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Members' Activities 2006

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  • December 2006
    The latest, ninth edition of the Culturelink Joint Publications Series, edited by Nina Obuljen and Joost Smiers, is entitled UNESCO's Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Making It Work. As the Culturelink Network carries themes of cultural diversity and policy on diversity at the core of its mission and research work, this book is an expected outcome of Culturelink's activities to introduce the latest initiatives on the promotion of cultural diversity to its members and wider audiences. (full details)
  • November 2006
    Fondation Marcel Hicter, the organizer of the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management announces a call for applications for the academic year 2007/2008. Deadline for applications to this pan-European training programme is 15 January 2007. (full details)
  • November 2006
    The new ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) website has gone online. With it, ELIA is entering a whole new and more interactive era, offering members a forum to exchange research experiences and a member search engine to establish contacts and cooperation. Also, a newsletter will be published, providing users with updated information about ELIA activities. Surf to www.elia-artschools.org!
  • October 2006
    The work of the Advisory Committee of Experts for the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity was recently launched at a meeting held at the UNESCO seat in Paris, France. The Committee is made up of 15 world experts, including Arjun Appadurai (India), Philippe Descola (France), Lourdes Arizpe (Mexico), Neville Alexander (South Africa). Culturelink Network is honoured that its director, Biserka Cvjeticanin (Croatia) is also member of this Committee, whose first meeting took place on 25-26 September 2006. As pointed out by Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, in his introductory address "the World Report will explore the manifold aspects and new forms of cultural diversity". Among other issues, the experts discussed new approaches to and challenges of cultural diversity, how intercultural dialogue contributed to the emergence of new forms of diversity, and what the agents and main vectors of cultural transfers and changes were. The report is planned to be issued on the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity, on 21 May 2008. For additional information, please see here.
  • October 2006
    MOBILE.HOME is a year-long project celebrating the European Year of Workers' Mobility 2006 that will look at successes and obstacles to the movement of arts and artists across European borders, as guaranteed by the European Union treaties. It will also look at the phenomenon of mobility from technical, philosophical and artistic perspectives. (full details)
  • October 2006
    Long-time Culturelink member, educator, advisor, administrator and researcher, D. Paul Schafer leads the World Culture Project based on the belief that culture and cultures have a central role to play in global development and human affairs and are the key to environmental sustainability and people's well-being in the future. (full details)
  • October 2006
    As part of Euclid's rich Culture.Info portal, the new jobs.culture.info listing is packed with details of arts and culture jobs in the UK and Ireland, as well as in other European countries, in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. To list jobs on this portal, send details to ian@euclid.info.
  • October 2006
    The CulturE-ASEF information system, a joint project of the Asia-Europe Foundation and Universes in Universe, has been expanded to offer access to annotated links to cultural relations and exchange information among 13 Asian and 25 European countries. For details, visit www.culture-asef.org/english/index.html.
  • October 2006
    Organized biennially by the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) and widely acclaimed in the field of children's books promotion, the Noma Concours encourages up-and-coming illustrators in Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Arab States. Applications for the 15th Concours are invited by 31 October 2006. Details and entry form are available at www.accu.or.jp/noma/.
  • September 2006
    In issues no. 29 and 30/2006 the renowned French review Observatoire des politiques culturelles published dossiers on the topic of Challenges of Cultural Diversity. A number of authors, including Joost Smiers, Jean-Pierre Saez, Francisco d'Almeida, Francois Matarasso and Cherif Khaznadar, discuss the complex issues of cultural diversity, cultural policies and cultural industries, and cultural rights. Under the title Enjeux et méthodes d'observation et d'évaluation de la diversité culturelle dans le monde (Challenges and Methods of Observation and Evaluation of Cultural Diversity Around the World, PDF, 87 kB), the contribution by Biserka Cvjeticanin, Head of the Culturelink Network, is dedicated to methodological and evaluation problems.
