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2018 Museum Connections

Paris, France, 17 - 18 January 2018

Museum Connections is an international event intended for museum and tourism professionals focusing on exhibitions and conferences. The exhibitors provide the equipment and promotion facilities for cultural and tourism events (cultural products, reception and management of the events, communication tools, new technologies, etc.).

The programme includes a cycle of international conferences for cultural specialists, cultural institutions and associations, cultural networks etc., covering the issues such as museums in an age of rapid digital change, museum economics in a digital world, inclusion, and new museum identity.

The next Museum Connections event will take place in Paris, France, from 17 to 18 January 2018. It will be held under the auspices of French Ministry of Culture, promising 20 hours of intellectual effervescence to help museums and cultural sites with their economic development.

E-badges are free until 1 December 2017.

For more information, please contact: calypso.coene@europ-expo.com or visit https://www.museumconnections.com/

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Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018: Building Cultural Bridges through Art, Film and Music

Berlin, Germany, 21 - 23 February 2018

The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018: Building Cultural Bridges through Art, Film and Music is an international conference taking place in Berlin, Germany, on 21 - 23 February 2018 with the aim of exploring the potential for art and music to provide a neutral platform for cultural exchange. Artists and practitioners from the fields of music, film, performance art, digital art, literature and painting will share their perspectives alongside renowned artists and leading figures from international politics, diplomacy, academy, civil society and the private sector. The vision of the conference is to gather an interdisciplinary mixture of celebrated artists, high level representatives from the film industry and practitioners of cultural diplomacy in order to prepare an agenda, which will initiate programmes that will support global peace. Participation in the conference is open to artists, film and creative industry representatives, governmental and diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world. The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference.

For more information, please contact: Academy for Cultural Diplomacy, ICD House of Arts and Culture, Soltauer Str. 18 - 22, D-13509 Berlin, Germany; tel.: 0049 (0) 30 2360 ; e-mail: info@academy-for-cultural-diplomacy.de; www.academy-for-cultural-diplomacy.de

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Online Workshops at the UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development

Call for Applications
March 2018

The UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, Canada, is offering online workshops on cultural entrepreneurship, cultural planning and cultural strategies in the digital realm as follows:

  • Cultural Entrepreneurship, 6 - 20 March 2018
  • Cultural Planning - An International Perspective, 7 - 21 March 2018
  • Cultural Practices and Strategies in the Digital Realm, 8 - 22 March 2018

The workshops fill the gap between a short webinar and a longer online course. Over three weeks, an international expert leads online lectures and small group discussion for two hours each week. Participants can then continue the conversation and network with other professionals using the online discussion board. The cost per workshop is $325 CAD.

For more information, please contact: Gaelen Snell at gaelen.snell@ubc.ca, UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, UBC Extended Learning, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus, 410-5950 University Boulevard, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z3 Canada

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10th Edition of MASA - the African Performing Arts Market

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 10 - 17 March 2018

The 10th edition of MASA - the African Performing Arts Market will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from 10 to 17 March 2018, celebrating its 25th anniversary. The market, dedicated to the living arts, takes place every two years. This year, 64 companies from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific were selected. Seven disciplines of the performing arts will be represented: music, dance, theater, storytelling, humor, street arts and slam.

The theme of this edition, What Economic Models for the Performing Arts?, will raise the issue of sustainable financing of culture in Africa.

For more information, please contact coline.walrave@africalia.be or visit www.fr.masa.ci

(Source: OCPA News, no. 363/December 2017)

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First Workshop on Cultural and Sport Economics

Call for Papers
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 15 March 2018

Cultural participation, for example the demand for museum and cultural festival experiences, is growing and the interest in research in cultural economics has steadily increased in recent years. The situation is similar in sport economics, offering many interesting research areas, such as economics of mega sport events. The availability of new individual data sets and econometric methods make it possible to study the determinants, effects and characteristics of individual behaviour and policy interventions in both areas of research. This workshop, organised by the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, is related to the upcoming 20th International Conference of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI), to be held in Melbourne, that for the first time also addresses issues related to sport and cultural economics.

The first workshop on cultural and sport economics aims to provide a platform for both young and experienced scholars in these fields. The main themes of the workshop are cultural economics, sociology of culture, sport economics and tourism economics, and papers may address any subject related to those areas, preferably with an interdisciplinary approach.

The deadline for the submission of paper abstracts is 15 January 2018. Papers will be selected on the basis of full drafts and/or extended abstracts (of maximum 1500 words). Applications should be sent to Andrej Srakar at srakara@ier.si and Martin Falk at martin.falk@wifo.ac.at

For organisational enquiries, please contact Barbara Leskovec Nastav at barbara.leskovec.nastav@ef.uni-lj.si.

For more information, please visit www.ef.uni-lj.si/en

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Heidelberg Center for American Studies' 15th Annual Spring Academy Conference

Heidelberg, Germany, 19 - 23 March 2018

The fifteenth HCA Spring Academy on American Culture, Geography, History, Literature, Politics and Religion will be held in Heidelberg, Germany, on 19 - 23 March 2018. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides international PhD students with the opportunity to present and discuss their PhD projects. The HCA Spring Academy will also offer participants the chance to work closely with experts in their respective fields of study. For this purpose, workshops held by visiting scholars will take place during the conference.

The organizers encourage applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities and social sciences, and that pursue an interdisciplinary approach. Papers can be presented on any subject relating to the study of the United States of America. Possible topics include American identity, issues of ethnicity, gender, transatlantic relations, U.S. domestic and foreign policy, economics, as well as various aspects of American history, literature, religion, geography, law, musicology and culture. Participants are requested to prepare a 20-minute presentation of their research project, which will be followed by a 40-minute discussion. Proposals should include a preliminary title and run to no more than 300 words.

