, Mustafa Kemel Universitesi, Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi, 31 040 Antakya / Hatay, Turkey; e-mail: okiris@mku.edu.tr; http://www.insea.org

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The International Festival of Theatre Methods 2004

Malpils, Latvia, 5-11 July 2004

The International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) invites professional actors, directors, dancers, choreographers, teachers of theatre methods, and senior students in theatre departments to take part in the International Festival of Theatre Methods 2004 (http://www.iugte.com/projects/Festival_Methods_2004.php) which will take place in Malpils, Latvia, 5-11 July 2004.

The festival programme includes lectures, master classes, workshops, work demonstrations, video, performances and a discussion club.

The object of the Festival is participation in group work, presentation and exchange of contemporary methods and approaches in the performing arts. Besides the main events of the programme, each participant will have the opportunity to demonstrate his or her methods of work in the form of master class, performance, video or lecture, as well as to become acquainted with the works offered by their colleagues from different countries.

Among others, a master class on Seni Pencak Silat in the Training of Theatre Practitioners will be held under the direction of Dr. Haji Zainal Abdul Latiff (Malaysia). Seni Pencak Silat (SPS) is the art of self defense of the Malays whose name means the Art or Knowledge of Systemetically-Trained Movements in Self-Defense. Like any other martial arts and movement training, it helps the actor achieve awareness (of himself, others, space and tempo), concentration and focus, body-mind coordination, precision and intensity, body posture, control and balance, self confidence and agility. During the workshop, participants will be introduced to the basic SPS movements through basic warm-up movements, basic hand movements and movement patterns.

More detailed information about Seni Pencak Silat for Dancers & Actors is available at http://www.iugte.com/projects/Dr.Zainal.php.

Registration deadline for presentations is 1 March 2004. For registration, please send the detailed CV to info@iugte.com.

For more information, please contact: Inga Ryazanova, Chief Executive, International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE), http://www.iugte.com

Address: 24 Kugu Str., Radisson SAS Daugava Hotel, Magnet Business Centre, Riga, LV-1048, Latvia, tel.: +371 6403999; fax: +371 7061800; e-mail: info@iugte.com; iugte@mail.ru

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Language and the Future of Europe

Ideologies, Policies and Practices
Southampton, UK, 8-10 July 2004

With the accession to the EU of ten new member states on 1 May 2004, the process of social transformation within and across national boundaries throughout Europe will be given a new impetus. At the same time, the accelerated process of unification has renewed and heightened the tension between national and supra-national interests. One of the most tangible manifestations of this tension between the promotion of, and resistance to, social, economic and political unification is in conflicting language ideologies, policies and practices. At this decisive moment in contemporary European history, the Centre for Transnational Studies at the University of Southampton, UK, invites contributions to debates on these issues at a conference to be held in Southampton on 8-10 July 2004.

The conference will give an opportunity to look behind political rhetoric and consider both the attitudes that lie behind policy and the specific practices with which effective policy must be compatible. It will also consider the impact of European policies and practices on the wider world, including the consequences of colonial and neo-colonial legacies. Papers are invited on all aspects of this European theme, but proposals which analyse the relationships between language ideologies, policies and practices will be particularly welcome.

Please send proposals for papers by 31 January 2004 to lipp@soton.ac.uk

The conference website can be found at http://www.lang.soton.ac.uk/lipp/

For further information, please contact a member of the organising committee:

Christopher Brumfit, Professor of Language in Education
e-mail:
cjb1@soton.ac.uk

Michael Kelly, Professor of French
e-mail: mhk@soton.ac.uk

Clare Mar-Molinero, Reader in Spanish sociolinguistics
e-mail: cmm@soton.ac.uk

Patrick Stevenson, Reader in German sociolinguistics
e-mail: prs1@soton.ac.uk

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The Symposium of the International Musicological Society

Melbourne, Australia, 11-16 July 2004

The 2004 Symposium of the International Musicological Society (SIMS) will be held in Melbourne, Australia, 11-16 July 2004. This event will be co-hosted by the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), the International Society for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), and the Musicological Society of Australia (MSA). The 2004 MSA conference coincides with SIMS 2004.

The symposium themes will include the following:

  • Music commemoration including - Modes of commemoration - Traditional and contemporary ritual events - Centenaries of musicians - Critics and scholars in 2004
  • Music commodification - Music and business - Indigenous law and music - Changing copyright law - Music as a global trade commodity - World music - Virtual technology
  • Music communication - Analysis - Border crossings - Diasporas - Crossover music - Narrative theory.

SIMS 2004 will bring together musicologists, ethnomusicologists, popular and traditional music specialists, academics in interdisciplinary fields, professional musicians, students, teachers and others to present their research and interact with each other.

For more details, please contact: Margaret Kartami, School of Music - Conservatorium, Monash University, Clayton 3800, Australia, fax: +61 3 9905 3241; e-mail: sims2004@arts.monash.edu.au; http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/music/sims2004/

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Sharing Cultures

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 12-14 July 2004

Within the framework of the Dutch EU Presidency and the Informal Councils of Culture and Education Ministers, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is preparing a conference entitled Sharing Cultures on a new cultural policy for Europe. The conference will be held in Rotterdam, 12-14 July 2004. It is a major event in the ECF's 2004 calendar, largely shaped by the fact that 2004 is the year of the EU's enlargement, which is appropriately reflected in its priority topics. The topics are as follows:

    Mobility beyond frontiers: Individuals and cultural/intellectual capital
  • Civil Society in Europe: Cooperation of stakeholders in cultural policy making
  • Enlargement of Minds: The wider European cultural space
  • Diversity in a global context: The need for a cultural component of a European foreign policy
  • A new practical tool: A Laboratory of European Cultural Cooperation.

For more information, please contact: European Cultural Foundation, Jan van Goyenkade 5, 1075 HN Amsterdam, the Netherlands, tel.: +31 / 20 676 02 22; fax: +31 / 20 675 22 31; e-mail: eurocult@eurocult.org; http://www.eurocult.org

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Exploring Cultural Perspectives

Fourth Biennial Conference of the ICRN
Florence, Italy, 12-17 July 2004

The Fourth Biennial Conference of the International Cultural Research Network (ICRN) will take place in Florence, Italy on 12-17 July 2004. The main aim of the conference is to promote cultural understanding in the 21st century, with a special focus on Exploring Cultural Perspectives within the following topics:

  • Childhood and Youth - history, health, crime, drug abuse
  • Culture - theory, music, art, religion, media, politics, language
  • Education - primary, secondary, tertiary
  • Policy - public, professional, national, global
  • Women - rights, poverty, family, war.

ICRN requests multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary papers for presentation at the Conference.

For more information, please contact: International Cultural Research Network (ICRN); e-mail: icrn@telusplanet.net; http://www.telusplanet.net/public/icrn/callforpapers2004.html

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8th International Conference on Information Visualisation

London, UK, 14-16 July 2004

The Eighth International Conference on Information Visualisation, organized by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, will be held in London, 14-16 July 2004. Information Visualisation, with its wide scope of application in an information and knowledge driven society, uses techniques, concepts and theories from a wide range of disciplines. Hence, this conference is oriented towards presenting diverse works of art signifying how new technology stretches the boundaries of creativity.

For more information, please visit: http://www.graphicslink.demon.co.uk/IV04/

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Planning Models and the Culture of Cities

Barcelona, Spain, 14-17 July 2004

The 11th Conference of the International Planning History Society (IPHS) will take place in Barcelona, 14-17 July 2004. The theme, Planning Models and the Culture of Cities, places emphasis on Planning Models and Ideals, contrasting with the diversity of cities and urban situations. The conference will seek to encourage the analysis of the relations between Planning Theory, Urban History and Urban Studies. Furthermore, it will seek to respond to the strong call made for some time now, by all those involved in understanding the nature of planning and urban processes, for the adoption of an inter-disciplinary and integrated approach.

The conference will address the following subjects or sub-themes:

  • Cultural Heritage and Planning Models
  • Innovations and Infrastructures
  • Planning and Environment
  • Society and Space
  • Urban Spaces, Landscape and Planning
  • Planning Cultures and Planning Theories.

It will encourage the participation of urban researchers from different parts of the world, especially from Latin America and 'Latin' countries in Europe. It should be recalled that this will be the first IPHS conference to be held focusing specifically on this cultural area of planning and urban history, and that to date participation from such 'Latin' countries in the Society's activities has been minimal.

For more details, please contact: MANNERS, C/Manresa 8, 1r 1a 08003 Barcelona, Spain, tel.: +34 93 3196323; fax: +34 93 3163377; e-mail: iphs2004@manners.es; http://www.iphs2004.com

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13th International Summer Academy for Arts Management (ISAC)

ICCM Kolleg, Salzburg, Austria, 19-31 July 2004

Organized by the International Centre for Culture & Management in cooperation with Fitzcarraldo Foundation, Turin, Italy, the Columbia College, Chicago, USA and the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

The two week cultural management course is addressed to young leaders and project managers from all over the world working in the arts, culture or media fields on national and international levels. The ISAC prepares young project leaders for new tasks and trends in project management, marketing, financial management, fundraising and networking.

An international experts team from the most reputable arts managment organisations and training centres will assist and consult in developing participants’ projects. During the Academy, each of the selected projects will be discussed and further developed paying special attention to the leading methods of project and arts management, to funding, marketing and international relevance.

At the end of the course, participants will receive a diploma awarded by the ICCM. A condition for this award is active participation in the entire course and positive assessment by the tutors for the results achieved in the workshops.

Course Language: English

Participation Fee: EURO 2.500. The amount includes course fee, accommodation and catering.

