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Cultural Policy Issues: New Research at Leeds 2014 Series

The Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications (PVAC) renewed the Cultural Policy Issues: New Research at Leeds series, highlighting cultural policy research at the University of Leeds. Through the planned 2014 events, Professor Kate Oakley, Leila Jancovich and David Bell will share their insights on contemporary cultural policy developments. The schedule for the 2014 series is as follows:

  • 18 February 2014 - Kate Oakley, Professor of Cultural Policy, University of Leeds
  • 18 March 2014 - Leila Jancovich, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, Title: Cultural Policy in the Public Eye

    This discussion will consider the implications of participatory decision making in the arts, through interviews with policy makers, artists and audiences and seeks to consider to what extent such initiatives are able to democratize the arts and what impact this has on art form development.

  • 13 May 2014 - David Bell, Senior Lecturer in Critical Human Geography at University of Leeds, Title: Cottage Economy: The ‘Ruralness' of Rural Cultural Industries

    The discussion will explore how different understandings of where the countryside is, connect to ideas about what the ruralness of rural cultural industries means. Is it anti-urban, or simply ex-urban? Is it traditional or modern? Is it an export commodity or made for indigenous markets? In each case, the rural is valued differently, and means different things.

The events are free of charge and there is no need to book.

For further information, please contact: George Zifkos, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom; e-mail: G.Zifkos10@leeds.ac.uk; www.pci.leeds.ac.uk

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Taking Responsibility for the Visitor Economy

Call for Papers
Leeds, United Kingdom, 9-10 January 2014

Since the banking crisis in 2008 there has been much talk of responsibility and responsible capitalism amongst politicians, business leaders and academics. Although the concept has been more extensively used in the last five years than in the previous ten years, it has not been subject to any concerted effort to understand the meaning of responsibility in the visitor economy.

The conference will be practice-led, focusing on the work of industry leaders. It aims to deepen and extend the dialogue between business and academia about the nature of responsibility and how it informs leadership and relations with the social, physical and global environments. A key theme will be how business and academia can work together to create a culture of responsibility that supports enterprise, exploring ways of integrating responsibility more effectively into decision making and the development of employability skills.

The International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH) is a research, development and consultancy centre. Through an interdisciplinary team based in Leeds, UK and a global network of partners, the ICRETH experts push forward cutting edge analytical research on events, tourism and hospitality. The Academic Committee, chaired by Professor Harold Goodwin, invites papers from colleagues working in any discipline which address the challenge of responsibility in the visitor economy. The topics and themes listed below are indicative rather than exhaustive. The conference is of interest to academics applying ethics and responsibility to:

  • leadership and strategic management
  • operations and supply chain management
  • marketing and consumer behaviour
  • human Resources and volunteering
  • banking and finance
  • stakeholder management
  • health, safety and welfare
  • education, training and the curriculum
  • sustainability

Indicative themes and questions of interest to the Conference include:

  • Behaviour. How do we enjoy ourselves while respecting others?
  • Power. Who takes decisions and who pays the price? Dealing with unintended consequences.
  • Responsibility. How do we know it when we see it?
  • The tragedy of the commons. How do we avoid everybody's responsibility being nobody's?
  • Change management and leadership. How and why do organisations change their behaviour?
  • Trust and accountability. How and when do you communicate your responsibility efforts?
  • Environment. How do we reduce the consumption and pollution of natural resources?
  • Respecting cultures. How do we foster respect through engagement and challenge?
  • Economy. How do we build sustainable communities?
  • Education and employability. What is the responsibility of academia to train ethical managers and staff?

Please submit a 300-word abstract including title and full contact details as an electronic file to icreth@leedsmet.ac.uk by 22 April 2013.

For further details on the conference please visit responsibilityconference.wordpress.com or email icreth@leedsmet.ac.uk

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Creative Times: New Models for Cultural Development

6th World Summit on Arts and Culture
Santiago de Chile, Chile, 13-16 January 2014

The 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture will be held in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on 13-16 January 2014, jointly hosted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (CNCA), the Chilean Government's entity in charge of implementing public policies for cultural development.

Through the theme of Creative Times: New Models for Cultural Development, the Summit will address how globalisation, shifts in social and economic development and new forms of communication are generating an array of challenges and opportunities within the cultural field, with an impact transcending the artistic realm. Over 400 arts policy makers, government representatives, arts managers and cultural practitioners from around the world will gather to participate in a rich programme of debate, learning and information exchange. The bilingual English/Spanish website includes an overview of the theme and the programme, a welcome video from Chile, and details on the venue, hosts and partners at www.artsummit.org

A number of speakers (www.artsummit.org/programme/speakers/) have already been announced, as well as some details of the cultural programme (www.artsummit.org/programme/cultural-programme/).

Previous World Summits have proven their potential for stimulating international cooperation, learning and information exchange for arts support agencies, artists, arts managers and policy makers worldwide. The World Summits provide an excellent opportunity for strengthening civil society, promoting collaboration between non-profit and government sectors and for equipping artists, arts organisations and institutions to interact in a global and dynamic world.

Registration for the World Summit will be available through an online registration process, which will open in mid-2013. Culturelink will keep its members up-to-date about upcoming conference developments.

For more information please contact info@artsummit.org

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State Policy and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia

Singapore, 16-17 January 2014

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is organizing, together with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, a conference on cultural politics and heritage-making in East and Southeast Asia, to be held at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, on 16-17 January 2014.

Heritage, though suggestive of an immanent sense of that which is inherited, is not given. What is construed and articulated as heritage is embedded in cultural politics, where different actors jostle to determine which inherited objects, sites and practices are to be valued above others and represented as the markers of identities. Very often, the actors involved in this process of heritage-making include the state, civil society and international organizations. The relationship between them can swing from constructive engagement and negotiation to contestation, though in most situations the state and social elites attached to it have the final say.

While we recognize that the making of "heritage" is embedded in multi-vocality and the power of definition does not reside with the state alone, the state and its international extensions, such as UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and other inter-state agencies, remain key actors in the articulation, preservation and promotion of "heritage". This conference will focus on the multifaceted role of the state in determining which cultural attributes are considered "legitimate".

The relation of the state to heritage is thus an ambivalent and critical one. On the one hand, in being embroiled in the politics of representing the nation, the state is readily projected as guardian of the "official" narrative of the nation. Indeed, the preservation, curation, governance and promotion of heritage are largely dependent on the resources and legitimacy of the state. On the other hand, the state, in having to allocate space and resources to different developmental needs, may be inclined to subject heritage to an ideological system of values such as the current neoliberal sway in favor of the "market", with the corollary of creating a murky boundary between what is "public" and what is "private". Furthermore, heritage itself is a contested thing-in-the-making within the state. The organizers do not see the state as a unitary actor, but as a set of institutions providing arenas for competing claims, into which non-state local and international actors enter to articulate and lobby for their interests.

The multiple arenas of the state, where policies related to the governance of heritage are debated, formulated, legislated and enforced, need therefore to be subjected to critical examination. For instance, what is the legal framework governing the preservation of heritage? How does the state bureaucracy(ies) frame and administer heritage sites - material and immaterial ones (e.g. language policy)? Do governments have a penchant for privileging material heritage to the detriment of the socio-cultural life revolving around sites, leading to their gentrification and therefore social exclusion? Conversely, what is the meaning of the recent focus by numerous Asian states on "intangible" heritage (e.g. food, dance, etc.)? On a related front, while tourism contributes to the commercial sustainability of heritage, how does it augment its meaning in the national landscape as sanctioned by the state?

The organizers invite papers looking into the following themes:

  • Neoliberalism, the state and heritage
  • Heritage and representing the nation
  • Heritage governance: legal framework and administration
  • Policies and sustainability
  • Tourism and heritage sites
  • Memory and identity in vernacular landscapes
  • Politics of language
  • Heritage diplomacy.

Papers can engage or compare the more general discursive contexts of nation-states in East and Southeast Asia, or focus on the heritage politics of major cities in these regions. Proposals should be submitted by 15 July 2013 to Dr Hui Yew-Foong at yfhui@iseas.edu.sg. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 August 2013 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5000 - 8000 words) by 15 December 2013.

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The City as a Cultural Ecosystem

Bilbao, Spain, 5 - 8 March 2014

Bilbao is a cultural ecosystem with inspiring encounters and action for residents and visitors. Since the city's urban and economic transformation, Bilbao has been linked to concepts such as excellence, economic activity, knowledge, art, technology, design and creativity. The Forum d' Avignon - Bilbao will show how culture can help boost economic development and the wellbeing of citizens in general, how it can increase the degree of innovation and creativity and how it is decisive when facing global attraction and competition.

Culture is a driving force for development and welfare; it fosters innovation and creativity, and can create icons that contribute to increase global competitiveness. With this aim in mind, the 2014 Forum d'Avignon - Bilbao is to explore the potential of cities as cultural ecosystem. What is a cultural ecosystem made of? Public and private actors, institutions, spaces, practices, citizens, visitors… In our western 'cultural ecosystems', the divide between public and private spheres was one of the key issues for cultural action. With the passing of time, this dichotomy became an outdated concept as the two sectors started cooperating with one another. The organizers want to use real experiences to assess the relationship between the two.

The following issues will be discussed:

  • Dialogue between what is public and private in the field of creation;
  • Artists as drivers of the social and cultural change of the cities;
  • The city as the driving force for cultural change in Europe;
  • The city in progress, an ecosystem for the future.

You can check the programme and register to participate via forum-avignon-bilbao.com

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Collecting Geographies - Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12–14 March 2014

Against the backdrop of globalization today, museums for modern and contemporary art in the West are inclined to pay serious attention to the acquisition and presentation of art from all over the world, beyond the still-prevalent dominance of European and North American art. Given, on the one hand, the extreme concentration of internationally operating art institutions in Western Europe and the United States, and the often radically different self-understanding of non-Western art institutions on the other, the institutional claims to the global need are to be reviewed, contextualized and contested. A critical reassessment of the history of Western art museums provides an entrance into this discussion. Often, the current all-encompassing scope in exhibition and acquisition practices contrasts with conventional approaches, which are assumed to be limited to a modernist focus on Western art and exhibition models. However, when taking a closer look at the institutional histories of such museums, it often appears that they are more diverse and can offer interesting correspondences with today's curatorial practices and broadening international scope.

The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, which recently (re-)opened its renovated and extended premises on Amsterdam's Museum Square, serves as a good example. Although it is now mainly known for fostering modernist and (neo-)avant-garde art practices especially from Europe and, since the mid-60s, the United States, it boasted a bewildering variety of itineraries in its exhibition programme throughout its past. But this history has been neglected or perhaps even 'purified' through a modernist lens. The Folkwang Museum in Essen is another example, which houses a large collection of historical non-Western art objects, that have mostly been neglected as a starting point for its exhibition programmes over the last decades.

