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Les rencontres Board Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Pécs, Hungary, 3-6 March 2010

As traditionally the Board Meeting and Annual General Meeting of Les rencontres take place in the European Capital of Culture, so as to underline the importance of this emblematic EU programme, the city of Pécs, Hungary, designated as European Capital of Culture for 2010 with Istanbul and Essen, will welcome the meeting entitled The Economic Slowdown and the Future of Local Cultural Policies on 3-6 March 2010.

Considering the difficult economic situation that States and local authorities are facing, the meeting is to initiate a reflection on local cultural policies in times of economic crisis. Thus, this meeting will be an occasion to assess together the impacts of the crisis and to analyze the perspectives for the local cultural policies. The point is to lead a common thought in order to draw up together proposals, to maintain the cultural development and to reassert the importance, in a long-term vision, of the role of the local and regional authorities.

To register, fill in the registration form at www.lesrencontres.eu/images/stories/pdf/PecsRegistration.pdf and send it back by e-mail to pecs2010@lesrencontres.eu or by fax to +33 1 45 38 70 13.

Contact: Claire Loucopoulos, project manager, claire.loucopoulos@lesrencontres.eu, +33 1 56 54 26 34; or Morgane Batoz, project manager, morgane.batoz@lesrencontres.eu, +33 1 56 54 26 31

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International University Festival for Cultural Heritage

Agadir, Morocco, on 17-21 March 2010

Ibn Zohr University's Research Team: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, Development, organizes the International University Festival for Cultural Heritage, to be held in Agadir, Morocco, on 17-21 March 2010, with the aim of drawing together students from Moroccan universities as well as foreign students in order to contribute to fostering the values of tolerance and peace among the youth.

Festival activities include the exposition of significant cultural property which are representative of the diversity and richness of our common human cultural heritage; artistic exposés presented by participating students on different themes: popular dances, customs, traditions, beliefs, festivities; seminars organized around themes relevant to the objectives of the festival; and audio-visual projections on the richness of the universal cultural heritage.

Contact: Abdelouahed Oumlil, Professor of Archaeology and Heritage, University Ibn Zohr, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, City Dakhla, Agadir, Morocco; tel.:+ 212-5-28220558; e-mail: oumlil@univ-ibnzohr.ac.ma or aoumlil@hotmail.com

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Higher Education and the Creative Economy

Southampton, UK, 22-23 March 2010

Supported by the University of Southampton, University of Winchester, University of Portsmouth and Southampton Solent University and PUSH (Partnership for Urban South Hampshire), the conference Higher Education and the Creative Economy, to take place in Southampton, UK, on 22-23 March 2010, aims to address the role of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) within the creative economy and to establish a network of research and collaboration around this theme. The conference will create a platform for a debate about the knowledge and research available in this field and discuss the potential development of the role of HEIs as the creative economy becomes central to the economic development of the UK. Academics, researchers, practitioners and policy makers are invited to attend and contribute to the debate.

Contact: Dr Roberta Comunian, School of Geography, University of Southampton, Highfield – Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK; tel.: +44 023 8059 6711; e-mail: R.Comunian@soton.ac.uk; www.creative-campus.org.uk

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Arts - Access - Excellence

Sydney, Australia, 25-26 March 2010

Registration is open for Accessible Arts' Arts-Activated Conference, which will take place in Sydney, Australia, on 25-26 March 2010. A range of national and international speakers from the arts and disability sectors will come together to explore the themes of Arts – Access – Excellence through a series of workshops, panels and performances.

The conference will look at the role of disability service providers in supporting artists with disability, examining questions such as: What role does art play in the disability sector? What value does it add to service provision? It is intended for artists with and without a disability, arts workers, disability service providers, policy makers, funding bodies, festival organisers and volunteers, cultural institutions, venues and anyone interested in arts and disability. Artists with disability representing a range of artforms will present their work and practice along with a session profiling three art projects: two community based studios and one project based in the disability sector.

Contact: Jane Pollard, Education and Training Manager, tel.: 02 9251 6499 ext 106; e-mail: jpollard@aarts.net.au; www.aarts.net.au

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Conference on Applied Interculturality Research (CAIR)

Graz, Austria, 7-10 April 2010

The first Conference on Applied Interculturality Research (cAIR10) will be held at the University of Graz, Austria, from 7 to 10 April 2010. cAIR combines the resources of research (universities, institutes) and practice (government, civil society, schools, media) to raise awareness about racism and xenophobia and to reduce its prevalence and impact. cAIR brings together practice and research in all areas of interculturality, and helps practitioners to benefit from research, and researchers from practice. cAIR promotes high standards in both practice and research. Keynote addresses will be given by international leaders in interculturality research and practice.

All practitioners and all researchers in all areas of interculturality are invited to submit project summaries that highlight the mutual benefits of collaboration between research and practice. By practitioner we mean any person who is professionally involved in any practical (i.e. non-research) project or activity in any area of interculturality, including for example project directors and leaders, supervisors, coordinators, administrators, organisers, planners, developers, activists, artists, musicians, actors, teachers, educators, social workers, publishers, advisors, consultants, officials, promoters and policy makers. By researcher we mean any person who is qualified in a relevant academic discipline and professionally involved in research in any area of interculturality.

Contact information: Conference on Applied Interculturality Research, University of Graz, Merangasse 70, 8010 Graz, Austria; tel.: +43 316 380-8160 or -8161; e-mail: cair10@uni-graz.at; www.uni-graz.at/fAIR/cAIR10/

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Directors' Forum: The Six Senses of the Director

Aberystwyth, UK, 9-11 April 2010

The Centre for Performance Research (CPR) has invited some of the most exciting and diverse theatre directors to Aberystwyth, UK from 9-11 April 2010 for an intensive participatory project that offers a rare opportunity for both experienced and emerging directors to gather and share the methods, approaches and skills of professional directing practice via laboratories and presentations, demonstrations and dialogue.

Across its many manifestations, the role of a theatre director requires the acquisition of a set of diverse tools for the trade, techniques, methods and knowledge/s, many of which are often acquired empirically 'on the job' (there being limited training opportunities) and 'in the moment' through primarily 'hermetic' processes of making and rehearsal. Furthermore, these tools, methods and processes are generally hidden in the processes of making/ rehearsal and are not usually revealed or fully disclosed in final production.

Programmes for directors' exchange, development and training are primarily geared to the needs of the emergent director; occasions for the exchange of the wealth of knowledge and experience of 'mid-career' directors and development opportunities are simply not available.

In this context, and building on a previous strand of work in this area, CPR has invited some of the most exciting and diverse Wales-based and international theatre directors to Aberystwyth for an intensive participatory project that offers a rare opportunity for both experienced and emerging directors to gather and share the methods, approaches and skills of professional directing practice via laboratories and presentations, demonstrations and dialogue.

The Directors' Forum comprises a series of evolving and developing practical investigations (not simply workshops and training exercises) in two, three-day blocks that allow small groups of directors to explore know-how, intuition and embodied practices in a safe and intimate atmosphere. These six days of practical investigation are followed by a two-day 'gathering' where methods and approaches can be encountered through more presentational formats.

Engineer your own pathways and interests through a series of different 'laboratories', 'exploratories' and 'forums', practical and participatory sessions designed to animate, articulate and illuminate aspects of particular directorial/ making processes in exploration with others.

For details, please see www.thecpr.org.uk/projects/conferences.php

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Second Advocacy and Networking Training Programme

Yaounde, Cameroon, 10-20 April 2010

The second Arterial Network training programme in building national advocacy networks will take place in Cameroon from 10-20 April 2010. The first networking “winter school” was held in Cape Town and the next two – again supported by the European Union and HIVOS – will each be held in a different region.

Given the conference decision to build national networks to – among others – lobby for civil society involvement in the implementation of the Nairobi Plan of Action on Cultural Industries, these training sessions are crucial to the development of national artists' networks.

Those interested in attending should send applications to margerie@arterialnetwork.org by 28 February 2010, including a letter motivating why they should attend and how the training programme will benefit the establishment or consolidation of a national network in their country. The application should also include a CV and letters of reference of two persons affirming the applicant's involvement in artists' networks in their country.

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Claiming Creativity: Art Education in Cultural Transition

Chicago, USA, 21-24 April 2010

This joint International Symposium presented by Columbia College Chicago in partnership with the European League of Institutes of the Arts, to be held in Chicago, USA on 21-24 April 2010, seeks to re-position creativity as a driver not only for our economies, but also for art making, for transformational processes, and for social and cultural development and change. Deadline for submissions is 1 December 2009.

Claiming Creativity seeks to re-position creativity as a driver not only for our economies, but also for art making, for transformational processes, and for social and cultural development and change. The working assumption is that the vitality of our common future is linked tightly to creative practice in many forms. This symposium will place artists, designers, architects and other active "creators" and those who teach in the creative disciplines squarely at the center of these important conversations along with leaders in industry and commerce who share an interest in the life of the imagination and its value to society.

Educators and other leaders in the arts, business, science, commerce, industry, public policy as well as other areas relevant to the symposium topics are invited to submit proposals to present research, works in progress, case studies, or summaries of research already completed that have the potential to stimulate lively and productive debates among symposium participants. Proposed presentations must include room for participant interaction so that the symposium sessions will be as interactive as possible.

A special feature of Claiming Creativity is the symposium online forum, which will be available beginning 18 January 2010 and will lead into the Chicago event. Successful proposal abstracts will be posted to the online forum for discussion by other symposium participants. These online discussions will provide additional ideas for special sessions at the symposium in Chicago designed specifically around the web forum discourse. Additionally, a symposium "journal" will be published through Columbia College Chicago's academic press.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2009.

For details about the symposium and the submission requirements please visit claimingcreativity.com

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Oracle Seminar in Luxembourg

Luxembourg, 22-24 April 2010

The 12th Oracle Seminar will be held in Luxembourg from 22-24 April 2010, featuring plenary think-piece presentations, workshops, one-to-one conversations, research/encounters/exchanges offering ideas for new services and many of the connections and capabilities needed to implement them.

Oracle is about two questions: what type of cultural projects are needed to enable bottom-up, edge-in social innovation, and how do we design them?

ORACLE is a network of European Cultural managers, having their focus on projects of European dimension and who are of the opinion, that intercultural co-operations are of big importance in modern Europe, especially within the context of the European Union as a political construct. The crucial difference to other European Cultural Networks is that Oracle's members are not associations but individuals.

