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Active Countryside Tourism

Call for Paper Proposals
Leeds, UK, 23-25 January 2013

The Regional Studies Association (RSA) research network meeting seeks to question the contribution active countryside tourism can and does make to rural regions. How can rural areas benefit from the possibilities offered by active countryside tourism? What needs to be done to attract specific niche tourism markets to rural regions? How do active tourists consume and experience the countryside? What are the needs, interests and motivations of specific subgroups (e.g. horse riders, para-gliders, rock climbers), and how can rural communities capitalise on these potential tourism markets? What is the role of regional and national governments in promoting and facilitating the development of active countryside tourism?

Amongst the themes that may be considered are:

  • innovation in active countryside tourism
  • sustainable active countryside tourism
  • the rural tourism labour force (e.g. skills shortages, labour shortages, outsourcing etc.)
  • agricultural diversification and active countryside tourism
  • understanding specific subgroups of active countryside tourists
  • sports tourism in rural regions
  • place and destination branding for active countryside tourism
  • the role of tourism public policy in rural regional development
  • barriers to the development and expansion of active countryside tourism
  • active countryside tourism in developing regions
  • event tourism in rural regions
  • marketing of active countryside tourism
  • opposition to active countryside tourism in local rural communities
  • presentation and understandings of rurality and nature through active countryside tourism

Papers addressing other aspects of tourism and regional development are accepted.

The conference will take place in Leeds, UK, on 23-25 January 2013.

Paper proposals (title and an abstract of not more than 300 words) should be submitted to Dr Kate Dashper, k.dashper@leedsmet.ac.uk by 29 September 2012. All presenters must register for the conference. More information about the call for papers can be found at icreth.wix.com/countrysidetourism

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Making Diversity Work for Cities

An Intercultural Cities Milestone Event
Dublin, Ireland, 6 – 8 February 2013

In 2008 the Council of Europe and the European Commission, together with a group of pioneer cities, took a challenge: to develop and test a culturally competent approach to integrating diverse communities. The Intercultural cities initiative was born.

At the heart of this novel approach to integration lies the concept of Diversity advantage. The Dublin milestone event will be an opportunity to take stock of what cities have achieved, what works and what does not, and under which conditions, what challenges remain and how they can be addressed together with partners from other networks and organisations.

In Dublin the following questions will be discussed:

  • What does diversity advantage mean in practice and how can different kinds of urban policies be shaped through the intercultural lens?
  • How can cities develop a strategic approach to the diversity advantage?
  • Is the concept supported by research evidence?

Over 60 cities in Europe and beyond have joined the Intercultural cities programme and pursue the diversity advantage. At the Dublin event these cities will share their experience and learning:

  • What does diversity advantage mean in practice and how can different kinds of urban policies be shaped through the intercultural lens?
  • What intercultural strategies have cities adopted? How have they managed to build broad local partnerships to ensure grassroots involvement, transversality and sustainability? What challenges are they facing and how are they dealing with them?
  • How can cities demonstrate the reality of diversity advantage? Is the concept supported by research evidence? How can the results be assessed?

Participants will learn about the tools which have been created to support cities in implementing the intercultural integration approach: a Step-By-Step guide enables a structured approach to policy audit, citizen involvement in strategy development and an Intercultural Cities Index helps cities make evidence-based judgments about the impact and outcomes of their policies and resource investment.

Thematic workshops will review the meaning and practice of interculturalism in various policy fields such as culture, education, housing and neighbourhood development, safety and policing.

For more information please visit www.coe.int/interculturalcities or consult the draft programme at www.coe.int/t/dg4/cultureheritage/culture/Cities/Dublin/DraftProg_en.pdf

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Managing Cultural Policy: Strategic Approaches and Lessons of Creative Cities

Call for Applications
Berlin, Germany, 6 – 9 February 2013

In February 2013, the Hertie School of Governance will launch a Centre for Cultural Policy, which aims to engage in a lively debate on the future of cultural policy from an international comparative perspective. The executive seminar entitled Managing Cultural Policy: Strategic Approaches and Lessons of Creative Cities, to be held on 6-9 February 2013, marks the beginning of the executive training programme offered by the Centre. The seminar, which is unique in Germany, targets policy-makers and managers in the field of culture wishing to benefit from international case studies and the expertise of outstanding lecturers, including Hans-Georg Knopp, former Secretary-General of the Goethe Institute, and Andy C. Pratt, Professor of Culture, Media and Economics at King's College London.

Participants will be offered a programme which is rich in terms of content, and which presents the approaches and experiences in cultural policy of global creative cities in a comparative and descriptive manner. A visit to the Berlinale film festival, as well as participation in the opening ceremony of the Centre for Cultural Policy, is included in the seminar programme.

Further information is availablr at www.hertie-school.org/culture. Please apply online by 28 January 2013. Special conditions are available for public and third sector organizations.

Contact: Simon Dress, Research Assistant, Hertie School of Governance GmbH, Friedrichstrasse 180, 10117 Berlin, Germany; tel.: +49 (0)30 / 259 219 136; fax +49 (0)30 / 259 219 333; e-mail: dress@hertie-school.org, culture@hertie-school.org; www.hertie-school.org

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Art and Geography: Aesthetics and Practices of Spatial Knowledges

Lyon, France, 11-13 February 2013

The conference Art and Geography: Aesthetics and Practices of Spatial Knowledges, to be held in Lyon, France, on 11-13 February 2013 will take place in connection with a research project funded by the French National Research Agency, Médiagéo, aiming to explore the contemporary contours of what is geographical and to question the boundaries between cultural activities, in this case, art and geography.

The aim is also to examine the latest geographical approaches to and the hybridization of geographical knowledge in contemporary art as part of a broader discussion of their respective contributions. The conference is at the crossroads of contemporary geography and art. With the latest developments in how space, place and environment are viewed in contemporary art, it is necessary to take a critical look at how relevant geography's various responses to this 'spatial turn' have been, and to unravel the implications - in factual, methodological, theoretical and epistemological terms - of the convergence between contemporary art and geography.

Proposals from geographers and artists from diverse backgrounds and with varying experiences in the field are welcome. All liberal arts researchers with similar interests in the spatial/geographical dimensions of art are also welcome to contribute.

Deadline for submissions is 30 October 2012.

Further information: artgeographie.sciencesconf.org/

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Sauti za Busara 2013

Call for African Music Films
Old Fort, Stone Town, Zanzibar, 14-17 February 2013

Sauti za Busara is the annual music event in East Africa and widely known as the friendliest festival on the planet. The Sauti za Busara music festival is accepting submissions for the 2013 African Music Film Programme, the 10th edition of this popular annual event, set to take place on 14-17 February 2013 in the historic Old Fort, Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Sauti za Busara festival is looking for a variety of feature length films, stimulating and entertaining shorts from around Africa. These can be music clips, recorded concerts, music documentaries or more experimental films. The best films will be selected for screening at the festival: Eligible are:

  • films telling a story about music or musicians from the African Continent and diaspora;
  • films representing the wealth and diversity of music from East Africa and beyond;
  • music films of interest to local, regional and international audiences;

  • films with great visuals, quality sound and music that is firmly rooted in Africa;
  • films including new and unheard of sounds, as well as established artists; and
  • foreign language films should ideally be subtitled in Kiswahili and/or English.

The next edition in February 2013 will feature 200 musicians - more than twenty groups from East Africa and beyond; acoustic and electric, upcoming and established, all performing live.

The deadline for applications is 16 November 2012. Application forms and more information are available at busaramusic.org

For enquiries please contact press@busara.or.tz

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Infecting the City Public Arts Festival

Open Call for Submissions
Cape Town, South Africa, March 2013

The Africa Centre has begun preparation for Infecting the City Public Arts Festival, that will be held in the first week of March 2013. The Festival offers a unique opportunity to bring art, music, dance and performance out of theatres and galleries and into the streets and public spaces of Cape Town's Central Business District (CBD). Its aspirations are to challenge audiences, breach boundaries, shift perspectives and help make sense of the public spaces we occupy. The Festival's aim is to develop a public art intervention that resonates and challenges people to connect with each other and the City, through art.

Visual and performing artists are invited to submit works that are either completely new, or have been previously staged. The work can be a full ensemble piece, an intervention, a live performance, a visual art piece, an installation, a video, a happening, working with technology, via social media, totally interactive or some other newly imagined form. All works should translate to or work within a public environment, and should actively engage intentional and incidental audiences. There is no specific theme, though works that concern issues of urbanity are encouraged.

The call for submissions is open until 15 August 2012. A shortlist of applicants will be compiled by 1 September and finalists will be selected by 15 October.

Please email all applications or queries to info@infectingthecity.com


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La Rencontre de Fingal/Dublin

Dublin, Ireland, 7-10 March 2013

The Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture - Les Rencontres - invites to La Rencontre de Fingal/Dublin, to be held in Dublin, Ireland on 7 - 10 March 2013, in liaison with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The theme of La Rencontre de Fingal/Dublin is Culture and Sustainable Development. The network wishes, within the framework of this meeting, to make a first specific contribution to the current reflections on these societal and civilizational challenges. The meeting will put forward creative, innovative policies and projects which are implemented in the urban and rural areas in Europe and aim at a cultural, economic and social development.