Accommodation will be provided by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. Owing to a small travel fund, the Spring Academy is able to subsidize travel expenses for participants registered and residing in developing and soft-currency countries.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2017.

Please use the online application system at www.hca-springacademy.de

For more information, please contact: Spring Academy (Franziska Pentz and Lara Smail), Heidelberg University, Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), Hauptstr. 120, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany; e-mail: springacademy@hca.uni-heidelberg.de; www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de

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International Conference on Heritage and Identity

Koszeg, Hungary, 23 - 26 March 2018

Who are we and where do we belong? All human beings will ask these questions at some point in their lives. Answers often depend on what people consider to be their heritage and how they interpret it. In the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Heritage and Identity will be the theme of the Interpret Europe (European Association for Heritage Interpretation) Conference to take place in Koszeg, Hungary, on 23 - 26 March 2018. The conference is organised by the Hungarian Association of Cultural Heritage Managers (KOME). This association's aim is to create platforms which help experts of various domains - engaged in the research, preservation, social utilisation, protection and distribution of broadly defined cultural heritage - to meet and learn from each other, to find partners, share ideas and realise their own projects in accordance with the association's objectives. KOME believes that the values identified as heritage cannot persist without a community committed to them.

The deadline for the submission of paper abstracts is 15 December 2017.

For more information, please contact Conference Manager Arpad Boczen at arpad@heritagemanager.hu or visit http://www.interpreteuropeconference.net/call-for-papers

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First Atelier for Young Festival Managers

Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 - 29 March 2018

The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), calls for applications to the First Atelier for Young Festival Managers, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 23 to 29 March 2018. The Atelier is an intense training programme addressed at emerging artistic festival directors and those who have ambitions to get involved in programming or in related departments within a festival. It is about sharing experiences and passing on knowledge to the next generation of festival makers: knowledge about programming a festival, while focusing on the very essence of art festivals - the arts and the artist. 45 participants will be selected for this 7-day training programme during which they will discuss artistic festival management with ten renowned festival directors.

The Atelier will be presented by the Festival Academy, in partnership with Johannesburg's Market Theatre Foundation and the University of Witwatersrand's School of Arts.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017.

For more information, please visit: https://www.thefestivalacademy.eu/en/training/atelier/atelier-johannesburg-2018/ or contact info@thefestivalacademy.eu

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Promoting Cultural and Creative Industries: Maximising their Economic and Social Contribution in the EU

Bruxelles, Belgium, 27 March 2018

Europe is the second largest cultural and creative industries (CCIs), or cultural and creative sector (CCS), market in the world after Asia. A study by Cultural Times estimates that the European Union creates 32% of global CCI revenues and 26% of world-wide CCI jobs. In the input document for the Summit of European leaders in Sweden in November 2017, the European Commission invited Member States to include the CCIs in the education system, strengthen their position in the economic market and facilitate access to the available start-up funds. In addition, the European Commission set the following ambitious objectives for 2025: boosting the Creative Europe's Guarantee facility, starting the Digital4Culture strategy and updating the European Agenda for Culture. Despite the many positive initiatives taken by the EU, the CCIs' capacity is not fully exploited, often undervalued and lacking concrete support from the national and international authorities. At the same time, the cultural sector is undergoing considerable changes owing to the digital revolution. Legislation struggles to follow these changing circumstances and CCIs' potential remains blocked by bureaucratic and administrative requirements, lack of data and weak cross-sector coordination.

This timely symposium, organised in the European Year of Cultural Heritage by Public Policy Exchange, UK will assess latest proposals and policy developments in the field of cultural and creative industries, and present successful practices and emerging challenges to the sector. Participants will exchange views and perspectives on possible strategies to tackle these challenges, and will debate the role of CCIs in national politics, education, international communication and social inclusion.

For more information and conference registration, please visit: https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/IC27-PPE2

For any enquiries, please contact: info@publicpolicyexchange.co.uk

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Partnerships for Sustainable Cities and Communities

INTA41 World Urban Congress
Malmö, Sweden, 16 - 17 April 2018

The World Urban Congress, INTA41, organised by the International Urban Development Association, will be held in Malmö, Sweden, from 16 to 17 April 2018 under the title Partnerships for Sustainable Cities and Communities. The Congress will tackle the new opportunities of partnerships among urban stakeholders, citizens and governments to implement the UN's New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 17 invites all urban actors to explore various opportunities and forms of partnerships to build sustainable cities and communities, developing new local ecosystems of stakeholders (with local population and initiatives, third sector, local governments, new urban and digital stakeholders, private sector, international organisations, charity sector, etc.). The programme includes several themes such as Public-Private-Civil Society Partnerships; New Ways to Design the City; Civil Society and Informal Networks; A Partnership Path Towards the SDGs. The programme also includes several technical visits and related workshops. Key speakers coming from various countries will set the tone of the discussions.

Registration is open and the full programme is available at inta-aivn.org

Contact: International Urban Development Association / Association Internationale du Développement Urbain, 18 rue Daval, 75011 Paris, France; e-mail: intainfo@inta-net.org; www.inta-aivn.org

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Cultures of Participation - Arts, Digital Media and Politics

Call for Papers
Aarhus, Denmark, 18 - 20 April 2018

The international conference Cultures of Participation - Arts, Digital Media and Politics, organised by Take Part - Research Network on Cultural Participation, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, will be held at Aarhus University on 18 - 20 April 2018. Over the last decade cultural participation and cultures of participation have received increased (and renewed) attention within different academic disciplines, cultural institutions and societal sectors - and over time also more critical reflection. In order to provide a multifaceted take on the subject, the conference is organized around three themes, which each addresses the topic from a different standpoint:

Theme 1: Participatory art and aesthetics;
Theme 2: Digital media and technology;
Theme 3: Cultural policy and participation.