The conference on Collecting Geographies - Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art will reflect on the value of these histories of 'art from elsewhere,' as Okwui Enwezor calls it. The conference will also take a closer look at the new inquiries into the relation between art institutions, globalization and postcolonial discourse, discuss the various new exhibition projects and acquisition policies of, for example, the Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, Moderna Museet and the Stedelijk Museum. Moreover, there will be room for a critical investigation of the deployed terminology and theoretical discourse.

For this conference, curators and academic researchers are invited to (re)explore:

  • global itineraries concretized in museum collections and exhibitions,
  • past and contemporary policies for 'global' programming and acquisitions developed by modern and contemporary art museums,
  • theoretical and methodological reflections on globalization and the art world.

The organizers specifically welcome papers on the following topics:

  • Exhibition and collection histories of modern and contemporary art museums, with special interest in ethnographic moments, primitivism and purification tendencies, and their reassessment in the context of today and tomorrow;
  • The division of modern art and ethnography, as well as the division of modern and contemporary art museum and the ethnographic museum, and the possible or impossible reconciliation of the two;
  • Curatorial methods, attitudes and exhibition practices which can reconcile versatile or even oppositional practices, traditions and histories, both in and beyond the predominating model of the white cube;
  • Museum strategies that focus on local affinities within a larger (art-historical/global) framework; and
  • Theoretical reflections on postcolonial theory, globalisation and the modern and contemporary art world.

The call for papers is open to both institutional and independent researchers. Abstracts of 300 words (plus a short resume of 150 words) should be emailed to globalconference@stedelijk.nl before 30 September 2013. Selected papers will be delivered at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam during the three-day conference to be held from 12 to 14 March 2014. The organizers will endeavour to make available a number of grants for non-institutional applicants, especially those travelling from outside Europe.

Please contact the organizers for more information: Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands; e-mail: globalconference@stedelijk.nl; www.stedelijk.nl

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Utopias and Dystopias in the Hispanic World (XVIIIth-XXth centuries)

Madrid, Spain, 20-22 March 2014

Utopian thought - and its dystopian correlate - constitutes a scarcely examined field of study as regards the past in Spain and Latin America. Often regarded as a result of purposeless idealism in search of unattainable chimeras, the role of utopia and dystopia in the historical process of modernization have been neglected far too easily both in Spain and in the wider Spanish-speaking world.

This international conference, organized by the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales - CSIC (Instituto de Filosofía), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Nineteenth-century Hispanists Network, aims to open a dialogue between researchers of the different disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences in order to revise the resilient commonplace that holds that Hispanic nations showed little interest in utopian projects in their transition to modernity. The organizers thus encourage participants to rescue utopian texts and episodes of utopian activism within the 'long nineteenth century' that stretched from the end of the Ancien Régime to the crisis of liberalism in the first decades of the twentieth century. The conference will provide an opportunity to reflect historically on the ways in which those utopian experiments related to specific political, social and cultural contexts. Papers on their role in the emergence of social movements and collective imaginaries, as well as on how they inspired the new-born national states are also welcome.

The goal is to go beyond generating a mere catalogue of utopias and dystopias in the Hispanic world, as establishing such a catalogue would only make sense as long as it is tightly linked to a deep analysis of the concept of utopia itself and its changing meanings throughout the chosen period. Apart from examining the etymology and meaning of the concept, the organizers would like to explore the existence of utopian content in political proposals and trends generally conceived as mainstream or conventional. The call for more audacious ways of thinking of the future in order to adapt it to current ideas is not value-free or accidental. In the current critical moment in which Western societies find themselves, which goes well beyond a mere economic downturn, it seems vital to rescue the deeds and the words of those who in the past dared and were able to think 'outside the box' and to set extremely ambitious political and social objectives.

Co-ordinators: Darina Martykánová (CSIC/Imagest project) and Gregorio Alonso (University of Leeds/Nineteenth-century Hispanists Network).

The deadline for papers is 15 November 2013. 250/500-word long proposals can be sent to utopias2014@gmail.com

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Conference on Culture and Cultural Policies

Vienna, Austria, 24 - 25 April 2014

The International Conference on Culture and Cultural Policies, organised by the Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia, will be held in Vienna, Austria, on 24 - 25 April 2014.

Culture is a set of rules and behavioural patterns we learn with socialisation. However, in a globalized (and multicultural) world, culture became subject of discussions from various points of views, and its importance is not loosing strength.

In the past century, we witnessed many attempts to foster cultural agendas using popular culture where identities were formed in a way to present one nation to other nations in a favourable way, and where audiences were confronted with various messages that are sometimes blurred with first-hand experiences. States indeed invest funding in their cultural policies, and particularly in their cultural policies oriented abroad through external cultural institutes or tourist offers in which culture is emphasized as an achievement of a certain nation (most notably, in art and music). Cultural relations, on the other hand, are centred on creating mutual recognition and understanding, however, many scholars and practitioners express criticism calling western countries imperialists imposing their cultural patterns over less advanced countries just through peaceful means and no longer through colonialism. On the other hand, culture is often a subject of discussion when minority groups are at stake, because minorities find themselves surrounded by different culture, and in a dilemma whether to assimilate or to preserve their culture while still trying to lead average lives. The latter is then subject to criticism from conservatives and the far right that insist on integration, an unclear term that sometimes seems more like forced integration.

These and other issues will represent the subject of discussion through the following conference panels: culture and identity, culture and nationalism, religion and culture, culture and tourism, cultural diplomacy, cultural imperialism, popular culture and cultural policy, cultural policies - case studies, art and cultural policy, music and cultural policy, theatres and cultural policy, culture and media, EU cultural policy, US cultural policy, culture and propaganda.

The Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU). The Centre selected Austria as the conferences venue owing to its favourable geographic position, and liberal visa regime for conference participants with EU visa requirements. Unfortunately, the Centre has no funding available to cover transport and accommodation costs in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs for the entire period of the conference.

Contact: Martina Topic, Ph.D., Research Associate, Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, Viktora Kovačića 5, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; e-mail: martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com; www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com/

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CASCA 2014 Promising Uncertainties: Unsettling the Future of Anthropological Terrain

Toronto, Canada, 30 April - 3 May 2014

What can uncertainty promise? Documenting indeterminacy, diversity, disunity and contingency is both a political commitment as well as an empirical claim.

The 2014 CASCA conference theme seeks to draw out a range of questions including but not limited to: what forms of social and cultural engagements are possible when ambiguity rather than certainty is the central concern of anthropological enquiry and/or ethnographic practice? In what manner and to what extent does uncertainty unsettle neo-liberal processes of classification, transparency and accountability? Does a revolutionizing capitalism's search for new markets foster promise and ambiguity? How does the measurement and management of uncertainty under the monikers of 'risk', 'choice' and 'rights' affect political, social and ethical debates about domains as diverse as immigration, identity politics, technology, art, media, security, health, environment, and the economy? What are the paradoxes that underpin or might emerge out of an anthropological engagement with uncertainty? What might be the intended and unintended outcomes of drawing on this paradigm for anthropology's interlocutors? What forms of ethnographic practice might uncertainty give rise to and/or destabilize?

While CASCA 2014 aims to stimulate discussions and critical reflections on the theme of uncertainty, presentations that fall outside of the proposed theme will also be considered. CASCA 2014 invites different types of proposals and strongly encourages panels and symposia that will bring together presenters from a variety of academic and non-academic backgrounds. Graduate students (MA and PhD) returning from the field and/or having collected first-hand research material are invited to apply to the annual CASCA meeting. In-depth and advanced analytical works by PhD students are also welcome. Individual proposals accepted by the CASCA 2014 programme committee will be organized into thematic sessions. The submission for a paper must include the presentation title, abstract (of no more than 150 words), keywords, and co-authors (if applicable). If you are part of an organized panel or symposium, you will also provide the name of the organizer and the title of the panel. If you are a panel or symposium organizer, please provide an abstract describing the proposed panel or symposia and list the participants.

Abstract submission deadline: 14 February 2014, paper acceptance notification date: 21 March 2014.

In order to submit a paper or propose a panel, symposium, or round-table, you must be a member of CASCA and register for the 2014 conference (conference registration takes place at the same time as submission). Please check the registration link for further details:

For more information, please see: casca2014.apps01.yorku.ca

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The African Economics Congress 2014

Victoria, The Seychelles, 3 – 6 May 2014

With an average GDP growth rate of 5% in 2012 and projections of significant acceleration, the current 'Rise of Africa' has surpassed all growth expectations of previous economic forecasts, effectively positioning Africa as the world's fastest growing economy. Accompanied by decreasing inflation, heightened macroeconomic stability and microeconomic reforms, these trends have translated into rapidly dropping poverty rates and a growing middle class, thus paving the way towards the continent's sustainable development. The possibilities are now endless for Africa's "Economic Lions".

While acknowledging the contemporary path to prosperity Africa has embarked upon, the Forum will seek to further accelerate growth rates in a sustainable and inclusionary manner, so that the wealth accumulated trickles down to ordinary citizens and firmly secures the prosperity of generations to come. While growth is real and steady, it must be ensured that the benefits of this are reaped by all members of society. Thus, the conference will focus on ways in which to increase the participation of youth and women in the economy, harnessing the immense human capital boasted by the African continent and unlocking the full potential of the economic giant that Africa is. Furthermore, the Forum will address the issues of political stability necessary to foster economic growth. All these elements will take into account the application of cultural diplomacy activities in aiding current and future strategies of growth, therefore affording the conference a multi-faceted and dynamic character.

For more information and to apply, please visit the website or write to: info@culturaldiplomacy.org; www.SeychellesCongress.org

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Balkan-Arab Exchange Platform

Zagreb, Croatia, 8 - 9 May 2014

With the support of the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the City of Zagreb, the Central European Initiative, the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Kultura Nova Foundation, the Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) will be organising an exchange platform entitled Enlightening Hidden Passes: The Reality of Cultural Mobilities between the Balkans, Europe and the Arab World. The meeting will be held at POGON, the Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth.

The aim of the exchange platform is to explore the current situation of artistic and cultural mobility between the two regions (the Balkans and the Arab world). More specifically, the Zagreb meeting will be the ideal continuation of the RCF Belgrade workshop which was organised in 2013. This follow-up meeting in Zagreb, Croatia provides the opportunity to continue to make headway through networking and advocacy to formulate solutions for cultural cooperation. It will also allow for further meetings and exchanges between artists, cultural operators and institutional representatives from the two regions. Speakers from EU, Arab and CEI countries who have regional network-building experience will provide knowledge and skills and will insist on concrete result-making plenary sessions and speed or slow-dating discussions. The organisers hope this will serve to build real Balkan-Balkan, Euro-Balkan-Arab and Arab-Balkan networks and sustainable models of international cooperation through mutualisation of artistic practices focusing on the promotion of minority cultures, intercultural dialogue, conflict resolution through culture and arts, local micro-funding and international fundraising.

For more information please contact: Angelica Pratolini, trainee, Roberto Cimetta Fund, e-mail: info@cimettafund.org; or Angie Cotte, Secretary General, RCF, e-mail: angie.cotte@cimettafund.org; www.cimettafund.org.

