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Culturelink Cultural Forum

Marking the publication of two new books in the Culturelink Joint Publications Series, entitled Networks: The Evolving Aspects of Culture in the 21st Century (edited by Biserka Cvjeticanin) and Cultural Identity Politics in the (Post-)Transitional Societies (edited by Aldo Milohnic and Nada Svob-Djokic), a Cultural Forum was held at the Mimara Museum in Zagreb, Croatia, on 18 November 2011. The event discussed the significance of these two books, and the important topics they raise and shed light on. Introductory speeches were given by Professor Vjeran Katunaric of the University of Zadar, Professor Zarko Paic of the Textile Technology Faculty in Zagreb, and Francois de Bernard, President of the GERM Association for Globalization in Paris.

These two books brought together over forty international and Croatian experts and authors, around issues of cultural changes in post-transitional societies, as well as changes in intercultural communication and cultural cooperation. The Cultural Forum discussed these changes in the context of a growing international mobility, new digital technologies, global impacts and cultural identification on national and regional levels.

It is evident that today's cultural cooperation and communication increasingly take place via networks, as an expression of the human need for cultural interaction and dialogue, and that without these efforts the realization of cosmopolitical ideas in the present era of globalization is unthinkable. Cultural networks and networked cultural actors are certainly leaving their mark on contemporary cultural processes, representing a development framework within which cultural diversities, specificities and identities are manifested. This fact has a significant impact on the formulation of cultural policies: the exchange of opinions in the context of cultural policies represents the discursive scope within which the main elements of cultural development and democracy are questioned and advanced. It is precisely at this time of overall, and then also cultural, networking, that cultural policy acquires special importance. The discussion has also critically raised some open questions, such as the issues of cultural creation, or of those forms of cultural creation, which often remain at the margins of formalized computerized worlds. It has been stressed, that the networking of cultural processes, in addition to its optimistic developmental prospects, also contains certain dimensions open to critical thought. This questioning is better undertaken immediately, before it may be too late.

The Cultural Forum was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

Some photographs of the Cultural Forum are available here.