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Development, Culture and Communication Network

The Development, Culture and Communication (DECCO) Network is a research and information network with a focus on Southern Africa. It resulted from an international symposium where the three areas were discussed. A number of renowned scholars from South Africa and abroad, including delegates from UNESCO, took part in the symposium, held at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Pretoria on 29-31 August 1996. The symposium was organised in collaboration with UNESCO, the Centre for Cultural and Media Studies at the University of Natal, and the Department of Communication at UNISA.

The DECCO network is aimed at promoting:

  • liaison between organisations, researchers, academics, development and communication practitioners, and others who work within the DECCO field,
  • dissemination of information, and
  • data bases relevant to DECCO.

The network is co-ordinated by the HSRC and has its own Web site at http://star.hsrc.ac.za/socdyn/decco/decco-i.html

The DECCO Network will focus on Southern Africa, but will have international linkages and involve as many regional and international organisations as possible. Representatives of UNESCO, SADC, UNDP, IDRC, NITF and other umbrella organisations have already discussed Southern African regional and international collaboration. Further proposals for collaboration are invited. The Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology has asked the HSRC to establish a Centre for Cultural Policy. The functions and programmes of the proposed centre will also be discussed via the network.

Enquiries: DECCO Network and Programme Contents: Arlene Grossberg, tel.: (012) 302-2164; e-mail: ACG@silwane.hsrc.ac.za

Collaboration and Contributions: Professor Charles Malan, tel.: (012) 302-2144; fax: (012) 302-2149; e-mail: CWM@silwane.hsrc.ac.za

For more information, please contact: Human Sciences Research Council, HSRC, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001, South Africa, tel.: (012) 302-2144; fax: (012) 302-2149; e-mail: CWM@silwane.hsrc.ac.za

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Cultural Heritage Network

The Cultural Heritage Network, launched during the first seminar held in Valencia in Spain, 2 - 6 October 1996, aims at mobilizing human and technical resources of universities having departments related to cultural heritage (archaeology, architecture, fine arts, urban planning, etc.), as well as strengthening co-operation amongst these universities all over the world. This seminar was intended for university teachers and their students, as well as researchers and national cultural heritage officials.

The second seminar on the UNESCO University and Heritage Forum was held from 5 to 10 October 1997 at Laval University, Quebec, Canada. The seminar was organized by UNESCO's Division of Cultural Heritage, Promotion Section.

The second seminar featured a 'Project Fair', to which universities were invited to submit their operational projects, which other universities could choose to implement within the framework of their own activities.

For further information, please contact the Secretariat via the following Internet address: Junhi Han, Section of Promotion, Division of Cultural Heritage, Culture Sector, UNESCO, e-mail: j.han@unesco.org

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Network of Performing Arts Institutions in Asia

Living Traditions of Music in Asia and the Muslim World was the theme of a symposium held in Lahore (Pakistan) in April 1997. Specialists from some 20 countries discussed ways of preserving and transmitting music and dance before turning to the training and status of performers. They also suggested creating, under UNESCO's patronage, a network of performing arts institutions to define strategies for developing training opportunities and information exchange.

(Source: UNESCO Sources, no. 90/1997)

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PRELUDE, International Network

Programme of Research and Liaison between Universities for Development

PRELUDE is an international network of voluntary researchers supported by their institutions and engaged in sustainable co-development. (For the PRELUDE Conference, see here.)

Specific aims:

Through research action, to conceive and put into effect the practice of co-development as a response to the failure of development in the North and South.

Adopted approach:

  • priority given to problems originating from vital sectors (health, energy, communication, habitat, etc.);
  • real partnership not only amongst researchers, but also with other social actors involved in co-development;
  • widest possible range of interdisciplinarity actions (from so-called exact, natural, technical sciences to human and social sciences) to take proper account of complexity and globality;
  • hybridisation of knowledge through exchange and cross-communication (cross-breeding of cultures) and combining of local traditional know-how with advanced technology to form new cultures;
  • willingness to spread knowledge through meetings, communication, horizontal diffusion by linking with data bases which treat and exchange experiences and call on people-resources;
  • option to consider the network as a process of global evaluation (critical appreciation at every stage of the action, from its conception, through operation, to realisation in terms of the 'global quality' of the action, i.e., in terms of having an aim for every project, every programme and every action, by which they are evaluated for their coherence and reciprocal potential and interdependence, at the same time as their capacity to improve the environment); prior detection and flexibility of the action;
  • argumentation for innovation (each innovation must be defined in terms of its usefulness, its feasibility, its acceptability in social terms, and its technical efficiency) and how it relates to sustained global co-development (long-term);
  • interrelationships between education and training and research (acquired in and by research).


into local and national units and thematic sub-networks. Operating in three languages (French, English, Spanish); after 10 years (born in Paris, March 1985) on the five continents, with more than 1,500 members.