Registration: online at http://www.iccm.at/Application.68.0.html

Application Deadline: 30 April 2004

Contact: ICCM, International Centre for Culture and Management, Gyllenstormstrasse 8, 5020 Salzburg, Austria; tel.: 0043 662 45 98 41 10; fax: 0043 662 45 98 38; e-mail: office@iccm.at; http://www.iccm.at/ISAC_-_International_Summer_Ac.23.0.html

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Hong Kong Book Fair 2004

Hong Kong, 21-26 July 2004

This annual book fair, to be held in Hong Kong, 21-26 July 2004, includes books, printed materials, printing services, and multimedia education products.

For more information, please visit: http://www.hkbookfair.com

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Tourism & Literature: Travel, Imagination & Myth

Call for Papers
Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK, 22-26 July 2004

The second Call for Papers has been launched for the forthcoming research conference on Tourism & Literature, organised by the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom. The conference will take place from 22-26 July 2004. It will run in tandem with the Harrogate International Festival and the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival.

Tourism and Literature is part of an ongoing annual conference series built around the problem of touristic constructions and experiences of time, space and otherness, and the challenge these represent to the way we communicate and exchange in the contemporary world. This raises a number of fundamental anthropological, sociological, geographical and political issues to be discussed through different historic, ethnographic, aesthetic, cognitive-psychological and socio-linguistic perspectives.

Tourism & Literature, the second academic conference in this series initiated with Tourism & Photography last year, emphasises on literature which, through both texts and authors, has been a major 'inspiration' for tourists and travel. The inter-relationship between tourist, tourism and literature will be at the heart of this international conference. The event aims to further develop the discussion on 'perception' and 'cognition' in tourism and encourage paper presentations by neuro-scientists, philosophers, linguists, aestheticians and psycho-analysts. From a social anthropological perspective, the conference will continue the critical debate on the meaning of tourism as an international social phenomenon. The conference themes include the following:

  • sight-seeing - encounters with literately enchanted worlds,
  • from the Bible to Lonely Planet - literature as travel liturgy,
  • representing places, peoples and pasts in fictional texts,
  • diaspora and localities: negotiating collective identities through travel narratives,
  • production of literary spaces and the poetics of literary landscapes,
  • recreating the world - travel, cosmogony and myth,
  • 'intangible heritages' - narrative traditions, storytelling and oral histories,
  • literary pilgrimages and the celebrity of authors, and
  • alternative literatures and tourist experiences.

Please send your abstracts of around 250 words with full address details as an electronic file to Dr. David Picard (d.picard@shu.ac.uk) by 1 March 2004 at the latest.

Executive Producer: Frederic Revaz. Conference Convenors: Mike Robinson, David Picard, William Culver-Dodds.

For more information, please contact: Centre for Tourism & Cultural Change, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street - Owen Building, Sheffield, SW1 1WB, United Kingdom; tel. +44 (0) 114 225 3973; fax: +44 (0) 114 225 3343; e-mail d.picard@shu.ac.uk; http://www.tourism-culture.com

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The Wealth of Diversity - The Role of Universities in Promoting Dialogue and Development

IAU's 12th General Conference
São Paulo, Brazil, 25-29 July 2004

The International Association of Universities will hold its 12th General Conference and business meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 25-29 July 2004. The Conference will be hosted by the University of Sao Paulo together with four other public institutions of higher education in and around Sao Paulo. Higher education leaders, policy and decision-makers in university organizations and government, researchers and other interested stakeholders, including student representatives and business leaders will debate the theme of the conference, The Wealth of Diversity: The Role of Universities in Promoting Dialogue and Development. The theme will be addressed from a variety of perspectives, focussing on three key concepts - diversity, development and dialogue - in a general fashion, before the participants are asked to question and examine whether and how higher education can contribute to their safeguarding or enhancement.

Theme 1: Dimensions of Diversity

Starting with the broadest interpretation of diversity, the first plenary sets the overall context by examining diversity in the natural and physical world, in demographic terms and in higher education. Diversity endows humanity with tremendous potential. However, as the complexity that comes of respecting different ways of doing things is swept aside in the name of efficiency, such diversity comes under threat.

Theme 2: The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Development

The expectations and responsibilities faced by higher education are great and growing. Often seen as key to national competitiveness and as central to meeting the needs of economic development in the era of the knowledge society, universities are urged to demonstrate most particularly how they contribute to the economic dimensions of development, leaving aside the much broader concerns of sustainable development. But the broader goals of sustainable development and the moral impossibility of disregarding the persistent gulf between industrialized and developing nations, all demand that higher education institutions should address numerous, interconnected problems. Calls for more inter- or trans-disciplinary approaches and problem solving on the part of higher education, as well as the need to educate citizens, aim to ensure that universities can continue to teach and conduct research enabling them to meet the social as well as economic development needs of society. This is true of both highly industrialized and developing nations.

Theme 3: The Role of Universities in Promoting Dialogue

Dialogue is a two-way flow of ideas, understanding and learning. As learning, teaching and research organizations, higher education institutions need to be fully engaged in a variety of dialogues within and without. Dialogue within a more culturally diverse higher education community - students, faculty and staff - is one example. Another internal dialogue has to do with the need for cross-disciplinary fertilization of ideas and interdisciplinary searches for solutions. A third example is dialogue with the external stakeholder community - the corporate sector, local communities, policy makers, and others. This delicate and complex task of protecting cultural diversity and promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, while deeply embedded in the values and the mission of higher education, is more important now, in the context of globalization and internationalization, than ever before.

The preliminary programme with more details on invited speakers, social and cultural events and registration forms is available at: http://www.unesco.org/iau/gc-brazil/index.html

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Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualisation

Penang, Malaysia, 26-29 July 2004

Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualisation, an international conference geared towards users and designers of hardware, software and systems, will take place in Penang, Malaysia, 26-29 July 2004. The conference will cover state-of-the-art developments and outline future directions in the domain of visualisation and graphics.

For more information, please visit: http://www.graphicslink.demon.co.uk/cgiv04/

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Voices: Dialogue Across Nations

Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2004
Harare, Zimbabwe, 31 July - 7 August 2004

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2004 (ZIBF), the largest and most important book and publishing fair in Africa, will be held in Harare, Zimbabwe, 31 July - 7 August 2004. The theme for Indaba 2004, an international conference where topical issues relating to and affecting the African book and publishing industry are debated, is African Studies in and outside Africa. ZIBF 2004 will also feature performances by artists, poets, musicians as part of The Live Literature Centre, as well as The Writers' Workshop.

For more information, please contact: ZIBF Head Office, P.O. Box CY 1179, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe, tel.: + 263 4 702104/8; fax: + 263 4 702129; e-mail: information@zibf.org.zw; http://www.zibf.org.zw

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The Narrative of Modernity: Co-Existence of Differences

Pamplona, Spain, 2-7 August 2004

The International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) organizes its Ninth Conference in cooperation with the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, 2-7 August 2004. The overall theme of the conference is The Narrative of Modernity: Co-Existence of Differences.

The Narrative of Modernity is, in a sense, an attempt to save the idea of Individualism from its esoteric background, without falling into moral Nihilism. The articulation of Self in the context of coexistence with Others is the great challenge facing the European Mind, or simply, facing Europeans. The Western civilisation must meet the challenge of the legend of the disappearance of Self. For this central issue it is imperative to rearticulate the unity of theory and practice on the one hand, and to break down the barriers within Humanistic Studies on the other.

The conference is divided into five sections:

  • History, Geography, Science
  • Economics, Politics, Law
  • Education, Women's Studies, Sociology
  • Art, Theatre, Literature, Culture
  • Language, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

For more information, please contact the conference co-Chairs:

Enrique Banús, University of Navarra, Centre for European Studies, E-31080 Pamplona, Spain, tel.: +34-948-425634; fax: +34-948-425622; e-mail: ebanus@unav.es

Ezra Talmor, Kibbutz Nachshonim, D.N. Merkaz 73190, Israel, tel.: +972-3-9386445; fax: +972-3-938-6588; e-mail: ISSEI@nachshonim.org.il

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Emotions and Aesthetics in Literature and Media

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 3-7 August 2004

Emotions and Aesthetics in Literature and Media, is a panel to be held during the 9th biannual conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL), on 3-7 August 2004, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Participants in the panel will explore the reverse conclusion: if emotions are inherently social and communicative, is it also true that communication - specifically literary communication and media communication - is inherently emotional? The organizers propose to investigate communication as a process of exchange, mutual influence, coorientation, and normative control of emotions. They argue that the approach to communication through the concept of emotion does not mean the exclusion of the concept of cognition.

For more information, please contact: Anne Bartsch at anne.bartsch@gmx.de and/or
Susanne Huebner at huebner@medienkomm.uni-halle.de; http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/igel/

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JALLA - Jornadas Andinas de Literatura LatinoAmericana

Lima, Peru, 9-13 August 2004

JALLA - Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latino Americana (Andean Days of Latin American Literature) will be held at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru, 9-13 August 2004. Since its first edition in 1993 and through its biennial organization, JALLA has become a place for debating Latin American literature, with special focus on the Andean region. The topics for this year's event include the following: literature and discourse in the Andean region, popular literature, oral literature, theoretical and methodological issues in literature studies, migrations and migrants' discourses, local and global knowledge, comparative issues, etc.

For more information, please contact the organizers: Departamento de Literatura, Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Humanas, Ciudad Universitaria, Av. Venezuela s/n, Lima 1, Peru; fax: (51-1)448-6353; jalla2004@unmsm.edu.pe; http://www.unmsm.edu.pe

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Knowledge + Dialogue + Exchange, Remapping Cultural Globalisms from the South

Res Artis Conference 2004
Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, 10-16 August 2004

Res Artis is an international organisation of residential centres. Res Artis is one of those rare and essential organizations which creates peaceful bridges of cultural exchange and understanding between artists of all nations. Each year, members from around the globe meet in a designated city for an annual general meeting and conference programme. The 9th General Meeting of Res Artis will be held in Sydney and Melbourne, 10-16 August 2004.

