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Radius of Art

Creative Politicization of the Public Sphere / Cultural Potential Forces for Social Transformation
Berlin, Germany, 8-9 February 2012

The conference entitled Radius of Art: Creative Politicization of the Public Sphere / Cultural Potential Forces for Social Transformation will take place in Berlin, Germany, on 8-9 February 2012. The conference will be organized within the framework of the EU / Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) project 'art-based research / research based art' and will be sponsored by the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts in Kiel and the Heinrich Boell Foundation Schleswig-Holstein.

The aim of the conference is to promote an exchange of views about different approaches and experiences with forms of international cultural cooperation and to formulate common targets for future collaboration. Hence the event makes a contribution to the international debate on the interaction of culture and development, with particular emphasis on the relevance of arts and culture for social processes of democratization. The participating cultural institutions, artists and other partners from the fields of art, culture and social sciences will present concrete examples of their work, both to evaluate the overall situation and to provide a basis for a vivid exchange. In addition, there will be introductory lectures on current theoretical discourse concerning the role and importance of art and culture in social development, enabling the structures of decision-making in cultural and development politics to be expanded and questioned. Participative procedures will be employed to pool and integrate the knowledge of conference participants and thereby deepen the exchange among individual networks.

The conference will conclude with a discussion about the kinds of structural reforms required in regard to the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity, so that cultural development projects as well as controversial public art projects might receive the recognition within the sphere of international cooperation.

For more information please contact radius@boell-sh.de or see cultural-engineering.com/2011/04/20/radius-of-art-creative-politicization-of-the-public-sphere-cultural-potential-forces-for-social-transformation/

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Call to Direct a Mediterranean Research Meeting Workshop

Florence, Italy, 21-24 March 2012

The Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Italy, has issued a call to direct a workshop at the thirteenth session of the Mediterranean Research Meeting, that will take place in Florence, Italy, on 21-24 March 2012.

The Mediterranean Research Meeting is committed to fostering theoretical and empirical research and dialogue among scholars from countries across the Mediterranean whose research focuses on the Mediterranean; stresses its aim to cover all Mediterranean areas as widely as possible, with topics relating to the Middle East, North Africa, Southern and South-Eastern Europe, their mutual relationships and their relations with Europe; focuses attention on legal, historical, economic and socio-political issues; enables junior scholars to meet more senior scholars in an interactive environment, and to promote further research collaboration; encourages the publication and dissemination of this research in edited volumes, thematic issues of learned journals, and the Mediterranean Programme Working Papers.

Workshop directors are expected to solicit potential workshop participants to apply to the call for papers; select the papers to be accepted at the workshop; write individual papers or a joint paper on the theme of the workshop; participate in all events of the MRM; propose workshop papers for publication in the Mediterranean Programme RSCAS-EUI.

Scholars are invited to send applications to jointly direct a workshop by 1 March 2011.

For details, please see www.eui.eu

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Which Europe of Culture Twenty Years After the Maastricht Treaty

La rencontre de Maastricht
Maastricht, The Netherlands, 22-25 March 2012

Les Rencontres, the association of European cities and regions for culture, will celebrate together with Maastricht, the Province of Limburg in the Netherlands and the Euroregion Meuse-Rhine, the 20th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, which for the first time introduced a legal basis for culture at the European level. At this occasion, La Rencontre de Maastricht: Which Europe of Culture Twenty Years after the Maastricht Treaty? will be organized in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 22-25 March 2012.

During this meeting the stakes and challenges regarding the European construction in the field of culture, especially in these times of crisis, will be explored. The issues of the next Culture Programme (2014-2020) and work on concrete and precise proposals for the future of this programme after 2020 will be discussed, as well as the changes in art practices (the issues of Interdisciplinary Arts). The stakes of cultural redevelopment and urban rehabilitation throughout Europe will be also explored.

The annual Committee meeting of the Les Rencontres network will be held in order to approve the 2011 moral and financial reports of the association, the programme and budget for 2012 and the perspectives for 2012.

For more information please contact: Roxelane Oliyar-Komilkiw, tel.:+33 (0)1 56 54 26 35; e-mail: roxelane.oliyarkomilkiw@lesrencontres.euwww.lesrencontres.eu

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Culture in Touch with Social Borders: Source of New Creative Paradigms

La rencontre de Maribor
Maribor, Slovenia, 12-15 April 2012

Les Rencontres, the association of European cities and regions for culture, organizes, in partnership with the City of Maribor and the Maribor 2012 Public Institute, La Rencontre de Maribor, a thematic meeting that will explore culture in touch with social borders as source of new creative paradigms. The meeting, aimed cultural officials and actors as well as artists, and organized every year in the European Capital of Culture, will be held from 12-15 April 2012, within the framework of Maribor 2012 - European Capital of Culture.

This conference will explore the topic of culture in touch with social borders in the context of the welcoming city, and also in the Slovenian framework and the wider Balkan region. It will discuss the development of cities and urban planning in relation to cultural development. In Maribor, the development of links among the population through an artistic creation venue, a place for meeting, exchange, mobility and creation, will be discussed. This current theme, linked to Southeastern Europe and strongly anchored in the Maribor 2012 programme, will be explored from three essential sides:

  • Session 1: The artistic creation venue serving participatory and socially aware urban planning - Think about the city construction and urban planning through the promotion of the cultural sector in opposition to the commercial sector. Which intellectual and social benefits will result in the long-term for the public?
  • Session 2: Territorial mobility of artists: between confrontation and inspiration of cultures serving the European cultural identity - Allow artists' mobility in order to promote the meeting of different nations and cultures, a source of inspiration and artistic creation. What consequences may new forms of artistic creation have?
  • Session 3: Marginal artistic creation and public support: danger of institutionalization - The artistic avant-garde claims to be at the opposite of artistic canons, indifferent towards the public, and on the fringe of artistic activity. Does a new mode of public support need to be defined for the durability of artistic creation?

Please send your proposals (summary from 100 to 300 words) to: nicolas.lepotier@lesrencontres.eu / jenna.couffin@lesrencontres.eu before 15 March 2012.

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Transcending Boundaries - Building Bridges

European Forum on Music 2012
Istanbul, Turkey, on 19 - 22 April 2012

The second edition of the European Forum on Music, entitled Transcending Boundaries - Building Bridges, will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 19 - 22 April 2012. Through workshops, plenary discussions and presentations, participants will explore the physical obstacles hindering musical exchange in Europe, and discuss the role which music can play in overcoming borders, be it geographical, cultural or generational. The Forum will be an opportunity not only for dialogue and networking, but a chance for participants to be inspired by each other and by the vibrant city of Istanbul, with its diverse musical traditions.

For registration and more information, please visit www.emc-imc.org/events-conferences/european-forum-on-music/registration-efm-istanbul/

Contact: European Music Council, Weberstr. 59a, Haus der Kultur, D-53113 Bonn, Germany; tel.:+49 228 966996-67; fax: +49 228 966996-65; www.emc-imc.org

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Rethink Music 2012 Conference

Boston, USA, 23-24 April 2012

The Berklee College of Music and MIDEM are organising the 2012 edition of the Rethink Music conference, to take place in Boston, USA, on 23-24 April 2012. Produced in association with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the event is designed to bring music stakeholders together to discuss business models for the future, examine copyright challenges in the digital era, and analyze technological innovation in music and its distribution.

Rethink Music 2012 will offer its participants a broadened focus on media convergence, brands, and technology. New specific track sessions will address innovation, devices and mobility, direct-to-fan business, engagement, and discovering audiences and artists. The conference will be preceded by the Rethink Music Impact weekend, a series of musical events, a developer's conference, and the Music Deconstruction Experience, occurring throughout the weekend of 21-22 April around Boston.

For more information about the programme and registration, please visit rethink-music.com

Contact: Mike Williams, Director of Press and Public Relations, Reed MIDEM; tel.: +33 (0) 1 41 90 49 33; e-mail: mike.williams@reedmidem.com, or
Allen Bush, Director of Media Relations, Berklee College of Music; tel.: +1-617-747-2658, +1-617-529-7303; e-mail: abush@berklee.edu

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International University Festival for Cultural Heritage and Folk Arts

Agadir, Morocco, 25–28 April 2012
Call for Proposals

University Ibn Zohr, in Agadir, Morocco, will organize the 2nd edition of The International University Festival for Cultural Heritage and Folk Arts, from 25–28 April 2012, aiming to bring together youth and student groups worldwide, to contribute to the promotion of the values of tolerance and peace among youth. The Festival will include seminars relevant to the objectives of the festival (cultural diversity in the era of globalization, youth and tolerance, cultural tourism and mutual comprehension, youth and human rights), audio-visual presentations on universal cultural heritage, and artistic presentations (folk music, folk dance, traditional costumes, beliefs, festivities, traditions).

The deadline of proposal submissions is 28 February 2012.

Contact: Abdelwahed Oumlil, Festival Director; e-mail: oumlil@univ-ibnzohr.ac.ma; www.festival-patrimoine.com

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Global Seminar on Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy

Salzburg, Austria, 28 April - 2 May 2012

A global seminar on Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy: New Models for the 21st Century will take place in Salzburg, Austria, on 28 April to 2 May 2012. The purpose of this session is to conduct an information exchange by bringing together policy experts, artists, cultural leaders, representatives of cultural institutions and foundations, corporate leaders, and others committed to international cultural engagement, to explore the evolving purposes, forms, and tools of cultural diplomacy in the 21st century.

At the beginning of the 21st century, cultural diplomacy is encountering new challenges as policymakers, artists, and cultural leaders adapt to a rapidly changing global environment. This change is being driven by multiple factors, including the emergence of a multi-polar world, the growing influence of rapidly developing nations in Asia, South America, and the Gulf, increasing urbanization, rising educational levels, and accelerated scientific and business innovation. At the same time, the arts are experiencing seismic shifts emanating from more pluralistic and inclusive definitions of culture, a greater acceptance of arts activity at all levels, and increased participation in the arts through broadcast, digital, and social media. Thus, the landscape for cultural diplomacy has changed dramatically and, consequently, the priorities and methods of cultural diplomacy need to change with the times and align more fully with new modes of cultural and political engagement.

Plenary sessions and working groups will focus on themes such as new pathways for government-sponsored cultural diplomacy, cultural organizations on the frontlines of arts exchange, new roles for NGOs and the private sector, and cultural diplomacy and exchange in the digital age. The convening is intended to foster a fresh exchange of ideas and to develop new rationales and approaches for cultural engagement at a pivotal moment in the evolution of cultural diplomacy.

For more information, please visit www.salzburgglobal.org/oApp/JSCheck.cfm

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Making Culture Count: Rethinking Measures of Cultural Vitality, Wellbeing and Citizenship

Melbourne, Australia, 3-4 May 2012

In recent years, culture and cultural development have become internationally recognised as important dimensions of contemporary governance and public policy. As in other policy areas (economic, social, environmental), the production of accurate and relevant data has become central to cultural policy and how the cultural lives of citizens are understood. Conceptual and practical developments in measurement tools, such as new forms of cultural indicators, have the potential to enrich our understanding of culture's role in wellbeing, vitality and citizenship. From UNESCO's benchmarks for cultural freedom, through comparative measures of the states' cultural provision and creative cities indices, to indicators for community arts evaluation, diverse approaches to quantifying cultural value and measuring societal progress now exist. But how useful are all these measures? Are they helping us to keep track of what matters? What opportunities exist to contest, refine or democratise these systems of cultural measurement?

This international conference will bring together diverse perspectives from international guest speakers and leading local practitioners to explore the burgeoning field of cultural and community indicators. Participants will engage in a critical dialogue on various approaches to monitoring, evaluating, planning, advocating, predicting, and simply understanding, cultural and social change. Presentations will cover a range of theoretical and practical approaches to quantifying cultural values often considered intangible, including vitality, wellbeing, citizenship, and sustainability.