PRELUDE newsletter (quarterly)
Liaison PRELUDE (bi-monthly sheet)

For more information, please contact: PRELUDE, Scientific coordination, University of Namur, 61, rue de Bruxelles, B-5000 Namur, Belgium, tel.: +32-81-72 41 16; fax: +32-81-72 41 18; e-mail: georges.thill@fundp.ac.be

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Xarxa Mediterrania

A new initiative to promote cooperation among research and documentation centres in the Mediterranean area was launched under the name Xarxa Mediterrania, or the Mediterranean Network. The Xarxa Mediterrania is a network of documentation, information and research centres working in the Mediterranean area. The initiative to set up the network was taken up at the Intercultural Communication Forum organised by the CIDOB Foundation in Barcelona, in November 1995.

The network aims to encourage the exchange of information on the activities of its members through electronically based communication, namely the WWW, electronic mailing lists and an on-line database offering information on publications, research, conferences, training, and experts dealing with the Mediterranean. It also plans to coordinate research projects and studies of issues linked to the relations among countries and societies of Europe and the Mediterranean through the creation of research groups. The network will foster educational cooperation and exchange of experiences among experts.

The Xarxa Mediterrania aims to foster the idea of Mediterranean identity transcending all kinds of ethnic, national, religious or sectional affiliations. The network will deal with issues from the field of Social Sciences, or more specifically International Relations, Development and Cooperation, focusing on the Mediterranean as a substantial source of economic, social, political and cultural interactions.

The network has developed its own WWW pages, offering information about the network as well as about the activities of its members. The on-line database accessible through the Internet began operation in September 1997. The network held its second meeting in Casablanca, 9-10 June 1997, where the organisation and activities of the network were discussed. Membership in the network is open to public or private institutions whose goals coincide with those of the Xarxa Mediterrania and which belong to the Mediterranean or the European Union.

The technical secretariat of the network is at the CIDOB Foundation, a research, training and documentation centre on international relations and development studies headquartered in Barcelona.

For more information, please contact: CIDOB Foundation, Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona, Spain, tel.: +34 3 302 64 95; fax: +34 3 302 21 18; e-mail: cidob@cidob.es; or visit their Web site at http://www.cidob.es/xarxeta

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Euro-African Management Consult

The Euro-African Management Consult (E-AMAC) is an African-European organization established and located in Maastricht, The Netherlands. It was established by African and European researchers and development experts in the fields of international relations, law, psychology, sociology, political science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, economics, and anthropology, working around common cultural problems to appropriate management models and indigenous development practices worldwide. E-AMAC aims to serve as a think tank for private and public economic, political and social development, policy analysis and implementation congruous with local cultures and environment.

Since the engine of sustainable growth, structural transformation and development, in any given society resides in the people and their cultures, the basis for economic, political and social policy formulation lies in supportive cultural research and information systems. To this end, E-AMAC has been established to undertake cultural research needed to provide the supporting cultural input for socio-economic and political policy formulation and implementation. E-AMAC's objective is to provide the cultural research data necessary for economic development to public and private organizations, universities and business institutions, profit-making businesses, small business enterprises (with special focus on women entrepreneurs), local and international NGO's, with the aim to improve their appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability. Specifically, E-AMAC was set up to:

  • undertake, promote and coordinate cross-cultural studies and research on the effects of cultures and values on management processes, practices and economic development in Africa;
  • organize scientific meetings, seminars and in-service training programmes for high-level officials of public and private sectors of the economy in Africa;
  • design appropriate courses that incorporate the relevance of cultural dimensions for management and business schools, universities and other institutions training managers and administrators in Africa;
  • create a data bank for 'growth-positive' and 'growth-negative' cultural factors for economic and social development in Africa and serve as an information centre helping to appropriate management and indigenous development in Africa;
  • improve top-level public and private sector management awareness of cultures as a means of promoting more sustainable development and ensuring better policy-making and implementation.

To articulate the objectives of E-AMAC, various training, research and consultancy programmes have been designed and set up. E-AMAC provides highly specialized training and consultancy services geared towards managerial and organizational problems and policy implementation as they occur in socio-economic development at national and sub-national levels. Also, at its Research Centre in Maastricht, E-AMAC offers research, training and consultancy facilities to African scholars and students through its collaborating institutions in Africa and abroad.