Knowledge + Dialogue + Exchange, Remapping Cultural Globalisms from the South is a conference project about the remapping of global orders, histories and cultural production from the perspective of a critical matrix positioned geographically south and outside the dominant hegemonies of European and North American traditions. This conference is positioned at the very edge of the politics of difference and will focus on four key issues:

  • The postcolonial space is a site where the experimental cultures of the periphery converge to define new modalities for cultural inclusion. The Conference functions as a set of dialogues between civilisations, in a project that begins with the assumption that the margins are redefining and transforming the worlds of the centre.
  • The Conference will explore the new globalisms and mobility of the South through ways of shared living, representation and the experience of contemporaneousness in art, theory and cultural production.
  • The South is now permanently visible, present and active in overcoming the borders that once operated as mechanisms of exclusion and limit.
  • By focusing on Asia and the South Pacific rim, the Conference will provide a space for the rigorous examination and analysis of the processes and contexts that differentiate the ideas of what we mean by the term periphery.

For more information, please visit: Artspace, The Gunnery, 43 - 51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia; tel.: +61 (0)2 9368 1899; fax: +61 (0)2 9368 1705; e-mail: artspace@artspace.org.au; http://www.artspace.org.au/2004/resartis

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Innovative Strategies in International Cultural Cooperation

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 19-21 August 2004

This Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University (AMSU) course is designed for cultural operators, civil servants, artists, and foundation staff members. It will examine models, preconditions and parameters for developing productive forms of international cooperation in a bilateral and multilateral frame, taking into account the roles of public authorities, private foundations, and commercial sponsors. Participants will leave with access to the latest information on trends and working methods, and insights which can be directly applied own situations.

Course leaders: Steve Austen, Permanent Fellow, Felix Meritis, and Dragan Klaic, President, European Forum for the Arts and Heritage.

The deadline for application is 2 August. You are advised to apply before 20 July if you intend to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe. Travel grants are also availabe for applicants from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia.

Other AMSU courses on the topics of Cultural Policy and Management, Arts and Economics, Art History and Performing Arts include Development and Management of Autonomous Creative Spaces in Europe and International Theatre Production Management. Further information can be found on the specific course pages at http://www.amsu.edu/courses/cultural/artm12004.htm.

For further information, please contact Alana Henry, tel.: +34 605811578 or the Office Manager at the Amsterdam Maastricht Summer University, tel.: +31 20 620 0225, e-mail: office@amsu.edu; http://www.amsu.edu/

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IFLA Congress: Libraries - Tools for Education and Development

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 22-27 August 2004

The next World Library and Information Congress will focus on Libraries as Tools for Education and Development. The congress will be held 22-27 August 2004 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Information and knowledge are fundamental for education and development, as well as essential requirements to improve the quality of life for people living in regions where the population has not reached a high level of economic and social development. In Latin America this demand for information requires that libraries accompany the educational process of all individuals by cooperating as mainstays of the education system and paving the way for knowledge, culture and social development.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and its Management and Marketing Section, in collaboration with the Library and Information Science Department of the School of Communications and Arts, University of São Paulo, and the collaboration of the École de Bibliothéconomie et des Sciences de l'Information, Université de Montréal, are organizing a pre-Conference in São Paulo (Brazil), 18-20 August 2004.

The theme of this meeting will be the virtual customer and its implication for libraries and information services.

For more information, please visit: http://www.eca.usp.br/iflamkt/versaoingles.htm and http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla70/cinfo-e.htm

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Congress on Cultural Rights and Human Development

Barcelona, Spain, 23-27 August 2004

The Congress on Cultural Rights and Human Development, organised by Interarts with UNESCO and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI), in collaboration with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Development Report Office of UNDP, will be held in Barcelona, Spain on 23-27 August 2004.

The Congress is expected to be a major encounter of experts, international organizations and networks from different fields related to cultural rights, human rights, cultural diversity, policies and human development. By bringing together these agents from a great number of fields and countries, the event aims to have a lasting impact on the ongoing debates on cultural rights and cultural indicators for human development.

Major objectives of the Congress include the following:

  • identifying core elements in the redefinition of the right to take part in cultural life: the UN's Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, whose chairperson will be opening the Congress, is currently drafting a General Comment on the Right to Take Part in Cultural Life;
  • identifying possible indicators on the contribution of culture to human development, which can be relevant both to the UNDP's Human Development Index and to other research and policymaking processes; and
  • developing an action plan for research, information, advocacy and action on culture as an essential element in development, thus guaranteeing a continuity of issues discussed in the course of the Congress and taking advantage of other civil society, public and private initiatives which place culture at the core of development strategies.

In addition to plenary sessions dealing with the major issues linking culture, cultural rights and human development, afternoon workshops will focus each on one area of culture where rights could be exercised and which has a link to quality of life. Themes identified include memory and heritage, diversity, creativity, ICT and cultural development, tourism and culture, languages, social inclusion and civil society, culture and development networks, education and culture, minorities, access and participation, and local and urban development.

The Congress is only a part of a larger process that the Interarts Foundation is preparing in collaboration with a number of agencies and international experts. This process comprises a number of regional meetings with experts and civil society actors in different parts of the world, a compilation of documentary materials as well as examples of good practice, and research of regional perceptions on cultural rights. A working group of international experts is preparing a questionnaire on cultural rights that will be distributed prior to the Congress across as many disciplines and countries/regions as possible. The provisional results of this research will be presented during the Congress.

Registration is now open at http://www.barcelona2004.org/eng/eventos/dialogos/ficha.cfm?IdEvento=179.

For further information, please contact: Ms Annamari Laaksonen, Congress Coordinator, Interarts, Carrer Mallorca 272, 9a, 08037 Barcelona, Spain; Tel.: +34 934 877 022; Fax: +34 934 872 644; alaaksonen@interarts.net; http://www.interarts.net

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The XV International Archives Congress

Vienna, Austria, 23-29 August 2004

The International Council on Archives (ICA) organizes the XVth International Archives Congress, which will take place in Vienna, 23-29 August 2004, in collaboration with the Austrian State Archives. Held every four years, the conference provides a timely opportunity for archivists from all over the world to exchange ideas and find solutions to common problems.

The 15th congress will take a new look at the ICA and the organizers will run concurrent sessions providing a forum for more interactive participation, workshops, round tables and formal presentations. The theme of the upcoming conference is Archives, Memory and Knowledge. It will further examine issues such as advocacy in support of archives, evolving legal frameworks for archives, education and training, standards and best practices as well as preservation.

For more information, please contact: Mr Axel Plathe, CI/INF, UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France, tel.: (331) 45 68 44 67; fax: (331) 45 68 55 83; e-mail: a.plathe@unesco.org; http://www.ica.org

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International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR)

Montréal, Canada, 25-28 August 2004

The Third International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR), 25-28 August 2004, is organized by François Colbert and Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux, Chair in Arts Management, HEC, in cooperation with the International Journal of Cultural Policy. It aims to provide an outlet for the interdisciplinary and international exploration of the concept, role and impact of cultural policies. It is intended to reflect a broad perspective on cultural policy, encompassing culture both as a 'way of life' and in the narrower sense of the arts and cultural industries. The conference is concerned with institutional policies as well as with the wider discourses relating to the general condition of culture.

The Third International Conference on Cultural Policy Research to be held in Montréal, 25-28 August 2004, is organized by François Colbert and the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management, HEC Montréal, in cooperation with the International Journal of Cultural Policy. It aims to provide an outlet for the interdisciplinary and international exploration of the concept, role and impact of cultural policies and is intended to reflect a broad perspective on cultural policy, encompassing culture both as a 'way of life' and in the narrower sense of the arts and cultural industries. The conference will be concerned with institutional policies, as well as with the wider discourses relating to the general conditions of culture.

The participants are invited to present papers on a variety of topics in the field of cultural policy research, including: cultural diversity; decentralization and globalization; cultural identity; cultural policy as welfare policy; institutionalization/de-institutionalization; privatization; artist policy; cultural industries; models and strategies of cultural policy; cultural policy and copyright; culture and economy; history of cultural policy; cultural diplomacy and international relations; cultural policy and development policy; cultural policy and cultural theory, and/or cultural policy and cultural studies.

The ICCPR is an academic conference that will be of interest to researchers in the field of cultural policy (academics, students).

All papers accepted by the Scientific Committee will be published in the conference proceedings. Following the conference, a selection of papers will be published in two special issues of the International Journal of Cultural Policy.

For more information or how to participate, please contact: Professor François Colbert, Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management, HEC Montréal, 3000, Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3T 2A7, tel.: +1 514 340-5629; fax: +1 514 340 6432; e-mail: iccpr@hec.ca; http://www.hec.ca/iccpr

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Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting

Berlin, Germany, 30 August to 3 September 2004

ICHIM 04, the eighth International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting, will take place in Germany from 30 August to 3 September 2004, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. The meeting will focus on digitization of cultural heritage and on the emergence of new digital art and culture forms.

Curators, computer scientists, administrators, publishers and media producers, educators, IT professionals, scholars, entrepreneurs, libraries and museum professionals, artists and others interested in the intersection of technology and culture will come from around the world to share their experiences, learn new methods and forge new partnerships.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ichim.org

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Beijing International Book Fair

Beijing, China, 2-6 September 2004

Organized by the China National Publications Import Export Corporation (CNPIEC), the fair includes books, print materials since 2000, multimedia publishing, publications related to entertainment and audiovisual products, and e-books. The Fair will take place in Beijing, 2-6 September 2004.