For more information, please contact: Roxelane Oliyar-Komilkiw, e-mail: roxelane.oliyarkomilkiw@lesrencontres.eu, tel.: +33 1 56 54 26 35; Tiffanie Brun-Théremin, e-mail: tiffanie.brun-theremin@lesrencontres.eu, tel.: +33 1 56 54 26 33; or Rafael Mandujano, e-mail: rafael.mandujano@lesrencontres.eu, tel.: +33 1 56 54 26 37

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Public Policies toward Museums in Times of Crisis

Lisbon, Portugal, 5-6 April 2013

ICOM Portugal and ICOM Europe are jointly organising a conference to promote the exchange of knowledge related to the diversity of public policies towards museums and its relations with the financial and economic, but most of all, social and cultural crisis currently developing in Europe, as well as to reflect on possible ways to overpass it, anticipating the emerging framework.. The event will be held at the Museu Nacional de Etnologia in Lisbon, Portugal, on 5 – 6 April 2013.

The programme includes communications and panels with invited experts, as well as free presentations, selected from proposals received by registered participants. All professionals and students in museology, cultural heritage and cultural policies in general are kindly invited to register and participate.

Registration and further information at www.icom-portugal.org or by contacting info@icom-portugal.org

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Tourism and the Shifting Values of Cultural Heritage: Visiting Pasts, Developing Futures

Call for Papers
Taipei, Taiwan, 5 - 9 April 2013

University of Birmingham - Ironbridge Institute and National Taiwan University in association with UNESCO UNITWIN Network – Tourism, Culture, Development and the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, UK, are organizing an international conference on Tourism and the Shifting Values of Cultural Heritage: Visiting Pasts, Developing Futures, to be held in Taipei, Taiwan, 5-9 April 2013.

The cultural heritage of nation states, regions and communities is not only seen as a marker of identity but is also, more than ever, open and projected for global consumption. Domestic and international tourists visit both their own pasts and those of others through a vast diversity of tangible heritage sites – buildings, monuments, museums, landscapes etc. – and also a variety of intangible heritage rituals and performances. But the motivations and practices of those which are involved in the protection, preservation, display and management of cultural heritage can, and frequently do, differ from tourists who metaphorically 'visit' the past and, the tourism sector which selectively packages the past in the form of heritage. Such divergences reflect the different values attached to cultural heritage and the different value systems through which heritage is filtered.

In this context, this conference seeks to examine both the tensions and opportunities in the processes of valuing and protecting cultural heritage and, in mobilising it for development purposes in the wider social sphere. The conference will explore how heritage 'works' in the context of shifting and mobile values and, the various ways in which tourism and tourists shape, embed and change the value of heritage in societies. The Conference aims to provide critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and the organizers invite papers from all disciplines and fields including: anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, cultural geography, cultural studies, ethnology and folklore, economics, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, museum studies, philosophy, political science, sociology, tourism studies and urban/spatial planning.

Papers dealing with all categories of heritage are invited – world heritage, natural heritage, built and urban heritage, colonial heritage, religious heritage, heritage landscapes, intangible heritage, museum heritage, food heritage etc. etc. Potential themes of interest include:

  • understanding tourist experiences of heritage sites – narrative, memory and emotion;
  • interpreting and communicating the values of heritage – engaging complex audiences;
  • identity building through tangible and intangible heritage – challenging traditions;
  • regeneration programmes based on heritage – economies of nostalgia;
  • processes of commodifying pasts for touristic consumption – (dis)inventing tradition;
  • heritages of conflict – power, glory and displacement; and
  • mobile heritage – diasporas, routes and roots.

Please send a 300 word abstract of your paper with a clear title to ironbridge@contacts.bham.ac.uk no later than 5 October 2012.

For further information on the conference, including the programme, speaker profiles and accepted abstracts please contact Caroline Ashton; tel.: 0121 414 9136; e-mail: ironbridge@contacts.bham.ac.uk; internationaltaipei2013.wordpress.com

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Sixth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum: Museums and Active Citizenship

Call for Papers
Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-24 April 2013

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, or colloquia are invited for the Sixth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum to be held at the National Art Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen on 22-24 April 2013. The organizers welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse. They also encourage faculty and students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia.

Presenters may also choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of the Inclusive Museum. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit an article based on your presentation for possible publication in this fully refereed academic journal. The deadline for the current round of submissions to the conference call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 14 February 2013.

For more information about submitting your proposal or registering for the conference, visit the conference website onmuseums.com/the-conference

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Media and Creative Industries – Policies, Business and Challenges

Lisbon, Portugal, 3-4 May 2013

The 6th Conference of the International Media Management Academic Association (IMMAA) on Media and Creative Industries - Policies, Business and Challenges will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 3-4 May 2013.

The programme committee invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 2013 IMMAA annual conference. Please send either completed papers, where available, or a brief summary of the topic to be presented. The programme committee also invites proposals for panel topics; recommendations for outside speakers, including for keynote and opening speakers; andrecommendations for other researchers to whom a call for papers should be sent.

Submissions should be sent to Paulo Faustino with the subject "Lisbon IMMAA Conference" at faustino.paulo@gmail.com.

The deadline for abstracts (max. 1 page) is 28 February 2013, for full papers (max. 25 pages + annexes) 10 April 2013.

IMMAA is a collaborative professional group of academic researchers on the subject of media management. The link between them is the desire to develop research and teaching of media management to students and professionals.

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7th Bucharest International JAZZ Competition 2013

Bucharest, Romania, 18 – 25 May 2013

The Bucharest International Jazz Competition, organized by jmEvents.ro, is a unique event on the professional Romanian jazz scene, but also is ranked among the first three jazz competitions in Europe. It is addressed to bands and vocalists aged up to 35 years of age, and its mission is to contribute to the acknowledgement of Romanian and international jazz values. An entire week is dedicated exclusively to jazz.

The contest is followed by jam sessions and workshops, where international specialists share their jazz knowledge and skills with the participants. The Bucharest International Jazz Competition is more than an international contest, it is a statement – it promotes young musicians' creativity and freedom of expression at a time at which the commercial is the compromise for success in music. Musicians with different backgrounds come together on the EUROPAfest stage and give their best to the public. Most contestants have an impressive portfolio, attending prestigious international events such as the Jazz Festival of Montreux, Red Sea International Jazz Festival or Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival USA.

The deadline for applications is 10 February 2013.

Contact: Prof. Luigi Gageos, Competition Director, jmEvents; tel.: +40 722 383 542; fax: +40 21 323 66 00, e-mail: luigi.gageos@jmEvents.ro; www.jmEvents.ro

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International Symposium on Language for International Communication

Riga, Latvia, 23-24 May 2013

The Department of English Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Latvia announced the 2nd International Symposium on Language for International Communication, to be held in Riga, Latvia, on 23–24 May 2013. The symposium, organized as a two-day interdisciplinary conference, endeavours to establish links between disciplines concerned with the instrumental use of language in international communication and with the study of its acquisition, the main focus being on fostering innovative methodological approaches to empirical research.

The aim of the forum is to bring together distinguished scholars, practitioners and novice researchers from different linguistic backgrounds and disciplines for a discussion on the role of languages in international communication in the modern world. Researchers from all over the world are invited to share their research results and new ideas at the conference to promote cross-cultural cooperation. The focus of the forum is on subfields of general and applied linguistics, such as semantics, pragmatics, text and corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, language acquisition, lexicology, lexicography, translation and interpretation.

The abstracts will be published in a Book of Abstracts. All papers with positive reviews will be published in the LInCS2013 Proceedings. The costs of both publications are included in the registration fee. Selected papers will be published in the Baltic Journal of English Language, Literature and Culture.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts (online) is 1 December 2012 Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 20 December 2012 Submission of the article manuscript electronically for reviewing: 20 February 2013.

E-mail addresses for correspondence regarding registration and conference programme: Zigrida Vincela, zigrida.vincela@lu.lv and Natalia Cigankova, natalja.cigankova@lu.lv; regarding abstracts and manuscripts: Monta Farneste, mfarneste@lanet.lv

For more, please see www.lu.lv/lincs2013/

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Protests as Events / Events as Protests

Leeds, UK, 12 June 2013

A one day symposium for academics and activists will be organised by the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH) and Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, UK. The symposium entitled Protests as Events / Events as Protests will be held on 12 June 2013.

The organizers take as their starting point Paul Chatterton's argument that "acknowledging that protest encounters are emotionally laden, relational, hybrid, corporeal and contingent, possibilities open up for breaking the silences that divide us and overcoming ontological divisions such as activist and non-activist." This symposium aims to involve conversations between activists and non-activists, as well as academics as activists in order to explore the complex construction of protests as events / events as protests. They propose an innovative coming together of activists and academics to build bridges, initiate debate and develop future research agendas.

The conceptualisation of protests as events and vice versa involves consideration of the temporalities of protests as well as the mobilities that are enacted to bring together an assemblage that may be on the move or fixed at a still point. Thus Protests as Events / Events as Protests also builds upon the workshop held at the University of Leicester in June 2012 entitled (Re)thinking Protest Camps: governance, spatiality, affect and media.

This call thus seeks papers that focus on one or more of the following topics:

  • Conceptualisations of protests as events
  • The academic/activist interface
  • Timings and rhythms of protests
  • Discursive constructions of protests
  • Protest and political tourism
  • Mobile assemblages and protests
  • Embodiments of protest events
  • Sustaining protests in the face of cultural changes
  • Protests and sports events
  • Critical hospitality and protests
  • Governance and the governmentalities of protest events

The organizers are seeking proposals for papers, abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed to d.carl@leedsmet.ac.uk by 10 March 2013.

For further information please visit the symposium's blog at protestsandevents.wordpress.com or contact Daniela Carl on +44 (0) 113 -812 8541 or Dr Ian Lamond on +44 (0)113 -812 3816

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Heritage and Tourism: Policy and Practice for Maximizing Results

London, United Kingdom, 17-21 June 2013

The study programme Heritage and Tourism: Policy and Practice for Maximizing Results, to be held in London, United Kingdom, on 17-21 June 2013 will focus on heritage, culture and tourism policy and planning. The study programme is organised by Public Administration International (PAI).