To register, please see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CORXX-bLXrjJF5eJySd6subQICEmHHGxOZsSgc77UXY/viewform

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Culture in External Relations: Focus on Asia

ENCATC Academy
Brussels, Belgium, 8 - 9 May 2014

The ENCATC Academy is a joint initiative of ENCATC, the leading European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education, and Goldsmiths, University of London, recognised for its excellent postgraduate programme in international cultural relations. Now in its third edition, the ENCATC Academy on Culture in External Relations is an intensive learning programme aimed at senior and medium level professionals. This year during two full days the Academy will focus on Asia – namely East Asia (China, Japan and South Korea) and South and Southeast Asia (India, Singapore, Vietnam).

In the past century, Asia has undergone extreme changes that have sought to preserve its ancient and rich culture while adapting to modern times. Countries such as China and India, benefiting from accelerated growth and development, have emerged in the global scene and are perceived to be changing international dynamics. As each Asian country seeks to make its mark on international society, they face new domestic and international challenges that impact the use of culture in external relations. Organisations, cultural operators and artists must be aware of the current challenges Asian countries are facing in order to be able to work properly with their peers located in this part of the world.

The two-day Academy is an interactive practitioner-oriented course with theory, case studies and input from academics, researchers and experts on the subject. The intention is to offer participants a number of lectures enabling them gain better insight into cultural relations and diplomacy between Europe and Asia. In particular the ENCATC Academy will explore, among others, the topics of:

  • cultural diplomacy in Asia and latest trends regarding culture in external relations;
  • cultural diplomacy in the context of Southeast Asia;
  • understanding cultural cooperation between Asia and Europe.

Please note that the deadline to register is 26 April 2014.

Should you need support to travel to Brussels, see the link for mobility funding guides that you may be eligible for: culture360.org/asef-news/mobility/

To register, please fill in the online form: www.encatc.org/register

For more information, please contact: Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General, e-mail: g.cogliandro@encatc.org

Further update on this event can be found at www.encatc.org/pages/index.php?id=357

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Dak'Art 2014

Dakar, Senegal, 9 May - 8 June 2014

The 11th Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dak'art will be held in Dakar, Senegal from 9 May to 8 June 2014, and will welcome many artists and visual arts professionals of Africa and the world. It will facilitate encounters around the theme of "The Art Professions", such as the official exhibition of African and Diaspora artists, a Guest Artists Exhibition, Off exhibitions, two Tribute Exhibitions, Dak'Art into the Campus, and many other events.

Dak'Art is the major biennale of contemporary art in Africa. It provides a platform for art professionals and sets forth the artistic trends in Africa. It is a space of legitimation of African artistic creation, being a place of meetings and theoretical discussions about art and aesthetics in Africa.

The call for applications for the International Exhibition Dak'Art 2014 has been launched. It concerns contemporary African artists and African Diaspora artists. Application deadline is 15 September 2013.

For more information and the application procedure, please see www.biennaledakar.org or contact candidature@biennaledakar.org

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Bucharest International Jazz Competition and Festival 2014

Bucharest, Romania, 17-24 May 2014

The Bucharest International Jazz Competition is ranked among the top thee jazz competitions in Europe. It is addressed to bands and vocalists aged up to 35 years, and aims to contribute to the acknowledgement of the international jazz values.

An entire week of competitions, jam sessions and workshops dedicated exclusively to jazz. Between 17 and 24 May 2014, jazz lovers are invited to discover and to encourage the best musicians of the moment, or those just reaching the peaks of success, from all around Europe and other continents. Improvisation, explosive energy and the joy to share music – these are the coordinates for the 2014 Bucharest International Jazz Competition.

For further details please visit: www.jmEvents.ro

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Third International Research Conference on the Creative Industries

Antwerp, Belgium, 22-23 May 2014

This scientific conference taps into three trends within the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) currently being discussed, and the (changing) dynamics between them:

  • entrepreneurship,
  • the urban environment, and
  • the role of creative, innovative and educational knowledge institutions.

The 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). The conference speakers will be presenting their research activities and research articles as well as theoretical/conceptual papers that engage with pertinent questions and issues in depth from a pedagogical, sociological, cultural, political, economic, philosophical and/or ethical standpoint reporting on case studies or developments within these three topics.

Please register online to join the conference. The organizers accept registration until 9 May 2014.

More information can be found at www.conferencecci.eu

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International Conference on Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories

Coimbra, Portugal, 28 - 30 May 2014

The Centre for Social Studies (Centro de Estudos Sociais - CES), a State Associate Laboratory at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, calls for the submission of papers and panel/workshop proposals from academics, researchers, public administrators, architects, planners and artists to the International Conference on Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories. The CES is committed to questions of public interest, including those involving relationships between scientific knowledge and citizens' participation.

Cultural mapping reflects the spatial turn taken in many related areas of research, including cultural and artistic studies, architecture and urban design, geography, sociology, cultural policy and planning. Traditional approaches to cultural mapping emphasize the centrality of community engagement, and the process of mapping often reveals many unexpected resources and builds new cross-community connections. Internationally, cultural mapping has come to be closely associated with professional cultural planning practices, but its recent adoption within a variety of disciplinary areas means that 'traditional' approaches are being rethought and expanded, with cultural mapping practices adopting new methodologies, perspectives and objectives as they evolve.

The conference is intended to explore both conventional and alternative approaches to mapping cultures and communities in an international context. Presenters will discuss and illustrate innovative ways to encourage artistic intervention and public participation in cultural mapping. They will also address the challenges posed by such artistic practices and community involvement in various phases of the research process, from gathering and interpreting data to modes of presenting 'findings' to interest groups from different sectors - the local public as well as specialists in the arts, research, public administration and planning.

Two key dimensions of current research with implications for artistic, architectural and planning practices are:

  • participatory and community engagement aspect, especially in the context of accessible mobile digital technologies;
  • mapping the intangibilities of a place (e.g., stories, histories, etc.) that provide a 'sense of place' and identity to specific locales, and the ways in which those meanings and values may be grounded in embodied experiences.

These two aspects will be highlighted in the conference presentations and symposium workshops, bridging interests of both researchers and practitioners. Key themes are the following:

  • Cultural mapping as an agent of community engagement,
  • Cultural mapping as a tool of local policy development,
  • Cultural mapping processes and methodologies,
  • Multimedia mapping tools - recording interpretations and cultural uses of public space,
  • Artistic approaches to cultural mapping,
  • The artist-researcher in interdisciplinary inquiry, and
  • Understanding architecture and urban space through mapping.

The Symposium elements will address how multidisciplinary research perspectives can be applied to local development practice. Workshops will be used to explore the possible contributions of cultural mapping approaches to different communities at a local level, and the role for academia.

The organisers invite proposals for individual paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions and workshops. The primary language of the event will be English, but proposals for presentations in Portuguese are also welcome. Abstracts will be published in the conference program in English and Portuguese. Proposals may be submitted online at www.ces.uc.pt.

For more information please contact; Dr. Nancy Duxbury at duxbury@ces.uc.pt, www.ces.uc.pt/investigadores/cv/nancy_duxbury.php.

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Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories

Call for Papers
Izmir, Turkey, 16 - 18 June 2014

Diversity within regions is often considered one way to achieve sustainability and stability in economic growth and development. As a region's social and economic structure becomes more diverse, it becomes less sensitive to external shocks. Variety in economic activities as well as divergent local cultures within the region is a source of regional strength and resilience. The concept of resilience has often been used in regional development to define robustness, strength, flexibility and the ability to respond to external shocks. Building resilient regions is seen as particularly important in the wake of the global economic crisis as a new source of economic growth. This objective is emphasized both by the OECD's agenda for stronger, cleaner and fairer economies and by EU2020's call for smart, inclusive, sustainable economies.

The Regional Studies Association European Conference 2014 on Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories, to be held in Izmir, Turkey on 16-18 June 2014, presents a timely opportunity to discuss these issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners.

Contributions are invited which fit with the following themes, to collectively explore and discuss these key issues from a multitude of perspectives and with different theoretical stand points and with empirical observations from different parts of the world:

  • Borders and Cross Border Cooperation
  • Clusters and Smart Specialisation
  • Community Economic Development
  • Culture, Creativity and ICT
  • Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions
  • Sustainability – Climate Change, Environment and Energy
  • Regional Well-being and Happiness
  • Role of Institutions in Regional Development
  • Role of Social Networks in Regional Development
  • Spatial Justice
  • Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
  • Regional Development Policy
  • Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Business Climate
  • Geographies of Global Finance
  • Industrial Branching and Technological Cohesion
  • Innovation and Knowledge Economies
  • Labour Markets and Migration
  • Territorial Governance and Regional Leadership
  • Tourism and Experience Economies
  • Urbanisation and Cities
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • The Economic Adjustment of Regions

Submission deadline is 17 March 2014. Selection of abstracts will be based on originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread. Abstracts should not exceed 800 words. The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration. Should you like to organise or offer a session to the conference please contact Elizabeth Mitchell at elizabeth.mitchell@regionalstudies.org.

For further information, please contact: Regional Studies Association, 25 Clinton Place, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 1NP, UK; tel: + 44 (0)1323 899 698; fax: + 44 (0)1323 899 798; e-mail: events@regionalstudies.org; www.regionalstudies.org

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ASA14 Decennial: Anthropology and Enlightenment

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 19 - 22 June 2014

The ASA's (Association of Social Anthropologists) decennial conference will take place in 2014. All anthropologists are invited to the city of Edinburgh for four days of plenaries, panels, ethnographic films, dancing and other fringe events. The call for papers closes on 5 January 2014.

p class="text">The conference theme, Anthropology and Enlightenment, takes its inspiration from the tradition of the Scottish Enlightenment, born in an era when intellectual life in Scotland was at its most cosmopolitan and outward-facing. This was a time of intellectual optimism and experimentation, of polymaths and autodidacts who were not afraid to address the widest and most fundamental questions of what it is to be human. Above all, the Scottish Enlightenment was a milieu rather than a school, a world of public argument in coffee-houses – and indeed in drinking establishments – rather than a canonical set of texts.

Through the choice of the theme, the organizers aim to rekindle the spirit that gave birth to the discipline of anthropology, yet in a manner and an idiom appropriate to the contemporary era, by combining historical reflection with an exploration of anthropology's relations with other disciplines, including philosophy, political economy, theology, history, architecture, medicine, law, agriculture and even sociology. Six invited panels are the basis of the program and will address current interdisciplinary themes, each of which could potentially be aligned with, and identified by, a key work from the Scottish Enlightenment. They are as follows:

  • Time, Earth and Cosmos,
  • Health and Wealth,
  • Natural Religion,
  • Human / Nature,
  • Beauty, Order, Harmony and Design,
  • Moral Sentiments.

The 2014 decennial conference of the ASA will be hosted by the STAR consortium. Founded in 2006, STAR (Scottish Training in Anthropological Research) brings together anthropologists from the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews.

Call for papers: 15 November 2013 to 5 January 2014, registration opens on 20 February 2014.