For more information, please visit: http://www.bibf.net

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Books for Africa

IBBY Congress 2004
Cape Town, South Africa, 5-9 September 2004

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is the world body on children's literature. In September 2004, the IBBY Congress will come to Africa for the first time. Books for Africa will have two broad tracks - a celebration of the abundance of African storytelling and its heritage all over the world and then an exploration of how to provide African young people with the books they urgently need.

For more information, please contact: South African Children's Book Forum (SACBF), P.O. Box 847, Howard Place - 7450, South Africa; tel.: +27 (0)21 - 532 05 55; fax: +27(0)21 671 29 02; e-mail: sacbf@worldonline.co.za; http://www.sacbf.org.za

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Culture and Impact

International Conference on the Impact of Technology on Cultures and Norms
Cádiz, Spain, 8-10 September 2004

More information: Katie Banham; kbanham@wessex.ac.uk; http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2004/culture04

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Cultural Policies and Cultural Development in Southeastern Europe: New Realities and Challenges

Zagreb, Croatia, 10-11 September 2004

The Culturelink Network is organising an Expert Meeting on Cultural Policies and Cultural Development in Southeastern Europe: New Realities and Challenges that will take place in Zagreb,Croatia, on 10-11 September 2004. The meeting will be devoted to conceptual and developmental issues related to cultural policies and development in the region and to the definition of operational scenarios for future cultural development and regional cooperation.

The Expert Meeting has the following basic aims:

  • to propose most effective ways of future cultural cooperation in the region;
  • to diagnose which organizational forms could be most suitable to support more systematic and continuous regional cultural development - open platforms, consortium of organizations, (in)formal network, regional coordinations in the form of regular meetings;
  • to propose future most needed concrete projects and initiatives in the field of cultural development and cooperation in the region;
  • to define a concrete organizational/institutional framework and division of tasks.

The Meeting will be divided into two interconnected parts:

  • The first day is devoted to conceptual and developmental issues related to the cultural policies and development in the region which will be elaborated in the form of interactive lectures and discussions of international speakers with Croatian Culturelink members.
  • The second day is devoted to the definition of operational scenarios for the future cultural development and cooperation in the region.

For more information, please contact: Culturelink/IMO, Lj.F. Vukotinoviæa 2, P.O. Box 303, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; tel.: +385-1-48 77 460; fax: +385-1-48 28 361; e-mail: Culturelink@irmo.hr; http://www.culturelink.hr/conf/culpoldev/

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4th International Conference on Web Delivering of Music, WEDELMUSIC 2004

Call for Papers
Cádiz, Spain, 13-15 September 2004

Content distribution is no longer limited to music and is becoming more cross-media oriented. New distribution models for old and new content formats are opening new paths, the development of the Internet technologies has a strong impact on system architectures and business processes. New national and international regulations, policies and market evolution are constraining the distribution mechanisms, while novel distribution models, development and application of pervasive computing and multimedia strongly influence this multi-disciplinary field. The need for content control and monitoring demands effective Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions integrated with sustainable business and transaction models. These technologies have a decisive impact on the production and modelling of cross media content.

WEDELMUSIC 2004 aims to explore these major topics in the cross-media field, addressing novel approaches for distributing content to larger audiences, providing wider access and encouraging broader participation. The impact of these developments on cultural heritage is also considered, together with their availability to people with limited access to content.

The conference is open to all those enabling technologies behind these problems, promoting discussion and interaction among researchers, practitioners, developers, final users, technology transfer experts, and project managers.

Topics include but are not limited to protection formats and tools for music, transaction models for delivering music, business models for publishers, copyright ownership protection, digital rights management, automatic cross media content production, music education techniques, solutions for cultural heritage valorisation.

Research Papers

Papers should describe original and significant work in the research and practice of the main topics listed above. Research case studies, applications and experiments are particularly welcome. Papers are limited to approx. 2000-5000 words (8 pages) in length. The conference proceedings book will be published by the IEEE Computer Society.

Industrial Papers

Proposals for papers and reports of Applications and Tools are also welcome. Papers should be limited to approx. 1000-2500 words (4 pages) in length.

Submissions

All submissions and proposals should be written in English following the IEEE format and submitted in PDF format via email to wedelmusic04-submission@altair.upf.edu by 20 March 2004.

More information: http://www.upf.edu/wedelmusic2004/, http://www.wedelmusic.org/

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4th Open Workshop MUSICNETWORK

Barcelona, Spain, 14-16 September 2004

As this continuation of the 3rd Open Workshop is sponsored by the European Commission, participation at the 4th Open Workshop MUSICNETWORK, to be held in Barcelona on 14-16 September 2004, is free of charge.

More details and a call for contributions will be available at http://www.interactivemusicnetwork.org.

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International Festival Theatre (Divadlo)

Pilsen, Czech Republic, 15 - 23 September 2004

Aiming to present the most outstanding and remarkable foreign productions along with a digest of current Czech professional drama art of a broad thematic and stylistic scope (drama, music, dance, puppet or street theatre), the International Festival Theatre (Divadlo) will be held in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on 15 - 23 September 2004.

Address: International Festival Theatre, Prokopova 14, 30135 Plzeò, The Czech Republic; tel./fax: +420 377 220 748; e-mail: festival@divadlo.cz; http://festival.divadlo.cz

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The Best in Heritage

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 16-18 September 2004

The Best in Heritage is a major international forum which throws a promotional spotlight on the most professionally creative and educational heritage developments all over the world. Each year the event serves as an international showcase and presentation forum for over twenty award-winning and innovative projects, which it presents to the wider professional public and the international media. It is a unique gathering of heritage expertise and international exchange of ideas, but it is not a competition.

The event takes place every September in the city of Dubrovnik (UNESCO World Heritage Site), with the follow-on event Heritology as an International Forum for Heritage Studies - a place where it is possible to see and discuss innovation and alternative. It is organized under the patronage of ICOM, UNESCO, ICOMOS, Europa Nostra, and the City of Dubrovnik.

The gathering, which will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 16-18 September 2004, provides an international platform for the promotion of the most innovative and successful heritage developments internationally.

To obtain further information or to book your place, please visit the web site http://www.TheBestInHeritage.com

For more information, please contact: Prof. Tomislav Šola, The Best in Heritage, Krešimirov trg 7, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, tel./fax: + 385 1 455 04 24; mobile: +385 (0)98 468 158; e-mail: info@thebestinheritage.com

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Primer Foro Latinoamericano: Memoria e Identidad

Montevideo, Uruguay, 17-19 September 2004

The First Latin-American Forum entitled Memory and Identity, organised by the association Signo Latinoam‚rica, will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, 17-19 September 2004. The forum will be organised within the framework of the project Procesos de recuperación de memoria y tradición oral para la construcción de identidades sociales en América Latina.

The forum will have three main thematic blocks: (1) Social sciences and popular cultures: A permanent dialogue (Ciencias sociales y culturas populares: un diálogo pendiente), (2) Diversity for cohesion (Diversidad para la cohesión), (3) Identity, projects and integration (Identidad, proyecto, integración).

For more information, please contact: Signo Centro Interdisciplinario, Juncal 1470 / 302, Montevideo, Uruguay, e-mail: signolat@montevideo.com.uy

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Challenging Ideas

ALIA 2004 Biennial Conference
Queensland, Australia, 21-24 September 2004

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) will hold its 2004 Biennial Conference at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia, 21-24 September 2004. The 2004 Conference will focus on questioning the traditional role that libraries have played in society, on probing leadership and management ideas and trends, as well as on current ideas and trends in smart service. These and other issues will be incorporated within the three main themes of the Conference, namely, Challenging Culture and Tradition, Challenging Leadership and Management, and Meeting the Smart Service Challenge.

For more information, please contact: OzAcdom Conference Services, P.O. Box 164, Fortitude Valley Qld 4006, Australia, tel.: + 61 (0)7 3854 1611; fax: + 61 (0)7 3854 1507; e-mail: alia2004@alia.org.au; http://www.alia.org.au/conferences/alia2004

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Multicultural Futures

Prato, Italy, 22-23 September 2004

Multiculturalism theory and practice are presently under severe criticism from both the left and the right. Declared a failed policy for integration in a number of European countries and subjected to critiques that in principle it is bound to divide societies, multiculturalism's future as social policy needs to be examined carefully.

What role should multiculturalism play in diverse and pluralistic societies? Long regarded as the premier policy for the integration of immigrants and refugees in their societies of destination, multiculturalism has increasingly come under scrutiny from numerous sides in the migration discussion. Will it remain the best way to manage the challenges that lie ahead? Or will alternative approaches such as interculturalism be better guides to public policy in the 21st century?

The International Metropolis Project, the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements, and the Australian Multicultural Foundation are organizing the Multicultural Futures conference to take a hard look at the future viability of multiculturalism as a means of bringing about the effective integration of immigrants and creating cohesive societies that have diverse populations. The conference will take place in Prato, Italy, on 22 and 23 September 2004, immediately prior to the 9th International Metropolis Conference which takes place in Geneva from 27 September to 1 October 2004.

For programme details and registration information, please contact communications@metropolis.net or visit http://www.international.metropolis.net/

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Co-operative Migration Management - International, National and Local Answers

Ninth International Metropolis Conference
Geneva, Switzerland, 27 September - 1 October 2004

The Metropolis International Project will hold its Ninth International Conference at the University of Geneva, 27 September - 1 October 2004. The overall theme will be Co-operative Migration Management: International, National and Local Answers.

Countries from the developing world continue to be concerned with the loss of human capital. Yet, they often encourage the emigration of people with fewer skills in return for remittances. Developed countries increasingly welcome migrants' human capital, both skilled and unskilled, but remain concerned with maintaining sovereignty over their borders both for post-9/11 security reasons and from the point of view of maintaining a flow level that their societies and labour markets can successfully integrate. How international cooperation could help all countries involved in migration benefit from the phenomenon - this is the central issue before the Geneva conference.