The conference aims to discuss the potentials and problems of cultural participation by bringing these important, but often disconnected research fields into dialogue with each other. The conference will include theoretical and methodological interventions, as well as case studies that develop processes from theory and policy to concrete implementations. The organisers invite papers from across broad fields of studies, such as art and aesthetics, cultural studies, media studies, architecture, design, sociology, political science and anthropology. They also invite contributions from actors working with citizen participation in arts, media and/or politics - e.g., in cultural institutions, media platforms or cultural policy.

Please submit your abstract proposal (max 300 words) and a short bio (max 100 words) to culturesofparticipation2018@cc.au.dk no later than 5 January 2018.

For more information about the conference, registration, accommodation, travel and other practicalities, please visit conferences.au.dk/culturesofparticipation2018/

For questions regarding the conference (abstracts, registration or other), please contact culturesofparticipation2018@cc.au.dk

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Digital Single Market and Its Impact on Culture and Media in Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia, 19 - 20 April 2018

IRMO's Department for Culture and Communication (focal point of the Culturelink Network) is organising an international round table under the title of Digital Single Market and Its Impact on Culture and Media in Croatia, to be held in Zagreb, Croatia on 19 - 20 April 2018, within the framework of activities of the Jean Monnet project EU Competences and National Cultural Policies: Critical Dialogues (2016-2018). By gathering researchers, cultural professionals and policy-makers, the round table will promote focused thematic discussions which will concentrate on the contextualization of the DSM Strategy for culture and the media in the EU.

The DSM Strategy represents a major implicit policy for culture that brings significant changes to the overall cultural and media sector. As cultural production is becoming increasingly digital, the round table discussions will focus on the extent of the influence that the national political governance, and particularly cultural and media policies, have on regulating the digital infrastructure and content underpinning cultural activities. Although the Strategy was adopted two years ago, so far its implications for culture and the media have not been discussed adequately in Croatia. The DSM goal is to ensure high-quality digital services throughout the EU, to create a single EU regulatory space and adequate conditions for the development of innovative digital services. The important question is whether the DSM reform will bring benefits for the entire cultural sector or primarily for the 'big players' in the field of creative economy, and whether small Member States such as Croatia will benefit from the proposed reforms. The round table will be an opportunity to articulate different positions and establish partnerships in this process which will, no doubt, have a profound impact on the future development of policies and practices of the cultural and creative sector.

For more information about the project and the conference, please visit culpol.irmo.hr or contact culpol@irmo.hr

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Shortcut Europe: Exploring Cultural Spaces

Turnhout, Belgium, 25 - 27 April 2018

On the 25th anniversary of its creation, the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) will hold a new Shortcut Europe conference in Turnhout, Belgium, on 25 to 27 April 2018. The 2018 Shortcut Europe meeting will focus on exploring cultural spaces - those new and unexpected spaces that cultural centres are creating by interacting with and transforming their environment. Cultural centres contribute to the creation of 'cultural spaces', reaching out to their territory and inhabitants, creating local networks with other stakeholders (cultural, social, economic and educational), positioning their cultural activities in public space. The objective of the conference is to explore those cultural spaces, reconnect artists and social engagement, and highlight methodologies and partnerships with a focus on the place and the role of artists in the activities of cultural centres.

The Shortcut Europe conference provides an opportunity for experts, cultural professionals, artists and amateurs from all over Europe to meet, exchange their experiences and identify ways to enhance culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development, by implementing the EU Agenda for Culture that advocates and enhances the role of culture in local communities. All those interested are welcome to register, in particular cultural professionals and stakeholders from local, regional and European levels, fellow networks, cultural centres, museums, theatres and NGOS, researchers, students and artists. The venue for the meeting is the De Warande arts centre, a regional hub for performing and visual arts.

For more information and for registration, please visit: https://encc.eu/activities/events/shortcut-europe-2018-exploring-cultural-spaces

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Early Career Symposium on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Heritage

London, UK, 1 May 2018

Organised by the Cultural Research Network (CRN) and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (UCL ISH), the Early Career Symposium on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Heritage will be held in London, UK on 1 May 2018. The conference seeks to bridge gaps between existing research and practice in heritage and to explore the intersection between policy, management, heritage science and academic research.

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage uniquely undertakes ground-breaking research and provides solutions that stand at the intersection of policy and practice for cultural heritage. With a large capacity of PhD students at UCL ISH working on heritage across physical and social sciences, the Institute organises this conference with the support of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA).

Registrations for the Symposium are open and the conference is free to attend. The deadline for registrations is 18 April 2018.

For more information, please contact ish.phd.conference@ucl.ac.uk or visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/heritage/news/2018/feb/ish-early-career-symposium-2018-call-abstracts

To register, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8EEWRn1t62DU4p24S6IhGpLAIYNsiV1OuKbGlrO5k9GDLFQ/viewform

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LASA2018 - International Congress on Latin American Studies in a Globalised World

Call for Papers
Barcelona, Spain, 23 - 26 May 2018

LASA2018 - XXXVI International Congress on Latin American Studies in a Globalised World will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on 23 - 26 May 2018. Latin American studies today is experiencing a surprising dynamism. The expansion of this field defies the pessimistic projections of the 1990s about the fate of area studies in general and offers new opportunities for collaboration among scholars, practitioners, artists and activists around the world. Several factors explain this dynamism. Perhaps the most important is the very maturity of this field. Various generations of Latin Americanists have produced an enormous, diverse and sophisticated body of research, with a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity and to teaching about this important part of the world. Latin American studies have produced concepts and comparative knowledge that have helped people around the world to understand processes and problematics that go well beyond this region.

The organisers propose that the overarching theme of the Barcelona LASA Congress be Latin American Studies in a Globalised World. The participants will examine both how people in other regions study and perceive Latin America and how Latin American studies contributes to the understanding of comparable processes and issues around the globe.

