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Research and Programmes

Culturelink review, no.29/November 1999 - contents - imprint - archive

RECAP: Resources for Cultural Policy in Europe

RECAP: Resources for Cultural Policy in Europe is a new project of the Boekman Foundation which aims to improve the quality and flow of documentation in a variety of forms on the theme of cultural policy.

The publication RECAP: Resources for Cultural Policy in Europe (Boekman Foundation, Amsterdam, 1999, 88 pp.) follows the key aims of the RECAP project: developing resources for collecting information, documentation, access, reviewing literature, and ongoing research.

Cathy Brickwood, one of the authors, describes the aim of this publication as 'to inform documentation centres across Europe, as well as their users and all those involved in cultural policy-making, about this new project'. The publication is an introduction to the plans for RECAP and a spur for documentation centres to join the initiative.

In his background article, Cas Smithuijsen, Director of the Boekman Foundation, places RECAP in a historical and international perspective, from the viewpoint of one of Europe's long-standing documentation centres in the cultural field. The book indeed takes an important step towards informing potential partners and users of RECAP about the project.

For more information, please contact: Boekman Foundation, Herengracht 415, 1017 BP Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 6243736; Library: +31 20 6243739; fax: +31 20 6385239; e-mail: secretariaat@boekman.nl; http://www.boekman.nl

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CULTSTUD-L: A listserv devoted to Cultural Studies

For all those interested in Cultural Studies:
CULTSTUD-L: A listserv devoted to Cultural Studies
cultstud-l@lists.acomp.usf.edu

An easy way of joining, or just reviewing it, is available at: http://lists.acomp.usf.edu/cgi-bin/lyris.pl?enter=cultstud-l&text_mode=0

The lists homepage (with lots of other valuable information) is: http://www.cas.usf.edu/communication/rodman/cultstud/

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The European Programme for Health and Social and Human Sciences - EPHS

The European Programme for Health and Social and Human Sciences (EPHS) is a transdisciplinary programme in three languages (French, English and Italian) focused on the themes of health and social and human sciences. The programme is the result of the experience matured within international organizations, governmental institutions and some of the main Italian and international research institutes. The work of research, documentation and analysis carried out in EPHS is meant to be made available to all those who plan and conduct research and projects in the cultural, social and health fields (governments and governmental agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, schools and universities, local authorities, institutes and associations, etc.).

EPHS produces reports, monograph studies and guides for each area of the programme. All publications are available on-line. EPHS makes use of an information system which includes several databases. EPHS is intended to be not only a source of information but also a virtual place where the users can confront and exchange ideas.

The EPHS press office works in the three official languages of the programme, informing the media and institutions about the developments of the activities carried out within the programme. Two newsletters (EPHS-news and EWNET-news), available on-line, will also be published for this purpose.

Programmes

Health and social questions [Programme for nutrition education]

  • Programme of South African studies
    Major theme: 'A possible challenge: health and social questions in the changing South Africa'
  • Contemporary African studies
  • Programme of child's health studies.

WMST / Programme of women's studies [EWNET / Project for a women's European network]

Major theme: 'Women's identity and freedom: contributions for the building of a culture of complexity'

  • Women in Francophony [The identity and the image].

Les idées vécues [Europe and its memory: traces of the twentieth century]

Major theme: 'Cultures, complexity and identity affirmation in Europe'

  • PERCORSI. Regional identities, culture and development in Europe
    • The mirror and the time. Corsica and Sardinia beyond marginality [The identity and the image]

Transverse theme: 'From the concreteness of utopias to the uneasiness of reality and to complex imagery: culture and youth question in Western Europe from 1968 to the fall of the Berlin wall and to the possible present'

    • Creativity and youth culture in the territories of exclusion: the banlieue parisienne [The identity and the image]

Culture of peace

Major theme: 'Culture of peace, education and formation'
Transverse theme: 'Human rights'

  • Programme of Northern Ireland studies

Literature

  • Esperienza e immaginazione. A project for the Italian language and literature
  • Programme for the French language and literature and other Francophone literatures
  • Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa in the twentieth century: literature, politics and society
  • Programme for the English language and literature and for American and other English language literatures
  • Archives of Latin American literatures.

Divisions

Francophone area studies

Major theme: 'Towards a dialectic: cultural complexity and identity affirmation in Francophony'

School and social culture

Communication and information [European and international institutions]

  • Edb - European database
  • MISTRAL - Internet search engine for Health and Human and Social Sciences

Percorsi

Local and minority identities, cultural policies and development in Europe

Percorsi is a programme (carried out within EPHS) whose attention is focused on different European cultures and their complexity, with an eye to the processes of affirmation of local and minority identities.

Percorsi has been conceived as a programme of information and communication meant to promote, both at the local and at the international level, the historical, cultural and natural heritage, human resources and economic and social realities of different areas defined, within Europe, by geographical, linguistic and cultural criteria, concentrating in particular on mountain and rural areas.