Contact: Tamara Jokovic, Secretary, Oracle Cultural Network, 2 Place M.Van Meenen, B-1060 Brussels, Belgium; e-mail: tamarajok@yahoo.com; www.oracleculturalnetwork.site40.net

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Performing Arts Training Today

Leibnitz, Austria, 28 April - 1 May 2010

Participation is invited to the international conference on Performing Arts Training Today, to be held in Leibnitz, Austria, on 28 April - 1 May 2010, open to performers from all over the world interested in the research of topical questions and processes in contemporary performing arts education and training, offering an opportunity for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to demonstrate their methods and techniques. Aiming to demonstrate various methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts education and training, to open discussions about successful and effective strategies, to establish new contacts, to exchange experiences with colleagues from different countries and to lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration, the event includes workshops and master classes, works in progress, performance fragments not requiring special technical conditions, readings/lectures, and any other way of demonstration to the presenter's discretion. Presentation proposals should be sent to globtheatre@gmail.com.

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

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Dance Day

29 April 2010

On 29 April, as every year since 1982, the Dance Day, an initiative of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, will be celebrated all over the world by the international community of dancers and dance enthusiasts.

The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Special emphasis is given to addressing a "new" public, people who do not follow dance events during the course of the year. Events may be special performances, open-door classes, public rehearsals, lectures, exhibitions, articles in newspapers and magazines, dance evenings, radio and TV programs, visits, street shows, parades, shop window decorations etc., primarily organized by dance companies, amateur groups, schools, associations and other institutions active in dance. Organizers have full freedom to define the content of the event.

CID has prepared guidelines as a useful checklist for persons institutionally involved in the wider field of dance, teachers, choreographers, group leaders, journalists, researchers, associations, suppliers, organizations etc. For details, see www.cid-unesco.org.

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Social Capital in Practice

Mellieha, Malta, 7-10 May 2010

The Social Capital Foundation invites papers for the TSCF 2010 International Conference entitled Social Capital in Practice, to be held in Mellieha, Malta, on 7-10 May 2010. The event brings together scientists, policymakers, social workers and the widest possible public, the emphasis being placed on social capital in practice in terms of actual or potential applications of social capital research. The objective is to make progress on the understanding of these issues by shedding light on some current societal and economic developments, and to draft innovative, practical responses. The following topics may be discussed:

  • social capital and health (both public and individual),
  • social capital and depression,
  • social capital and ageing,
  • adolescent suicide, suicidal pact and social capital,
  • youth health, youth growth and development, and social capital,
  • ethnic diversity, migrations, and minority integration,
  • social mobility and social capital, class structure and revenue inequality issues,
  • social capital and public policies,
  • social capital, community development, urban policies, urban planning and housing,
  • crime, delinquency, impropriety, and social capital,
  • lifelong learning and education issues related to social capital,
  • families and the private life,
  • social capital and religion,
  • social capital and business,
  • social capital, inclusive growth, and the economy,
  • democratization, political and judicial participation, and social capital,
  • measurement issues about social capital,
  • issues revolving around the TISR model,
  • other topics proposed by participants.

Submission deadline is 15 February 2010. Papers submitted and accepted before 30 November 2009 will be inserted into the program of the conference. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission.

For details including guidelines, topics, submission and registration, please visit www.socialcapital-foundation.org/conferences/2010/TSCF%20International%20Conference%202010.htm

The organizer offers 100 conference places at 100 Euros for students, adopts aggressive price policy for accommodation, and announces special discount for conference attendants by Air Malta, the official conference carrier.

Contact: The Social Capital Foundation, B.P.30, 1310 La Hulpe, Belgium; tel.: (+356) 27 01 86 41; fax: (+356) 27 01 86 41; www.socialcapital-foundation.org

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Second World Conference on Arts Education

Seoul, Korea, 25-28 May 2010

The Second World Conference on Arts Education, which is to be held in Seoul, Korea on 25-28 May 2010, aims to promote and reinforce the value of quality arts education for all, in developing a capacity for creativity in the 21st century for youth and all generation.

The significance and value of arts education has already been underlined and expressed in the "Road Map for Arts Education", resulting from the First World Conference on Arts Education held in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2006. It is now the time to focus on encouraging the implementation of the "Road Map". Furthermore, this new global encounter in Seoul of art education actors will target to highlight the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education and reinforce research and knowledge of practices, ensuing from new conceptual and methodological tools.

The Conference in Seoul will contribute to the elaboration of new strategies and strengthen collaboration between the main actors: national authorities, local governments, teachers, artists, researchers, associations and NGOs, to work together towards developing practices and reinforcing the position of arts education in schools as well as within societies. The event shall result in raising further awareness of the role, which arts education can play in all countries, in favour of communities and people of all conditions, in the spirit of peace and in respect of cultural diversity, thus strengthening the will to make arts education even more creative and effective in the world of today and tomorrow.

For details, please see www.artsedu2010.kr.

Contact: Kwibae KIM, Director of External Relations, Organizing Committee for The 2nd World Conference on Arts Education; e-mail: yj7981@korea.kr.

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4th Cairo Video Festival

Medrar for Contemporary Art is sending out an open Call for Submissions to the Forth Cairo Video Festival. Deadline for submissions ia 15 June 2010, notification of the selection of a video will be issued by 22 June 2010.

Initiated by the Cairo-based artist initiative Medrar for Contemporary Art in 2005, this festival continues its focus on providing a platform for sharing and discussing newly produced high concept / low budget experimental videos. Based on a call for works by emerging artists, the festival programme takes the format of a concise series of video screening on accompanied by talks/discussions with active video-makers and curators to tackle some of key themes and issues presented in the works.

Medrar for Contemporary Art is a common cultural corporate and philanthropic platform for young emerging artists based in Egypt. It aims to contribute to the motivation of different means of communication, developing experiences and financial support for contemporary praxis on the national, regional and international level. Medrar aims to drive the interest of young emerging artists and provide them with chances of experimentation and accession by encouraging their activities and the intercultural exchange between them globally, as well as creating a space for dialogue between young art critics by producing serial prospectuses and critique researches and providing data base for curatorial based projects.

Contact: Mohamed Alam, Medrar for Contemporary Art, 22 Khairat st., Sayeda Zainab, Cairo, Egypt; tel.: (+202) 279 259 14; e-mail: info@medrar.org; medrar.org/4thvf.html

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World Heritage and Tourism: Managing for the Global and the Local

Quebec City, Canada, 3-4 June 2010

Organized by UNESCO/UNITWIN NETWORK for Culture, Tourism and Development, the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University, this conference to be held in Quebec, Canada, on 3-4 June 2010 seeks to explore a series of critical and fundamental questions being raised by the various 'owners', managers and local communities involved with World Heritage Sites in relation to tourism.

Papers will consider subject areas including, but not limited to, the following themes: Marketing in the management of World Heritage Sites; The pragmatics of managing tourists; Financing World Heritage; Community involvement in Site management; Relations between intangible cultural heritage and Site management; The role of the private tourism sector; The nature of tourist experience and behaviour at World Heritage Sites; Shaping local, regional and national identities through Site inscription; Issues of governance and transnational regulation; Legal rights and notions of 'ownership'; The management of World Heritage 'values'; The geo-politics of inclusion and exclusion; Methods of Site evaluation; Managing spiritual values and biodiversity; The role of UNESCO and the political economies of designation.

Contact: Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas, Laurent Bourdeau; e-mail: Maria.Gravari-Barbas@univ-paris1.fr, laurent.bourdeau@fsa.ulaval.ca; www.tourism-culture.com/conferences_and_events.html

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Added Value of Multilingualism and Multilingual Education

Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands, 3-4 June 2010

An expert seminar entitled Added Value of Multilingualism and Multilingual Education, focusing on the project Added Value of Multilingualism and Multilingual Education, will be held in Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands on 3 – 4 June 2010. This multi-annual project is carried out by the Mercator Research Centre in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country. It is a comparative study aiming at analyzing bilingualism and multilingualism as a resource for the individual and society as well as a resource at school.

The submission of abstracts (max 300 words) is invited for a contribution to the Expert Seminar related to one of the following topics:

  • bi- multilingual education, in particular on the advantages and opportunities of digital learning;
  • social benefits & costs of multilingualism;
  • multi-competence & multilingualism,
  • metalinguistic awareness;
  • methodological issues and testing in multilingual contexts.

Papers may be given in English or Spanish, with simultaneous translation provided. Abstracts should be send to mhanenburg@fryske-akademy.nl by 1 March 2010. Notification of acceptance will be given by 1 April 2010.

For details, please see www.mercator-research.eu.

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Shortcut Europe 2010: Cultural Policies and Social Exclusion

Dortmund, Germany, 3-5 June 2010

In close cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Kulturpolitische Ge-sellschaft, the Fonds Soziokultur invites actors from the European sociocultural scene to participate in the convention Shortcut Europe 2010: Cultural Policies and Social Exclusion, which will take place from 3-5 June 2010 in Dortmund, Germany, discussing the social disruption of society and the possibilities of cultural policy when it comes to counteracting. The Cultural Capital of Europe RUHR.2010 will be the programmatic and regional context of Shortcut Europe 2010, the sixth event in the series. The convention thematically relates to the European Year 2010 for combating poverty and social exclusion.

Sociocultural centres and players from the whole of Europe will be invited to discuss the theory and practice, situation and pros-pects of socioculture in Europe, and to intensify the exchange of experience and networking of European sociocultural centres and players. In terms of content, the event will focus on the question of whether and to what extent socioculture succeeds in contributing to active cultural participation of educationally deprived social strata, and on discussing the relationship between social and cultural exclusion in its programmes and practice. In this way, Fonds Soziokultur and its partners are reacting to the EU initiative to address topics of social inclusion, the fight against poverty and social exclusion, in 2010.

The convention is primarily aimed at institutions and players from the sociocultural scene in the broader sense. So, the addressees are not only representatives of sociocultural centres, but also cultural centres for children and young people, as well as institutions of cultural neighbourhood and community work that have an interdisciplinary orientation and are committed to sociocultural ideas (keywords: empowerment, setting orientation, inclusive orientation, intercultural orientation). Institutions and players in the Member States of the Euro-pean Union will be invited.

Fonds Soziokultur e.V., Dr. Norbert Sievers, Weberstr. 59a, 53113 Bonn, Germany; tel.: +49 – (0)228 – 201 67-0; fax: +49 – (0)228 – 201 67-33; e-mail: post@fonds-soziokultur.de; www.fonds-soziokultur.de/A>

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The Future of Cultural Work

Camden, UK, 7 June 2010

The Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) invites papers to its conference on The Future of Cultural Work, to be held at the Open University London Regional Centre, Camden, UK, on 7 June 2010.