You are invited to submit a paper or panel proposal addressing either the congress theme or any topic related to the programme tracks. LASA also invites requests for travel grants from paper presenters who qualify.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 7 September 2017.

Proposal forms and instructions are available at https://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/congress/

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Forum on European Culture 2018: Act for Democracy!

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 31 May - 3 June 2018

The second edition of the Forum on European Culture entitled Act for Democracy! on the strength, impact and value of art and culture for Europe will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 31 May to 3 June 2018. Curated by Yoeri Albrecht (director De Balie) and Cees de Graaff (director DutchCulture) this 4-day programme combining theater, performances, film, debate, music and expositions will gather leading international artists and thinkers to exchange ideas about Europe and imagine a shared European future.

The first contributors to this years' Forum on European Culture are: Alessandro Baricco (writer, Italy), Natalia Kaliada, director of the Belarus Free Theater (theater company in exile, Belarus), Achille Mbembe (philosopher, Cameroon), Flavia Kleiner (political activist, Switzerland), Wolfgang Tillmans (photographer, artist, Germany), Zaki Nusseibeh (politician, United Arab Emirates), Madi Maxwell-Libby (spoken word artist, United Kingdom), Artur Zmijewski (visual artist, Poland), Rem Koolhaas (architect, The Netherlands), Wende Snijders (singer-songwriter, The Netherlands). More contributors will be announced in the coming months.

For more information, please visit: https://cultureforum.eu

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A World of Flows - Labour Mobility, Capital and Knowledge in an Age of Global Reversal and Regional Revival

Call for Papers
Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2018
Lugano, Switzerland, 3 - 6 June 2018

In January 2017, the editorial of the 50th anniversary issue of Regional Studies launched - under the title Global Reversal, Regional Revival? - a timely debate about regions and their development in a changing world where global trade and capital flows are being challenged. The 2018 RSA Annual Conference, to be held at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland on 3 - 6 June 2018, aims to address processes of global reversal and regional revival, in a world dominated by flows of capital, labour, and knowledge. It further seeks to understand the political, economic and social factors that initiate change and how these changes are finding new expressions as the world political and economic system continues to struggle with low rates of global economic growth, the rise of China as an economic super power, the ongoing impacts of recession and austerity as well as increasing levels of inequality.

Conference themes, among others, include sustainability, climate change and environment; networks and regional development; tourism, events and culture; and regional development policy. To study and debate these and many other questions, the organisers invite regional studies/science and connected communities to participate at the 2018 RSA Annual Conference.

Papers are welcome from all - academics, researchers, students and those working in policy and practice. The event is inclusive and offers networking opportunities for everyone active in the field. If you would like to organise or offer a session to the conference, please contact Wanda Miczorek at wanda.miczorek@regionalstudies.org.

The deadline for the submission of paper proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract (text only) through the RSA conference portal is 23 February 2018.

For more information, please contact RSA organiser Wanda Miczorek at wanda.miczorek@regionalstudies.org or visit www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/rsa-lugano-2018

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Social Networks, Digital Traces and Electronic Communication

Call for Papers
Le Havre, France, 6 - 8 June 2018

The Department of Information-Communication - IUT/University of Le Havre, France is organising its 5th international conference focusing on digital communication under the title Social Networks, Digital Traces and Electronic Communication, which will take place in Le Havre, France, on 6 - 8 June 2018. The organisers propose the following themes:

  • Traces, digital identity and emergence of social network sites (SNS);
  • The role of ICT and social network sites (SNS) in and for educational purposes;
  • Structuring public political space in the digital age;
  • Information content, online journalism and digital tools;
  • Digital communication, brands and organisation.

Proposals (3500 characters) should be submitted before 2 February 2018 to soumission@colloquelehavre.fr

For more information, please visit www.colloquelehavre.fr

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Creative Collisions

Ecsite Annual Conference 2018
Geneva, Switzerland, 7 - 9 June 2018

Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums, is organising its annual conference on Creative Collisions in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7 to 9 June 2018. The 29th edition of the Ecsite Conference is hosted by the Natural History Museum of Geneva in partnership with CERN, the University of Geneva Scienscope, and Campus Biotech.

Ecsite's vision is to foster creativity and critical thinking in European society, emboldening citizens to engage with science. Its mission is to inspire and empower science centres, museums and all organisations that engage people with science, and to promote their actions. The network gathers over 350 organisations in Europe and world-wide. Open to all professionals who engage audiences with science and technology, the Ecsite conference offers an intense mix of intellectual stimulation, experimental formats and inspiring human encounters.

This year's theme is Creative Collisions. In a society where thoughts, words and deeds are increasingly standardised, placing different worldviews on a collision course can be a source of innovation and creativity. Collisions are not necessarily destructive: they can produce new elements, forms, knowledge and energies. Science engagement offers a unique space to experiment with new creative collisions between science and society, experts and amateurs, science and politics, art and science, nature and culture, science and faith, real and virtual, old and new. "Creative collisions" is a stimulating concept that can help us reinvent communication, teaching, learning, and thinking!

Online registration is open until 22 May 2018.

For more information, please contact info@ecsite.eu or visit https://www.ecsite.eu/annual-conference

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Sharing Heritage - Sharing Values

European Cultural Heritage Summit 2018
Berlin, Germany, 18 - 24 June 2018

The European Cultural Heritage Summit, to take place in Berlin, Germany, from 18 to 24 June 2018 under the motto of Sharing Heritage - Sharing Values, has been recognised by the European Union as one of the key public events of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) and will be supported by the EU's Creative Europe programme.

The European Cultural Heritage Summit will be co-hosted by Europa Nostra, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) and the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK), acting as national coordinator of the EYCH in Germany. The Summit will engage and mobilize a wide range of stakeholders, public and private, for an ambitious European Agenda and Action Plan for Cultural Heritage.