For more information please contact Kim Dunphy, Cultural Development Network at kim.dunphy@culturaldevelopment.net.au or see www.culturaldevelopment.net.au

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Media and Media Practices in Minority and Competitive Contexts: From Local to Global

Call for Proposals
Edmonton, Canada, 11-12 May 2012

The University of Alberta is organizing a conference on Media and Media Practices in Minority and Competitive Contexts: From Local to Global, to be held on 11-12 May 2012. Few studies have been conducted on the topic of media in minority context, however, in today's plurilingual and multicultural societies, their role in the functioning of democracy and in the construction of minorities' cultural identities is crucial. These media are both channels of communication and gathering places or common areas for communities. By connecting individuals who share the same language, these media reinforce solidarity within minority groups as well as their cultural identity, both at the local and global levels. In order to maintain their existence, minority media must also position themselves vis-à-vis the media of the majority to which their audiences also have access.

Conceived as a space for exchange between practitioners and researchers in social sciences, humanities and modern languages, this colloquium seeks to reflect on the role of media in minority contexts from various perspectives and with a comparative angle.

The selection committee invites media professionals to participate and submit proposals on any question related to the issue of media in minority contexts, particularly cultural representations (identity, art, translation), democracy (multiculturalism, ethics, media status), networks (national, transnational), professional practice (journalism, technology), language policy and language use. Submissions of proposals dealing with different media: television, radio, specialized and general press, posters, Internet, etc. are encouraged. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 September 2011.

For more information, please contact minority.media.conf@gmail.com or see confmedia.jimdo.com

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On the Situation and Perspectives for the European Studies

Call for Papers
Barcelona, Spain, 11-12 May 2012

In line with ESCA's foundational purpose to reflect on the present and future of the European Studies from the different perspectives the associations can provide, ECSA World is organising a workshop to which representatives from the different associations (both from EU-Member states and from third countries) are invited for presenting the actual situation of European Studies and to develop through a common debate perspectives for the future. European Studies shall be approached not only from a variety of geographical perspectives, but also through a diversity of scientific approaches (Law, Economics, History, Political Sciences, and Cultural Studies). Emphasis will also be given to such major topics as the challenge of a balance between dialogue and independency; the various developments in European Studies research; and the future of young European Studies' scholars. The Workshop shall open a long-term dialogue that will be accessible on the ECSA World website, encouraging ECSA members to participate in it.

Papers for the Workshop can be presented in relation to any aspect of the European integration studies. Abstracts must be sent as Word document attachment to Dr. Enrique Banús, President of the European Community Studies Association, at ebanus@uic.es no later than 30 April 2012. For the final publication, the complete text must be sent prior to 31 August 2012. Deadline for registration is 3 May 2012.

A list of ESCA Members can be consulted at: www.uic.es/en/ecsa-members.

For more information, please contact Dr. Enrique Banús, President of the European Community Studies Association, at ebanus@uic.es;.

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Networked Regions and Cities in Times of Fragmentation: Developing Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Places

Regional Studies Association European Conference
Delft, The Netherlands, 13-16 May 2012

The conference Networked Regions and Cities in Times of Fragmentation: Developing Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Places, to be held in Delft, the Netherlands, on 13-16 May 2012, will look at the increased interdependency of cities, in environmental, social and economic terms, and the patterns of interaction between them. It will examine the implications of this for regional governance, as well as the potential it offers for the development of regional clusters and networks. Such networked cities and regions face challenges of coordination and blurred boundaries of competence, with consequences for transparency, accountability and legitimacy of decision-making.

For more information please contact: RSA Organiser, Elizabeth Mitchell, e-mail: elizabeth.mitchell@regionalstudies.org, www.regional-studies-assoc.ac.uk/events/2012/May-Delft

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International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas

New Social and Economic Paradigm
Montreal, Canada, 14-20 May 2012

Degrowth is a new social and economic paradigm that challenges the growth–driven economic model on which existing policies are based. To build on the emergent international discussion on degrowth, the Montreal International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas, to be held in Montreal, Canada, on 14-20 May 2012, will articulate the needs and aspirations of the Americas for a post-growth, more equitable and better world. Drawing from previous degrowth conferences in Paris and Barcelona, the Montreal conference, a co-operative effort of four Montreal Universities, will focus on the particular situations and dynamics of the Americas.

What does degrowth mean for the Americas with its rich geographical, cultural, social and economic diversity? How can degrowth models apply to different contexts from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego? What does degrowth mean for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their aspirations for their lands and peoples?

This gathering will bring together academics, activists, environmentalists and indigenous peoples to discuss needs and hopes for diverse and more equitable societies in the Americas, on a post-growth healing world. It will also include a degrowth fair, with exhibits, art/video/cultural events, opportunities for international participants to exchange beyond that possible in most formal academic conferences. Every effort is being made to reduce the ecological footprint of the event and to maximize its benefits in relation to the ecological and carbon impacts of traditional travel and research activities.

The Montreal Degrowth Conference invites papers, posters, workshops, proposals for arts, and interactive activities to address and experience degrowth in its diverse manifestations. Submission deadlines for:

  • artistic proposals - 1 December 2011,
  • symposia, workshops, roundtables and special sessions and paper presentations - 31 December 2011, and
  • posters and abstracts for individual symposia, workshop and roundtable presentations - 28 February 2012.

For further information, please visit: montreal.degrowth.org

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Europa Nostra 2012 European Heritage Congress

Lisbon, Portugal, 30 May - 2 June 2012

The Europa Nostra 2012 European Heritage Congress will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 30 May - 2 June 2012. This event is jointly organised by Europa Nostra and its Portuguese member organisation Centro Nacional de Cultura. The public highlight of the Congress - the European Heritage Awards Ceremony - will be held on 1 June at the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Jerónimos Monastery, in the presence of H.E. Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Republic of Portugal. Europa Nostra's President, Maestro Plácido Domingo and the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, will jointly present the 2012 Awards to the laureates.

On the morning of 1 June an important Forum on Saving Europe's Endangered Heritage will be organised at the premises of the prestigious Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a main partner of the Congress.

The congress is open to anybody who is a member of Europa Nostra, or is willing to become one. The General Assembly will take place on 2 June in the historic setting of the Mafra Palace and Monastery, located north of Lisbon.

For further details please see www.europanostra.org/lisbon, or contact Membership Coordinator, Barbara Zander, by e-mailing bz@europanostra.org or by phoning +31 70 302 40 54.

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4th Annual European Forum of the Platform for Intercultural Europe

Brussels, Belgium, 5-6 June 2012

The 4th Annual European Forum of the Platform for Intercultural Europe entitled 'Participation and Citizenship: Can Cultural Institutions in Europe lead the way? Should they?' will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 5-6 June 2012. The Forum will explore cultural participation as an element of active citizenship and ask what role cultural institutions play. If cultural democracy requires a full polyphonic representation of social and ethnic diversity, are public cultural institutions the needed spaces for encounter and interaction? Do public policies help cultural institutions launch significant intercultural processes, outreach and organisational re-invention?

Some programme headlines:

  • Meeting and Creating Audience Expectations in an Age of Super-Diversity
  • Engaging with Citizens: Good Practice in the Museum World
  • Responding To Immediate Diversity Challenges: Can Culture Help?
  • Cultural Diversity In Cultural Institutions: Researching And Benchmarking Commitments

This Forum will bring together academics, cultural practitioners and NGO activists who work for interculturalism. It takes place in the context of the Platform for Intercultural Europe's involvement in the Structured Dialogue between the EU with Civil Society. The Forum will be followed by the General Assembly of Members.

For more information please contact: Platform for Intercultural Europe, 10, rue de la Science, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium; tel. +32-(0)2 534 40 02; e-mail: dialogue@intercultural-europe.org; www.intercultural-europe.org

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Next Step – Putting Culture on the Agenda for the Future of Europe

Herning, Denmark, 7-8 June 2012

An International Culture Conference under the Danish EU Presidency entitled Next Step – Putting Culture on the Agenda for the Future of Europe will take place at HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark, from 7-8 June 2012. The conference will debate the decisions to be made in regard to the EU 2014-2020 policies and budget, and the impact of these decisions on the cultural landscape of Europe in the future. The conference will highlight the cultural diversity of Europe and debate the cultural perspectives of the European project in the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the European Union 2014-2020, for which decisions will be taken in 2012.

Next step is a conference dealing with the relationship between national cultural policies and the future cultural policy of the European Union. The conference offers a nuanced and informed debate with a focus on possibilities, perspectives and challenges for culture in the next EU budget, especially within the next EU Culture Programme Creative Europe and the next generation of EU's Cohesion Policy and structural funds.

The conference will also target the links between the European Commission's proposals for funding and programmes in the field of culture for 2014-2020 and the Commission's suggestions as to how parties within the UNESCO Convention on diversity can meet the Convention's objectives.

The conference is organized by DSI Swinging Europe and the Danish Center for Arts & Interculture under the Danish EU Presidency. In 2012, the Council of Ministers and Members of the European Parliament will decide on the EU budget and the programmes for the years 2014-2020. This conference will gather a broad range of national and European policy- and decision-makers from Scandinavia and other EU Member States for in-depth debates on this urgent topic.

To ensure a high-level and qualitative debate, a good mix of European policy- and decision-makers, representatives from EU institutions, and NGO's from various backgrounds and opinions will be invited to participate. Both participants and presenters will reflect the different views and opinions on the Commission proposals in the field of culture from 2014-2020, which have become evident in the public debate over the last months. The debate will put great emphasis on education, diversity and democracy as well as on how arts and culture can help deliver the strategy objectives in the EU 2020 agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

As a concrete outcome, the conference will formulate a series of reflections or recommendations about the cultural role of the EU and its complementarity with national and regional cultural policies for 2014-2020. The conference also aims to establish an international working group on the conference results. A number of focus points have been established for the conference in close dialogue with its regional partners, which reflect the intentions behind the EU cultural policy initiatives for 2014-2020 (as debated at the European Culture Forum in October 2011). The focus points are as follows:

1. To discuss the European Commissions proposals for funding and programmes in the field of culture for 2014-2020 in the light of the UNESCO Convention on diversity - reflecting on the EU countries' national and regional level responsibilities to these questions.

2. To discuss the need for EU-related tools and arguments for and against increased public funding of culture. Cultural actors, decision makers, politicians and civil servants can make use the arguments formulated in the discussion.

3.To establish an international working group of maximum 6 persons, that will work with the conference outputs, knowledge and networks and connect the concrete recommendations and considerations on cultural policy to the further process of implementing the UNESCO Convention.

For further information please contact Niels Righolt at niels.righolt@dcai.dk

For more information about the conference and the programme please visit www.nextstepeu.com/

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A Commonality That Cannot Speak: Europe in Translation

Vienna, Austria, 8-9 June 2012

The international conference A Commonality That Cannot Speak: Europe in Translation organised by the eipcp in the framework the project Europe as a Translational Space: The Politics of Heterolinguality, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 8-9 June 2012.

What is at the core of the European crisis today? The trouble with the Euro, as the ruling elites want us to believe? Wrong! The crisis is not about the common currency, but about the current commonality. Europe not only lacks a common language to collectively respond to the crisis, or a common public space to mobilize joint democratic action against its disastrous social consequences. It fails, above all, to address the very commonality of today's capitalist crisis that now returns to Europe after having long been displaced to other parts of the world, outsourced to those "others" who were not, and still are not, supposed to enter a truly shared sphere of commonality. Hence, when today, caught in crisis, the European modes of speaking and decision-making fall apart into a cacophony of national languages and a chaos of parallel political realities, they simultaneously keep silencing the very commonality of the question of commonality.

It has been claimed that translation can offer a solution to the enigma of linguistic and political commonalities. But what kind of translation? Certainly not the one that simply serves the communication between allegedly homolingual communities and thus reproduces the already existing regimes and imaginaries. So how can we think of another kind of translation, one that addresses a non-aggregate community of foreigners, migrants of all sorts, but also all those who are becoming increasingly foreign to their own "native" languages, cultures, societies and political institutions: a translation that evokes a new mode of sociality still in search of its political actualization?

