Culturelink Newsletter No. 063/August-September 2011

From the Focal Point

In Memoriam: Dragan Klaic (1950–2011)

The sudden sad news that Dragan Klaic passed away on 25 August, has left us in shock, as we have lost not only a great scholar, but also a close friend.
Dragan Klaic showed us that through our work we really can make a difference: his passion for cultural research and activism was evident in his lectures, teaching and writing. His provocative interventions at numerous conferences and workshops often caused heated discussions that left no one indifferent. He was a true cosmopolitan who believed in the power of culture and who was dedicated to cultural networking that always resulted in actions, projects, books, research… As renowned cultural analyst, Dragan always stressed the importance of international networks, especially for cultural NGOs in Southeastern Europe in acquiring new practices, new experiences. In his mind, this would need to be one of the objectives of cultural policy: to stimulate the participation of local cultural practitioners in international cultural networks. Without numerous pulsating, vibrant, inclusive, dynamic, learning networks – Dragan would say – nothing will be happening in international cultural cooperation.
Dragan Klaic will be sorely missed for his dedication to the further development of culture and cultural policy in Europe, for his dynamism and his humor.
With our condolences to his family, we thank him for allowing us to be part of his network.
The Culturelink Team

Calls for Papers and Presentations

1.   International Conference on Connections, Corridors and Communities in Asia

The Asian Borderlands Research Network invites paper proposals for this event to be held in Kunming, China on 12 - 15 October 2012, with the aim to address continuities and ruptures along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme of Connections, Corridors, and Communities. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2011. >>>

2.   International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas

To build on the emergent international discussion on degrowth, this co-operative effort of four Montreal Universities, to be held in Montreal, Canada, on 14-20 May 2012, invites papers, posters, workshops, proposals for arts, and interactive activities to articulate the needs and aspirations of the Americas for a post-growth, more equitable and better world, focusing on the particular situations and dynamics of the Americas. >>>

Calls for Entries and Applications

3.   Arteles Creative Residency Programme in Finland

Professionals from the fields of visual arts, media art, music, performing arts, design, architecture, literature and research are invited to apply by 7 October 2011 to the Creative Center residency programme, the most international artist residency in Finland, run by Arteles. >>>

4.   Marc de Montalembert Foundation Prize 2012

The Marc de Montalembert Prize is intended to support the realization of a six- to nine-month research project contributing to an improved knowledge of Mediterranean arts and culture. Eligible applicants should be from the Mediterranean coast, be under the 35 years of age and hold a university degree. Applications are accepted from 1 September to 30 November 2011. >>>

Educational Programmes and Fellowships

5.   Master of Arts Programme in Design Practice, Critical Art Practice and Visual and Critical Studies

The School of Art, Design and Printing of the Dublin Institute of Technology offers Masters programmes in Design Practice, Critical Art Practice, and Visual and Critical Studies specifically designed for honours graduates in fine art, multimedia, design, architecture and humanities. Applications are open until 23 September 2011. >>>

6.   Fine Art Research Projects

Artists are invited to submit proposals for research projects for the coming year in the Fine Art Department of the Jan van Eyck Academie, the Netherlands, an institute for research and production in the fields of fine art, design and theory. Deadline for submissions is 1 October 2011. >>>

7.   MA Programme in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy

Reminder: The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in cooperation with the Dubrovnik International University (DIU) is launching a graduate Master of Arts program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, to be held in Berlin, Germany and Dubrovnik, Croatia, starting on 17 October 2011. The deadline for late admissions is 21 October 2011.>>>

8.   New Master of Arts Programme in Cooperation, Project Making and EU Policies

The Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia (ISIG) is member of the International University Institute for European Studies (IUIES), a Consortium which organizes this specific programme that combines hands-on professional training with high-level university education. The deadline for registration is 7 November 2011. >>>

9.   Postgraduate Programme in Film and Digital Media

The University of California Santa Cruz invites applications to its postgraduate programme in Film and Digital Media, which aims to prepare students for intellectually informed creative practice as well as theoretical and critical production in a range of environments, to be submitted by 15 December 2011. >>>

