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International Artists Residencies

Balatonfured / Csopak, Hungary, May-August 2007

The Hungarian Multicultural Center (HMC) invites interested professional visual artists and writers from around the world to submit applications for its international residency programmes to take place in Csopak, Hungary, on 21 May – 13 June, 18 June – 11 July, and 16 July – 8 August 2007 respectively.

Aiming to promoting international art and the understanding of world cultures, through high quality art exhibitions, cultural exchanges and related educational programs, HMC invites some 12 artists per session to residencies offering them a unique opportunity to interact with other artists representing a variety of cultures and backgrounds. A studio equipped with basic tools, room, breakfast and lunch, transportation between Budapest and Balatonfured, exhibition and site seeing are included in the cost of $1080. Artists are expected to give at least one informal public slide presentation about their work during their stay at the HMC and to leave one piece of work made during the residency as a donation to the HMC.

The deadline for entries is 15 March 2007.

Contact: Beata Szechy, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Inc., P.O.Box 141374, Dallas, TX 75214, USA; e-mail: bszechy@yahoo.com; www.hungarian-multicultural-center.com

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Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)

Call for Entries
Zanzibar, Tanzania, 2007

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is the centre-piece of the 10th Festival of the Dhow Countries which celebrates the unique cultural heritage of Africa and the Dhow Countries that share the Indian Ocean basin: the Gulf States, Iran, the Indian subcontinent and the Indian Ocean islands. ZIFF calls producers and directors to submit their features, documentaries, shorts or animation films on DVD by 1 April 2007.

The theme, Celebration: Of Waters and Dreams, proposes to reflect on the rituals of celebration recognizing the many ways in which all cultures value water and creativity symbolized in the nature of dreams. The journey, communication and the various types of celebrations and how they affect communities are also covered by the theme.

Contact: Mariaida Mwale, Ngome Kongwe, P.O. Box 3032, Zanzibar, Tanzania; e-mail: ziff@ziff.or.tz; www.ziff.or.tz

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Fine Art, Design, Theory

Call for Applications
Maastricht, Netherlands, January 2007

Artists, designers and theoreticians are invited to submit research and production proposals to become a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, an institute for research and production in the fields of fine art, design and theory. Artists, designers and theoreticians can submit independently formulated proposals for research and/or production in the Fine Art, Design and Theory department. Candidates can also apply for collective research projects formulated by the institute. In order to realise these projects, the Jan van Eyck offers the necessary made-to-measure artistic, technical and auxiliary preconditions.

Every year, 48 international researchers realise their individual or collective projects in the artistic and challenging environment of the Jan van Eyck Academie. Researchers, departments and the institute organise various weekly activities, to which special speakers are invited: lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, discussions, etc. External interested parties are welcome to attend these activities – the result is a dynamic and critical exchange.

Advised by a team of artists, designers and theoreticians, researchers receive their own studio and a scholarship. Candidates can apply for a department or a collective research project. The one- or two-year research period at a department starts in January 2007. Application deadline is 15 April 2006. More information about the application procedure can be found at www.janvaneyck.nl/_devices/frames_applications.html.

For practical questions concerning the application procedure, please contact Leon Westenberg at leon.westenberg@janvaneyck.nl.

For content-related questions on the Jan van Eyck Academie, its departments or the collective research projects, please contact Kim Thehu at kim.thehu@janvaneyck.nl.

Contact: Jan van Eyck Academie, Academieplein 1, 6211 KM Maastricht, Netherlands; tel.: +31 (0)43 350 37 37; fax: +31 (0)43 350 37 99; e-mail: info@janvaneyck.nl; www.janvaneyck.nl

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Symposium on the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education on Children and Young People

Paris, France, 10-12 January 2007

Following an initiative by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, and the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, a European and international symposium on Research Carried out into Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education on Children and Young People is to be held at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, on 10-12 January 2007. Aiming to take stock both of completed research and of research still in progress, the organizers have launched a call for papers, to be submitted preferably by 15 January 2006. The final deadline for submissions is 31 March 2006.

The symposium will notably try to highlight the positive impact arts and cultural education could have:

  • on the cognitive development and academic achievement of children,
  • on the acquisition of certain personality traits,
  • on the acquisition of social skills,
  • on helping reduce the disparity between the academic results of privileged and underprivileged children,
  • on helping each individual to build his own cultural identity, to discover and respect different cultural identities.

Through its evaluation of the impact of arts education, the symposium will seek to highlight the relationship between details of implementation of arts and cultural education and results obtained, trying in particular to assess the added value of the various schemes offering cultural activities. This evaluation will also focus on training schemes for teachers, artists and other professionals involved in the educational field.

Lastly, the symposium will focus on research conducted over wide areas (be they national or regional), in order to try and measure the global impact of educational arts policies (for example, in terms of pupil success, or the development of new cultural practices).

Attendance is free of charge, subject to registration and availability. For details, please see www.centrepompidou.fr/Pompidou/Pedagogie.nsf/0/
D9E5FC50EAF95536C12570D7004A1A24?OpenDocument&L=2

For further information, please contact: Ms. Charlotte Fesneau, Chargée de mission, Service éducatif de la Direction de l'Action Educative et des Publics, Centre Pompidou, 75191 Paris cedex 04, France; tel.: +33 (0)1.44.78.12.68; fax: +33 (0)1.44.78.16.73; e-mail: charlotte.fesneau@centrepompidou.fr or
Institut national de recherche pédagogique (INRP), 19 allée de Fontenay – BP 17424, 69347 Lyon Cedex 07, France; tel.: +33 (0)4 72 76 61 00; fax: +33 (0)4 72 76 61 06; www.inrp.fr/internet_en/symposium-europeen-en.php

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Third International Architectural Paint Research Conference

Call for Papers
New York City, NY, USA, 17-19 January 2007

A call for papers has been launched for the Third International Architectural Paint Research Conference, to be held at the Columbia University in New York City, USA on 17-19 January 2008. In addition to those discussing paint, the organizers will also be including relevant papers on stains, varnishes, glazes, gilding, and wallpaper. The conference agenda will include five sessions covering the following topics:

  • Cultural Significance. The examination of finishes as a social, economic and cultural component of material culture. Papers can address issues such as color taste and history.
  • Paint materials and their development. This is a history of technology session.
  • Health and safety as related to finishes which can include possible alternatives to historic finishes that no longer meet health and safety requirements or issues that arise in the recreating of historic finishes or handcrafted finishes.
  • Analytical and instrumental techniques used in architectural research and standards for these techniques.
  • Replicating, recreating and conservation of historic finishes. Papers should address the context of the finish and how the work is being physically reproduced.

All papers discussing case studies should address one of these topics and the presenters are encouraged to demonstrate how the case study contributes to the field of architectural paint research by providing in-depth analysis of what was learned in the course of the study or project. Presentations are to be 30 minutes in length, held in English.

Abstracts should be 250-300 words, in English, and must include the title, the name of the speaker or speakers, the address of the speaker and any institution they are representing, email address of the speaker and the speaker's resume.

Abstracts are due 1 March 2007 and should be sent to maj152@columbia.edu or by regular mail to Mary Jablonski, Historic Preservation Program, GSAPP, 400 Avery, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA.

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European Network: Culture and Development

Vienna, Austria, 25-27 January 2007

The Vienna Institute for Development and Cooperation (VIDC) is organizing a networking conference entitled European Network: Culture and Development, to be held in Vienna, Austria on 25-27 January 2007. The conference is part of a three-year EC-funded project carried out by the German NGO CulturCooperation e.V. under the title Culture and Development.

The specific objective of this conference is to connect NGOs and other important stakeholders working in culture and development on a European level, aiming to bring together different backgrounds and approaches towards cultural issues in development cooperation, to exchange experiences and to build up links between the participants as networks of interests.

The organizer's vision is to establish such a network within the conference and the EC-project to strengthen the awareness in the development community about the role of culture and the impact of cultural projects on sustainable development. Expected results from the conference include:

  • inspiring dialogue and debate between the different stakeholders among the network;
  • exchange of different experiences and status quo concerning culture and development in European, especially in Eastern and Central Europe, and Scandinavian countries; and
  • building up links between different partners as interest networks which could be the basis for formulating project proposals and implementing common activities and programs.

Participants must submit a one page abstract with a short description of their organization and information about thematic preferences, interests and perspectives for future projects in the area of culture and development as well as a short written statement about their expectations of the conference no later than 12 January 2007. Registration deadline is 31 December 2006.

Contact: Magdalena Weiglhofer, Kulturen in Bewegung / VIDC, Möllwaldplatz 5/3, 1040 Wien, Austria; tel.: (01)7133594/23; fax: (01)7133594/73; e-mail: weiglhofer@vidc.org; www.kultureninbewegung.org

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Planning for Heritage Building Maintenance

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 29 January – 3 February 2007

The Cultural Resource Management Program (CRMP) at the University of Victoria is working with Sam Harris, an architect and engineer specializing in heritage preservation projects, to offer a six-day intensive course entitled Planning for Heritage Building Maintenance, that explores approaches to planning for the sustainable maintenance of heritage structures and buildings. This course for heritage building managers and policy makers, to be held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on 29 January – 3 February 2007, explores both the technical and administrative requirements for heritage building maintenance and provides a practical opportunity to develop a viable maintenance manual for heritage buildings.

The creation and implementation of systematic, cost-effective and sustainable maintenance plans requires that the site manager be an active and knowledgeable participant in the process, with an understanding of the practical dynamics of ongoing and corrective maintenance operations along with the capacity to ensure that these requirements are integrated within the organization's policy and budgetary programs. This course strengthens the understanding of:

  • the role, structure, and content of maintenance plans,
  • supervisory responsibilities and accountability,
  • deterioration mechanisms,
  • intervention options,
  • maintenance as programmed intervention,
  • maintenance objectives and constraints,
  • organizing and specifying maintenance tasks,
  • inspection and documentation requirements,
  • maintenance as a functional system,
  • site and climate issues,
  • maintenance strategies for site, terrain, building envelope, environmental systems, plumbing and power systems, and fixtures, furnishings and finishes, and
  • housekeeping versus maintenance.

Registration deadline is 29 December 2006 using the online registration process at www.uvcs.uvic.ca/crmp/apply.aspx. Further information is available at www.uvcs.uvic.ca/crmp/courses/ha489e-main.aspx.

Contact: Joy Davis, Program Director, Cultural Management Programs, Continuing Studies, University of Victoria, PO Box 3030 Stn CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 3N6, Canada; tel.: (250) 721 8462; fax: (250) 721-8774

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ICCROM Course on Conservation of Built Heritage 2007

Rome, Italy, 1 February - 30 March 2007

To be held in Rome, Italy, from 1 February to 30 March 2007, the ICCROM Course on Conservation of Built Heritage aims to serve a wide range of conservation practitioners and decision makers by placing technical issues in the broader conservation context in order to link them to planning and management concerns. While the first part of the course will consist of an overview of the different approaches and of key concepts in built heritage conservation, the second part will focus on an integrated approach to conservation and management of heritage, providing an opportunity to view conservation concerns related also to the cultural, environmental and sustainability issues. Finally, a portion of the course will be allocated to looking at technical aspects of conservation interventions.

Applications should reach ICCROM by 31 July 2006.

Contact information: ICCROM - Sites Unit, 13 via di San Michele, I-00153 Rome RM, Italy; tel. (+39) 06 585531; fax: (+39) 06 58553349; e-mail: builtheritage07@iccrom.org; www.iccrom.org/eng/01train_en/
announce_en/2007_02BuiltHeritage_en.shtml

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Ninth Annual Kokkalis Graduate Student Workshop

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2 February 2007

The Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Southeast European Study Group, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, invite proposals for papers to be delivered at the ninth annual Kokkalis Graduate Student Workshop, to be held on 02 February 2007 at the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies. Doctoral students are invited to submit proposals the workshop. Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words and should fall into one of following the thematic units:

  • Secularism, Fundamentalism and Pluralism in Southeast Europe:
    Papers should explore trends in secularism, fundamentalism and /or pluralism at the sub-state, inter-state and/r transnational level(s) in Southeast Europe, discussing topics such as the constitutional and legal relationship between religion and the state; the organization, regulation and transformation of religion in public life; the links between religion and nationalism; democratic institution-building and religious human rights; and related subjects.
  • Nontraditional Security Threats in Southeast Europe:
    Countries have faced security threats stemming from military action, politics and diplomacy. Increasingly, however, conflict and instability in Southeast Europe and, indeed, globally are being generated by nontraditional security threats such as terrorism, drug trafficking, health crises, environmental security, illegal immigration, economic and financial security, failures in governance, and information security. Papers should examine these and/or other nontraditional security issues in the region. Preference will be given to papers providing recommendations to improve policymaking to combat these new threats at the local, national and regional levels.
  • Innovative Governance and Entrepreneurship in Southeast Europe:
    Papers should explore experiments in new forms of governance, partnerships and entrepreneurship in the public/private sector in Southeastern Europe and analyze the circumstances under which they emerged, focusing, for example, on new entities, innovative projects, cross-sector partnerships and the circumstances (institutional, managerial, leadership, political, etc) in which they emerged as well as the challenges, dilemmas, and solutions facing the realization of such initiatives. Papers may stem from the domains of public policy, administration and/or management; entrepreneurship in the public, private or NGO sectors; or others.

Countries of focus: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey.

Deadline for submission is 27 November 2006. Proposals and CVs should be submitted online at www.ksg.harvard.edu/scholarship_form/GSW/index.html or be sent to Kokkalis_Program@ksg.harvard.edu.

A number of grants for travel and accommodation are available. For details, please visit: www.ksg.harvard.edu/kokkalis.

Contact: Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland St. at Cabot Way, Cambridge MA 02138, USA; tel.: 617-495-4303; fax: 617-495-8509; www.ces.fas.harvard.edu

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La Rencontre de Sibiu

Sibiu, Romania, 8-11 February 2007

Marking the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union, Les Rencontres will hold its Committee Meeting in Sibiu, Romania on 09 February 2007 and organize a European thematic seminar under the title First Steps in The European Union on 10 February 2007, aiming to assess the role of local and regional authorities in the construction of European cultural policies since the accession to the EU of ten countries in 2004 and Romania and Bulgaria in 2007. Taking place from 8-11 February 2007, La Rencontre de Sibiu will provide an opportunity to meet representatives of the new member states and discover Sibiu, the European capital of culture in 2007.

Registration needs to be submitted by 26 January 2007. Registration forms and details can be obtained at www.lesrencontres.org/sibiu/sibiu_bulletin_inscription_gb.pdf.

Contact: Les rencontres, 8, villa d'Alésia, 75014 Paris, France; tel.: + 33 1 56 54 26 36; fax +33 1 45 38 70 13; e-mail: info@lesrencontres.org, www.lesrencontres.org

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Festival Complicitats 2007 Meeting

Barcelona, Spain, 12-18 February 2007

Within the framework of Festival Complicitats 2007, a new international and intercultural contemporary dance festival taking place on 20 January - 18 February 2007, La Mekanica will organize an international meeting of professional contemporary dance makers of the Mediterranean (both Arab and European countries), to be held in Barcelona, Spain on 12-18 February 2007.

Eight professional young contemporary choreographers and dancers will be invited to work together with other guest participants in training, research and creation workshops, in an artistic and cultural exchange context. At the end of the meeting, a final debate will be held and a showing of the works developed during the meeting will take place. The organizers of the festival will assume travel and accomodation (lodging + per diems) expenses for all guest participants.

Eligible countries are Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Lybia, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Portugal, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey. Working languages are English and French.

Application deadline is 8 December 2006, a letter of motivation and C.V. should be sent to lamekanica@lamekanica.com.

Contact: La Mekanica, C/Pallars, 160 BIS, Bajos 9, 08005 Barcelona, Spain; tel./fax: +34 933 568 989.

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The Art of Growing: Lifecycles of Festivals and Events

Call for Papers - 16th IFEA Europe Annual Conference
Athens, Greece, 14-17 February 2007

The Hellenic Culture Organisation (HCO) announces the 16th IFEA Europe Annual Conference, the leading festivals and events management Conference in Europe, to be held in Athens, Greece on 14-17 February 2007 with the central theme of The Art of Growing: Lifecycles of Festivals and Events. Following the successful organisation of the 1st Balkan Performing Arts Market, HCO is undertaking its next venture towards the creation of strong bonds and mutual exchanges among different cultural environments.

As IFEA Europe is coorganizing a global Festival Research Summit in Melbourne, Australia in July 2007, no special Research Stream will be presented during this year's Annual Conference. Instead, a limited number of selected papers will be presented as part of the general conference programme.

The IFEA conference will bring together professionals from around the world related to the festival and public events industry: festival managers, policymakers, consultants, marketeers, suppliers and academics. Leading experts will facilitate inspiring keynotes, panels will offer thought-provoking discussions and colleagues will present refreshing workshops on subjects related to the management of festivals and public events, their lifecycle and marketing. Conference delegates will profit from new ideas, full of new inspiration and establish cooperation with new interesting contacts, exchanging knowledge on arising trends and good practice.

Abstracts on the lifecycles and growth of festivals and public events should be sent to athens@ifeaeurope.com before 22 December 2006.

Contact: NHTV Conference Bureau; tel.: +31 (0)76 530 27 58; e-mail: athens@ifeaeurope.com; www.ifeaeurope.com/athens/

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(G)Local Media in Transition – The Case of South-Eastern Europe 1990-2007

Skopje, Macedonia, 8-10 March 2007

The University of New York in Skopje announces an international 3-day conference entitled (G)Local Media in Transition – The Case of South-Eastern Europe 1990-2007, to take place in Skopje, FYRM on 8-10 March 2007. Topics will include:

  • The Public's Confidence in the Media,
  • Journalists as Political Actors,
  • Chances, Trials and Tribulations of On-line Journalism and Blogs,
  • Independent Media – Must they remain a Myth?,
  • What was/is the role Transitional Countries’ Media in reinforcing Democracy?,
  • Covering Conflict,
  • Actual/Applied Freedom of Access to Information,
  • Changing Media Ownership,
  • Creative Media.

The speakers list includes journalists and media workers from France, the USA, Greece, Germany, Serbia, Albania, Turkey and Macedonia. Local and international organizations offering their support include the Journalists’ Association of Macedonia (ZNM), the Macedonian Media Institute (MIM) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

The deadline for the receipt of papers is 20 January 2007.

For further information, enrolment and proposals for papers please contact: Department of Communication Studies, University of New York in Skopje, 1 000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; tel.: ++ 389 (0)2 2034 600; e-mail: briel@unys.edu.mk

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New Museums: An Efficient Tool for Social Cohesion and Local Development

Val-de-Marne, France, on 12-13 March 2007

INTA, the International Urban Development Association and Direct94, the Delegation for the Economic and Cultural Relations of the County Council of Val-de-Marne in France, have taken the initiative for a European reflection on the role of cultural institutions as tools for mediation and redevelopment of the public urban space. An international seminar will take place in Val-de-Marne, France, on 12-13 March 2007, under the title of New Museums: An Efficient Tool for Social Cohesion and Local Development.