For more information, please contact: eipcp - european institute for progressive cultural policies, gumpendorfer strasse 63b, 1060 Vienna / harruckerstrasse 7, 4040 Linz, Austria; e-mail: contact@eipcp.net; heterolingual.eipcp.net/conference

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MOV-S 2012 - International Space for Dance and Movement Arts

Cádiz, Spain, 14 – 17 June 2012

MOV-S 2012 is a collaborative process about new ways of working in dance in the Latin-American contexts. It will culminate with an Ibero-American meeting for professionals, groups and organizations devoted to dance, motion arts and contemporary creativity. The MOV-S 2012 meeting will take place in Cadiz, Spain, on14 – 17 June 2012, and will coincide with the celebration of the 1812 Spanish Constitution signed in Cadiz as well as the celebration of the city as Ibero-American Capital of Culture. It will be organized by Mercat de les Flors and the Cadiz City Council.

The fourth edition of MOV-S aims to open a space to share thoughts and experiences about the modes of operation in dance, motion arts and contemporary creation in Ibero-America. Furthermore, it aims to generate a preliminary discussion, that is, a prior development of thoughts and reflections, to reach agreement on specific topics to be discussed within the community. The meeting will be a horizontal space for discussion among dance sector professionals: artists, scholars, cultural managers, curators and producers. In addition, several performances and/or ongoing art projects will take place in some theatres and public spaces of the city. Special attention will be paid to new trends in flamenco and Ibero-American collaborative projects. This artistic programme will be presented under the umbrella of the influential festival Cádiz en Danza.

The main objective of the debate in MOV-S is to offer a space for exchanging ideas, reflections and thoughts about ways of working in dance in Ibero-American contexts, reflecting together on the responsibilities, rights and actions to be undertaken in the contexts of developing collaborative strategies with Ibero-America. As for the artistic programme, the MOV-S offers an area of visibility among Latin American artists and attendees, with the aim of promoting mutual understanding and possible future collaborations.

For further information, please visit www.mov-s.org or contact Silvia Gonzales, Communication Manager, e-mail: comunicacion@mov-s.org

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International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP)

Call for Papers
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 20-23 June 2012

The 13th Conference of the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP) will be held in Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, on 20-23 June 2012. The event will be held in cooperation with Mercator, the European Research Center on Multilingualism and Language Learning, which is part of the Fryske Akademy.

This conference will bring together scholars from different disciplines who explore language and communication in their social contexts, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The focus is mainly on aspects such as identities, perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, values, motivations, norms, behaviour, policies in individual and intergroup contexts. Topics covered in the conference will include language and health communication; language learning; bilingualism/ multilingualism; language and discrimination, interpersonal, intercultural, interethnic and intergroup communication; nonverbal communication; miscommunication and communication failure; discourse analysis; language and ageing; language and mass media; language and humour; language and gender; language and authority; language and tourism; language and technology; language and security; endangered, regional and minority languages; language planning; etc.

Papers and symposia are invited for submission on these and related topics by 14 February 2012.

More information about registration and keynote speakers is available at www.mercator-research.eu and www.ialsp.org

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2nd Annual International Conference on Transforming Conflict: Sharing Tools for Cross-Cultural Communication

Call for Proposals
Amman, Jordan, 20-23 June 2012

At a time of rising turmoil and polarization - a time that calls for new thinking, new vision, new understanding, and new ways of relating in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, Common Bond Institute is organising 2nd Annual International Conference on Transforming Conflict: Sharing Tools for Cross-Cultural Communication, to be held in Amman, Jordan, on 20-23 June 2012.

In response to an unprecedented transformation in the Middle East, bringing together best practices and successful skill models for compassionate, cooperative, and peaceful relationships within and between communities, Common Bond Institute and International Humanistic Psychology Association is launching a call for proposals for this multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural conference empowering the individual in society with mutually beneficial and collaborative skills in dialogue, interpersonal communication, teamwork, leadership, decision making, negotiation, problem solving, mediation, conflict resolution, and sustainable reconciliation.

The 4-day conference focuses on engaged dialogue and deliberation by all participants, with prepared presentations (workshops, topical panels, and keynotes) providing specific learning and stimulus for processing in facilitated dialogue and action planning groups.

The conference is endorsed by King Abdullah II, and over 100 organizations and universities internationally. Registration is open to all interested. For full details, please visit: cbiworld.org/Pages/Conferences_TC.htm

For more information on registrations, proposal forms and programs, please contact: Common Bond Institute, Steve Olweean, Conference Co-coordinator, 12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan 49034 USA; tel./fax: 269-665-939; e-mail: SOlweean@aol.com

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17th International Conference of ACEI

Kyoto, Japan, 21-24 June 2012

The Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) organizes its 17th International Conference that will take place 21-24 June 2012 in Kyoto, Japan. Scholars, business practitioners, consultants and policy-makers with an interest in the economics of culture and the creative industries are encouraged to attend the conference, which will hold theme-related special sessions, on topics such as 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, and Internet economics and culture.

More information available at www.culturaleconomics.org/conference/index.html

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Rethinking Urban Inclusion: Spaces, Mobilisations, Interventions

Coimbra, Portugal, 28-30 June 2012

With almost half the world's population living in cities, questioning the urban dimension of social inclusion and exclusion is imperative. Urban inclusion is increasingly influenced - and often constrained - by intertwined processes of economic globalization, state re-articulation, polarization and diversification of (local) populations and the political practices they add to the city. Educational, health and environmental inequalities, segregation, unemployment, lack of political participation, discrimination and the inability to deal with different forms of participation are all phenomena of exclusion with a local dimension but a multi-scalar nature. At the same time, acting towards social inclusion is developed around ideas, knowledge(s), experiences, resources and capacities which are (dis)located across an array of arenas and distributed among different actors. While traditional concepts and practices of urban inclusion centred on institutions and top-down decision-making seem inadequate to tackle this complexity, new ones are often in their infancy and may be in tension with more established policies. Contesting the centrality of the state and market pervasiveness, a new variety of counter-hegemonic positions and projects, and alternative visions of urban democracy and justice that inform bottom-up and participatory approaches to urban inclusion, have become popular in the Global South, while their transposition to cities in the Global North have met with resistance or hardly gone beyond theorization.

The Conference aims to understand and ultimately rethink social inclusion at the urban scale, as the product of broader dynamics and the interaction of different actors and languages. How can we trace, define, and challenge the new subtle forms of social and territorial exclusion, trying to reinvent urban inclusion as a meeting space between local governance efforts and bottom-up initiatives? Is it possible to think a novel approach to understanding these changing cities, using as a 'lever' images of 'the power of powerlessness' and the struggles against/within established systems?

Within this perspective, the conference welcomes contributions balancing description, explanation, and prescription, with the aim to contribute to an 'ecology of knowledge' which could give visibility to new forms of collective action and community experimentation in reshaping cities in different contexts, in order to set the preconditions for a more solid horizon of social and territorial justice at both urban and extra-urban scales.

For more information, please contact Dr. Nancy Duxbury, Co-coordinator, Cities, Culture, and Architecture research group, Centre for Social Studies, State Associate Laboratory, University of Coimbra, Portugal; e-mail: duxbury@ces.uc.pt; www.ces.uc.pt/eventos/citiesareus/pages/pt/call-for-papers.php

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Arte-Polis 4 – Creative Connectivity and the Making of Place

Call for Papers
Bandung, Indonesia, 5-7 July 2012

Building on the successes of previous Arte-Polis international conferences and design workshops, the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) is inviting papers to Arte-Polis 4 on the topic of Creative Connectivity and the Making of Place: Living Smart by Design, to be held in Bandung, Indonesia, on 5-7 July 2012. This biennial event is an initiative of the Architecture Program at ITB's School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, in collaboration with other creative institutions. The aim of Arte-Polis 4 is to bring together practitioners, academics, community leaders, government officials, policy-makers, artists and other creative professionals from diverse disciplines and regions around the world, concerned with the quality of life and connected 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 connectivity on place-making.

The peer-reviewed conference will critically address the theme Creative Connectivity and the Making of Place: Living Smart by Design, through a number of diverse topics, such as:

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

Submission deadline is 20 February 2012.

For further information, please contact: Dr.Eng. Arif Sarwo Wibowo, Conference Convenor, School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Lab.Tek. IXB, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132, Indonesia; tel.: (+62-22) 250-4962; fax: (+62-22) 253-0705, e-mail: artepolis@ar.itb.ac.id, artepolis_itb@yahoo.com; www.arte-polis.info

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Soundtracks: Music, Tourism and Travel

Call for Papers
Liverpool, United Kingdom, 6-9 July 2012

In its 6th international research conference, to be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom, on 6-9 July 2012, the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change seeks to explore the relationships between tourism, tourists and all forms/genres and sub-genres of music including: popular, classical, folk, dance, rock, jazz and hip-hop, across all cultures and continents.

In the context of new and old global mobilities, the organizers are interested in musical pilgrimage, the material and social flows of travellers and musicians, the cultural and economic policies that promote music tourism, festivals and performances for tourists, ethnographies of touristic encounters with music, the place of music in the representation of tourism destinations and, the role of music in the construction of tourist discourses, narratives and memories.

As in previous events, the conference aims to provide critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and epistemologies, thus welcoming papers from the widest range of disciplines and fields including: anthropology, cultural geography, cultural studies, ethnology and folklore, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, museum studies, musicology and ethnomusicology, philosophy, political sciences, sociology, subaltern studies, tourism studies and urban/spatial planning. Innovative perspectives on all aspects of music and tourism are welcome. Key themes of interest to the conference include:

  • Musical memory – the role of music in narratives of touristic experience;
  • Fans, pilgrimage and performances – motivations, behaviours and meanings;
  • The tourist's involvement in preserving and creating musical traditions;
  • Managing tourists at musical sites;
  • Musical imaginaries - representing places, peoples and pasts in music;
  • Dance tourism and embodied practices;
  • Designing ambience – mobilising music in touristic spaces;
  • Music festivals as opportunities for tourist encounters;
  • Inspirations - travelling musicians;
  • Music as intangible heritage – touring through traditions; and
  • Challenging musical traditions – tourist 'noise'.

Please submit a 300 word abstract including title and full contact details as an electronic file to ctcc@leedsmet.ac.uk. Submission deadline is21 November 2011.

Contact: CTCC, Leeds Metropolitan University, Bronte Building, Headingley Campus, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom; tel.: +44 (0) 113 812 8541; fax +44 (0) 113 812 8544; e-mail: ctcc@leedsmet.ac.uk; www.tourism-culture.com/news_2.html

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7th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR)

Barcelona, Spain, 9-12 July 2012

The 7th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR) will be held in Barcelona from 9-12 July 2012. Organized by the Center for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS), University of Barcelona, in collaboration with the International Journal of Cultural Policy, ICCPR 2012 is intended to address the challenge of rethinking cultural policy analysis from the broader parameters of the relationship between culture and politics. The relationship between culture, politics, and cultural politics will thus be addressed in its entirety.

For complete conference details, please visit www.iccpr2012.org/index.php?lang=en

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La Rencontre d'Avignon - European Capitals of Culture: Before and After 2020

Avignon, France, 19-21 July 2012

The next thematic meeting of Les Rencontres, the Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture, will be held in Avignon, France, from 19-21 July 2012. The meeting will deal with the current issues and the future of the European Capitals of Culture (ECoC).

On 20 July 2012, former and future ECoC as well as candidate cities to the title, will be gathered at the University of Avignon in order to assess the communautary programme, its future and its stakes. The aim is to elaborate concrete suggestions on the future of this programme which will be sent to the European institutions. The spirit of the forum is that each participant, beyond its own experience, gives her/his analysis and point of view. On 21 July, two work sessions will be organised: the first plenary session of the Commission Performing Arts of Les Rencontres network will aim to define a support plan to mobility of artists and works of art in Europe, a working group will be gathered to tackle the stakes related to the regions and Euroregions in the cultural field in Europe, and ECoC cities will have the possibility to work together in order to exchange ideas and experiences.

