|December 2006 - January 2007
Mary Ann DeVlieg - winner of the 2006 European Workers' Mobility Awards
News from the region
Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU; Albania: New legislation for NGOs; Croatia: Clubture's regional initiative working conference (Zagreb); Kosovo: 4th MSE - Meeting (Middle-South-East Meeting) (Pristina); Moldova: ECF & Soros Foundation Moldova launch new Cultural Policy Pilot Project; Montenegro: NGO Coalition works on a strategy for cooperation with the government; Romania: Filmmakers' protest concerning public funding for film projects; Serbia: Conference on the professional status of contemporary dance in the Balkans (Belgrade); Slovenia: Public funds for independent cultural organisations in Ljubljana threatened
Projects and initiatives
Political Practices in (Post-) Yugoslav Art; A cultural policy for the international space station - The Arts Catalyst's Report to the European Space Agency
La Rencontre de Sibiu (Sibiu, Romania); IFEA Europe Annual Conference 2007: The Art of Growing: Lifecycles of festivals and events (Athens, Greece); Cultural Policy of Russia: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (St. Petersburg, Russia); Cultural Management and the State of the Field (Helsinki, Finland); SIETAR Europa Congress: 'East, West, North and South: Culture's Influences on Economy, Politics, Ecology and Religion' (Sofia, Bulgaria); International Workshop 'Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Central and South East Europe' (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Training program: Cultural Policy Making in the Post-Communist Countries (Budapest, Hungary); Robert Bosch Fellowships at the Institute for Human Sciences; CPR Award 2007: Europe's Cultural Diversity in Focus
Publications & Information Resources
The 8th Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe; The 8th Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe; UNESCO's Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Making it work; Rethinking the Social Impact of the Arts: a critical-historical view; Omitted History; A critical anthology: Mind the Map! - History is Not Given; Still so much to be done – Challenges for Culture in Europe; Cultural diversity in Britain. A toolkit for cross-cultural co-operations; Launch of KONTROL online magazine
Mary Ann DeVlieg - winner of the 2006 European Workers' Mobility Awards
Secretary-General of the IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts), Mary Ann DeVlieg, collected first prize in the "Individual Award" category at the award ceremony held by the European Commission in Roubaix, France on 11 December 2006. The award was attributed to Mary Ann owing to her passionate work as an advocate and activist for mobility in the cultural sector. Mary Ann DeVlieg credited a range of partners with whom she has worked since 1994, to unite people in the contemporary performing arts who believe that art and artists should cross borders in order to enrich the experience for both public and creators. DeVlieg was instrumental in researching and fundraising for the Roberto Cimetta Fund, launched in 1998, which promotes artistic exchange and the mobility of professionals in the contemporary performing arts and visual arts within the Mediterranean area. In 2002, she proposed and coordinated the creation of the international mobility web portal, www.on-the-move.org, launched in 2003, which disseminates information and opportunities for professional mobility in the performing arts. In 2006, the EU Year of Workers Mobility, she brought together a coalition of partners to address arts mobility on several levels. Mary Ann DeVlieg was recommended to receive this award by Corina Suteu and Dragan Klaic.
For more information visit www.ietm.org.
News from the region
Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU
On New Year's Eve, tens of thousands celebrated at midnight at concerts in the two capitals, Bucharest and Sofia. The Romanian president said EU entry was an "enormous chance for future generations", while Bulgaria's leader said it was a "heavenly moment". EU dignitaries attended the midnight celebrations in Bucharest and were flying on to Sofia on Monday for further ceremonies there. "With Romania and Bulgaria, 30 million people are joining us, creating a Union of almost half a billion citizens", EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said. "In welcoming two new members into the family, we know our culture and heritage will be richer". For Romania, this moment also represented the opening of Sibiu European Cultural Capital 2007. The opening ceremony was held on the 1st of January, after celebrating EU accession on New Year's Eve. For Sibiu, this status represented a real oportunity to engage major restoration works of the town's architectural heritage, and will be a chance to put the city on the cultural map of Europe.
PfC will explore in a special issue how the cultural sector in Bulgaria and Romania percieves its potential for development and the challenges it faces in this new context.
Albania: New legislation for NGOs
The Government of Albania is to approve new procedures for the registration of NGOs in the country. This announcement was made in January when senior officials and consultants from the Ministry of Economy met with a small group of major NGO representatives to present and discuss the changes of this law. With the new draft-law the authority to approve and register NGOs will be given to the Ministry of Economy, which is directly responding to the Prime Minister's office. Based on the new draft, NGOs in Albania (established before or after the law comes to force) will have to report every year to the National Authority for NGO registration, which reports to the Ministry of Economy, while appointed by the Prime-minister. Faced with this situation, many NGOs in Albania have raised their doubts whether this is a step by the Government of Albania to control NGOs activities and membership, thus endangering their independent status. A meeting of major Albanian organisations will formulate a final answer to the draft-law and steps to be followed if the law is approved as such.
