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Transitions: Today's Future for the Arts

International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress
New York, USA, 8 - 10 January 2019

The 2019 edition of The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress, to be held in New York from 8 to 10 January, explores the contexts of contemporary performing arts. While we often speak of living in the moment, the reality is most of our work requires years of planning. Be it curation, facility development or anticipating new technological advancements, we need to be highly intuitive if not clairvoyant. How do we create the future today? As we adjust for ever-changing political environments, infrastructure renewal and development, technological change, and leadership development, how do we address challenges and opportunities of which we may not even be aware? The performing arts has many unique aspects but can we also learn from other sectors?

The congress will cover areas such as recent advancements concerning the performing arts. Themes of the congress can be explored over the course of several engaging panel discussions, debates, roundtable conversations and more, led by a range of industry leaders and experts. New performing arts projects will be discussed by the creators themselves. In addition to programmed performances throughout the congress, a curated set of projects and works in process from across the globe will be highlighted.

The deadline for registration is 28 December 2018.

For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.ispa.org/page/congress_ny19

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Modernising Cultural and Creative Industries within the EU: Discussing the New European Agenda for Culture

Brussels, Belgium, 6 February 2019

Cultural and creative sectors occupy a significant place in today's European economy, by contributing to innovation, investment, digital modernisation and cultural tourism. The cultural and creative industries (CCIs) generate indeed around EUR509 billion per year, representing 5.3percent of the EU's total GDP, and employ 12 million full-time jobs, which constitutes 7.5percent of the EU's employment and thus the third largest employer sector in the EU (European Commission, 2018). More than the economic value added to the EU's GDP, cultural and creative sectors promote European culture within and beyond the EU's borders. In a political context, characterised by the questioning of the European project, cultural and creative sectors have the potential to strengthen the European identity, cultural diversity and values, to favour the critical thinking and to build bridges between art, culture, business and technology in order to bring the European citizens closer.

The New European Agenda for Culture, adopted in May 2018, aims to harness the power of culture and cultural diversity for social cohesion, bolster the common European identity, support jobs and growth in cultural and creative sectors, and strengthen international cultural relations. With the evolution of globalisation and digitalisation in modern life, the New European Agenda for Culture embraces innovation in the cultural and creative sectors. This goes with the adaptation of education and training to address the technological and business skills deficit and bring about evolution in the cultural sector.

This timely symposium, to be held in Brussels, Belgium on 6 February 2019, will evaluate recent initiatives and policy developments in the field of cultural and creative industries from the EU to tackle the emerging challenges to the sector. Participants will exchange views, perspectives and good practices on possible strategies, and will debate the role of CCIs in national politics, education, international communication and social inclusion.

For more information, please contact info@publicpolicyexchange.co.uk or visit www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk

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Sauti za Busara Festival 2019

Zanzibar, Tanzania, 7 - 10 February 2019

Annually during February, the Sauti za Busara festival offers a magical experience for people from across the world to celebrate African music. The next edition will shake the walls of the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar with 44 performances between 7 and 10 February 2019.

The Sauti za Busara festival attracts people from all around the world, many have a professional connection with the music industry. The daily Movers and Shakers forum provides a friendly and informal space to hook up, share interests, exchange and network.

The festival is open to local and international artists, managers, media professionals, promoters and leaders in the music industry. Admission is free, but space is limited. If you wish to participate, register before 31 January 2019.

For more information, please visit: busaramusic.org/newsletters/20181016_Newsletter_eng.html

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Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts

Call for Papers
York, UK, 14 - 16 February 2019

The Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU), University of York, is organising the international conference on Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts, to be held at CReLLU, Department of Education, University of York, UK from 14 to 16 February 2019.

The conference will consider all aspects of the linguistic and sociolinguistic competences and practices of bi-/multilingual speakers who cross existing social and linguistic boundaries, adopting or adapting themselves to new and overlapping linguistic spaces. The organisers invite papers in all areas of research in bi-/multilingualism, whether or not linked directly to the overarching conference theme, including, but not limited to, linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, clinical linguistics, education, bi-/multilingual societies. Among others, topics include: (multiple) language acquisition and learning; early bilingualism and heritage language development; multilingual education; intercultural and globalisation issues related to multilingualism.