Today, the role of cultural facilities is central in the future development and the attractivity of territories. Cultural infrastructures in the urban environment have multiple impacts: generating economic flows, stimulating creativity among the population, and shaping the built and natural environment. Today, these cultural facilities foster the revitalisation of neighbourhoods, contributing to new synergies and inducing positive transformation on their territories.

It is important to assign cultural facilities with a higher prominence in order to promote their attractiveness and to heighten the role of the local actors and decision-makers. Through the exchange of experiences we aim to specify the role of 'New Museums' in social cohesion and local development.

For more information, please contact: INTA International Secretariat, Toussaintkade 71, NL-2513CL The Hague,, The Netherlands; www.inta-aivn.org.

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Mapping the Cultural Economy in the Euro-
Mediterranean Region

8th Mediterranean Research Meeting - Call for Papers
Florence and Montecatini Terme, Italy, 21–25 March 2007

Within the framework of its 8th Mediterranean Research Meeting, to be held in Florence and Montecatini Terme, Italy on 21–25 March 2007, the European University Institute will host a workshop directed by Yudhishthir Raj Isar and Luís Bonet under the title Mapping the Cultural Economy in the Euro-Mediterranean Region.

The workshop will explore aspects of the cultural economy in the region, in particular on its eastern and southern shores. It will seek to map the state of cultural enterprise across the region – the term being understood as a broad range of market-related cultural activities – thus exploring cultural industries stricto senso (many of which are rather more incipient than fully developed in this region) as well as atrisanal endeavours in fields such as handicrafts, exploitation of the intangible heritage, artistic production, etc.

The main focus will be on the political economy of these cultural enterprises large and small, including the relationship to the reconfigurations of the economy in a financialized and globalized world. Yet sociological and semiological analyses of cultural phenomena as symbolic production systems of collective representation that are central in forging visions of public identity (national or local) will also be relevant. The workshop will thus map the economic as well as social nature, dimensions and significance of the cultural economy in different countries.

Applications deadline is 10 July 2006. The online application form is available at www.rscas.org/addrecord.asp.

Contact information: Mediterranean Meeting, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Via delle Fontanelle 19, 50016 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI), Italy; www.iue.it/RSCAS/Research/Mediterranean/mrm2007/Index.shtml

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CDRN Interactive and Sensing Technologies Workshop

Toronto, Canada, 22-25 March 2007

The Mobile Nation Summit and the Canadian Design Research Network (CDRN) will co-host a two-day workshop as art of the Mobile Nation Summit conference programme from 22-25 March 2007 in Toronto, Canada. Deadline for submissions is 15 February 2007, accepted papers will be presented during a plenary session and will be published in the conference proceedings. In addition, full-day workshops will be held to explore new mobile and sensing technologies authoring environments.

The organizers also invite you to share your investigations, installations, new technologies, and designs in case-story reports (2-4 pages in length) that explore themes related to pervasive and ubiquitous computing, locative experiences, participatory culture, social computing, interactive art, speculative design, distributed creativity, hacking, circuit bending, urban narratives, mapping, open sourcing, performance art, and experimental visualization. Accepted case-stories will be presented as a plenary track in the Mobile Nation Summit and in the proceedings.

For submission template and details, please see echo.iat.sfu.ca/mobilenation_workshop/.

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Europe Metropoles Network Annual Meeting

Paris, France on 23-24 March 2007

Under the High Patronage of Christian Poncelet, President of French Senate and the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Europe Metropoles Network will hold their annual meeting in Paris, France on 23-24 March 2007, aiming to bring together ideas and experiences for the effective management of emerging problems related to ill-conceived urban development.

The two-day meeting will bring together over 200 local councillors from all 25 member States in the European Parliament as well as Bulgaria and Romania, presenting an opportunity for local players within the European Community to discuss the major challenges ahead and the new expectations of our fellow citizen. The opening and closing addresses will be in plenary session. Fifteen round table discussions will focus on the broad range of participants' issues and interests.

Simultaneous translation will be provided in French, English and German. The plenary session addresses, guest speaker contributions and round table discussions will be recorded. Written versions in French and English will be available in the course of summer 2007.

Registration deadline is 28 February 2007. Registration forms are available online at www.europemetropoles.com/IMG/doc/RegistrationformGB.doc.

Organising committee: Europe Metropoles, Marie-Carole de Kerizouet, 23 rue de Saint Petersbourg, 75008 Paris, France; tel.: +33 (0)1 58 59 00 10; fax: +33 (0) 1 58 59 00 11; e-mail: contact@europemetropoles.com; www.europemetropoles.com/article.php3?id_article=1993

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Song, Stage and Screen II

Call for Papers
Leeds, UK, 23-25 March 2007

Contributions are invited to this conference organised by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of the University of Leeds, which aims to bring together scholars from all over the world in any discipline, working on the relationship between music and the stage/screen. Papers, panels and workshops on the following themesare welcome:

  • The body performing music(al) theatre
  • Semiotics of escapism: watching music(al) theatre
  • Music(al) theatre as voyeurism
  • Contemporary British music(al) theatre
  • Post-modernism and songs on stage
  • Ideology, politics and the musical stage
  • Globalisation and the consumption of the musical stage
  • Problems of genre: opera / music(al) theatre
  • Utopia and reality: escapism and the screen musical
  • Gender and sexuality in Music(al) Theatre
  • Analysis: the fusion of words and music
  • Paralinguistics and the rhetorical expression of music in song

Abstracts of no more than 200 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to the conference co-ordinator, Sue Jones, pcusj@leeds.ac.uk by 5 January 2007. For details, please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/paci/songstagescreen.html.

Contact: Dr George Rodosthenous, g.rodosthenous@leeds.ac.uk and Mr Arthur Pritchard, a.g.pritchard@leeds.ac.uk, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, Bretton Campus, University of Leeds LS2 9JT

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Agenda 21 for Culture: Towards a New Cultural Governance

ENCATC Workshop
Lyon, France, 27-28 March 2007

ENCATC announces its workshop entitled The Agenda 21 for Culture: Towards a New Cultural Governance, to be held in Lyon, France on 27-28 March 2007, organised with the University Lumière Lyon2 (Faculty of Anthropology and Sociology) in partnership with the Working Group on Culture of the world organisation United Cities and Local Governments – UCLG and with the support of the National Observatory of Cultural Policies, Grenoble / France.

This workshop is organised to follow the Bratislava meeting of ENCACT focused on Competence in Diversity – Diversity on Competence. The event is expected to attract ENCATC members, politicians and representatives of Agenda 21 from international, European and national institutions as well as members of WG Agenda 21 within the Cultural Forum (Eurocities). The Agenda 21 for culture has set the principles for running policies promoting cultural diversity at local levels. The meeting's objectives are to:

  • identify working perspectives and professional opportunities on Agenda 21 for cultural managers;
  • strengthen the transsectorial approach to cultural life in cities and promote policy debate with the civil society;
  • share experiences of policies for cultural diversity at local levels;
  • define what kind of specific skills and knowledge are required for acting in the field of cultural diversity and intercultural projects;
  • introduce some good practices in training on these subjects and innovate in pedagogy; and
  • improve access to researches and links between trainers and researchers on this specific theme.

Registrations are available online at www.encatc.org/register before 20 March 2007.

For members from Central and Eastern European countries, a very limited number of travel grants will be available through the Thomassen Fund. The Thomassen application form and guidelines are available at www.encatc.org/EN/thomassen_fund/index.lasso.

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Re-Thinking Beirut

Milano, Italy, 27 March – 13 May 2007

After presenting a number of projects dedicated to the culture of Cyprus, aMAZElab, Milano, the cultural lab dealing largely with micro-geography and emerging cultures, proposes Re-Thinking Beirut, a project dedicated to the concept of sustainability in the cultural, artistical, architectonical, social, political and human reconstruction of Beirut. The complexity of the Lebanese society is presented through visual installations, video projections, and a series of lectures and meetings with professors, theoreticians and artists to be held on 27 March – 13 May 2007 in Milano, Italy.

Dedicated to the current cultural, social and geo-political aspects of the city, the project sets out to investigate contemporary Beirut life, a city highly representative of the complexity of the Lebanese mosaic, through the contributions of intellectuals of the highest level, as well as through an arts exhibition programme accompanied by a cycle of conferences.

On the basis of a multi-faceted point of view, and with the use of a multi-disciplinary approach - with contributions from artists, architects, sociologists, geographers, journalists, etc. - the project sets out to investigate the new urban geography, both physical and mental: the former represented by the new territorial occupation and the rapid urban and social transformations; the latter, by the city's relationship with itself, through its socio-cultural nature and its pluralism. An enormous collage of images and words, a visual installation. The programme will be enhanced by a series of meetings at the Triennale Museum Milano.

With the support of the European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam; Assessorato Cultura, Provincia di Milano; ArtBook Triennale, Milano and in collaboration with Ashkal Alwan Foundation, Beirut.

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14th Triennial Symposium on African Art

Gainesville, Florida, USA, 28 March - 1 April 2007

The theme of the 2007 Triennial Symposium on African Art to be held in Gainesville, Florida, USA from 28 March to 1 April 2007, emphasizes the place of African expressive arts in global contexts, encouraging panels and papers that address Africa's international and trans-cultural reach. In selecting this theme, the organizers seek to foreground the ways in which African arts in all media draw from and contribute to global histories, cultures, and aesthetics. These global connections are particularly dramatic in the growing field of contemporary African art, in which artists study, exhibit, sell their work, and live all over the world.

The aim of the symposium is to meet, network, share best practices, and brainstorm about issues that are important to access and quality in the art curriculum, teaching-learning and assessment in some countries in Africa to develop creative and practical solutions for positive changes in the shape of the discipline of art education in the continent. It is anticipated that the gathering will lead to advocacy forums, programs development, project initiative and implementation to facilitate, or improve the art curriculum, teaching-learning, and assessment in some countries in Africa.

The deadline for the submission of paper abstracts is 15 September 2006. Abstracts should include: the title, a proposal not to exceed one page describing the theme and scope of the presentation, a short abstract (not to exceed 100 words), audiovisual needs, and contact information.

Contact: Victoria Rovine, Program Chair, School of Art and Art History and Center for African Studies, University of Florida, Box 115801, Gainesville, FL 32611-5801, USA; tel.:(352) 392-0201, ext. 226; fax: (352) 392-8453; e-mail: vrovine@africa.ufl.edu; www.doce-conferences.ufl.edu/ACASA/

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International Performing Arts Laboratory

Riga, Latvia, 30 March – 04 April 2007

Organized by the International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE), the International Performing Arts Laboratory will be held in Riga, Latvia, on 30 March – 04 April 2007. It is open to script writers, playwrights, directors, actors of dramatic, physical, musical and dance theatres, dancers, choreographers and teachers of theatre methods looking for change, transformation and the new creative turning-points in professional work.

Participants will become acquainted with the creative method developed by Sergey Ostrenko during his long-term research together with members of the IUGTE Creative Laboratory – a team of professional directors, actors, dancers, choreographers and psychologists with specialization in performing arts. The system formed under the influence of various exercises and techniques of traditional and contemporary theatre training.

The Laboratory provides an opportunity to establish new contacts with colleagues from other parts of the world, to share experiences, challenges and successes in the atmosphere of a group creative process, and to discover new ideas and inspiration for future creative projects. The Laboratory programme includes intensive practical training, lectures and discussions.

A limited number of places is available on a competitive basis. Please send your detailed CV and a brief letter of motivation to info@iugte.com. Registration will be closed when the group is full.

Contact: International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE), Inga Ryazanoff, Chief Executive, and Sergey Ostrenko, President, tel. + 44 077 655 736 84, + 44 020 892 609 70; e-mail: info@iugte.com, iugte@mail.ru; www.iugte.com

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Cultural Impact Assessment and Maritime Achaeology

Third Annual Field School
Galle, Sri Lanka, 1-9 April 2007

Applications are now open for the third Annual Field School entitled Cultural Impact Assessment and Maritime Achaeology, organized by the UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM), to be held in Galle, Sri Lanka on 1-9 April 2007. Application deadline is 31 December 2006.

The upcoming event will focus on integrated conservation management in an underwater context. It will provide the opportunity to study heritage conservation in real-life situations with the guidance of leading experts in this field. The curriculum will be divided into lectures, group work and field trips, addressing technical issues as well as legal and political frameworks, participatory models and heritage interpretation.

Online registration deadline is 31 December 2006.

Contact email: asian-academy@unescobkk.org; www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=4944

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International Dance Competitions

Barcelona, Spain, 5-9 April 2007 and Florence, Italy, 21-25 June 2007

Dance schools, departments and groups are invited to perform at two prestigious international dance events – the Barcelona Dance Awards, to be held in Barcelona, Spain on 5-9 April 2007 and the Dance Grand Prix Italy, taking place in Venice and Florence, Italy on 21-25 June 2007.

The main focus will be ballet and dance: classical, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip hop / funk, folk and tap dance. Application deadlines are 5 March and 1 May 2007 respectively. Further information is available at web.tiscali.it/rossi.valte/.

Contact email: rossi.valte@tiscali.it

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2007 International Cuenca Biennial

Cuenca, Ecuador, 11 April - 8 June 2007

Under the title Identity Spaces and Time, the 9th edition of the Cuenca Biennal, to be held on 11 April – 8 June 2007, will focus on collective commemoration in the space-time structure of the city. The year 2007 marks anniversaries of both the Biennal and the city of Cuenca, Ecuador: the Biennal celebrates its 20th year of existence and Cuenca, which is part of UNESCO's World Heritage List, its 450th jubilee of Spanish foundation.

In the contemporary city, the globalized city, that is conditioned and that depends upon the new paradigms of communication, based on technological development, determined by the economic phenomenon of internationalization of the economy, where city, time and space tend to become universal: time is the time of communicative flows, the time of velocity and the instantaneous; space is increasingly the virtual space of the media, of technology, and of the market. The urban experience is that of a space trapped in time.

The Convocation of the IX Biennial of Cuenca is an invitation to become moles, to use their strategy, to make this time the time of the mole: to create-search for those spaces called chronotopes, not to represent them, but to capture their intensity, the power residing there, and to express it, to unfold it.

Contact: International Painting Bienial of Cuenca, Calle Bolívar 12-60 y Juan Montalvo, Cuenca, Ecuador; tel.: (593) 7 2831 778 - (593) 7 2834 253; fax: (593) 7 2831 879; e-mail: curaduria@bienaldecuenca.org or asistente@bienaldecuenca.org; www.bienaldecuenca.org

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Mov-s

Barcelona, Spain, 12-15 April 2007

Mov-s, a new space for the international exchange on dance and movement arts, will take place at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, Spain on 12-15 April 2007, with the aim to bridge the gap between artists, dance organizations and movement arts in Spain and abroad in order to establish natural forms of collaboration, uniting dance and movement professionals in a performance programme, discussion sessions, project presentations and parallel meetings.

For details, please contact: info@mov-s.org or see www.mercatflors.org

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Second International Conference on Multicultural Discourses

Call for Papers
Hangzhou, China, 13-15 April 2007

After its First International Conference on Multicultural Discourses held in October 2004 in Hangzhou, China, turned out to be an international academic success, the Institute of Discourse and Cultural Studies of the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China is announcing a call for papers for the Second International Conference on Multicultural Discourses, to be held in Hangzhou on 13-15 April 2007.

Representing a new and much needed direction in social science in general and discourse studies in particular, the conference has been turned into a tri-annual event. The Second International Conference on Multicultural Discourses remains committed to the original aims, namely, the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue and critique in discourse / language / communication scholarship, the study of discourses of marginalized cultures, and research into new discourses promoting cultural solidarity and prosperity. To be presented through keynote speeches, parallel paper sessions, panel discussions and fora with invited speakers, the conference topics will include the following:

  • concepts and theories of language / communication / discourse outside the dominant paradigms and the related research and teaching traditions;
  • intercultural dialogue, critique and cross-fertilization in discourse / language / communication studies;
  • globalization of non-western intellectual traditions;
  • discourses that reflect the realities, issues, concerns and aspirations of marginalized or otherwise troubled groups and communities;
  • new or alternative discourses of cultural cohesion and progress;
  • needs and norms for conducting intercultural and international communication; and
  • localization of English as international language.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (one page per author) and panel proposals (complete with individual half-page abstracts) to discourses@zju.edu.cn and mdiscourses@yahoo.com is 1 November 2006. A selection of the papers will be published in an edited volume.

Contact: Wendy Zhao, Institute of Discourse and Cultural Studies, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 310058; e-mail: discourses@zju.edu.cn and mdiscourses@yahoo.com; www.shixu.com/institute-conference

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Cultural Management and the State of the Field

Helsinki, Finland, 19-20 April 2007

The Cultural Management Program at Humak University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland invites 20 academics and practitioners to participate in the first of a series of symposia on cultural management topics, to be held on 19-20 April 2007. The goal of the symposium is to provide an opportunity for reflection and discussion within the cultural management community on issues concerning the state of the field. The participants may also elect to take part in an International Week for Erasmus presentations at Humak's Kauniainen Unit on 16-18 April.

Symposium topics will include:

  • the role of the cultural manager and cultural management in a global society,
  • the cultural manager as a global citizen,
  • cultural citizenship in the context of national identity vs. international identity,and
  • culture as a theoretical tool.

The forum will result in published proceedings. To participate please submit a one page (maximum) paper with ideas and thoughts on the topic of the cultural manager as a global citizen. The deadline for application is 31 January 2007. Successful applicants will be notified by 28 February 2007. Application papers should be sent to: Pekka Vartiainen, PhD, Principal Lecturer, pekka.vartiainen@humak.edu.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. The host will provide some meals during the symposium.

Contact: Constance DeVereaux, Program Director and Associate Professor, Arts Management, Shenandoah University, 224 Ruebush Hall, 1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601, USA; tel.: 540.665.5586; e-mail: cdeverea@su.edu

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Fifth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association

Portland, Oregon, USA, 19-21 April 2007

The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) invites participation in its Fifth Annual Meeting from all areas and topics of relevance to Cultural Studies, including but not limited to literature, history, sociology, geography, anthropology, communications, popular culture, cultural theory, queer studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, postcolonial studies, media and film studies, material culture studies, performance and visual arts studies.

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association will be held at the Portland State University, Oregon, USA on 19 to 21 April 2007, providing a forum for scholars, students, and other persons interested in Cultural Studies in all its diverse manifestations to exchange their work and ideas across disciplinary lines and institutional locations.

The conference will feature plenaries on Ethics and the Environment; post 9/11 America and the World; and Asia, the Pacific Rim, and Capitalism. Registration details are available at www.csaus.pitt.edu/frame_home.htm.