Governmental agencies typically place heritage and culture as a low priority in the face of other pressing development needs and they are not adequately aware that heritage and culture can play a significant role in tourism, deliver urban and rural regeneration, and provide social and economic benefits for individuals and communities. Tourism professionals are also not always well informed about how heritage and culture can be used to enhance tourism potential.

There are important new developments in the UK, not least the experience of the Olympics, which shed light on these critical heritage and tourism policy matters and this experience will be used as a catalyst to stimulate discussion and exchanges of ideas between participants.

The study programme will introduce the principles behind heritage, culture and tourism policy and planning: why they are important, what are the key policy decisions, and how they can contribute to the economy and society as a whole. It will consider topics related to planning, promotion, delivery and assessment of cultural tourism. Particular attention will be given to skills development, institutional reform, public information and visibility, funding strategies, the role of the private and voluntary sectors, and sustainable development as well as innovative approaches to maximizing heritage and tourism benefits.

The programme is designed mainly for policy-makers and senior experts working in government ministries and agencies and in non-governmental organizations concerned with the management and funding of heritage conservation and tourism. Applications will also be welcome from those in the voluntary and private sector who wish to gain insights into how heritage, culture and tourism contribute to economic development and to engage in dialogue with officials and experts with responsibilities in this field.

To apply, send a completed application form to Clare Walters, Programme Manager, PAI, 56, Russell Square, London WC1B 4HP, UK; e-mail: pai@public-admin.co.uk; www.public-admin.co.uk

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Heritage Forum of Central Europe: The Limits of Heritage

Krakow, Poland, 12-14 June 2013

The 2nd Heritage Forum of Central Europe will take place in Krakow, Poland on 12-14 June 2013. This year's edition is entitled The Limits of Heritage. The 2nd Heritage Forum of Central Europe is a continuation of the first meeting organised under this name in 2011. The meeting confirmed the need for dialogue and exchange of experiences regarding cultural heritage in the Visegrad Group countries and outside it. The problems discussed will regard contemporary heritage issues, analysed both in the Central European and the global context. Central Europe/V4 will serve as a starting point for wider considerations. This should make the programme of the Forum interesting not only for people from the region and experts on its heritage but also to a wider international community preoccupied with heritage as a whole. Particular sessions should be geographically varied – some papers should regard the V4 and while others should be concerned with heritage on a global scale (comparative studies, international cases which may provide a lesson for Central Europe). The Forum will be held under the Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group.

The conference will be shaped around the following subject matters: the limits of heritage; management of large-scale cultural heritage properties; heritage and politics; how to sell heritage; attractive cities – the role of heritage; dissonant heritage; intangible cultural heritage.

Speakers of the forthcoming Forum will be selected in the call for papers procedure. Researchers, professionals and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of maximum 300 words by 10 February 2013 to the Forum Secretariat at heritageforum@mck.krakow.pl. The conference will result in a peer-reviewed (academic) publication.

For more information, please contact: Miedzynarodowe Centrum Kultury International Cultural Centre, Rynek G³owny 25, 31-008 Krakow, Poland; tel.: +48 12 42 42 804; fax: +48 12 42 17 844; e-mail: heritageforum@mck.krakow.pl; www.mck.krakow.pl

Link to the conference website: www.mck.krakow.pl/conference/the-2nd-heritage-forum-of-central-europe-the-limits-of-heritage

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ICAS 8: The East–West Crossroads

Macao, China, 24-27 June 2013

The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the premier international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. It attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. Since 1998, ICAS has brought more than 15,000 academics together at seven conventions. ICAS is an active accelerator of research.

ICAS 8: The East – West Crossroads will be hosted by the University of Macau (UM) and will be held from 24 to 27 June 2013 in the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. Some 1,500 to 2,500 Asia specialists are expected to attend. This city is located in the heart of East Asia and successfully merges its long history of culture and tradition with diversity and cosmopolitanism.

Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2012

Submission of abstracts for panels, roundtables and papers can be made using ICAS 8 registration forms, available from www.icassecretariat.org.

General information about ICAS 8 can be found at www.umac.mo/icas8, or contact the ICAS Secretariat at icas@iias.nl

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AIMAC 2013

Call for Papers
Bogota, Colombia, 26-29 June 2013

Researchers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations to the 12th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC 2013), to be held in South America for the first time – in Bogota, Colombia, on 26-29 June, 2013. Proposals from any relevant discipline will be considered, provided they make an original academic contribution to the study of cultural management. This scientific conference will address various sectors of the arts and cultural industries (performing arts and festivals, heritage, museums and visual arts, film production and distribution, book publishing, recording, broadcasting, audiovisual media and multimedia, design).

Papers are welcome on all arts and cultural management areas, including:

  • strategic marketing (including fundraising and sponsorships),
  • consumer behaviour,
  • product and brand management,
  • strategic management and planning,
  • organizational behaviour,
  • governance,
  • leadership,
  • human resource management,
  • finance/control,
  • organization of creative industries,
  • corporate social responsibility,
  • corporate finance strategies,
  • corporate communication strategies,
  • cultural entrepreneurship,
  • creative and cultural industries,
  • creativity and innovation,
  • the creative city/region,
  • business models,
  • cultural diversity and management,
  • art and Culture as a strategy to reach social change, and
  • internationalization.

All research that utilizes the arts and cultural industries as a context of study for probing broader business research questions is welcome.

All those wishing to present a paper at the conference must submit an abstract of 1,000 – 1,500 words. The deadline for abstracts is 31 October 2012. Abstracts will undergo a double blind review process, and authors will be informed of acceptance by early 2013. There will be awards for Best Paper in each research track, Best Paper for the conference, and Best Doctoral Research.

For information on the programme schedule and local arrangements, please visit www.aimac2013.org

Please contact: infoaimac2013@uniandes.edu.co

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Meeting on Agenda 21 for Culture

Call for Papers
Lille, France, 27-29 June 2013

The 10th meeting of the Committee on Culture of UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) will take place in Lille, France on 27-29 June 2013. The main topics to be discussed in the meeting of the Committee on Culture of UCLG are:

  • Key presentations of cities engaged in the local implementation of Agenda 21 for Culture and the UCLG Declaration on culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development.
  • Launch of the process to update Agenda 21 for culture in 2014: How do we evaluate the existing document? What contents should the new document have? What monitoring/support can we provide to cities? What training / capacity building / exchanges should we design and implement?
  • State of the art of work related to the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Habitat III (2016)
  • Report on the UNESCO conference on Culture: Key to Sustainable Development, Hangzhou, China, 14-17 May 2013
  • Launch of the World Award on Agenda 21 for culture
  • Preparation of UCLG's World Congress in Rabat (1-4 October 2013)
  • Ideas for the programme for the new period 2014-2016
  • Technical visits to cultural projects in Lille

For more information please contact: coordination@agenda21culture.net.

To access the documents, please see www.agenda21culture.net/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=321&Itemid=86&lang=en

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Transcultural Perspectives on the Future 2013

Chicago, USA, on 19-21 July 2013

FUTUREtakes, a Transcultural Futurist Magazine, invites members of the Culturelink community to serve as panelists in the fourth annual Transcultural Roundtable, also known as Transcultural Perspectives on the Future 2013. As in the past three years, the roundtable will be a special session of World Future 2013, an annual conference sponsored by the World Future Society. World Future 2013 is scheduled to take place in Chicago, USA, on 19-21 July 2013.

Topics of interest are posted at www.futuretakes.org/Transcultural.html and subordinate pages. Each panelist will be asked to make a 15-minute presentation and to be available during the Q&A period at the end of the session. Although neither the World Future Society nor FUTUREtakes is able to pay travel or conference expenses of the participants, Transcultural Roundtable 2013 panelists and other conference speakers are eligible for reduced conference registration fees.

Prospective panelists are asked to advise FUTUREtakes of their interest by 30 November 2013. For further information, write to info@futuretakes.org

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International Conference on Cultural Memory

Call for Participation
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 5-6 September 2013

The Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies (CCCS) and The Balkan Network for Culture and Culture Studies (BNCCS) are organizing the first of many to follow, annually-held conferences, under the overarching theme of Cultural Memory. The conference will be held in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, on 5-6 September 2013.

The interest in the past, and consequently, the interest in collective and individual memory, is quite pertinent to overall present-day research interests of the CCCS. Finding a way to articulate and express individual and collective identities, which find themselves under the undeniable pressure of globalization, transition and consumer processes, is becoming increasingly important. On the one hand, in today's contemporary, post-modern societies, the various ethnic groups call for recognition, which in turn demonstrates a need for the construction of their pasts, and thus, their cultural memories. On the other hand, if national, regional, religious and/or local cultural identities present today were portrayed as more or less stable entities, today they may be observed as nothing more than events, changes or conflicts usually associated with secularization, industrialization, globalization, migration, or many other political, economic, cultural and/or religious. From this stance, culture is seen as shaped under the influence of processes that stand in constant mutual tension. In other words, it is located in a state of constant negotiation with the newly present conditions, values, ideas and beliefs, set in circumstances whence the previously dominant segments are no longer present. In such processes, the term memory occupies a central role.

The objective of this first conference is twofold: namely, to contribute to the study of cultural memory by unlocking narratives about the past (and their canonization), and offer relevant critical observations on the manifestations of cultural memory that are not essentially 'narratives'. This approach provides a kind of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary access to cultural memory taken from various perspectives.