This forum will take place in Avignon, European Capital of Culture in 2000. The participants will have the opportunity to discover the rich programme of the 66th Festival d'Avignon and the historical, architectural and artistic heritage of the city, notably the Museum of the Petit Palais, the Collection Lambert en Avignon and the Maison Jean Vilar.

For more information please contact:

For more information please visit www.lesrencontres.eu

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Bamako Symposium 2012

Bamako, Mali, 25 July – 5 August 2012

The Bamako Symposium, to be held in Bamako, Mali on 25 July – 5 August 2012, will bring together artists, theorists and cultural entrepreneurs from around the world to interact and exchange dialogues on the useful and non-useful impacts of media arts on the global marketplace of ideas. The symposium series reckons that a major issue in Africa's development is sustainability. Thus, the symposium asks: How are the media arts worldwide feeding civilizations? What are the implications for tapping the abundant local resources in Mali in the 21st century?

The 12-day event is organized as a collaboration between the Balani's Association of Bamako and Nka Foundation, Ghana.

To apply, please e-mail an abstract of your paper or presentation in English or French with a brief biography of the presenter to Kadiatou Dembele at dembele_kadi2000@yahoo.fr, with copy to balanise@ yahoo.fr and info@nkafoundation.org.

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Globalising the Local, Localising the Global: Globalisation, the Media, and Popular Culture in Africa

Call for Papers
Lagos, Nigeria, 23-25 August 2012

This conference seeks to appraise the place and impact of globalisation on African media practice(s) and popular culture and how these have also participated in globalisation as a dialectical process for the construction of identity and re-invention of nationhood in Africa. In particular, the conference is interested in ways in which globalisation has engaged African media and popular culture as mediated processes through new media technologies and how they have in turn engaged globalisation. But the conference is also concerned with problematising the issues involved in the discourse on globalisation and its antinomies in relation to African media and popular culture. For instance, is globalisation an innocent, neutral phenomenon? Has globalisation fostered the dialogue or the clash of civilisations and cultures? Is it necessary for the enrichment of African media and popular culture? What has Africa brought to the marketplace of ideas and culture which is globalisation? How best can globalisation be mined by the media and popular cultural expressions on the continent? Indeed, is there one Africa or one unitary African culture or a multiplicity of Africas and cultures?

This complex of issues will constitute the fulcrum of discussions during the conference. Submission of abstracts in 250-300 words is invited by 25 April 2012.

For more information please contact: Vivian Adeoti at vadeoti@smc.edu.ng and Tope Akintola at takintola@smc.edu.ng; www.smc.edu.ng

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3rd Pan-African Cultural Congress

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28-30 August 2012

The 3rd Pan-African Cultural Congress is being organized under the theme Culture, Societies and Sustainable Development: Culture as a Revitalizing Tool for Development in Our Communities. The Congress will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28-30 August 2012 It is intended to offer an opportunity for cultural experts and practitioners to make a strong input on how culture can compliment government efforts in achieving growth and development on the continent. The purpose of the PACC3 is to build upon the thematic areas discussed in the two previous editions (PACC 1, Addis Ababa 2006 and PACC2, Addis Ababa 2009) respectively on the themes "Culture, Integration and African Renaissance" and "Inventory Protection and Promotion of African Cultural Goods".

The specific objectives of the PACC 3 will be the following:

  • sensitize social, political, economic actors including decision makers on the importance of culture for the sustainable development of the continent;
  • strengthen the cross cutting nature of culture so that it is made part of the policies of all other sectors;
  • promote the preservation of positive cultural values while combating harmful ones;
  • gather inputs and best practices for the formulation and implementation of cultural policies and programmes in Africa;
  • discuss the role of cultural statistics in the formulation of evidence based cultural policies;
  • advocate for the potential of culture to be used as a tool for development;
  • popularize the Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries as a tool for the creative economy and sustainable development;
  • facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences among cultural professionals, decision/policy makers and cultural promoters;
  • maintain and uplift the African consciousness and cultivate the spirit of Pan-Africanism among the young creators and cultural promoters;
  • organize a thematic exhibition on African shared values and the spirit of Pan-Africanism.

The general theme of the Congress will be discussed in more focused sub-themes which are: i) cultural policies; ii) promoting positive cultural values while combating harmful traditional practices; iii) African culture as a vehicle for development; iv) creative economy and sustainable development; v) cultural statistics: the missing link, and vi) culture as the fourth pillar for sustainable development.

Contact: African Union Commission (AUC), Department of Social Affairs, Dr. Olawale Maiyegun, Director for Social Affairs, e-mail: MaiyegunO@Africa-Union.org and Ms. Angela Martins, Senior Cultural Officer, e-mail: MartinsA@Africa-Union.org

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Partnership Forum

Application Round for the 1st Tandem/Shaml Cultural Managers Exchange Programme 2012-2013 for the Europe-Arab Region
Tunis, Tunisia, 29 August - 2 September 2012

Are you looking for new project partners in the Arab region? "Tandem" was initiated by the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and MitOst (Berlin) in cooperation with Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Culture Resource) (Cairo), supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Stuttgart), DOEN Foundation (Amsterdam) and Mimeta (Norway) to make it possible for cultural institutions from Europe to get a profound insight into the cultural scenes of Egypt, Tunisia and Syria. You can apply to become part of the Tandem cultural network and build long-term cooperation with a partner organisation from the Arab region during a one-year collaborative project. Apply to meet other cultural organisations who would like to develop new projects with European cultural organisations at the Partnership Forum in Tunis from 29 August - 2 September 2012.

The deadline for applications is 15 July 2012. After the Partnership Forum a second application round will take place, where, if you have found a cultural organisation you would like to develop a year-long collaborative project with, you can apply to be selected for the Tandem / Shaml programme. An overview of the Arab participants attending the Partnership Forum in Tunisia is available at tiny.cc/ktevgw.

More information and application form at www.mitost.org/kulturaustausch/programme-und-projekte/kooperationsprojekte/tandem-arab.html or www.tandemexchange.eu

Contact: Henrieke Moll, Projektasssistentin Tandem, MitOst e.V., Referat Kulturaustausch, Alt-Moabit 90, 10559 Berlin, Germany; tel. +49 (0)30 31517488; fax +49 (0)30 31517471; www.tandemexchange.eu, www.mitost.org

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Promises: Crisis and Socio-Cultural Change

CRESC Annual Conference
Manchester, UK, 5-7 September 2012

In the midst of the global financial crisis and radical transformations in states, institutions, environments and social relations, it is vital to explore the role promises play in effecting socio-cultural change. The word ‘promises' is used to encapsulate the range of plans, policies, projects, dreams and visions that both open and close the possibility of different kinds of socio-cultural futures (and pasts). Asking ‘What promises are contained in the current moment of crisis?' and ‘What social futures should we plan for or anticipate?', the 2012 CRESC conference will explore how promises are made to work and fail in the following contexts and fields:

  • Capitalism: in the midst of rolling crisis, what are the (broken) promises of financialized and globalized capitalism? What rewards do consumption and investment now promise?
  • Democracy: what projections can we make for future democracies, for forms of civic representation and participation? What futures are anticipated in the political reforms of crisis and in the actions of elites?
  • Expertise: what are the prospects of the knowledge fields of politics, higher education, media, law, science and the sustainable environment? What is the emergent potential for new, progressive or transformative public knowledge?
  • Intimacies: what promises are implicated in transformations of everyday intimacies and personal relationships? How are intimacies being re-configured through objects, networks, technologies and bodily practices?
  • Cultures: what counts as a successful future in terms of cultural policy, production, participation, engagement or inclusion? Which histories and whose values underpin forecasts of lifestyles, life chances and cultural futures?
  • Methods: what methods and techniques meet the challenge of understanding complex patterns of socio-cultural change? How are we to understand promises when confronted by different (non)coherencies, (dis)connections, localities and dispersals?

Paper contributions are invited on these and related topics that seek to explore – both theoretically and empirically - the ways in which different plans, projects and visions are shaping social futures and patterns of socio-cultural change. The organizers are concerned with how such promises inform and relate to concrete impacts, successes and failures - as well as their rhetorical function and their intended and unintended consequences. Overall, the conference's aim is to show how promises both sustain and transform socio-cultural worlds.

Please submit either proposals for individual papers or full panel proposals by 20 April 2012.

Proposal forms can be downloaded from the CRESC website at http://www.cresc.ac.uk/events/cresc-annual-conference and returned via CRESC.AnnualConference@manchester.ac.uk

Alternatively, proposal forms can be returned to the following address: CRESC Conference Administration, 178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK, tel.: +44(0)161 275 8985; fax: +44(0)161 275 8985

For more information please contact Dr Mark Banks, CRESC 2012 Conference Chair at m.o.banks@open.ac.uk

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Conference on the Sociology of the Arts – Artistic Practices

Call for Papers
Vienna, Austria, 5–8 September 2012

The European Research Network Sociology of the Arts announces its 7th conference which will take place in Vienna, Austria, on 5-8 September 2012. Organized by the Institute for Music Sociology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the conference's key lectures will focus on artistic practices. Artistic practices, as arrays of specific activities (including, in a narrow sense, the area of conception and production, and, in a broader sense, the promotion, distribution, displaying and conveying of arts understanding), assume theoretical knowledge as well as know-how.

Experienced and young scholars from various disciplines sensitive to social inquiries into the arts are invited to submit their presentations and participate in the conference. Presentations can be related, among others, to the following areas:

  • sociology, focused on particular domains in arts,
  • the process of production, distribution, promotion and commercialisation of works of art,
  • the process of presentation and mediation of arts, including art criticism and publicity, in all domains of the arts,
  • professional development including amateurs and semi-amateurs, vocational education, art schools, professional differentiation, artistic income, artistic reputation, relation to arts management, etc.
  • arts organisations, investigating historical development, power relations, effects, program selection, processes within the organisations,
  • arts policy (especially the sociological aspects).

Applications are open for presentations from all core areas of arts sociology. Interested candidates are invited to submit abstract no later than 31 January 2012.

Further information and guidelines are available at the conference website www.mdw.ac.at/ESA-Arts-2012

Contact: Tasos Zembylas, Institute for Music Sociology, University of Music and Performing Arts, Bayerngasse 3/6, 1030 Vienna, Austria; tel.: +43-1-71155-3617; e-mail: zembylas@mdw.ac.at; www.mdw.ac.at

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Unity Within Diversity

Young SIETAR 2012 Congress
Belfast, Northern Ireland, 6-9 September 2012

Young SIETAR (Young Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) is bringing the thirteenth edition of its Annual Congress, to be held on 6-9 September 2012, to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Finding Unity within Our Cultural Diversity is the theme of this year's edition. The Congress will bring together about 75-100 students, young professionals, and experts in intercultural studies. During four days the participants will explore various types of conflict, and more importantly, approaches to reach conflict resolution with an emphasis on intercultural situations. The attendees will also have a chance to analyse real-life conflict case studies and try to develop possible ways to resolve them. It will be equally important for the participants to meet the locals, to listen to their stories about experiencing the Troubles in Belfast and about Belfast's present, and to learn what could be the basis of understanding between cultures.

The previous editions of the Congress were held in a variety of locations, including Egypt, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey. Each edition reunited between 50 and 100 participants of various backgrounds (students and professionals) in order to exchange knowledge and experience, share best practice and explore together the intercultural field. Young SIETAR is a global network that provides an exciting opportunity to participate in the world of intercultural training, education and research. It is an international non-profit, member-run organisation, which combines the efforts of students and young professionals from a wide range of practical and academic disciplines, who share a common concern for intercultural topics. Through an array of activities Young SIETAR provides a unique opportunity to build bridges between students and professionals in a dynamic field that is educating a new generation of interculturalists.

More information on Young SIETAR is available at www.youngsietar.org

For further details on the 2012 Belfast Congress, please see tinyurl.com/yscongress2012

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Video Workshop in Visual Anthropology

Nuoro, Sardegna, Italy, 7-13 September 2012

In collaboration with David and Judith MacDougall from the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, the Australian National University will offer a 7-day Video Workshop in Visual Anthropology, to be held at the Istituto Superiore Etnografico della Sardegna in Nuoro, Sardegna, Italy, on 7-13 September 2012. The workshop is aimed at persons with little or no prior experience in video production, who wish to use video in forthcoming research projects.