Contact: Karen Lillis, CSA Administrator, Cultural Studies Program, 2205 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA; tel.:: 412-624-7232; fax: 412-624-6492; e-mail: csaus@pitt.edu

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10th US/ICOMOS International Symposium

San Francisco, California, USA 19-21 April 2007

Balancing Culture, Conservation and Economic Development: Heritage Tourism in and around the Pacific Rim is the title of the upcoming 10th US/ICOMOS International Symposium, to be held in San Francisco, California, USA, on 19-21 April 2007, hosted by the Architectural Resources Group and the Presidio Trust. A call for abstracts that discuss the basic themes of culture, conservation, and economics as related to heritage tourism within the Pacific Rim (all countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, as well as the island nations and cultures that are located within it) has been issued. Additionally, the symposium will consider how experiences in the Pacific Rim relate to other regions of the world. Papers related to illustrative experiences from specific sites are encouraged. The topics will address the full range of challenges associated with its economic, social and cultural impact, in accordance with three basic sub-themes:

  • Impact - how heritage tourism has benefited and/or negatively impacted local communities and/or the cultural sites themselves.
  • Authenticity - the issues of authenticity and presentation that heritage tourism brings forth, and how these issues have been managed, as well as the eventual effect of tourism on the authenticity of the place.
  • Values - how the unique tangible and intangible cultural values and resources have been protected at sites impacted by heritage tourism while enhancing, as opposed to compromising, their economic value, and how tourism has been used to increase the economic value of sites without compromising the cultural values.

US/ICOMOS undertakes this symposium to present effective or innovative models for heritage tourism management and successful management plans and planning documents that address challenges of tourist visitation to historical and cultural sites and their ultimate sustainability.

250-word abstracts for presentation or poster sessions should be sent to symposium@usicomos.org with copy to arg@argsf.org by 15 November 2006.

Contact: US/ICOMOS, Attn: 10th Symposium Abstracts, 401 F Street NW, Suite 331, Washington DC, 20001-2728, USA; e-mail: symposium@usicomos.org; www.icomos.org/usicomos/Symposium/
SYMP07/2007_Symposium_Call_for_Abstracts.htm

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Changes: Chances and Challenges. Music and the Future

2007 Annual EMC Meeting and Conference
Barcelona, Spain, 19-21 April 2007

The Catalan Music Council and EMC, along with Europa Cantat and its regional member Moviment Coral Català are announcing their Annual Meeting 2007 and the conference Changes: Chances and Challenges. Music and the Future, to take place in Barcelona, Spain from 19-21 April 2007.

Globalisation and the digital revolution impose enormous changes on the music world. Musical and cultural diversity need to be protected and promoted as they face substantial challenges. The 2007 Annual Conference of the European Music Council is aiming towards the future of music. What are the changes, what are the chances and what are the challenges lying ahead in the coming years? For this conference, experts from the civil society and from politics as well as from the music and culture field will discuss the future challenges for music in a globalising world. Practical capacity building workshops will offer tools for the everyday work in a musical organisation for today and for the future.

A draft programme for the conference is accessible at www.emc-imc.org/
archiv/programme_barca07.pdf
. Registration deadline is 1 March 2007. The online-registration form is available at www.emc-imc.org.

Conference details: www.emc-imc.org/archiv/general_information_barca07.pdf.

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SIETAR Europa Congress

Call for Papers
Sofia, Bulgaria, 25-29 April 2007

The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR), the world's largest network of professional interculturalists, is organizing the SIETAR Europa Congress to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 25-29 April 2007. The SIETAR 2007 congress theme is East, West, North and South: Culture's Influences on Economy, Politics, Ecology and Religion.

Paper and workshop proposals are invited for the following themes:

  • new approaches in intercultural theory and research;
  • ethics of intercultural education and training;
  • environment, ecology and culture;
  • religious diversity within Europe and religious challenges to cultural work;
  • intercultural aspects of EU project work;
  • cultural diversity in multicultural societies;
  • cultural diversity in the corporate world;
  • new methods in intercultural training and education;
  • intercultural trainings in business settings;
  • intercultural trainings in healthcare, schooling and social work;
  • special focus Eastern Europe: challenges of EU-accession; and
  • special focus Eastern Europe: state of the art of intercultural work.

Paper presentations will be limited to 45 minutes, workshops to 90 minutes, both including discussion. Workshops are required to be interactive; both papers and workshops can be authored either by individuals or by teams.

Proposals must be submitted in English, in the form of abstracts of up to 1000 words, and must relate to one of the above themes. Abstracts are to be submitted electronically, either in Word or PDF, by 31 October 2006 to papers@sietar-europa.org. They must include short CV's of the author(s) and information about their affiliation to the intercultural field as well as participation in or presentations made at previous SIETAR conferences if they are not first-time presenters.

Contact: Mirka Lachka, Special Events Coordinator, Résidence L'Argentière, Bât-A, 637 Boulevard de la Tavernière, F-06210 Mandelieu la Napoule, France; tel.: +33 8 77 92 33 70; cell :+33 6 15 48 01 18; www.sietar-europa.org

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Enter_Unknown Territories

International New Technology Arts Festival
Cambridge, UK, 25-29 April 2007

Enter_Unknown Territories is the first edition of an international new technology arts festival, to take place in Cambridge, UK on 25-29 April 2007. Through public events, workshops, live performances and conferences, the festival will address, explore and question the possibilities of making and experiencing new technology arts.

Audience-come-participants will be invited to interact with a host of regional, national and international artists. As art and new technology practice challenge the borders between creative disciplines, contemporary culture and commerce, the relationships shift between producer and consumer. As these boundaries are contested, dissolved and reformed, new kinds of spaces are emerging for creativity, discussion and experience.

The conference provides an opportunity to explore these new spaces and maps the potential for collaboration and exchange. Bringing together different territories of knowledge, a dialogue will take place in a relaxed environment that encourages all participants to contribute to an open debate. Representatives from the arts, media, academia, science and business will come together to create a multi-disciplinary super network.

The conference will explore three topics (Participation and Consumption, Control Technology and Sustainable Technology) as catalysts for discussion and examine existing international exemplary practices to highlight potential new spaces for future collaboration in the Eastern region and beyond. This will include the Arts Council's Artist Placements in Industry Scheme and will also feature the launch of Uncommon Ground, a body of research and essays commissioned by Virtueel Platform (NL).

Contact: The Junction, 2 Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX, UK; tel.: 01223 578 000; email: enter@junction.co.uk

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Cultural Diversity - Europe's Wealth. Bringing the UNESCO Convention to Life

Essen, Germany, 26-28 April 2007

Within the context of Germany's 2007 Presidency of the European Council, the German Commission for UNESCO is organising an international conference entitled Cultural Diversity - Europe's Wealth. Bringing the UNESCO Convention to Life, to be held on 26-28 April 2007 in Essen, Germany, the European Capital of Culture 2010.

The event will hold a broad-based debate on the concept of cultural diversity – what it means, where its dangers lie and where it offers particular opportunities. How can the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions be brought to life by cooperation when it comes into effect, probably in the first half of the year 2007? What does this mean for the European Union? The debate will be lead through thematic fora on film, music, role of the civil society, north-south cooperation, and media politics. Together with representatives of the international civil society ideas and propsals will be elaborated and elements for a European action paper will be developed.

With regard to capacity building for young colleagues, in the context of the mentee programme entitled Forum U 40, a structured preparatory work with young experts will be conducted starting in January 2007. Up to ten European PhD students, postgraduates, young professionals and similarly qualified young experts will participate in the conference with a pre-workshop to be held on 26 April 2007 and their own forum. A first working session will be held in Bonn, Germany, on 13 February 2007.

Papers should take up proposals made in the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. Chief points of reference for the fora Music / Film / State and Civil Society in Cooperation / North-South Cooperation / Urban Development are culture and development, digitalization, international cultural economy, and communication.

Online application to the mentee-programme (800-word paper required) and registration for the conference is open at www.unesco.de up to 31 January 2007. Working languages are German, English and French.

Contact: Anna Steinkamp, Programme assistant Culture, German Commission for UNESCO, Colmantstr. 15, 53115 Bonn, Germany; tel.: +49-228-604 97-25 / -0; fax: +49-228-604 97-30; e-mail steinkamp@unesco.de; www.unesco.de

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Logo Cities: Signage, Branding and Lettering in Public Space

Montréal, Canada, 4-5 May 2007

A two-day symposium presented by the Logo Cities project will take place at Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, on 4-5 May 2007.

Cities are awash in 'public lettering': street signs, newspaper mastheads, road signs, high-rise corporate logos, store/shop/ restaurant signs, engravings on buildings and monuments, etc. They are at once branding and promotional devices; names (of buildings); labels; locating devices; material and technological artifacts; pieces of graphic, typographic, and industrial design; architectural heritage; industrial detritus; personal and cultural narratives. They are also intricately linked to the dominant preoccupations of the city: high-rise logos, for example, eloquently describe the commercial, financial, civic, even religious priorities of a particular urban locale - especially at night.

It is all the more surprising, given their sheer ubiquity, that signs have received relatively little coordinated attention - critical, creative, or otherwise. The Logo Cities symposium aims to draw together scholars, designers, artists, and artisans to foster an informed, critical dialogue about signage, branding, and lettering in public space. We invite expressions of interest and proposals for scholarly papers, panels and screenings that critically and/or creatively interrogate the intersections of signage, branding and lettering in public space. We are especially interested in historical case studies; design and typographic studies; activist, artistic, and new media interventions; and critical cultural analyses that offer new and adventurous insights into these phenomena.

Deadline for formal proposals is 28 February 2007.

Send enquiries and proposals to: Matt Soar, Department of Communication, Studies, Concordia University: tel.: (514) 848-2424 x2542; e-mail: logocities.symposium@gmail.com; www.logocities.org

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Festival Rose d'Or

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, 5–9 May 2007

The Festival Rose d'Or hosts the most prestigious international awards for entertainment television programmes and represents the cultural and most important business rendezvous for the onscreen entertainment community. After 43 years in Montreux, catering exclusively for an industry clientele, the Festival decided to plan additional events with a wider audience appeal. Following a detailed appraisal, the organisers of the Festival realised this strategic shift also required changes in infrastructure and venue, and took the decision to hold the Festival Rose d'Or in Lucerne.

The 47th edition of the Festival Rose d'Or will take place at the shores of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, on 5–9 May 2007. Under the new management of Freddy Burger Management, the only international television festival which takes entertainment seriously will stay in Lucerne but return to its original format, catering for the television industry exclusively.

The Festival's goal has always been to reward originality, quality and creativity in entertainment programming, and to encourage excellence in television and new media. Throughout its history, the Rose d'Or has gathered the best of the year's new entertainment and made it easy for international broadcasters, buyers, producers and press to get an overview. Around 40 countries are regularly represented at the Festival.

Contact: Rose d'Or AG, Carmenstrasse 12, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland; tel.: +41 44 265 56 01; fax: +41 44 265 56 99; e-mail: info@rosedor.ch

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5th Euro American Campus on Cultural Cooperation

Almada, Portugal, 8-12 May 2007

The 5th Euro American Campus on Cultural Cooperation will be held in Almada, Portugal, on 8-12 May 2007. The general theme will be Intercultural Dialogue and the specific sub themes will cover networking, research and creators, diversity and development, with special emphasis on the role of young people and artists. For more information, please contact campus@interarts.net or see www.interarts.net.

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Shortcut Europe 2007 - The European Cultural Centres in the Experience Economy

Copenhagen, Denmark, 9-11 May 2007

The European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) will hold a conference under the title Shortcut Europe 2007 - The European Cultural Centres in the Experience Economy, to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 9-11 May 2007.

The experience economy is a relatively new concept. The term covers all aspects of the economy that are connected - in the broadest sense - with the selling and buying of experiences. An essential part of this economy is directly linked to the development of artistic and cultural activities, and thereby directly connected with the work carried out in Europe's many cultural centres.

Theories of experience economy are continually being developed, and there is much to indicate that experience as a product can be a dominant factor in European cultural policy. This development presents several new opportunities for locally-based and participant-based cultural institutions, as culture houses are. This is because cultural centres can be seen as experts when it comes to engaging and developing experiences on the basis of the citizens' own activities and the citizens' own engagement. In this light, one can say that the cultural centres are holding their own in the competition with private interests on the market.

Shortcut Europe 07-Copenhagen seeks to investigate and to create the frameworks for debate about the significance of this development with the help of presentations from several experts in the area of cultural policy and cultural development. The conference will endeavour to provide all the participants with the economic theories of experience economy and to give the possibility to obtain and create experiences in a variety of ways and venues.

The deadline for online registration at www.hid.dk is 30 April 2007.

For further information, please see: www.encc.eu.

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Citizen's Action, Power and Politics

4th CEE Citizens Network Civil Society Conference
Tallin, Estonia, 17-19 May 2007

The 4th CEE Citizens Network Civil Society Conference entitled Citizen's Action, Power and Politics, to be held in Tallin, Estonia, on 17-19 May 2007, invites representatives of civic initiatives, NGOs, other civil society organisations, local authorities, public authorities and officials from Central and Eastern Europe, Europe, USA and other regions as well as representatives of European structures to exchange information, knowledge and experiences. Through plenary sessions, thematic and cross-sector workshops, the event will present a number of keynote speeches, case studies and best practice examples.

Please contact Helmut Hallemaa at helmut.hallemaa@mail.ee for more information, and Agu Laius at agu@jti.ee for registration issues, or visit www.emy.ee/4ceecn/ and www.ceecn.net.

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Annual Conference of Compendium Authors

Zagreb, Croatia, 19 May 2007

The Council of Europe / ERICarts Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe project will hold its annual conference of Compendium authors in Zagreb, Croatia, on 19 May 2007.

For more information, please see www.culturalpolicies.net.

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InterRegional Music Crossroads Festival

Harare, Zimbabwe, on 24-27 May 2007

Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), the world's largest youth music network, has the pleasure of invitating to the 8th annual showcase of Southern Africa's best young musical performers. The InterRegional Music Crossroads Festival, to be held in Harare, Zimbabwe, on 24-27 May 2007, features bands from Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

JMI's Music Crossroads Southern Africa (MCSA) program is open to young bands (with musicians aged 15-24) of all styles, including ethnic/traditional, pop, rock, hip-hop and all imaginable mergers in between. To reach the InterRegional Festival, bands have first to win in local, provincial and national competitions, which are organised annually by national MCSA organizations.

MCSA, founded in 1995, is a unique youth empowerment through music initiative of JMI. Using music as the unparalleled medium to reach out to young people and to provide a platform for professional opportunities, the MCSA program aims to improve the self-awareness and social inclusion of young African individuals and to become a resource for developing the music infrastructure in the five target countries. A number of participant workshops will be run in parallel to the Festival, focusing on equipment, stage awareness, instrument training, band management, artistic development and relationship workshops.

For more information, please contact: Kate Declerck at press@jmi.net or + 32 2513 97 74.

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Continuity and Discontinuity in East–West Relationships

Call for Papers
Targu Mures, Romania, 25-26 May 2007

Organized by the Gheorghe Sincai Research Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, an international symposium on the Continuity and Discontinuity in East–West Relationships will take place in Targu Mures, Romania on 25-26 May 2007.

East-West cultural, political, economic relationships are registered either as a continuous and positive interchange or in terms of West–East power relations, stressing the binary representations in the discourse about the Other together with the mental borderlines drawn on the symbolic map of the world between the West and the East, between nations and cultures, which are much more stable than the political ones. The symposium intends to analyze East–West relationships in a balanced way, with their continuities and discontinuities, which can cast light upon the ongoing cooperation or conflicts.

The organizers invite papers for submission and welcome investigations coming from a multitude of directions: history of international relations, political history, comparative literature, comparative cultural studies, post-colonial and intercultural studies, cultural anthropology and ethnology, psycho-sociology, communication sciences, philosophy of mind, literary history, history of the mentalities and the imaginary, history of ideas and of intellectual trends.

Submitted abstracts should not exceed 150-250 words. Languages of the symposium: Romanian, Eglish, French. More information is available at icsu-ms.tripod.com/id15.html.

Contact: Dr. Carmen Andras, Scientific Researcher, Gheorghe Sincai Research Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities, Romanian Academy, 17, Bolyai Street, 4300 Targu-Mures, Romania; tel.: +40265-124778; e-mail: carmen_andras@yahoo.com; icsu-ms.tripod.com

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15th Annual ENCATC Conference

Göteborg, Sweden, 31 May - 3 June 2007

The European Network for Cultural Administration Training Centres (Encatc) will hold its 15th Annual Conference in Göteborg, Sweden, on 31 May - 3 June 2007, under the title of Entrepreneurship and Education in Cultural Life. The conference is open to both members of Encatc and any organisation in Europe interested in the issues discussed. Organizers hope to create an open space and meeting possibilities of many different cultural organisations and training centres.

The 2007 ENCATC conference will focus on entrepreneurship, culture, and education. By conducting a high-quality international conference on entrepreneurship and education in cultural life from the perspective of the active in the field in West Sweden, the organizers aim to:

  • Provide an opportunity for the exchange of experience and knowledge between people who are actively involved in cultural life from all of Europe.
  • Offer cultural organizations the chance to meet new partners and cooperations.
  • Advance the frontier of knowledge within the field of culture and entrepreneurship.
  • Share the spirit of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge that characterizes West Sweden –examples of well known "bottom up" initiatives include the Gothenburg Film Festival, the Clandestino Festival, the Book and Library Fair, Not Quite, the Water Color Museum, the Dance and Theater Festival, Film in the West, the Artists' Collective Workshop, Dem Collective and Nätverkstan.
  • Demonstrate West Sweden and its progressive spirit on the cultural scene.

Registration deadline is 20 April 2007. Details can be found online at encatc.natverkstan.net/pages/registration.php.

Contact: Mrs Josiane Bolenge Kamparås, Projectcoordinator at Nätverkstan, e-mail: bolenge@natverkstan.net

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State on Stage: Best Practices of Government Support for the Perfoming Arts

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 7 June 2007

Inviting government officials that deal with the performing arts, funding agencies, representatives of organisations in the performing arts, scholars and scientist working in this field, the Dutch Association of Theatres and Concert Halls (VSCD) in cooperation with the Boekman Foundation and Pearle will organize an international conference entitled State on Stage: Best Practices of Government Support for the Perfoming Arts, to take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 7 June 2007.

The performing arts in all European countries are supported by their governments. However, scope, depth, nature and mass of state support differ widely from one country to another. States, provinces, regions and municipalities all have different expectations, roles and schemes in their financial support of the performing arts.

The questions to be dealt with are: what tendencies in government support of culture and the performing arts are dominant, what happy examples of effective and fruitful government policies can be presented, what best practices can be identified, which other countries can benefit?

