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Arts & International Affairs: Performing Culture

Edited by J.P.Singh, the Institute for International Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh, Policy Studies Organization Westphalia Press, Volume 2, Issue 1, Winter 2017, 155 pages, ISBN-10: 1-63391-511-5, ISBN-13: 978-1-63391-511-4

Arts & International Affairs, the official academic journal of the Institute for International Cultural Relations at the University of Edinburgh interrogates the nexus between the arts, politics and markets through a global perspective. Performing Culture is the theme for its Winter 2017 issue, which comprises eight long and short articles divided into three sub-themes: Witnessing + Memory, Participation + Hierarchy and Performance + Heritage. The first sub-theme, Witnessing + Memory highlights the ideas of artist as a witness (Frank Moller) along with an essay on the artist as purveyor of memory and its re-exploration (Sorcha Carey). The second theme, Participation + Hierarchy, explores the notion of power in cultural performance, through both, the top-down world of cultural stratification (Nada Švob-Đokić) and the bottom-up view of culture participation (Christine Adams and Btihaj Ajana). Under the tite of Cultural Stratification and Cultural Policies: Perspectives of Cultural Globalism, The Case of Croatia, the article by Nada Švob-Đokić, member of the Culturelink team, presents a general view of globalization and globalism to mark the inception of new cultural spaces and the raising awareness of stratification processes affecting Southeast European cultures. The third theme, Performance + Heritage, speaks of the creation and proliferation of museums as multicultural and transnational actors in Abbie Chessler's and Patricia Goff's essays, while Tim Slade recalls the experience of creating his documentary on the human destruction of cultural monuments.

The issue is available at https://theartsjournal.net