As 'creativity' and 'creative work' have become buzzwords for progress, so the cultural and creative industries have become an instrumental feature of national economic and cultural policies. Most recently, cultural, artistic and creative labour has been identified as leading the transition to a more fluid, affective and converged 'innovation' economy, where cultural work is valued more for its ability to diffuse ideas and creative energies than for its intrinsic value, or for its (potentially) socially transformative or redemptive potential. Firms, national governments, promoters of creative cities and development agencies alike have offered a plethora of interventions designed to stimulate growth through organizing and managing creative and cultural work. Such a process has rested on the assumption of a frictionless and mutually beneficial relationship between capital and labour, and culture and economics; where distinctive forms of artistic and cultural production and economic and governmental priorities appear to co-prosper in harmonious union. However, while the specific qualities of cultural and creative work are now assumed to be progressive and beneficial to both capital and labour, recent events cast doubt on the status of creativity as (in Andrew Ross' words) 'the oil of the 21st century'. The instrumental gearing of culture to innovation policy, the consolidation of free, co-creative - but precarious, individualized and poorly-remunerated - work in media, cultural and arts organizations, a deep-rooted global recession that has eviscerated opportunities for cultural labour, and in the UK a general election that may alter fundamentally the creative industries script, has markedly transformed this discursive and material field. Here, the benign union of culture and economics, the prospects for rewarding and meaningful cultural industry employment, and the extent to which creative/cultural work could or should meet the demands of economic restructuring and governments, come once again under scrutiny. This conference therefore asks: What is the status of creativity and creative work in this new decade? What is the current and future relationship between the creative and cultural industries and the discursive and material practices of culture and economy?

Papers are invited on the following (or similar) topics: the conditions of creative/cultural workers; freelancing, 'free' and co-creative labour, cultural work and critical socio-spatial politics; work, exclusion and marginality; the role of creative and cultural work in economic and cultural policy; cultural work and cultural diplomacy; impacts of technology and'convergence, the creative nation post-recession/post-election.

Please email abstracts (150 words max for a 20 minute paper) to m.o.banks@open.ac.uk by 9 April 2010. Places are limited and successful acceptance will be confirmed in mid-April. To register for the conference please contact Karen Ho k.d.ho@open.ac.uk.

See www.cresc.ac.uk for programme updates and further details.

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LIVE! Singapore

Singapore, 8-11 June 2010

LIVE! Singapore is a new global performing arts exchange taking place at the Resorts World Convention Centre, Singapore from 8 to 11 June 2010, bringing together leading names in the global performing arts industry, to keep up to date on current trends and future directions of various performing arts forms in Asia and globally. LIVE! Singapore will incorporate a trade fair, a conference and live performances. In its debut edition, the LIVE! Conference will focus on music, with daily themes centered on Classical Music; Musical Theatre; and Jazz and World Music.

The LIVE! Trade Fair will feature a global mix of performing arts organizations, representing a spectrum of performing arts forms. Performing arts groups can register a time slot to present their offerings to international booking agents, festival owners and producers at special pitch sessions taking place daily.

For more information, please visit www.live-singapore.com.sg.

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16th International Conference on Cultural Economics

Copenhagen, Denmark, 10-12 June 2010

The Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) invites the submission of individual papers on any aspect of cultural economics to its 16th International Conference on Cultural Economics to be held at Copenhagen, Denmark, from 10-12 June 2010.

Economists and professionals working in the related fields are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers in all area of cultural economics. Scholars, business practitioners, consultants, and policy-makers that share an interest in economics-related issues and questions concerning this field are encouraged to attend the conference.

The conference will have theme-related special sessions and other regular ones. The following subject areas are intended to be illustrative of possible topics that might be considered, but other approaches are welcome:

  • art markets and cultural consumption
  • creative clusters and urban development
  • cultural entrepreneurship and business
  • cultural heritage and cultural tourism
  • cultural policy and arts institutions
  • culture, globalization and language
  • economic of copyright and the cultural industries
  • economics of marketing and promoting culture
  • entertainment and media industries
  • internet economics and culture

The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 January 2010.

Contact: Professor Roberto Zanola, Program Chair, Department of Economics, University of Eastern Piedmont, 15100 Alessandria, Italy; tel.: 00-39-011-6703812; fax: 00-39-011-6703895; e-mail: acei@econ.ku.dk; www.acei.neu.edu

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Exploring Tourism in Theory and Practice

Palermo, Italy, 17-18 June 2010

Tourism Belongs to Whom? Exploring Tourism in Theory and Practice is the title of the international conference to be held at the University of Palermo, Italy, on 17-18 June 2010. The thematics of the conference - in the contexts of sociology, geography, linguistics, textual and cultural semiotics - are the concepts of the social sciences and tourism, ethnographies of tourism, the tourist as a figure of translation and mediation, the practices and knowledge of the tourist, and the geographies of tourism and culture. The working languages of the conference are Italian, English, and French.

Please contact Stefano Montes at montes.stefano@tiscalinet.it

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Heritage and Culture: Challenges and Innovation in Policy and Practice

London, UK, 28 June - 2 July 2010

Government agencies typically see heritage and culture as being of low priority in the face of other pressing development needs, even more so in times of economic distress. However heritage and culture can play a direct role in tourism, deliver urban and rural regeneration, and provide social and economic benefits for individuals and communities. Today heritage and culture are asked to meet many new demands: justifying public spending; demonstrating their role in healthy cities; providing educational opportunities; engaging new audiences; and promoting cultural tolerance and understanding. There are important new developments in the UK which shed light on these critical policy matters and this experience will be used as a catalyst to stimulate discussion and exchanges of ideas between participants.

This study programme, to be held in London, England, on 28 June - 2 July 2010, will introduce the basic principles behind heritage and cultural policy – what it is, why it is important, and how it can contribute to the economy and society as a whole. It will consider topics such as policy reform, cultural tourism development, funding strategies, community heritage and intangible heritage, site management, and sustainable development as well as innovative approaches to heritage and culture in the modern world. The programme, designed mainly for policy-makers and senior experts working in government ministries and agencies and in non-governmental organisations concerned with the promotion and funding of heritage conservation and culture, will also look at the often ignored role of innovation and leadership in the sphere of heritage and culture.

For further information, please contact: Donald McGregor, Director, Public Administration International, 10 Bayley Street, London, WC1B 3HB, UK; tel.: +44 (0)20 7580 3590; fax: +44 (0)20 7580 4746; e-mail: pai@public-admin.co.uk; www.public-admin.co.uk

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Arte-Polis 3 - Creative Collaboration and the Making of Place

Bandung, Indonesia, 22-24 July 2010

Arte-Polis, the biennial gathering of international creative champions organized by the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development at Institute of Technology, Bandung (ITB), will be held at Bandung, Indonesia, on 22-24 July 2010. Bringing together practitioners, academics, community leaders, government officials, policy-makers and other professionals from diverse disciplines and regions around the world concerned with the quality of life and collaborative nature of creative communities in urban, rural and pastoral places, Arte-Polis in 2010 focuses on the theme of Creative Collaboration and the Making of Place: Learning from Shared Creative Experiences. The aim of Arte-Polis 3 is to share and learn from international and local experiences regarding current issues, best practices and policy implications of creative collaboration on place-making.

Contact: A.R. Tata Soemardi, Arte-Polis 3 Chairman, and Arif Sarwo Wibowo, Conference Convenor, Architecture Program - School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institute of Technology, Bandung (ITB). LabTek. IXB, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132, Indonesia; tel.: +62-22 7620-6053; fax: +62-22 253-0705; e-mail: artepolis@ar.itb.ac.id, artepolis_itb@yahoo.com; www.arte-polis.info

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The Arts as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders

Berlin, Germany, 11-17 July 2010

The Institiute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, is organizing The Arts as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders, to be held in Berlin, Gremany, from 11–17 July 2010, under the theme of The Role of the Arts in Shaping Europe's Future. The weeklong seminar is an international and interdisciplinary gathering of students, young professionals and future leaders from across the world who are looking to develop a career in the cultural sector. The seminar provides an excellent opportunity for young people to expand their knowledge about current and future developments in the field, meet with current and former key cultural players, build sustainable networks with each other and experience Berlin and its rich and diverse cultural life. The program will consist of speeches, panel discussions and workshops by leading figures from the fields of performing arts, visual arts, film, literature, architecture, academia, diplomacy and policymakers. Speakers will offer a range of perspectives on current and conceptual issues in the development of cultural policy and arts administration within an international context, and the current and future potential of the arts as a diplomatic tool.

Contact: Sophie Röig, Programme Director, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), e-mail: acd@culturaldiplomacy.org; www.culturaldiplomacy.org

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VII World Congress of IDEA 2010

Live, Living Diversity! Embracing the Arts of Transformation!
Belém, Brasil, 17-25 July 2010

In response to numerous requests, the deadline for submissions of case study experiences, papers, workshops, artistic and dialogic key hole, videos and poster/installations to the VII World Congress of IDEA 2010 - Live, Living Diversity! Embracing the Arts of Transformation! has been extended until 30 November 2009.

IDEA 2010 affirms two interlinked priorities for the 21st Century: the necessity to celebrate and practice cultural diversity as a guarantee of living participatory democracy; and the necessity to embrace pedagogies based in the arts and our languages, knowledge and skills of transformation to democratize our world and community to enable us to have a sustainable human future.

For details please visit www.idea2010.art.br, e-mail: idea2010sigs@hotmail.com.

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Theatre Laboratory Plavo pozoriste

Belgrade, Serbia, on 19–31 July 2010

Theatre Laboratory Plavo pozoriste invites professional and semi-professional actors, directors and other theatre artists as well as theatre students and other people who are interested in theatre to participate in its programme Two Open Weeks, to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 19 – 31 July 2010. The event, to be held in English, comprises theatre workshops, meetings, video presentations and performances, aiming to promote a vision of theatre as a place of self-researching, a place of communication, a space of open mind, where some important things about ourselves and the world that surrounds us can be said.

This year's programme will be divided into two workshops, and participants will have the opportunity to participate either in the workshop of their choice or in the entire programme. The workshop Dance of Memory will consist of introducing the participants to basic principles of actor's training, actor's improvisations and creation of actor's materials, the thematic framework of which will be defined in the course of the workshop itself. In the second workshop entitled From Myself towards Theatre – from Theatre towards Myself, participants will be introduced to ideological principles of work through a series of exercises aimed at researching the participants' personal obstructions, fears or shame which burden human communication even in everyday life, overcoming them and researching the personal reasons for making theatre.

Contact: Dubravka Vujinovic, Executive Manager, Plavo pozoriste Theatre Laboratory, Senjacka 3, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia; tel.: +381641903064, 644895334; e-mail: plavopozoriste@hotmail.com, dubravkaplavo@sbb.rs; www.plavopozoriste.com

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Third Arte-Polis International Conference

Creative Collaboration and the Making of Place - Learning from Shared Creative Experiences
Bandung, Indonesia, 22-24 July 2010

Building on the successes of the first two Arte-Polis international conferences in 2006 and 2008, the Institute of Technology Bandung announces Arte-Polis 3, an international conference with the theme of Creative Collaboration and the Making of Place: Learning from Shared Creative Experiences. This biennial event, an initiative of the Architecture Program at ITB's School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development in collaboration with other creative institutions, is to be held on 22-24 July 2010 in Bandung, Indonesia.