The two categories of proposals are: (1) individual papers and (2) posters. Abstracts should be up to 300 words in length (including 2-3 references). The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 November 2018.

All proposals should be sent to: liemc19.york@gmail.com

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Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change

8th World Summit on Arts and Culture
Call for Proposals
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11 - 14 March 2019

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) invites proposals to participate in the programme of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, which will explore the theme of Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change. The 8th World Summit will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 11 to 14 March 2019. The organisers are seeking participants for a range of roles: from panellists and provocateurs, to presenters and facilitators. The Summit will focus on the intersection and confluence - from both traditional and contemporary viewpoints - between knowledge, culture, artistic practice, creative spaces, innovation and the digital revolution. The organisers are seeking participants for a range of roles - from panellists and provocateurs, to presenters and facilitators, welcoming submissions from policy makers, academics, government representatives, cultural and community leaders, practitioners, and professionals working in the fields of arts, culture, creative and cultural industries, as well as other sectors.

Proposals can be made in English, Spanish or French, and the submission deadline is 20 May 2018.

For more information, please contact info@artsummit.org or visit https://www.artsummit.org/call-for-participants

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Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change

Heidelberg, Germany, 18 to 22 March 2019

The sixteenth HCA Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics and Religion will be held in Heidelberg, Germany, from 18 to 22 March 2019. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week interdisciplinary conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. projects. The previous fifteen HCA Spring Academy conferences have effectively established an international network of young and aspiring researchers in different fields of American Studies.

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 week. The organisers encourage applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities and social sciences, and 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. Thanks 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.

Deadline for applications is 15 November 2018.

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

For further questions, please contact fpentz@hca.uni-heidelberg.de or Ismail@hca.uni-heidelberg.de or visit www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de

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The Thrill of the Dark: Heritages of Fear, Fascination and Fantasy

Call for Papers
Birmingham, UK, 25 - 27 April 2019

Over recent years there has been tremendous interest in 'dark heritage' and associated 'dark tourism' but still we struggle with the powerful attraction of the darkness, the thrill it can provide and where (and if) we draw boundaries around its commodification, its representation and the experiences we seek from it. This conference, organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, to be held in Birmingham, UK from 25 to 27 April 2019, seeks to explore the multiple relationships we have with the concept of darkness with reference to the legacies we create from it. How is the thrill of darkness expressed through the widely framed notion of heritage? How do we experience, negotiate, represent, commodify, valorise or censor the heritages of darkness? What and where is the thrill of the darkness and how is it negotiated across cultures, generations and gender? Why does the dark fascinate us so?

The organisers invite researchers from the fullest range of disciplinary perspectives to consider these and other questions in an open-ended and thought-provoking manner. They welcome papers from colleagues working in anthropology, archaeology, architecture, business, education, English, ethnology, heritage, history, geography, languages, sociology and urban studies.

Please provide a 300 word abstract of your intended paper/presentation no later than 31 October 2018 via the online submission platform at www.universityofbirmingham.submittable.com

For more information, please contact: heritageconference@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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XESCOM 2019: IV International Symposium on Communication Management

Porto, Portugal, 25 - 27 April 2019

XESCOM - Red Internacional de Investigación de Gestión de la Comunicación is a scientific collaboration project funded in a regime of competitive concurrence by the Consellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria of the Government of Galicia (Spain), launched in 2014 and involving nearly one hundred researchers from universities around the world. Since 2015, XESCOM has been organizing an international symposium to promote the meeting of researchers in the field of communication and other related areas.

In the 2019 edition, the main areas of work of XESCOM are extended to other themes such as creative industries and entrepreneurship in the digital era. The fourth symposium will be held in collaboration with the International Media Management Academic Association (IMMAA), the Integrated Project for Mentoring, Entrepreneurship and Business Models in Digital Edition (PIMENED) and the University of Porto. The XESCOM symposium will host both expert conferences and communications from researchers around the world.

To participate in the 2019 edition, to be held at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto, Portugal, from 25 to 27 April 2019, researchers can submit their work based on the following topics: Media and Communication in the Creative Industries; Creative, Intelligent Cities and Urban Art; Regional Development and Clusters in the Cultural and Creative Industries; Theories and Methods in Media, Communication and Culture Studies; Journalism in the Ecosystem of Multi-Platform Convergence, Multiscreen, Transmedia and Mobility; and more.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 10 February 2019.