Scholars from Finland, Estonia, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, France, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Bulgaria, Rumania, Slovenia, Italy, Ireland and Greece have been asked to write short essays on the way the (performing) arts are embedded in and supported by their governments, how the state in their country is acting on stage, and what policies or programs can be proudly presented?

More information on the conference and registration forms are available online at http://www.vscd.nl/activiteiten/dienstverlening/
studiedagenvscdcongres.html#state

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5th International Congress on Culture and Development

Havana, Cuba, 11-14 June 2007

The 5th International Congress on Culture and Development will be held in Havana, Cuba, on 11-14 June 2007. Starting from the recognition of the authentic value of the relation between culture and development and having as its main topic In Defence of Cultural Diversity, this congress is aimed at:

  • Promoting reflection, debate and exchange of ideas on the recognition of the cultural plurality and the diversity of its expressions, the culture of resistance, the cultural processes and development in a globalized world that urgently needs to preserve its cultures,
  • Favoring the analysis of the role of cultural industries, technological changes and cultural services and commercialization of products,
  • Encouraging the exchange of ideas and projects to foster human creativity facing current challenges,
  • Promoting the search for common tendencies and the coordination of strategies and projects to foster cultural development by means of cooperation.

The programme will include lectures, presentations, round tables and posters in two discussion forums on the topics of Acknowledgement to Cultural Plurality and to its Diverse Expressions, and Cultural Industries and Technological Changes.

Side events will include the 2nd Meeting on Cultural Development Observatories of Ibero America and the 3rd CultureMondo International Roundtable.

For details, please see: www.cultydes.cult.cu

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3rd Annual Culture.mondo Network Roundtable

Havana, Cuba, 11-15 June 2007

The 3rd Annual Culture.mondo Network Roundtable and International Steering Committee Meeting, to be held in Havana, Cuba on 10 to 15 June 2007, co-hosted by the informal portal network's Secretariat and the Cubarte cultural portal, will represent a unique opportunity for cultural portal developers and managers to join Latin American and Caribbean colleagues to share best practices, consider how Cultural Information Systems (CIS) align with online interfaces, learn innovative uses for new technologies and focus on maximizing the use of web resources and Web 2.0 tools to create leading edge cultural portals.

This special regionally focused Roundtable will be held in conjunction with the 5th International Congress on Culture and Development: Defending Cultural Diversity. Culture.mondo experts will be featured in the Congressional Plenary on the topic of Internet and Diversity, Reality or Myth?

For details, please see: www.culturemondo.org/english/

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Gazing, Glancing, Glimpsing: Tourists and Tourism in a Visual World

6th International Symposium on Aspects of Tourism
Brighton, UK, 13-15 June 2007

Entitled Gazing, Glancing, Glimpsing: Tourists and Tourism in a Visual World, the 6th International Symposium on aspects of tourism will be held at the University of Brighton, Eastbourne Campus, UK, on 13-15 June 2007.

The conference presents a major opportunity to discuss the challenges of using images to analyse and understand tourism and tourists. Conference themes will include:

  • Visual research methodologies as the basis for enquiries into past and present,
  • Representation as narrative and counter-narrative,
  • Image, truth and illusion in tourism promotion,
  • Gendered representation in leisure and tourism,
  • Colonial, postcolonial, and subaltern studies related to tourism,
  • Historic particularity and touristic imagery,
  • Orientalism and the work of Edward Said as it applies to tourism and leisure,
  • Photography as tourist performance,
  • The dialectic between data and methods and the unpredictable reaction between them,
  • Implications of ubiquitous digital image making and the emerging methodological implications.

Contact e-mail: tourismvisuality@brighton.ac.uk

Details: www.brighton.ac.uk/ssm/sympo2007

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Durban International Film Festival

Durban, South Africa, 20 June - 1 July 2007

South Africa’s longest running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival, has announced that its 28th edition will take place from 20 June to 1 July 2007. The festival will present over 300 screenings of films from around the world, with special focus on films from South Africa and the rest of the African continent. The festival also offers a seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers.

The festival calls for entries from around the world. The deadline for entries is 1 March 2007 for short films and documentaries, and 15 March 2007 for feature films.

Contact: Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4041 South Africa; tel.: +27 (0) 31 260 2506 / 1367; fax: +27 (0) 31 260 3074; e-mail: diff@ukzn.ac.za; www.cca.ukzn.ac.za

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Culture, Tourism and Socio-Economic Development

Frankfurt, Germany, 25 June - 6 July 2007

The Datey Group is organizing series of seminars on Culture, Tourism and Socio-Economic Development in Frankfurt, Germany with additional professional visits to Paris and Brussels. The Summer Session is to take place on 25 June - 6 July 2007, while the Fall Session will be held on 17-28 September 2007.

This international seminar is recommended for chief executives and senior civil servants from on social and economic development policies and programs, leaders of cultural organizations and cultural entrepreneurs, managers of cultural tourism and heritage management initiatives, as well as academics and lawyers working on culture and socioeconomic development.

The goals of the seminar are threefold:

  • to discuss strategies and share managerial tools that will enable participants to gain new insights in the socio-economic impact assessment of cultural/tourism resources, the protection and the promotion of cultural/tourism assets, and the rethinking of cultural policies;
  • to strengthen managerial competencies and leadership skills of cultural/tourism entrepreneurs and managers; and
  • to create networking opportunities for professional development and international networking.

Seminar topics will be addressed by an outstanding faculty team of distinguished scholars and experienced executive educators from diverse backgrounds in the fields of public policy and management, cultural economics, business and entrepreneurship development, cultural management, international development cooperation and intellectual property rights.

Seminar topics will include:

  • Culture and Sustainable Development - focusing on the power of culture and the extent to which it stimulates or undermines economic vitality and sustainable livelihood, and discussing trends and perspectives in measuring the economic impact of arts and culture, and the notion cultural indicators in community development.
  • The Business of Arts and Culture: Implications for Public Policy and Leadership Development - addressing opportunities and challenges in the development and the strengthening of cultural industries, including the evaluation of intangible cultural assets and the built heritage, the formulation of cultural policies, debates on various business models and support systems, and the sources of funding.
  • Development, Promotion and Protection of Cultural Resources Tourism, Social Regeneration and Economic Vitality - dealing with the cultural effects of globalization, best practices in the marketing and the promotion of cultural resources, and the protection of intellectual property rights as a basis for cultural enterprise development and income generation.
  • Tourism / Cultural Policies Formulation and Management & Cultural Entrepreneurship Development - concentrating on cultural policy analysis, venturing, and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset in the development and the management of cultural enterprises.

Application deadline is 30 April for the Summer Session and 15 August for the Fall Session.

Contact: Datey Eyrich GmbH, Königsberger Str. 12-16, 66877 Ramstein, Germany; tel.: 06371 - 9642 0; fax : 06371 - 9642 53; e-mail: mail@datey.com; www.datey.com/usa/index.html

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European Culture(s) - The Challenge of Diversity and Unity

Seggau, Austria, 30 June - 14 July 2007

The International Summer School Seggau: European Culture(s) - The Challenge of Diversity and Unity, will be held in Austria on 30 June - 14 July 2007. Eighty places are available for students from all over Europe, especially those from the Eastern and Southeast European region. Application deadline is 31 March 2007.

For two weeks, internationally renowned experts will be at the students' disposal in order to disseminate specialised knowledge and stimulate discussions in workshops, lectures and seminars. In this international environment, students will be trained to understand and discuss dimensions of Europe beyond the European Union.

The academic background of the project will be dealt with in sex seminar modules:

  • Uniform Law and the Protection of the Diversity of Legal Cultures in Europe,
  • Towards a Common European History,
  • Entrepreneurship and Economy - Models and Concepts in European History and Presence,
  • Cultural Science: Modernization, Culture and Identity,
  • Intercultural Competence, and
  • Media Shaping and Reflecting European Cultures.

As the International Summer School Seggau is funded through grants given by sponsors and donators from all over Europe, the tuition fee for students is reduced to the amount of EUR 300 (reduced fee EUR 150). This tuition fee includes the Summer School programme, meals, housing and a printed report. Travel arrangements have to be made and paid for individually.

As the Summer School is based on the ECTS system, the recognition as a regular part of participants' studies at their home universities should be possible. In order to obtain a certificate, students must actively participate in one seminar module and all lectures (recommendation: 2 ECTS). It is also possible for students to write a scholarly seminar paper (recommendation: 4 ECTS). This paper will be evaluated by the academic coordinators to ensure an appropriate level.

Contact: Daniel Johnston, Office of International Relations, Universitaetsplatz 3, A-8010 Graz, Austria; tel.: +43-316-380-1242; e-mail: daniel.johnston@uni-graz.at

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Cracow International Cultural Centre's Summer Programmess

Cracow, Poland, July 2007

In July 2007 the International Cultural Centre will organise the 17th edition of the summer programmes of the College for New Europe – an educational institution of the ICC opened in May 1991 during the CSCE Symposium on Cultural Heritage in Cracow.

The educational programmes aim to bring together young students and scholars to discuss political, cultural and social issues of today on an international forum. The College has organized 53 summer sessions so far and the number of participants who have attended the sessions rises to some 1900. Most of the students come from Central and Eastern Europe, but a great number of students also come from the USA, South Africa and several Asian countries.

The faculty are eminent professors and experts who represent well-recognized European and American academic institutions. Participants are welcome to apply for three self-contained courses:

  • Cities in Conflict. Urban Strategies in Central Europe (July) - A two-week programme organized jointly with the Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa and designed for young sociologists, historians, urban planners, architects and art historians from Poland and other Central and East European countries;
  • The River within the City (May, July) - Urban planning workshops jointly organized with the Urban and Regional Planning Department of the RWTH in Aachen for students of architecture from Poland, Germany and Austria;
  • Democracy and Diversity (July) - The course addresses junior scholars from around the world, bringing an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to bear on the study of social, political and cultural challenges to today's democracy. The programme organized with the Transregional Centre for Democratic Studies of the New School University, New York. The course is the equivalent of a full semester's graduate study at an American University.

Further details are available at: www.mck.krakow.pl/view.php?idt=7&idm=36&lang=eng

Contact: Miedzynarodowe Centrum Kultury, International Cultural Centre, Rynek Glowny 25, Cracow, Poland; tel. 00 48 12 42 42 811

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Olympia Summer Seminars

Olympia, Greece, 1-15 July 2007

The sixth annual Olympia Summer Seminars will be held in Ancient Olympia, Greece from 1-15 July 2007. The seminars aim to facilitate an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the study of current politics and historical events by bringing together eminent scholars and highly qualified students and professionals from around the world. Two programmes will be held:

  • War, Conflict & Identity – organized in collaboration with Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, the course provides a concise, yet in-depth, overview of new theoretical and empirical research on a range of topics at the intersection of war, conflict, and identity, including interstate and civil war, terrorism, riots and genocide, and the dynamics of conflict. The goal is to survey cutting edge research and identify emerging research agendas. Eligible to apply are graduate students, researchers, and professionals working in any discipline associated with the field of conflict studies. Applications by outstanding senior undergraduates with relevant professional or internship experience will also be considered.
  • The Challenges of International Media Technology and Policy – organized in collaboration with Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Centre for Communications and Journalism, the seminar will use methods and models from a number of relevant disciplines (political science, political economy, sociology, history and philosophy) to explore new dimensions on a number of media and media policy issues of particular concern to future European Union member states. The seminar will devote special attention to the implications of accession on the regulation of domestic media, as well as to the wider effects of European integration for the media systems of the EU and its member states, addressing the effects of technology on the business model and the dilemma of news; electoral campaigning and media coverage of elections; the challenges that arise from managing small media businesses in small markets; and the effects of media freedom and public opinion on democracy.

The deadline for submitting applications is 30 April 2007, early admissions and financial aid applications should be submitted by 31 March 2007. Applications and application guidelines are available online.

Contact: Vicky Katsanioti, The Kokkalis Foundation, 3 Premetis St., GR-151 25 Maroussi, Athens, Greece; www.kokkalisfoundation.gr

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Art Omi International Artists' Residency

Hudson River Valley, USA, 1-23 July 2007

The Art Omi International Artists' Residency offers visual artists three-week residencies taking place in the historic Hudson River Valley, USA, on 1-23 July 2007. Artists are provided with room and board, the studio facilities are set among 300 acres of rolling green hills. The program includes a critic-in-residence who facilitates an ongoing dialogue in studio visits, as well as day visits from dealers, curators, artists and critics from New York City. The residency session concludes with an Open Studios event to which members of the art world from both upstate New York and New York City are invited. Artists pay for travel, materials, and donate a work of art created during the residency to the Art Omi Foundation Collection.

Application deadline is 15 January 2007. For detailed application requirements, please see www.artomi.org.

Contact: Blaire Dessent, Director, Art Omi International Artists Residency; tel.: + 1 212.206.5684; e-mail: artists@artomi.org

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Sponsorship and Fundraising in Art and Culture

Finances and Culture 2007
London, UK, 4-5 July 2007

The international conference Finances and Culture 2007, with the theme of Sponsorship and Fundraising in Art and Culture focusing on Russia and CIS, will take place on 4-5 July 2007 in London, UK. The purpose of the conference is a meeting of people seeking partners for co-operation, and the conference agenda is targeted towards:

  • representatives of business and financial institutions interested in sponsorship of art and cultural events as the strategy for business promotion;
  • representatives of art and culture interested in collaboration with sponsors; and
  • representatives of foundations and fundraising agencies.

Speakers will be allocated 20-30 minutes and key speakers up to 60 minutes for presentations and discussions. The working language of the conference is English.

As the number of speakers is limited, candidates should submit abstracts of up to 350 words by 01 February 2007. Submissions should be emailed in Word format to info@iugte.com.

Details at www.iugte.com/projects/Conference2007.

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Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams

International Video Festival
Celje, Slvenia, 6-8 July 2007

The International Video Festival Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams is to take place in Celje, Slovenia, from 6 – 8 July 2007. The organizers, City Cinema Metropol Celje and KUD 567, are inviting entries for video work to be included in the festival programme. The deadline for entries is 31 May 2007.

The organizers are referring to the identifiable video as integral, independent art practice that does not define itself only through technology. The festival is divided into competitive categories: video debutante, one minute video, video shot by mobile phone (sponsor Mobitel), video by theme: family vacation (sponsor TA Palma), "anything goes" video. Every competitive category offers a money award (300 - 500 €) and an art work from KUD 567 (art for art).

Further information is available at www.videorats.org

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9th International Conference on Arts And Cultural Management

AIMAC 2007 - Call for Papers
Valencia, Spain, 8-11 July 2007

The International Association of Arts and Cultural Management is organizing AIMAC 2007, a scientific conference to be held in Valencia, Spain from 8-11 July 2007, addressing various sectors of the arts and cultural industries: performing arts and festivals, heritage, museums and visual arts, film production and distribution, book publishing, recording, broadcasting, audiovisual media and multimedia. Papers concerning any aspect of arts and cultural management are invited, covering all management approaches including marketing, strategic planning, marketing research, human resources, organizational behaviour, accounting and finance, production, and information systems.

The Conference will discuss, among others, the following topics:

  • marketing and the arts,
  • consumption of cultural products,
  • arts and cultural management,
  • interaction between Internet and culture,
  • audience research,
  • cultural human resources management,
  • arts financial issues,
  • arts and business relations, and
  • cultural production and programming.

Papers are welcome on all management approaches, including: strategic planning, marketing research, human resources, organizational behavior, accounting and finance, production, or information systems.

Abstracts in English or French may be submitted to abstractsaimac2007@polytechnique.fr by 15 October 2006 and must include research objective or questions, research methodology and theoretical perspectives and main findings and conclusions. Authors will be informed of acceptance by early 2007. Final papers must be submitted by 1 April 2007.

Contact information: Prof. Manuel Cuadrado, Universitat de València, Dpto. Comercialización e Investigación de Mercados, Avda. de los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain; tel.: +34 963 828 963; fax: +34 963 828 333; e-mail: aimac2007@adeit.uv.es; www.adeit.uv.es/aimac2007/

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3rd International Festival of Making Theater
(In.F.o.Ma.T. 2007)

Athens, Greece, 8–15 July 2007

The Theater of Changes invites actors, directors, drama school students, dancers, choreographers, singers, acting, voice and movement teachers and finally all those with a vivid interest in performing arts to participate in the 3rd International Festival of Making Theater (In.F.o.Ma.T.), which will be held in Athens, Greece, on July 2007.

During a whole week of creative interaction, theatre makers from all over the world will have the opportunity to get acquainted with and share new working methods and ideas concerning the following three sectors: acting, movement and voice.

Acting, movement and voice teachers are invited to submit workshop proposals by 31 May, participants should apply by 30 June 2007. See details at www.theater-of-changes.com/cms/index.php?
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Contact: Theater of Changes, 3rd Septemvriou 19a, 104 32 Athens, Greece; tel.: +30 210 52 48 251, +30 210 52 46 833; fax: +3210 52 46 833; e-mail: info@toc.gr, www.toc.gr

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Theatre in Africa – Africa in Theatre

Call for Papers - Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)
Stellenbosch, South Africa, 10–14 July 2007

Hosted by the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Stellenbosch in association with the US Department of Drama, the South African Theatre Journal and Consultu, the Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) entitled Theatre in Africa – Africa in Theatre will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 10–14 July 2007. The main focus of the 2007 IFTR conference is the relationship of Africa to the rest of the world and the way this is driven by and reflected in theatre and performance across the globe.

The conference will consider the many ways in which, over the centuries, the idea of Africa has pervaded and influenced the art, literature and performing arts of the Africa itself, as well as the artistic output of artists, writers and performers in the non-African world. Conversely it will also refer to the way in which ideas from other continents and cultures have become an integral part of the arts, belief structures, history and writing of much of the continent – a presence felt in everything from artistic themes to forms, processes and evaluative systems.

It is this symbiotic relationship between the African continent and the rest of the world that is the broad theme to be addressed, a theme which offers a number of very intriguing points for debate. Among the key issues are: the notions "Africa" and "African theatre and performance"; dance and performance; orality, narrative and performance; masks and performance; ritual and theatre; venues; the ephemerality of live performance; uncovering and recovering a forgotten past; applied theatre and the impact of theatre; the artists, practitioners and practices of Africa; the African diaspora; the influence of African forms and themes; contemporary theories of theatre and performance; and the image (or idea) of Africa. The conference is interested in the full range of research addressing any of these (or related) questions pertinent to the overarching theme and arising from, relating to or useful for discussing this meeting between Africa and the rest of the world.

Abstracts of 20-minute papers should be submitted in either English or French to iftr2007@sun.ac.za or preferably be done directly online at www.iftr2007.co.za. The deadline for submissions is 31 November 2006.

New scholars are invited to submit papers to be presented at a special session, the Kay McDonnell New Scholars' Forum, or to participate in the New Scholars' Prize by 15 December 2006.