The programme addresses, along with the general population, governmental and non-governmental bodies, agencies and organizations, schools and universities, local authorities, companies, institutes, groups, movements and associations. The geographic areas mainly concerned are the European Union, North America, Latin America, and Oceania.

The programme aims at creating partnerships and a cooperation network with institutional and non-institutional subjects which operate within the different regions and are able to support the development and diffusion of the programme. Different partners will be actively involved in the activities carried out within the programme, according to their specific characteristics and competences.

For more information, please contact: Adolfo Rolle, Director, EPHS; e-mail: adolfo.rolle@ephs.net; General Secretary's Office: via Pellis 13/5, 33100 Udine, Italy
tel./fax: +39 (0) 432 52 44 64.

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European Perspective on Art and Design Research

The European perspective on art and design research will take place from the year 2000 onward organised by UWE, Faculty of Art, Media and Design, Bower Ashton campus, Kennel Lodge Road off Clanage Road, BS3 2JT, Bristol, United Kingdom; tel.: +44 117 966 0222/4794; fax: 9763946; e-mail: suzette.worden@uwe.ac.uk

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ETN European Textile Routes

Project 2001

Within the Council of Europe's Cultural Itineraries initiative set up in 1987, the European Textile Network (ETN) has recently been granted funds enabling ten institutions in ten countries to work on virtual textile routes to be set up on the Internet for thirty months. All Cultural Routes contain interdisciplinary or transversal program components involving cultural tourism, education and further training, research and development, and contemporary artistic creation.

The Virtual European Routes of Textile Heritage Sites, a network of architectural monuments in a European context, will collect and present information about museums and textile heritage sites in their respective regions in a central location, using different media (brochures, CD-ROM, Internet Website). Through this virtual approach and multi-layered multimedia concept available to the general public, visitors will have the opportunity of learning more about textiles and the textile industry; identifying the general importance of textiles in European art and economy; and seeing the region in question in a broader context.

The various ways of access to the respective routes will provide experiences on three levels:

  • Mental or scientific paths: access to historic and contemporary sources and experts on the region's cultural, social and economic textile fields;
  • Physical paths: walks along architectural and scenic monuments, opportunities for visiting textile collections, educational institutions, workshops and businesses in the textile/clothing field; and
  • Synthetic or creative paths: opportunities for participating in events, workshops, competitions, projects for designing interiors and clothing projects in co-operation with European partners.

Museums participating in the project range from pure textile or costume museums through museums of ethnography up to one museum of technology and transport. Use of the largest possible diversity of specific national, regional and local conditions will form the basis for developing model examples illustrating the wide scope available to subsequent museum-based textile routes.

As regards the European textile route programme, further carriers of textile culture, e.g., institutes, societies, associations, or professional, leisure, school and university interest groups, are expected to establish specific Textile Contact Points (TCPs) in the fields of 'contemporary cultural production' and 'education and further training'.

Routes coordinator: Beatrijs Sterk, ETN-NET Secretariat, P.O. Box 5944, Friedenstr. 5, 30059 Hannover, Germany; tel.: +49-511/817006; fax: +49-511/813108; e-mail: ETN@ETN-net.org; http://www.etn-net.org/ETR/index.html

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Communication and Management for Public and Private Cultural Policies

International Master's Degree

Promoted by

LUMSA – Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta, Rome

In cooperation with

Istituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain, Rome and Fondazione Cassamarca, Treviso

Partner Universities

Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona
Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Budapest
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas
Université‚ Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Universidad San Pablo - CEU, Madrid
Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua

Why

Public, private and non-profit making organisations, when confronted with the challenges of development, must increasingly make use of advanced communication and management skills specifically related to institutions and projects in the cultural sector.

In order to train qualified human resources for this area a number of international organisations, under the patronage of UNESCO and with the support of the European Commission, have established the International Master's Degree in communication and management for public and private cultural policies, offering the participants an opportunity to acquire specific skills in marketing, management and communication based on a broad theoretical framework applied to cultural policies and their role in the processes of development.

Who

This Master's course is intended for:

  • graduates in communication science, the humanities, law, political science, social studies, and statistics;
  • young professionals, cultural managers, arts administrators.

When

The course - from 10 January 2000 to 21 July 2000 - includes:

  • a period of specialised linguistic preparation in English and Italian;
  • a lecture-hall stage of course study;
  • an in-depth unit at one of the European partner universities;
  • an internship period (12 weeks) at public, private or non-profit making organisations.

What

The course, in Italian and English, is organised around five subject areas:

  • Culture and cultural systems
  • Management for cultural policies and strategies
  • Marketing and management of cultural institutions and projects
  • Cultural communication
  • Culture and development

Where

The lectures will be held at Villa Albrizzi-Franchetti (Treviso, Italy). The period of detailed study will take place at Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, or Universidad San Pablo - CEU, Madrid. The stage of practical work can be carried out in Italy or in other European countries.