The aim of Arte-Polis 3 is to bring together practitioners, academics, community leaders, local government officials, policy-makers and other professionals from diverse disciplines and regions around the world concerned with the quality of life and collaborative nature of creative communities in urban, rural and pastoral places. Its objective is to share and learn from international and local experiences regarding current issues, best practices and policy implications of creative collaborations on place-making.

The peer-reviewed Arte-Polis 3 international conference will critically address the theme through a number of diverse Tracks, such as:

  • Architecture and Environmental Design through Creative Collaboration
  • Business, Management and Entrepreneurship for Creative Collaboration
  • Culture, Arts and Design showcasing Creative Collaboration
  • Digital Media and Information Technology harnessing Creative Collaboration
  • Education and Theoretical Discourses on Creative Collaboration
  • Planning and Policy Development informed by Creative Collaboration

Keynote addresses by prominent creative champions from Indonesia and overseas, along with international and local featured speakers will provide a platform for critical discussion and collaborative learning of creative experiences within the parallel sessions of the Conference Tracks.

Abstracts of 300 words maximum are invited to address the theme of this blind peer-reviewed conference by 22 February 2010 to the Organizing Committee's e-mails artepolis@ar.itb.ac.id and artepolis_itb@yahoo.com as an attachment-file. Only English-edited abstracts and papers will be accepted.

For details, contact: Organizing Committee, Arte-Polis 3 International Conference, Attn. Dr.Eng. Arif Sarwo Wibowo, Conference Convenor, Architecture Program - School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Lab.Tek IXB, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132, Indonesia; tel.: (+62-22) 7620-6053 AND 250-4962; fax (+62-22) 253-0705; e-mails: artepolis@ar.itb.ac.id and artepolis_itb@yahoo.com; www.arte-polis.info

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International Conference on Multiculturalism and Global Community

Tehran, Iran, 24-27 July 2010

Organized by the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, this conference, to be held in Tehran, Iran on 24-27 July 2010, will address a range of critically important issues considered as the challenges of our contemporary world. Main speakers will include some of the world's leading thinkers in the field, as well as numerous papers, workshop and colloquium presentations by teachers and researchers.

The main goal of the conference is to bring together professors, researchers and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences and research results about conference's themes and to discuss the cultural challenges and their practical solutions. The conference will be a unique forum for participants with cross-disciplinary interests related to culture and society to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.

Topics to be discussed include Culture: Diversity or Integrity;, Islam: New Challenges, New Perspectives; and Iran: Realities and Appearances.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 April 2010. Abstracts must be submitted via email to conference@mcgc.ir

For more information please see www.icmcgc.org/index.php?service=
13604_1_88d891019cd4ba23be98f3b1595e0a71

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2nd International Biennial of Painters and Sculptors, Mediterranean 2010

Split, Croatia, 23 August 2010 – 13 September 2010

The Art Gallery Kula, Split, Croatia announces its 2nd International Biennial of Painters and Sculptors, Mediterranean 2010 with the theme of 'The Light of Climate'. The exhibition will run from 23 August 2010 – 13 September 2010, and will be held at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Submission deadline for artworks is 1 June 2010.

The competition is open to all artists who agree to accept the participation terms and conditions. Categories of the exhibition are painting and sculpture. Accepted painting techniques are oil, acrylic and combined techniques on canvas, sculpture techniques are plaster, terracotta, bronze or stone. The dimensions of paintings must be not less than 70cm, but they should not exceed 120cm. The maximum height of sculpture should be 30 cm.

The offical languages of the Biennial are English and Croatian.

Contact: The Cultural Institution Galerija Kula, Kralja Tomislava bb, Split, Croatia; tel./fax: + 385 (0)21 386 772; e-mail: galerija.kula@gmail.com; www.galerija-kula.hr

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6th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR)

Call for Papers
Jyväskylä, Finland, 24-27 August 2010

Researchers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations. Proposals from any relevant discipline will be considered, provided they make an original academic contribution to the study of cultural policy and its effects. Proposals based on research that is primarily 'instrumental' (such as market research) or on research designed for the purposes of advocating a preconceived institutional position will not be accepted. This does not exclude applied research of high academic quality.

Although ICCPR 2010 will consider proposals for the investigation of any aspect of cultural policy it particularly seeks proposals for research papers on the following topics:

  • Cultural Policy and globalisation
  • New technologies & knowledge production
  • Intellectuals and cultural policy
  • Politics and ethics of cultural policy
  • Cultural policy and values
  • Cultural diversity
  • History of cultural policy
  • Cultural policies in European contex
  • Comparative cultural policy
  • Culture and economy
  • Cultural policy and cultural industries
  • Artist policy
  • Urban and metropolitan cultural policy
  • Cultural policy, sustainability and development
  • Rural cultural policy
  • Cultural policy as welfare policy
  • The emergence of international and multilateral cultural policy
  • Cultural participation
  • Cultural policy, religion and secularism
  • Bordering culture
  • Instruments, indicators and assesment of cultural policy
  • Copyright or "copyleft"
  • Cultural rights
  • Culture, gender and generations
  • Designing tastes
  • Politics of heritage and memory
  • Submission of Proposals

All those interested in presenting papers at ICCPR 2010 are requested to submit a proposal (in English) of their paper by 14 December 2009. The proposal must not exceed 500 words (excluding bibliography) and should include the following:

  • Research questions that the paper will address
  • Methodological approach
  • Description of what is original about the research
  • 3-6 keywords that reflect the content

In addition, an illustrative bibliography should be included, which demonstrates knowledge of relevant literature. All proposals should be submitted online.

For further information, visit www.iccpr.net/2010

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23rd Instants Vidéo

Marseille, France, Autumn 2010

The 23rd Instants Vidéo, to take place in Marseille, France in Autumn 2010, is a yearly event dedicated to the electronic and media arts, presenting international programmes of video art and experimental documentaries, video installations, artists' CD-ROMs and performances. Submission deadline is 21 June 2010. Your tape must be send to inscription@instantsvideo.com.

Contact: Charlotte Antoine, assistante de coordination, Instants Vidéo Numériques et poétiques, Friche la Belle de Mai, 13331 Marseille cedex 3; tel.: +33 (0)4 95049624; e-mail: accueil@instantsvideo.com; www.instantsvideo.com

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Interpool Intercultural Communication Training Courses

Berlin, Germany, September/October 2010

Interpool, an internationally focused HR Consultancy seated in Berlin offering recruiting, training and strategic consulting services, is organising two training series entitled Understanding Germany and Intercultural Communication, supported by the EU Grundtvig programme.

The Intercultural Communication course is offered in two sessions, on 13–17 September and 20–24 September 2010, aiming to raise your awareness of intercultural differences and intercultural competence, as well as providing understanding of behavioral patterns, teaching the basics of intercultural communication and conflict management.

The course Understanding Germany will be held on 11–15 October and 18–22 October 2010, with the objective of raising your awareness of intercultural competence and differences with particular accent on the German culture.

Active training methods like role-plays, simulations, discussions and group work, requiring a high level of self-involvement will be employed. Training participants will get the opportunity to:

  • learn the basics of intercultural communication, or respectively raise their awareness of intercultural differences with accent on the German culture,
  • develop behavioral patterns and learn how to communicate within international groups,
  • improve their communication skills,
  • work with an international group of people from all over Europe, and
  • discover Berlin.

Working language is English. The application deadline for both courses is 9 April 2010, the course fee (incl. VAT and all course materials) is 750 €. It is possible to receive a grant from the EU GRUNDTVIG programme which covers the course fee and the majority of the costs for accommodation and travelling. Targeted audiences are:

  • teachers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs),
  • careers officers, educational guides and counselors,
  • other (paid or voluntary) management staff in an educational institution/organization,
  • non-teaching administrative staff, and
  • members of students/teachers councils in adult education.

For the detailed application requirements, please contact your National Agency for the EU Lifelong Learning Programme or see ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/doc1208_en.htm.

Contact: Laura Schwan, interpool Personal GmbH, Winsstraße 62, D-10405 Berlin, Germany; tel.: +49(0)30 4050416-13; fax: +49(0)30 4050416-10; e-mail: interpool_Trainings@interpool-personal.de; www.interpool-personal.de

Rethinking Cultural Policy: Implementing a New Paradigm

Brussels, Belgium, 6-7 September 2010

In the framework of the CultureWatchEurope initiative, the Council of Europe, in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), Culture Action Europe, the Budapest Observatory and International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), is organizing an international conference focusing on the theme of Rethinking Cultural Policy: Implementing a New Paradigm, to take place in Brussels, Belgium from 6-7 September 2010.

There has been limited debate on the practical implications for national and local cultural policy-makers and practitioners of the shifts that have been occurring and which may increase in relation to public policy for culture. In some countries, cultural strategies and priorities are under review, in others, there is a need to re-think current methods and practices, taking into account global cultural market forces and shifts in public interests and values, while in other countries, there is talk of significant cuts to cultural budgets and institutions in 2011 and beyond. The cause of the concern is not only financial, but also a result of a re-orientation of public interests and priorities, with an increased pre-occupation about the role of culture in promoting social integration, and also a perceived shift in cultural values partly related to the growing impact of environmental and other concerns.

The Conference will seek to explore not only the direct impact of the financial crisis on the cultural sector in terms of threats and losses, but also to question the state's role as a substantial provider of culture. This theme touches on related issues such as the need to re-define certain current cultural practices, the changing roles of cultural institutions, and the potential of alternative governance models, new forms of partnerships and multi-stakeholder approaches to help meet the ensuing challenges. Related topics include possible new responsibility paradigms for culture and new frameworks for public policy in the cultural domain. Given the importance of this issue in Europe, it seems appropriate to approach the subject both from a wide intellectual angle and very practically in terms of measures and proposals that might be considered.

The Conference is aimed at senior policy-makers and practitioners who operate at national, regional and local levels, and who are responsible for the content, management or implementation of cultural policies.

For more information, please see www.coe.int/t/dg4/cultureheritage/cwe/conference10_en.asp

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Journeys of Expression VIII

Celebrating Through Times of Crisis: Prospects and Potentials for Tourism, Festivals and Cultural Events
Copenhagen, Denmark, 11-12 September 2010

Building on the established collaboration between the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC) and the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), this conference will bring together international academic researchers in the field of tourism and festival studies with policy makers and practitioners in the festivals and cultural events sector. The CTCC and IFEA are delighted to be working in partnership with the Centre for Tourism and Culture Management, Copenhagen Business School in the organisation and hosting of this event which coincides with IFEA's annual conference.