In this context, we are faced by the following questions: how do we recall, remember and forget? What stories are 'permitted' and which are 'forbidden'? How does the past determine the present and shape the future? How do the various discourses of the past determine the social and personal identities? How are our deepest emotions, desires and fantasies articulated in the present through the discursive space of memory? What are the relations between memory and monuments, archives and museums? How can we understand the dual nature of monuments: as tools of ideologically driven memory (fixed memory) and/or as constant sources of creative construction and opening up of memory? Does technological development influence the process of remembering the past? What are the implications of a digitalization of memory? What kind of history is created by the massive use of digital technologies (i.e., online archives that are encoding/decoding their users' memories in virtual space)? How do the systems used for production affect the ways that use, protect and work with memory? In what ways is cultural tourism associated with memory? How does it reflect the local and global histories in terms of which narratives are being produced and consumed?

On that note, individual and collective memory within the processes of creating identities provides for the contemporary researcher indispensable links to the myriad present-day realities that are at the same time quite problematic. This duality manifests itself in the creative and conceptual forms of expression. Hence, the aim of the conference is to bring closer the various aspects applied in studying cultural memory. The conference aims at fostering a critical dialogue beyond the boundaries set by various disciplines, thus papers from various disciplines and fields are most welcomed, including art history, literature, anthropology, architecture, philosophy, political science, sociology, cultural geography, cultural studies, media and film studies, ethnology and folklore, economics, history, heritage studies, museum studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, tourism studies, transport studies and urban/spatial planning.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Cultural Memory and Identity; Cultural Memory and Politics; Cultural Memory and Space/Place; Cultural Memory and Social Institutions/Cultural Products; Cultural Memory and Everyday Life; Mediated Memories; Cultural Memory and Tourism.

Papers, creative projects, and other non-traditional presentations exploring the aforementioned topics are also welcome.

Abstracts will be published and made available with the conference materials. Full papers will be published in the peer-reviewed journal “Kultura/Culture”.

Please submit your proposals to conference@cultcenter.net by 1 February 2013.

Please feel free to contact Loreta Georgievska-Jakovleva at lgeorgievska@yahoo.com or Mishel Pavlovski at mpavlovski@iml.ukim.edu.mk; www.cultcenter.net

Conference web site: www.cultcenter.net/conf2013.php

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Sixth European Workshop on Applied Cultural Economics (EWACE)

Call for Papers
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 5-7 September 2013

The Sixth European Workshop on Applied Cultural Economics (EWACE) will take place at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 5-7 September 2013. It is intended to provide a forum for the development and dissemination of applications of quantitative methods in cultural economics, as well as cultural-related applications of mathematical economics, experimental economics and other quantitative approaches. The workshop will consist of 15-20 papers and the number of participants will be limited to around 25. Papers will be circulated in advance and taken as read.

Papers for the 2013 Workshop will be selected on the basis of full drafts. Papers must be sent as e-mail attachments to Antonello Eugenio Scorcu at antonello.scorcu@unibo.it

Deadline for submitting completed draft papers: 31 May 2013.

For information about accommodation and other organizational enquiries please contact: Andrej Srakar, Project Coordinator, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia; tel.: +386 31 643 414; e-mail: andrej_srakar@t-2.net

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Fortune Favours the Brave

Museums Galleries Scotland Conference on Organisational Sustainability
Glasgow, UK, 12 September 2013

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is organizing a conference entitled Fortune Favours the Brave. It will take place in Hampden Park, Glasgow, on 12 September 2013. The central theme is organizational sustainability, and sessions will explore attracting investment; engaging audiences; adopting business-like practices; forming lasting partnerships and skills-building. The conference themes and content are being developed by MGS drawing on the responses given through the consultation carried out in 2012 on the sector's work, priorities and resource needs, aligning with the National Strategy.

MGS welcomes contributions to the conference and has issued a call for papers – proposals should be submitted by 15 April 2013.

Full details regarding the call can be found at www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/conference-2013/call-for-papers/

For further information:

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Global Reach, Local Touch – How Streams of Culture are Shaping our Futures

19th SIETAR Europa Congress
Tallin, Estonia, 18-22 September 2013

The 19th SIETAR Europa Congress will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, on 18-22 September 2013. The working theme of the 2013 Congress is Global Reach, Local Touch: How Streams of Culture are Shaping our Futures, promoting the need for inclusionary thinking, the valuing of diversity and the synergistic performance of people working together across the globe - reflecting the reality of our everyday lives. As with all SIETAR Congresses, it will be a great opportunity to learn new skills, stay abreast of recent research and new trends in cultural field, network with other interculturalists, exchange ideas, share experiences, and draw public attention to issues related to interculturalism.

Similar to the previous events there will be closed meetings, committee meetings and plenary sessions. Once again the participants will have a chance to discuss the most important issues, new research data and exchange ideas. Tallinn, one of the most beautiful cities in this part of Europe, is a dynamic and radiant city that features stunning architecture and a vibrant cultural life. In 2011, Tallinn was the European Capital of Culture.

To register, please visit sietareu.org/tallinn_register_form/index.php.

For more information please see: sietareu.org/congress2013/welcome

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European Campus of Local and Regional Authorities for Culture 2013

Tampere, Finland, 18 - 22 September 2013

The Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture Les Rencontres is organizing the second edition of the European Campus of Local and Regional Authorities for Culture, to be held in Tampere, Finland, from 18 to 22 September 2013. The unifying theme of the European Campus will be Culture and Social Innovation. The specificity of this Campus will be its focus on the strengths of Finland in the fields of education, creativity and innovation, quality of life, citizens' participation, social cohesion, among other positive facets, in relationship with the cultural policies of Finnish local and regional authorities, and putting these dimensions in a European perspective.

The theoretical and practical analysis of these policies will be associated with the:

  • reflection axis of the European Campus, which is the contribution of local and regional cultural policies in the Europe 2020 strategy, and
  • promotion of cultural cooperation between local and regional authorities in Europe.

In particular, Tampere's cultural policies and best practices will be featured and discussed in order to allow the participants from all over Europe to explore potential collaborations in the cultural field with Tampere's major city players (cultural institutions, artists, cultural enterprises, etc.).

In addition, the Association's General Meeting will be held on 21 September.

You can already download the Project outline of the Campus (www.lesrencontres.eu/images/stories/pdf/Tampere-Project-Outline-Campus-Tempere-EN.pdf), the preliminary programme (www.lesrencontres.eu/images/stories/pdf/Tampere-Preliminary-programme-structure.pdf) and the practical information sheet (www.lesrencontres.eu/images/stories/pdf/campus_2013_practical_information_en.pdf). Please note also that an email address has been put into service for this project: campus2013@lesrencontres.eu.

For more information, please contact: Rafael Mandujano, Chief project manager, tel.: +33 1 56 54 26 37; e-mail: rafael.mandujano@lesrencontres.eu,
Roxelane Oliyar-Komilkiw, Project manager, tel.: +33 1 56 54 26 35; e-mail: roxelane.oliyarkomilkiw@lesrencontres.eu, or
Alberto Nalda Alonso, Intern, tel.: +33 1 56 54 26 33; e-mail: alberto.nalda@lesrencontres.eu

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The Learning Museum (LEM) Final Conference

Bologna, Italy, 19–20 September 2013

"The Learning Museum" conference will take place in Bologna, Italy, on 19 - 20 September 2013. The overall objective of the event - which in the first place is meant to be a meeting place to facilitate networking and develop further collaborations at European level - is therefore to disseminate the outcomes of the project and share the knowledge developed throughout the three years of its duration, as well as to give participants an opportunity to compare experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from all over Europe.

LEM - The Learning Museum is a network project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig (2010-2013) which aims to establish a permanent network and webspace for museums and adult educators to participate in a learning society and in a knowledge based Europe.

The conference has been registered on the Comenius Grundtvig Catalogue with the code IT-2013-960-001 which allows non Italian participants to apply for a grant. The deadline for grant applications is 16 April 2013.

More information can be found at:


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The Best in Heritage

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 19 - 21 September 2013

The Best in Heritage is an annual survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. Organized in partnership with Europa Nostra, and under special patronage of the International Council of Museums, it is supported by the City of Dubrovnik and the Croatian Ministry of Culture.

The conference to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 19-21 September 2013, offers an overview of the best from the field of museum, conservation and heritage projects. Twenty-four projects awarded in 2012 from all over the world will present their success stories. Presenters will elaborate on their creative and innovative approach, they will interact with the audience and take part in moderated discussions.

Participants have a unique opportunity to get inspired by many acclaimed experts and acquire insight into contemporary trends and tendencies. The gathering is ideal for networking, establishing contacts and discussing potential collaborations. In addition to an inspiring array of best practices, the programme features rich social and cultural content, all taking place in the renaissance city core of Dubrovnik.

Useful links:

2013 Programme: www.thebestinheritage.com/conference/programme/

Online registration: www.thebestinheritage.com/conference/registration/

The Best in Heritage Newsletter subscription: www.thebestinheritage.com/registration/register/

For more information please visit: www.thebestinheritage.com

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Between Education, Commerce and Adventure. Tourist Experience in Europe Since the Interwar Period

Berlin, Germany, 26-28 September 2013

The international conference Between Education, Commerce and Adventure: Tourist experience in Europe since the Interwar Period, will take place in Berlin, 26-28 September 2013.