National and local governments are confronting the issue of managing migration flows with the diversity of approaches that is characteristic of today's societies. One of the issues to be debated by the conference will be the role of dialogue between all levels of government, international organizations, and civil society to overcome the fears and barriers to successful migration management that often arise in the present-day multicultural societies.

The conference programme of plenary sessions and workshops will cover a range of issues - from managing flows to managing their effects, from the policy on admissions to the policy on integration, from economic to social benefits for developed nations when they facilitate the developmental advantages for the poorer regions of the world. Discussions will include the concerns about global security, economic impacts at the national level and integration measures at the local level. Of particular interest will be actions to improve intercultural understanding and cooperation which has met significant challenges since September 11.

The conference is aimed at policy makers, administrators and representatives of non-governmental organizations as well as researchers. Metropolis wants to reach all those with a professional interest in international migration and urban processes. Graduate students and interested stakeholders in the private sector are also warmly welcomed.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Howard Duncan, Executive Head, Metropolis Project, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 365 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa K1A 1L1, Canada, tel.: +1 613 957 5916; fax: +1 613 957 5968; e-mail: howard.duncan@metropolis.net; info@metropolis2004.ch; http://www.international.metropolis.net

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Cultural Policy and Art Production

Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, 30 September - 2 October 2004

The University of Arts in Belgrade is organizing an international conference entitled Cultural Policy and Art Production, to be held in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, from 30 September to 2 October 2004, aiming to explore and define new strategies and instruments of cultural policy in the field of art production and to identify interactive relations between cultural policy decision makers and all actors in the field of arts. The initiative intends to emphasize the need of policy cooperation development, international understanding, culture coalition building and European policy dialogue in the field of culture.

Within the Conference framework a meeting of university professors engaged in teaching cultural policy in Balkan countries will be organized. The meeting is expected to give strong impact in building capacity and synergy towards curriculum development at schools for political sciences, sociology and humanities departments in the region.

This Conference will provide a platform for a meeting of several networks and working groups active in the region, such as the Policies for Culture team (www.policiesforculture.org), the Champions group (www.isaacsuk.co.uk), and the above mentioned network of cultural policy teachers in South Eastern Europe.

For more information, please contact: Jasmina Milovanoviæ at culpol@arts.bg.ac.yu or +381 11625166 or visit http://www.arts.bg.ac.yu/rektorat/vesti/vest_konferen2004.html

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2004 National Arts Marketing Conference

High Touch/High Tech: Cutting Edge Strategies for Reaching and Keeping Today's Arts Customers
Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2-5 October 2004

The 2004 National Arts Marketing Conference entitled High Touch/High Tech: Cutting Edge Strategies for Reaching and Keeping Today's Arts Customers and organized by Arts & Business Council Inc. and Arts Reach, will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 2-5 October 2004, bringing together executive directors, board members, and marketing, public relations, membership and development professionals from all cultural, historical and science education disciplines and budget sizes for intensive workshops, plenary sessions, roundtable discussions with peers and sponsorship clinics led by top marketing and sponsorship experts from across the United States. Marketing strategies that focus on both the personal touch and the latest technological approaches for finding and retaining new audiences will be presented.

The conference builds on the continuing success of Arts & Business Council's position as the country's leading promoter of arts and business partnership and arts management excellence and Arts Reach's position as the leading arts management publication and website (www.artsreach.com) in North America.

The introductory Sponsorship Saturday includes a 3-hour Intensive Sponsorship Boot Camp showing how to turn a corporation into a sponsor, how to find the right sponsors and make them work for you, how to measure sponsorship and track What matters most to audiences and business partners. Sessions on real life case studies with real life funders will cover cultural tourism, e-sponsorship, in-kind arrangements and marketing the know-how.

The following three days will present innumerable ways all cultural disciplines can utilize today's technology-based as well as interpersonal one-on-one marketing strategies to "reach and keep" arts customers. Education sessions will discuss:

  • Box Office Collaborations: New Joint Box Office Services
  • Branding: It's not Just for Cattle, or is it?
  • The Building Blocks of Loyalty: Audience Feedback and Customer Satisfaction
  • Workshop: Cost Management
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Extreme Makeover: How to Reposition Your Organization for Growth
  • Hitting Them Where They Work: Developing Arts-Based Corporate Training Programs
  • Holistic Patron Service: Using Customer Relationship Management to Improve Loyalty
  • Load ‘em In!: Tips on Revenue Management from the Travel Industry
  • Market Segments of the Future: Marketing to Asians
  • Market Segments of the Future: Marketing to Teens
  • Postcards from Australia : Case Studies in Audience Development Down Under
  • Workshop: PR with a Personal Touch
  • Research to Reality: Developing Creative Points of Entry with Community Partnerships
  • Sign-em Up!: Creative and Successful Techniques for Building Your Arts Organization E-mail List
  • Strike a Pose: Customer Modeling for Improved Direct Marketing Returns Moderator
  • Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: What's New in Web Sites
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Name: What's New in Memberships?

For more information, please contact: Kelly Burdick, Arts & Business Council Inc., 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 319, New York, NY 10018, USA; tel.: (212) 279-5910 x29; e-mail: kburdick@artsandbusiness.org; www.artsmarketingconference.org

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East Meets West: Influence, Interchange and Interoperability

CIDOC Call for papers
Seoul, Korea, 4-6 October 2004

Coinciding with the 20th ICOM general conference, the International Documentation Committee of ICOM (CIDOC) will host another in its series of dynamic conferences focusing on contemporary issues in museum documentation in Seoul, Korea, on 4-6 October 2004, under the title of East Meets West: Influence, Interchange and Interoperability.

Papers are invited to address this and related topics, including themes such as Asian cultures - impact and influence on documentation, access, from audit data to knowledge, counteracting European hegemony, and theft of cultural and natural heritage. Contributions in English, French, Spanish or Korean may take one of the following formats:

  • full length paper (20 minutes including question time)
  • market of ideas contribution (10 minute informal paper on any burning issue)
  • tutorials and workshops (half day in-depth)
  • posters (up to A2 in size)

Submissions should consist of the title and a short one-paragraph abstract. The abstract may be in English, French or preferably both. An indication of the preferred language of presentation should also be given. Submission deadline is 1 June 2004.

Send submissions to: cidoc2004@paveprime.com or CIDOC2004 Programme Committee, 35 Downs Court Rd, Purley, Surrey, CR8 1BF, United Kingdom; fax +44 (0)20 8763 1739

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Artists on the Move

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 7-8 October 2004

Culture has no boundaries. For the cultural sector, working in an international environment usually is the rule, not the exception. However, policy and legislation in the European Union and the EU member states are not always in tune with the day-to-day reality of artists and cultural organisations.

With the conference Artists on the Move, the Service Centre for International Cultural Activities (SICA) and the Cultural Contact Point (CCP) the Netherlands will expand upon earlier conferences about cultural mobility. Plenary sessions and workshops will focus on practical solutions for barriers preventing artists and cultural organisations from working internationally. European policy makers, umbrella organisations, funds and general managers of cultural operators will join forces with representatives from other relevant sectors in their search for practical solutions, in order to make suggestions for changes in policy.

From the conference conclusions, the SICA will extract suggestions to be presented to the Dutch State Secretary of Culture and prepared for the formal Council of European Ministers of Education, Youth and Culture, in Brussels on 15 and 16 November 2004.

Register by 23 September 2004.

Address: SICA / CCP, Van Diemenstraat 410, 1013 CR Amsterdam, The Netherlands; tel.: +31 20 6164 225; fax: +31 20 6128 152; e-mail: post@sicasica.nl; http://www.sicasica.nl/projecten_en_manifestaties/onthemove.htm

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Culture and Society in the Age of Globalization

Burgos, Spain, 7-9 October 2004

The Tenth International Culture and Power conference of the Iberian Association for Cultural Studies will take place in Burgos, Spain, 7-9 October 2004.

The aim of this conference is to bring together specialists and researchers from different nations and fields of study in an effort to develop a truly international and trans-disciplinary understanding of the multiple ways in which globalising processes are impacting on our world, our lives and identities.

For more information, please contact: ana@viajesindra.es

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A Portrait of the Artist in 2015

Artistic Careers and Higher Arts Education in Europe
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 8-10 October 2004

How professional practice is changing for artists within Europe, what contribution the educational courses make to this, and what sort of future expectations art students and young creative artists have, are all questions central to a conference to be held by the European Council of Artists (ECA) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 8-10 October 2004, under the title A Portrait of the Artist in 2015.

The international meeting of ECA, a co-operative partnership of twenty European multidisciplinary artists’ organisations, will be organised through a coalition of the Dutch Federation of Artists’ Associations (Federatie van Kunstenaarsverenigingen), the Netherlands Association of Professional Universities and Art Schools (HBO-raad) and foundation De Boekmanstichting, and with support from the EU. The Conference will be followed by the annual ECA Congress. Registration deadline is 10 September 2004.

A good hundred participants, artists and art students, as well as those involved in higher arts education, from the 25 member countries and others more will meet together in Amsterdam. The conference language is English.

Artistic Careers and Higher Arts Education in Europe

The social significance of art is changing. The creative and innovative possibilities of art are increasingly called upon in relation to issues involving quality of life, sustainability and cultural identity. At the same time, the role of government is undergoing change. As in other sectors, more is left to (European) market forces and the responsibility of the individual. Borders are becoming blurred, literally between countries and also figuratively, between the arts and other creative professions, between autonomous and applied art, between government and market. All these developments find their way through to the artists’ practice.