The conference will discuss the complex implications of the global economic downturn for the relationships between tourism, festivals and cultural events. We particularly welcome paper proposals that consider questions of how the balance between social, artistic and commercial aspects of festivals can be sustained during these challenging times and how festivals and cultural events and their attractiveness to tourists may contribute to addressing economic, social and environmental crises at local, regional, national and international levels. The conference will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark and will form the 8th edition of the 'Journeys of Expression' conferences organised by the CTCC with partners since 2002.

For further information please visit www.tourism-culture.com/conferences_and_events.html

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Branding and Marketing Strategies: New Tools in the Global Competitiveness of Territories

Shanghai, Pudong, China, on 16-18 September 2010

On the occasion of the Shanghai Expo 2010 "Better City, Better Life", and as part of its Programme Objective 2030, the International Urban Development Association (INTA) will organize a roundtable under the title Branding and Marketing Strategies: New Tools in the Global Competitiveness of Territories, to be held in Shanghai, Pudong, China, on 16-18 September 2010, focusing on the most promising strategies of positioning territories in term of attractiveness and territorial marketing, in order to build a reflection on the new tools for the international promotion of territories, such as large events, and to identify the innovative components in strategic positioning.

Contact: INTA International Secretariat, Toussaintkade 71, 2513 CL The Hague, The Netherlands; tel.: +31 (0)70 324 45 26; fax: +31 (0)70 328 07 27; e-mail: intainfo@inta-net.org; www.inta-aivn.org

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Museums Meet Adult Educators

Copenhagen, Denmark, 23-24 September 2010

The conference is the closing event of the Grundtvig project MumAE – Museums Meet Adult Educators (2009-2010), which aims at supporting the encounter and the transfer of knowledge between museum and adult educators at European level. It is addressed in the first place to professionals working in umbrella organisations both in the museum and in the lifelong learning field, to museum educators and to adult educators.

The project MumAE set out from two assumptions: on the one hand, that museums can be places of social integration and agents for the renewal and growth of local communities, addressing and attracting all segments of the population, therefore contributing to the development of quality lifelong learning; on the other, that there is an uneven development of adult educational activities in and within museums throughout Europe.

The interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral approach adopted by the project and featured in the conference, will allow adult education providers to learn from and about museums, and vice-versa. The conference will be the physical space for the encounter between the two sectors, allowing professionals from the two fields to gain mutual knowledge and establish contacts Europe-wide.

There is no conference fee, registration deadline is 15 July 2010.

Contact: Margherita Sani, Istituto Beni Culturali, Regione Emilia Romagna, Via Galliera 21, Bologna, Italy; e-mail: masani@regione.emilia-romagna.it; www.dkmuseer.dk/arrangementer/museumsmeetadulteducators-mumae/

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The Best in Heritage

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 23-25 September 2010

The Best in Heritage, the only annual survey of the best museum, heritage and conservation practices in the world, will be hald in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 23-25 September 2010. Representatives of some twenty handpicked projects, from some 15 countries, present why their achievements were proclaimed the best, either internationally or nationally, in the preceding year. They do it in two days of attractive programme for a steadily rising audience, coming from some 25 countries, seeking to know practical dimensions of excellence and innovation that bring competitiveness and societal impact in the converging world of public memory institutions. Presentations, discussions, exhibition, receptions and personal contacts make the conference a highly inspirational and pragmatic occasion in the world heritage site of Dubrovnik.

For details, please see www.thebestinheritage.com.

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IMPACT 7: Intersections and Counterpoints

Call for Papers and Proposals
Melbourne, Australia, 27-30 September 2010

IMPACT 7: Intersections and Counterpoints will focus on the multiple identity of the print, exploring the cross-disciplinary nature of printmedia internationally and in the context of the Asia-Pacific region. Printmedia will be explored as a heterogeneous, diverse and all pervading aspect of contemporary culture. Often located at the intersections of disciplines and media, it is also a powerful political vehicle, generating discourse and debate by virtue of its wide dissemination and ability to offer counterpoints to the norm.

The conference, organized by the Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, to be held in Melbourne, Australia on 27-30 September 2010, addresses practitioners, writers, critics, artists, theorists, and others working in the broad fields of print-related research. It aims to provide a platform in which practitioners and researchers can engage in a mutually productive exchange. Media identified by the conference will include but not be limited to printmaking, photography, graphic design, drawing, the artist's book, text, nimation, film and digital media, jewellery and metalsmith, glass, ceramic and textile.

IMPACT 7 will reflect on the activities of an international community of artists, writers and designers. The conference will bring indigenous, migrant, and regional voices to the fore, with a focus on cultural diversity, creative collaboration, the artists' book, and communication in digital networks.

Papers are invited on any aspect of the conference theme. Submission deadline for conference papers and themed panels is 30 July 2010.

Contact: Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; www.impact7.org.au

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Representations of European Identity

Call for Papers
Ontario, Canada, 1-3 October 2010

Paper and/or panel proposals are invited for a 3-day multi-disciplinary international conference on representations of European identity entitled Europe in its Own Eyes / Europe in the Eyes of the Other to be held in Ontario, Canada, on 1-3 October 2010. The conference is intended to be as wide-ranging as possible in addressing the manner in which European identity has been and continues to be represented, including European self-representations, as well as representations by others, whether "internal" or "external" to the entity that is Europe.

The deadline for submissions from a wide range of disciplines, with particular emphasis on literature, film, history, music, art, and political science, to be sent to David MacDonald at dmacdo03@uoguelph.ca and Sandra Parmegiani at sparmegi@uoguelph.ca, is 15 January 2010. arts.uoguelph.ca/euid2010/

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2010 ENCATC Annual Conference and General Assembly

Brussels, Belgium, 7-8 October 2010

As the role of the university is changing, and universities have shifted their teaching methodologies from content-based and domain-specific approaches to process-based and generic competency approaches to learning, Can I Google It?, ENCATC's 18th Annual Conference, to take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 6-8 October 2010, will discuss how universities can perform their social and economic function without sacrificing their traditional independence and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake.

It is now widely understood that the role of the university is to develop career individuals with 'real-world', transferable skills. Linear teaching of academic curricula is not considered as important as fostering the development of a wide range of core or key skills, often referred to as 'graduate attributes'.

In parallel with discussions of the learning process, the Conference will also discuss the content of Cultural Administration programmes in universities. In the last 12 years there have been a number of guiding documents and major conferences initiated by UNESCO and others that have created new cultural and educational policy directions - from Stockholm in 1998 to Seoul 2010. These also include the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the Promotion Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the World Conferences on Education for Sustainable Development. The Conference will examine how these innovative policy directives have inspired and been acted upon by educators to create new programmes, courses and training methodologies. It will explore how themes such as cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, cultural heritage for development, cultural creativity, cultural industries and strategies for effective arts education have been developed into courses.

Moreover, these questions are being dealt with in differing ways across Europe. Therefore, as well as providing an opportunity to debate the future of university teaching, the Conference will also allow participants to share experiences, methods and knowledge from differing cultural perspectives.

Alongside this international conference ENCATC will also hold the 18th ENCATC General Assembly, discussing the overall Work Programme, budget, membership report, strategic developments and membership fees for the year ahead.

To register for ENCATC's Annual Conference, please see www.encatc.org/register/. The deadline for registration is 23 September 2010.

Contact: Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens, Secretary General, ENCATC, Place Flagey, 18 – 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium; tel.: +32.2.201.29.12, e-mail: g.cogliandro@encatc.org

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Consumer Culture: Between Aesthetics, Social Distinction and Ecological Activism

Call for Papers
Olomouc, Czech Republic, 7-9 October 2010

The Centre for Intercultural Studies at the Philosophical Faculty of Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic is organizing this conference in Olomouc, Czech Republic, between 7-9 October 2010, aiming to discuss key issues and themes of consumer culture as a complex and controversial phenomenon. The thematic framework of the conference will include not only the inquiry of the symbolic dimension of consumer culture, its aesthetic aspects and its impact on individual lifestyles, but also the broader social context of production and reception of consumer culture and its social, economic and environmental consequences.

The conference programme will consist of five main topics: aesthetics of consumer culture, critique of consumer culture, consumption and social distinction, research in consumer behaviour, culture and marketing communication, and associated program: poster session, film projection, workshop led by experts in marketing and consumer behaviour research.

Papers from broad areas of interest are welcome (sociology, philosophy, psychology, cultural anthropology, ecology, cultural studies, media studies, art history, aesthetics, communication studies, etc.) as well as listeners from the business who are involved in the production, innovation or research of consumer culture, students and others who are interested in these issues and want to share their thoughts and insights.

Submission deadline is 5 June 2010.

Contact: Dr. Renata Sedlakova, e-mail: renata.sedlakova@upmedia.cz; oltk.upol.cz/consumerculture

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A Soul for Europe Istanbul Forum

Istanbul, Turkey, 11-13 October 2010

A Soul for Europe Istanbul Forum: Global Challenges, Cultural Visions aims at reaching a common vision among all actors in society. The business sector, non governmental organisations, as well as the individual citizens have to take active responsibility, together with the political decision makers, in the process of the European development facing global challenges such as the economical and financial crisis, socio-cultural tensions, worldwide threat of climate change and danger of losing cultural diversity.

Bringing together high-ranking personalities from the fields of politics, business and non governmental organisations, as well as a large group of engaged young Europeans from many different countries the Istanbul Forum will initiate a laboratory to define and implement new forms of collaboration between political decision makers and civil society, including the business sector and the individual citizen, to develop Europe as a cultural project. It will be a step forward to constitute a common working platform of Culture and Economy, in line with the European Commission's Agenda for Culture in a Globalizing World (COM-2007.242 final of May 2007).

The results and consequences of the Istanbul Forum will be taken into the 4th Berlin Conference – A Soul for Europe scheduled for 20 November 2010. The Forum is developed in close cooperation with the initiative A Soul for Europe, active since the Berlin Conference 2004. Its core aims are even more urgent today. Culture has to be integrated into all levels and sectors of political decision-making and civil society, especially the younger generations, have to participate in the process.

For the programme, further information and online registration please visit www.europist.net/asfe.

Contact: Forum Istanbul Secretariat, Mr Mahir Namur, President, e-mail: mahir.namur@europist.net; and Ms Aytül Bilen, Assistant Project Manager; e-mail: aytul.bilen@europist.net

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MELOPEE #7

Call for Proposals
Fère en Tardenois, France, 11-17 October 2010

AMUNI together with l'ECHANGEUR, a centre for artistic production in France, and in partnership with different international organisations, launched a call for proposals to participate in the cultural management workshop MELOPEE #7, focusing on the development of audiences and of cultural policies in the Mediterranean, that will take place in Fère en Tardenois, France, on 11-17 October 2010.

