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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Representatives of ELIA member institutions from all arts disciplines such as lecturers, researchers, artists, senior managers, arts administrators, international officers, professional practitioners from the cultural sector are welcome to submit proposals for presentations.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 18 December 2017.

For more information, please contact: info@elia-artschools.org

To find out more about the call for presentations and submission, please visit www.elia-artschools.org/activities/biennial-conference/call