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Strengthening of Research in the Fields of Cultural Policies and Cultural Diplomacy

The Seventh International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR) was held from 9-12 July 2012 at the University Ramon Llul in Barcelona, Spain. The conference was organized by the Centre for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS), University of Barcelona, in cooperation with the International Journal of Cultural Policy.

This year's thematic focus of the conference was on Cultural Politics and Cultural Policy, through which the organizers intended to address the challenge of rethinking cultural policy analysis from the broader parameters of the relation between culture and politics. The intention of the local organizers was to open the conference to diverse inputs from the humanities and social sciences, tending towards interdisciplinary research. The conference provided a whole plethora of research subjects, but what was evident was an increase in research in the implicit cultural policies, and cultural diplomacy. In addition, it is evident that an economic discourse permeates the cultural field, and that there is a need for more comparative cultural policy research. What was apparent at this years' conference is the deeper internationalization of the cultural policy research community presenters from Australia, Brazil, Columbia, South Africa, Taiwan, to name only a few, were participating at the conference.

Jaka Primorac, a representative of the Institute for International Relations and member of the Culturelink team took part in the conference, and presented a paper on "Policies for Cultural Labour? Employment in Cultural Industries in Croatia" in one of the parallel sessions.

The entire programme can be found at the Conference website, and it is possible join LinkedIn and Facebook groups to continue (or open new) discussions with other ICCPR 2012 participants. The call for hosting of the next, ICCPR Conference 2014 is open until 1 November 2012. For more information visit www.iccpr2012.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31&Itemid=24&lang=en