It is open to graduate students and others with at least three years of tertiary education. The workshop will include basic video training and theoretical discussions of how video may be applied to research and publication in anthropology and related disciplines. The emphasis will be upon the conceptual rather than the technical side of video practice. The workshop is intensive and will be conducted all day for each of the seven days, with morning sessions normally reserved for group instruction, screenings, and discussion, and the afternoons for individual practical exercises in and around Nuoro. Although the workshop will not provide direct instruction in video editing, it will make use of a strategic approach to filming and editing in the camera so that students will learn to produce materials that can be edited effectively.

Video can be used to approach knowledge in new ways, in a form of discourse significantly different from that of written texts. The programme therefore approaches this medium as a new "language" that researchers can acquire and apply to their own disciplines. The workshop will be conducted by internationally-known ethnographic filmmakers David and Judith MacDougall, who have produced many ethnographic films and have wide-ranging experience in teaching ethnographic film and video techniques in Australia, USA, Norway, India, and China.

An announcement and application form can be downloaded at www.isresardegna.it or requested from promozione@isresardegna.org

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6th Young Cultural Policy Researchers' Forum

Call for Papers
London, United Kingdom, 11-12 September 2012

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and the European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education (ENCATC) have launched the call for applications for the 6th Young Cultural Policy Researchers' (YCPR) Forum. Aimed at providing young / early career cultural policy researchers with the opportunity to meet fellow researchers, share their experiences and analyse topical research issues regarding content and methodology, the YCPR Forum will bring together in London, UK, from 11-12 September 2012 researchers, students, academics and cultural policy experts in the cultural field drawn from a wide range of countries in Europe and beyond. Initiated in 2006 by ECF and managed since 2008 by ENCATC, this important initiative has proven to be over the years an ideal occasion for young cultural researchers to expand their network and explore new cooperation opportunities as well as publishing possibilities. This unique initiative in Europe, organised in 2012 in close partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, aims to promote and stimulate trans-border exchanges among young/early career cultural policy researchers and contribute on a long term basis to the development of a strong network of European researchers on cultural policy. From among the applicants, 40 researchers across Europe and beyond will be selected to participate in the YCPR Forum, share their knowledge and network with their fellow researchers on relevant topics.

The YCPR Forum is an initiative developed by the European Cultural Foundation, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and ENCATC, as part of a larger collaborative project involving the Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA) and the Online Young Researchers Forum, on ECF labs, a new participatory online tool in cultural policy research.

Young / early career researchers interested in participating in the YCPR Forum must submit their application by the 30 May 2012 deadline.

To download the application form, see: www.encatc.org/pages/index.php?id=200

To apply to attend the YCPR Forum, send the application, letters of recommendation and questions to Elizabeth Darley, e-mail: e.darley@encatc.org

For more information, please see www.encatc.org/pages/index.php?id=202

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20th ENCATC Annual Conference: Networked Culture

Call for Papers
London, United Kingdom, 12-14 September 2012

ENCATC is inviting to submit abstracts for the 3rd ENCATC Research Session that will be organised during the 20th ENCATC Annual Conference on Networked Culture in London, UK, on 12-14 September 2012. Proposals from any relevant discipline will be considered, provided that they make an original academic contribution to the study of cultural management.

Papers are welcome on all cultural management areas including:

  • Creative Entrepreneurship and Education in Cultural Life
  • Interpretation/Mediation applied to Heritage Sites
  • Cultural Observatories and Cultural Information and Knowledge
  • Audience Policies in Europe
  • Europe International
  • Urban Management and Cultural Policy of the City
  • Arts and Health

Researches in the following subject areas are particularly welcome:

  • Methodologies for education and training in the field of cultural management and cultural policy, and
  • Influences of the local institutional context on the management models for cultural organizations and heritage (e.g. funding mechanisms; regulatory systems; top-down vs. bottom-up approach; conservation vs. valorisation orientation, etc.)

All those wishing to present a paper at the Annual Conference's Research Session must submit an abstract of 500-1000 words by Friday, 8 June 2012.

Contact: Abstract submissions and other questions about the Research Session should be e-mailed to the attention of: Elizabeth Darley, e-mail: e.darley@encatc.org.

All papers presented at the ENCATC Research Session in London may be resubmitted for publication in the ENCATC Journal of Cultural Management and Policy, edited by ENCATC. Papers will go through a standard double blinded review process. A selection of these papers will then be published in the yearly ENCATC Journal. For more information about this publication, please visit: www.journal.encatc.org

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Final EUscreen Conference on Television Heritage and the Web

Budapest, Hungary, 13-14 September 2012

EUscreen, the best practice network for Europe's television heritage, organises its third and final international conference on Television Heritage and the Web, to take place in Budapest, Hungary, on 13-14 September 2012. The programme consists of two workshops, a plenary session with keynotes and case studies by renowned experts in the field. Attendance is free but online registration is required at euscreen2012.eventbrite.com.

Today, most broadcasters devote resources to web-based forms of television, both in terms of new programming and older programme materials. Broadcast archives are becoming increasingly important as 'old' television content has the potential to attract online users. As a result, the major question for audiovisual archives, scholars and media professionals is: What does the current shift to online forms actually imply for television heritage?

The conference Television Heritage and the Web will discuss and analyse the opportunities and challenges of the current media changes. The conference includes a range of international experts and a workshop entitled EUscreen Best Practice Applications Showcase, which explores the exploitation of broadcast material in the fields of learning, research, leisure/cultural heritage and creative reuse.

For the event's info and updates on the project, please visit blog.euscreen.eu or www.euscreen.eu

Contact: Erwin Verbruggen, info@euscreen.eu

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Culture - Potentials for Development?

Maribor, Slovenia, 21-23 September 2012

With the conference Culture - Potentials for Development?, to be held in Maribor, Slovenia from 21-23 September 2012, the University of Maribor, in cooperation with the Slovenian Society for Cultural Economics, aims to bring to Slovenia during the city's European Capital of Culture 2012 mandate, a number of leading experts from the fields of cultural economics, cultural policy, cultural management and other social and human sciences which have culture as their main research objective. During this event, which symbolizes the interwoven connection of culture and development of a certain city or region, the conference will talk about culture and development connections, a topic which has a rather long tradition of research findings in both cultural economics and policy analysis, raising questions about the very concept of development itself and about the lately so proclaimed dimensions of connection of culture and other parts of society: economy, politics, science, law, education, etc.

Can culture enhance the development of a certain region? Which dimension of development (economic, social, environmental) needs most attention? Where are the possible biggest impacts of cultural events on development and how can culture influence the development of a certain region in the utmost enhancing manner? Is the interconnection of culture and development the essence of culture or are we forgetting certain basic elements and characteristics of culture, which by their nature resist such connections? Is the creativity, which is in essence of art and culture, the enhancing factor of societal development and can it bring other activities and resources to where it takes place (as claimed by Richard Florida for example) or is it perhaps even the other way around? How to prevent gentrification and similar phenomena which often accompany the urban regeneration by cultural projects? How to valorize the impacts of culture on development? Are the methodologies which are available feasible at all? Is this a key aspect of culture and development connections?

These and other questions will be discussed through invited lectures, discussions and panels, a student section, presentations of good practices, and accompanying events. A discussion panel on the Role of Private Companies in Support to Cultural Development: The Case of Slovenia will present good practices in enhancing cultural development in Slovenia, aiming to include a broad spectrum of good practices, both private companies, sponsorships and donations, patronage, support to art markets and festivals, especially promoting innovative practices in this field.

Students of all levels (undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, post-docs and young researchers) from all over the world are invited to participate in a student section with their contributions focusing on culture and development (economic impact of the arts, social and environmental impact of the arts, arts and the new growth theory, value of culture, different aspects of development in culture, cultural policy and development, creativity and innovation in the arts, cultural industries – developmental aspects, etc.). Abstracts of papers should be sent to andrej_srakar@t-2.net. The deadline for submission of 300-word abstracts is 28 August 2012. Conference fees will be covered, accommodation and travel costs will not.

Contact: Andrej Srakar, Project Coordinator, Culture-Potentials for Development?, Maribor, Slovenia; mobile: +386 (0)31 643 414; e-mail: andrej_srakar@t-2.net

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International Workshop on Supporting Users' Exploration of Digital Libraries (SUEDL)

Coral Bay, Cyprus on 27 September 2012

Large amounts of digital cultural heritage (CH) information have become available recently, partly due to the rise of large-scale aggregators such as Europeana (www.europeana.eu), the European aggregator for museums, archives, libraries, and galleries. These large collections, and similar digital libraries (DL), present an important challenge to new users: discovering what items are present in the collection. In current systems support for item discovery is mainly provided through the standard keyword-based search paradigm, which is well suited for DL professionals who are highly familiar with the collections, subject areas, and have specific search goals. However, for new users who may not have a good understanding of the contents of the collections, may be unsure about appropriate keywords, and have vague search goals, this method of access is unsatisfactory. Alternative item discovery methodologies are required to introduce new users to DL collections, including exploratory search models that enable switching between collection overviews and detailed exploration within the collection.

The International Workshop on Supporting Users' Exploration of Digital Libraries (SUEDL), to be held as part of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL), in Coral Bay, Cyprus on 27 September 2012, aims to stimulate collaboration from experts and stakeholders in digital libraries, cultural heritage, natural language processing and information retrieval in order to explore methods and strategies to support exploration of digital libraries, beyond the white box paradigm of search and click.

Topics of interest include:

  • user-adaptive technologies;
  • personalization and recommendation;
  • information discovery and exploration;
  • navigating information spaces;
  • crowd sourcing and user generated content;
  • navigation using visual metaphors;
  • supporting exploration using enriched content; and
  • any other technique which supports exploration of digital libraries.

Contact: Arantxa Otegi; e-mail: arantza.otegi@ehu.es; ixa2.si.ehu.es/suedl

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The Best in Heritage

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 27-29 September 2012

The Best in Heritage was conceived as a worldwide, annual survey of museum, heritage and conservation projects awarded in the previous year. It seemed a justifiable exercise to unite and capitalize on the enormous expense of expertise and energy invested by important juries into the evaluation of hundreds of candidates. Therefore, the organisers brought these laureates together and created an extraordinary programme, in which they will present their success stories and elaborate further on their creative approach.

The conference offers a unique chance to see, hear, and meet representatives of these examples of professional excellence, and get insight into contemporary trends and tendencies. In three days of the conference, organised in partnership with Europa Nostra, 25 projects coming from 20 countries will be featured. The conference is under special patronage of ICOM, and is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, The City of Dubrovnik, ICCROM, IFLA, WFFM and many others.

The World Heritage City of Dubrovnik in the last week of September is still a lively but not an overcrowded place. As every year, the atmosphere will be dynamic and with many opportunities to develop contacts and forge future partnerships and collaborations.

For details, please see www.thebestinheritage.com

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(In)perfect Bodies in Contemporary Performance

Almada, Portugal, 27-30 September 2012

The Center for the Performing Arts FMH (Technical University of Lisbon) and Quinzena de Dança de Almada are organising an artistic and scientific meeting for the presentation of studies, projects and reflections on the body in the contemporary scene and the community. It is intended to establish a sharing of interdisciplinary space between researchers, professionals and students, with the presentation of studies on the body, the performing arts and their application in the social/cultural everyday life, as well as viewing and analyzing pieces alive and in video. The conference will take place 27-30 September 2012 in Almada, Portugal. Submission for proposals: 30 June 2012.

The participants are invited to submit proposals for communications, discussions, posters, videos or workshops in the following thematic areas:

  • Body and Aesthetics in the Contemporary Scene
  • Theatre, Dance and Contemporaneity
  • Performance and Human corporeity
  • The Performative Body
  • Performance and body techniques (traditional, somatic, oriental, alternative, etc.)
  • Dance and Education
  • Inclusion and performing arts.