Melopee is a programme aiming at offering a contribution to the activity of cultural operators from the Euro-Mediterranean region through training initiatives and meetings with colleagues from the region. The programme will be attended by 15 professional cultural operators, or those in the process of becoming professionals, 4 based in France and 11 from the region, presenting their projects and discussing how to build and develop audiences, and what cultural policy is about and what influences it has.

To participate, send your CV, a motivation letter and project description by 17 August 2010 to Fanny Bouquerel at info@amuni.org.

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Cultural Policy: Quo Vadis?

36th Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics & the Arts (STP&A)
Arlington, VA, USA, 14-16 October 2010

The 36th Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics & the Arts (STP&A) will be held in Arlington, VA, USA, on 14-16 October 2010, under the title of Cultural Policy: Quo Vadis? STP&A is an international and interdisciplinary gathering of researchers, policymakers and practitioners that highlights current and conceptual issues in the development of cultural policy, theory, and arts administration practices in the United States and abroad. The conference typically draws international participation from a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, sociology, political science, management, economics, law, arts education, history and art history, museum studies, and cultural studies, as well as more applied policy and management perspectives.

Contact: Carole Rosenstein (Arts Management) & Stefan Toepler (Nonprofit Studies), George Mason University, e-mail: stpa.conference@gmail.com; scpp.ubalt.edu/conference/index.html

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Sustainable Tourism Fair

Bruxelles, Belgium, 15-17 October 2010

Organized by Tourisme autrement, the 4th edition of the Sustainable Tourism Fair, to be held in Brussels, Belgium on 15-17 October 2010, will once again present ethical projects that foster sustainable development in the field of tourism through conferences, round-tables, documentaries and movies projections. The forthcoming edition will take place during the Belgian presidency of the European Union and will therefore focus on European regions and soft mobility in particular. The fair will be accompanied by a scientific conference on Tourism: Victim or Accomplice of Global Warming?

Contact information: Tourisme autrement, Rue Louis Hap 16, 1060 Brussels, Belgium; tel.: +322/646.66.51; e-mail: info@tourisme-autrement.be, contact@tourisme-autrement.be; www.tourisme-autrement.be

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Interacció 2010 – Cultural Democracy and Social Transformation

Barcelona, Spain, 19-22 October 2010

Interacció 2010, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, on 19-22 October 2010, proposes to affirm its nature as a reference point in the world of cultural policies and management with an issue that is sparking lively debate in cultural circles: active citizen participation in the creation and dissemination of culture. This concept refers to culture created socially in community or association environments without, a priori, aspiring to their professionalism. It connects with one of the fundamental pillars of Barcelona Provincial Council's Department of Culture in favour of creating tools for exercising a genuine cultural democracy, encouraging the creation and talent of citizens. The scope of the participatory cultural sphere is, therefore, quite broad, but its most fundamental characteristic is the fact that citizens are its protagonists and that they shape culture from the very inside of social relations. Furthermore, it is not necessary to insist on the deep ties that this participated or participatory culture has with amateur phenomena, which include practising a wide range of artistic activities such as theatre or music, other activities based on new technological tools which configure the majority of the proposals emerging or alternatively popular and traditional culture itself.

Interacció 2010 will be organised around three core thematic issues, to be developed through plenary and simultaneous sessions. The simultaneous sessions are divided into three blocks:

  • Block 1. Cultural democracy and the amateur phenomenon as a factor in social cohesion.
  • Block 2. Popular culture and cultural association building.
  • Block 3. New instruments for artistic creation and the new languages of culture.

Information and registration: www.diba.cat/cerc/interaccio.asp

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Creative Regions in Central Europe: Challenges and Opportunities

Call for Papers
Wertheim, Germany, 20-21 October 2010

Within the Creative Regions in Europe Seminar Series, the Regional Studies Association Research Network will hold its first research seminar, entitled Creative Regions in Central Europe: Challenges and Opportunities, in Wertheim, Germany on 20-21 October 2010, with a focus on two research questions: one on the relationship between cultural heritage and the creative economy, and the other on the development of creative economies in different geographical context in Europe, with a special focus on Central Europe. Papers shall cover both theoretical perspectives and practical examples of the issues and challenges faced by researchers in trying to understand the connections and interrelations between cultural heritage (historical buildings, local festival and traditional events) and the creative economy, and perspectives and issues on creative regions in central Europe more generally. Abstract submission deadline is 15 July 2010.

Contact: creativeregions.network@gmail.com; www.creative-regions.eu

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First International Congress of Cultural Management – New Paradigms

Mar del Plata, Argentina, on 21-23 October 2010

The National University of Mar del Plata and the Argentinean Graduate Cultural Managers Association announce the First International Congress of Cultural Management – New Paradigms, to take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on 21-23 October 2010. The main aim of the event is to create a place where ideas, experiences and reflections on cultural management may be exchanged. Moreover, the new sociocultural paradigms of management will be analyzed. The cultural issues that will be treated in the congress include: cultural management instruction; culture and education; culture and the environment; tourism and culture; research in culture; international cooperation; native cultures; cultural experiences of communities; culture for social transformation; visual arts, performing arts, cultural heritage, and museum management; state and private cultural management; and cultural management in non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The event is intended for cultural managers, students, cultural workers, artists, communicators, teachers, social workers and general public. Registration: congresoaagecu@yahoo.com.ar.

More information: tel.: 54- 223-4761851 / 54-223-155180245; e-mail: aagecu.comdir@yahoo.com.ar; aagecu-mdp.blogspot.com/, congresogestioncultural.blogspot.com/

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UNFIXED – Photography, Postcolonial Perspectives and Contemporary Art

Call for Proposals for Visual and/or Textual Presentations or Papers
The Netherlands, Exhibition: 23 October – 4 December 2010, Symposium: 16 November 2010, Workshop: 15 November 2010, Publication: December 2010

UNFIXED is a multiplatform project that explores the relation between photography, postcolonial perspectives and contemporary art. It includes an exhibition, symposium, workshop, artist commission-residency, and a resulting publication. The title refers to the unfixed nature of photography. It explores the elusive "truth" of photography and its relationship to ideas of ethnicity, culture and identity in contemporary art.

Scholars, artists, writers and professionals are invited to submit proposals for visual and/or textual presentations or papers on topics relating to UNFIXED. All proposals will be considered for symposium presentations and/or publication contributions. Focus point: Unfixing photography's fixed representations of cultural heritage, ethnicity and identity. Next to 'traditional' essays, proposals for visual essays, which can include vernacular or found photography, and/or photo-works made by applicants, etc. are welcome. Proposals for essays or presentations with innovative formats are encouraged (performance-based presentations, multimedia projects etc.).

UNFIXED is initiated and developed by curators Asmara Pelupessy and Sara Blokland (Stichting UNFIXED Projects). It is organized in cooperation with Centrum Beeldende Kunst (Center for Contemporary Art), Dordrecht, the Netherlands, and aims to contribute to the Netherlands' relatively young discussion about postcolonialism's relation to photography. The project will bring together an international group of contemporary artists and scholars with personal relations to migration, colonial history and cultural diaspora, researching and reflecting on photographic histories, as well as constructing new ones.

A detailed Call for Proposals can be found at www.unfixedprojects.org. The deadline for proposals is 15 July 2010.

Contact: tel.: +31(0)622142028; e-mail: unfixedprojects@gmail.org

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INTA34 World Urban Development Congress

Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, 24-28 October 2010

The 34th INTA Annual Congress entitled Reinvent Your Urban Region: Smart Urban Infrastructure and Services for Cohesive Development will take place in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain from 24-28 October 2010, focusing on drivers for change such as intelligent infrastructure, new pattern of economic spaces, innovation in the provision of urban services and leadership in developing complex and multi levels territories such as urban regions.

INTA's Annual Congress offers urban practitioners access to an exceptional international platform to share experiences and management tools when dealing with urban challenges and turning current constraints into development opportunities. The dynamic Congress format (plenary sessions, creative urban workshops, master classes, technical visits), coached by internationally appraised practitioners, will present performing solutions for different urban situations while helping to sharpen development and urban management skills.

For details, please see: www.inta34.org

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11th ELIA Biennial Conference

Nantes, France, 27–30 October 2010

Marking its 20th anniversary, ELIA will hold its 11th Biennial Conference in Nantes, France, on 27-30 October 2010 under the theme of (h)eART(h) – l'art au cœur du territoire. The structure of the conference will include 8 symposia and 9 discipline sessions, aiming to address the most burning, important, current and inspiring issues that concern higher arts education in Europe.

Five perspectives on the role of the Arts and Higher Art Education could be addressed in the framework of the 11th ELIA Conference and feed the different symposia and discipline sessions:

  • the arts adress the heart of the "way of living", questioning behaviours.
  • the arts encourage the emergence of contributors in place of consumers.
  • the arts name and identify territories.
  • the arts meet science and question environments.
  • the arts reinvent and "moralize" customs.

Professional practitioners from all arts disciplines, arts administrators, international officers, senior managers and representatives of higher arts education and the cultural sector are welcome to participate.

The 2010 Neu/Now Live Festival will also be organised in Nantes to coincide with the ELIA Biennial Conference. The event provides a platform for talented emerging and graduating young artists in a range of arts disciplines to present themselves to an international audience within a professional context.

For further information please see www.elia-artschools.org/biennial

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ENCC European Project Fair

Conference for International Exchange and Networking
Vienna, Austria, 28-29 October 2010

The European Network for Cultural Centres (ENCC) is organising the 4th European Project Fair, taking place in Vienna, Austria, on 28-29 October 2010 to discuss Value and Benefit of Networking – Or Is Net-working Not-working?

As international exchange and networking is essential for any cooperation, the ENCC as the European network of national networks of cultural centres aims to promote international exchange of cultural workers along with intercultural communication. The annual project fairs, held especially to establish international partnerships, offer participants from all over Europe the opportunity to exchange expertise and build up new contacts for coming joint projects.

Three panel discussions will deal with various aspects of international cooperation. The presentation of successful projects related to the terms “Mobillity”, “Voluntary Work” and “Lobbying and Networking” will lead to debate on limits and difficulties of the particular practical fields.

Participation in the Conference and Project Fair is free of charge. Registration at office@igkultur.at.