Email all conference communication to: conference@theasa.org

For more information, please visit: www.theasa.org/conferences/asa14/index.shtml

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International Perspectives on Participation and Engagement in the Arts

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 20 - 21 June 2014

The conference International Perspectives on Participation and Engagement in the Arts will be held at the Department of Media and Culture Studies of the Utrecht University, the Netherlands, on 20 - 21 June 2014, aiming to draw together current research and practice internationally to assess the relevance of the participation and engagement agenda for professional arts and cultural heritage organisations, voluntary arts organisations, and policy makers at local and national level. The conference is organised by Leeds Metropolitan University in cooperation with the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA), the Cultural Participation Fund in the Netherlands (FCP), and the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University.

Since the 1980s there has been a growing international focus on participation in public policy, whether as a means to compensate for diminishing state investment or to give voice to grassroots activism. This has led to an increasing discourse about models of participatory practice, the values that underpin these, and their social and political impact, in the worlds of the arts and cultural activities no less than in other sectors. For the last two years Leila Jancovich and Franco Bianchini from Leeds Metropolitan University, with the support of Arts Council England and the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), have been coordinating a knowledge exchange network, bringing together academics, policy makers and practitioners to share research and debate issues, on participation and engagement in the arts. In the Netherlands similar activities have been carried out since 2009 by the national expertise centres for arts education and amateur arts, recently merged into the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA), and by the Cultural Participation Fund.

This conference is the culmination of this work, and aims to draw together current research and practice internationally to assess: firstly, the relevance of the participation and engagement agenda for professional arts and cultural heritage organisations, voluntary arts organisations, and policy makers at local and national level; secondly, which theoretical and political assumptions underpin this agenda and its implementation; and thirdly, which models of participatory arts practices have been developed and have proved to be successful.

The focus of the conference is on research, evaluation and evidence-informed reflection. It will present networking between academics, policy makers and practitioners; transfer of best practices in participatory arts and participatory decision-making in cultural policy; policy transfer between different countries, municipalities and public service sectors; and international speakers for comparative analysis.

For more information please contact: participationandengagement-arts@leedsmet.ac.uk; www.lkca.nl/bijeenkomsten/participation_engagement_in_the_arts/default.asp

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Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: Inequality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes

Bonn, Germany, 23–26 June 2014

In this emerging polycentric world, poverty, inequality and sustainability continue to be the world's major development challenges. The EADI 2014 General Conference of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes will delve into these issues with a focus on those groups in society who can potentially contribute effectively to responsible development in a polycentric world. Three plenary sessions will look at the role of the global middle classes as development actors in a world with multiple poles of power; at tackling inequality through 'responsible development', and at re-defining citizenship in contemporary development discourse.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 December 2013. Submissions are welcome in English and French.

For further information on the conference topic and the working group sessions please see the conference website at www.gc2014.org or contact the conference team at team@gc2014.org for any questions.

Contact: European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse 11, 53113 Bonn, Germany; tel.: + 49 228 26 18 101; www.eadi.org

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ACEI Conference 2014: Connecting Conversations

18th International Conference on Cultural Economics
Montreal, Canada, 24 - 27 June 2014

The ACEI International Conference will feature a programme of invited plenary sessions grouped around the theme of Connecting Conversations. Researchers in other fields, as well as representatives of the cultural sector, such as arts administrators and government officials, will be invited to share their research and findings on the interactions between the practices of the cultural sector and economic analysis. Important criteria for the reviewing committee will be: a) relevant connection with the themes of cultural economics (economics of the arts, creative industries, cultural heritage, creative economy, creative cities, intellectual property rights, artistic labour markets, craftsmanship, cultural organizations, cultural capital, valorization of artistic values, financing the arts, supporting the arts, governmental support of the arts, the values of art/creativity for businesses, and the like); b) scientific merit; c) relevance for ongoing research in cultural economics.

Through the conference website, abstract submissions are being accepted for research covering all areas related to the economics of culture. Abstract submissions deadline is 31 January 2014.

For more information please contact: Arjo Klamer, ACEI President-Elect; e-mail: Klamer@culturaleconomics.org

Information about the host university, the conference and other issues that may be useful can be found on acei2014.esg.uqam.ca.

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Shaping Identity: Land, People, Systems

SIETAR Congress - Call for Session Proposals
Vancouver and Sts'ailes, Canada, 26 – 29 June 2014

SIETAR Congress 2014 will be co-hosted by Young SIETAR and SIETAR BC in Vancouver and Sts'ailes First Nation in the Fraser Valley. Under the title Shaping Identity: Land, People, Systems, it will call on participants to actively explore identity and how the land, people, and systems shape that identity. Many voices, such as Indigenous, immigrant, and international, will be included, both as presenters and as participants, allowing for rich dialogue. Using the locality of Vancouver and Sts'ailes as a starting point, it will expand the dialogue from the local to the global and share points of connection, as well as divergence.

The organizers look forward to receiving proposals from facilitators that connect to the theme of the Congress, as well as to the following goals:

  • To explore the complexity, intersectionality, and hybridity of identity.
  • To include previously marginalized voices in intercultural dialogue.
  • To reflect upon and discuss the impact of global trends such as migration, technology, multinational corporations, and education on our identities.
  • To include opportunities for SIETAR BC and Young SIETAR members to share their experience, skills and knowledge.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Congress Program Committee with consideration to its relevance to the conference goals and themes. The submission deadline is 28 February 2014, the acceptance notification date is no later than 28 March 2014.

A goal of the Congress is to develop and showcase the skills and experiences of Young SIETAR and SIETAR members as well as bring in new voices not previously heard. As a result, proposals will not only be accepted based on connection to the Congress theme and goals mentioned above but also on the diverse backgrounds of presenters.

Presenters are also asked to provide attendees with relevant supporting materials, such as fact sheets, articles, and guides. Presenters are responsible for any copying costs incurred and as well as any Congress registration, travel and accommodation arrangements.

Please email the proposal application to sietarcongress2014@gmail.com, to the attention of Rohene Bouajram. For further details, please see www.sietarcongress2014.com/call-for-proposals.html

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Networks in the Global World 2014

St. Petersburg, Russia, 27 - 29 June 2014

The primary goal of the NetGloW conference series is to bring together networks researchers from around the globe. It seeks to unite the efforts of various scientific disciplines in response to the key challenges faced by network studies today, and to exchange local research results - thus allowing an analysis of global processes. It is also crucial to support the orientation of junior researchers in the complex landscape of network science, and to encourage applications of network analysis by practitioners.

The idea of the 2014 event, an international conference on Bridging Theory and Method: American, European, and Russian Studies, hosted by the Center for German and European Studies (St. Petersburg State University - Bielefeld University), and to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 27 - 29 June 2014, is to discuss the key current issues and problems of linking theoretical and methodological developments in network analysis.

Key topics are the following:

  • Words and Networks
  • Networks in Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • Network Perspectives on Knowledge, Communication and Culture
  • Social Movements and Collective Action as Network Phenomena
  • Network Analysis of Political and Policy-Making Domains
  • Big Network Data.

Participation in the conference is free of charge.

For further information please contact: netglow@spbu.ru; www.ngw.spbu.ru

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International Summer School

Birmingham, England, 14 - 26 July 2014

The Birmingham International Summer School offers a chance for students to study in the Heart of England, at a top institution and a pioneering university. The students will be studying an exciting programme, put together by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, exploring the best of British Heritage. The students will be able to explore the art, architecture, literature, music, design and popular culture that form the basis of Britain's culture and heritage and continue to shape its identity. They will also have the opportunity to earn credits for the study.

Visits include: Shakespeare's Birthplace and Historic Stratford-upon-Avon; World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge; Bournville Village and the Cadbury's Chocolate Factory; Wedgewood Museum; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Liverpool's World Heritage site and the Famous Beatles Tour; Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Edwardian Winterbourne House; English Pub Quiz Night; and optional visits to the historic cities of Oxford and Worcester.

Key Dates:

Two-week programme – 14 July to 28 July
Four-week programme – 14 July to 8 August

Application deadline: 31 May 2014.

For further information, please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/International/birmingham-international-summer-school or contact biss@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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Reflection on Creativity: Public Engagement and the Making of Place

Bandung, Indonesia, 8 - 9 August 2014

Building on the successes of the first four Arte-Polis international conferences and workshops held in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) is organising Arte-Polis 5, an international conference and workshop with the theme of Reflection on Creativity: Public Engagement and the Making of Place. This biennial event, an initiative of the Architecture Program at ITB's School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development in collaboration with other creative institutions, will be held on 8-9 August 2014 in Bandung, Indonesia's city with a long heritage of creative culture, communities and collaborations.

The aim of Arte-Polis 5 is to connect practitioners, academics, community leaders, local government officials, policy-makers and other professionals from diverse disciplines and regions around the world concerned with the quality of life and collaborative nature of creative communities in urban and rural places. Its objective is to share and learn the reflection of creativity from international and local experiences regarding current issues, best practices and policy implications of public engagement on place-making.

The peer-reviewed Arte-Polis 5 international conference will critically address the theme through a number of diverse Tracks, such as:

  • Creative Engagement through Design Praxis,
  • Digital Technology Enabling Public Engagement,
  • Planning Methods for Wider Public Engagement, and
  • Public Engagement for Cultural Heritage.

Keynote addresses by prominent creative champions from Indonesia and overseas, along with international and local featured speakers will provide a platform for critical discussion and constructive learning of creative experiences within the parallel sessions of the Conference Tracks. Selected papers will be published in Elsevier's Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 10 February 2014. Abstracts of 300 words maximum should be addressed to the Organizing Committee's e-mails: artepolis@ar.itb.ac.id and artepolis_itb@yahoo.com

For further information, please contact: Organizing Committee, Arte-Polis 5 International Conference, Attn. Aswin Indraprastha, Ph.D., Architecture Program - School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Lab.Tek IXB, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132, Indonesia; tel.: (+62-22) 250-4962; fax: (+62-22) 253-0705; e-mails: artepolis@ar.itb.ac.id; www.arte-polis.info

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Open Call for Emerging Curators Based in the Netherlands

Valletta, Malta, 24 August - 7 September 2014

The Valletta 2018 Foundation is offering two emerging, independent curators based in the Netherlands, the opportunity to immerse themselves in a different artistic and cultural environment by staying in Malta for 15 days between August and September 2014 and developing a project involving international artists that will culminate in a curated show in Malta in 2015. The Foundation is responsible for the implementation of the European Capital of Culture in 2018, a title which Valletta is celebrating and sharing with the Dutch city of Leeuwarden.

The deadline for applications is 21 April 2014. All applications should be sent by email or post to Valletta 2018 Foundation at the following contacts:

  • imagine@valletta2018.org, subject: Curators in Residence Open Call, or
  • Valletta 2018 Foundation; Curators in Residence Open Call, Exchange Buildings, Republic Street, Valletta.