Forum for Artists, Art Students and Lecturers

Research into future prospects forms the center of this meeting. Special attention will be given to the role of higher arts education. The conference will offer both makers of art and those who train artists the opportunity for dialogue with the aim to intensify exchange between artists throughout the whole of Europe and stimulate European higher arts education to properly prepare young artists for fast-changing professional practice.

Reader

Boekmanstichting is putting together a preparatory reader in which, looking forward to 2015, artists, art students, art lecturers, scientists and representatives of other areas of society present their views on trends in social developments, visions for the future, artistic projects from various regions of Europe, and the influence artists can exert upon art school curricula.

For more information, please visit the special conference website: www.eca2004.nl or contact European Council of Artists (ECA), Rosenvaengets Allé 37/1, 2100 Copenhagen O, Denmark; tel.: +45 35 38 44 01; fax: +45 35 38 44 17; e-mail: eca@eca.dk; http://www.eca.dk

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Discourse and Cultural Transformation

Hangzhou, China, 9-13 October 2004

To initiate an international forum on how discourse research can help enhance cultural cohesion and common progress, an international conference on Discourse and Cultural Transformation will be held at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 9-13 October 2004.

The organizers hope to bring together scholars in language and communication, cultural studies, literary criticism, anthropology, education, sociology, psychology, and other social disciplines from a diversity of cultural backgrounds. In particular, they invite scholars to take up philosophical, theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives on discourse studies, all with a view to undermining discourses of cultural discrimination, repression and exclusion on the one hand and advocating subversive, alternative and creative discourses in favour of cultural solidarity on the other hand.

The topics include the following:

  • The relationship between discourse and culture,
  • Cross-fertilisation between cultural studies and discourse studies,
  • Postcolonialism, diasporicism and discourse theory,
  • Cultural imperialism in language/communication/discourse scholarship,
  • The international position of non-western scholarship in language/communication/discourse,
  • The study of non-western discourses,
  • Intercultural communication and critical pedagogy,
  • Discourse studies in China.

For more information, please contact: Discourse and Cultural Transformation Conference, Zhejiang University, School of International Studies, Zijingang Campus, 310058, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China; tel.: (0086) 571 88206252, 88206044; fax: (0086) 571 88206179 e-mail: shixuk@yahoo.co.uk; http://www.cfl.zju.edu.cn/wyxyzy/conference/discourseconference.htm

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Pan-European Conference: Languages of Creativity

Canterbury, Kent, UK, 12-14 October 2004

Under the title Pan-European Conference: Languages of Creativity, Creative Partnerships Kent, the first joint creative education programme between the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education and Skills, will hold a two day conference on creativity in learning and education in Canterbury, Kent, on 13-14 October 2004. Teachers, artists and specialists will share the challenges they have faced together with their findings from the first year of research and practice in the work of Creative Partnerships Kent.

To register, please contact the Conference Management Team at info@maxmarcomms.co.uk or tel. 01843 609272; www.creative-partnerships.com

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Legal Protection for Historical Heritage

Training Course for Arts Managers
Madrid, Spain, 13-22 October 2004

The Subdirectorate-General for International Cultural Co-operation of the Spanish Directorate-General for Cultural Co-operation and Communication offers twenty grants of 1,400 € each to arts managers of the EU candidate countries for participation in a Training Course on the topic of Legal Protection for Historical Heritage, to be held in Madrid, Spain, from 13-22 October 2004.

The programme will include the analysis of the legal regime, the study of the issue of the protection of historical heritage, and the participation of public administrations, state security corps and forces and professional associations. It will include visits to various public and private institutions.

The course is tailored for cultural heritage managers, professionals in the area of heritage protection and law, history or fine arts graduates whose work is linked to the subject matter of the course, members of the public security corps and forces, and judges and attorneys dedicated to heritage protection. Applicants must be proficient in Spanish or English, both orally and in writing.

Person in charge of the course: Fernández Alberdi, tel.:34-917017370; fax: 34-915229305; e-mail: diego.fernandez@dgba.mcu.es

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Dance as a Cultural Object in Contemporary Society

XII Almada Dance Festival - Meeting for Dance Promoters
Almada, Portugal, 15-30 October, 2004

The 12th edition of the Almada Dance Festival is dedicated to all dancers and dance lovers and creators interested in sharing, enjoying and appreciating contemporary dance. With the support of the Almada City Council and the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, this festival has become a regular event on Portugal's cultural scene, including performances, exhibitions, workshops and thematic sessions.

This year for the first time, the organisers are planning a special Meeting for Dance Promoters with a variety of presentations, discussions, and performances of the work of Portuguese and international choreographers. The meeting will aim to offer a friendly environment where professionals working in dance fields, such as programming, production, performance, critique and research, will be able to look at the subject of contemporary dance as a cultural object and its function in our society. Discussion about contemporary dance performance and dance promotion issues will be addressed and discussed.

For more information, please contact: Almada Dance Festival, Meeting for Dance Promoters, Praceta Francisco Vieira de Almeida, 1 r/c, 2800-406 Almada, Portugal, tel.: 00 351 21 258 3175; fax: 00 351 21 250 0524; e-mail: quinzena@cdanca-almada.pt; http://www.cdanca-almada.pt

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International Conference on Cultural Tourism

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 22-23 October 2004

The Arts Council of Mongolia is the organizer of an International Conference on Cultural Tourism, to be held in Ulaanbaatar, 22-23 October 2004. It will be a venue for the arts and culture sector and the tourism sector to hear about what has worked in other countries and thus develop a strategy for expanding cultural tourism in Mongolia.

The conference will provide a forum for all the sectors involved to converge for experience sharing and discussion in order to examine global models and practices.

For further information, please contact: Arts Council of Mongolia; tel./fax: 976 11 319015; e-mail: artscouncil@magicnet.mn; http://www.artscouncil.mn

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E-Culture and New Patterns of Communication in the 21st Century

Call for Papers
Moscow, Russia, 25-27 October 2004

Organized by the Russian Institute for Cultural Research, to be held in Moscow, Russia, on 25-27 October 2004, the conference entitled E-Culture and New Patterns of Communication in the 21st Century, will bring together Russian and foreign researchers, representatives of scientific and academic institutions of Moscow, St.-Petersburg, and other regions of the Russian Federation, intellectuals and members of creative organizations.

The principal topics proposed for discussion are as follows:

  • paradigmatic change in anthropology of the XXI century;
  • personality, culture and society: problems of interaction in modern philosophy and science;
  • scientific status and prospects for development of cultural research;
  • culture phenomenon at the beginning of the XXI century: towards new comprehensions;
  • globalization as a factor of social and cultural dynamics in Russia;
  • modern mass culture: paradoxes and contradictions;
  • Russia’s human potential: research and expertise;
  • e-culture in the modern world;
  • screen arts as new artistic worlds;
  • ‘e-paradise’ and problem of dehumanizing culture;
  • new forms of human interaction and boundaries of their usage;
  • cultural heritage of Russia and globalization;
  • cultural policies: theory and practice.

Discussions will be organized in concurrent sessions within the following working groups:

  • Panel I - Methodology of complex studies in personality, culture and society: searching for new paradigms and approaches, moderator Prof. Yury Reznik, Institute of Human Being
  • Panel II - Human resource of modern Russia: research methodology and humanitarian expertise, moderator Dr. Boris Yudin, Institute of Human Being
  • Panel III - E-culture and screen arts, moderator Dr. Kirill Razlogov, Russian Institute for Cultural Research
  • Panel IV - Globalization and cultural heritage of Russia, moderator Dr. Eleanora Shoulepova, Russian Institute for Cultural Research
  • Panel V - Cultural policy of Russia and new communication technologies, moderator Lev Vostryakov, Ph.D, Russian Institute for Cultural Research

The working languages of the Conference are Russian and English, translation is provided.

You are welcome to mail your application form and paper (up to 20,000 characters) in English or Russian with the subject "For 'E-Culture and New Patterns of Communication in the 21st Century’ Conference" electronically or by post to the Russian Institute for Cultural Research. The deadline for submission of the application is 15 September and for submission of the paper 1 October 2004. An inscription fee of 100 € is payable for foreign participants.

For more information, please contact: Mrs. Zarifa Boutaeva at riku@dol.ru or Mrs. Tatiana Fedorova at otdinf@mail.ru.
Conference Secretariat: Russian Institute for Cultural Research, 20 Bersenevskaya nab., Moscow 119072, Russia; tel.: 7 (095) 959 09 08; fax: 7 (095) 959 10 17; e-mail: riku@dol.ru

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European City in a Comparative Perspective

Athens-Piraeus, Greece, 27-30 October 2004

The Seventh International Conference on Urban History, organized by the European Association of Urban Historians, will be held in Athens-Piraeus, 27-30 October 2004. The city of Athens with its 6000 years of ongoing urbanization is a suitable setting for the conference, which is held biennially to provide a forum for professionals working on all aspects of urban history. This year's conference will focus particularly on comparative analyses of urbanization in Europe. The subjects of its main and specialist sessions will be closely connected to this general topic.

For more information, please contact: Zoi Molfeta-Fotiadi, tel.: + 30 109 230 779; fax: + 30 104 831 631; e-mail: zfot@panteion.gr; http://www.le.ac.uk/urbanhist/urbanconf/athens.html

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Europeans and Their Films

Lille, France, 28-31 October 2004

The Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the association Les Rencontres will be held in Lille, France, the Cultural Capital of Europe, from 28 to 31 October 2004, bringing together film directors, professionals working in the film industry or in the cultural sector, elected members and representatives of private and public European institutions, under the title Europeans and their Films. The meeting will take place within the context of the events of Lille 2004 and particularly the International Days: Culture and Region in Europe, organised by the regional council Nord Pas-de-Calais.