Three official languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Registration at reduced prices: 15 August 2012.

Proposals should be sent to conf.in.perfect@gmail.com through the form available at www.cdanca-almada.pt/images/stories/20QDA/proposal_conf_IN_PERFECT.doc

More information at www.cdanca-almada.pt/qda and www.fmh.utl.pt

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Delivering Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Historic Towns

International Historic Towns Conference
Dubrovnik, Croatia, 4-5 October 2012

The stunning UNESCO world heritage city of Dubrovnik will provide an inspirational setting for delegates from across Europe and the world to come together and discuss at first hand the challenges and opportunities currently facing historic cities. Organized by the City of Dubrovnik and Heritage Europe in partnership with the Croatian Association of Historic Towns, the Turkish Union of Historic Towns and the Council of Europe, the conference will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 4-5 October 2012.

This conference will provide a unique opportunity for key decision makers working in the field of cultural heritage, as well as academics and practitioners committed to the preservation of historic cities, particularly those cities inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List, to share views and experiences and help influence and shape future European Policy.

The conference theme focuses on the new EU 2020 strategy for 2013 -2020 - the policy that will determine the way the main European funds are allocated – a key potential resource for European Historic Towns

The 3 priorities of the EU strategy are:

  • smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation,
  • sustainable growth: promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy, and
  • inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion.

But can the Historic Town respond to the key global challenges of the 21st Century and help deliver sustainable growth?

This Conference will explore ways in which historic towns can and do contribute to these European priorities and will present the historic city as a model for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth focusing on the knowledge economy, social cohesion and the challenges of climate change.

It will:

  • showcase practical examples of successful growth and regeneration strategies in large, medium and small historic settlements,
  • draw on the experience of a number of European projects and partners, and
  • present the work of the European Heritage Alliance in developing a European Cultural Heritage Strategy that demonstrates the economic and social importance of the historic city.

For more information please contact: jelena.mrcela@gulliver.hr

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Performing the World Conference

New York City, USA, 4-7 October 2012
Call for Proposals

The Performing the World (PTW) 2012 conference, an international, cross-disciplinary, conversational, experiential, and practical-critical event, will be held in New York City, on 4-7 October 2012. The theme of the last PTW, held in 2010 and attended by over 500 persons from dozens of countries, was Can Performance Change the World? The depth of the challenges facing humanity two short years later have led to the recasting of the question for the 2012 conference as Can Performance Save the World?

Deadlocked governments, protracted wars, dysfunctional education systems, and a deepening global economic crisis with no apparent solution have become the norm. At the same time, the activity of performance as an alternative to the cognitive and/or faith-based 'solutions' of traditional ideology, continues to spread both at the grassroots and in the universities, with the non-ideological, improvisatory movements struggling to embody this trend.

PTW is looking for proposals for panels, workshops, performances, demonstrations, installations that address the question of 'Can performance save the world?' from a multitude of perspectives. Performing the World 2012 is envisioned as a marathon 'performance of conversation', with people from all over the world - scholars and researchers; educators, therapists, social workers, youth workers, doctors and other health workers, theatre, applied theatre and other performance artists, social activists and community organizers, business leaders and philanthropists, film, video and media creatives and others.

Interested candidates are invited to submit proposals by 1 March 2012.

More information about proposal submission forms is available at www.performingtheworld.org

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3rd Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network

Singapore, 11-13 October 2012

During the 3rd Asian Borderlands Research Conference, to be held in Singapore on 11-13 October 2012, presentations will address continuities and ruptures along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme of Connections, Corridors, and Communities. The conference is organized by the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore; International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands; the Asian Borderlands Research Network; in collaboration with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. Extensive land and maritime networks have crisscrossed Asia for centuries, providing the basis for encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Today, developments such as new infrastructural projects, an increase in media access, and renewed interest in shaping cross-border cultural identities serve to both underscore these long-standing linkages and create new forms of connections across Asia.

Connections: How are Asian borderlands made more (or less) visible through the study of cross-border connections? In what ways does the idea of the "borderland" remain resilient throughout political and historical ruptures? What are the characteristics of various kinds of connections that are being created (as well as cut off) in Asian borderlands?

Corridors: Are networks and paths throughout Asian borderlands being forged, reopened, diverted, or closed, and what are the effects of such processes? Can one conceive "corridors" in relation to maritime or island borderlands, information technology networks, or bodily borders in Asia?

Communities: What constitutes a "community" or "communities" in and across Asian borderlands, and how might these be contingent upon other factors, such as politics, environmental issues, and history? What are some of the barriers and restrictions to the creation of communities in the context of Asian borderlands? In what ways is a community defined by the state, by organizations, and/or by local individuals?

For more information and registration, please visit asianborderlands.net

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Strategic Arts Management Master Class / The HUB Rovereto

Rovereto, Italy, 12-14 October 2012

The Strategic Arts Management Master Class responds to the demand for new visions and projects in the cultural system, exploring the creative markets with effectiveness and sustainability. Addressing young professionals from all Europe, it is endowed with a multidisciplinary team of international experts, its format built upon the interaction and critical exchange among participants.

Cultural ideas and projects can become the basis of a dynamic reality. Economy and society are in a continuous changing process, with the arts and culture at the heart of a new value hierarchy. A strategic approach is therefore needed to combine creative languages and technical tools, engaging talents and resources in the re-design of our lives in these new urban spaces. The new three-days Hub at Rovereto, Italy offers experiences and evaluations through the analysis of emerging arts and cultural markets, professional strategic alternatives, the value of creativity, financial and human resources management, communication tools, and the governance of cultural territories, engaging participants in a final discussion on their own ideas and projects. The Master Class offers strategic visions and operational tools, stimulating participants to the critical appraisal of experiences and orientations and activating a network of cosmopolitan professional contacts. Through multiple perspectives, it deals with criteria and guidelines to craft strong and solid projects, able to couple creative insights and entrepreneurial and innovative approaches, transforming local and regional economies.

The registration deadline is 5 October 2012. Download all information and programme at www.monti-taft.org/images/masterclass/strategic-arts-management-master-class.pdf

For further information, please contact: Tools for Culture, tel.: +39 06 5759501; e-mail: tools@monti-taft.org; www.twitter.com/SAMMasterClass

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International Conference on Connections, Corridors and Communities in Asia

Kunming, China, 12 - 15 October 2012

The third conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network under the title Connections, Corridors, and Communities, organized by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), The Netherlands and Yunnan University, China, will take place in Kunming, China on 12 - 15 October 2012.

Some of the questions that will be raised at the Conference include: how are Asian borderlands made more (or less) visible through the study of cross-border connections? Are networks and paths throughout Asian borderlands being forged, reopened, diverted, or closed, and what are the effects of such processes? What constitutes a community or communities in and across Asian borderlands, and how might these be contingent upon other factors, such as politics, environmental issues, and history?

Extensive land and maritime networks have crisscrossed Asia for centuries, providing the basis for encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Today, developments such as new infrastructural projects, an increase in media access, and renewed interest in shaping cross-border cultural identities serve to both underscore these long-standing linkages and create new forms of connections across Asia.

Submissions are invited from scholars, writers, policy researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media, and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Interested candidates are invited to submit conceptually innovative papers, based on new research, in order to develop new perspectives in the study of Asian Borderlands. Since only a small number of individual papers will be selected candidates are encouraged to submit a full panel or roundtable proposal by 1 December 2011.

Contact: IIAS Main Office Leiden, P.O. box 9500, 2300 RA, Leiden, the Netherlands or IIAS Branch Office Amsterdam, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, 1012 DK, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, e-mail: M.C.van.den.Haak@iias.nl; www.iias.nl

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Atelier for Young Festival Managers

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 14-21 October 2012

Following four editions of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers – Görlitz, Germany (2006), Varna, Bulgaria (2009), Singapore (2011) and Izmir, Turkey (2011) – 20 Alumni gathered for the first time from 23-25 May 2012 in Bergen, at the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the European Festivals Association (EFA). Together with presenters such as Bernard Faivre d'Arcier, Steve Austen, Hugo De Greef and Ching-Lee Goh, they discussed the personal and professional impacts of the Atelier as well as its future and their involvement in it. Due to the high interest of managers, EFA extends the deadline of application for the fifth edition in Ljubljana until 30 June 2012.

EFA invites its members from 40 countries, partner networks such as the African Festival Association AFRIFESTNET, the Association of Asian Performing Arts Festivals (AAPAF) and the FestArab initiative, festivals, cultural organisations, networks, foundations, universities etc to delegate a young festival manager to participate in the Atelier LJUBLJANA 2012 which will take place 14-21 October 2012. The LJUBLJANA Atelier will see a broad diversity of participants represented – a unique chance for 45 young artistic festival directors from different artistic disciplines to meet their peers from around the world and to exchange with renowned festival managers. In lectures, one-to-one talks, group discussions as well as intense workshops on case studies, issues such as artistic vision, political and social responsibility, internationalisation, networking, renewal and sustainability will be explored.

The Atelier – initiated by the European Festivals Association – is guided by the motto "Car le vrai rôle d'un festival est d'aider les artistes à oser, à entreprendre des projets," borrowed from Bernard Faivre d'Arcier, longstanding Director of the Avignon Festival. It is an intense and rigorous 7 days training platform addressed at emerging artistic festival directors or those who have ambitions to become involved in programming or in programming related departments within a festival. It is all about formulating experiences and passing on knowledge to a next generation of festival makers: knowledge about programming a festival, thematically focusing on the very essence of arts festivals: the art and the artist. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply.

Latest news, documents, information about the Atelier can be followed at www.atelierforyoungfestivalmanagers.eu.

Contact: Kathrin Deventer – Secretary General EFA, Inge Ceustermans – Project Manager Atelier for Young Festival Managers, Atelier for Young Festival Managers, Initiated by the European Festivals Association, Kleine Gentstraat 46, 9051 Gent, Belgium; tel.: +32 9 241 8080; fax: +32 9 241 8089; e-mail: atelier@efa-aef.eu; www.efa-aef.eu

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EuroMed2012: International Conference dedicated to Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries

Limassol, Cyprus, 20 October – 3 November 2012

The EUROMED conference brings together researchers, policy makers, professionals, fellows and practitioners to explore some of the more pressing issues concerning Cultural Heritage today. In particular, the main goal of the conference is to focus on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research on tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage together with digital heritage, using cutting edge technologies for the protection, restoration, preservation, massive digitalization, documentation and presentation of the Cultural Heritage contents. At the same time, the event is intended to cover topics of research ready for exploitation, demonstrating the acceptability of new sustainable approaches and new technologies by the user community, owners, managers and conservators of our cultural patrimony.

Topics of the conference are:

  • protection, restoration and preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and
  • digital heritage documentation and presentation.

More detail information regarding the themes can be found at: www.euromed2012.eu

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ECREA 2012 – 4th European Communication Conference

Call for Proposals
Istanbul, Turkey, 24-27 October 2012

The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the Turkish Communication Research Association (ILAD), together with the Istanbul Bilgi University, welcome the submission of abstracts for presentations at the 4th European Communication Conference, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 24-27 October 2012. The general theme of the conference is Social Media - Global Voices.

The organisers call for proposals in all fields of communication and media studies, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on social media and global communication phenomena and/or on comparative research.

Thematic sections in the conference include audience and reception studies, communication and democracy, communication history, communication law and policy, diaspora, migration and the media, digital culture and communication, film studies, gender and communication, international and intercultural communication, interpersonal communication and social interaction, journalism studies, organisational and strategic communication, philosophy of communication, political communication, radio research, science and environment communication, and television studies.

ECREA is pleased to accept proposals for individual papers, panels as well as poster presentations. All proposals must be submitted through the conference website by 28 February 2012.

For more information, please visit www.ecrea2012istanbul.eu

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World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression - All That is Banned is Desired

Oslo, Norway, 25-26 October 2012

Artists who have received death threats, experienced imprisonment, abduction or censorship because of their artistic work will enter the stage when the first ever World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression is held at the Oslo Opera House. On 25-26 October 2012, artists from all genres and from all over the world will examine and discuss with curators, scholars, cultural producers and media people where, how and to what extent constraints are placed on artistic freedom of expression. The conference is organised by Fritt Ord Foundation and Freemuse.