For more information, please contact: Jana Hattingh at the 2007 IFTR/FIRT Conference Office or Temple Hauptfleisch, the Conference Organiser, at satj@sun.ac.za; www.firt-iftr.org

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ELIA's 3rd biennial Teachers' Academy

Call for Contributions
Brighton, UK, 11–14 July 2007

The European League of Institutes or the Arts (ELIA) will hold its 3rd biennial Teachers' Academy in Brighton, UK on 11-14 July 2007 under the umbrella theme of creativity and how this is translated educationally in terms of the distinctive relationship between learning, research and teaching within Higher Arts Education, covering all disciplines including dance, fine art, media arts, music and theatre as well as architecture and design.

The Academy's aim is to contribute to professional development for professors, teachers and researchers in Higher Arts Education through participation in, and engagement with, challenging debates set in an international context. The Teachers' Academy intends to provide the opportunity for professors, lecturers, teachers or researchers from ELIA member institutions directly involved in teaching (theory and practice) and/or research to learn from the experience of others, stimulated through brief and focused academic presentations, deepened through open debate on issues, problems and successes and underpinned through activities highlighting the artistic and creative background of our teaching.

Aiming to stimulate discussions that explore the contested position of creativity across a wide range of disciplines including those outside of higher arts education and explore how related issues such as sustainability and the importance or otherwise of market and audience and their impact on creative practice both professionally and within education. Though the link between research/teaching is much debated across the many disciplines that constitute higher education much less is said of the research/learning nexus that is so distinctive of creative arts practices. Whilst the link between research and teaching can deliver cutting-edge knowledge into the curriculum the relationship of research to learning can uniquely bring students and teachers together within a spirit of enquiry as co-learners in the higher education experience.

Contribution proposals for trigger papers / case studies, practical workshops and showcase presentations are being accepted through 29 January 2007, and can be submitted online at www.elia-artschools.org/news/proposal_form.xml. Updated information and a registration form can be found at www.eliateachersacademy.org.

Contact: ELIA Office, Keizersgracht 105, 1015 CH Amsterdam, The Netherlands; tel.: +31 (0) 877 873 927; fax: +31 877 875 344; e-mail: pamela.ginzler@elia-artschools.org; www.elia-artschools.org/activities/teachers

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pAinting ideAs

Idea World Congress 2007
Hong Kong, China, 16-22 July 2007

Under the title "pAinting ideAs", the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association is organizing the sixth IDEA World Congress, to be held in Hong Kong, China, on 16-22 July 2007, exploring ideas, insights and visions on projects, research and practice to be presented through papers, workshops, roundtable sessions, poster and video presentations.

Emphasizing inclusiveness, a wide and comprehensive range of ideas and practices of drama and theatre-in-education will be shared. There will also be an additional focus on ideas and practices from Chinese communities all over the world.

Contact: Mok Chiu Yu, Congress Director, gusmok@yahoo.com; or Hong Kong Arts Centre, No 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; tel.: (852) 2582 0215; fax: (852) 2802 0798; e-mail: info@idea2007.hk; www.idea2007.hk

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13th Kalamata International Dace Festival

Kalamata, Greece, 13-22 July 2007

The Kalamata International Dance Centre will hold the 13th edition of its annual Dance Festival in Kalamata, Greece, on 13-22 July 2007. In parallel to numerous performances, the festival will feature a Contemporary Dance Workshop led by Frey Faust.

For information and registration, please contact: Kalamata International Dance Centre, 6 Pan. Kessari street, 24100 Kalamata, Greece; tel.: +30 27210 83086, 90886; fax: +30 27210 26966; e-mail: mail@kalamatadancefestival.gr; www.kalamatadancefestival.gr

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Cultural Policy Making in Post-Communist Countries

Budapest, Hungary, 16-27 July 2007

Cultural Policy Making in Post-Communist Countries is an intensive summer course which will run from 16 to 27 July 2007 at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. The course will cover the key concepts, fields, strategies and instruments of cultural policy as developed, implemented and evaluated by public authorities at various levels (municipalities, EU, UNESCO, etc.). Emphasis will be placed on the modernisation of cultural policies in the countries of post-communist transition with their inherited cultural infrastructure and rapid socio-economic transformation. The course is to stimulate, the development of expertise in policy-making (policy research and analysis, debate about policy alternatives, strategy development, methods, instruments) by educating future academic lecturers and trainers as well as policy makers.

Course directors are: Dr. Milena Dragicevic-Sesic, Head of Unesco Chair in Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Arts, Belgrade, and Dr. Dragan Klaic, Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Creative & Performing Arts, Leiden University and Visiting Professor at CEU.

The course targets:

  • junior lecturers and academic researchers who teach or consider starting to teach university courses in cultural management, cultural policy and cultural studies;
  • staff and collaborators of culture NGOs engaged in training and education in the field of cultural policy and cultural management; and
  • employees of public authorities who devise, implement and evaluate cultural policies.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2007. To learn how to apply, please go to www.sun.ceu.hu/4Applicants/apply_now.php, for course details, please see www.sun.ceu.hu/3Courses/descriptions/CultPol-2007-detailed.pdf.

Contact: Contact: Dessy Gavrilova, Director, Center for Arts and Culture, Central European University, Zrinyi 14 Bldg, room #602, Nádor u 9., Budapest 1051, Hungary; tel.: +36 1 327 3000 (ext. 2697); www.cac.ceu.hu, www.sun.ceu.hu

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Culture as Resource: Culture and Democracy in the Global System

Budapest, Hungary, 16-27 July 2007

An intensive graduate summer course on Culture as Resource: Culture and Democracy in the Global System will be held at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary on 16-27 July 2007 with two main aims. First, it will investigate the significant transformations taking place in the sphere of cultural consumption and production in the context of globalization. In doing so, the course will go beyond an assessment of the consequences and repercussions of intensified cultural transfers that have occurred as a result of globalization, and consider the more serious and as yet under-explored transformations in the very character of the cultural sphere. Second, it will consider the links between various cultural practices and democracy, and consider the implications of the contemporary transformations of the cultural sphere for democratic futures on both local and global scales.

Application deadline is 14 February 2007. Funding is available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, as well as those coming from emerging democracies worldwide.

Contact: CEU Summer University, Nádor u. 9., Budapest, Hungary 1051; tel.: (36 1) 327 3069, 327 3811; fax: (36-1) 328-3698 or (36-1) 327-3124; e-mail: summeru@ceu.hu; www.sun.ceu.hu

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Art Education Research and Development Congress

InSEA 2007 – Call for Papers
Heidelberg, Germany, 18-20 July 2007

The University of Education Heidelberg is organizing a two-day congress to take place in Heidelberg, Germany on 18-20 July 2007, focusing on arts education and education possibilities in the arts sector, aiming to present new methods of teaching and learning in the framework of arts education.

The event will include a discussion on how to coordinate questions of creativity and self-education with questions on individual and societal creation skills and with a multi-perspective generation of knowledge in a complex society. At the same time, the paradigmatic potentials for reforms in art education which reflect on the education process in general as well as the future development of colleges and universities will be dealt with at the congress.

Major topics are:

  • new forms of art education / art-related teaching concepts,
  • project work in art education,
  • art education and multidisciplinarity (multidisciplinary art pedagogy / educational science),
  • art education and the new media,
  • art education and the development at schools,
  • opening up of schools and out of school art education, social aspects of art education,
  • forms of art reception, and
  • development of a personality through art.

The deadline for abstracts, summaries or descriptions of papers is 15 September 2006.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Carl-Peter Buschkühle and Prof. Dr. Joachim Kettel, InSEA 2007, Institut für Weiterbildung, Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, Keplerstraße 87, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany; e-mail: ifw@ph-heidelberg.de; www.weiterbildung-ph.de

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Things that Move: The Material Worlds of Tourism and Travel

Fifth Annual Leeds Metropolitan University Conference –
Call for Papers
Leeds, United Kingdom, 19–23 July 2007

The fifth annual international research conference organized by the Leeds Metropolitan University under the title Things that Move: The Material Worlds of Tourism and Travel will take place from 19– 23 July 2007 in Leeds, United Kingdom.

The main aim of the conference is to explore the multi-faceted relationships between tourism and material culture – the built environment, infrastructures, consumer and household goods, art, souvenirs, ephemera and landscapes. The conference seeks to provoke critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and epistemologies and thus welcomes papers from the following disciplines: aesthetics, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art and design history, cultural geography, cultural studies, ethnology and folklore, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, linguistics, museum studies, philosophy, political sciences, sociology, tourism studies and urban/spatial planning.

Key themes of interest to the conference include:

  • histories, mobilities, and the symbolic / political economies of tourism objects;
  • dialectics of tourism objects and places / spaces;
  • structures / infrastructures of international tourism – building / architecture / design for tourism and tourists;
  • aesthetics of objects in a touristic context;
  • tourist art and art for tourists;
  • the performance of material culture in the tourism realm;
  • language and the translation of objects in tourism;
  • the tourist souvenir - commodity fetishism and religious relics;
  • the tourist object as metaphor and memory;
  • ownership, display and interpretation - contested pasts and presents;
  • curating for tourism – collecting the worlds of the tourist; and
  • overcoming the material through the virtual – future realms of tourist experience.

300-word abstracts are invited, to be submitted including a title and full contact details as an electronic file to Professor Mike Robinson at ctcc@leedsmet.ac.uk as soon as possible but no later than 23 March 2007.

Contact: Professor Mike Robinson, Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University, The Old School Board, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3ED, United Kingdom; tel.: 0113 283 8540; fax: 0113 283 8544; e-mail: M.D.Robinson@Leedsmet.ac.uk; www.tourism-culture.com/

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Expanding Culture: Arts, Culture and Local Government

Melbourne, Australia, 24–27 July 2007

The Cultural Development Network announces an international conference on Expanding Culture: Arts, Culture and Local Government, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, on 24 – 27 July 2007. The event will focus on the contribution of arts and cultural development to the strength and well-being of local communities. The conference will facilitate networking and skill development amongst delegates. Conference themes include:

  • the changing shape of community cultures and their impact on local government in Victoria, Australia and overseas;
  • arts as a vehicle for strengthening communities and facilitating social inclusion;
  • the impact of arts activities on health, education and economic development;
  • local government’s engagement with Indigenous art and culture;
  • improving evaluation of arts activities and cultural development programs; and
  • innovative partnerships.

The conference is intended for:

  • decision and policymakers in government (especially local government);
  • local, state and federal government staff in arts and cultural planning and programming, as well as those in community, youth, disability services and planning, economic development, urban and environmental planning;
  • academics with interests in arts and culture, especially policy, and communities; and
  • artists and artsworkers interested in community engagement.

Further information on the conrerence along with registration details are avalibale at www.culturaldevelopment.net.au/expandingcultures/index.htm.

Contact: Elodie Hodgkins, tel.: + 61 3 9658 8593, e-mail: elodie.hodgkins@culturaldevelopment.net.au; or Kim Dunphy, tel.: +61 3 9658 9976, e-mail: kim.dunphy@culturaldevelopment.net.au

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Theatre Methods: Between Tradition and Contemporaneity

Bovec, Slovenia, 30 July - 2 August 2007

Organized by International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE), Theatre Methods is an annual professional conference-festival raising the question of the Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity in performing arts. It is to be held in Bovec, Slovenia, on 30 July - 2 August 2007.

Gathering artists from all over the world interested in the research of theatre methods between tradition and contemporaneity, the event offers an opportunity to demonstrate methods of creative work - this can be a workshop, a master class, a lecture, a work demonstration, a performance fragment, etc. The main task of the conference is to demonstrate various theatre methods, to exchange experience in professional theatre education, methods of rehearsal process, performance making and production.

If you are unable to attend but would like to share your materials with colleagues, you may send in your promotional materials by post: booklets and flyers of workshops, courses, performances and other coming events.

For details, please see www.iugte.com/projects/TheatreMethods07.php.

Contact: Inga Ryazanoff, Chief Executive, International University, Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE); e-mail: info@iugte.com; www.iugte.com

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Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections

Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and São Paulo, Brazil, 6-31 August 2007

The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) announces its SOIMA 2007 course on Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Sâo Paulo, Brazil, on 6-31 August 2007. The course will discuss the meaning, selection and use of audiovisual collections in various contexts, exploring the potential of audiovisual media in transmitting knowledge and cultural traditions. It will provide an overview of issues related to the preservation and access of audiovisual materials, e.g., films, tapes, cassettes, and disks. It will especially focus on the identification of various formats including the playback equipment, life expectancy of media and ways of detecting deterioration.

Course topics will include: current knowledge and practices for documenting, handling and storage, risk assessment of collections, emergency preparedness and response, criteria and technologies for migration and reformatting, planning preservation projects, outsourcing options, mass storage systems and management of metadata. Other issues such as copyright laws, legal deposit, institutional and national preservation policies will be discussed in context with participants' working realities. Adaptation to technological changes and related cost-effective preservation strategies will form a key component of the course.

The course will comprise lectures, a variety of group activities, practical sessions, case studies and site visits. Significant time will be allocated for independent consultation with the course team. Case studies for the course will be based on participants' inputs and will address issues and challenges identified by them. Thus, active involvement of participants will be sought during the course preparation phase. A follow-up programme will involve working on self-defined initiatives in participants' home institutions and communicating as well as networking through a platform supported by the organizers.

The course is aimed at professionals working with collections containing audiovisual materials of national significance. In particular, it will interest archivists, collection managers, conservators, curators and librarians in charge of preserving such collections. It will also interest IT professionals working on projects involving digitization of audiovisual collections or allied professionals and managers working for broadcasting institutions.

The application deadline is 10 January 2007. The course application form is available at www.iccrom.org/eng/01train_en/forms_en/
applfrm_en.doc
, the course fee is 900 €.

Contact: SOIMA 2007 - Collections Unit, ICCROM, 13, via di San Michele, I-00153 ROME RM, Italy; tel.: (+39) 06 585531; fax: (+39) 06 58553349; e-mail: collections@iccrom.org; www.iccrom.org/eng/01train_en/
announce_en/2007_08SoimaBRA_en.shtml

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Validation and Certification in the Field of Cultural Cooperation Project Management

Delphi, Greece, 26-27 August 2007

Fondation Marcel Hicter (Brussels), International Intelligence on Culture (London), Cupore (Helsinki), Evremathia (Athens) and ENCATC, invite you to participate in this seminar organised on 26-27 August 2007 at the European Cultural Center of Delphi, Greece.

Organised with the support of the European programme Leonardo da Vinci, this event is designed to present for the first time the results of a two-years research project, VANIA, aimed at identifying in depth the skills necessary and competencies needed by managers and administrators involved in European cultural cooperation. It will also provide an opportunity to analyse and debate the following crucial topics:

  • innovative training methods and tools in the field of European cultural cooperation,
  • skills and competencies needed to develop this specific kind of project,
  • the possibility to implement validation and certification process of training courses in the field of European cultural cooperation project management,
  • necessary skills to lead cultural projects of cooperations,
  • European training offer: is it really adapted to the new stakes of the cultural cooperation sector?

To participate in this event, please contact Julie Nicod, tel.: +32 2 641 89 80; fax: +32 2 641 89 81; e-mail: contact@fondation-hicter.org

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Dancers without Frontiers

21st World Congress on Dance Research
Athens, Greece, 5 - 9 September 2007

This largest gathering of dance specialists world-wide, presents an ideal opportunity to showcase your work to a wide audience of practitioners, dance teachers, choreographers, researchers, journalists and organizers. All forms of dance are represented. Strictly non-profit, not to be confused with festivals, workshops, competitions or open conferences. Last year, 700 specialists from 64 countries took part.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Municipality of Athens and the National UNESCO Commission, the congress is organized by the Dora Stratou Dance Theater and the Greek Section IOFA, in collaboration with the International Dance Council CID. Its theme is in accordance with the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted by the UNESCO General Conference.

The program includes presentation and discussion of original research reports (papers); classes, lecture-demonstrations, video projections; performances by dance companies, duos or solos; exhibitions and sales of books, records, pictures, costumes, accessories etc.; and visits to places of special interest, such as dance schools, museums, sites etc. While intended primarily for professionals, it is at the same time a trade fair and a participatory event, facilitating contacts with colleagues, informal discussions and individual initiative.

Submitting a presentation (research report, lecture-demonstration, class, performance, exhibition, projection) is optional. For each presentation a text must be submitted by 30 July 2007. Absentee delegates can register also; their presentations will appear in the printed program and will be included in the proceedings.

Contact: Congress Secretariat, Dora Stratou Dance Theater, Scholiou 8, Plaka, GR-10558 Athens, Greece; tel.: (30)210 324 6188; fax: (30)210 324 6921; e-mail: president@cid-unesco.org; www.cid-unesco.org, www.orchesis-portal.org/cdr/

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Diversity in Cities: Visible and Invisible Walls

London, UK, 11-12 September 2007

Organised by the Department of Anthropology, University College London (UCL), the conference entitled Diversity in Cities: Visible and Invisible Walls will be held in London, on 11-12 September 2007. The Conference is organised under the auspices of the Marie Curie Series of Conferences EURODIV: Cultural Diversity in Europe (MSCF-CT-2004-516670). Its main objective is to bring together researchers in the first years of their research career to exchange knowledge in a spirit of mutual learning. Leading diversity scholars will be invited to introduce the topics of the Conference.

Diversity is a key feature of European societies. European integration, global migrations, the ageing of the population, and changing gender roles have shed light on diversity and put it on the agenda. EURODIV organises a set of Conferences on the understanding of diversity and its dynamics through an interdisciplinary and cross-national approach.

The third EURODIV Conference takes the social arena as the unit of analysis of cultural diversity. Focusing on cities, it studies the interaction between urban space, the dynamics of identity formation, the construction of cross-cultural relationships and the emergence of cultural dialogue. The Conference provides an opportunity for diversity scholars to discuss the state-of-the-art of research and to envisage possible alternative scenarios of research specifically within European contexts.

For more information on this conference and the four-year EURODIV project, please see www.susdiv.org.

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International Forum on Privatisation and Cultural Heritage

Catania, Italy, 13-15 September 2007

Organised by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the International Forum on Privatisation and Cultural Heritage will be held in Catania, Italy, from 13-15 September 2007.

The Forum aims to advance the dialogues between sectors on the economy of heritage and the effects of conservation on development. ICCROM and the partners in the initiative hope to stimulate joint initiatives and connect partners from the public and private sector, as well as academic and financial institutions.

Contact information: Joint Forum Coordination Team; tel.: +39 06 5855.3338; fax: +39 06 5855.3349; e-mail: forum2007@iccrom.org; www.iccrom.org

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Digital//Craft

14th ETN Conference
London, UK, 14 - 17 September 2007

The 14th European Textile Network (ETN) Conference will be held under the title Digital//Craft and will take place from 14-17 September 2007 at the London Metropolitan University (LMU), an old silk weavers quarter and today an up-and-coming textile designers' area of London.