  • September 2006
    The revised draft of the Charter for the Cultural Renaissance of Africa and the Nairobi Plan of Action for Cultural Industries in Africa, drawn up at the First Ordinary Session of the AU Conference of Ministers of Culture, held in Nairobi, Kenia, in December 2005, have been made available in PDF format at the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) website at www.ocpanet.org/resources/docs/index-en.html.
  • September 2006
    The European Cultural Foundation, has recently made the book entitled Why We Need European Cultural Policies – The Impact of EU Enlargement on Cultural Policies in Transition Countries by Nina Obuljen, winner of the Cultural Policy Research Award 2005 and member of the Culturelink Team, fully available online in PDF format at www.eurocult.org/uploads/docs/356.pdf.
  • August 2006
    Answering to a growing interest in developing measures or indicators relating to local cultural development, the Creative City Network of Canada's Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities is launching a listserv for sharing information and updates, posing questions, and discussing issues on Cultural Indicators. Listserv messages will be archived automatically, and accessible to subscribers. If interested in joining the Indicators-L listserv, contact Eileen Gillette at eileen@creativecity.ca.
  • August 2006
    Les Recontres reminds of its programme of events in the second half of 2006, including Circulation of Theatre Works, Artists' Mobility in South East Europe and the Role of Regional & Local Governments in Vojvodina, Serbia on 21-24 September 2006, European Regions and Cinema in San Sebastian, Spain on 26 September 2006, and the general meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 23-25 November 2006 entitled The Cultural Strategies of Cities, Counties and Regions in the Broader Europe? Contact: Angie Cotte, Secretary General; tel : +33 1 56 54 26 31; e-mail: angie.cotte@lesrencontres.org; www.lesrencontres.org
  • July 2006
    LabforCulture, the dynamic, new interactive website aimed at all those in arts and culture who collaborate, create, share and produce work across borders in Europe, went live on the 8 June 2006. The site is a vast source of current information and debate on European cultural cooperation, from case studies and inspiring stories of trans-border collaboration to online cultural news and newsletters, from information and tips on how to fund a project to links to key cultural organizations and networks. Visit this new and valuable online resource on European culture at www.labforculture.org.
  • July 2006
    At the World Summit on Arts and Culture held in NewcastleGateshead, England, on 17 June 2006, IFACCA and Boekmanstichting have launched ConnectCP, the International Who's Who of Cultural Policy, Planning and Research, and are calling experts on cultural policy from around the globe for inclusion in the online database already containing 229 expert profiles from 53 countries. Each profile outlines an experts' experience, current interests, and other information relevant to their work in cultural policy. Please visit www.connectcp.org.
  • July 2006
    Defining itself as a platform for conceptualising and developing new forms of artistic and cultural practice, in cooperation with the University of Salzburg Business School (SMBS), Columbia College Chicago and Fudan University in Shanghai, the International Centre for Culture and Management (ICCM) is starting the assessment of applicants for its MBA programme in International Arts Management commencing in October 2006 and aiming to combine the teaching of leadership with the most up-to-date managerial skills as well as active development of ethical, political, educational, social and cultural topics with practical work in selected projects. Details are available at www.iccm.at/MBA_2006.pdf
  • July 2006
    Published by the Croatian Centre of ITI-UNESCO, the Croatian Theatre Magazine is a successor of the bulletin Croatian Drama and Theatre. The first issue features interesting texts on Croatian playwrights, gives an overview of International Theatre Festivals in Croatia and an outline on new Croatian plays. In support of the internationalization of Croatian dance, the publisher also produced a comprehensive Guide to Croatian Dance that includes information on the contemporary dance scene, ballet, festivals and dance organizations in Croatia. Contact: Hrvatski centar ITI - UNESCO, Basaričekova 24, tel.: +385-1-4920667, 4920668; fax: +385-1-4920668; e-mail: hc-iti@zg.t-com.hr; www.hciti.hr
  • July 2006
    The European Cultural Foundation's newly designed Annual Report 2005 brings detailed information on activities undertaken in 2005 and an overview of the preparations for the way ahead, listing work directions for 2006-2007. For details, please see www.eurocult.org/uploads/docs/258.pdf
  • June 2006
    The paper on Communication of Heritage: A New Vision of Southeastern Europe, prepared by UNESCO (BRESCE) and the Culturelink Research Team and presented at the Regional Summit Forum held in Opatija, Croatia on 31 May - 2 June 2006 has been made available for download. At the end of this fourth regional meeting of Heads of States and leaders from Southeastern Europe, established as a result of the recognition of the need for enhanced international cooperation in this region as being essential for the reconstruction of educational, scientific, cultural and communicational structures, the joint Opatija Declaration on Communication of Heritage was adopted.