Over the course of the twentieth century, tourism in Europe experienced a veritable earthquake: it ceased to be confined to the upper and middle classes and became increasingly accessible to the working class. This trend was certainly facilitated by the fact that national legislation in many Western European countries from the mid-1930s onwards granted the right to paid vacation for employees, in addition to rapidly rising standards of living in post-1945 Western Europe. Mass tourism took on many forms, among which commercial tourism featured prominently. According to Furlough and Baranowski, by the onset of the 1960s commercial tourism had created a "full-throttle global industry". Still, numerous seemingly antagonistic models of mass tourism have emerged in Europe since the 1930s: social tourism undertaken by non-profit enterprises, state-sponsored tourism in Nazi Germany as well as in socialist European countries involved thousands of tourists and aimed at endowing their vacation with "purpose" and "meaning". Moreover, the 1960s also witnessed the emergence of a mobile youth, appreciating both domestic and cross-border trips; some of these youths engaged in so-called "alternative" tourism, as opposed to mass and package tourism.

The aim of the conference is twofold: First, in order to better illuminate the diversity of tourist experience, it seeks to critically investigate the argument of the prevalence of commercial tourism. It intends to further scrutinize interconnections among the abovementioned and seemingly competing tourist models. A telling case is the growing appropriation of "alternative" tourist patterns by commercial tourism providers in West Germany in the late 1970s. Moreover, the conference aims to help rethread the scholarly analysis of a plethora of profound economic, social, cultural and political transformations that shaped Europe in the 20th century through the needle of mass tourism as a diverse phenomenon. It seeks to approach tourism from the perspective of the experiences of the tourists as well as of the discourses that tourists employed to lend meaning to these experiences. It intends to examine tourists of differing background with regard to social class, gender, age, nation and ethnicity, and to illuminate how travel was experienced and conceptualized by tourists who lived in various political regimes across Europe. It also wishes to closely examine the entanglements between tourism and other forms of cross-border mobility, such as migration and student exchange. Therefore, even though research investigating single countries may certainly be fruitful and is welcome, the organisers would like to encourage the submission of papers which employ a transnational and/or comparative perspective in order to test the significance of Europe as a terrain, in which transnational mobility posed challenges to national borders.

Potential topics to be investigated in the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cold War and tourism. Tourist mobility across the Cold War blocs.
  • Tourism, gender and sexuality.
  • Cross-border tourism and "European integration".
  • Tourism as a generational experience. Young tourists inside and outside commercial tourism. Youth hostels across Europe. Youth politicization and tourism in the 1960s and the 1970s.
  • Tourism and migration in post-World War II Europe. Discourses and experiences of the immigrants as tourists. Interviewing of tourism and migration affecting consumer cultures in both the native and the host areas of the immigrants. Tourism, migration and the forging of transnational spaces.

The conference welcomes interdisciplinary approaches in various fields of the humanities, including history, social/cultural anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, media studies and political theory.

The conference is organized by Professor Dr Thomas Mergel and Dr Nikolaos Papadogiannis (Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) as well as by PD Dr Maren Möhring (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam). It is scheduled to take place on 26-28 September, 2013 in Berlin and will be held in English and German. Proposals for a paper should be either in English or in German.

Please send an abstract by 31 July 2012 to Nikolaos Papadogiannis at papadogn@hu-berlin.de or npapadogian@gmail.com

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Upgrading Life in Historic Towns - Sustainable Energy

Historic Towns - International Workshop
Dubrovnik, Croatia, 3-4 October 2013

Professionals and advocates of sustainable energy are invited to participate in an exchange of innovative ideas during an exciting workshop coorganized by the City of Dubrovnik and the UNESCO Venice Office Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, and in partnership with the Croatian Association of Historic Towns, the University of Dubrovnik, Renforus, and the Marco Polo System. Participants will take part in an exchange of innovative ideas, leading edge concepts, new technologies, ongoing research and demonstration projects, and policy updates that will shape the future of sustainable energy. The two-day workshop will consist of presentations by international and national experts from across all sectors.

This international workshop on Renewable Energy will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration and networking with other professionals in the public, private, and academic sectors with an interest in energy and sustainability. Energy managers, researchers, engineers, scientists, architects, conservationists, archaeologists, consultants, developers, policy-makers, elected officials, home and business owners, investors, the general public and students in related disciplines.

Energy is increasingly at the core of global sustainability and climate change mitigation discussions. As energy demand continues to grow, the ability to address energy issues, including energy access, efficiency, and renewable energy sources, will be paramount in enabling development and climate change priorities to be met in a mutually reinforcing way.

Energy has also become increasingly intertwined with sustainable development and climate change mitigation policies.

Member-States of UNESCO and its governing bodies have manifested a clear stance to have a more holistic vision of the matter. Through the establishment of crosscutting platforms and Task Forces, UNESCO designated sites have become authentic work places on this matter, since social-environmental changes driven by climatic shifts are severely hitting many of its affiliated sites.

As clearly highlighted within the Case studies on climate change and World Heritage (UNESCO 2007) numerous examples have been cited, depicting different spheres of the biosphere, ranging from marine to terrestrial, from glaciers to archeological sites, historic cities and settlements.

Therefore, during the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee the importance of climate change and its impact on World Heritage Sites (WHS), as well as their outstanding universal value, integrity and authenticity were recognized. The move of the Organization has been also recently stressed in another historical flagship programme: the Man and the Biosphere (MAB). The 24th session of the International Coordinating Council stated that the combination of coastal, island rural and urban ecosystem networking initiatives were important for promoting biosphere reserves (BRs) as sites for energy efficient and renewable energy-driven development alternatives, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation efforts and to sustainable development in general.

In order to operationalize further these innovative concepts and linking the governance of the conservation with the governance of sustainable energy in the UNESCO designated sites, an overarching Climate Change Platform launched the global intuitive RENFORUS (Renewable Energy Futures for UNESCO Sites) aimed at enhancing and applying the climate change knowledge base for building green societies and for promoting the use of World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves as field observatories on the sustainable use of renewable energy sources.

RENFORUS, therefore, plays a catalytic role in educational and scientific enhancement of more comprehensive, holistic approaches to energy, climate change and global sustainability. At a regional level, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe[1], taking stock of the previous experiences conducted on capacity building for sustainable energy, co-organised in 2011, with the United Nations Development Programme in Croatia and the Municipality of Dubrovnik, the international conference on Energy Management in Cultural Heritage (6-8 April 2011-Dubrovnik, Croatia). This event created the momentum of significant demonstrative and learning purposes on energy, regarding many UNESCO designated sites, and in general, cultural heritage sites. Based upon such innovative legacy, the International Workshop on Upgrading Life in Historical Towns – Sustainable Energy, has come to light. We believe that UNESCO sites can provide different narratives of energy sustainability, on its use, consumption and management and ultimate testing sites for new regimes to confront those problems which endanger them the most.

The upcoming event will bring scholars and practitioners from both the public and private sectors to identify methodologies to link advanced technology in the field of energy efficiency and the preservation of historical buildings and cultural settings.

Innumerable obstacles to mainstream the sustainable energy in the governance settings of historic sites have been cited. In many cases, these obstacles are related to good reasons: preservation of the outstanding universal value, integrity and authenticity criteria upon which the World Heritage properties have been inscribed. However, site managers and conservation authorities should realise that the stake is too high to not engage on the path of sustainable energy. In many cases the ratio between the reasons of energy efficiency and the imperative of conservation may find a more balanced consensus and the creation of more adequate management systems.

With this in mind, the international workshop on Upgrading Life in Historical Towns – Sustainable Energy represents a relevant educational opportunity to enhance capacity-building in sustainable energy by conveying in a single venue a substantial capital of knowledge developed in World Heritage Sites in Europe. These sites have proven to be fundamental when addressing sustainability, in terms of education, management, and scientific knowledge to be regionally shared and applied.

During the conclusive session of the conference, scientific presentations of the students’ working teams of the UNESCO School on Sustainable energy in World Heritage Sites and an awards ceremony will be hosted.

Workshop proceedings, containing main workshop summaries, achievements and consensus views in form of recommendations on current state of practice needs in the sector of energy governance as applied to World Heritage Sites Managers and public authorities governing the sites will be published.

Contact: Croatian Association of Historic Towns, Ms. Biserka Simatovic, Pred Dvorom 1, HR-20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia; tel.: 00 385 (0)20 638 209 or 351 800; fax: 00 385 (0)20 351 819; e-mail: bsimatovic@dubrovnik.hr; www.dubrovnik.hr/HUPG/conference_dubrovnik2013/index.php

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Culture Action Europe Public Conference

Rome, Italy, 4-5 October 2013

The Culture Action Europe conference has a long established tradition as the key focal point for operators, activists and campaigners as well as leading figures of the European institutions to get together and debate key issues at stake for Europe's future. Hosted by the extraordinary premises of the Architecture Faculty of the 3rd University of Rome, resulting from the rehabilitation of a former slaughterhouse situated in the core of the city centre, this year's conference will inspire, argue and debate the vital role of individual and social cultural capacities in building a way out of the deadlock that threatens Europe, its people and democracy. With an intensive programme, organised on the basis of cross-sectorial thematics and including highly interactive formats, as well as the contribution of top level thinkers and decision-makers, the conference will generate a common basis for coordinating political engagement and activism. It will also provide the main components for the CAE network's 5-year action plan, which will be built on an operational model based on members' direct participation and leadership.

In connection with the conference, Culture Action Europe will organize its Annual General Meeting for members only in Rome, on 3 October (first convocation) and 5 October (second convocation).