E-AMAC's division engaged in Cultures and Policy-Oriented Research and Consultancy issues focuses its attention on economic and social research, policy analysis, technical assistance to agencies involved in development issues in Africa, and policy research seminars seeking to maximize interaction between policy-makers and policy-researchers in Africa. E-AMAC provides cultural impact research on motivation, planning, leadership, intercultural business negotiation, migration/expatriate management, policy formulation, business location and relocation, joint business venture, community needs development, and the environmental acceptability and cultural feasibility of projects.

E-AMAC's training programmes are designed for people in management positions and professional non-managers with different disciplinary backgrounds, meeting the specific needs and specialized skill requirements of both government and non-government institutions and organizations, and covering:

  • small business development,
  • decision to start and run a business,
  • managing small business,
  • entrepreneurship development for women,
  • leadership training for women in management,
  • intercultural training for foreign assignments,
  • national and regional business culture briefings,
  • appropriate management practices, and
  • in-organization specific training programs.

For more information, please contact: Euro-African Management Consult (E-AMAC), Hyacinthenstraat 23, 6214 TC Maastricht, The Netherlands, tel.: +31-(0)43-3431497; fax: +31-(0)43-3431497/3260203; e-mail: e-amac@cuci.nl; Web site: http://www.cuci.nl/~e-amac

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Asian Media, Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)

The Asian Media, Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) is a non-profit mass communication organization serving Asia and the Pacific from its headquarters in Singapore. It is supported by the Government of Singapore and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, an independent organization in the Federal Republic of Germany. As a regional documentation centre, AMIC works in co-operation with UNESCO to promote the dissemination of information pertaining to mass communication.

In addition, as a mass communication centre, AMIC strives to raise the standards of teaching, training, research and practice of mass communication in the region. It does this by convening conferences and seminars, by organizing refresher courses, by offering consultancy services, and through a publishing programme which includes a quarterly journal, Media Asia (See Culturelink no. 22/August 1997, p. 94.), a newsletter, Asian Mass Communication Bulletin (AMCB), books and monographs, occasional papers, bibliographies, etc.

Membership is open to individuals and institutions involved and interested in the study and practice of mass communication. All members receive Media Asia and the AMCB. They are also entitled to discounts on other AMIC publications and services.

For further details, write to: AMIC, School of Communication Studies Building, Nanyang Technological University, Jurong Point P.O.Box 360, Singapore 916412, tel.: (65) 7927570; fax: (65) 7927129; e-mail: amicline@singnet.com.sg; Web site: http://www.asia1.com.sg/amic

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Traditions for Tomorrow Network in a Nutshell

  • Traditions for Tomorrow 'philosophy': restore the sense of confidence, dignity and self-esteem amongst Amerindian peoples marginalised because of their ethnic origin as a prerequisite for taking their future in their hands. This goal is pursued by accompanying cultural initiatives undertaken by the beneficiaries themselves, putting cultural environment and identity to work for development.
  • The network was set up in 1986. It is officially affiliated to UNESCO, non-partisan, non-religious and non-ideological. It is located in Switzerland, incorporated in Geneva on 14 July 1986.
  • It is headed and run by volunteers with a regional representation office in Peru and local representatives in various Latin American countries. It has national chapters in France and in the USA, with representatives in different European countries.
  • Governing bodies: members' General Assembly, Board (decision-making entity) and Advisory Board.
  • Income: membership fees, private donations, public subsidies, grants by private foundations, businesses sponsorship, co-financing of projects with development cooperation organizations.
  • 120 projects since its foundation with some 50 Amerindian peoples in 12 countries of Central and South America: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile; in Ecuador and Chile with Afro-American peoples.
  • 2 kinds of projects: a) to promote traditional cultural expressions (language, music, dancing, theatre, oral tradition, radio stations, natural medicine, traditional faith and beliefs), b) to set up bilingual-intercultural informal education programmes (teacher training, publication of school materials, support for primary schools, literacy, school libraries).
  • Dissemination of its results takes place through various networks in the North (NGO federations, sensitisation of governmental and intergovernmental development agencies), public information (newsletter, press, conferences, exhibits), and through its own network of NGO's, Amerindian organizations and leaders in Latin America (some 500 regular counterparts), as well as through the UNESCO network.
  • Criteria for projects likely to obtain support from Traditions for Tomorrow:
    • non-material-profit oriented,
    • collective initiatives and not individuals,
    • already in progress,
    • initiated and implemented by the beneficiaries themselves without outside interference,
    • modest budgets (range from 2,000 to 8,000 US$),
    • beneficiaries not yet having received outside support.