The theme of Digital//Craft will be highlighted by prominent speakers on topics of digital weaving, printing and embroidery, rapid prototyping, digital modelling, laser manipulations and responsive textiles.

The LMU is hosting the conference in conjunction with workshops / demonstrations and an exhibition at its newly opened Digital Manufacturing Centre, offering a unique opportunity for participants from all over Europe (and other continents) to have a hands-on experience with the newest textile technologies. Additional Conference visits and tours are being organized in co-operation with LMU lecturers and other London-based ETN members, offering a very rich programme for delegates. The full programme can be found under www.etn-net.org/etn/211e.htm.

Conference details: European Textile Network, ETN Secretariat / Beatrijs Sterk, P.O. Box 5944, 30059 Hannover, Germany; tel.: +49-511/817006; fax: +49-511/813108; e-mail: etn@etn-net.org; www.etn-net.org

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28th Masterplayers International Music Competition

Venice, Italy, 18-28 September 2007

The 28th Masterplayers International Music Competition for conductors, soloists, singers, choirs, orchestras and chamber music groups is to be held in Venice, Italy, from 18-28 September 2007. Deadline for entries is 15 March 2007. No age limit and no restriction as to the number of participants are set. Six rounds and a final concert will be held, judged by a distinguished international jury.

Prizes:

  • First Prize 3000 euros,
  • Second Prize 1000 euros,
  • Bruno Walter Prize for the best conductor with engagements 2008,
  • Masterplayers Prize for the best competitor with engagements 2008,
  • Honour Prizes, Honour Diplomas,
  • Diplomas and Certificates for each participant.

In the First Round the participants shall compete by means of the 20 minutes Videotape or DVD recordings of their performances that shall be evaluated by the Jury. The Jury will admit a maximum of 32 conductors and a maximum of 32 competitors (Section soloists, singers, choirs, orchestras and chamber music groups) to the Second Round. The decision of the First Round Jury shall be irrevocable and shall be made public by 15 May 2007.

All applications forwarded by 15 March 2007 with registered mail, including a 20 minute Videotape or DVD recordings of their performances, a Curriculum Vitae with a list of previous experience and artistic achievements, Degree Certificates of professional / academic education (photocopy), two recent photos for publications and a check in the amount of EUR 200 made out to The Masterplayers International Music Academy Corporation are accepted and the candidates are automatically admitted to the First Round.

Conference details: The Masterplayers International Music Academy Corporation, Casella postale 6417, CH-6901 Lugano, Switzerland; tel.: +41-91-6092277; fax: +41-91-6092277; e-mail: masteracademy@bluewin.ch; www.masterplayers.org

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History, Heritage & Regeneration: The Future for Traditional Architecture in Eastern Europe

Sibiu, Romania, 23-25 September 2007

The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) has launched a call for papers for one of its major 2007 conference entitled History, Heritage & Regeneration: The Future for Traditional Architecture in Eastern Europe. The event will take place on 23-25 September in Sibiu, Romania, which serves as the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007.

The conference aims to examine the challenges faced by the emerging economies of the former Eastern bloc in the field of heritage and preservation of traditional places. Academics and practitioners worldwide are invited to submit papers on the following topics:

  • Heritage & urban planning behind the 'Iron Curtain'
  • The impact of globalized interventions on traditional environment
  • Protected areas & pattern books
  • Traditional academic education
  • EU programmes on heritage

The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2007. Acceptance will be announced on 15 June 2007.

For further details, please contact: Dr Matthew Hardy; tel.: +44 207 613 8520; e-mail: matthew.hardy@princes-foundation.org

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Researching Destination Management, Policy and Planning: Linking Culture, Heritage and Tourism

Riga, Latvia, 24-25 September 2007

The conference entitled Researching Destination Management, Policy and Planning: Linking Culture, Heritage and Tourism, jointly organised by the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change and the Leeds Metropolitan University, will be held in Riga, Latvia on 24-25 September 2007.

Culture(s) and heritage, both tangible and intangible are at the heart of the visitor experience of destinations. At the level of policy making and planning, the importance of destinations' unique and distinctive cultural attributes for the tourism sector is commonly articulated, at least rhetorically. The management of cultural and heritage assets for tourism is also a critical issue for destinations. However, working connections and collaboration between agencies and stakeholders in these domains are often weakly developed in practice. Inter-disciplinary research at the interface of the complex linkages between these sectors and professional interests has much to contribute to terms of critical, reflective debate on key issues affecting the relationships between culture, heritage and tourism at the destination level.

Research in destination policy, planning and management also explores the competitive opportunities and pressures associated with the emergence of new and diverse international tourist markets. Such research makes a critical contribution in the development of creative and sustainable strategies for the culture, heritage and tourism sectors in destinations.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers who share interests in destination policy, planning and management in relation to culture(s), heritage and tourism. These research areas are also clearly relevant to professionals in destination management and the conference will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to share leading edge ideas, innovations and critical thinking with the professional destination manager participants at the European Union of Tourist Officers (EUTO) Study Visit to Latvia which coincides with the conference. There will also be opportunities for delegates to participate in parts of the EUTO programme.

Theoretical and applied issues and themes to be explored at this conference include:

  • creative uses of cultural and heritage resources for tourism,
  • cultural events and festivals as animators of place,
  • transnational approaches to and conceptions of destination planning in urban and rural contexts,
  • community participation in destination development,
  • building sustainable partnerships and stakeholder relationships between tourism, culture and heritage in destinations,
  • managing cultural heritage and sensitive sites for tourism,
  • competitive advantage, new tourist markets and destinations,
  • new and emerging technologies in destination representation and marketing, and destination image and branding.

To submit a paper proposal, please send a 300-word abstract with full address and institutional affiliation details as an electronic file to Dr. Philip Long at p.e.long@leedsmet.ac.uk. The deadline for the reception of abstracts is 13 July 2007.

Please find regularly updated information regarding this conference, registration procedures and (at a later stage) a full programme at www.tourism-culture.com.

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Best in Heritage 2007

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 27-29 September 2007

The Best in Heritage 2007, an international, annual presentation of the best awarded museum, heritage and conservation projects, will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 27-29 September 2007, under the patronage of ICOM, UNESCO, ICOMOS, Europa Nostra, ICCROM and the City of Dubrovnik.

Representatives of twenty noteworthy projects explain why their achievements were proclaimed best, either internationally or nationally. They do this in three days of attractive programme for a steadily rising audience, coming from 31 countries last year. All of them seek to know practical and theoretical dimensions of quality that bring competitiveness and prestige.

Presentations, discussions and personal contacts make the conference a highly pragmatic occasion. The Best in Heritage is about the excellence, the best professional information and relaxed socialising in the unique environment of Dubrovnik - itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For detailed information, please contact: Tomislav Šola, European Heritage Association, Krešimirov trg 7, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia; tel./fax: ++385 1 455 04 24; mobile: ++385 98 468 158; e-mail: director@thebestinheritage.com; www.thebestinheritage.com

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ENCC Second European Project Fair of Cultural Centres

Riga, Latvia, 3-5 October 2007

Under the title Bringing Cultures Together – Approximation Through Exchange, the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) announces its Second European Project Fair of Cultural Centres, to take place in Riga, Latvia, on 3-5 October 2007, discussing and sharing experiences about good practices in association networking, cross-border projects and Europe-wide staff exchange programmes. Invited speakers come from a broad range of backgrounds – political decision makers, representatives of different cultural centres, umbrella organisations, and institutions with important knowledge about funding opportunities above all regarding EU programmes, etc.

Contact: European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC), Coordination Office, Voßstraße 22, 10117 Berlin, Germany; tel.: +49-(0)30-88412102; fax: +49-(0)721-151363538; e-mail: office@encc.eu; www.encc.eu

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Journeys of Expressions VI: Diaspora Community Festivals, Cultural Events and Tourism

Call for Papers
York, United Kingdom, 4-6 October 2007

Organised by the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change of the Leeds Metropolitan University, Journeys of Expression VI will bring together researchers who share interests in diaspora community cultures as expressed, translated and consumed through festivals and cultural events. The conference encourages contributions from contrasting but related theoretical and conceptual approaches from Social Science and Humanities disciplinary perspectives. It will also attract researchers from the fields of tourism and festival studies.

Theoretical issues and themes to be explored at this conference include:

  • Defining and conceptualising diasporas in connection with festivals and cultural events;
  • Histories of diaspora communities' mobilities and the transformation and adaptation of festivity and cultural events to new community circumstances and settings;
  • Relationships between diaspora communities and the 'homeland' and expressions of collective memory through festivals and cultural events;
  • The distribution and circulation of globalised diaspora festival forms - e.g. carnival, mela, Irish, Chinese, Jewish - religious and secular, established, emerging and contested;
  • The role of diaspora festivals and cultural events in policies and programmes to promote community cohesion, crime reduction and anti-racism;
  • Festivals, cultural events and the identities of diaspora community members - inter-generational issues;
  • Festivals, cultural events and the multi- (inter-)cultural city;
  • Settings and spaces for diaspora festivals and cultural events;
  • Issues surrounding new and recently introduced diaspora community festivals and cultural events;
  • Performing diaspora community arts through festivals;
  • Diaspora tourism markets.

Paper proposals from academics from various disciplinary backgrounds are welcome, including: tourism studies, festival studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, cultural geography, politics, etc. 300-word abstracts should be sent to Dr. Philip Long, p.e.long@leedsmet.ac.uk by 16 April 2007.

Contact: Charlotte Terrapon, Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Faculty of Arts & Society, Leeds Metropolitan University, The Old School Board, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3ED, UK; tel.: +44(0)113 283 2600 ext29176; www.tourism-culture.com

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12th International Metropolis Conference

Call for Workshop Proposals
Melbourne, Australia, 8-10 October 2007

On 8-10 October 2007, the annual International Metropolis Conference will be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere – in Melbourne, Australia. Hosted by Monash University and the Australian Multicultural Foundation in association with the Federal Government, the Victorian State Government and the City of Melbourne, Metropolis International 2007 is an internationally significant research-based conference that focuses on immigration and settlement issues.

Metropolis 2007 will feature Australian and global leaders and officials, renowned academics and key stakeholders who will gather to examine migration, economic growth and social cohesion. The Conference will bring together some of the world's key migration and diversity experts to discuss key issues and, in particular, to examine:

  • the patterns of current and future migration,
  • the scope for reinforcing its favourable impact on economic growth, and
  • strengthening social cohesion.

Workshop proposals on topics related to migration and diversity are invited from researchers, policy-makers, NGOs and other interested delegates. Workshop proposals will be adjudicated according to several criteria, including the strength of the proposal, best fit with conference themes, overall structure of the workshop, and representation of a broad range of perspectives from various countries, sectors and backgrounds. This year's proposed workshop themes include:

  • The conditions for social cohesion in diverse societies,
  • Measuring social cohesion indicators,
  • Constructing social cohesion in society,
  • Comparative approaches to multicultural policies,
  • Minorities in society at a time of racial profiling and anti-terrorist legislation,
  • Responses to irregular migration,
  • Comparative policies to attract new settlers to regional locations,
  • Recognition of migrants' overseas professional qualifications,
  • Future research agendas for people movement,
  • Comparative skilled migration programs,
  • The impact of the ‘cherry picking' of skilled workers on poorer sending countries,
  • Comparative Asia Pacific/European/North American migration patterns,
  • Gaining economic advantage through migration, and
  • Migration in a borderless world – its security implications.

The conference will include a mix of 90 and 180 minute workshop sessions - workshops must include representation from the academic, government and NGO sectors, as well as international comparisons and sufficient time for a discussion of ideas.

Workshop proposals should be e-mailed to erin.tolley@cic.gc.ca or submitted online at www.metropolis2007.org/workshopform.php by 15 February 2007.

For details, see www.metropolis2007.org or contact Erin Tolley, Metropolis Project, tel.: +1-613-957-5971, e-mail: erin.tolley@cic.gc.ca.

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The Ecology of a Creative Community

Edmonton, Canada, 10-13 October 2007

The Creative City Network of Canada will hold its 6th Annual Conference entitled The Ecology of a Creative Community in Edmonton, Alberta (a 2007 Cultural Capital) on 10-13 October 2007.

Join the network of cultural planners to explore the key elements that contribute to a vibrant cultural community. This year's conference will focus on planning for sustainable cultural spaces, community collaborations and partnerships, building community identity and pride, engagement strategies and much more. Two additional streams are offered on event hosting strategies and public art.

The event will bring together municipal cultural planning and development staff from communities across Canada for professional development sessions, dialogue, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities. While the conference is primarily tailored to the needs of network members, registration is open to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge in the cultural planning and development sector.

Contact: Creative City Network of Canada, Suite 408 - 402 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1T6, Canada; tel.: 604-688-2489; fax: 604-688-6701; e-mail: info@creativecity.ca; www.creativecity.ca

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33rd Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STPA)

New York City, NY, USA, 11-13 October 2007

New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Research Center for Leadership in Action invite paper and panel proposals to the 33rd Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STPA), to be held on 11-13 October 2007 in New York City.

STPA brings together researchers, students, policy makers, artists, foundation staff, and managers of arts institutions and advocacy organizations to explore key trends, practices, and public policy issues affecting and shaping the arts around the world. Conference participants are drawn from a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to sociology, political science, management, economics, law, urban planning, art and art history, museum and curatorial studies, education, and policy studies as well as managers and artists in the visual, performing, written and multi-media arts.

This year's conference is organized around five central themes:

  • Artists, Activism and Social Change
  • Leadership in, of, and through the Arts
  • Sustaining Cultural Industries and Organizations
  • Role of the Arts in Bridging Ethnic, Cultural, and Regional Differences
  • Local/Regional Revitalization through the Arts

The deadline for abstracts is 25 May 2007. Online paper and panel submission forms are available at stpa.culture.info/2007call.

For more information, please contact: stpa2007@gmail.com.

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2nd IMC World Forum on Music

Beijing, China, 11-14 October 2007

The International Music Council (IMC), an international non-governmental organisation in formal associate relations with UNESCO, is announcing the 2nd World Forum on Music to take place in Beijing, 11-14 October 2007, organised jointly with the Chinese Musicians’ Association.

With collaboration from other players in the musical field, the IMC presents its World Forum on Music (WFM) as a global knowledge-building platform on music and society in the 21st century, which explores a variety of topics from a diverse perspectives: cultural, political and economical. IMC considers its World Forum on Music as a most important contribution to setting the stage for the free celebration of music in the world.

The 2007 World Forum on Music will focus on four areas which IMC considers being of crucial importance to the world of music:

  • Music in Development and Development in Music: the great range of issues confronting IMC and its members in the Music Sector Development Program;
  • ManyMusics – Fostering Musical Diversity: in two parts – 1) supporting traditional musics and 2) the UNESCO Convention for cultural diversity;
  • Intellectual Property Rights: a clarification of the new issues in this most complex and evolving area; and
  • Music Delivery in the Future: again in two parts – 1) futures in musical creation, performance and delivery and 2) futures in music education.

By seeking synergies across different sectors, this high-level forum provides unprecedented opportunities for scholars, government officials, private sector executives, professionals from the civil society, artists and students to engage in serious debates on current key issues.

Contact information: International Music Council, Silja Fischer, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 PARIS cedex 15, France; tel.: +33 1 45 68 48 50; fax: +33 1 43 06 87 98; e-mail: forum.imc@unesco.org; www.unesco.org/imc

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Education, Art and Media in the European Integration Process

Belgrade, Serbia, 11-14 October 2007

Education, Art and Media in the European Integration Process, an interdisciplinary conference organized by the University of Arts in Belgrade, ADAM Tempus project and supported by the Serbian Ministries, Secretariat of Culture of the City of Belgrade as well as by a number of international organizations, will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 11 – 14 October 2007.

The aim of the conference is to present the developments and the results achieved in the process of European integrations in the field of education, art and media, i.e. culture in its widest definition. As an opportunity for exchange of experiences, critical analysis and evaluation, the conference will articulate topics which are by definition curtained by politics, legislation etc. and emphasize the important role they play in the European integration process. The conference will also demonstrate the conceptualization of European and Serbian identity in art and media texts, where the made progress even precedes political realization of the objectives.

The conference is structured through:

  • panels providing surveys of the development and results exploring individual cases, projects as well as general principles from the perspectives of both EU and non EU countries;
  • panel case studies /exhibitions of identity representation;
  • interactive workshops organized through TEMPUS provided LDL system.

The particular topics to be addressed are:

  • European integration processes within education, media and cultural policies;
  • Transformations of (infra)structure of arts, media, education in accordance to European standards;
  • Art and media education and Bologna standards;
  • Europeanization of the structure and activities of cinematography, television, theatre, performing and visual arts;
  • European identity of Serbia in art and media texts;
  • Informal forms of cooperation with the EU; and
  • Case studies: film coproductions reflecting on Europe and the Balkans; digital identity/digital performance; Imagining Europe/Imagining Serbia – exhibition of works.

Further information is available at webzone.k3.mah.se/projects/adam_eam07/cmt04/default.asp.

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The Performance of Community and the Community of Performance

Performing the World 4 - Call for Proposals
Tarrytown, NY, USA, 12-14 October 2007

Performing the World 4 - The Performance of Community and the Community of Performance will be held from 12 to 14 October 2007 in Tarrytown House, Tarrytown, NY, USA, organized by Performing the World, an international community of people who recognize performance as a powerful developmental activity for social-cultural transformation.

Performing the World 4 recognizes, celebrates and interrogates the growing global performance movement and its relationship to community building - the thousands of innovative performance projects taking place in urban centers, towns and villages the world over, and the researches, theoretics and analyses of what all this ensemble creativity, improvisatory play and stage-making might mean for human development, the growth of communities and social change.

The conference will bring together performers, educators, artists, scholars and researchers, psychologists and therapists, health and helping professionals, business professionals, youth workers, social entrepreneurs, activists, and community organizers to showcase innovative practice and scholarship and provide a rich context for learning and performing together. Proposals for conversational themes, panels, workshops and performances are due by 15 March 2007.

For all inquiries, please contact: Melissa Meyer, Programs Coordinator, East Side Institute, 920 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10010, USA; tel.: 212.941.8906; fax: 212.941.0511; e-mail: ptw@eastsideinstitute.org; www.performingtheworld.org

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Festival Policies of Public Authorities in Europe

Barcelona, Spain, on 19–20 October 2007

A roundtable on the Festival Policies of Public Authorities in Europe will be held in Barcelona, Spain on 19-20 October 2007, organised by the Cultural Information and Research Centres Liaison in Europe (CIRCLE), the European Festival Research Project (EFRP) consortium and the Interarts Foundation.