For more information, please see www.cultureactioneurope.org/lang-en/news-archive/39-2008/708--save-the-date-culture-action-europe-public-conference-and-agm-october-2013-rome-italy- or contact the Culture Action Europe secretariat at advocate@cultureactioneurope.org

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EFA Ateliers for Young Festival Managers 2013/2014

Beirut, Lebanon, 5-12 October 2013; Edinburgh, UK, 3-10 April 2014; Kampala, Uganda, 21-28 September 2014

Following the intense experience of five Ateliers for Young Festival Managers in Gorlitz (2006), Varna (2009), Singapore (May 2011), Izmir (October 2011) and Ljubljana (October 2012), the European Festivals Association (EFA) announces the next three editions to be held in: Beirut, Lebanon in autumn 2013, in Edinburgh, UK in spring 2014, and in Kampala, Uganda in autumn 2014.

The Atelier Beirut 2013 will be hosted by the Beiteddine Art Festival from 5-12 October 2013. The Atelier Edinburgh 2014 will be held from 3-10 April 2014 and hosted by the Edinburgh International Festival. The Atelier Kampala 2014 will take place from 21-28 September 2014, hosted by the Bayimba International Arts Festival.

The application process for two of the Ateliers is now open, with application deadlines on 31 March 2013 for the Beirut Atelier and 30 June 2013 for the Edinburgh Atelier. The open call for the Kampala Atelier will be launched in September 2013. EFA invites motivated young artistic festival managers to express their interest in this unique training programme and its next promising editions in 2013 and 2014. Please email EFA at atelier@efa-aef.eu for application forms.

The Atelier for Young Festival Mangers is a high-level 7-day training programme focusing on the artistic aspects of festival management. It brings together two generations of festival makers: 45 young festival managers and 10 renowned festival directors from all over the world. Each of the three editions will be hosted by an excellent international festival in a unique cultural setting. The hosting cities will offer an inspiring and challenging context which will enrich the Atelier content and participants.

To find out more about the Atelier and the previous editions, please visit www.atelierforyoungfestivalmanagers.eu

Contact: Atelier for Young Festival Managers, 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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Creative Industries – Poverty Reduction or Profit Leverage?

3rd African Creative Economy Conference
Cape Town, South Africa, 6 - 9 October 2013

Registration is open for the 3rd African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC) 2013 and the 4th Arterial Network Biennial Conference, to take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 6 – 9 October 2013. The events are expected to attract numerous delegates, including visitors from at least 40 African countries. First held in Nairobi in December 2011, and then in Dakar in November 2012, the conference rotates from region to region.

With research revealing that Africa's share of the global creative economy is less than 1 percent, the Conference aims not only to focus attention on the continent's creative industries as economic drivers; it will also highlight their potential contribution to the eradication of poverty and the underpinning of human rights.

A case in point: The recent World Economic Forum (WEF) in Cape Town highlighted good news stories about the African continent. That Africa has six of the fastest-growing economies in the world. That a growing middle-class represents huge new markets. That nearly half of the African countries have reached middle-income status according to World Bank criteria. According to these statistics, Africa does not have a problem with economic growth. The creative industries are often seen as the economic drivers to generate the resources required for development.

But, as the Africa Progress Report 2013 presented at the WEF asserts, "…the well-being of nations is not measured by growth alone. What matters for African people is the rate at which new resource wealth reduces poverty and expands opportunity". Many resource-rich African countries like Chad, Equatorial Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo are listed at the bottom of the Human Development Index that measures literacy, life expectancy and other well-being indicators.

If the creative industries do contribute to economic growth, will they really impact the overall social and human development positively? Or will they simply feed the pockets and the interests of the elite as has been the pattern with Africa's great resource wealth?

These are the kinds of questions and themes that will be discussed at the African Creative Economy Conference. To register, please visit the website www.acec2013.org.za

For any inquiries please contact Kim Peters at tel.: 27 (0)21 674 0013 or email: ACEC2013@ccdi.org.za.

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International Conference on European Culture

Call for Papers
Barcelona, Spain, 24-26 October 2013

The Charlemagne Institute of European Studies is organizing the 12th Conference on European Culture, which will take place at the Campus of the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain on 24-26 October 2013. The conference aims to foster the dialogue between experienced teachers and young researchers through the presentation of academic papers, which may be included in the Conference Proceedings digital publication. All European Culture conferences are characterized by their variety, both in the issues dealt with in the academic sessions and in the nationality and background of the participants. Within the framework of the conference, European culture is not understood as a specific identity, but as encompassing all cultural expressions manifested in Europe and in relation to other continents.

The European Culture conferences take place every two years, first organised in 1990 and hosted by the Centre for European Studies at the University of Navarra until their ninth edition in 2007. In 2009 the tenth edition of the conference was organised by the Charlemagne Institute of European Studies, and it has been taking place at the Campus of the International University of Catalonia (UIC) ever since. The Charlemagne Institute of European Studies was created in 2000 out of the need to establish an area dedicated to teaching, studies, research and dialogue about Europe at the University.

The European Culture conference is organized in collaboration with the European Culture Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, held by Enrique Banús with the financial support of the European Commission through the Jean Monnet Programme of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture.

Send your abstracts to the Conference Organising Committee at congresocultura@uic.es by 31 March 2013.

For further information about the Conference, please visit the Conference website: www.uic.es/en/european-culture?set=S

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Digital Heritage 2013

Marseille, France, 28 October – 1 November 2013

Digital Heritage 2013 is the largest international scientific event on digital heritage ever, that will bring together hundreds of researchers, educators, scientists, industry professionals and policy makers to debate, discuss and present digital technology applied to the protection, documentation, and understanding of humanity's shared heritage. For the first time, leading scientific and industry events from across the digital and heritage spheres will be joined together under one roof to explore the state-of-the-art of digital heritage, and address future emerging research scenarios. The congress will be held in Marseille, France, on 28 October – 1 November 2013.

A federated event of the leading scientific meetings in information technology for heritage, the Congress will for the first time bring together VSMM, Eurographics GCH, UNESCO's Memory of the World, Arquaeologica2.0, Archaeovirtual, Digital Art Week and special events from CAA, CIPA, Space2Place, ICOMOS ICIP and multiple others in one venue, with a prestigious joint publication. A ground-breaking public display of cutting-edge digital heritage projects will also grace the conference venue at the new museum complex on the Marseille waterfront.

The Congress covers heritage in all its forms, focusing around 5 heritage themes:

  • Built Heritage - from sites to cities, towns and cultural landscapes, i.e. World Heritage;
  • Culture & Traditions - from folklife to languages, song, dance, craft, i.e. Intangible Heritage;
  • Museum & Collections - movable objects and their museums, i.e. Movable Heritage;
  • Libraries & Archives - from books to maps, audiovisual archives, i.e. Documentary Heritage;
  • Art & Creativity - from digital / new media art to creative digital and online culture.

The International Scientific Committee of the Congress is seeking:

  • technical & application papers;
  • posters & short works;
  • panel, workshop & tutorial proposals;
  • videos for a public screening; and
  • applications/installations for public exhibition of digital heritage and digital art.

Submissions are sought in the 6 Congress tracks spanning the challenges and opportunities brought by digital technology to heritage.

For details about the call as well as the digitization and visualization tracks, please visit: www.digitalheritage2013.org/call-for-participation

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Exploring the Crossroads and Perspectives of Lusophone Studies

Call for Papers
Toronto, Canada, 30-31 October 2013

The Lusophone Studies Association Inaugural Conference entitled Exploring the Crossroads and Perspectives of Lusophone Studies will be held at York University, Toronto, Canada, on 30-31 October 2013.

There are approximately 250 million speakers of Portuguese in the world today, in nations and territories such as Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Príncipe, Macau, East Timor, Goa, Daman and Diu. Immigrants from these nations are also scattered in large communities throughout the world, with major concentrations in the United States, Canada, France and other European destinations. Lusophone Studies (the study of this Portuguese-speaking world) is a broad interdisciplinary area that includes the many crossroads, perspectives, and contexts, which have contributed to this diaspora and to the Portuguese language today being the 6th most spoken in the world and the 3rd most spoken in the western hemisphere. Both in terms of historical past and contemporary settings, Lusophone lives have been molded by many factors that range from historical, social, political and economic circumstances, to established and new migration patterns between Lusophone and non-Lusophone countries. The outcome is visible in both geographical and ethnocultural development of many Lusophone identities that intersect in many countries. Lusophone studies focuses on these perspectives and intersections in interdisciplinary ways, in order to create an inclusive study of current issues and viewpoints which relate to this historical legacy. Until recently, this body of scholarship had been largely ignored in Canada. The conference seeks to gather all those interested in Lusophone Studies by offering a forum to encourage current and new debates in this emerging area of scholarship.

The organizing committee is seeking individual papers, workshop panels and roundtable presentations on various aspects of Lusophone Studies. Five central areas will be examined:

  • The present and future of Lusophone Studies: crossroads and perspectives.
  • Historical evolution of the Lusophone world.
  • Exploring Lusophone literatures, linguistics, and language.
  • Studying the geopolitical Lusophone world.
  • Contextualizing contemporary Lusophone societies, migration, and identities.
  • Lusophone survival within host-country.

The deadline for submissions is 4 February 2013.

Please direct your submissions to The Lusophone Studies Association at lsa@yorku.ca or contact Professor Robert A. Kenedy, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, at rkenedy@yorku.ca to confirm receipt of your submission.

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4th Annual ENCATC Research Session

Antwerp, Belgium, 5–7 November 2013

ENCATC, the leading European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education, is accepting abstracts and papers for its 4th Annual Research Session, to be organized within the framework of the 21st ENCATC Annual Conference entitled Rethinking Education on Arts and Cultural Management and Policy. The conference will be held in Antwerp, Belgium, on 5-7 November 2013. Researchers, academics and practitioners from Europe and beyond are invited to submit their papers by 5 July 2013, considering one or more of the following topics: arts and culture education; cultural policy and management; culture and local, regional and national development; cultural heritage management; cultural and creative industries; culture and external relations; and cultural networking.