    For more information, please contact: Traditions for Tomorrow, 12, promenade John Berney, CH-1180 Rolle, Switzerland, tel.: 41 21 825 23 31; fax: 41 21 825 23 62.

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    The European Association for Studies in Screen Translation (ESIST)

    Development of Professional Standards in Screen Subtitling

    The European Association for Studies in Screen Translation (ESIST) started its activities in 1995 as the result of an initiative of higher education teachers in language transfer in the media from 15 European universities.

    The Association's purpose is to promote professional training and research in the field of interlingual screen translation. Screen translation covers different techniques of language transfer, such as subtitling, dubbing, voice-over, etc.

    The Association has launched a multinational study which is to result in the recommendation and publication of professional quality standards for screen subtitling.

    The standards will be developed in cooperation with higher education teachers, governmental agencies and representatives from the European subtitle industry.

    The need for such standards is considered to be great, resulting from the growing demand for subtitling from commercial European broadcasters. The standards will aim to protect and maintain minimum quality levels on behalf of the viewers.

    The Association is furthermore motivated in its initiative by the present complete absence of such standards in the broadcasting companies and the international subtitle industry.

    For more information, please contact the secretariat or the president of ESIST: President: Ms. Heulwen James, 61, Fairwater Road Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2LF, United Kingdom, tel./fax: +44 1222 565 257; Secretariat: Ms. Josephine Dries, 1e Jan van der Heijdenstraat 100-2, NL-1072 VA Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 671 05 34 (private); e-mail: verhaag@xs4all.nl

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    Réseau des Collèges de traducteurs littéraires en Europe


    Europäisches Übersetzer Kollegium
    Président: Monsieur Klaus SPRICK
    Adresse: Kuhstrasse 15-17
    Postfach 1232
    D - 47628 Straelen
    tel.: 49-28 34 10 68; fax: 49-28 34 75 44


    Casa del Traductor
    Directeur: Monsieur Francisco URIZ
    Adresse: Borja 7
    E - 50500 Tarazona
    tel.: 34-76 64 30 12; fax: 34-76 64 10 23


    Collège International des Traducteurs littéraires
    Directeur: Monsieur Jacques THIERIOT
    Adresse: Espace Van Gogh
    F-13200 Arles
    tel.: 33-4 90 49 72 52; fax: 33-4 90 93 43 21

    Grande Bretagne:

    The British Centre for Literary Translation
    Directeur: Monsieur Terry HALE
    Adresse: School of Modern Languages
    University of East Anglia
    Norwich NR4 7TJ
    tel.: 44-1 603 59 21 34; fax: 44-1 603 25 05 99


    International Writers' and Translators' Centre of Rhodes
    Directrice: Madame Lorraine HUNT
    Adresse: Laskou Street 10A
    851 00 Rhodes
    tel.: 30-241 32 510/520; fax: 30-241 32 455


    Tyrone Guthrie Centre
    Directrice: Madame Giuliana ZEULI
    Adresse: Irish Writers' Centre
    19 Parnell Square
    Dublin 1
    tel.: 353 1 872 1302; fax: 353 1 872 6282


    Collegio Italiano dei Traduttori Letterari
    Directrice: Madame Annamaria GALLI ZUGARO SANFELICE
    Adresse: Palazzo Catena
    Corso Vittorio Emanuele 105
    180079 Procida (Napoli)
    tel.: 39-81 89 60 240; fax: 39-81 81 01 212

    Pays Bas:

    Vertalershuis / Translators' House
    Directrice: Madame Rudi WESTER
    Adresse: Singel 464
    1017 AW Amsterdam
    tel.: 31-20 62 06 261; fax: 31-30 62 07 179


    Centre Slovaque des Traducteurs Littéraires
    Directeur: Monsieur Igor NAVRATIL
    Adresse: Námestie SNP 12
    812 24 Bratislava
    tel.: 42-7-36 45 67; fax: 42-7 36 45 63


    Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators
    Directrice: Madame Gunilla FORSEN
    Adresse: Box 1096
    62121 Visby
    tel.: 46-498 21 87 64; fax: 46-498 21 87 98

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    Afrique 2000

    The Institut Panafricain des Relations Internationales (IPRI), founded in 1985 and headquartered in Geneva, aims to serve as an information and study centre for contemporary African international relations. The Institute promotes and organizes conferences and expert meetings, contributes to professional training in the field, and publishes Afrique 2000, dealing with African development.