While local authorities already contribute to the functioning of the film industry in many countries, thus backing the "art and essay" (art house) films, other governing bodies such as regions support film production. The European aspects of these issues will be emphasised particularly in the context of a new European Parliament, examining the potential for cooperation between European countries. The aim, in the long term, is to increase the presence of political decisionmakers within networks (i.e. networks of festivals, film schools, studios) and to make their role important, even decisive.

For more information, please see the Les Rencontres de Lille web site at http://www.lesrencontres.org/lille or call +33 1 56 54 26 36 / 33

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Moving Territories: Culture in a Europe of Regions

Lille, France, 28-31 October 2004

The 12th Annual General Assembly of the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH) and a conference entitled Moving Territories: Culture in a Europe of Regions, will be held in Lille, France, 28-31 October 2004.

Europe's regions are extremely important politico-administrative entities. The aim of this conference is to place the issues of culture and cultural development at the core of the debates on decentralisation, regionalisation, distinction and social and economic development. The Assembly and the conference will address primarily cultural networks and regional cultural policymakers, and will focus on the following areas:

  • The role of the regions in counterbalancing the centralisation and standardisation inherent in European integration process.
  • The possible role of the regions in the development of a cultural dimension of an emerging European foreign cultural policy.
  • The regions' potential to transform their cultural heritage into a dynamic field of 'cultural memory'.
  • The European Capital of Culture - its impact on regional cultural development.
  • Creation of regional cultural structures and processes that can complement national and European interests in furthering international cultural cooperation.
  • Emblematic regional cultural institutions, policies and programmes, considered for their capacity to develop intercultural competence.

For more information, please contact the organizers: EFAH, 10, rue de la Science, B-1000 Bruxelles, Belgium, tel.: +32 2 534 4002; fax: +32 2 534 1150; e-mail: efah@efah.org; http://www.efah.org

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International Arts and Crafts Fair

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 29 October - 7 November 2004

The International Arts and Crafts Fair will be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 29 October - 7 November 2004. SIAO 2004 welcomes wholesale buyers and casual visitors alike. An enhanced export pavilion of more than 2,000 square metres makes it easy for commercial buyers to make a 'one stop shop' for the entire African continent. New this year is the introduction of a Design Pavilion: a special display of the diverse products representing the best in design, plus educational seminars for exhibitors and visitors.

For more information, please contact: e-mail: sgp@siao.bf; http://www.siao.bf/siao2004/eng/home2004.htm

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Eye to Eye - The Global Conference on Cultural Relations

London, UK, 2-4 November 2004

Eye to Eye is a conference organised by British Council and Counterpoint, its think-tank, which will attract the widest range of professionals, bringing together journalists, artists, diplomats, NGO's, policymakers, teachers, writers and intellectuals. This conference will be held in London, UK, 2-4 November 2004. Its aim is to re-think cultural relations, which must focus on the key issues of the 21st century such as multiculturalism, diversity, identity, human rights, foreign policy and social inclusion, seen anew in the context of globalisation. It will mean 'mutual listening' and a creative strategy for cultural relations.

For registration and further information, please contact: James Kennell at James.Kennell@britishcouncil.org or visit http://www.counterpoint-online.org

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Challenging the Frame

Luzern, Switzerland, 3-6 November 2004

Challenging the Frame is title of the Eighth biennial conference of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), to be held in Luzern, Switzerland, 3-6 November 2004. The title of this conference is reflective of the concerns and excitement around the European enlargement and inclusion, as well as the more obvious and literal relationship of the arts to other disciplines, and the developments and questioning of the boundaries of those disciplines themselves. The frame is a signifier of inclusion and exclusion that relates as much to political and social geography as it does to the frame of a painting, a photograph or film, and to the stage. The context for arts education, pedagogy and policy is also informed, and in many cases regulated, by the frame in terms of benchmarks, quality assurance processes, parity, and the curriculum itself. Artists, academics and managers wrestle with these and other issues constantly and with varying degrees of complicity, indifference, enthusiasm, constructive questioning and, at times, rejection.

For more information, please contact: The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), Keizersgracht 105, 1015 CH Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 (0)877 875 244; fax: +31 (0)877 875 344; e-mail: elia@elia-artschools.org; http://www.elia-artschools.org/conference.htm

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Little Front of New Performance and Dance – Quarantine

Platform and International Multimedia Festival
Zagreb, Croatia, 4-6 November 2004

Striving to open up new possibilities for the breakthrough of serious performative thought and action into areas that do not expect their surfacing, the Centre for Drama Art (CDU) is organizing a new edition of the Little Front of New Performance and Dance, to take place in Zagreb, Croatia on 4-6 November 2004.

The platform will focus on productions and projects by artists affiliated with Art Workshop Lazareti (AWL) in Dubrovnik, one of the most vital cultural institutions in Croatia, cooperating with numerous institutions, movements, initiatives, groups of young people. Most of the artists to be presented at the platform in Zagreb are carriers of radicalization of contemporary performing arts thinking in Croatia working on the crossroads of theatre, dance, performance, new-media etc.

At the same time AWL will organize the international multimedia festival Karantena, taking a look at contemporary artistic endeavors in a variety of areas: theatre, contemporary dance, performances, music, new media, film and video; pays particular attentions to the affirmation of independent projects and new models of artistic initiatives. The festival was held for the first time in the year 1996.

The organizers will cover accommodation costs and tickets for all interested curators, programmers or cultural strategists.

For more information, please contact: Una Bauer, Centre for Drama Art, Prilaz Gjure Dezelica 26, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; tel.: +385-1-4846176; fax: +385-1-4846180; e-mail: office@factumdocumentary.com; http://www.cdu.hr

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CAPACOA Annual Conference

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 4-8 November 2004

The Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) will hold its 17th annual conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 4-8 November 2004. Titled Great Places to Live: The Cultural Fabric of our Cities, the conference will feature several provocative plenary sessions, interactive round table sessions, and showcase performances in all performing arts disciplines in three beautiful theatres.

For more information, please visit: http://www.capacoa.ca

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Women in Textile Art 2004

Valencia, Venezuela, 5 November 2004

Women in Textile Art Conference will take place in the city of Valencia, Venezuela, on 5 November 2004, under the title Women in Textile Art 2004 / Square - Carre - Cuadrado.

Inscriptions to participate in the third international biennial exhibit 'Women in Textile Art 2004 / Square - Carre - Cuadrado' are currently open. This event, furthered in the W.T.A's tradition, will tally up with the accomplishment achieved in November 2002 by the 'Women in Textile Art 2002' exhibit, in which the W.T.A. assembled the broadest selection of feminine textile art from all over the world, featuring the world's finest female textile artists (105 artists, representing 30 countries from the five continents).

The registration form and the accompanying material must reach the organization's headquarters before 15 July 2004, located at: Women in Textile Art Organization, 4640 N.W. Doral Court, Miami, Florida FL 33178, USA; tel.: 1-786-546-3623; e-mail: exhibits@wta-online.org; http://www.wta-online.org

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Primeras Jornadas del MERCOSUR y Segundas Jornadas Bonaerenses sobre Patrimonio Cultural y Vida Cotidiana

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10-12 November 2004

The CePEI - Centro de Proyectos y Estudios Interdisciplinarios and Dirección Provincial de Patrimonio Cultural (CePEI) are organising the First MERCOSUR and Second Buenos Aires days of Cultural Heritage and Everyday Life - Primeras Jornadas del MERCOSUR y Segundas Jornadas Bonaerenses sobre Patrimonio Cultural y Vida Cotidiana. The event will take place in Buenos Aires, 10-12 November 2004.

The MERCOSUR project, apart from its economic, has also its cultural impact on the member countries, and has in fact already caused transformations of their cultural identity. In this context, this event promotes the idea that MERCOSUR should be not only a framework for economic alliances, but also a place for interchange and better knowledge of rich and diverse regional cultures that share a common historical background.

The Area of Buenos Aires has developed numerous activities to safeguard its cultural heritage and cultural values expressed in its everyday culture and it has experienced an increasing interest of its citizens in safeguarding and communicating their heritage. Through this event the organizers want to promote interdisciplinary exchanges of experience and knowledge that would stimulate social interest and knowledge of the local cultural heritage.

For more information, please contact the organisers: Mr. Alfredo Torre or Ms. Elvira Pereyra, fax: +54 221 4219130 / 4221023 / 0800-999-2002, ext. 39; e-mail: jornadas@ed.gba.gov.ar or e-mail: cepei@ed.gba.gov.ar

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Great Technology for Collections, Confluence and Community

32nd Museum Computer Network (MCN) Annual Meeting
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 10-13 November 2004

Contact: Susan Rawlyk, MCN Conference Coordinator, rawlyks@igs.net; tel.: +1 403 288 9394; http://www.mcn.edu

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Identities and Visual Codes

Images of Violence / Violence of Images
Bucharest, Romania, 12-16 October 2004

The violence of images as an excessiv medium of the contemporary world; images of violence as selling strategy; violence is the other; images are depicting/producing violence - these are the main topics to which artists are invited to answer with new media artworks (video, photo, computer art, poster, installations etc.), without excluding more traditional ways of expression.

This contemporary art exhibition entitled Identities and Visual Codes. Images of Violence / Violence of Images is organized by the META Cultural Foundation and the Goethe Institute Bucharest, with the support of European Cultural Foundation and the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe.

To register online for, please send a short project description, artist's biography and three images of the proposed work by 31 August 2004. Hard copies send by mail are also acceptable. The most successful projects will be included in the official program of the exhibition.

Contact: META Cultural Foundation, Luiggi Galvani street 61-63, District 2, Bucharest, Romania; tel.: +4-0722.243.381; +4-0723.218.488; e-mail: meta@dnt.ro; http://www.metacult.ro/visual/exhibition.php?lang=en

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Tourism, Pilgrimage, and 'The Sacred' - Exploring Boundaries, Rethinking Identities, Contesting Discourses

San Francisco, 17-21 November 2004

This session of the American Anthropological Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, USA, 17-21 November 2004, is a contribution to the general theme of this year's AAA meeting, Magic, Science, and Religion. It will focus on the relationship between tourism, pilgrimage and 'the sacred'.