The highlights of the Summit programme are:

  • 21 June: Heritage Excellence Fair (with contributions by the award laureates)
  • 22 June: High-level Policy Debate on Europe and Cultural Heritage
  • 22 June (evening): Award-giving Ceremony for the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2018
  • 23 June (morning): Europa Nostra General Assembly followed by visits of the World Heritage Sites in Potsdam.

In addition, an ENCATC Working Group meeting will be organised as part of the European Cultural Heritage Summit. The selected topic for discussion of the 5th ENCATC Working Group, which will take place in Potsdam, Germany on 19 June 2018, is Evaluation Issues and Practices of Network Projects and Practices: From Satisfaction Survey to Exploration of the Networking Process.

The deadline for registration to the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2018 is 1 June 2018.

For more information, please visit: www.european-cultural-heritage-summit.eu

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Satellite in Kyiv 2018 Conference

Kiev, Ukraine, 21 - 24 June 2018

The conference Satellite in Kyiv, organised by the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) will be held in Kiev, Ukraine, from 21 to 24 June 2018. The meeting will bring together Ukrainian and international art professionals to empower each other to invent and adopt innovative and effective solutions for sustaining independents arts practices. How can we strengthen independent artistic initiatives when their revitalising power is most needed? How can we make them ingrained in the life of wider communities? How to sustain the independent scene in a reality hampered by a lack of financial support and international connections, civil resistance or limited access to new skills?

The position of the independent artist is challenging, to say the least, everywhere across our continent, albeit the degrees of hardship vary greatly from context to context. Sustainable business modelling, building alliances with the civil society, fundraising and advocacy, entering international markets, engaging with audiences - these are only a few of the hills you have to climb when walking the thorny path of the independent artist. Resilience, self-empowerment and cross-border solidarity will be the keywords of the Satellite in Kyiv. The IETM Satellite programme will offer a range of lectures, panels, debates, training sessions and networking activities, as well as an artistic programme that will showcase local independent production.

The deadline for registration is 15 June 2018.

For more information, please contact: ietm@ietm.org

Registration: https://www.ietm.org/en/satellite-kyiv-2018/register

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20th International Conference on Cultural Economics

Melbourne, Australia, 26 - 29 June 2018

The Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) and RMIT University will host the 20th International Conference on Cultural Economics in Melbourne, Australia from 26 to 29 June 2018. ACEI2018 aims to provide a forum for discussion on a range of issues impacting the arts and culture, and for the first time the conference will also address issues related to sports. The conference brings together a range of academics from a number of disciplines that share an interest in empirically motivated research on topics related to the arts and culture such as creative industries, creative cities, art markets and artistic labour, to name a few. The conference also welcomes the insights and contributions from professionals, arts practitioners, policy makers and arts administrators in developing a fruitful dialogue that connects theory with practice.

With the conference host, RMIT University based in the Melbourne CBD, Australia, the location of ACEI2018 combined with the social and cultural programmes that accompany the conference, will provide delegates with an ideal opportunity to experience Australian culture and explore the city of Melbourne.

For more information, please visit: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/acei2018/ or www.culturaleconomics.org

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Cultural Diplomacy in the EU 2018

Brussels, Belgium, 27 - 29 June 2018

The conference Cultural Diplomacy in the EU 2018: EU Cultural Diplomacy in Practice - Building Cultural Bridges within EU States and with the Global Community will be held in Brussels, Belgium, from 27 June to 29 June 2018, parallel to the European Council Meeting. The conference is organised by the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, Germany. Cultural Diplomacy in the EU 2018 will demonstrate the importance of building cultural bridges for the benefits of the EU economy and the well-being of EU citizens, while illustrating the cost-effective advantages of such programmes compared to other policy alternatives. The conference will also campaign for new programmes, increased budgets and greater governmental attention to the unique opportunities practicing cultural diplomacy can bring.

The conference will publish a report based on the speeches and suggestions from all speakers and delegate, which will be delivered to the EU Parliament, EU policy and decision-makers, as well as to the international community. Speakers during the event will include leading politicians, senior diplomats, governmental officials, senior academics, journalists and celebrated artists.

Registration is open.

For more information and registration, please contact: info@academy-for-cultural-diplomacy.de or visit www.academy-for-cultural-diplomacy.de

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Second International TOCRIA Conference

Call for Papers
Lisbon, Portugal, 1 - 3 July 2018

The Tourism and Creative Industries Academic Association (TOCRIA) is organising its second international conference, to take place at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal from 1 to 3 July 2018.

TOCRIA aims to bring together the knowledge that allows the exploration of several questions related to the synergies between the tourism industry and the creative industry, aiming to answer questions such as: How can these two industries cooperate to be more competitive? How does the tourism industry add value as a foundation for creative products? What opportunities/challenges can be identified in order to develop these industries? How can the academy help to innovate, create and transfer knowledge for the development of creative tourism?

TOCRIA's call for papers is open to the following subjects: entrepreneurship and project management; innovation, business models and financing; digital media, social media and content production; marketing, advertisement and digital communication; public policies and regional and local development; education, training and research methodologies; material and immaterial heritage, identity and culture; marketing and communication of wine and gastronomy; creative destinations and touristic digital products; Iberian American sessions: Portuguese and Spanish language.