For more information, please contact xescom.19@gmail.com, paulo.faustino.immaa@gmail.com or valejand@udc.es, or visit https://xescom2019.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/envio-de-trabajos/

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International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII)

Call for Papers
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 22 - 25 May 2019

The Mercator Research Centre of The Netherlands, will host the 17th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII) under the title of Minority Languages in a Globalised Society, to take place in Leeuwarden (Ljouwert), the capital of Frisia, from 22 to 25 May 2019.

Globalization has affected our world in countless ways. For example, it changed (and is still changing) how people do business and communicate with each other, and it impacts education and language learning. This is also the case for minority or minoritized languages. But while the world is increasingly globalizing, minority languages may face severe challenges to survive or withhold their position within a dynamic society. ICML XVII will address the challenges and opportunities of smaller languages such as minority languages in a globalised society. It aims to bring together scholars and students across the multidisciplinary field of minority languages. The organisers welcome proposals focussing on minority languages and digital technologies, language use in social media, new speakers, migration, methodologies in minority language research, language policies and revitalization, education and language learning, language documentation and archiving. Proposals regarding original, previously unpublished research on minority languages are invited in three formats: colloquia, individual papers and posters. Proposals should relate to one (or more) of the conference themes listed above.

Abstracts for papers and posters should be submitted at bit.do/abstract-2 by 1 October 2018.

Read the full Call for Papers at www.icml.eu or contact icml@fryske-akademy.nl

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EVA London 2019: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

London, UK, 8 - 11 July 2019

The EVA London 2019 conference will bring together artists, designers, researchers and technologists from all over the world to discuss electronic visualisation technologies in art, design, music, dance, theatre and the sciences. The conference will take place in London, UK from 8 - 11 July 2019, and will include a Symposium on 8 July and a further Research in Education event for universities by invitation on 12 July 2019.

The conference announces a call for proposals for a paper, a demonstration, a combined paper with demonstration, a panel session or a longer workshop. Your proposal should come under one of the conference themes, which include the use of new and emerging technologies in the following areas (to be broadly interpreted): Digital Art; Museums and Collections; Music, Performing arts and Technologies; Preservation of Digital Visual Culture; Virtual Cultural Heritage; and more.

The deadline for proposals is 14 January 2019.

For more information, please visit: https://www.artsmanagement.net/Articles/Call-for-Proposals-EVA-London-2019-Electronic-Visualisation-and-the-Arts,3896

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11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS)

Calls for Papers and Presentations
Leiden, the Netherlands, 16 - 19 July 2019

The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), the most inclusive international gathering in the field of Asian Studies, will be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 16 to 19 July 2019. ICAS attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. ICAS 11 will be organized by Leiden University, the International Institute for Asian Studies and GIS Asie (French Academic Network on Asian Studies). The special focus of ICAS 11 is Asia and Europe. Asia in Europe, but proposals for ICAS 11 may involve topics from all Asian Studies disciplines in the broadest possible sense, such as Eurasia, Citizen Participation, Heritage and Identity, Connectivity, New Pedagogies, Social Capital, etc.

Events will include: panels and roundtable discussions, keynote speeches, craft exhibitions, a film and documentary festival and the second Asian Studies Book Fair. With all these activities ICAS is contributing to the decentering of Asian Studies by including more 'Asian voices' while successfully convening a global space in which Asia scholars and social and cultural actors from the whole world can directly interact. ICAS 11 will offer a multitude of networking opportunities, possibilities to share research and to meet with publishers. Limited financial support is available for selected PhD students, early career scholars and registered members of GIS Asie.

ICAS Book and Dissertation Prize 2019: The ICAS Book Prize (IBP) was established by the International Convention of Asia Scholars in 2004. The IBP is awarded for outstanding publications in the field of Asian Studies. For this eighth edition, books in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish/Portuguese will be eligible. The deadline to submit books and dissertations is 10 October 2018. For more information, please visit https://icas.asia/en/icas-book-prize

The submission deadline for proposals of individual abstracts, panels, roundtables, book presentations and PhD dissertation presentations is 10 October 2018.

For queries on ICAS 11, please visit icas.asia or contact icas11@iias.nl