ENCATC particularly welcomes papers having a special focus on methodologies for education and training in the field of cultural management and cultural policy; culture, wellbeing and human development; measuring values and performance in the arts and cultural sector; leadership in the arts and culture sector; and rethinking education.

The Annual Research Session will be organized into parallel sessions for authors to present their work to an international audience of academics, researchers, students, arts and culture decision makers, community leaders, cultural operators and artists, from over 39 countries, who will come to listen and reflect on the latest developments, research, theory and trends in the large field of cultural management and cultural policy education.

The previous Research Sessions were organized in London (2012), Helsinki (2011), and Brussels (2010). Since its creation in 2010, over 70 authors have presented their work, coming from across Europe, but also from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Malawi, Turkey and the United States. ENCATC's dedication to sharing, exchanging and reflecting on these topics underlines once more the network's aim to strengthen the European research area and to build knowledge societies. To further these aims, all papers presented at the ENCATC Research Session in Antwerp may be resubmitted for publication in the ENCATC Journal of Cultural Management and Policy, edited and published by ENCATC.

To download the submission guidelines, please visit ENCATC's website at www.encatc.org/pages/index.php?id=202.

For more information please contact: Elizabeth Darley, ENCATC Communication and Project Officer, e.darley@encatc.org

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INFuture2013: Information Governance

Zagreb, Croatia, 6–8 November 2013

The Department of Information and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, is organizing the 4th international conference The Future of Information Sciences – INFuture2013: Information Governance, to be held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 6-8 November 2013. The topics of the conference are as follows:

  • Theory and Methodology of Information Governance (IG)
  • Knowledge Management (KM)
  • EU Infrastructure Integration
  • Applications for e-Society and e-Government
  • Enterprise 2.0
  • Cloud Services
  • Language Technologies
  • Semantic Web
  • Digital Curation
  • New Challenges in Interdisciplinary Education.

Topics in detail, along with other important information, can be found at the conference web-page. To download the call for papers in PDF, see infoz.ffzg.hr/infuture/INFuture2013-CfP.pdf

The deadline for camera-ready papers is 7 July 2013.

Contact: infuture.conference@gmail.com; infoz.ffzg.hr/INFuture/

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Visual Studies as Academic Discipline

Zagreb, Croatia, 7–9 November 2013

The Center for Visual Studies, Zagreb; Tvrdja, the Magazine for Theory, Culture and Visual Arts; the Croatian Writers' Society; the Faculty of Textile Technology of the University of Zagreb; and the Association White Wave, Zagreb are organizing an international scientific conference on Visual Studies as Academic Discipline, to be held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 7-9 November 2013. The past two decades have witnessed a large increase in academic interest in all visual phenomena, including those strictly visual - from painting and film to experimental video and multimedia installations - as well as all the forms of applied arts, graphic and industrial design, fashion and advertising. In many countries, this interest in visual practice is accompanied by the interest in visual theories, primarily in the new discipline of visual studies that keep acquiring academic legitimacy at universities worldwide.

Visual studies have emerged as a result of the parallel expansion that occurred in the fields of art history and film studies respectively, whose radical members have converged particular theories of still and moving images, towards an integral science of the images. After W.J.T. Mitchell and Gottfried Boehm have sanctioned the pictorial turn as the basic interest of hyper-mediatized society, it became clear that various visual phenomena demand a much wider theoretical platform, one which would take into consideration the definitive erasure of borders between high and low art, between elite and popular culture, as well as between the creators and consumers of visual messages.

For the first time in history, the users of images became the producers of images, within an unrestrained circular process, wherein images yield new insights, while insights demand their instantaneous pictorial foundation. The development and expansion of telecommunication technologies have transformed the traditionally understood technical images into a new communication code that is accessible to everyone. However, does this accessibility simultaneously presume that the new communication code is intelligible to everyone using it? Do we really know what the images are telling us, what they want from us or what it is that we want from them? Do we know in which manner most recent research in technosciences proves, by the way of visualization, their radical tenets on complex biocybernetic systems, and how the notion of image is inscribed into the performative bodies of art and fashion today?

The international scientific conference on Visual Studies as Academic Discipline aims to gather a wide circle of university oriented theorists, so that they may jointly consider the ways in which they deliberate and teach about images, primarily about their overlapping meanings, that arise through the intermedia networking of various visual practices, as well as through the transdisciplinary analyses of contemporary theories. This symposium wishes to examine the theoretical legitimacy of a wide field of visual representations: art, film, photography, design, fashion and performance. It also wishes to consider the disciplinary status of actual visual studies as an (established) scientific paradigm.

The organizers invite all concerned colleagues to submit their presentations on one of the proposed subjects:

  • The theoretical and disciplinary status of visual studies - two decades after the pictorial turn.
  • Visual studies as a "radical" version of art history or a critical detour?
  • Epistemological aspects of visual studies in university curricula.
  • Potentials of the applied science of images: interactions between art, film, design, fashion and performance.
  • "Non-disciplinarity" as an approach to the multimedia image of the world.
  • Fashion studies today: from the theory of fashion to the design of body.

In order to participate in the conference, please send abstract of your paper (150 words) together with a short CV by 21 July 2013 to purgar@vizualni-studiji.com and zarko.paic@zg.t-com.hr.

Details will be regularly updated at www.visual-studies.com

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European Law and Cultural Policies

Bruxelles, Belgium, 15 November 2013

Even if culture today remains more than ever a privileged area of work on meanings and for critical analysis, it has been subject to a massive globalized market. In that general context, European law has acquired an increasing pre-eminence on culture. However, the standpoint of the European Union regarding cultural policies remains ambivalent, as some elements of the European law weaken the national cultural policies by favouring cultural markets deregulations, while others aim to recognize the specificity of national laws on cultural policies and the development of an original European law on culture.

The international symposium on European Law and Cultural Policies aims at clarifying the interactions between European law and cultural policies on the basis of three questions. The first deals with the scope of the "cultural competences" of the European Union and their connection with the building of a European cultural identity or with the promotion and protection of national cultural policies. The second regards the processes by which European law in general takes into account cultural considerations, whether in the positive integration or in the negative one. The third one consists in a legal evaluation of the effects of European law on the question of culture. The last part aims at assessing, from a politological point of view, those effects, notably on national cultural policies.

The programme includes the following issues: European competences in the cultural field; consideration of cultural aspects in European law; effects of European law on culture and on European cultural policies from a legal point of view; effects of European interventions in the cultural field from a politological point of view.

For more information please visit www.uclouvain.be/creco or contact Ms. Marie-Elise Bouchonville at marie-elise.bouchonville@uclouvain.be

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Digital Culture, Networked Culture

5th Ibero-American Culture Congress
Zaragoza, Spain, 20-22 November 2013

The 5th Ibero-American Culture Congress will cover some of the major challenges posed before the more traditional world of culture by the 2.0 revolution, and showcase the countless possibilities this new context offers the sector. One of the goals is to invite civil society to present and discuss its ideas. This meeting will be an opportunity for professionals, entrepreneurs, and public officials from the Ibero-American and European cultural sector to share their experiences.

Through this event an attempt is made to strengthen the ties linking cinema, literature, and music, without losing sight of the diversity of artistic manifestations and creative industries. Arising out of the Ibero-American Cultural Charter, with the aim of driving the Action Plan derived from it, the congress attempts to combine efforts to create an Ibero-American cultural space.

For more information, please visit: www.culturaiberoamerica.org/en/que-son-estos-congresos/zaragoza-2013/

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2nd ENCATC Academy on Cultural Relations and Diplomacy

Brussels, Belgium, 21-22 November 2013

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 more and more perceived as a strategic factor of political, social and economic development and not exclusively in terms of isolated cultural events or showcasing (like in the context of traditional cultural diplomacy).

The 2nd ENCATC Academy on Cultural Relations and Diplomacy will focus on the Middle East, Northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In order to better understand the different relationships among stakeholders in this area and the sometimes delicate situations, renowned experts from the field were invited by ENCATC to share their knowledge and real-life experiences. This learning event is for those who want to work in culture diplomacy and relations with governments, NGOs or cultural organisations with international relations as part of their missions. It is also of interest to all those art practitioners and cultural professionals who wish to develop their awareness about fundamental issues that frame their actions in the international cultural relations sphere. The 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 anyone who wishes to gain further and up-to-date expertise in this domain.

The ENCATC Academy will enable participants to develop further knowledge and expertise in the field of Cultural External Relations and Diplomacy and will allow them to be prepared to deal with unexpected challenges in cultural relations, as well as to acquire a critical understanding of the diverse and changing relationships between culture, politics and international relations in the specific area of the Middle East, the Arab Peninsula and North Africa. This occasion will also present diverse opportunities to engage with key current policy and practitioner concerns within the above mentioned area, while learning in a multicultural environment. Finally, this will be an excellent opportunity for participants to expand their personal and professional networks and establish future partnerships for their projects.

Registration deadline: 4 November 2013.

To download the brochure and for more information about registration: www.encatc.org/pages/index.php?id=271

For more information, please contact: Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens, Secretary General, ENCATC, B-18, Place Flagey, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium; tel.: +32 2 201 29 12; e-mail: g.cogliandro@encatc.org; www.encatc.org

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Sustaining Music, Engaging Communities

5th IMC World Forum on Music
Brisbane, Australia, 21–24 November 2013

The 5th IMC World Forum on Music: Sustaining Music, Engaging Communities will be held in Brisbane, Australia, on 21-24 November 2013, followed by the 35th IMC General Assembly on 25-26 November 2013. The IMC World Forum on Music will be co-organised by the International Music Council, the Music Council of Australia and Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University.