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  • June 2006
    The full report from the latest postgraduate course organized by IMO's Department for Culture and Communication entitled Cultural Transitions in Southeastern Europe - The Creative City: Crossing Visions and New Realities in the Region has been made available along with the presentations held at the event. The course took place at the Inter-University Centre (IUC) in Dubrovnik from 8-14 May 2006, and was attended by 39 participants from Europe and the SEE region.
  • May 2006
    The Chairs of the LabforCulture Steering Committee and the ECF have launched a job advertisement for the position of the Director of the LabforCulture.org pilot project. Application consisting of a cover letter, detailed CV, 2 references and salary expectations should be sent to gbidenbach@eurocult.org by 1 June 2006. For details, please see the application pack at www.eurocult.org/lab.
  • May 2006
    The Ford Foundation seeks a professional individual to take the position of Programme Officer for Media, Arts and Culture in Eastern Africa responsible for grant making, buiding on and developing programming achievements in the portfolio's Building Sustainable Spaces for Creativity and Culture initiative. Application deadline is 12 June 2006. See applicatiion details at www.fordfound.org/employment/jobdetail.cfm?id=113.
  • April 2006
    Marking the fifth anniversary of its Internet presence, OCPA recently refreshed its web resource centre graphically and technically, while keeping a simple structure and 'light' design for users with slower connection speeds. The latest edition of OCPA's regular Web Development Report (PDF document, 137 kB) lines out the progress made so far in the development of this largely bilingual site hosted and maintained by Culturelink.
  • April 2006
    Designed for cultural organisers, special event managers and producers, AMSU's course entitled International Production Management for Performing Arts will be held in Amsterdam on 28-31 August 2006. Application deadline is 15 June 2006. A limited number of scholarships is available for participants from most Central and Eastern European countries and Turkey through the Social Transformation Programme Cental and Eastern Europe (MATRA) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For applicatiion details, please see www.amsu.edu/courses/ARTM-2/.
  • April 2006
    The latest edition from Culturelink's Joint Publications Series, a collection of papers from the 2005 course on cultural transitions edited by Nada Švob-Đokić and entitled The Emerging Creative Industries in Southeastern Europe has been released as a free e-book available for download in full (PDF document, 686 kB).
  • March 2006
    The Centre for Cultural Policy Research of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow is awarding one fully funded PhD studentship, commencing 1 October 2006, to carry out research on the topic Flagship Festival: An Investigation into the Edinburgh International Festival's Leadership Role Locally, Nationally and Internationally'. Closing date for applications is 12 May 2006. For an application pack, please contact: Emily Queune, Postgraduate Secretary, Faculty of Arts, 6 University Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, United Kingdom; tel.: 0141 330 6828; fax: 0141 330 4537; e-mail: e.queune@admin.gla.ac.uk; www.tfts.arts.gla.ac.uk/studentship.htm
  • March 2006
    Young scholars, researchers and policymakers aged 35 or under are eligible for the European Cultural Foundation's 10.000 EUR Cultural Policy Research Award (CPR Award) for applied comparative cultural policy research focusing on contemporary European cultural issues and challenges by analyzing them and offering possible policy solutions. Applications must be submitted online by 1 April 2006. For details, please see www.cpraward.org.