Censorship is characterised by the self-contradictory fact that by imposing limits it provokes reactions to those limits. By limiting freedom it helps fuel the desire for even greater freedom, as the title of the conference illustrates - All That is Banned is Desired. Paradoxically, the censorship of art often draws our attention to the political significance and explosive force of art. However, censorship has many guises. During the conference in Oslo, obvious cases of censorship will be examined, as well as more hidden mechanisms such as market censorship and political agendas.

The conference website, artsfreedom.org is the first of its kind and aims at setting a new standard for the documentation of censorship of artistic freedom of expression. As the conference programme evolves, it will feature presentations of artists and speakers coming to Oslo as well as updates about the conference programme.

Contact: Ole Reitov, Programme Manager, Freemuse; tel.:+45 2323 2765 (mobile), +45 3332 1027 (office); e-mail: ole.reitov@freemuse.org; www.freemuse.org, or
Bente Roalsvig, Project Director, Fritt Ord Foundation; tel.:+47 91613340 (mobile), +47 23014643 (office); e-mail: bente.roalsvig@fritt-ord.no; www.fritt-ord.no

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Destination and Desire

Sydney, Australia, 30-31 October 2012

Registration is open for Accessible Arts' Arts-Activated Conference, which will take place in Sydney, Australia, on 30-31 October 2012. A range of national and international speakers from the arts and disability sectors will come together to explore the theme of Destination and Desire through a series of plenary sessions, presentations, performances and break-out sessions.

The conference will explore past experiences of inclusive practices in the arts and future aspirations in the field of arts and disability, to narrow the gap between dreams and reality, examining questions such as: How do arts venues, producers and organisations with a desire to be accessible reach their destination? How does a person-centred approach fulfil art participation desires and develop destinations? How is technology changing art making from an unfulfilable desire into a realistic destination for people with disability?

The conference 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.

Contact: Amanda Tink, Education and Training Manager; tel.: 02 9251 6499 ext 106; e-mail: atink@aarts.net.au; www.aarts.net.au

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12th ELIA Biennial Conference: Art, Science and Society

Vienna, Austria, 8–10 November 2012

The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) and the University of Applied Arts Vienna are organising the 12th ELIA Biennial Conference, 8–10 November 2012. Covering all artistic disciplines and major developments in Higher Arts Education, it will take place in the MuseumsQuartier Wien, one of the world's largest complexes for modern art and culture, situated in the very heart of the city. Hosted by the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte), the ELIA Biennial is the largest conference on Higher Arts Education worldwide, attracting approximately 500 arts and culture professionals worldwide.

The ELIA Biennial features three consecutive plenary sessions called Art Questions, Art Knows, Art Matters, which will be followed by intensive table discussions. These sessions afford delegates the ideal setting to dialogue and network.

In 2012 ELIA is adding a political dimension to the programme. A resolution will be made available to conference participants in advance of the event to stimulate discussion and encourage active engagement between arts and politics. The resolution's focus is on underlining the power of the arts and higher arts education for the whole of society beyond economic impact, once culture and creativity are given a chance to develop freely with a high degree of autonomy. It dares participants to look at higher arts education from new angles to prepare students for a different future.

Visit the ELIA Biennial online registration portal. Early bird online registration will close 30 July 2012.

Final online registration will close 26 October 2012.

For further information, including a full programme, please visit the ELIA Biennial website: www.eliabiennial.com

Please direct all questions and enquiries to ELIA Conference Manager Barbara Revelli at barbara.revelli@elia-artschools.org or the Conference Manager of Die Angewandte, Anja Seipenbusch at anja.seipenbusch@uni-ak.ac.at

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NEW YORK 4.0. Shaping global urban development

INTA36 Congress
New York City, USA, 11 -15 November 2012

INTA36 marks the return of INTA to the USA with a World Congress taking place in the New York Metropolitan area. INTA36 is an opportunity for international membership to (re)discover US approaches to integrated urban development and what New York City (NYC) and intermediate and smaller communities in the area are doing. At the same time it is an opportunity for US housing and urban professionals to compare their way of doing to the rest of the world.

As a global city, the New York metropolitan area offers the opportunity to attract urban practitioners from around the world as well as technical visits highlighting nearby urban initiatives.

INTA36 will be a very interactive congress with short plenary sessions and a few days workshops, along a charette-format. The 6 parallel charrettes will take place on 6 different sites, addressing 6 different sets of issues: new human habitat, innovation and urban services, containing metropolitan sprawl, rediscovering mobility, changing workplaces, and the fourth regional plan.

Please visit the dedicated website to know more about the programme and themes: www.inta36.org/en

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Culture Matters 2012

Capturing the Social and Economic Value of Cultural Heritage: Perspectives and Projects from Across Europe
Norwich, United Kingdom, on 14-16 November 2012

The first Culture Matters international cultural heritage conference will take place in Norwich, United Kingdom, on 14-16 November 2012. Culture Matters 2012 is staged by the partners in SHAPING 24, a cultural tourism initiative between the Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) in the UK and Stad Gent in Belgium. The conference is aimed at practitioners and academics who work in heritage, culture, tourism, regeneration, planning and community organisations, including fundraisers, project managers, development managers, engagement and outreach managers, marketing managers, policy-makers, budget-holders, politicians and researchers.

The conference will provide a platform for practitioners and academics from across Europe to share knowledge, challenges and ideas. Can cultural heritage improve cities and regions? Can it boost the educational and life prospects of citizens? Does it have a role to play in urban regeneration? The answer to all these questions is a resounding yes. And at a time of economic austerity and funding constraints, creative cities and cultural leaders are finding new ways to work together, to explore opportunities and to turn ideas into reality. This international conference will bring together professionals from the cultural heritage community and beyond to look at the social and economic value of heritage.

The full programme will be announced when booking opens at the end of May. If you would like to be notified as soon as the full programme is announced and booking opens, please email janetrobertson@heritagecity.org.

For more information about the programme, speaker slots, volunteering opportunities and sponsorship and advertising packages, please contact Janet Robertson at Norwich HEART: tel.: +44 (0)1603 599578; e-mail: janetrobertson@heritagecity.org; www.shaping24.eu/conference

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African Creative Economy Conference 2012

Dakar, Senegal, 14-16 November 2012

The Arterial Network will host its second annual conference on the African Creative Economy in Dakar, Senegal, on 14-16 November 2012. The aims of the conference are to provide practical analysis and reflective overview of the current status of the African creative economy. This should help consolidate emergent African expertise in this area, while providing critical thought necessary in navigating the unfolding realties the sector is faced with. While anyone is invited to submit such expressions of interest, preference will be given to African speakers who are based on the continent and who have the relevant expertise, experience or potential in these fields.

The 2012 Creative Economy conference is a rare opportunity that will mark the coming together of powerful debate from across the continent, live and rich provocation from pioneering international practitioners and thinkers, and the unprecedented collaboration of arts institutions from 40 African countries to shape dialogue and a shared experience. Its main objective is to assess and share research done to date on the African creative economy in order to inform advocacy strategies in support of the African creative sector, rigorously interrogate the available research on cultural themes, provide a platform for African professionals to share their insights on the African creative economy aspects and to identify areas of further research, links, opportunities and potential relationships. It presents researchers, artists, civil society, donors and cultural workers from Africa with the opportunity to network, get practical analysis and reflection of the African creative economy from African perspectives and realities.

The African Creative Economy Conference 2012 will offer two parallel programmes - one specifically exploring up-to-date research, experiences and debates, while the other will be a series of practical know-how exchange trainings and workshops.

Register to attend the 2012 Creative Economy Conference at arterialnetwork.org/form/african-creative-economy-conference

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Citizens, Communication, and Democracy in the New Digital World

Call for Papers
Piran, Slovenia, 16-17 November 2012

The 30th EURICOM Colloquium on Communication and Culture, organized in honour of Professor Hanno Hardt, will be focused on citizens' participation and representation in the media in the context of global processes of media digitalisation, concentration, and convergence. The Colloquium will be held in Piran, Slovenia, on 16-17 November 2012. The following issues will be discussed:

  • implications of contemporary global technological, economic and political changes for the fulfilment of fundamental democratic functions of journalism and the media to provide information, stimulate citizens' participation in public debate, and facilitate citizens to participate in the media in terms of content they produce and organizational participation;
  • alternative channels and forms of democratising communication in the public sphere, such as reforming the media from within based on the initiatives by professional media/news-workers; creating new 'alternative' media with autonomous publics by citizens' groups and non-governmental organizations seeking to participate more fully in public life while bypassing the corporate media; and promoting changes in media environments;
  • the relationships between journalists and their sources: between citizens-generated content and the mainstream media; between news and blogging, the role of televised audience discussion programmes, phone-ins or talk-radio, web publishing, 'grassroots' materials in the news production and I-journalism; and generally between citizen participation, main stakeholders' actions in media governance, media gatekeepers, and media audiences.

Suggestions for papers with abstracts are invited until 15 July 2012, final papers are due by 1 November 2012.

Please send abstracts or any requests for further information to Slavko Splichal at slavko.splichal@guest.arnes.si

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The Role of Culture Faced with the Rise of Nationalism in Europe - Citizens' Resistance!

19th Meeting of the Banlieues d'Europe Network
Turin, Italy, 21–23 November 2012

For its 19th meeting, the Banlieues d'Europe network will tackle this major challenge of examining the place and the role of culture as a form of citizen's action and participation, faced with the issues of social cohesion that question geographic frontiers as well as the frontiers of imagination.

Owing to a specific work of identification of innovative practices carried out at the European level in different artistic domains, Banlieues d'Europe wishes to demonstrate the capacity of the cultural sector to develop new practices destined to encourage participation in federative projects, over and above "belonging to an identity". The network will also examine European issues on questions of cultural diversity, the combat against xenophobia, access to education, transmission of history and culture. 150 actors from civil society will participate in Turin, Italy on 21-23 November 2012 - researchers, the media and representatives of public policies at local, national and European levels.

This meeting and opportunity for exchange will be focused on:

  • an artistic and cultural projects village linked to the theme of the meeting;
  • plenary sessions;
  • three simultaneous workshops: Transmission and Socio-cultural Education; New Resistance and Militancy / The Combat Against Nationalism; and Transculturality / Interculturality; and
  • visits to neighbourhood projects in Turin.

For more information, please contact: Myriam Bentoumi, Project Manager; tel.: +33 4 72 60 97 80; e-mail: contact@banlieues-europe.com; www.banlieues-europe.com

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European Campus of Local and Regional Authorities for Culture

Paris, France, 21 - 24 November 2012

Les Rencontres, the Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture, is organizing the first edition of the European Campus of Local and Regional Authorities for Culture, to be held in Paris, France, on 21 - 24 November 2012. This is a new initiative in the evolution of Les Rencontres' activities: a forum dedicated to reflection and discussion between various stakeholders in the sphere of culture. In the framework of this Campus, local and regional elected officials in charge of culture, professionals, intellectuals, researchers and artists will meet in a creative and relaxed atmosphere to brainstorm and delve deeper into issues concerning cultural policies, co-operation and artistic creation.

What is the role of the cultural policies of local and regional authorities in achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy? This will be the central question at the conference. The hypothesis of the organizers is that the local and regional authorities' contribution has neither been sufficiently examined nor debated, despite the current - and potential - impact of their cultural policies on achieving a smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive growth, which is the ambition of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

With this in mind, the programme of the Campus will include sessions delivered by representatives of various European institutions who will lay emphasis on developing a common vocabulary between all the participants, notably with regard to the theoretical and practical aspects of the Strategy and with an eye on European programmes such as Creative Europe (2014-2020). The Campus strives to give prominence to original points of view, new perspectives and strategies for action which can stimulate the European integration process.