The submissions deadline for abstracts is 15 April 2018. Submissions must be sent to tocria2018@gmail.com

For more information, please visit: www.tocria.ontrapages.com/conference_eng

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Cultural Governance of Global Flows: Past and Future

Call for Proposals
10th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR)
Tallinn, Estonia, 21 - 25 August 2018

The 10th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR), organised by Tallinn University, will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 21 - 25 August 2018.The theme of ICCPR 2018 is The Cultural Governance of Global Flows: Past and Future. This theme refers to the emergence of complex global flows that present contemporary societies with novel challenges and have high relevance for shaping but also understanding cultural policy in the making worldwide. These include forced as well as unforced migrations, new global divisions in cultural labour, cultural tourism, novel forms of content distribution, emergent international networks and platforms enabling cultural exchange, global trade with (big) data on cultural practices, and attempts of re-imagining and re-evaluating shared values, to name just a few. The conference expects to address not only the present situation and future strategies but invites investigation into the archaeologies and histories of contemporary flows and into past ways of addressing related challenges with cultural policies in different regions of the world. It puts a special emphasis on the experiences in Eastern Europe and other transitional societies.

ICCPR 2018 invites participants to present papers from across the entire spectrum of cultural policy studies, such as cultural policy and globalisation, cultural policies of migration, identities and acculturation, cultural policy and global governance of networks and platforms, cultural policies and global inequalities, cultural policy and values, arts education policy, cultural policy and cultural industries, cultural policy, cultural diplomacy and international relations, etc.

Three different formats can be proposed: single papers, panel proposals and roundtables.

Please submit your proposal at iccpr2018.tlu.ee/proposal-submission/

Proposals should be submitted no later than 22 January 2018.

With any inquiries, please contact ICCPR2018@tlu.ee or visit iccpr2018.tlu.ee

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Borderland Spaces: Ruins, Revival(s) and Resources

Call for Papers
6th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 23 - 25 August 2018

The 6th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network will be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 23 - 25 August 2018 under the title Borderland Spaces: Ruins, Revival(s) and Resources. The conference is organized by the American University of Central Asia, the International Institute for Asian Studies and the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN). The organisers invite panels and papers that address the following questions: How are borderlands in Asia creating alternative spaces for heritages, self-definition and the extraction of resources? How can these cases serve to rethink social theories of various kind? This conference aims to focus attention on the generative and productive capacity of border spaces, which is urgently in need of being addressed.

Remnants of the past, both material as well as immaterial ruins, constitute heritages that continue to affect livelihoods across Asian borderlands. Increasingly, borderlands witness a surge in religious, cultural, linguistic, and ideological revival(s), where the past is perceived as a resource for securing community futures. Whether through the bottom-up claims of marginalized communities or top-down state processes of recognition, designations of cultural heritage have become arenas of contestation where varied actors seek to reframe histories. The past and present of borderlands are intimately linked to resource extraction. Often, the presence of resources has been instrumental in producing borders and borderlands, and been conducive to the production of space, territory and demography. As resource extraction in borderlands intensifies, it is increasingly bound up in violent conflict and military occupation.

Since one of the main goals of this conference is to spur collaboration and conversations across diverse fields in the hope of building up a more nuanced picture of the intersections and relationships across Asian borderlands, the organisers would like to include scholars, writers, policy studies researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. They hope that these conceptually innovative panels, based on new research, will help to develop new perspectives in the study of Asian Borderlands.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 2 October 2017.

For more information about registration fees, the venue, accommodation, and logistics, please visit www.asianborderlands.net or contact: info@asianborderlands.net

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Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence

Call for Papers
Krakow, Poland, 3 - 7 September 2018

Over the centuries, cities across Europe and around the world have been impacted by their Jewish communities - as places of both presence and absence. To be held in Krakow, Poland as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this Conference is dedicated to addressing urban Jewish heritage and the multi-layered issues it faces. From tourism and sustainability to conservation and representation, the Conference will bring together academics, planners, policy makers and community leaders to examine the pasts, presents and futures for cities with Jewish heritage, particularly in Europe.

The organisers, the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and the Foundation for Jewish Heritage, in association with the City of Krakow and Villa Decius Association, invite abstracts of 300 words to be submitted no later than 11 April 2018 via the online submission platform at universityofbirmingham.submittable.com. Help to shape discussions around the past, present and future of urban Jewish Heritage, and join this important event in shaping the future for Jewish Heritage across towns and cities around the world.

For more information, please contact Hannah Stretton, Development and Events Officer at heritageconference@contacts.bham.ac.uk or visit www.urbanjewishheritageconference.wordpress.com

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Strategic Media Management, Media Business Models, eSports, Media Management Teaching

IMMAA 2018 Conference
Call for Papers
Stuttgart, Germany, 13 - 15 September 2018

The International Media Management Academic Association, a global association of academics researching critical issues of media management with the goal of improving practice and understanding of media markets and institutions for the ultimate benefit of media managers and the students who will be the media managers of the future, will hold the IMMAA 2018 annual conference in Stuttgart, Germany, from 13 to 15 September 2018. The topic chosen for this event is Strategic Media Management, Media Business Models, eSports, Media Management Teaching. Papers with relevance for management research, practice and teaching are welcome. In addition to the specific conference focus and the special track, paper proposals that address more general issues with regard to the management of the media and the teaching of media management are welcome.

Paper submissions and panel proposals will be judged on the basis of extended abstracts that should be between 5 and 7 pages long (1,500 to 2,500 words) and send to immaa2018@mw.hdm-stuttgart.de. The deadline for submitting abstracts and panel proposals is 15 May 2018.

More information about the conference and registration can be found at immaa.org

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Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge

Call for Proposals
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 20 - 22 September 2018

Building on the multiple encounters, interactions and dialogues initiated at the 1st Africa-Asia Conference (Accra, Ghana, 2015), the 2nd International Conference Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge, to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 20 - 22 September 2018, seeks to deepen the explorations of new realities and long histories connecting Africa and Asia. The conference aims to solidify an infrastructure of engagement bringing together scholars, artists, intellectuals and educators based in Africa and Asia as well as across the world to think both comparatively and holistically about the challenges and possibilities of cross-continental and trans-regional encounters.