For details, please see www.encc.eu/vienna2010.php

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Human Rights and Diversity: From Civil Society to Organizational Practices

SIETAR France Congress
Lille, France, 28–30 October 2010

SIETAR France, with the support of SIETAR Europa, dedicates this congress to the position of human rights in our complex diverse world, reflecting on all sectors of society: politics, business, education, social and medical. How are human rights understood and how do they affect the diversity of cultures, ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, age, and gender within the multicultural society? How are human rights respected in the diverse workplace? How do we deal with social injustice and equity? What ethics are needed in intercultural relations in order to respect the dignity of all? These questions and others need to be addressed or revisited for all professionals working for better intercultural relations. Whether they are HR professionals, trainers, consultants, teachers, academics, social workers, NGO or intergovernmental personnel, interculturalists can benefit from discovering innovative initiatives and finding ways to put them into practice.

For details, please see www.sietar-france.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=127.

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Taking Part. Arts, Culture and Civil Society

Call for Papers and Provocations
London, UK, 29-30 October 2010

Goldsmiths University of London and Southbank Centre will host on 29-30 October 2010 an international and multidisciplinary conference entitled Taking Part. Arts, Culture and Civil Society, an event seeking to engage with questions regarding the role of arts and cultural activity in civil society.

If participation in art and cultural activity is the powerful catalyst for civic engagement that we claim, could the arts be making an even more dynamic contribution to the development of our civil society? Could the arts and culture be working together with third sector organisations to tackle inequalities, create stronger alternative voices and invite different people to the table? The Taking Part conference will share research findings; it will hear about the wide range of national and international arts practice engaging directly with the community, creating new contexts for debate and animating the dialogue in challenging and exciting ways. It will provide a unique opportunity to strengthen links and develop a shared understanding between third sector organisations and those working in arts and participation. The two days will offer opportunities to share effective practice, listen to keynote speakers and contribute to the thinking; but shared through the creative methods of World Cafe, Open Space Technology and pecha-cucha. Ideas for papers, provocations and performances must be sent by 25 June 2010.

For details, please see www.gold.ac.uk

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IMPACT 10

Essen, Germany, 12-14 November 2010

Organized by PACT Zollverein and aimed at artists, advanced students, academics and journalists working in the field of dance, theatre, art, media art and film, the imPACT10 symposium will be held in Essen, Germany, on 12-14 November 2010. The main goal of the symposium is to consider different artistic positions whose work offer radical, subtle and humorous ways of operating in a world obsessed by things and science. This year’s contributing guest artists, who will work together at imPACT with about 35 participants in a concentrated and motivating atmosphere, are Philippe Quesne (FR), Tino Sehgal (GB, DE) and Jim Trainor (US). They cast the spotlight on the audience, animals or cunning worlds of objects and suggest alternative spheres of activity.

For more information, please visit www.pact-zollverein.de

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UNFIXED Workshop and Symposium

Dordrecht, the Netherlands, 15-16 November 2010

UNFIXED, a multiplatform project that explores the elusive 'truth' of photography and its relationship to ideas of ethnicity, culture and identity in contemporary art, invites graduate and end exam students (PhD, MPhil, MA, MFA and 4th year BA or BFAs) in arts theory and practice to participate in the UNFIXED workshop and symposium.

Bringing together a group of international contemporary artists and scholars with personal relations to migration, colonial history and cultural diaspora, the UNFIXED symposium, to take place in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, on 16 November 2010, will explore the relation between photography and postcolonial perspectives in contemporary art, focusing on photography’s significance within changing notions of cultural histories, identities and representations. From their own practice and research, participating artists and theorists will reflect on their relationship to photography’s representational abilities within a postcolonial context. Presentations will touch on such topics as: colonial photography, visual sovereignty, hybrid identity, photographic research and process, image and text relationships, and representation within media and popular culture.

The workshop, to take place on 15 November 2010, will focus on photography in relation to subjects such as culture, identity, migration, diaspora and colonialism. Students whose work and research relate to these subjects and neighbouring themes are encouraged to apply.

Contact: Sara Blokland and Asmara Pelupessy, Wagenaarstraat 299, 1093 CN Amsterdam, the Netherlands; e-mail: unfixedprojects@gmail.com; www.unfixedprojects.org

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Re:Imagining Cultural Space

Stockholm, Sweden, 17-19 November 2010

Intercult, in collaboration with Culture Action Europe and Orionteatern, invites participation in Re:Imagining Cultural Space, at Orionteatern in Stockholm, Sweden, on 17-19 November 2010. This international conference and lab is a part of SEAS X Stockholm, the final event of the Black/North SEAS.

Re:Imagining Cultural Space focuses on policy and practice for flexible art spaces and cultural organisations, exploring questions crucial to sustaining adaptable arts and culture spaces in the 21st century. A post-institutional approach is at the core of the programme. Where will art meet the audience in the future? Institutions created during the 20th century share basic ideas: accessibility, popular education and affirmation of national identity. Independent cultural organisations continuously adapt and challenge these fundamental values. The programme is built on two themes:

  • Innovative Spaces for Art – Mapping Current Practice in Europe, and
  • Sustainable Policies for Flexible Spaces and Artistic Structures.

The third day of the conference will take the form of a Nordic Lab, focusing on the specific conditions of the Nordic and Baltic regions and what the cultural sector sees as crucial issues.

The conference gathers producers, directors, curators, artists, civil servants and policymakers.

During the conference the documentation and evaluation website SEAS Dock will be launched, reflecting on the experiences of the last four years.

For more information, please see www.intercult.se/reimagining or e-mail reimagining@intercult.se

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Annual International Conference on Engaging the Other: The Power of Compassion

San Francisco Bay Area, USA, 19-21 November 2010

At a time when polarization is the culprit, this multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conference will address fear-based belief systems, negative stereotypes, polarization, enemy images, scapegoating, and artificial barriers of distrust that divide us. Over 55 presenters, facilitators, and visionaries will examine concepts of 'the other' from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote a wider public dialogue about images of 'us and them', with the purpose of:

  • raising the level, depth, and breadth of public dialogue and awareness on core issues,
  • identify and compile fundamental questions, dilemmas, and implications for further deep inquiry and examination in an expanding public dialogue, and to challenge embedded negative belief systems that promote adversarial perceptions of the other,
  • tap shared wisdom, compassion, and responsibility as a community - from the local to the global - in developing practical applications to reduce divisiveness and polarization and promote a shared consciousness of peace.

Full Conference details at www.cbiworld.org/Pages/Conferences_ETO.htm

Contact: Common Bond Institute, Steve Olweean, Director and Conference Coordinator, 12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, MI 49034, USA; tel./fax: +1 269-665-9393; e-mail: SOlweean@aol.com

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The Berlin Conference - A Soul for Europe

Berlin, Germany, 20 November 2010

The Berlin Conference takes place every two years, bringing together 500 individuals from the cultural sector, politicians and representatives of the media, the business world and other areas of society. It is as a civil society platform to define and initiate concrete common steps in order to strengthen the cultural component of the European development. The event focuses special attention on young Europeans, giving the floor to young civil society actors for live discussions with top-ranking representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, national governments and European artists.

For further information, please visit asoulforeurope.eu/what/berlin-conference

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Nations, Regions, Organizations - Cultural Diversity as a Source of Integration and Alienation

Szczecin, Poland, 22-23 November 2010

The main scientific problem of this conference is to discuss the role of nations, regions and organizations in creating cultural identity and search for the border where cultural diversity does not facilitate integration, or to specify a level or degree of cultural diversity which is no longer functional. The organizers also suggest the following themes: collective identity and leeds of assimilation and differentiation; optimum cultural diversity; national identity and regional identity; ethnic and national conflicts; intercultural, multicultural or transcultural?; ethnorenaissance, regionalization, globalization; migrations and intercultural communication; integration in multicultural work teams; national culture vs. organizational culture; cultural engineering in organizations; diversity management; global organizational culture?

Abstracts are to be submitted by 15 June 2010.

Contact: Institute of Sociology, University of Szczecin, Krakowska St. 71-79, 71-017 Szczecin, Poland; tel.: +48 91 444 32 39; e-mail: instytut.socjologii@univ.szczecin.pl; Internet: usfiles.us.szc.pl/pliki/plik_1267489228.pdf

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Anniversary Meeting of the Banlieues d'Europe Network

Lyon, France, 25-27 November 2010

For the past 20 years, Banlieues d'Europe has been bringing together committed projects in artistic demarches with the inhabitants of working-class neighbourhoods in Europe. In the framework of its 20th anniversary, Banlieues d'Europe organize a professional meeting devoted to the topic of Working Class Neighbourhoods, Creative Neighbourhoods in Europe, to be held in Lyon, France, on 25-27 November 2010.

Banlieues d’Europe invites Europe to Lyon and offers the opportunity to exchange views about participation-based cultural and artistic projects carried out with the local inhabitants, created in areas that are often overlooked for this type of project in France, as well as Northern Ireland, England, Germany, Italy, Rumania, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, Spain.

The programme will be comprised of three stages:

  • a meeting amongst practitioners: plenary sessions and simultaneous workshops, "café-culturel",
  • a European forum of cultural and artistic projects (exchange platform), and
  • an exceptional artistic programme with dance, theatre, sneak-preview and an artistic evening with brass band.

For organisational reasons, enrolments must be sent before 10 November 2010 to 20ans.be@orange.fr.

Contact: Banlieues d'Europe, tel.: +33 4 72 60 97 80; e-mail: banlieues.deurope@wanadoo.fr; www.banlieues-europe.com

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11th Annual Congress of Young SIETAR

Istanbul, Turkey, 25-28 November 2010

The 11th Annual Congress of Young SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) on Intercultural Communication and Relations) will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 25-28 November 2010, under the title of Interculturalism Reloaded: Exploring a Changing Landscape, with the aim to challenge, examine and discuss how the field of interculturalism is developing and changing for the new generations. The event will also facilitate a meeting between interculturalists in the West and Turkey.

Young SIETAR's Annual Congresses aim to foster participants' professional growth, personal development, and understanding and appreciation of local culture and intercultural issues, as Young SIETAR acts as a bridge between newcomers and established professionals in the intercultural field.

For further information, please visit www.youngsietar.org or email congress@youngsietar.org

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European Suburbs Exchange Platform

Lyon, France, 26-27 November 2010

Within the framework of its 20th anniversary, culture and social work professionals, artists, public policy officials, local councillors, town planners, architects and researchers at national and European level are invited to participate in the European Suburbs Exchange Platform, to be held in Lyon, France, on 26-27 November 2010. On fifty stands, participants are invited to present their projects and find new European partners, giving their projects visibility and new dynamics. Banlieues d'Europe will make fifty stands available, which you can use for exchange of your practices and those of others, and the motivation of new dynamics at all levels.