According to the vision of the organizers, over 1,000 music professionals and other enthusiasts from all over the world will discuss, plan, be part of, and experience the future of music on this planet: musicians, producers, managers, administrators, festival directors, journalists, scholars, educators, facilitators, activists, policy makers and other lovers of the art in its myriad forms and contexts. This is more than a conference - several parallel sessions on traditional music, a video installation about the future of music, an interactive demonstration about mobile phones, music theatre production, etc. will be performed.

But the global dialogue starts long before that. Between July 2012 and November 2013, over 1,000 individuals involved in music are asked to speak on camera for no more than five minutes on what they see as the greatest challenges or opportunities for music in their particular field of music - whether it is music libraries or the world stage. These videos are made available online on a dedicated website, and set the agenda for the Brisbane gathering. At the conference, they will be playing continuously in the foyer of the conference venue, while five of the most outspoken voices from different continents will lead a debate on key issues for global musical futures. Key events will be live streamed throughout the event and vodcast after. Physical and online participants will be invited to identify key issues that arise, while seven carefully selected rapporteurs will make notes during sessions and in the corridors. These will feed into The Brisbane Declaration, an action agenda approved by the 35th IMC General Assembly immediately after the Forum to set some of the key priorities and actions for the world of music globally towards 2020, and subsequently disseminated widely and proactively to help shape sustainable, engaged music practices across the planet.

For more information please contact: International Music Council, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France; tel.: +33 1 45 68 48 50; fax: +33 1 45 68 48 66; e-mail: wfm@imc-cim.org

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The Power of Culture as Catalyst in Sustainable Development

Bali, Indonesia, 24 - 29 November 2013

The World Culture in Development Forum will be held in Bali, Indonesia, 24-29 November 2013. All local, national, regional and international participants involved in culture and sustainable development are invited.

The aim of the World Culture in development Forum is to create a space to discuss, debate and contest established ideas and approaches, and in doing so recommend:

  • new pathways for locating culture as an integral part of sustainable development,
  • ethical frameworks for ensuring community engagement and stakeholder benefits,
  • qualitative and quantitative cultural indicators for measuring sustainable development, and
  • inputs into the framing of Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

It is envisaged that the World Culture in Development Forum will result in strategic initiatives to:

  • promote knowledge communities for intercultural, intergenerational and interfaith dialogue,
  • further ethical investment and business practices for cultural industries,
  • establish clearing houses for people-centred projects and practices, emphasising local knowledge systems, and
  • develop conceptual frameworks informing the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Leading international agencies and critical thinkers, notably Nobel Laureates, will challenge the participants on four seminal themes that will form the overarching framework of WCF 2013:

  • Culture, Freedom and Social Sustainability,
  • Culture and Economic Sustainability,
  • Cultural Convergence in a Global Context, and
  • Culture and Environmental Sustainability

The UN General Assembly (2011) has called for a more visible and effective integration and mainstreaming of culture into development policies and strategies at all levels. It is important to note that despite the recent global financial crisis there has been continuous growth and prosperity in the domain of culture among the countries of the South. This is the most significant indicator in considering the paradigm shift from the persistent deficit model of culture in development to an affirmative and empowering approach where creativity, knowledge, culture and technology are drivers of job creation, innovation and social inclusion.

The Common Statement on the Outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) calls for innovative and entrepreneurial ways of moving forward. We have learned from the successes and failures attaining of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is acknowledged that there remains much to be done including ensuring that culture in all its dimensions needs to be integrated more forcefully in development. Culture must become an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the post-2015 Development Agenda.

For more information please contact: WCF Secretariat, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia, Building A, 2nd Floor, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, Senayan, Jakarta 10270. Indonesia; tel.: +62-21-36113104; fax: +62-21-5725048; email: secretariat@wcf-bali.com; www.wcf-bali.com

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Re-wiring Democracy: Connecting Institutions and Citizens in the Digital Age

World Forum for Democracy 2013
Strasbourg, France, 27 - 29 November 2013

A decline in democratic participation is often viewed as a symptom of a detachment between citizens and institutions. Social media and social networks enable individuals to exchange, plan, act, and interact with politicians and activists outside institutional systems. The Council of Europe is in a unique position to bring together elected politicians and civil society leaders to discuss the impact of this technological change on established democratic structures and institutions. The Forum will look into the opportunities and risks of a number of participatory initiatives and test their solidity and longevity in an open debate with elected politicians.

Discussions will take place in labs which will focus on achievement, issues and concerns around specific e-democracy phenomena as a starting point, leading to exchanges on broader issues. The conclusions of the Forum should help to better identify the challenges faced by democratic institutions, political parties and leaders, and to recommend action that might need to be taken at various levels to enhance the benefits of digital participation platforms and limit the risks their use may entail.

The Forum is organised by the Council of Europe in partnership with the French government, the Alsace Region and the City of Strasbourg and a range of international organisations, think tanks, foundations, and other partners from the public and private sectors.

The deadline for registration is 15 October 2013.

For more information, please visit: info.council-of-europe.org/t/54518/2629/10183961/2373/139

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E/MERGE ELIA Leadership Symposium

Helsinki, Finland 27-29 November 2013

E/MERGE brings together leaders from higher arts education institutions and universities across the globe for an important and timely discussion on art education today. The programme features dynamic keynotes delivered by senior cultural practitioners, breakout sessions, and mobile workshops. The new scale of globalized culture has led to far-reaching changes in organisational structures such as numerous mergers of art schools across Europe. Size seems to matter more than ever. Internationalisation has become a must, either at home, by forming strategic alliances and cooperations or by branching out. How can higher art education institutions prepare for new and global challenges? How can their leadership remain active and creative facing developments of a postcolonial world gone fragile?

Details about the programme, the theme, the speakers and the fees are available in the symposium brochure, to be download from the event website at www.elialeadershipsymposium.com.

For registration, please use the online form available at asp.artegis.com/lp/Participants/elialeadership2013?1=1. Any questions regarding registration and programming can be directed to ELIA Conference Manager Barbara Revelli at Barbara.revelli@elia-artschools.org.

Address: ELIA - European League of Institutes of the Arts, Beulingstraat 8, 1017 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands; tel.: +31 (0)20 330 1116, fax +31 (0)20 626 7751; www.elia-artschools.org

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25th European Meeting of Cultural Journals

Oslo, Norway, 29 November-2 December 2013

The 25th European Meeting of Cultural Journals will take place in Oslo on 29 November - 2 December 2013. This year's meeting is organized by the European network of cultural journals, Eurozine, in cooperation with the Norwegian Association of Journals and Eurozine partner journal Syn og Segn. More than 100 editors and intellectuals from Europe's leading cultural journals will participate in the event. Under the heading Making a Difference: Opinion, Debate and Activism in the Public Sphere this year's conference will focus on cultural and intellectual debate and the production of the public sphere.

The public sphere, or die Öffentlichkeit, is not something given, a space detached from the rest of society. It is produced – over and over again. Therefore it is all the more important to ask who is active in the public sphere and what roles they play. Where does the debate take place? In which media or which public space? Is there a difference between an intellectual and an expert? Are theory and action, discourse and protest separate entities or should they be thought of together? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the Oslo meeting. The programme includes panels on the changing role of experts in debates on diverse issues such as economy, climate change and psychiatry, and on how new social movements, academics and artists are redefining the relation between discourse and research, on the one hand, and political activism on the other.

Download the preliminary programme from www.eurozine.com/comp/oslo2013.html

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INTA World Congress: Urban Development in a Changing World

Hanoi, Vietnam, 2-4 December 2013

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam will host the 37th INTA World Congress on 2 - 4 December 2013. The two-day congress will have a particularly intense programme with pre-congress technical visits starting on 2 December.

Come to INTA37 to explore solutions to what will be the next generation of urban development policy and find tools to cope with rapidly changing socio-economic factors. Come to INTA37 Hanoi to interact with hundreds of policy makers, companies and professionals from Vietnam, South East Asia and the rest of the world. You will discover a market town with a vibrant energy, which, unlike other cities in Southeast Asia, still keeps intact its landscapes, a city which intends to handle its future development while retaining its human-scale urban structure.

INTA37 Congress is organised in partnership with VNREA (Vietnam National Real Estate Association) and the Ciputra Group.

Registration to INTA37, programmes and practical information are available at www.inta37.org

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Performing Arts Management Today

Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria, 17 - 21 December 2013

The international conference Performing Arts Management Today, to be held at Retzhof Castle Educational Institute, Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria, on 17-21 December 2013, is open to arts managers, arts administrators, arts management educators and consultants, arts entrepreneurs, fundraisers, producers, arts agents and talent managers interested in meeting potential collaborators and partners - performers from different creative genres and techniques - actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, musicians, performing arts educators and researchers, casting directors, artists, authors, theatre managers, festival organizers and arts publishers from different countries.

The annual programme brings together practicing performing arts academics and artists from various disciplines from over 20 different countries and practically from all continents. Participants are welcome to take part in the conference as speakers, presenters, observers, and present their research and demonstrate their method of work to the international audience. Presentation formats include practical workshops / master classes, interactive lectures, paper presentations and other ways of demonstration offered by speakers/presenters.

Submission guidelines and registration details are available at www.iugte.com/projects/performingartsmanagement