International Conferences and Seminars

10.   ENCATC Annual Conference 2011

Reminder: The ENCATC Annual Conference 2011 entitled CultureForecast: Make a Prediction About Where Culture is Going, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, on 12-14 October 2011, will focus on future aspects that are shaping the cultural field. >>>

11.   Industrial Heritage 2011

The European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage (E-FAITH) is organizing the fifth European Contact Weekend for Industrial Heritage Volunteers and Associations to be held in Tilburg, The Netherlands, on 14-16 October 2011, intended for volunteers and non profit organisations that are engaged in the research, the preservation, the interpretation and/or the presentation of the industrial and technical heritage.>>>


This major international conference, to be held in Tallinn, Estonia, on 19 - 21 October 2011, aims to give a health check to old tools and policies, and introduce new ones, developing a practical new agenda for supporting creative entrepreneurship. >>>

13.   European Culture Forum 2011

Reminder: The European Culture Forum, to be held on 20-21 October 2011, will bring to Brussels 800 policy-makers and stakeholders from culture and civil society, the EU Member States and EU institutions, presenting an opportunity to debate and raise the profile of European cooperation in the field of culture. >>>

14.   European Culture Conference

The XIth edition of the international and multidisciplinary conference European Culture will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on 27-29 October 2011, aiming to foster the dialogue between experienced teachers, young researchers and Ph.D. students. >>>

15.   Networked: Dialogue and Exchange in the Global Art Ecology

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Triangle Network, this conference to be held in London, UK, on 26-27 November 2011, will focus on the latest research and debate on the role of cultural networks in the global art ecology. >>>

Books, Publications and Reports

16.   Creative Industries and Economic Evolution

Published by Edward Elgar Publishing, this book by Jason Potts offers a new way of looking at the arts, culture and creative industries from the perspective of evolutionary economics, abandoning the market-failure model of welfare and subsidy, and introducing a market-process model of innovation dynamics and economic cultural co-evolution. >>>

17.   Authenticating Ethnic Tourism – Tourism and Cultural Change

The book addresses the question of authenticity in ethnic tourism, revealing some interesting findings that will significantly contribute to the literature on cultural and ethnic tourism in developing areas, and intending to provide guidance for those involved in tourism based on ethnic culture. >>>

18.   State and Culture: Studies of Contemporary Cultural Policy

This book by Vesna Djukic represents an original scientific contribution to the investigation of the contemporary cultural policy, particularly in the sections that are concerned with the comparative analysis of key words, contemporary strategies and instruments of cultural policy in Europe. >>>

19.   Semiotics of Crisis: Imperatives of Survival, Renovation and Development

This book contains the proceedings from the international scientific conference Semiotics of Crisis: Imperatives of Survival, Renovation and Development, organized by the Samara Institute Higher School of Privatization and Enterprise and the Samara Society for Cultural Studies in 2010, and covers the theoretical and practical frameworks of interdisciplinary research on semiotic manifestations of crisis phenomena. >>>

20.   Heritage and Humanism: Cultural Anthropology in Service to Humankind

This collection of papers from an international scientific conference held in Samara in 2009, considers the anthropological and humanistic foundations of world heritage as great resources of cultural creativity, peace-building and social development. >>>

21.   Towards a World History of Cultural Policies

La documentation française has recently published a work entitled Pour une histoire des politiques culturelles dans le monde, which, through a historical point of view, uses case studies to expand and enrich a collection of accounts from a 2009 international forum to mark the 50th anniversary of France's Ministry of Culture and Communication. >>>

22.   The Cultural and Creative Industries: A Literature Review

This report created by Justin O'Connor, Professor of the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, takes a sixty-year trip, starting from the culture industry, leading through the cultural industries, and ending at the creative industries, exploring the history of the idea of cultural industries, and how it has changed and developed the current interest in the creative economy. >>>

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