So far, the conceptual and empirical interplay between pilgrimage and tourism has been explored in relation to ritualized practices of the quest for the sacred. Some scholars see pilgrimage as a forerunner of modern tourism and understand tourism to be a modern substitute for religion. For others, contemporary mass tourism compares poorly with the spiritual journey of the pilgrim. The various analytical arguments concerning the complexities of tourism, pilgrimage, and the sacred provide a useful background for thinking about these issues. At the same time, they draw attention to the need to explore these links in new directions.

The renewed interest in religion within the emergent global culture, economy, polity, and society gives the dynamics surrounding pilgrimage, tourism, and the sacred new urgency. A sustained and continuous flow of travel to holy sites and places of interest implies that tourism and pilgrimage may be integral to major world religions and their cultural contexts. How is this movement of people and the motivations that sustain it shaped by the perceived risks associated with travel? How are the notions of what constitutes the sacred shaped by the larger global context? In what ways are individual and group identities moulded and contested through these processes? How are the fluidities of tourist and pilgrim identities and the notions of the sacred played out through framing, performing, interpreting, and remembering places and people of these sites?

If interested in participating, please contact: Noel B. Salazar, e-mail: nsalazar@sas.upenn.edu or Vida Bajc, e-mail: vbajc@ssc.upenn.edu

For more information, see: http://www.aaanet.org/mtgs/04cfp.htm

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International Book Fair of Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 20-28 November 2004

The International Book Fair of Ouagadougou (Foire internationale du livre de Ouagadougou - FILO) will take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 20-28 November 2004.

For more information, please contact: Foire internationale du livre de Ouagadougou (FILO), 03 BP 7007, Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso; tel.: +226 313024/33 0963; fax: +226 330964/307048; e-mail: mcat@cenatrin.bf, alassane_so@yahoo.fr, dlpl@mcc.gov.bf

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Linguistic Diversity and Education: Challenges and Oportunities

III Mercator International Symposium
Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 25 - 27 November 2004

The III Mercator International Symposium will take place in Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, from 25 - 27 November 2004 under the title Linguistic Diversity and Education: Challenges and Oportunities. The conference will examine new issues and developments in the field of education, minority languages and learning within the European Union.

The third symposium in a series is organised by Mercator-Education in collaboration with the other two Mercator centres; Mercator-Media and Mercator-Legislation. Key issues discussed at the forthcoming symposium will be:

  • comparison of educational systems
  • minority languages and policy
  • information and infrastructure
  • linguistic diversity in the new EU member states
  • media & education
  • mother tongue and 2 other languages

Participants are encouraged to submit a paper proposal (max. 500 words) by the 1 July 2004 deadline. Abstracts should be send to mercator@fa.knaw.nl.

More information can be found at the website of Mercator-Education at www.mercator-education.org.

For questions, please contact: Cor van der Meer, tel.: (+31) (0)58 2343063, fax: (+31) (0)58 2131409, cvdmeer@fa.knaw.nl

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European Cultural Policy

Berlin, Germany, 26-28 November 2004

Greater emphasis on cultural policy in Europe - that is what the Conference on European Cultural Policy demands. The conference will take place in Berlin, 26-28 November 2004, not primarily for the sake of culture itself, but rather in the interest of Europe's future and the difficult process of European unification. The process of unification can meet with success only if the specific weight of culture is reflected in public awareness and in EU decisions.

The Berliner Konferenz für europäische Kulturpolitik will present this thesis in two steps: by stating reasons for the need for community cultural policy in the process of European unification and by stating the functions ensuing from this need and requiring to be fulfilled by the EU cultural policy. In the run up to the conference, Felix Meritis has launched an invitation to take part in the debate by joining the People Network and answering to a questionnaire available at www.felix.meritis.nl/peoplenetwork/bk2004.htm

For more information, please visit: http://www.berlinerkonferenz.net

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Fourth Pillar Conference

Melbourne, Australia, 29-30 November 2004

This conference, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, 29-30 November 2004, will explore the potential of cultural development processes in local government and community strengthening strategies. The event will develop the discourse generated from the book The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability by John Hawkes.

For further information, please contact: judspo@melbourne.vic.gov.au

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Music for Europe: ExTENDED Visions

Brussels, Belgium, 3-5 December 2004

Music for Europe: ExTENDED Visions, to be held in Brussels, Belgium on 3-5 December 2004, is the Final Conference of ExTEND 2004, the Experimental Transnational European Network Development, an initiative launched by Jeunesses Musicales International, the world’s largest youth and music network, and funded by the EU DG Education & Culture with the aim to strengthen the youth and music network in Europe by creating a pan-European platform that ensures the exchange of knowledge and practices between music organizations, musicians and listeners.

The event will sum up the conclusions of a year of research and conference workshops on themes such as youth and music empowerment, networking and communication, concert settings for young audiences and organizational and financial management.

The conference aims to outline a music roadmap of tomorrow’s Europe, based on the results of an extensive European survey on youth and music that will be presented at the event. Musical Diversity, Music Education, Youth Music & Media and the Music Industry will be some of the “roads” explored. Special attention will be paid to Young Audiences and the Promotion of Young Musicians, two of JMI’s key activity fields. The conference will also highlight and discuss national and European visions, and make firm recommendations to the European Commission (Culture 2007 programme).

For further information, please see http://www.jmi.net/activities/extend/visions/ or contact: Viviana Garuz, ExTEND 2004 Project Coordinator, viviana@jmi.net

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Heritage, Globalization and the Built Environment

Manama, Bahrain, 6-8 December 2004

Heritage, Globalization and the Built Environment is a three-day conference to be held in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 6-8 December 2004.

In a global age, cities around the world are experiencing dramatic changes and are facing serious challenges and problems. Liberalization of trade and revolutionary innovations in the fields of communication technology, finance and management have diminished distances and increased the flow of goods, people, money and information. All of these have not only affected the way that people live, think and interact, but also have implications on urban spaces, especially in traditional areas, and in land and infrastructure development.

Cities are caught between the opposing polarities of global and local, foreign and indigenous, cultural hybridisation and identity, acceptance and resistance, economic benefit and social and environmental integrity. In such a situation, rising voices of anti-globalization are becoming louder in different parts of the world, especially in international forums.

This conference will seek answers to the following question: how can the subversive impulses of globalization be re-oriented towards the rejuvenation of heritage values and the revival of local identities in the built environment.

For more information, please contact: Heritage, Globalization and the Built Environment Conference, Bahrain Society of Engineers, P.O. Box 835, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, tel.: 973 17 727100; fax: 973 17 729819; e-mail: bseng@batelco.com.bh; http://www.mohandis.org

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Social Innovations and Cultural Process

Samara, Russia, 9-10 December, 2004

The Samara Branch of Moscow State University, in cooperation with the Samara International Society for Cultural Studies, the Regional Centre of the International Commission of Urgent Anthropological Research and the Samara Committee of UNITED for Intercultural Action are planning the first correspondent conference entitled Social Innovations in Cultural Process: Strategies for development and survival. The conference will be held in Samara, Russia, 9-10 December 2004.

Multicultural diversity, social transformation, economic integration, globalization and informatization will be examined as key forces impacting on culture. The conference will review the effect of social innovation and globalization on cultural processes in a variety of fields, including intercultural encounters, social technologies, public communication, tourism, people's diplomacy, management of cultural policy, indigenous and local communities, urgent and transitional societies.

Preferred areas and topics include: managing cultural dynamics; cross-cultural approaches in education; combatting violence and xenophobia; intercultural reconciliation and social partnership; cultural service and hospitality; social reforms and historical experience; tourism and cultural heritage; cultural tourism and cultural industry; making connections and cultural pluralism; managing an open and strategic approach to culture; multicultural policy; culture in transition; innovations in social projecting; anthropological strategies for development and survival.

All papers accepted by the Scientific Committee will be published in the conference proceedings.

Papers may be presented in English, Russian, French, German (approx. 2500-3000 words), and abstract (approx. 150-200 words) should reach the Organizing Committee before 15 August 2004 by e-mail.

Correspondence should be addressed to: Vladimir Ionesov, P.O.Box 3004, RU-443099 Samara, Russia, e-mail: roman@vis.infotel.ru

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International Artists Residencies and Seminar

Budapest, Hungary, 26 December 2004 - 6 January 2005

The Hungarian Multicultural Center, Inc. (HMC), a nonprofit organization, invites interested visual artists and writers to submit an application for a 10-day residency programme and seminar to be held in Budapest, Hungary, between 26 December 2004 - 6 January 2005. The HMC principal focus is to provide a supportive community with uninterrupted time for artists to work, exhibit, talk and read.

The residencies offer participants a unique opportunity to interact with other artists representing a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Its task is to maintain a space for creation, discussion and debate. Approximately 30 artists are invited.

The accompanying Symposium/Seminar aims to investigate and show contemporary art and develop theoretical and practical self-help through critical development. Lectures will be held, followed by open discussions. Invited artists will give presentation of their projects. The group seminar system will act as a catalyst for all other activities, including studio work and museum-gallery visits.

Eligibility: Open to all professional artists (writers, painters, photographers....)

Application and Selection Deadlines

15 October 2004: Last day to receive entry, slides and fee
22 October 2004: Accepted/rejected notification cards mailed

For further inofrmation, please contact: Hungarian Multicultural Center, Inc., P.O.Box 141374, Dallas, Texas, USA; tel.: 75214-1374; e-mail: bszechy@yahoo.com; http://www.hungarian-multicultural-center.com