Emphasizing an inclusive approach, the conference, modelled after ICAS international conventions, will be organized around a series of broad thematic multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial groupings that highlight multiple flows and mobilities linking the two continents such as: transcontinental connections and interactions, economics and development, encounters, arts and culture, migration and diasporas, and Asian studies in Africa as well as African studies in Asia. Specifically, the central unifying theme for the conference is a call to understand the histories and futures of Africa-Asia as simultaneously unfolding, in order to rethink the methodologies and knowledge practices through which we understand Africa in Asia and Asia in Africa and beyond, Africa, Asia and other world regions as 'fields of studies'.

Proposals for papers, panels and roundtables should be submitted online by 1 February 2018.

Please find the submission forms at https://forms.iias.asia

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10th Performing the World (PTW) Conference: Let's Develop!

Call for Proposals
New York, USA, 21 - 23 September 2018

The tenth Performing the World (PTW) Conference entitled Let's Develop! will be held in New York, USA, on 21 - 23 September 2018. These are very uncertain days. So much is, or seems to be, falling apart - nations and government apparatus, norms of diplomacy and civil discourse, civil society, the glaciers of the Arctic, and much more. Is there anything we can count on? Hold on to? Such uncertainty brings fear, anxiety and despair. But it also brings opportunity and possibility. When things fall apart, something new - something other - can be created. The question is not so much what can be created but how? What is needed in order for people to see the possibilities, to imagine the inconceivable, and to take action? Can humanity seize the day? It is from these questions that the organizers come to the theme of Performing the World 2018. In order to see, imagine and create new ways of living, we need to develop. We need to qualitatively transform how we relate, think, feel, live and die. Thus, the call to action is Let's Develop! Let's develop our world. Let's develop performance activism. Let's develop PTW.

The conference theme addresses the need to develop performance activism as an essential tool in developing the world. Let's develop, in both scale and depth, performance activism in community building, politics, institutional social change efforts, social justice and scholarship.

The organizers welcome proposal submissions from all kinds of players - performance activists and performance scholars; psychologists and social workers; physicians and nurses; educators and youth workers; theatre and other creative artists; community organizers, policy makers and humanitarian aid workers, including those active in prisons and refugee camps.

The deadline for proposals is 15 February 2018.

Proposal submission forms are available at www.performingtheworld.org

Additional information about the conference, and forms for registration, housing and financial aid can be found at www.performingtheworld.org

For questions related to proposals, please contact ptw@allstars.org. For all further inquiries, please contact Lois Holzman, Conference Chair, at lholzman@eastsideinstitute.org

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The Best in Heritage 2018: Projects of Influence

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 26 - 28 September 2018

The 17th Best in Heritage conference will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 26 to 28 September 2018 under the title Projects of Influence. The conference is organised in partnership with Europa Nostra and the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and is part of the EYCH2018 programme.

As the award-giving programmes around the world announced their laureates category by category in 2017, the Best in Heritage diligently collected all the information and generated the annual list of the best practices in the field of museums, heritage and conservation. Out of some 300 prize-winners from 45 award schemes, the Best in Heritage Advisory Board approved a selection of the most innovative and advanced candidates, which were invited to the 2018 conference in Dubrovnik. Featuring altogether 42 presentations of a wide scope of laureates coming from 4 continents, the conference will, for the 17th time, bring together authors of most exceptional achievements with the professional audience and the public. The gathering will start with the Imagines event, which focuses on the use of New Technologies and Multimedia, and will feature Q&A sessions, 2 keynotes and a Spotlight lecture following the theme of 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage. In addition to offering an ideal setting for networking with colleagues from all over the globe, the conference will have an abundance of cultural, social and gastronomic events accompanying the programme.

For more information, please contact news@thebestinheritage.com or visit https://www.thebestinheritage.com/conference

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Beyond EYCH2018. What is the Cultural Horizon? Opening up Perspectives to Face Ongoing Transformations

26th ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy
Bucharest, Romania, 26 - 29 September 2018

The title of 26th ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy is What is the Cultural Horizon? Opening up Perspectives to Face Ongoing Transformations. Taking place in Bucharest, Romania from 26 to 29 September 2018, the ENCATC Congress will gather academics, researchers, decision makers, experts, practitioners, artists, students and media from different world regions. Why this theme? Culture is changing directions. New beliefs, customs and norms, new symbols and languages, new concepts and paradigms, new demands and expressions are emerging and impacting the behaviours of individuals and communities, as well as organisations. Indeed, people around the world are changing. They are facing radical challenges that are transforming their ways of thinking, interacting, working and living at different levels. We all are witnesses and protagonists of a wide world transition, shaped by various phenomena that are upsetting the main referent points upon which we have built or destroyed values, identities, economies and lives.

The Congress will focus on the ongoing cultural transformations and claims according to a socio-anthropological approach to critically analyse the role of education and research in shaping the process by which culture and values are built, transmitted and appropriated, and to re-frame with new views, approaches and perspectives their contributions to a common European Cultural Heritage, its sustainability and exploitation for inclusive growth. Themes related to the main topic of the Congress are encouraged to address the critical and inclusive views of cultural heritage and its relation with other cultural and creative sectors.

Registration is now open and early booking is available by 15 June 2018.