Working within the framework of the EFRP achievements, which has already analysed the issue of the festivals' sustainability, the event now wishes to follow a course of action that will enable an analysis and evaluation of public festival policy based on a thorough Europe-wide comparative research. The notion of the 'festival' applied here is that of the EFRP – events that are artistically centred, publicly supported and of international orientation.

The Barcelona round table will involve the presentation and analysis of an international comparative report based on country surveys prepared by researchers invited by EFRP and CIRCLE beforehand. In addition, relevant case studies will be presented and analysed. To this end, the present call for papers invites researchers, academics and other professionals to submit their papers.

Taking into account the definition of festivals mentioned above, relevant subjects could be the following:

The conference is structured through:

  • Trends, rationales and funding practices of public policies (national / regional / local) towards festivals;
  • Case studies or comparative approaches to individual policies and programmes;
  • Governance and decision-making models in festival policies;
  • Policy monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Influence of non-cultural policies (e.g. tourism, economic development, employment, social inclusion, etc.) on festival policies.

The list above is non-exhaustive. Proposals may choose to focus on individual countries or regions or approach the issue on a European-wide basis. They may also deal with artistic sectors individually or from a cross-sectoral perspective.

Proposals limited to approximately 15 minutes should be sent in PowerPoint or Word format (or compatible) – authors are advised to send papers of roughly 10 slides (PowerPoint) or 3,000-4,000 words. Proposals written in English should be sent by 25 August 2007 to Jordi Baltà (jbalta@interarts.net). Participants will be notified of the outcome of the selection by 10 September 2007.

The organisers will cover the accommodation and maintenance costs of authors invited to take part in the event, travel costs can however not be covered. Potential candidates are invited to visit the EFRP's site at www.efa-aef.org/efahome/efrp.cfm for further information on the project and a selection of relevant literature.

For further information, contact: Jordi Baltà (jbalta@interarts.net) or Dragan Klaic (draganklaic@gmail.com).

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Cultural Diversity and Religious Pluralism - The Possible Dialogue in Europe

Rome, Italy, 19–20 October 2007

The Annual Conference of the Religious Innovation and Pluralism in 21 Century Europe (R.I.P.E.) Group will take place in Rome, Italy on 19–20 October 2007 under the title Cultural Diversity and Religious Pluralism - The Possible Dialogue in Europe.

The Conference aims to provide a deeper understanding of this important topic and compare the more recent studies and research realized in Europe, and specifically by R.I.P.E. Group members. Specialists and experts not only belonging to the R.I.P.E. Group, especially members of the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies – ESITIS, are invited to prepare and submit specific papers and research contributions. There will be no registration fee but participants will have to cover their own cost for travel and accommodation.

Contact: EURISPES, Secretary General, Largo Arenula 34 - 00162 Roma, Italy; Ricceri Prof. Marco, tel.: 06/ 68210205 (office); mob.: 0039 - 340/ 8077673; fax: 06/ 6892898; e-mail: eurispes.intl-dept@libero.it, riccerimarco@hotmail.com

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Cultural Institutions without Walls: New Models of Arts - Community Interaction

Salzburg Seminar
Salzburg, Austria, 20–26 October 2007

The 446th session of the Salzburg Seminar, entitled Cultural Institutions Without Walls: New Models of Arts - Community Interaction, will be held in Salzburg, Austria, on 20 – 26 October 2007.

The Salzburg Seminar is an institution focused on global change - a place where innovative ideas lead to practical solutions. As an independent, neutral forum, the Salzburg Seminar engages current and future leaders in candid discussion to inspire new thinking and to pioneer strategies for change.

The purpose of the Cultural Institutions without Walls session is to identify particularly imaginative and effective new models of arts and community interaction and identify ways in which these models might be replicated elsewhere or adapted to other contexts. To this end, this session will bring together an international group of artists, cultural managers, public sector representatives working in the areas of culture, education, tourism, and economic development, arts educators, cultural scholars, and journalists to examine unusual and successful examples of arts-community interactions to understand better how cultural institutions can: play an even more vital role in their communities; adapt to the information age and employ new technologies in more creative and effective ways; reach out to new, diverse audiences; foster a lively cultural dialogue; and enhance their impact and relevance in communities around the world.

The registration form is available at www.salzburgseminar.org/oApp/index.cfm. Further information at www.salzburgseminar.org/2007/sessionpages.cfm?
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Contact: Salzburg Seminar, Schloss Leopoldskron, Leopoldskronstrasse 56-58, Box 129, A-5010 Salzburg, Austria; tel.: +43(662)839830; fax: +43(662)839837; e-mail: info@salzburgseminar.org

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Do You Know What European Culture Is?

IX Conference European Culture
Pamplona, Spain, 24–27 October 2007

The conference European Culture is an international event coordinated by the Centre for European Studies of the University of Navarra. In its IXth edition, the Conference, to take place in Pamplona, Spain, on 24-27 October 2007, will develop an interesting and diverse academic programme with debates, plenary sessions, papers, book presentations and new projects. The Plenary Sessions will revolve around the topic of The European Legacy.

This open conference invites proposals for papers and participation by experts in cultural management, theatre, architecture, communication, science, philosophy, economics, law, music, cinema, political and social sciences, history, literature, anthropology, international relations, etc. Presented papers will be reviewed for publication.

These conferences welcome a large number of international participants – the eight editions of the conference held so far have brought together almost 400 participants from 40 countries, ranging from Germany to Venezuela, and from Argentina to Ukraine.

Registration for the Congress is available on-line at www.unav.es/cee/ixcongre/inscripcion.html.

Contact: Centro de Estudios Europeos, Universidad de Navarra, E-31080 Pamplona, Spain; tel.: ++ 34 948 42 56 34; fax: ++ 34 948 42 56 22; e-mail: ebanus@unav.es; www.unav.es/cee/ixcongre

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Enclosure, Emancipatory Communication and the Global City

Union for Democratic Communication Conference
Vancouver, Canada, 25-28 October 2007

Hosted by the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, this year's UDC conference is to be held in Vancouver, Canada, on 25-28 October 2007 under the title Enclosure, Emancipatory Communication and the Global City.

The field of culture and communication manifests struggles between contradictory tendencies. On the one hand, pressures from capital and state sometimes promote various forms of enclosure - the private appropriation, suppression or marginalization of socially-produced public expression. On the other hand, progressive forces, from artists and academics to broad social movements, are not only resisting such enclosure, but developing practices and policies that prefigure emancipation - new ways of reorganizing culture and communication democratically. At the nexus of changing national cultures and policies, of transnational migrations and markets, of media flows and audiences, of consumption and surveillance, the global city is emerging as a key site for such contestation.

The Union for Democratic Communications invites proposals, from artists, activists and media scholars, for presentations, roundtables, workshops and panels that examine and critique the relationship between forces of enclosure and emancipation, especially in the context of the global city. Other topics relevant to democratic communication are also very welcome.

Proposals are invited for both individual papers and panel or workshop sessions. Individual paper proposals should include a title, a brief (maximum 250 word) abstract of the presentation, and contact information including name, title, institution, mailing address, telephone, fax and email address. Panel session proposals should include titles, contact information, and a brief (maximum 250 word) abstract for each panel member; they should also include a short (maximum 100 word) description of the overall panel theme and contact information for the panel chair. Proposals from artists for individual presentations or panel sessions should also include samples of the work to be presented. All proposals should be submitted by email to udc2007@sfu.ca in the form of a Word or PDF attachment. Hard copies may also be sent to: UDC 2007 Conference, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC V5A 1S6, Canada.

The deadline for proposals is 15 March 2007. Conference presenters should be current members of the Union for Democratic Communication (UDC - www.udc.org). Limited conference travel funding assistance for student and low-income presenters will be available.

Please visit www.sfu.ca/conferences/udc2007 for conference details.

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Visual Construction of Culture

Call for Papers
Zagreb, Croatia, 26-27 October 2007

The Croatian Writers' Society, the theory, culture and visual arts journal Tvrða, and the Zagreb Centre for Visual Studies are organizing an international interdisciplinary symposium entitled Visual Construction of Culture, to be held at the Mimara Museum in Zagreb, Croatia on 26-27 October 2007.

The Croatian Writers' Society, the theory, culture and visual arts journal Tvrða, and the Zagreb Centre for Visual Studies are organizing an international interdisciplinary symposium entitled Visual Construction of Culture, to be held at the Mimara Museum in Zagreb on 26 and 27 October 2007.

Over the past ten-odd years, the interest for the establishment of Visual Culture / Visual Studies as a new interdisciplinary field of scientific study has surpassed the boundaries of contemporary visual arts. As W. J. T. Mitchell, one of the leading theoreticians of visuality and the image in the media age puts it, the new way in which images are created in the digital age requires a paradigm shift. This visual, pictorial and cultural turn marks the liberation of the image from the dominant paradigms in language philosophy and from the prevalent iconology interpretations in art history. Today, the picture is understood as a medium of communication and as a contextual field of autoreferential denotation. It is no longer a "holy" picture or a picture of High Art, but a multiplied and networked world of visuality which demands its own new grammar, syntax, semiotics and hermeneutics.

Culture can no longer be explained by social identity theories. Visual culture is constructed autonomously and in the media age it is a prerequisite for the cognition of reality and its various interpretations. The Symposium will therefore focus especially on the need for a new approach to the concepts of picture, visuality and media in our time. How do pictures function in the culturally pluralistic and ideologically hybrid postmodern societies? Why can the new picture only be understood in its (cultural policy-, society- and ideology-related) context?

You are invited to participate in the Symposium and contribute to the articulation of Visual Culture as a new scientific discipline dealing with the visual in the media age in Croatia and its wider European environment. During the two working days, discussions will focus on the possibilities of co-operation between the fields of art history, semiotics, philosophy, sociology, cultural and visual studies in the research of the:

  • concept and phenomenon of the picture in the age of the iconic turn,
  • mediological aspects of contemporary visual communication (e.g. the impact of new media art, as well as the mass media abolition of the borders dividing "high" from "low" art, popular from elite art production),
  • representation of visual cultural identities (of pictures—icons—ideologies).

Presentations by symposium participants, divided into three subject areas, will be limited to 20 minutes each, followed by a discussion. Working languages are Croatian and English. Deatils will be made available at the Web site of the Centre for Visual Studies at www.c-v-s.hr. You are kindly requested to confirm your participation by 20 August 2007. Please send your presentation title and summary (up to 200 words) by 15 September 2007 to visual.studies@post.t-com.hr, with the words "Symposium presentation" in the subject line.

Contact persons: Mr. Žarko Paiæ, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Tvrða, zarko.paic@zg.t-com.hr, and Mr. Krešimir Purgar, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Visual Studies, visual.studies@post.t-com.hr.

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International Conference on Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries

Geneva, Switzerland, 29 November – 1 December 2007

The World Intellectual Property Organization will hold its International Conference on Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries in Geneva, Switzerland, on 29 November – 1 December 2007. to provide a forum for discussion on the concept and application of creativity in the creative industries, with a clear focus on the IP rights component in them. In addition to offering practical insights on the use and protection of the IP system, the Conference will seek to contribute constructively to the ongoing debate on themes devoted to:

  • the concept and origins of creativity,
  • creativity and ip in support of development,
  • measuring the creative industries,
  • creative industries in the digital environment,
  • the business of creativity: innovative business models in the creative industries.

The Conference will begin with a High Level Segment where Ministers with responsibility for culture and IP, will be invited to speak on Creativity in Diverse Cultures. Key speakers/leading experts in the field will present and analyze creativity and its processes, its significance for economic and cultural development, and discuss strategies to stimulate and promote creative activities in their different contexts. The event is open to the public and will bring together Member States representatives, cultural and IP-related policy makers; academia; individual creators; creative industries representatives, industry associations, lawyers, developers of digital technology, students, etc., who recognize the value of IP in advancing their unique creativity.

For details, please see: www.wipo.int/meetings/en/2007/ip_ind_ge/

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Flourishing in the New Frontier: New Media, New Audiences, New Opportunities

Miami, USA, 2-5 November 2007

The National Arts Marketing Project announces its 2007 conference entitled Flourishing in the New Frontier: New Media, New Audiences, New Opportunities, to be held in Miami, USA, on 2-5 November 2007, focusing on technology and new audiences, along with the latest research in the field. The event's intensive workshops, plenary sessions, roundtable peer discussions and sponsorship clinics led by top marketing and sponsorship experts will be devoted to the new media, from RSS to podcasts; to the optimization of tools, from websites to search engines; and to legal issues surrounding the implementation of these technologies.

Contact: Robert L. Lynch, President & CEO, Americans for the Arts, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20005, USA; tel.: 202.371.2830; fax: 202.371.0424; e-mail: americansforthearts@americansforthearts.pmailus.com; www.artsusa.org/events/2007/abc/namc/default.asp

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Cultural Trends Conference

Call for Papers
5 November 2007

Papers are invited to the first one-day Cultural Trends Conference to be held in Autumn 2007 (starting 5 November), covering the breath of the cultural sector – ranging from funded and high arts, to creative industries - and supporting or contradicting commonly held assertions that culture changes lives and transforms places. It is hoped to publish the papers in forthcoming issues of Cultural Trends, the journal that champions the need for better evidence-based analyses of the cultural sector, aiming to:

  • stimulate analysis and understanding of the arts and wider cultural sector based on relevant and reliable evidence;
  • identify clear trends in cultural provision, funding;
  • consider participation, including the differences between different social groups and the impact of culture on individuals and society, as well as how such assessments are made and used;
  • provide a critique of those data upon which arts and wider cultural policy may be based, implemented, evaluated and developed and encourage improvements in the coverage, timeliness and accessibility of statistical information on the arts and wider cultural sector;
  • examine the soundness of measures of the performance of government and public sector bodies in the arts and wider cultural sector.

The journal is widely read and referred to by arts and heritage funders, sponsors and administrative bodies, local and central government officials, cultural organisations, researchers, consultants and academics, and by those concerned with the promotion and development of the arts and creative industries.

300-word abstracts of should be submitted to the editor, Professor Sara Selwood at s.selwood@city.ac.uk, by 1 September 2007.

Details about the journal can be found at www.informaworld.com/ccut

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imPACT07 - Nothing but Disguise

Essen, Germany, 5-7 November 2007

The PACT Zollverein Performing Arts Choreographisches Zentrum NRW Tanzlandschaaft Ruhr international centre for the performing arts specialising in dance will hold the third edition of its international interactive symposium imPACT in Essen, Germany, on 5-7 November 2007.

This transdisciplinary symposium is aimed at young artists, academics and journalists working in the fields of dance, theatre, the fine arts and new media. IMPACT 07 looks at artistic standpoints and strategies that test the limits of specific genres in order to push conventional boundaries, deconstruct and reassign contexts and create spaces to explore the reading of meaning.

Contact: Ingo Kaulbars, PACT Zollverein, Bullmannaue 20a, D-45327 Essen, Germany; tel.: +49 (0)201.289 47 00; fax +49 (0)201.289 47 01; e-mail: ingo.kaulbars@pact-zollverein.de; pact-zollverein.de

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Waves of Change: Women, Youth, and the Sea- Partnering for the Protection of the Marine Environment

32nd Annual Pacem in Maribus
Malta, 5-8 November 2007

The International Ocean Institute's 32nd Pacem in Maribus (Peace in the Oceans) conference, Waves of Change , will break new ground by empowering women and youth to promote the peaceful and sustainable use of marine resources and sound ocean governance. The conference will bring together key and influential stakeholders including representatives from government, NGOs and educational institutions to develop new approaches, effective solutions and actionable outcomes at overcoming ocean threats.

The conference will be organized around three-themed tracks with relevance to women, youth and ocean sustainability and will feature in-depth breakout sessions and hands-on workshops:

  • The State of the Ocean: Current Challenges and Future Prospects,
  • Involvement of Women and Youth within the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and
  • New Solidarities for Sustainable Ocean Governance

Conference highlights include the Underwater Film Festival, the Women's Caucus on the Oceans and Climate Change, the Youth Ocean Parliament, and the launching of the Waves of Change Campaign.

For further information, please see: www.thewavesofchange.org/conference_rev.html

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Inside Out 2007: Re-imagining Cultural Action in Europe

15th EFAH General Assembly
Warsaw, Poland, 8-10 November 2007

The 15th EFAH General Assembly to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on 8-10 November 2007, under the title Inside Out 2007, aims to be a dynamic and participatory event, less focused on dissecting institutional concerns, and more intent on revealing what may be clear axes of future political engagement with the EU for the cultural sector. An important focus for the conference will be the recently published European Commission document entitled Communication on Culture in a Globalizing World, seeking to discuss to what extent the Communication provides cultural activists who want to act together transnationally with elements of a more powerful cultural agenda. Recommendations for dialogue and consultation should be debated, as well as the policy proposals contained in the strategy itself. The event is aimed at all cultural associations and networks working in a European context, who see Europe as a strategic location for artistic engagement, in particular those active in Poland, as well as in Central and Eastern Europe.

For details, please see www.insideout2007.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view
&id=3&Itemid=16&lang=en

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Creative Clusters 2007

Call for Presentations
London, UK, 9-14 November 2007

Creative Clusters 2007, the fifth international conference on the creative economy, will take place in London, UK, on 9-14 November 2007, in locations that are home to world-leading creative enterprises and culture-led regeneration projects. The organizers are looking for lively and challenging presentations and workshops, based on experience and evidence, that will lead into discussion of the following conference themes:

  • The Creative Quarter,examining the role of the cultural district in the 21st century city;
  • Opportunity in the Creative Economy, tackling concerns that the benefits of the growth of creative industries are being disproportionately enjoyed by an exclusive and protective 'creative class';
  • World Creative Hubs, throwing the spotlight on some of the global creative hubs and showing how each is responding to the challenge of the era of the creative global economy; and
  • The Creative Crowd, looking at how the power of the creative crowd is changing the media landscape, and asking how policy-makers should respond.

The Call closes on 6 May 2007.

The annual Creative Clusters is an independent policy conference examining the growth of the creative economy, enabling people engaged in developing the creative economy, and in culture-led regeneration, to showcase their work, learn from each other, identify and articulate policy issues, and connect to development resources. It explores and advocates the idea that strategies for economic growth must now address a wide ecology of issues, challenging traditional boundaries between art, business, education and science, between for- and non-profit enterprise, between economic, social and cultural policy. A growing body of work shows substantial financial and cultural benefits being made when cultural and economic development work hand in hand.

Contact: Phil Sheppard, Marketing and Communications Manager, Creative Clusters Ltd., The Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX, UK; tel.: +44 (0)114 249 4334; e-mail: phil.sheppard@creativeclusters.com; www.creativeclusters.com

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2nd World Forum on Music

Beijing, China, 11-14 November 2007

Setting a unique stage where artists, scholars, decision-makers and other influential actors in all areas of music, from all corners of the world, and with their roots in a wide variety of musical cultures can meet, share experiences, and discuss challenges related to the future of music and music in the future, the IMC will hold its 2nd World Forum on Music in Beijing, China, on 11-14 October 2007.

