Culturelink Newsletter No. 072/July-August 2012

From the Focal Point

Strengthening of Research in the Fields of Cultural Policies and Cultural Diplomacy

The Seventh International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR) was held from 9-12 July 2012 at the University Ramon Llul in Barcelona, Spain. The conference was organized by the Centre for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS), University of Barcelona, in cooperation with the International Journal of Cultural Policy.

This year's thematic focus of the conference was on Cultural Politics and Cultural Policy, through which the organizers intended to address the challenge of rethinking cultural policy analysis from the broader parameters of the relation between culture and politics. The intention of the local organizers was to open the conference to diverse inputs from the humanities and social sciences, tending towards interdisciplinary research. The conference provided a whole plethora of research subjects, but what was evident was an increase in research in the implicit cultural policies, and cultural diplomacy. In addition, it is evident that an economic discourse permeates the cultural field, and that there is a need for more comparative cultural policy research. What was apparent at this years' conference is the deeper internationalization of the cultural policy research community - presenters from Australia, Brazil, Columbia, South Africa, Taiwan, to name only a few, were participating at the conference.

Jaka Primorac, a representative of the Institute for International Relations and member of the Culturelink team took part in the conference, and presented a paper on "Policies for Cultural Labour? Employment in Cultural Industries in Croatia" in one of the parallel sessions.

The entire programme can be found at the Conference website, and it is possible join LinkedIn and Facebook groups to continue (or open new) discussions with other ICCPR 2012 participants. The call for hosting of the next, ICCPR Conference 2014 is open until 1 November 2012. For more information, please see here.

Job Opening

1.   Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at SMU

The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU) seeks an arts marketing and fundraising professor to join a dynamic faculty in the Department of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship in the autumn of 2013. The deadline for application is 15 November 2012. >>>

Calls for Papers and Presentations

2.   Infecting the City Public Arts Festival

The Africa Centre is preparing the Infecting the City Public Arts Festival, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in the first week of March 2013. This is an open call for visual and performing artists to submit works that are either completely new, or have been previously staged. The call for submissions is open until 15 August 2012. >>>

3.   Active Countryside Tourism Conference

The international conference about Active Countryside Tourism will take place in Leeds, UK, on 23-25 January 2013. This Regional Studies Association (RSA) research network meeting seeks to question the contribution active countryside tourism can and does make to rural regions. The submission deadline for paper proposals is 29 September 2012. >>>

4.   AIMAC 2013

The 12th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC 2013) will be held in South America for the first time - in Bogota, Colombia, on 26-29 June, 2013. All research that utilizes the arts and cultural industries as a context of study for probing broader business research questions is welcome. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 October 2012. >>>

Call for Entries and Applications

5.   Artists' Residences and Involvement of Artists in Urban Transformations of European Cities

Apollonia and its European partners are launching a call for proposals, open to artists wishing to get involved in dynamic residences related to the evolutions and mutations of contemporary cities. The project is scheduled to start in 2013 for a period of three years, and it will involve around ten European cities. Deadline: 31 July 2012. >>>

6.   LAND.body.scape_corpography

In the summer of 2012, the International ChoreoLab Austria (ICLA), which provides interdisciplinary art-based research in the context of performance studies, will take place as a cooperation of Tanz Atelier Wien with the Symposion of European Sculptors (SEB) at their headquarters in Austria. Art-based research in the interface of body, mind and nature will be held in St. Margarethen / Burgenland, Austria, on 27 August-2 September 2012. >>>

Educational Programmes and Fellowships

7.   Interactive Art Research Master's Programme

The Interactive Art Research Master, a partnership between the European School of Visual Arts and the University of Poitiers, is a two-year programme focusing on interactive art, intended for students, artists, and scientists looking to establish a shared theory and practice. The programme aims to develop an original ideology of technology and science in the field of art. Application deadline: 31 August 2012. >>>

8.   Social Design - Arts as Urban Innovation

The University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte), in cooperation with the Konservatorium Wien University (KONS), has implemented a new master degree programme dedicated to the challenges emerging within urban social systems and the broad spectrum of related issues. The application deadline is 14 September 2012. >>>

9.   MA Programme in Cultural Policy and Management

The MA programme in Cultural Policy and Management (Interculturalism and Mediation in the Balkans), organised by the University of Arts in Belgrade in cooperation with the University Lyon 2, is launching a call for applications for the academic year 2012/13. >>>

International Conferences and Seminars

10.   3rd Pan-African Cultural Congress

The 3rd Pan-African Cultural Congress is being organized under the theme Culture, Societies and Sustainable Development: Culture as a Revitalizing Tool for Development in Our Communities. The Congress will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28-30 August 2012. >>>


In collaboration with David and Judith MacDougall from the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, the Australian National University will offer a 7-day Video Workshop in Visual Anthropology, to be held at the Istituto Superiore Etnografico della Sardegna in Nuoro, Sardegna, Italy, on 7-13 September 2012, aimed at persons with little or no prior experience in video production, who wish to use video in forthcoming research projects. >>>

12.   Final EUscreen Conference on Television Heritage and the Web

EUscreen, the best practice network for Europe's television heritage, organises its third and final international conference on Television Heritage and the Web, to take place in Budapest, Hungary, on 13-14 September 2012. >>>

13.   International Workshop on Supporting Users' Exploration of Digital Libraries (SUEDL)

The International Workshop on Supporting Users' Exploration of Digital Libraries (SUEDL) is to be held as part of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL), in Coral Bay, Cyprus on 27 September 2012. >>>

14.   World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression - All That is Banned is Desired

The World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression organized by Freemuse (Freedom of Musical Expression) and Fritt Ord Foundation will take place in Oslo, Norway, on 25-26 October 2012. Artists from all genres and from all over the world will examine and discuss with curators, scholars, and other professionals. where, how and to what extent constraints are placed on the artistic freedom of expression. >>>

15.   Destination and Desire

The Accessible Arts' conference Destination and Desire, to be held in Sydney, Australia, on 30-31 October 2012, is intended for artists with and without a disability, arts workers, disability service providers, policy makers, funding bodies, festival organisers and volunteers, cultural institutions, venues and anyone interested in arts and disability. >>>


16.   Make Your Creativity Move! Call for Graphic Design

On the Move is looking for your creative ideas for the design of its first set of postcards, to be used as off-line communication tools whenever OTM is presented at meetings, conferences and events. On the Move is looking for fresh, original ideas that talk about international cultural mobility. Send your proposal by 31 August 2012. >>>

Books, Publications and Reports

17.   The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: A Commentary

The book, edited by Sabine von Schorlemer and Peter Tobias Stoll, draws on the first-hand insights of negotiators and the experience of practitioners in implementation, including international cooperation, and combines this with a good deal of critical academic reflection. >>>

18.   Intercultural Competence for All - Preparation for Living in a Heterogeneous World

The publication on Intercultural Competence for All - Preparation for Living in a Heterogeneous World, looks at the development of intercultural competence as a key element of mainstream education. >>>

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