Queries should be directed to info@valletta2018.org

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Art and its Contexts: Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 4 - 6 September 2014

The Research Network Sociology of the Arts aims to provide the sociological context for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven social aspects which characterize the art worlds. The focus of this conference will be on sociological approaches to art and their tense but promising relations with other approaches by cultural studies, art history, philosophy and aesthetics. Therefore, researchers from all social sciences disciplines, philosophy and the humanities, as well as PhD students and artists who are interested in inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue are welcome to participate in this conference.

The organizers would like to create special sessions and invite papers on this theme with the expectation that they may include a broad nexus of sub-issues around alternative approaches to art and its contexts, the social and the aesthetic, willing to cross the divide between sociology and aesthetics. The ESA RN Sociology of the Arts conference has always been open to other themes that are not related to the main theme. This openness is highly valued since the Research Network aims to bring together researchers and support interchange and mutual learning. For this reason, the programme will be thematically broad and open for presentations to all core areas of arts sociology (development in particular domains in arts, the process of production, distribution, promotion and commercialization of works of art, the process of presentation and mediation of arts etc.).

The Call for Papers is thematically broad and it includes various topics of arts sociology. Researchers from all social sciences disciplines, philosophy and the humanities, as well as PhD students and artists, who are interested in inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue, are welcome to participate in this conference.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 February 2014, the acceptance of abstracts will be notified by 31 March 2014. Registration opening is on 1 April 2014, registration deadline for presenting authors is 31 May 2014.

Please send abstracts by email to the Conference Secretariat at esa.arts2014@gmail.com, Cc to Dan Eugen Ratiu at daneugen.ratiu@gmail.com.

For further information, please contact: Prof. Dr. Dan Eugen Ratiu, Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts, e-mail: daneugen.ratiu@gmail.com; www.europeansociology.org

Further information and guidelines: hiphi.ubbcluj.ro/ESA-Arts-2014

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Historical Lab 5: Consistency of Inner and Outer Spaces in European Art

Call for Papers
Riga, Latvia, 5 September 2014

Within the framework of the project Art Nouveau and Ecology, supported by the European Commission's programme Culture 2007-2013, the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, as a network of cities aiming to preserve, study and promote Art Nouveau at a European scale, is organising a one-day symposium on Consistency of Inner and Outer Spaces in European Art Nouveau Architecture, to be held in Riga, Latvia, on 5 September 2014. As part of this project, a series of five laboratories and an international symposium are planned and organised by 14 European cities and regions: Âlesund (NO), Aveiro (PT), Bad Nauheim (DE), Barcelona (ES), Bruxelles-Brussels (BE), Glasgow (UK), Helsinki (FI), La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH), La Habana (CU), Ljubljana (SL), Nancy (FR), Regione Lombardia (IT), Riga (LV) and Terrassa (ES).

The deadline for the call for papers is 10 March 2014 and the papers should be sent to the coordination office of the Network at info@artnouveau-net.eu

Simultaneous translation (French, English and Latvian) will be available.

For any additional information, please contact info@artnouveau-net.eu or see www.artnouveau-net.eu.

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International Conference on Cultural Policy Research ICCPR2014

Hildesheim, Germany, 9 - 12 September 2014

The ICCPR2014 is organized by the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, Germany, in collaboration with the International Journal of Cultural Policy. The Department hosts the UNESCO Chair "Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development". ICCPR2014 aims to provide a space for exploring cultural policies, their meanings, roles and impact in an interdisciplinary and international environment.

The opening session of the Conference will take place in the prestigious Theatre of Lower Saxony. In the following days several paper sessions, thematic sessions and semi-plenary sessions will provide the basis for interdisciplinary and international exploration of the meaning, function and impact of cultural policies. The high calibre accompanying programme offers excellent networking opportunities.

You are more than welcome to hand in your proposal by 1st February 2014. You can either hand in a proposal for a whole panel session (thematic session) as a group or an individual paper session. If you are not able to pay the conference fee, mention that on your submission form and the organizers will try to arrange financial support. All information on the application is available at iccpr2014.de/guidelines-for-proposals/.

On the final day, after the official closing plenary session, the participants will have the chance to move to Berlin for an exclusive meeting with cultural policy makers and directors of cultural institutions at one of the world's most vibrant cultural hot spots. Details on the Berlin programme are available at iccpr2014.de/berlin-program/.

Conference registration for the audience will be opened at 1 February 2014.

For more information please contact: University of Hildesheim, Marienburger Platz, Hildesheim 31141, Germany; e-mail: iccpr2014@uni-hildesheim.de; www.iccpr2014.de

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New Challenges for the Arts: Is it just about Money?

22nd ENCATC Annual Conference
Brno, Czech Republic, 17-19 September 2014

The 22nd ENCATC Annual Conference on New Challenges for the Arts: Is it just about Money?, organised in partnership with the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts, will take place in Brno, Czech Republic, from 17-19 September 2014. The ENCATC Annual Conference is the largest and most significant event of the year. In previous years, the Annual Conference has focused on such topics as rethinking education on arts and cultural management (Antwerp), networking (London), forecasting development and future trends (Helsinki), intercultural dialogue (Lyon), and entrepreneurship (Gothenburg). The organisers have been focused on investment in the arts and arts management education, which provides social well-being.

This year the conference will discuss the social, aesthetic and economic aspects of arts management in public and private sectors. There are many issues that have to be taken into account when teaching, developing curricula and research, or planning projects. There are many players, parties concerned and stakeholders to be involved. Is it just about money?

The conference has been designed for academics, trainers, researchers, professionals from the cultural and educational sector, organizations, students, policy makers, artists and media from all over the world. In terms of capacity building, this outstanding event will provide participants with the unique opportunity to build up new knowledge, discover new research and learn from innovative teaching methods. In Brno, participants will also have the possibility to enlarge their personal and professional networks, to exchange experiences and to build new cooperation projects. Moreover, building on the success of the previous years, a number of interactive seminars and study visits to leading cultural organizations based in Brno will offer the possibility to learn about and share trends and perspectives in cultural management and cultural policy in a variety of fields including heritage, museums, performing arts, cultural indicators, cultural and creative industries, urban management and cultural diplomacy.

ENCATC invites you to submit an abstract for its 5th Annual Research Session to be organised on 18 September during the 22nd ENCATC Annual Conference. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 7 July 2014.

Papers are welcome on all cultural management and cultural policy areas including:

  • arts and culture education,
  • cultural policy and cultural management,
  • culture and local, regional and national development,
  • cultural heritage management,
  • cultural and Creative Industries,
  • culture in external relations and cultural diplomacy,
  • cultural networking.

Research in the following subject areas is particularly welcome:

  • methodologies for education and training in the field of cultural management and cultural policy,
  • culture, well-being, and human development,
  • measuring values and performance in the arts and culture sector,
  • leadership in the arts and culture sector,
  • financial sustainability in the arts and culture sector.

Online registration is already open at www.encatc.org/register/

For inquiries about the ENCATC Annual Conference programming, please contact Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General, e-mail: g.cogliandro@encatc.org

For all inquires related to local logistics in Brno, please contact the local organizer, Ms. Blanka Chladkova:, e-mail: chladkova@jamu.cz

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Cultures of Crisis

Istanbul, Turkey, 18 - 21 September 2014

The conference on Cultures of Crisis: Experiencing and Coping With Upheavals and Disasters in Southeast Europe will be organised by the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA). The Association is an interdisciplinary organisation of scholars studying past and present social and cultural processes manifested in the practices and beliefs of the people of Southeast Europe. Its members deal with Southeast European ethnology, cultural and social anthropology, folklore, ethnography, historical anthropology and cognate fields and disciplines.

Both the history of the last two centuries and the present of Southeast Europe are marked by deep transformations and upheavals. The emergence and disappearance of states, ethnic conflicts and wars, the fundamental changes of political systems and social order, deep economic crises as well as natural disasters are only the more visible of these upheavals. Many of these events were experienced as deep crises that forced people to adapt to often radically new situations. Experiencing and coping with uncertainties and crises can thus be considered one of the important features of the processes of modernization on the Balkan Peninsula.

For entire societies, social groups and individuals all these upheavals and crises meant the experience of fundamental discontinuities, of historical and social ruptures that divided time into periods 'before' and periods 'after', experiences that structured peoples' lives and historical memories. In many cases the ongoing crisis became a way of life. People react to such upheavals and crises in various ways, with subjugation or adaptation, most often, though, with employing cultural techniques and everyday strategies, with using traditions of submission, appropriation or refusal. In trying to interpret such upheavals people may take recourse to religion, to conspiracy theories or utopian ideas as well as to nostalgia, fatalism or dread of the future.

The primary goal of the conference will not be to elucidate the natural, political, military or socio-economic causes of societal, social or individual crises. The conference should rather focus, from an ethnological or anthropological perspective, on the reactions of societies, of social groups (such as families) or of individuals to such crises, on their impact on the everyday life of people, on their various strategies of managing and coping with them, on the processes of adaptation and interpretation, and on peoples' concepts and attitudes, shortly: on the cultures of crisis in Southeast Europe.

The conference will be held at Kadir Has University, Cibali Campus, Istanbul, Turkey. Depending on the availability of funding, the conference organizers will cover at least part of the travel and accommodation costs for participants from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey.

For more information please contact: Prof. Asker Kartari, Kadir Has University, e-mail: kartari@khas.edu.tr and/or Prof. Klaus Roth, Munich University, e-mail: k.roth@lrz.uni-muenchen.de; sites.khas.edu.tr/inasea//conference7.html

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First World Summit of Community Arts Centres and Networks

Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria, 24 – 27 September 2014

The First World Summit of Community Arts Centres and Networks will be held in the historic capital of Bulgaria, the city of Veliko Turnovo, candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019. The organizer of the event is the International Council for Cultural Centres (I3C), in partnership with the European Network for Cultural Centres (ENCC). I3C was established in 2008 in Bulgaria with the purpose to serve as a global platform for meeting, unity, coordination, and cooperation of national and continental networks of community cultural centres, facilitating the exchange of good practices and the creation of international projects in the sphere of community arts for social transformation. I3C was founded in particular in Bulgaria, because it is the home of one of the oldest and largest networks of community cultural centres in the world, called "chitalishte", established as a civil society initiative in the 1850s, currently uniting more than 3500 centres, and supported by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.

The World Summit will bring together for the first time networks of community cultural centres from across continents, in the manner in which it so far has been done continentally only in Europe by the European Network for Cultural Centres, and the Summit will aim to inspire and help national networks unite in continental ones in order to catalyze more fruitful cooperation and international cooperation projects in the field of arts and social engagement. The event will include lectures and interactive working groups led by renowned experts in the field of cultural policies and projects.

The First World Summit aims to bring together experts from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America, and each participating country could bring two or more representatives, who are: a) representatives of Ministries of Culture, which coordinate the sectors of community arts, and/or, if applicable, of national network of community cultural centres (often called "house of culture"); and b) representatives of non-governmental organizations, associations or networks of the above-mentioned community cultural centres/community arts organizations.

Networks and other cultural organizations are invited to contact I3C at office@international3c.org.