The 2007 IMC WFM aims at studying and discussing some of the most important aspects relative to music in development and development in music, including future music delivery systems. The six WFM sessions will deal with basically four themes:

  • Music in Development, with a focus on the importance of strengthening the musical sector in developing countries;
  • Intellectual Property Rights, which offers an introduction to and a discussion of the implications of alternative regimes for ensuring artists' rights;
  • ManyMusics - Enhancing Musical Diversity, with one session which will present the potential of the UNESCO Convention of the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression, and another which will discuss our responsibility to establish sustainable futures for the magnitude of musical traditions in the world;
  • Music in the Future, where one session will focus on how social, cultural, political and technological trends will influence music in the years to come, and another will discuss the implications of the general trends in society for the education of musical artists and educators.

Contact: International Music Council, Silja Fischer, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 PARIS cedex 15, France; tel.: +33 1 45 68 48 50; fax: +33 1 43 06 87 98; e-mail: forum.imc@unesco.org; www.unesco.org/imc

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Fifth Asia-Europe Dance Forum

Beijing / Guizhou, China, 13-24 November 2007

The Asia Europe Foundation and the China Dance Association are coorganizing the Fifth Asia-Europe Dance Forum for choreographer-dancers and composer-improvisers, to be held in Beijing and Guizhou, China, on 13-24 November 2007.

Pointe to Point, as one of the Asia-Europe Foundation's Young Artist Exchange initiatives, aims to empower aspiring young artists from Asia and Europe to reflect upon their views of contemporary society through their individual artistic expressions. It is committed to providing young people with a process-oriented platform for artistic exchange and dialogue through the arts.

The aim of this year's Pointe to Point project is to provide an avenue for new inspirations, discoveries and to instigate questions. The project will inquire into the relationships between tradition and the contemporary, between dance in urban and rural contexts and also between dance and music. Although primarily a project for dance, the intention is to allow dance and music to be treated on an equal basis, working from the beginning from a kind of mutual "ground zero".

The observations and impressions gathered in the course of a research trip to the province of Guizhou by the 12 selected choreographer-dancers and 6 selected composer-improvisers from Asia and Europe will serve as inspiration for five days of intensive artistic collaboration in Beijing. The process and results will be shared with the audience in Beijing after the public presentation. A team of 4 artistic advisors from Europe and Asia will facilitate the process and give artistic advice to the participants during the whole period of the project.

Application deadline is 10 August 2007. For details and an application form, visit www.asef.org/index.php?option=com_project&task=view&id=1036.

Contact: Katelijn Verstraete, Cultural Exchange Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), 31 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119595; tel.: (65) 6874 9724; fax: (65) 6872 1207; e-mail: Katelijn.verstraete@asef.org; www.asef.org

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Institutionalisation of Culture and Culture Management

Madrid, Spain, 14-16 November 2007

The objective of the conference on Institutionalisation of Culture and Culture Management, to be held in Madrid, Spain, on 14-16 November 2007, is to offer culture professionals the opportunity to reflect on the expanding role of culture in the social and political life of the 21st century and to provide firsthand information on projects, networks and current debates.

Debates at the conference will include the following topics:

  • the institutionalisation of culture and its increasing role in social and political life,
  • cultural policies in the 20th and the 21st century,
  • the profession of cultural manager,
  • the dialectic between the process of cultural homogenisation and that of the protection and promotion of cultural diversity,
  • international panorama regarding research into culture management and cultural
  • policies,
  • the dialectic between culture as conservation and culture as creation,
  • culture and development.

Further information about the conference is available online at en.www.mcu.es/cooperacion/MC/CongresoICGC/Presentacion.html

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Film, Television, Tourism and Regeneration

Leeds, UK, 15 November 2007

Organized by the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University, and held in conjunction with the Leeds International Film Festival, the international conference on Film, Television, Tourism and Regeneration, to take place in Leeds, UK on 15 November 2007, aims to bring together professionals and practitioners from the public and private regeneration, tourism, film and television sectors, encouraging the development of networking and collaboration between professionals across these sectors. The event will be of interest to professionals in the public and private sector, policy makers and researchers working in the broad area of film, TV, tourism and regeneration relationships, as well as all those involved in and responsibilities for tourism development and destination marketing at national, regional and local levels.

Contact: Ms Daniela Carl, Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University, Faculty of Arts and Society, Old School Board, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3ED, United Kingdom; tel.: ++44 (0) 113 283 8541; fax.++44 (0) 113 283 8544; e-mail: ctcc@leedsmet.ac.uk

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Social Capital and Interethnic Relationships: Multiethnicity - a Boon or a Bane?

The Social Capital Foundation 2007 International Conference
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 15-19 November 2007

The Social Capital Foundation (TSCF) will hold its Third International Conference on 15-19 November 2007, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, under the title of Social Capital and Interethnic Relationships: Multiethnicity - a Boon or a Bane?, aiming to bring together social scientists, economists, policymakers, social workers and the widest spectrum of involved players to explore the issues arising in an increasingly multiethnic society. TSCF, an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization that pursues the promotion of social capital and social cohesion, bringing together people and organizations who would like to contribute to a better future by reinforcing the social link between people, as opposed to the more narrow economic focus that has held sway for the past three decades or more.

As part of the Social Link Cycle, a line of conferences dedicated to the bond between people within society, and its contemporary crisis, the conference objective is to make progress on the understanding of these issues, by shedding light on some current developments and drafting innovative, practical responses through research papers, case studies, works-in-progress or proposals for future research, and reports related to policy issues. Potential speakers should present a 1-2 pages abstract (no full papers). Submissions should be made by using a downloadable presentation template, and sent to conferences@socialcapital-foundation.org. Submission deadline is 1 October 2007.

Contact: The Social Capital Foundation, B.P. 30, 1310 Terhulpen, Belgium; tel.: 0032.2.6537340; fax: 0032.2.6541086; e-mail: conferences@socialcapital-foundation.org; www.socialcapital-foundation.org

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Let's MUS-E Together

European Conference on Good Practices
Lisbon, Portugal, 16 November 2007

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is organizing a European Conference on Good Practices entitled Let's MUS-E Together, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 16 November 2007, marking the he launch of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) 2008 under the Portuguese Presidency.

The event will include debates and interventions on the Portuguese Presidency and the EYID 2008, on the MUS-E identity: arts and interculturality, on the creative practices aimed at making intercultural dialogue happen in the field. In the afternoon, after a particular focus made on Roma children and their culture, the participants will be invited to take part in an interdisciplinary artistic seminar together with MUS-E Portugal artists and children from the Portuguese school EB1 da Cruz da Picada (Évora). The final conclusions of the conference are meant to reflect the voices of the children, artists and coordinators of the MUS-E network on their vision, needs and hopes for the ongoing intercultural dialogue. They will be gathered into a letter of recommendations to be sent to European institutions and national bodies and organisations of the countries in which MUS-E is operational.

Details at www.menuhin-foundation.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view
&id=202&Itemid=1

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Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference 2007

Busan, South Korea, 16-18 November 2007

The World Cultural Tourism Association is organizing the 8th International Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference 2007 in Busan, South Korea, on 16-18 November 2007, with the aim to provide a forum for international educators, scholars, researchers, industry professionals, policy-makers and graduate students with opportunity to explore and discuss issues in the topics on cultural tourism promotion. The Conference will focus on a broad range of topics related to education and research in cultural tourism and tourism/hospitality including:

  • cross-cultural studies in tourism/hospitality,
  • studies on social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of tourism/hospitality,
  • financial models or econometrics of tourism/hospitality,
  • community tourism development and rural/farm tourism.

For further information, please see www.kasct.co.kr/eng/

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Industrial Heritage 2007

Kortrijk and Zwevegem, Belgium, 16-18 November 2007

Industrial Heritage 2007, the second European contact weekend for industrial heritage volunteers and associations, will be held in Kortrijk and Zwevegem, Belgium, on 16-18 November 2007, organized by E-FAITH, the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage.

After a successful first meeting last year in October, attended by representatives from 11 countries, E-FAITH is now going to organize a second European contact weekend for volunteers and non profit organisations that are engaged in the research, the preservation, the interpretation and/or the presentation of the industrial and technical heritage.

It will again be an open and stimulating meeting where organisations and individuals can present and compare their ideas, projects and results - and find out where cooperation or common projects can grow, how they can support the aims of colleagues and how colleagues can support their objectives. This will be possible by lectures and oral presentations, leaflets, information stands, posters and small exhibits.

The main themes of the meeting will be European bordercrossing cooperation between industrial and technical heritage associations, twinning between associations, and exchanging experiences from the field.

Additional information is available at www.e-faith.org.

Contact: fax: + 32 56 41 76 36, +32 56 25 51 723; e-mail: meetings@e-faith.org

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Housing the Public Sector – How to Bridge the Gap between Affordable Housing and Employment in the Public Sector

Paris, France, 19-20 November 2007

The International Urban Development Association (INTA) will hold a conference entitled Housing the Public Sector – How to Bridge the Gap between Affordable Housing and Employment in the Public Sector in Paris, France on 19-20 November 2007.

Together with its international membership and partners INTA organises a debate on the land and urban strategies as well as the industrial, social or environmental ones needed to tackle the dilemmas of housing the public sector. This theme goes beyond the housing issue as it addresses also the urban dynamics and components of the urban system: real estate markets, equilibrium between centre and periphery, efficiency of public services, social and economic diversity, transport and communication and their environmental impact, etc.

The main intention of the Conference is to question the relationship between housing and jobs in the public sector in the dense area of large conurbations; how to develop housing on public land belonging either to the State or to Public Enterprises.

Contact: International Urban Development Association (INTA), Toussaintkade 71, NL-2513 CL The Hague, The Netherlands; tel.: + 31 70 324 45 26; fax: + 31 70 328 07 27; e-mail: intainfo@inta-net.org; www.inta-aivn.org

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The Future of European Policy towards Multilingualism and Language Learning

Ljouwert / Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, on 21-23 November 2007

Organized by the Mercator Research Centre, the international conference on The Future of European Policy towards Multilingualism and Language Learning, to take place in Ljouwert / Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, on 21-23 November 2007, will examine new issues and developments in the field of regional and minority languages and language learning policy within Europe. Among the topics discussed will be the multilingual language learning policy, the comparison of educational models, the development of European standards, innovation in language learning strategies, new technologies for language reaching and the promotion of linguistic diversity. Registration for the conference is free of charge.

For further information, visit www1.fa.knaw.nl/mercator/conferences/
mercator_conference_nov07.html

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2007 Annual NIC Conference

Vilnius, Lithuania, 29 November – 1 December 2007

The Faculty of Communication at Vilnius University is organising the 2007 Annual NIC Conference to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 29 November – 1 December 2007. Submission of papers is invited in the field of intercultural communication from participants in previous NIC Conferences and other researchers or practitioners from related fields. Organizers also invite doctoral students to submit papers that will be presented in the Doctoral Workshop held during conference, and especially welcome submissions from researchers and doctoral students based in Eastern Europe.

Besides the main theme of Changing Identities in the Globalized World, organizers invite papers that address any of the following themes:

  • Identities in multicultural society,
  • Intercultural communication and national identity,
  • Minority / majority communication issues,
  • Reflections of global / local in intercultural perspective,
  • Values in multicultural society,
  • Immigration and intercultural communication,
  • Intercultural conflict handling,
  • Cultural diversity,
  • Intercultural communication and the Internet,
  • Identities in political rhetoric,
  • Intercultural business communication,
  • Gender communication,
  • Educational aspects of intercultural communication.

250-word abstracts should be submitted by 27 August 2007. Acceptance notification by 10 September 2007. The conference language is English.

Presentations prepared for the conference should be 20 minutes long and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Papers presented at the conference may be submitted for publication in the Journal of Intercultural Communication (Jens Allwood, Editor in Chief).

Contact: NIC 2007 / Renata Matkeviciene, Department of Information and Communication, Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University, Universiteto str. 3, LT – 01513 Vilnius, Lithuania; tel.: 370-5 2366102, fax: 370-5 2366104; e-mail: nic2007@kf.vu.lt

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Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) Annual Conference

Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 29 November – 2 December 2007

The Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) Annual Conference will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on 29 November - 2 December 2007. The conference sessions will cover representatives' reports from Asia, Europe and America; intellectual property rights, improving the image of Asian cities through cultural and arts programmes; establishing Asian cities' brands through festival activities; and performing arts online.

FACP was initiated in Taipei in 1979 and officially founded in Manila in 1981. This international non-profit organization gathers together prominent promoters, creators, producers, agents, and art administrators all over Asia, and strives to promote traditional Asian cultural heritages and foster art creation, while keeping in close interaction and collaboration with global professionals in the art and culture arena. For the past 25 years, FACP has been acclaimed as one of the most important international cultural promotion associations.

Contact: 25th FACP Taipei Organizing Committee, Room D, 10F, No.20, Sec. 3, Bade Rd., Taipei 105, Taiwan; tel.: +886-2-2577-2568; fax: +886-2-2577-3233; e-mail: facp@newaspect.org.tw; 25thfacp.blogspot.com

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Cultural Management Workshop

L'Echangeur, Fère en Tardenois, France, 29 November – 5 December 2007

This Cultural Management Workshop is intended for young cultural operators based in the Euro-Mediterranean region, leading or willing to lead their own project on their territory. The workshop will take place in L'Echangeur, Fère en Tardenois, France (Picardie region, not far from Paris), on 29 November - 5 December 2007. It constitutes another step of the programme MELOPEE, developed by AMUNI, in partnership with varied organisations around the Mediterranean area, addressing the issue of cultural management training in this region through workshops, publications, and other activities.

The workshop is intended for 15 professional cultural operators or those in the process of becoming professional, as well as 5 operators based in France and 10 operators based in the Euro-Mediterranean region, speaking at least French or English (preferably both).

The 7-day programme includes 2 days of entrepreneurship for the management of cultural cooperation projects, 2 days of an approach to cultural rights, cultural policy and development, and 2 days of visits and meetings with local cultural workers and artists.

The deadline for applications is 24 September 2007. The participants will be selected on project and CV by a selection committee including trainers and professionals involved in cultural life in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Registration fee is 50 €. The training fees, lodging, food and local transport are at the organiser’s expense. Only the international trips are at the participants' expenses. Several funds for mobility and other organisations can provide partial or full financial support to cover the costs of the participants' trips.

A CV, a motivation letter to take part in the workshop, and the description of your project (maximum 2 pages) in French or English should be sent to: Fanny Bouquerel at info@amuni.org.

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Revealing All 2

London, UK, 30 November 2007

The intention of this event organized by the Department of Cultural Policy and Management, City University and the Department of Drama, MA Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Goldsmiths College, University of London, is to provide participating students with the opportunity to network, collaborate and receive formal feedback from their peers. The symposium expects to focus on issues close to the hearts of those who make cultural policy and promote its implementation in the UK.

Papers should include analysis, primary research, comparative case studies, models of policy-making, impact studies etc. Last year the event attracted a number of individuals from government and independent agencies concerned with arts policy who provided feedback on the papers presented.

The papers presented at the symposia will be published in City University's newly re launched ejournal, Cultural Policy, Criticism and Management.

For details, please see www.city.ac.uk/cpm/research/revealing_all_2.html

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Sustaining Culture

Adelaide, Australia, on 6-8 December 2007

The Cultural Studies Association of Australasia will hold its Sustaining Culture conference in Adelaide, Australia, on 6-8 December 2007, aiming to engage in the full range of current themes and issues in contemporary cultural studies, cultural theory, cultural research and cultural production. The key issues to be considered at this conference include:

  • sustaining cultural diversity
  • culture and a sustainable environment
  • sustaining healthy societies
  • sources of sustenance
  • planning sustainable spaces
  • social and cultural inclusion and reconciliation
  • next generation sustainability
  • sustaining cultural research

For further details, please see www.unisa.edu.au/com/csaa/default.htm

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Independent Creative Art Spaces Leadership Training

Paris, France on 9-15 December 2007

The Independent Creative Art Spaces Leadership Training workshop, part of the Artists' Networks and Autonomous Cultural Centers, is an initiative set up by ASEF in 2003, to take place in Paris, France on 9-15 December 2007 with the aim of contributing to the promotion of artists' mobility, exchange of cultural professionals and exposure for cultural practitioners.

Implemented in partnership with artist-run-spaces, autonomous cultural centres and/or artists' networks, the projects aim to encourage discussions on issues such as cultural management strategies and contemporary artistic practices, as well as to serve as launch pad for future collaborations between Asia and Europe.

This five-day intensive workshop shall concentrate on the role and importance of the artists/manager in multidisciplinary independent creative art spaces. Various interactive sessions shall examine different aspects of managing an art space in relation to real life case studies presented by the participants. Challenges in planning, human resources, budgeting, fundraising, communication as well as issues around community involvement and audience development will be discussed and presented.

This workshop shall offer an opportunity to reflect on how 20 artist/managers from Asia and Europe manage and lead their organization, to benchmark with others in the field and to learn new skills and approaches through experienced arts managers and trainers in the field. The training will empower them as leaders in their field and create a basis and opportunity for long term exchange and cooperation between participants.

Application deadline is 1 September 2007. For full information on this open call and the application form, consult www.asef.org/index.php?option=com_project&task=view&id=1038.

Contact information: Katelijn Verstraete, Cultural Exchange Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), 31 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119595; tel.: (65) 6874 9724; fax: (65) 6872 1207; e-mail: Katelijn.verstraete@asef.org

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Culture, Social Cohesion and Integration Challenges

Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, 13-14 December 2007

A two-day seminar on Culture, Social Cohesion and Integration Challenges, organized within the framework of the EU co-funded project on Awareness Raising for Culture and Development (ARCADE) will be held in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, on 13-14 December 2007, bringing together actors of culture and social development from various backgrounds, including representatives of local authorities, NGOs, foundations, universities, international organisations as well as artists and cultural practitioners.

The event will be an opportunity for actors involved in decentralised cooperation, culture and development to exchange ideas and share good practices related to culture, social cohesion and integration challenges. Main topics of discussion will include culture as a tool for cohesion between rural and urban identities, the integration of minorities through cultural projects and methods for promoting cultural diversity in society, among others. Particular emphasis will be given to the analysis of successful examples of cultural projects related to integration and social cohesion both in Europe and in developing countries.

In addition, a Central Asian crafts exhibition will take place in parallel to the seminar. The exhibition will aim to sensitize the wider public about local production and its impact in terms of poverty alleviation and economic development. It will showcase fair trade as a tool to achieve more balance in the global exchange of cultural goods. The exhibition will present innovative ways to include traditional techniques and patterns in handicraft adapted to modern lifestyle and contemporary markets.

For more information, please contact: arcade@acted.org