Contact: Banlieues d'Europe, 271, rue Vendôme, 69003 Lyon, France; tel.: +33 4 72 60 97 80; fax. +33 4 78 95 28 15; www.banlieues-europe.com

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VII EuroAmerican Campus of Cultural Cooperation

Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, Spain, 30 November - 3 December 2010

The VII EuroAmerican Campus of Cultural Cooperation, to be held in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, Spain, on 30 November - 3 December 2010, under the theme of Culture, Cooperation and Local Development, is aimed at professionals working in the field of cultural policies at national, regional and local levels. The Campus is a space for the analysis of the different cultural dimensions of development at the local level, as well as an opportunity for information exchange, dissemination of reference documents, and drafting recommendations and conclusions by the main experts, organizations and institutions.

Organised by Interarts, the Canary Islands Government, the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Campus will include key-note presentations, round tables and many participatory and interactive workshops.

Keynote speaches will discuss city and culture, cooperation, development and management. Workshops will be held on Culture Seen From the City and the City Seen From Culture, and Strategic Planning in the Local Space, as well as on themes such as gender and urban environment; cultural creation and social networks; evaluation; strategic planning and heritage, among others.

For details, please see www.interarts.net/descargas/interarts812.pdf or contact campus@interarts.net

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Culture as a Factor of Economic and Social Innovation in the Mediterranean Space

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1-4 December 2010

The forum entitled Culture as a Factor of Economic and Social Innovation in the Mediterranean Space: Towards New Solidarities in a Changing Europe will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 1-4 December 2010, within the framework of the Sostenuto project of micro-territorial experiments about the links between culture, economy, social issues and democracy in the Mediterranean space. Forming part of European Union's MED programme, Sostenuto is a project of micro-territorial experiments about the links between culture, economy, social issues and democracy in Med space. Through the exploration of innovative practices in the cultural sector – incubator, cluster, LETSystem, new modes of territorial governance – it aims at reinforcing the cultural sector’s innovation capacity in the Mediterranean zone, stimulating use and generation of new economic and social models and valorizing its innovation capacity for decision makers, spatial planners and financers.

The Forum is aimed at cultural professionals, artists, actors of the civil society, public institutions, local authorities, elected representatives, etc, who are invited to come and debate, testify, exchange and give proposals for the recognition of the cultural and artistic sector as a generator of social innovation in the territories of the Med space. Themes will question our relationship to society: cultural rights, common goods, new indicators for wealth, new relationships to wealth, poverty and social justice, new forms of governance; ideas and projects dedicated to social commitment and to the social and economic transformation of the territories in the Med space; playful artistic and cultural experiences which open and transform our look on the living together; issues around utopia and imagination; and proposals leading to the writing of a manifesto for Culture as Generator of Social Innovation in the Med Space.

For details, please see www.expeditio.org/projects/403-sostenuto-razmiljanje-o-kulturi-kao-o-faktoru-ekonomske-i-socijalne-inovacije.html?lang=en

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Performing Arts Training Today

Leibnitz, Austria, 1–4 December 2010

The international conference Performing Arts Training Today, to be held by the International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) in Leibnitz, Austria on 1–4 December 2010, is a professional event open to actors, directors, choreographers, dancers, performing arts educators, teachers, musicians, singers, composers, stage designers, painters, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics, journalists and arts managers. The event aims to demonstrate various methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts education and training, to open discussions about successful and effective strategies, to establish new contacts, to exchange experiences with colleagues from different countries and to lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration.

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

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Travelling Languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World

Call for Papers
10th Annual Conference of the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC)
Leeds, UK, 3 - 5 December 2010

The 10th Annual Conference of the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) will be held in Leeds, UK, on 3 - 5 December 2010, organized in association with the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University. The event aims to bring together many of the sub-themes of previous IALIC conferences and to focus upon the issues of culture, communication and translation in a mobile world, including: languages and intercultural communication in local and global education, tourism, hospitality, migration, translation, real and virtual border-crossings.

20–minute research papers or descriptions of pedagogical practice are invited, addressing or going beyond the following themes:

  • Moving languages - continuities and change;
  • Real and virtual border crossings;
  • Tourist encounters and communicating with the other;
  • Tourism's role in inter-cultural dialogue;
  • The languages of diasporas and diasporic languages;
  • Dealing with dialects and the evolution/dissolution of communities;
  • Hospitality and languages of welcome;
  • Learning the languages of migration;
  • Lingusitic boundaries and socio-cultural inclusions and exclusions;
  • Located and dislocated languages and identities;
  • Practices and performances of translation.

The deadline for the submission of 500-word abstracts to Jane Wilkinson at IALIC2010@leeds.ac.uk is 1 June 2010.

Contact: Manuel Reichlin e-mail: IALIC2010@leeds.ac.uk; www.leeds.ac.uk/german/ialic_conference_2010.htm

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2010 All Africa Dance Conference and Festival on Peace

Call for Papers
Nairobi, Kenya on 3-5 December 2010

The 2010 All Africa Dance Conference and Festival on Peace, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 3-5 December 2010, will be compiled from proposals that are received by the Festival Committee by 15 July 2010. The selection is open to all artists, and all styles, choreographers, dance troupes and peace educators who register to present their artistic work.

The festival will provide a rich, inclusive and challenging forum for reflective practitioners to celebrate their creative richness; critically and deeply engage; dream and act jointly in producing alternative cultural and dance products and in shaping new narratives of just peace.

The conference and festival will bring together over 1000 committed artistes-peace builders; including educators, dance artists, development workers, community animators and cultural activists – from Africa and the diaspora who continue to apply various shades of dance arts approaches in their social change work. The one week intensive program will encompass applied training, performances, exhibitions, and direct skills-building.

Contact: Karegwa Muchiri, tel.: +254-20-4452674/4450937; e-mail: info@africadancefestival.com; www.africadancefestival.com

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Space and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and Extraurban Studies

Los Angeles, USA, 4-5 December 2010

The Spaces and Flows Community, brought together around a common shared interest in changing human spaces and social, economic and informational flows will hold its annual conference in Los Angeles, USA, on 4-5 December 2010, aiming to critically engage contemporary spatial, social, ideological, and political transformations in a transitional world.

In a process-oriented world of movement, the global north and global south now simultaneously converge and diverge in a dialectic that shapes and transforms cities, suburbs, and rural areas. This conference addresses the nature and mapping of these forces and the dynamics that propel these changes. It also examines and defines the myriad of different spaces that make up our contemporary world, including urban, edgeurban, de-urban, micro-urban, greenfield, and off-the-grid. In addition to plenary presentations, the event includes parallel presentations by practitioners, teachers, and researchers.

Full details of the conference, are available at www.spacesandflows.com/conference-2010/.

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Museums and Municipalities in Europe - Working Relationships, Perspectives and Management

Brussels, Belgium, 9-10 December 2010

The conference Museums and Municipalities in Europe - Working Relationships, Perspectives and Management will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 9-10 December 2010, with the aim to present and discuss with curators, local authorities, researchers and experts the results of one year of activity of the European Policy Grouping Museums and Municipalities, focused on the analysis of the relations between museums and municipalities, the benefits derived from this relationship; the existing partnerships between museums and local municipalities; the mechanisms required to make these relations more efficient (among others: objectives, indicators, institutional relationships).

This event is one of the outcomes of the European Policy Grouping Museums and Municipalities (the core group is made of the University Paris/Sorbonne, the Louvre Museum, the Manchester City Museum, the municipality of Split and ENCATC), which, throughout 2010, has been organising meetings, research studies and an important enquiry, with more than 200 museums and 50 municipalities having been so far consulted. The Conference has also the ambition to identify concrete proposals and best practices as well as to collect as many contributions as possible for a White Paper on Museums and Local Authorities to be published by the policy group before the end of the year.

Having this in mind, the event will be organised as an interactive dialogue which will bring together 100 representatives from museums and local authorities in Europe and beyond. Four plenary sessions will be organised, discussing: why the relations between museums and municipalities should be analysed; the challenge from the museums’ perspective; the challenge from the municipalities’ perspective; and what can be the most relevant relations between museums and municipalities. Each session will begin with the results of the enquiry and case studies, and will open the discussion with curators, mayors and the audience participants. This approach aims to give each participant the opportunity to contribute to the final recommendations.

Please register through www.encatc.org/register/. The deadline for registration is 30 November 2010. The Conference is free of charge.

For details, please contact: Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens at g.cogliandro@encatc.org

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Conference on Creative Tourism

Barcelona, Spain, 9-10 December 2010

The Creative Tourism Network is organizing a Conference on Creative Tourism, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, on 9-10 December 2010, with the aim of bringing together researchers, urban planners, policy designers, artists, cultural activists and tourist professionals to assess the benefits of international collaboration in the rapidly developing field of creative tourism. The event will provide an opportunity for face-to-face networking prior to the creation of a virtual network on the Internet. The conference programme is designed to provide ample room for networking and discussion, and participants will also have the opportunity to promote their own creative tourism projects.

The programme is designed to bridge the cultures of the different sectors involved in creative tourism, and will present the general principles of creative tourism as well as more sector-specific case studies of creative tourism projects.

The event is aimed at artists and cultural managers and tourist services, tourist professionals, travel agencies, performing tours, urban planners and marketing cities managers, researchers, and all those interested in urbanism, creativity, tourism, and artist exchanges.

Contact: Creative Tourism Network, C/ Consell de Cent, 347, s/a – 08007 Barcelona, Spain; tel.: +34 93 215 74 11; e-mail: info@creativetourismnetwork.org; www.creativetourismnetwork.org

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Future Imperatives of Communication and Information for Development and Social Change

Bangkok, Thailand, 20-22 December 2010

This international conference, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 20-22 December 2010, is jointly coordinated by the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Thammasat University, the Department of Communication at the University of Nagasaki, and the Center Communication for Sustainable Social Change (CSSC) at UMass Amherst. The event forms part of a series of preparatory and inter-connected conferences, coordinated by ORBICOM-UNESCO Chairs in Communication, across the regions of the world to focus the attention of the most experienced and innovative information and communication scholars, practitioners and policy-makers on the new challenges towards world development and sustainability. The strategies and methods will be synthesized in a package comprising policy-intent papers, training kits and curricula, handbook, and journal articles. The package will define the structure of a cohesive and comprehensive international response to the emerging threats and challenges that the global community will soon have to address in a coherent and systematic fashion.

Topics include future imperatives regarding ecological and environmental issues and green communication, communication and social development, the role of journalism and mass communication on political issues, and communication, prevention and health.

For details, please contact: Prof Jan Servaes, Director, Center Communication for Sustainable Social Change (CSSC), University of Massachusetts, Machmer Hall 415, Amherst, MA 01003, USA; tel.: +1 413 545 4314/3532; fax: +1 413 545 6399; e-mail: csschange@gmail.com; www.csschange.org