A selection of workshops has been designed to tackle the diversity and complementarity of the various topics of the plenary sessions. Some workshops will deal with areas such as circus, performing arts, digital art and creation while others will examine:

  • artistic creation, disabilities and participation - social inclusion promoted by local and regional authorities, artists and civil society;
  • culture in EU external relations and the collaboration of the local and regional authorities;
  • culture and development, the role of local and regional authorities - this workshop is being organised in partnership with the AWARD project;
  • bloggers and twitterers specialising in cultural policies in Europe;
  • cultural networks and local and regional authorities' networks: current situation, outlooks and potential collaboration;
  • creativity and innovation fostered by local and regional authorities: accomplishments and perspectives;
  • case studies.

Cultural activities are on the agenda, for instance some will be linked to the themes of the workshops, while other will take place in the framework of an optional programme of cultural visits. A booklet is planned to be published with the highlights of the Campus, incorporating proposals and initiatives formulated on this occasion.

You can already download the project outline of the Campus (a detailed document on the background and context of the conference, its goals and expected results), the preliminary programme and the practical information sheet.

Please note that an email address has been put into service for this project: campus2012@lesrencontres.eu

For more information, please contact: Rafael Mandujano, Chief Project Manager, e-mail: rafael.mandujano@lesrencontres.eu,
Roxelane Oliyar-Komilkiw, Project Manager, e-mail: roxelane.aliyarkomilkiw@lesrencontres.eu; or
Tiffanie Brun-Théremin, Project Manager, e-mail: tiffanie.brun-theremin@lesrebcontres.eu

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International Symposium on Culture and Sustainable Development

Paris, France, 22 – 23 November 2012

The role of culture in sustainable development is attracting a growing interest in every corner of the globe, and an increasing number of organizations are undertaking initiatives to incorporate culture into their development policies. Coordinated by France's Ministère de la Culture and Quebec's Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, the international symposium on Culture and Sustainable Development is intended to combine thinking and action in order to promote innovative practices, create new partnerships, and devise strategies to strengthen the link between culture and sustainable development. This event is open to the public and will bring together researchers, experts, cultural and sustainable development sector professionals, political decision-makers, and representatives of international organizations with a view to turning thought into action.

To consult the programme and register for the symposium, please see culture-dd12.org

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8th Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation

Cuenca, Ecuador, 28-30 November 2012

The Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation is an Interarts' initiative which will reach its eighth edition in 2012. This time it will be held in Cuenca, Ecuador, from 28 to 30 November 2012, organized by Interarts together with the City of Cuenca and the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI). Sponsors of the event include Spain's Secretary of State for Culture, the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and Ecuador's Ministry of Coordination for Cultural and National Heritage, Foreign Affairs and Tourism. The 8th Campus will focus on new strategies that cooperation should implement in order to adapt itself to new human development processes. The programme will include several types of activities (conferences, discussions, workshops, good practice presentations, etc.), all revolving around these topics.

The Euro-American Campus is a biennial event. Its previous edition took place in 2010, in the Canary Islands. The main activities of the Campus include promoting reflections on the basis of presentations made by professionals, creating a space of exchange between agents and cultural networks and encouraging debate on the cultural sector.

In the context of the preparation phase, Interarts and OEI are developing the Euro-American Campus on Cultural Cooperation website. Having reached the eighth edition, there was a need to set up an "umbrella" website that aims at gathering the 8th Campus' activities during the event, as well as ensuring the strengthening of this meeting model and serving as a bridge in the inter-Campus periods. The Campus website is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. For more information, please visit www.interarts.net

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Networks and Collaborations Across European Museums, Libraries and Public Cultural Institutions

Glasgow, UK, 3-4 December 2012

Networks and collaborations across European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions will be discussed at the international conference on Migrating heritage to be held in Glasgow, 3-4 December 2012. The conference is organised by HoA - School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow.

How can museums define new innovative practices, spaces and policies that reflect the challenges of the contemporary processes of globalisation, mobility and migration? This question is being addressed by European Museums in an age of migrations - MeLa (www.mela-project.eu), a 4-year collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities Program (FP7).

MeLa Research Field 3 (wp3.mela-project.eu), composed by international institutions and led by the University of Glasgow, is organising this international conference with the aim to identify and explore innovative trans-national and trans-local partnerships, collaborations and policies between European museums, libraries & other public cultural institutions around the themes of European cultural and scientific heritage, migration and integration, and use of ICTs. What are the experiences and effects of collaboration, partnerships and networks around the core activities of archiving, preserving, displaying history and artefacts, and the associated categories and hierarchies of cultural value and identity? Is it possible to allow more flexible and heterogenic connections of public cultural institutions within the European/Mediterranean space? How are museums, libraries and public cultural institutions presenting themselves and interact with multicultural audiences? What guidelines and policies could be suggested to support networking between European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions around the themes of European cultural and scientific heritage, migration and integration?

Conference attendance is free, but advanced online registration is required. Registration will open in September 2012. An international panel of experts will review the submissions.

Abstract and bio submission: 16 July 2012

Topics

  • Case studies on museums, libraries and public cultural institutions collaborating for European integration
  • Operative approaches to multiculturalism, interculturalism, transculturalism in public cultural institutions
  • National and transnational collaboration models: partnerships, cooperation, coordination
  • European cultural policies, migration and mobility
  • Identity, memory and heritage in European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions
  • Studies on European narratives and cultural points of divergence and commonality
  • Contested European cultural and scientific heritages in a post-migratory world
  • Visitor experiences in collaborative projects involving European museums, libraries and public cultural institutions
  • Archiving, preservation and exhibition technologies in relation to migration and mobility
  • Politics of migrating objects, including repatriation
  • Cross border tourism, customs and border policies, including souvenirs and museum replicas
  • Decision-makers and policy makers
  • Users of cultural institutions and representatives of migrant communities
  • Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)
  • Glasgow Museums

For more information, please contact chairs at mela2012conference@glasgow.ac.uk, or see wp3.mela-project.eu/wp/pages/research-field-03-international-conference

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ENCATC Academy: Cultural Relations and Diplomacy

Brussels, Belgium, 5 - 7 December 2012

The ENCATC Academy is an intensive 3-day learning programme in the field of cultural relations and diplomacy. It is a joint initiative of ENCATC, the leading European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education and Goldsmiths, University of London, the leading higher education organisation in delivering a post graduate programme in this field. It will take place in Brussels, Belgium, 5 - 7 December 2012.

The aim is to create an intense learning opportunity for participants to further develop their knowledge and expertise in this field and prepare them to deal with unexpected challenges in cultural relations. This peer learning programme will offer practitioners and key decision makers an opportunity to expand their personal and professional networks and establish future project partnerships.

Enhancing the role of culture in the external relations of the EU represents one of the three pillars of the European Agenda for Culture issued in 2007. Since its adoption, the approach to the role of culture in external relations has significantly developed both within Member States and within the European institutions: culture is increasingly perceived as a strategic factor of political, social and economic development, and not exclusively in terms of isolated cultural events or showcasings (as in the context of traditional cultural diplomacy).

A combination of presentations, interactive discussions and practical exercises will be proposed to participants who will be encouraged to contribute to the different sessions by sharing their views and expertise. High-level academics, experts, civil servants and EU officials will provide sound information, expertise and analysis on the different topics. The programme is designed to be as interactive as possible. Active participation is required and networking opportunities are strongly encouraged throughout the course.

The ENCATC Academy targets about 30 civil servants (diplomats, EU officials, representatives of international organisations, institutes of culture, Ministries of culture, Regions and Cities, etc.), academics, researchers, students, cultural workers and all interested in the topic, who wish to gain further and up-to-date expertise in this domain.

Online registration to attend the ENCATC Winter Academy will open in October 2012. To express interest to attend this Academy or for inquiries about registration before it opens, please contact ENCATC Secretary General, Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens; e-mail: g.cogliandro@encatc.org; www.encatc.org/pages/index.php?id=126

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Asia-Europe Encounters: Intellectual and Cultural Exchanges, 1900-1950

Singapore, 7-8 December 2012

The conference will focus on cultural and intellectual exchanges in Asia-Europe relations over the period of 1900-1950. The first half of the 20th century saw some of the most intense political and social changes experienced thus far in world history.

Shiraishi Takashi's representation of the 1910s and 1920s as an "age in motion" in Southeast Asia might be extended as a reference to Asia-Europe relations during the whole half century. It was an age in which high imperialism began to unravel and where global political power shifted, bringing profound changes in the relations between Asia and Europe. Both European and Asian colonial empires were challenged by new ideas - both national and transnational - and subsequently their subordinate entities transformed into nation-states. By 1950, the colonial empires had essentially disappeared and former Asian possessions, as well as other parts of Asia, began completely new trajectories. The same newness might also be claimed of Europe. The period around 1950 was the end of one age of Asia-Europe interactions and the beginning of another.

This conference aims to explore the intellectual and cultural flows between Asia and Europe which occurred during, and in part were formative of, the political and social changes over the first half of the 20th century. This will not solely be (but will certainly include) an exploration of colonialism and its discontents. Rather it will be an exploration of the intellectual and cultural currents of this age and an investigation into how the two ends of Eurasia interacted in these spheres through (new) cosmopolitanism and other novel ideologies which affected both European and Asian societies.

While cultural and intellectual exchanges between Asia and Europe can be traced back to the earliest days of Asia-Europe interactions, it is in the first half of the 20th century that these interactions saw development of (and between) more cosmopolitan subjects in both areas. It was a period of greater travel by both Asians and Europeans, and new collocations of ideas and cultural influences. This gathering aims to retrace those instances of cultural and intellectual encounters and exchanges. It will also examine how European intellectuals and cultural elements affected intra-Asian interactions during this period.

The aspects to be explored include but are not limited to the forms, venues, mediums, and actors of such encounters, which took place, inter alia, in the spheres of politics, culture, education, arts and religion.

The conference will address questions such as: In what particular contexts did intercultural encounters and exchanges take place? What were the effects? How did each encounter transform the other side of the equation? How do we go about reconstructing colonial encounters and cosmopolitanism while avoiding the pitfalls of colonial nostalgia? Are there new ways to conceive of these encounters (other than the usual East-West, colonizer-colonized divides), or new paradigms in studying and discussing them (outside those so richly fostered by postcolonial studies)? Is it possible at all to do away with the colonial episteme?

For more information please contact: nscconferences@iseas.edu.sg

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International Conference on Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity

Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria, 17 -21 December 2012

The professional conference entitled Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity will take place in Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria, on 17 -21 December 2012, aiming to research the bridge between tradition and contemporaneity in performing arts. The conference, which is open to different art genres, is inviting performers, performing arts educators, teachers, artists, playwrights, theatre critics, journalists, theatre researchers and arts managers from all over the world interested in the research of traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work. The working language is English. The conference is an opportunity to meet potential collaborators from different countries. At the moment the conference is accepting presentation proposals.

For more information, please visit www.iugte.com/projects/theatretradition

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Performing Arts Management Today

Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria, 17 -21 December 2012

Performing Arts Management Today is an international conference open to arts managers, arts administrators, arts management educators and consultants, arts entrepreneurs, fundraisers, producers, arts agents and talent managers working in various artistic disciplines from all over the world, interested in the research of topical questions and processes in contemporary performing arts administration and training. The conference will take place at Retzhof Castle - Retzhof Educational Institute in Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria, 17-21 December 2012.

The main tasks of the conference are to gain important insights into today's best management strategies for arts and cultural organizations of various sizes and scale, to consider relevant questions in contemporary arts management education and training, to establish new contacts, to exchange experiences with colleagues from different countries and to lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration. The conference is a great opportunity to meet potential collaborators and partners - performers from different creative genres and techniques, actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, musicians; casting directors, artists, authors, theatre managers, festival organizers and arts publishers from different countries.

All those interested in the research of topical questions and processes in contemporary performing arts administration and training are welcome to take part in the conference as speakers, presenters, participants, or observers.

The conference is accepting presentation proposals, to be sent to iugte.projects@gmail.com

Conference web page and registration conditions: www.iugte.com/projects/performingartsmanagement