Culturelink Newsletter No. 106/April 2016
From the Focal Point
Arson Fire at the GERM Premises
When, in the second half of April, we received the news about a fire that had burnt down the GERM (Group for Study and Research on Globalisations) premises, we were appalled by the force of devastation that had completely destroyed the documentation, publications and archive of GERM, and its working equipment, including computers. Everything that had been so precious for the cooperation of GERM with numerous institutions in their scientific and research work, projects and networking was ravaged. As chance would have it, in one of his recent articles François de Bernard, founder and president of GERM, wrote about how "man becomes a neglected quantity, how he is omitted, erased, absorbed, eliminated from the memory: we live in a world that is burning from all sides" (La Libre Belgique, 5 April 2016). We should really all start rethinking the future of humanity on our only planet.
How does one find words to express the indignation at such a barbarian act against an association which, from its very establishment in 2001, has advocated democracy, peace, human rights, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. For years, it has been organizing conferences, debates and talks with the wider public on topics such as war and peace, global governance, sustainable development, the future of UNESCO and many other topics. It is also worth noting, that GERM's Critical Dictionary has gained acknowledgement on all continents, advocating new phenomena and spaces of freedom.
The loss is enormous. It takes a lot of courage and perseverance to start afresh and to continue GERM's wealth of valuable activities. Yet we all agree: discontinuing GERM's activities is out of the question!
Calls for Papers and Presentations
1. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE UNESCO GLOBAL REPORT 'RE/SHAPING CULTURAL POLICIES' 2017
UNESCO is inviting professional research institutes, companies, individuals or consortiums to submit a proposal for the collection, analysis and visualization of data to be included in the second edition of the UNESCO Global Report on the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, to be published in December 2017. The deadline for submission of proposals is 3 June 2016. >>>
2. CALL FOR THEMATIC COLLECTION OF ARTICLES 'PARADIGMS OF CULTURAL CHANGES: FROM FRAGMENT TO WHOLE'
The Department of Theory and History of Culture of Samara State Institute of Culture with the participation of Russian and international partner organizations are preparing a thematic collection of articles entitled 'Paradigms of Cultural Changes: From Fragment to the Whole'. The deadline for the submission of papers is 2 July 2016. >>>
Call for Entries and Applications
3. OPEN CALL FOR INSHADOW 2016 - INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF VIDEO, PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGIES
The 8th InShadow - International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies is an initiative of Vo'Arte, in co-production with São Luiz Teatro Municipal, which has established itself as a reference in contemporary artistic creation and programming. Submit your work in the areas of video dance, documentary, animation, performance, installation and exhibition by 31 May 2016. >>>
4. UNICULT2020: THE INTERNATIONAL ARTS & CULTURAL MANAGEMENT AND POLICY PROGRAMME
Initiated by the Department of Culture of the City of Rijeka, as a part of Rijeka's nomination for the European Capital of Culture in 2020, Unicult2020: The International Arts & Cultural Management and Policy Programme organizes its second edition to take place at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, from 4 July - 17 July 2016. The deadline for application to the programme is 20 June 2016. >>>
International Conferences and Seminars
5. UNESCO CONFERENCE UNITE4HERITAGE: CULTURAL DIVERSITY UNDER ATTACK
The UNESCO Conference entitled Unite4Heritage: Cultural Diversity under Attack. Protecting Heritage for Peace, organised in partnership with the European Union and with the support from the Government of Flanders, will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 9 - 10 June 2016. >>>
6. EUROPEAN HERITAGE CONGRESS
The Spanish capital will stage the 2016 European Heritage Congress on 22 - 27 May 2016. The European Heritage Awards Ceremony and the forum on Social Participation in Heritage Protection are among the main public events of the programme. During the Congress in Madrid, Europa Nostra will seek to expand its network of members, partners and contacts. >>>
7. LE RENDEZ-VOUS DE BORDEAUX: THE NEW CHALLENGE OF ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL EDUCATION - DIVERSITY AND DIALOGUE IN EUROPE
LIKE, the network of European cities and regions for culture organizes the second Rendez-vous of the year for elected leaders, professionals of culture, cultural actors, as well as for engaged citizens from 8 - 10 June 2016 in Bordeaux, France. >>>
8. INNOVATING IN THE CULTURAL SECTOR
CulturePolis, a non-profit organisation based in Corfu, Greece is organising an international conference on Innovating in the Cultural Sector: Appreciating the Past and Creating Jobs for the Future, to be held in Corfu, Greece, on 22 - 24 September 2016. The aim of the summit is to identify and spread new ideas for connecting culture and heritage with citizens, communities and development. >>>
9. 2nd WORLD CULTURE FORUM: CULTURE FOR AN INCLUSIVE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
The 2nd World Culture Forum: Culture for an Inclusive Sustainable Planet will be held in Bali, Indonesia, on 10 - 14 October 2016. It will support the United Nations' call to encourage and promote culture as a driver and enabler of sustainable development. >>>
10. POWER2YOUTH - FREEDOM, DIGNITY AND JUSTICE PROJECT
POWER2YOUTH is a three-year research project funded under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, which aims at offering a critical understanding of youth in the South East Mediterranean through a comprehensive interdisciplinary, multi-level and gender sensitive approach. >>>
Books, Publications and Reports
11. CULTURAL INTERVENTIONS: CULTURAL POLICY AND MANAGEMENT YEARBOOK 2014-2015
The new publication Cultural Interventions: Cultural Policy and Management Yearbook 2014-2015 is the fifth issue published by Istanbul Bilgi University Press, covering major cultural policy issues and debates from Turkey and neighbouring countries over the 2014-2015 period. >>>
12. CULTURAL NETWORKS IN MIGRATING HERITAGE: INTERSECTING THEORIES AND PRACTICES ACROSS EUROPE
The book Cultural Networks in Migrating Heritage by Perla Innocenti is a study of the role of cultural and heritage networks and how they can help institutions and their host societies manage the tensions and realise the opportunities arising from migration. >>>
13. THE HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC CULTURE IN FRANCE: INSTITUTIONS AND ACTORS
The aim of this collective book is to analyse, in a historical perspective how 'scientific culture' has been the object of public policies in France for over thirty years. Scientific, technical and industrial culture (CSTI) becomes the instrument of public policies; it is the topic of the programmes of different ministries; it incarnates in specific institutions. >>>
14. DEVELOPING CULTURAL INDUSTRIES: LEARNING FROM THE PALIMPSEST OF PRACTICE
The book Developing Cultural Industries: Learning from the Palimpsest of Practice by Christiaan De Beukelaer offers a thorough exploration of how the concepts of cultural and creative industries are constructed and implemented across African countries, and evaluates various policy implications of the author's findings. >>>
15. SUPERCONNECTED: THE INTERNET, DIGITAL MEDIA, AND TECHNO-SOCIAL LIFE
The book Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life by Mary Chayko offers a ground breaking analysis of contemporary social life as it is influenced by the internet, social media, and mobile devices. >>>
16. WHY MUST CULTURE BE AT THE HEART OF SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT?
In the context of Habitat III and the implementation of the Global Sustainable Development Goals, the policy paper Why Must Culture be at the Heart of Sustainable Urban Development? proposes ways to integrate culture in the sustainable development of cities, and aims to identify pathways to include culture in integrated sustainability planning and implementation processes. >>>
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