  • March 2006
    Reflecting on the Unesco Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the Culturelink Network is about to launch a new research project entitled Cultural Diversity, Intercultural Communication and Digital Culture.
    The recognition of diversity among cultures as an integral part of their identity and the very element that promotes intercultural communication and cooperation is a phenomenon of our time, that has seen the development of new approaches to cultural diversity. Intercultural communication is marked by ICTs, stimulating the creation of new forms of culture, such as digital culture. The hypothesis starts out with cultural diversity, intercultural communication and the rapid development of digital culture as a resource leading towards knowledge society, which is to be proven scientifically by researching the different characteristics of their interconnection/interrelation. Monitoring and defining its development and the use and impact of digital culture in the context of cultural diversity and intercultural communication will provide new insight into their interdependence.
    The thesis and the results will be evaluated, among other means, through the Culturelink Network. Members' participation is invited.
  • March 2006
    The World Cultures Yearbook is looking for an Associate Editor, a scholar from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, or the Middle East to join the core Editorial Team in developing content relevant to the non-Western World, involving scholars and experts from a greater diversity of regions and backgrounds, and contributing to the Yearbook’s international presence, visibility and impact. The initial appointment is for one year, beginning 30 March 2006. (full details)
  • March 2006
    Following the pilot project and extensive market research and feedback, EUCLID has converted its Culture.Info database into an online portal providing easy access to subportals focused on specific topics of interest to the cultural sector, grouping cultural areas, locations and themes. The first stage of this new portal is now online at www.culture.info.
  • February 2006
    The Asia Europe Foundation announces a Call for Applications for the mapping of cultural resources in Asia as part of its content development strategy for Culture360, a multidisciplinary Asia-Europe cultural Web-portal. Closing date for applications is 24 February 2006. Contact: Anjeli Narandran, tel: +65 6874 9720, e-mail: anjeli@asef.org, http://www.asef.org/
  • January 2006
    Following the publication of a special issue on the culture of book publishing in contemporary Europe, Javnost – The Public, the Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, invites manuscripts that address questions concerning the changing roles of the author and the book in the digital age. Interested scholars should send abstracts by 31 March 2006. (full details)
  • January 2006
    Visiting Arts has launched two brand new online international cultural guides – the Cambodia Cultural Profile and the Laos Cultural Profile – marking the completion of the three-country Greater Mekong Cultural Profile Project which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Developed in partnership with the local Ministries of Culture, these online profiles represent the first major attempt to map the cultural infrastructures of two fascinating yet so far poorly documented countries. (full details)
  • January 2006
    An initiative to compile a list of arts and culture organizations active in the CEMAC region (Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo, Gabon and Central Africa) has been launched by the Collective Resources for the Arts and Talents Enrichment (CREATE) to facilitate networking in the region. Mangong Peter Musa, CREATE Coordinator, invites leaders of arts and culture organizations within CEMAC to submit the data outlined at http://www.freewebs.com/createinfo/
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    . Additionally, promoters of arts and cultural events are invited to freely announce their initiatives at the CREATE website. Details may be sent to: CREATE, Mus'Art Gallery bldg., Bamfem Quarter, POB 21, Kumbo, NWP, Cameroon; email: createartsorg@yahoo.com. Please share these calls with colleagues who may not be aware of the initiative.
  • January 2006
    A forthcoming issue of Media International Australia (MIA)will be devoted to research on talkback radio in Australia. The issue editor, Graeme Turner, is calling for abstracts or proposals suitable for inclusion in this themed issue. Abstracts deadline: 1 July 2006. Contact: The Editor, MIA, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, 4072, Australia; http://emsah.uq.edu.au/mia/