For more information, please visit: https://www.encatc.org/en/events/detail/26th-encatc-congress/

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International Conference on Cultural Statistics and Creative Economy

Call for Papers
Manila, the Philippines, 2nd or 3rd week of October 2018

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippines is organising an international conference on Cultural Statistics and Creative Economy, to be held in Manila, the Philippines, in the 2nd or 3rd week of October 2018. The goal of this conference is to provide a venue for researchers and cultural workers to enrich and enliven discussions about and propositions for the emerging fields of cultural statistics and creative economy. The conference will exhibit the initiatives of neighbouring Southeast Asian countries in their creative economies and their studies about statistical data on cultural studies. The topics are the following:

Cultural Statistics in the Southeast Asian context:

  • Cultural Statistics Frameworks, and
  • Data Collection Methodology on One of These Domains: Cultural and Natural Heritage, Performance and Celebration, Visual Arts and Artisan Products, Books and Press, Audio, Visual, Broadcast, and Interactive Media, Tourism, Sports and Recreation, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Education and Training, Archiving and Preserving, Equipment and Supporting Materials.

Creative Economy in the Southeast Asian context:

  • Creativity and Economy,
  • Cultural/Creative Hubs,
  • Cultural Tourism,
  • Game Industry,
  • DIY Urbanism, and
  • Cultural/Creative Economy of Cities.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 May 2018. Abstracts and papers should be submitted to culturalstatistics.ncca@gmail.com.

For more information, please contact culturalstatistics.ncca@gmail.com or visit ncca.gov.ph/call-papers-2018-conference-cultural-statistics-creative-economy/

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Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Economic Growth for Sustainable Development

Call for Papers
ICEIRD 2018 Conference
Doha, Qatar, 29 - 31 October 2018

The title of the 11th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development - ICEIRD 2018 is Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Economic Growth for Sustainable Development. The conference will be held in Doha, Qatar, on 29 to 31 October 2018. Among others, the following themes will be discussed: Cross-Cultural Understanding of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability; Smart Cities and Sustainable Development; Social Innovation and Sustainable Development; Knowledge and Technology Transformation.

The submission deadline for abstracts is 19 March 2018. If you are an academic, a university technology manager, an entrepreneur, a policy-maker, an investor or you represent a business interested in the theory and practice of sustainable development as well as innovation, entrepreneurship, and regional development, ICEIRD 2018 is for you!

All papers submitted, accepted and presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and will have an ISBN and ISSN number (subject to their acceptance by the review committee). Following the conference, selected high quality papers will be invited for publication in special and regular issues indexed in prestigious databases.

For more information, please visit www.iceird.eu or send an e-mail at iceird@artion.com.gr

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Big Cities, Small Languages Conference

Call for Papers
Berlin, Germany, 14 - 16 November 2018

The SOAS World Languages Institute (UK), the Mercator Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation and the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft are organising an international conference on Big Cities, Small Languages, to take place in Berlin, Germany, from 14 to 16 November 2018.

By now it is generally known that the linguistic diversity of humanity is on a rapid decline. Small languages are becoming endangered and extinct, larger languages are shrinking and becoming marginalized, driven by the economic forces of globalisation, but also by political suppression and environmental disasters. When we think of this process, we typically envision language communities in remote, rural places far from the centres of these economic forces. However, globalisation means urbanisation, the shift of population to big cities. By this process, big cities often become home to small languages, leading to a surprisingly rich local linguistic diversity. The conference Big Cities, Small Languages aims to contribute to the understanding of the following topics:

  • How do small languages fare in multilingual urban contexts?
  • How do big cities deal with small languages? How are they recognized in political representation, in the school system, and generally, in the culture of the cities?
  • How do speakers of small languages consider their own linguistic situation?
  • How do the languages influence each other, which forms of code switching and creolization can we observe?

The deadline for the submission of abstract is 15 July 2018.

Please submit abstracts through EasyChair at https://easychair.org/cfp/BISL2018.

For more information, please contact BISLNovember2018@gmail.com or visit www.soas.ac.uk/

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Cultural Sustainability, Performance and Sustainable Development Goals in a Time of Crisis

Call for Papers
Maiduguri, Nigeria, 14 - 17 November 2018

The Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria is organising an international conference on sustainable development, to be held from 14 to 17 November 2018. The conference aim is to explore the relationship and the state of culture and development particularly in times of crisis. In this context, a call for papers on Cultural Sustainability, Performance and the Sustainable Development Goals in a Time of Crisis is open until 30 April 2018.

Since the emergence of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, critical actions and scientific interrogations have taken place through research to negotiate the avenues for achieving the goals' targets, especially as regarding the contextual peculiarities of the various regions and sub-regions of the world. It is in line with such actions that the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, the first of its kind in Nigeria, was established at the University of Maiduguri. Its areas of interest include Theories, Principles and Methodologies; Cultural Sustainability; Cultural Performance and Theatre for Development; Performing Cultures in Conflict Environment; Crisis Entrepreneurship and Cultural Sustainability; Media, Civil Society and Cultural Sustainability; Education and Sustainable Development; Culture and Sustainable Environment etc. Researchers and interested authors are invited to submit and make presentations at the Conference.

The call for papers is open until 30 April 2018.

For more information, please contact: cspcs@unimaid.edu.ng or visit: https://www.uni-hildesheim.de/sustainability/index.php/2018/02/12/maiden-international-conference-call-for-papers/

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ELIA Biennial Conference: Resilience and the City: Art, Education, Urbanism

Call for Proposals
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 21 - 24 November 2018

ELIA, the European League of Institutes of the Arts has announced the 15th edition of its Biennial Conference which will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from 21 to 24 November 2018. The conference is hosted by Codarts University of the Arts and Willem de Kooning Academy. The theme of the conference is Resilience and the City: Art, Education, Urbanism. The conference will focus on the role of the arts in creating resilient cities in times of global change. It will examine how art, design and performance can play a vital role in building resilience, especially in the urban context. The topic will be developed along four sub-themes: Shifting Centres, Shifting Margins; Art and Social Cohesion; Art and Economy; Art and Innovation.

Online registration is now open at www.elia-artschools.org/activities/biennial-conference/registration!

For more information, please contact: info@elia-artschools.org or visit www.elia-artschools.org/activities/biennial-conference/