    To obtain Afrique 2000, please contact: Emmanuel Wonyu, Rédacteur en chef, Rue César Franck 34, 1050 Brussels, Belgium, tel.: 33-1-42 56 25 73; fax: 33-1-42 56 36 93.

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    International Comparative Research Group (ICP)

    Department of Canadian Heritage

    The International Comparative Research Group (ICP) is an applied policy research unit within the Department of Canadian Heritage, dedicated to providing an international comparative context for the development of Canadian policy in the areas of culture, heritage and identity. While the ICP has existed since 1989 within the former Department of Communications, its current mandate and structure date from the creation of the new Department of Canadian Heritage in 1993. The ICP is one of three units within a larger Strategic Research and Analysis Directorate (SRA). The others units concentrate on social and economic research.

    Comparative Research and Analysis

    The ICP's principal role is the conduct of comparative policy research, both qualitative and quantitative. Within the broad rubric of culture, heritage and identity, the ICP undertakes or manages research on topics as varied as cultural and linguistic diversity, broadcasting policy, trade in cultural products, amateur sport, human rights, the non-profit sector, taxation, national symbols and values, citizenship, and national parks and historic sites. In recognition of the increasing convergence of policy fields, the ICP also undertakes research on issues which cross sectoral, departmental and disciplinary boundaries. Work in the areas of social cohesion, the information society, and contemporary governance are examples. To date, the ICP has completed over 150 comparative studies and research briefs.

    Increasingly, the ICP participates in major international comparative studies in partnership with other countries and international organizations. One example is its participation in the Civic Education Project of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

    Research Networking

    A major focus of the ICP's work is networking with the external research community. The ICP maintains links with several international research networks and has been instrumental in establishing the nascent Canadian Cultural Research Network/R‚seau canadien de recherche culturelle. This network, which is modelled on CIRCLE and the Australian National Research Network, will provide a focal point for cultural researchers in Canada and will facilitate networking with those in other countries. A WWW site was launched in May 1997, followed by a kickoff information session in June in St. John's, Newfoundland.

    The ICP/SRA has also organized seminars and colloquia on topical policy concerns. In 1994 it hosted a major international conference, Crossing Frontiers: Issues of Culture, Heritage and Identity in a Comparative Context, which brought together over 200 cultural and heritage researchers and policy-makers from fifteen countries.

    For more information, please contact: Roger Butt, International Comparative Research Group, Strategic Research and Analysis Directorate, 25-12-S, 25 Eddy Street, Hull, Canada, K1A 0M5, tel.: 819-997-4620; fax: 819-997-6765; e-mail: roger_butt@pch.gc.ca

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    Studio Fish Digital Media

    Studio Fish is an organisation dedicated to creative thinking and practise within digital and electronic media culture. Its output exists as an interface between people, art, science, and society. Each project acts as a catalyst, stimulating ongoing investigation of meaning in, and of, technology-mediated environments. Its members are specialists in communications, design, concept development, component/application programming, curating and fine art/corporate events management. The organisation works with a diverse client base of not-for profit and profit-making organisations within cultural production industries.

    For further details, please contact: Studio Fish Digital Media, 21 The Ivories, Northampton Street, London N1 2HY, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0) 171 354 8282; fax: +44 (0) 171 354 8854; e-mail: thetank@studiofish.co.uk; Web site: http://www.studiofish.co.uk

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    The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) / Association canadienne d'études du développement international (ACEDI) is a national, bilingual, interdisciplinary and pluralistic association devoted to the study of international development in all parts of the world.

    CASID seeks to promote its mission by:

    • holding an annual conference (as part of the Learned Societies) to discuss development issues,
    • organizing cross-Canada tours of distinguished development specialists,
    • facilitating networking among students, academics, researchers and policy-makers involved in international development, through an Internet discussion list (CASID-L) and a web site, and
    • providing a limited number of travel grants to assist graduate students and others to participate in the annual conference.

    CASID's official journal, The Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS), is an interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of new ideas in the field of development studies, including both natural and social sciences as they relate to the development process. It is particularly focussed on policy implications of innovative theory and research on international development and a more equitable world order.

    Inquiries regarding CASID/ACEDI membership should be directed to: CASID/ACEDI, The North-South Institute, 55 Murray Street, Suite 200, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 5M3; tel.: (613) 241-3535; fax: (613) 241-7435; e-mail: nsi@web.apc.org