Admission requirements and selection procedures

The applicants will have to pass a selection examination on the basis of the application form, involving an individual interview and a language examination. The application form is available on the Web site http://www.lumsa.it/master or from the Master Secretariat.

Fees and scholarships

The fees for the Master's course are 8,000,000 Italian lire (4,132 Euro). Scholarships and financial facilities are available.

For more information, please contact: Master Secretariat, LUMSA - Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta, Via della Traspontina, 21, I-00193 Rome, Italy, tel.: +39-0668422279/272; fax: +39-0668422279; e-mail: master@lumsa.it

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The Big City Residency: Call for Proposals

Media and Visual Arts Thematic Residency
Banff, May/June 2000

The Big City residency that is to be held in Banff, Canada, from 1 May to 2 June 2000 is intended for artists whose works explore perspectives of the city and urbanization. Cultural producers who are investigating the edges between the city and the countryside, virtual and real centres and public and private spaces are encouraged to apply. The residency is open to all visual and media artists, as well as curators, critics, architects, urban planners and theorists.

Facilities include ceramics, mixed media, computer arts/new media, painting, paper media, performance art, photography, print media, sculpture, television and video, textiles, studios, audio-visual, human resources, access to specialized computer and video facilities (scheduled in advance).

To obtain more information on the Big City Residency, please contact: Jon Tupper or Jennifer Woodbury, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Office of the Registrar, Box 1020, Station 28, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Alberta, Canada, T0L 0C0, tel.: (403) 762 6114, 762 6302; fax: (403) 762 6665; e-mail: jon_tupper@banffcentre.ab.ca; or jennifer_woodbury@banffcentre.ab.ca; http://www.banffcentre.ab.ca/mva

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Artsweb

Artsweb is an innovative project designed to have an impact upon the training prospects for young people in the arts sector in Europe. Mentors in a variety of arts fields are mentored themselves in the skills they require to effectively guide young people wanting to enter the sector professionally. Artsweb is supported by the Leonardo da Vinci programme of the European Commission.

For more information, please visit: http://www.artsweb.org

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Bauhaus Kolleg Programme

Starting in September 1999 the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation established a new form of transdisciplinary and transcultural learning experience for practitioners of the designing professions. As a one-year programme, the Bauhaus Kolleg offers interdisciplinary training for designing the urban environment. Knowledge, skills and abilities are imparted through theoretical analysis, practice-oriented projects, and artistic interventions in cooperation with external academic and/or practising experts. Twenty-five international participants from diverse disciplines of design may enroll in the programme each year.

The program is divided in trimesters:

  1. trimester: experience, September - November 1999;
  2. trimester: experiment, February - May 2000;
  3. trimester: expression, June - September 2000.

It is preferable to apply for the entire year, but applicants may also be considered for individual trimesters.

For more information, please contact: Bauhaus Dessau Foundation - Bauhaus Kolleg, Ute Lenssen, Project Manager, tel.: +49 (0) 340-6508-402; fax: +49 (0) 340-6508-404; e-mail: lenssen@kolleg.bauhaus-dessau.de; http://www.bauhaus-dessau.de

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Gulliver's Connect

A Work Placement Programme for Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia

The Gulliver's Connect programme is a flexible work place learning framework aiming to facilitate international cooperation between professional arts practitioners from Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia. Its framework not only stimulates international cooperation between the former socialist states but also diversifies further training and career development prospects.

In order to participate, an arts practitioner may apply as a 'visitor' or as a 'host', whose art form is then matched according to the aims and needs of the participant. The visitor and the host must communicate to plan realistic aims of the work placement scheme before a match is finally confirmed. Once the placement dates are set, and the work placement and the bursary have been confirmed, the visitor then becomes part of the working mechanism of the host organization for a specific length of time (a minimum period of 3 weeks and a maximum period of 8 weeks).

The programme aims to attract potential visitors who have 2-3 years of working experience in project coordination, arts development or management at the regional level in their country and who wish to extend their capabilities and give an international dimension to their work.

The visitors must prove themselves capable of initiating his/her own learning experience.

The potential hosts are organizations which are adapting to the new situation in their countries and would benefit from establishing or strengthening new international collaborative relationships. They must be open to the idea of hosting an international arts practitioner and to be committed to the careful planning of the work placement.

The pilot phase of the programme Gulliver's Connect is described in a newly published booklet issued by the Felix Meritis Foundation: Gulliver's Connect. A work Placement Programme for Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia. It describes the programme, its background and history, aims, mechanisms, results, funding partners, participants, and future considerations.

To learn more about the programme or to obtain the booklet, please contact: Gwen Crawford, Gulliver's Connect Programme, Felix Meritis Foundation, Keizergracht 324, 1016 EZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 626 23 21; fax: +31 20 624 93 68; e-mail: connect@felix.meritis.nl; http://www.felix.meritis.nl