For more information on the Summit, please visit: worldsummit.international3c.org

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The Useful Heritage: Efficiency and Excellence in the Public Memory Sector

The Best in Heritage, Call for Papers
Dubrovnik, Croatia, 25 - 28 September 2014

The Best in Heritage is an annual survey of award-wining museum, heritage and conservation projects. This two-day conference about professional excellence in public performances of heritage institutions will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 25 - 27 September 2014. It is preceded by eCult Dialogue Day, a half day event on the use of ICT as a cohesion factor for the entire public memory sector. This year, the organisers will add to this conference of excellence a one-day symposium, to be held on 28 September 2014, on the theme of Efficiency and Excellence in the Public Memory Sector. The book of presented contributions will be pre-published for the conference, distributed to the participants and made available on-line.

The organiser's claim is that all heritage organisations and institutions (museums, conservation, libraries, archives, hybrid and cyber institutions, heritage actions and networks) continue to demonstrate a constant convergence of theories and practices, as well as a need for a common science. This science in the making is another cohesion factor for the many diverse heritage occupations, which each have their own theories (e.g. museology, archivistics, librarianship, computer science etc.). Besides sharing ICT and theory, the heritage sector also shares a focus on visitors and users and the same mission in society: all want to turn the heritage from the past into a noble and scientifically-based wisdom that can then be used for the harmonious development of our society. Those shared values, together with the analysis of good daily practice, from eco-museums to citizen heritage action, should be the leitmotiv of the conference papers and presentations.

Contributions should be received no later than 15 April 2014.

For more information about the submission, please visit: www.thebestinheritage.com/conference/post-conference/

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Arts, Culture, Heritage and the National Development Plan: Vision for 2030

Pretoria, South Africa, 1 – 3 October 2014

The post-millennium world has been experiencing recognisable historical milestones with regard to arts, culture and heritage. One notable milestone has been the resuscitation and revival of creative elements of the arts, culture and heritage of previously marginalised or disadvantaged communities around the world. Previously there was scant regard for and skewed allocation of resources for skills development and other essential initiatives for different races. Lately, with particular reference to South Africa, attempts have been made to promote and sustain a culture of democracy and development based on national imperatives to enable the socio-economic aspirations of a multicultural society.

The Charter for Humanities and Social Sciences (2011) calls for studies and research in the humanities and social sciences in order to preserve and promote indigenous and endogenous languages, community practices and development, political economy and internationalism. This is in line with UNESCO's position on Arts, Culture, Heritage and National Development with an emphasis on mutual respect and tolerance for cultural diversity, equitable human resource development and the promotion of literature and cultural industries.

Significantly, despite their noble intended outcomes, these objectives are not only encountering problems and challenges in South Africa but also globally, hence the need to deliberate on identified problems and challenges within an international forum of this nature. The conference therefore seeks to explore and to interrogate whether the 21st century's lofty ideals such as the creation, production, dissemination, transmission and consumption of the Cultural and Creative industries are being realised. While the conference is primarily informed by South Africa's various policy papers, the organisers are inviting local and international scholars, academics, members of the relevant industries and policy makers to contribute their own experiences in the context of the given theme and sub-themes.

For further information, please see www.tut.ac.za and https://www.regonline.co.uk/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1348237

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First Latin American University Symposium of Arts Management

Bogotá, Colombia, 6-8 October 2014

The University of La Sabana (Colombia) and University of Piura (Peru) are organizing the First Latin American University Symposium of Arts Management on Culture and Development: A Challenge for Latin America, to be held at the University of La Sabana, on 6 - 8 October 2014. The academic nature of this first symposium is expressed through lectures on topics related to the role of cultural managers and the perspective of the culture-development pairing. Also, there will be space for participation through papers that will allow the reflection, diffusion of knowledge and innovative experiences in a sector like arts management that is emerging in many Latin American countries.

The organizing universities recognize that, in times of globalization, culture is gaining a significant importance, thus requiring these types of events to reflect on the functions of creation, reception and participation together with those working in the field of arts management, as well as those involved actively in mediation. Target audience: academics dealing with specific and related areas; undergraduate and graduate students; professionals who work in the field or related fields, and the general public.

For more information, please contact: Carmen Cecilia Hernández Méndez, Faculty of Philosophy and Human Sciences, University of La Sabana, Colombia; tel.: (57-1) 861 5555, ext. 29103; e-mail: carmen.hernandez@unisabana.edu.co

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Creative Nexus: Understanding and Strengthening the Relationship Between Cultural Research and Practice

40th Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference
Call for Papers
Ottawa, Canada, 9-11 October 2014

To mark its 40th anniversary, the Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) Conference will be hosted at the School of Political Studies of the University of Ottawa. The proposed theme of this year's conference is Creative Nexus: Understanding and Strengthening the Relationship Between Cultural Research and Practice. This theme intends to cover a number of growing issues and concerns about the challenges and limitations that cultural research and practice are increasingly facing. The main theme of the conference aims to explore the current nature of the research-practice relationship; it aims to assess the different types of collaborations established between practitioners and researchers, and to understand some of the potential limitations that we often encounter. Can the relationships between cultural/artistic practice and cultural research be furthered or renewed towards a number of new creative directions? Can this relationship foster new collaborations, new knowledge and new solutions to tackle important issues pertaining to the formulation and implementation of cultural policies, to address some of the intergenerational challenges that most cultural organizations face, or to establish the parameters of a sound and ethical relationship between researchers, managers, creators and the users of cultural services?

This broad theme will be reflected in the keynote sessions and in the panels, but in the spirit of inclusiveness, the organizers also fully consider contributions that address other themes pertaining to arts management and cultural policy research. These themes may include:

  • arts management
  • arts education
  • cultural policy (local, national, international)
  • cultural and creative industries
  • cultural heritage policy and management
  • cultural practices
  • arts participation and accessibility
  • arts and social inclusion
  • cultural institutions and business strategies
  • arts and communities
  • post-colonial issues in cultural heritage and arts management
  • arts and social change
  • aesthetics, social theory and contemporary politics
  • society, arts history and the evolution of artistic genres
  • arts and culture work and professions
  • cultural sustainability
  • audiences, amateurs and users
  • cultural evaluation
  • change management in cultural organizations.

The deadline of the call for papers is 20 May 2014. Notification of acceptance will be communicated in early June.

Please download the appropriate form from the website, complete it, and send it to proposals@stpaconference.org.

For further information, please see www.stpaconference.org

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Uneven Mobilities

Call for Papers
Santiago de Chile, Chile, 13 - 16 October 2014

The PanAmerican Mobility Network and the University of Chile are organising the international conference on Uneven Mobilities: Access to Activities, People and Places in Contemporary Cities, to be held in Santiago de Chile, on 13 - 16 October 2014. One of the most common problems faced by Latin American societies today is their apparent and their often invisible inequality. Many of these inequalities shape the way cities operate as well as the people's ability to access opportunities. Currently, urban inequalities and social exclusion are placed in most development agendas; however, research in this area is becoming increasingly complex, multidimensional and multispatial.

With the irruption of the mobility approach, the way cities and space are accessed has become crucial to understanding current inequalities. These problems are not only present in Latin America, and can be observed in other places in the Americas, and in many cities and regions in developing and developed countries, even stretching over national borders. The PanAmerican Mobility Network intends to connect the various mobility related researches taking place in the Americas. In this context, the organizers encourage papers to be presented in relation to the following questions:

  • What methodological strategies can be used to research the production of uneven mobilities?
  • How do citizen movements impact in the production of uneven mobility?
  • How do transport and communication devices affect uneven mobilities?
  • How do urban design and urban planning influence the production of uneven mobilities?
  • What types of relations exist between migratory process and the production of uneven mobilities?
  • What forms of experiences are related to the production of uneven mobilities?
  • Other open questions.

Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be submitted to panammobilities2014@uchilefau.cl

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31st March 2014.

For more information please contact Paola Jiron at: paolajiron@uchilefau.cl or visit www.santiagosemueve.com/panam2014

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1914 - 2014: Lessons from History? Citizenship Education and Conflict Management

Networking European Citizenship Education (NECE) Conference
Vienna, Austria, 16 - 18 October 2014

One hundred years after the beginning of the First World War, that 'great seminal catastrophe of the 20th century' (George F. Kennan), the NECE Initiative is organising its annual conference in Vienna. The conference will focus on the current crises and conflicts inside and outside of Europe. The 2014 NECE Conference will address challenges in Europe against the background of its history of war and conflict in the 20th century. It will ask how citizenship education can deal with the great variety of conflicts. These include conflicts at Europe's periphery (Syria, Ukraine, Egypt) and the influx of refugees at the shores of the Mediterranean. Inside Europe political and social conflicts in the wake of the economic crisis have led to a serious loss of trust in the European project. The results of the 2014 European elections have given rise to fears that the populist earthquakes in France, the United Kingdom and other countries will have an impact on the European Union's future agenda. The implicit consensus that, for a long time, shaped the citizens' attitude towards 'Europe' is fundamentally called into question. Nationalistic and xenophobic resentments represent a risk for Europe's democratic constitution. The economic crisis has turned into a political one.

The 2014 NECE Conference offers a platform for pursuing current issues in citizenship education in Europe: Are our current patterns of thinking and discourse still appropriate for dealing with the particular challenges and crises of the European democracies today?

For more information please visit: www.bpb.de/veranstaltungen/netzwerke/nece/180464/nece-conference-2014 and www.nece.eu

Contact: e-mail: nece-vienna2014@lab-concepts.de; www.lab-concepts.de

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Atelier for Young Festival Managers

Poznan, Poland, 20-27 October 2014

Are you part of the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you want to broaden your programming skills and be inspired by colleagues and experienced leaders in the field? The Festival Academy (a European Festivals Association initiative) and Malta Festival Poznan launched an Open Call for Applications for the next Atelier for Young Festival Managers, to be held in Poznan, Poland, on 20-27 October 2014.

Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply. Festivals, cultural organisations, networks, foundations, universities, etc. are invited to spread the information broadly to their members, partners, contacts and interested people, and to delegate a young festival manager to participate in the Atelier Poznan 2014. The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is an intense and rigorous 7-day training platform addressed at emerging artistic festival directors or those who have ambitions to become involved in programming or in programming-related departments within a festival. It is all about sharing experiences and passing on knowledge to a next generation of festival makers: knowledge about programming a festival, while focusing on the very essence of art festivals: the arts and the artist.

All information on the Atelier, selection criteria, application procedure and application form is available on the Atelier website. The application form must be submitted by 15 April 2014.

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

In case of further questions, please contact: atelier@efa.aef.eu

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Arts Activated 2014 Conference: Creative Connections

Call for Papers
Sydney, Australia, 28 – 29 October 2014

The Arts Activated Conference is the perfect opportunity to galvanise the growing culture of inclusive arts practice in Australia. People with disability have an important role to play in Australia's arts and cultural life; this is what makes Arts Activated a valuable meeting place for those passionate about the arts and disability sector.

The Cultural Program is a series of curated events that will take place across Sydney and its surrounding suburbs in October 2014, during the Arts Activated Conference week. The events will advocate leadership, education and information for people with disability across the arts and disability sector. Events must be accessible and aligned with the 2014 conference theme, Creative Connections: Encouraging Interactive Disability Arts Practice. Accessible Arts is calling for submissions from individual artists, arts venues and arts organisations for events that promote inclusive arts and disability practice.

The events (exhibitions, performances, showcases, workshops) must take place between Saturday 25 October and Sunday 2 November 2014.

Submissions can be made online through Smarty Grants. The submission deadline is 30 June 2014.

For further information, please contact: Gemma Collocott, Conference Convenor, Accessible Arts NSW; e-mail: gcollocott@aarts.net.au; www.aarts.net.au

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Audiovisual Sector on the Digital Age: Policies and Strategies for Diversity

Call for Papers
Madrid, Spain, 5-7 November 2014

The call is now open for the submission of papers to the international workshop Audiovisual Sector on the Digital Age: Policies and Strategies for Diversity, that will be held at the Faculty of Humanities, Communication and Documentation of Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain, on 5-7 November 2014. The event is part of the activities that are being developed by the research project Audiovisual and Cultural Diversity: Good Practices and Indicators, and its aim is, a decade after the publication of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (UNESCO, 2005), to consider the major issues of the diversity in the permanently changing audiovisual field.

The Scientific Committee of the workshop will select eight proposals. Abstracts should be 400-500 words in length and should deal with the following topics:

  • Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (UNESCO, 2005) and its development in the digital era,
  • public policies, audiovisual sector and cultural diversity,
  • diversity in the audiovisual sector: cinema, radio, television, music and videogames,
  • good practices for diversity in the digital age,
  • copyright and audiovisual diversity,
  • coalitions for cultural diversity and its relationship with the audiovisual sector,
  • measuring and statistics for diversity: indicators in the digital age.
The deadline for abstracts is 1 July 2014.

For further information about the international workshop and the research project, please see: diversidadaudiovisual.org/call-for-papers-seminario-internacional-2014/

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European Campus of Local and Regional Authorities for Culture

Lille, France, 5-8 November 2014

The Association Les Rencontres is organising the 3rd European Campus of Local and Regional Authorities for Culture. Gathering elected leaders and professionals from local and regional authorities, artists, intellectuals, researchers and civil society representatives, the European Campus' purpose is to think together and deepen our understanding of current and future topics in the fields of local and regional cultural policies, cultural cooperation and artistic creation in Europe and beyond. Prepared in collaboration with the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, this edition will take place in Lille and at the Louvre-Lens Museum. The main theme will be: Can Culture and Local and Regional Authorities Lead Europe Out of the Crisis? The Example of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region.

In times of financial difficulties for local and regional authorities all over Europe, the Campus appears as an occasion to draw concrete answers to current issues; to create leads for initiating and consolidating projects; and to discover the strategies of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region. The European Campus will include talks, debates and training, underlining the interaction between all the participants, in lectures and workshops:

  • on 6 November, particular stress will be put on the contribution of culture in solving the crisis: opportunities and limits and the European and international cultural relationships of local and regional authorities;
  • on 7 November, in the Bassin Minier (Mining Basin), the rebirth of a struggling territory will be explained through the initiative of the Louvre-Lens Museum; the inclusion of the Mining Basin as remarkable cultural landscape in UNESCO's world heritage list; the construction of structuring facilities and the conversion of industrial sites, among others;
  • in the morning of 8 November, in Lille, a final debate will present the framework for drawing conclusions from the conference.

For more information please contact: Rafael Mandujano, Head Project Manager, rafael.mandujano@lesrencontres.eu or Roxelane Oliyar-Komilkiw, Project Manager, roxelane.oliyarkomilkiw@lesrencontres.eu or Emmanuelle Cabille, Delegate to Councillor Michaël Moglia, emmanuelle.cabille@nordpasdecalais.fr

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Heritage and Landscape as Human Values

18th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium
Florence, Italy, 10 - 14 November 2014

The Scientific Symposium, to be held in Florence, Italy, on the occasion of the 18th ICOMOS General Assembly, on 10 - 14 November 2014, will explore the theme Heritage and Landscape as Human Values through five sub-themes:

  • Theme 1: Sharing and experiencing the identity of communities through tourism and interpretation,
  • Theme 2: Landscape as cultural habitat,
  • Theme 3: Sustainability through traditional knowledge,
  • Theme 4: Community-driven conservation and local empowerment,
  • Theme 5: Emerging tools for conservation practice.

Papers, among which selected presentations of 20 minutes and brief interventions of 10 minutes, will form the scientific basis of the Symposium, and will feed into the discussions and resulting recommendations. ICOMOS members who wish to propose a paper for one of the five sub-themes, should submit a concise one-page summary (max. 3000 characters), in French or English, by email to GA2014-Symposium@icomos.org by 31 January 2014.

Proposals will be selected through blind peer review by the Scientific Committee of the Symposium, which will determine the form of the paper (20 minute presentation or 10 minute intervention) and the sub-theme to which the paper is allocated. The authors of the selected proposals will be informed by 31 June 2014 and will be asked to provide the final text of their papers (max. 15 pages) by 30 September 2014.

The Symposium will be open to the public.

For more information please contact the Symposium Scientific Secretariat at GA2014-Symposium@icomos.org

General enquiries about the 18th General Assembly may be directed to 18ICOMOS2014@gmail.com

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African Creative Economy Conference

Rabat, Morocco, 13-15 November 2014

Arterial Network is a dynamic, pan-African, civil society network of artists, cultural activists, NGOs, enterprises and institutions engaged in the creative and cultural sectors in Africa. The network actively builds and strengthens networks and structures throughout the continent, upholding the value of freedom of creative expression and affirming the role that arts and culture play in contributing to sustainable development. Arterial Network sends a monthly newsletter to more than 30,000 art practitioners and creative industry organizations in Africa and abroad, and promotes grants and funding opportunities for African artists, residencies, workshops, conferences and travel bursaries.

The conference quickly became a leading networking platform for artists and practitioners in Africa, and a unique opportunity for various stakeholders to discuss and explore the state of the creative sector within a broader global context. After Nairobi, Dakar and Cape Town, Rabat is hosting the 4th African Creative Economy Conference from 13 to 15 November 2014, with a thematic approach that will focus on the "How" of the creative industries, looking into their operational implementation: How do we organize ourselves and work together more succinctly for the well-being of Africa and its people? Where is African creativity located and what economic advances is it generating for its inhabitants? What are the success stories from the continent, what failures and what strategies for the future?

Thematic focus:

  • Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector - insights and success stories from leaders in art disciplines: pragmatic applications for arts practitioners;
  • African Arts and Culture by Numbers - the creative economy in a broader geopolitical and economic context: perspectives from development agencies;
  • Arts, Culture and Democracy in Africa - the status of arts and cultural rights in Africa: democracy, good governance and the creative sector's contribution to human, social and economic development;
  • Learning from other experiences and envisioning the future - lessons from emerging countries: practices in Latin America, Asia and Europe.

For more information please visit: africacreativeconference.com/

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Location/Aesthetics

13th ELIA Biennial Conference
Glasgow, United Kingdom, 13 - 15 November 2014

The ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) Biennial Conference is the largest conference on higher arts education worldwide, drawing an audience of approximately 500 directors, artists, teachers and thinkers. This year's conference theme LOCATION/AESTHETICS focuses on the relationship between the creative and the city and the dynamic interplay between place, culture, creativity and the artist. Recognising that the arts are both the most local and the most international of activities - proud of their traditions and identity, but at their most exciting when they break down barriers and cross borders, the conference will explore the cultural, social and economic role that creative individuals and institutions play in creating and transforming a city, regional or national identity and place in the world. Four sub-themes have been identified to address more specific issues: Identity/Diversity, Regionalism/Globalism, Homecoming/Nomadism, Economy/Culture.

The Biennial offers a diverse range of programming in a dynamic atmosphere that stimulates intellectual exchange and professional networking. The programme is accompanied by a series of cultural events including the ELIA NEU/NOW Festival LIVE, an innovative international platform for talented graduating and recently graduated artists, giving delegates the chance to see firsthand the work of emergent artists from across Europe and beyond.

The deadline for online registration is 31 October 2014. To register, please visit the Biennial Conference Registration Portal.

For further information, please contact ELIA Conference Manager Barbara Revelli at barbara.revelli@elia-artschools.org; www.eliabiennial.com

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Interdisciplinary Conference on Challenges

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 20 – 23 November 2014

Current societies are facing permanent and increasing challenges at all levels. These challenges include the issues of supranational organizations, national identities, policies and powers struggling to impose their criteria in a new world order; intercultural exchanges, ethnic and cultural encounters generating new tendencies; environmental impacts related to development and pollution; competing emerging and declining economies; social changes dealing with age, gender and the family; and the role of religion in a global society where moral and ethical values are redefined.

The conference organised by the University of Cartagena, Colombia, will focus on how societies respond to those challenges. Some of the specific topics will include:

  • Changes in new urban developments. Theories and concepts of town planning;
  • Challenges in gender relations, the role of women in society and their impact in the field of new technologies;
  • Generational challenges in aging populations and in growing demographics;
  • Challenges in how we interpret the past and its projection towards the future;
  • Challenges in the postcolonial world and the unfolding of new trends;
  • Challenges in Europe and the Americas, regional and national challenges in emerging societies and economies. Trends and challenges in the economic development of nations and regions;
  • The future of the research university: meeting the global challenges of the 21st century;
  • The impact of complex scientific discourses and their impact on teaching and it disclosure to the community;
  • Challenges and problems in environmental matters.

The organizers invite participants to submit research on the issues outlined, and encourage them to raise any new proposals on different subjects. Possible topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Literature, Technology and Science;
  • Interdisciplinary Links among History, Science and Technology;
  • Technology, Education, and Language;
  • Environment: Physical, Biological, Socioeconomic, Cultural and Historical Aspects.

All presenters must be members of the Association by conference time. Submissions can be in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. All submission should represent original work done by the authors. There will be two options to propose/submit works: i) panel proposal; and ii) individual paper.

The call for papers closes on 1 June 2014. Paper submissions should be sent to ahlist1@gmail.com

For more information please visit: www.ahlist.org

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Contemporary Curating and Museum Education

Zurich, Switzerland, 21-22 November 2014

Ever since museum work first began to be professionalized, "curation" and "education" have been presented as distinct areas of work, based on quite different sets of knowledge and experience. Traditionally, the relationship between them has been hierarchical: first comes the exhibition, and then begins the educational work of conveying its contents as smoothly and to as many people as possible. In the course of the last two decades, this structure has grown less rigid. Museums are questioning their role in the knowledge society, in which visitors are always potential "prosumers", and in which a wide range of voices from networked learning communities are now challenging the validity of expert knowledge. Museums now think of themselves as sites of knowledge exchange, places geared up for active engagements with the conjunction of past and present: the keyword here is "participation" (Simon 2012; Gesser et al 2013).

The findings of critical museology have also contributed to an understanding of the museum as a historically matured institution, a powerful and influential body whose position in society is far from neutral as a museum inevitably takes a position simply through its actions. This has led to growing demands that museums should no longer confine themselves to making "gestures of showing", (Muttenthaler, Wonisch 2007) but become theatres of political action, places in which conflicts can made visible, articulated, and worked through. This development gives new relevance to the knowledge and strategies specific to educational practice. It has been recognized since the 1990s that educational work in exhibitions and museums is not merely a service to be provided, but has the potential to develop as a culturally productive practice in its own right on the interface of knowledge sharing, cultural education, performative artistic processes, and even activism. From this perspective, museum education is developing as a critical practice capable of questioning, extending, and changing both exhibitions and institutions. (Schnittpunkt; IAE 2013). In day-to-day work at institutions, the expansion of spaces and possibilities for these transformations happens gradually: it includes the increasing use of interactive formats which offer audiences the chance to bring their own knowledge to bear on exhibits, forms of integrating thematic proposals from different stakeholders in museum practice, and the emergence of collective forms of curating.

It is against this background that the organizers of the Contemporary Curating and Museum Education conference are inviting international representatives from a variety of different types of museum to take a close look at the various ways in which they are putting these "grand designs" into practice. Conceived by the programme leader and three lecturers from Curating and Museum Education, the specialized Master in Art Education programme at Zurich University of the Arts, the conference poses a central question which is also crucial to the teaching on this course: How does the integration of curating and education change the nature of museum work?

For more information about the conference, please contact: Laura Sennhauser, Zurich University of the Arts, Master of Arts in Art Education ausstellen & vermitteln, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Postfach, 8031 Zürich; www.zhdk.ch

Registration for the conference: tagungausstellen.vermitteln@zhdk.ch

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Sustainable Recovery? Rebalancing, Growth, and the Space Economy

Call for Papers
London, UK, 27 - 28 November 2014

The conference provides a platform to address the new economic order and its spatial manifestations. The world has seen a series of shifts in socio-economic relations over the past decade, which have picked up pace since the global financial crisis of 2008, particularly in relation to the complex inter-related processes of industrialisation, urbanisation, and regional and local development. Is the mediation between economic logic and political institutions leading to new patterns of economic activity at a local, regional, national and global level?

The 21st Century has been an era of devolution, predicated on 'realising' place-based assets and assembling these as the building-blocks of agglomeration for a new brand of local and regional economic development. On the one hand, political devolution has happened through constitutional change (see Spain and current events in Scotland), and on the other hand, economic devolution has occurred through the explosion of state rescaling. City-regions are the outlet for some of this thinking. In the context of urban and regional austerity, post-crisis, politicians and policy-makers argue this is a more 'balanced' approach to growth than past interventions. Crisis in the Eurozone though is having highly differentiated impacts, with some places benefiting, while others have seen a worsening of problems. These outcomes appear complex, and relatively unpredictable, challenging prevailing narratives of places and their future. This poses the question as to whether recovery is sustainable and/or is spatially selective growth occurring at a cost?

This Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2014 presents a timely opportunity to discuss these issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners. The conference organisers are keen to attract papers and sessions which address a broad research and policy agenda, including contributions from any discipline which can offer relevant insights associated with the remaking of the world space economy and its shaping of our cities and regions. Papers which are collaborative, international or multi-disciplinary are especially welcome.

Please submit offers of papers in the form of 400 word abstracts through the Regional Studies Association on-line conference portal by 18 August 2014. A full paper will be required by 6 October 2014.

For more information please contact: Elizabeth Mitchell, Project Manager, Events and Membership, Regional Studies Association, PO Box 2058, Seaford , BN25 4QU, UK; tel.: +44 (0) 1323 899 698; fax: +44 (0) 1323 899 798; www.regionalstudies.org

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Research and Public Decision-Making in Culture and the Arts

Villeurbanne, France, 3-4 December 2014

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Observatory of Cultural Policies, Grenoble, France, is organising an international conference with the support of the Rhône-Alpes Region, the Town of Villeurbanne, the Greater Lyon conurbation, the Ministry of Culture and Communication – DRAC Rhône-Alpes, the Ministry of Education, Higher Education Teaching and Research, as well as the University Communities (COMUE) of Grenoble and Lyon, the Théâtre National Populaire (TNP) of Villeurbanne, and in cooperation with the world-wide Culturelink Network and numerous European networks. The conference will bring together research, action, and public decision-making in culture and the arts. The aim of this conference is to consider the main transformations that are taking place today in the domain of culture and the arts, and to relate these to the changes that are taking place in the contemporary world.

Three major themes will be discussed:

  • What kind of digital culture is in the process of emerging?
  • Culture of participation and dynamics of expressiveness
  • New artistic and cultural gestures in the city and the question of pluralism.

What are the trends that are causing the parameters to shift today? What role do scientific research and artistic research play in relation to the metamorphoses of contemporary culture? How can professional managers, civil society, and elected representatives set about making their means of action more dynamic? The aim of the conference is to nurture an open dialogue between researchers, artists, participants, and decision-makers on a European and international scale. It will bring together an eclectic group of participants composed, among others, of researchers and thinkers from a variety of backgrounds in Europe and beyond, as well as participants in culture and the arts and elected representatives on national and international levels.

Registration as of September 2014 at: L'OCP, 1 rue du Vieux Temple - 38 000 Grenoble, France, tel: +33 (0)4 76 44 33 26; e-mail: samia.hamouda@observatoire-culture.net

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Activated Borders: Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships

4th Asian Borderlands Research Conference
Hong Kong, 8 - 10 December 2014

All over Asia, international borders condition encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Recently, many formerly disregarded borders have been 'activated'. Some have become more permeable for people, goods and ideas. By contrast, elsewhere in Asia borders have actively hardened. Such border dynamics (which have a history of centuries) shape cross-border linkages and are shaped by them. During the 4th Asian Borderlands Research Conference in Hong Kong, the organisers invite submissions that address continuities and transformations along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme of Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships.

Re-openings: Asia has witnessed many closed and then re-opened borders. What are the political, economic and cultural factors behind these dynamics? Who are the prime movers behind activated borders – states, borderland communities, or others? What are the characteristics of the new connections, reunions and corridors that are being created in Asian borderlands – and how can we theorize them?

Ruptures: The closing of borders may lead to networks, communities and pathways being reimagined and restructured. What does closure mean in practice? How permeable are officially closed borders? And are they easier to cross for some than for others? Does it make sense to assert the idea of the "borderland" throughout political and historical ruptures?

Relationships: Cycles of border activation impinge on the evolution of ethnic, family and gender relations; trade, investment and infrastructure; migration and tourism; the flow of information and technology; environmental issues; security concerns; and many more. The physical presence of the state may wax and wane as borders open up and close down. How does this affect the relationships between state agents, borderland communities and border-crossing individuals?

Since one of the main goals of this conference is to spur collaboration and discussion across diverse fields in the hope of building up a more nuanced picture of the intersections and relationships across Asian borderlands, submissions are invited from scholars, writers, policy studies researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media, and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

The deadline to send in panel, roundtable and paper proposals is 1 February 2014.

The conference is organized by the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong; the International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands; and the Asian Borderlands Research Network.

Please visit asianborderlands.net to submit your proposal. Participants will be notified around April 2014. Very limited financial support may be made available to specific scholars residing in Asia and some junior or low-income scholars in other parts of the world. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please submit the Grant Application form.

For more information, please visit the website at asianborderlands.net or email info@asianborderlands.net

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Citizens, Civil Society and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia

Call for Papers
Taipei, Taiwan, 11-13 December 2014

Since David Lowenthal first noted the acute ascendancy of heritage as a discourse and, indeed, likened it to religion, the cult of heritage has spread beyond the Euro-American world to win adherents in the further reaches of Asia. This is in no small way due to the rise of the modern nation-state, and the formulation of heritage as a given, constitutive part of nations. However, what constitutes heritage is never a given, and it is commonly 'made' through a process embedded in an evolving cultural politics involving actors such as the state, local communities and civil society organizations, and international institutions or activists. While these actors are not always distinct, a series of three conferences have been planned to highlight the role of each in turn without neglecting their inter-relationships. The first conference has taken place in Singapore in January 2014, focusing on the role of the state. The second conference in the series, to be held in Taiwan in December 2014, focuses on the role of citizens, local communities and civil society organizations in heritage-making. The third conference will take place in the Netherlands in 2015, and will focus on international organizations and activists.

In considering the role of local communities and civil society organizations in heritage-making, the second conference will dwell on the figure of the citizen, broadly understood. What are the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of a citizen, and how does this relate to the modern nation-state and the notion of heritage, particularly in the contemporary environment where the role of the state and that of citizens are being reconfigured to serve a neo-liberal agenda? How does citizens' involvement in heritage-making contribute to the civility of a shared societal life, and indeed, in some countries, to the sense of nationhood and civilization? In other words, what are the dynamics involved when local communities, as citizens, not just in the narrow legal-constitutional sense (with the propensity this restrained status has to turn citizens into citizen- consumers), but more broadly speaking in the socio-political sense, engage in the definition of their heritage-scape through a common civil space where multiple interests and agendas vie for resources and meanings? In raising these questions, the conference will explore how processes of heritage-making, as part of the everyday cultural practices through which cultural citizenship is asserted and discursively constituted, challenges the dominance of the state in defining its citizens.

With these issues in mind, the organizers invite papers looking into the following themes:

  • Representing the local in global cities
  • Memories and aspirations in global cities
  • Built heritage, ruins, and their social lives
  • Contending with gentrification
  • The social landscape as heritage
  • Conflicts and resolutions of heritage-making
  • Cultural activism and vernacular heritage
  • Local identities and linguistic heritage
  • Citizens, civil society and national as well as local heritage-making
  • Local communities and the heritage-scape
  • Civil society involvement in heritage-management
  • Prospects of social innovation in heritage-management.

It is suggested that papers should cover cities, townships and their associated rural landscapes in East and Southeast Asia. Accommodations and a modest travel grant will be provided for all accepted participants.

The paper proposal should be submitted in word document format by 1 June 2014 to Kathleen Mariska Azali at kathleen_azali@iseas.edu.sg.

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Theatre between Tradition and Contemporaneity

Carrara, Italy, 18-22 December 2014

Theatre between Tradition and Contemporaneity is the annual international multidisciplinary conference researching the Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity in performing arts. To be held in the city of Marble - Carrara, Tuscany, Italy, on 18-22 December 2014, this conference meeting organized by IUGTE (International University Global Theatre Experience) in collaboration with ArtUniverse, is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics and arts journalists.

The conference offers the unique opportunity:

  • to exchange experience and share ideas in contemporary performing arts education and training, rehearsal process and performance practice;
  • to become familiar with diverse methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts inspired and formed in the connection with the world traditional heritage;
  • to meet colleagues from all over the world, establish new contacts and lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment.

To apply for participation, please send a cover letter briefly describing professional activity to iugte.projects@gmail.com; www.iugte.com/projects/theatretraditions