Source: SEE Portal.
Croatia: Clubture's regional initiative working conference (Zagreb)
On December 8-9, the working conference "Intensive Program Based Cooperation of Independent Cultural Organisations from Southeastern Europe – Establishment of Regional Cooperative Platform" gathered representatives of various organisations from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Slovenia. The aim of the conference, held as an informal network assembly, was to present the achievements and activities of the project "Clubture's regional initiative" as well as to establish key strategies for further development of a regional cultural platform. The participants emphasized further enhancement and stabilization of the existing partnerships as well as establishment of new ones at the regional level, dissemination of information on the independent cultural scene in the region, and positioning of this scene at the international level. Apart from this, a public discussion on "Regional Cultural Cooperation and the Role of Independent Culture in its Development" took place. Representatives of the institutional cultural sector informed on public guidelines on regional cooperation (Nina Obuljen, Ministry of Culture of Croatia; Naima Balic, Council for international cultural cooperation of the City of Zagreb), independent experts (Andrea Zlatar, Sanjin Dragojevic) gave their views on the current situation regarding the issue, while representatives of various organisations (Lodewijk Reijs, European Cultural Foundation, Netherlands; Petra Bischof, Pro Helvetia, Switzerland; Boris Marte, Erste Bank, Austria) presented support programs aimed developing cultural cooperation in the region. It was concluded that the project ought to be developed from a regional initiative into an independent regional platform which will act as a single regional actor.
For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.clubture.org.
Kosovo: 4th MSE - Meeting (Middle-South-East Meeting) (Pristina)
The 4th meeting of MSE network took place between 24-26 November 2006 at the National Gallery in Pristina. Contemporary Art Institute EXIT, Peja and <rotor>, association for contemporary art, Graz were co-organisers of the event, which gathered more than 30 representatives of institutions from Central and South East Europe. The discussions dealt with issues such as the power and role that artistic initiatives and institutions can play in reshaping society. The focus was on institutions' strategy in dealing with the social, political and economical circumstances in the region, trying to question whether art is still able to gain relevance in the process of development of the society. A series of lectures, exhibition and student exchange programmes were part of the meeting. The MSE network was established in 2000 in Ljubljana to form a basis for discussion and cooperation initially for art associations from Budapest, Graz, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Bologna, at present gathering more associations from South East Europe.
For more information visit http://rotor.mur.at/.
Moldova: ECF & Soros Foundation Moldova launch new Cultural Policy Pilot Project
The European Cultural Foundation and the Soros Foundation Moldova launched in December a one-year pilot initiative intended to lead into a long-term cultural development process in Moldova to be facilitated by both organisations in the coming years. For 2007 the following objectives have been set: to draft some initial policy visions and concrete practical measures for cultural development in Moldova, which are collected, conceived and commonly accepted/shared by all leading stakeholders in the cultural field; to set up a task force/working group comprising cultural managers and decision-makers who will promote current needs and interests of the cultural sector and advocate for them at all relevant policy levels; to develop training and capacity building programs and tools/services gradually serving all relevant stakeholders in Moldova's cultural sector; to build up a group of culture professionals as local trainers/consultants/experts who shall develop and implement future training- and consulting programs in Moldova. In the past year, Soros Moldova supported as well the Policies for Culture action project developed by Alternativa Noua in Chisinau.
For more details write to Philipp Dietachmair, ECF Program Officer, at email@example.com.
Montenegro: NGO Coalition works on a strategy for cooperation with the government
In December 2006, the NGO Coalition "Cooperation for a Common Goal", including organisations from the cultural sector, prepared the draft of the "Strategy of Relations between the Government and NGOs in Montenegro" and the "Structure of Public Funding for NGOs", and invited all stakeholders to comment on the papers through the Coalition's website. The Coalition was established in May 2006. The main reasons for its establishment are based on the fact that Montenegro still lacks the institutional and systemic instruments for cooperation between the NGOs and the government, there is no adequate system of financial support from the state and public funds, while the sector itself still lacks proper programming and financial transparency and accountability.
For more information visit www.koalicijanvo.cg.yu.
Source: SEE Portal.
Romania: Filmmakers' protest concerning public funding for film projects
Following controversial results of the second yearly call for film projects organised in November 2006 by the National Centre for Cinema, a public protest was initiated at the beginning of January 2007 by film director Cristi Puiu (2005, "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu"), who generated a debate on the evaluation criteria used by the committee that awarded the grants, since many of the young directors with already gained recognition at international level were not among the grantees. The discussion gathered important figures of filmmaking in Romania, such as Corneliu Porumboiu (2006, "12:08, East of Bucharest") or Radu Muntean (2006, "The paper will be blue"), who, in the past year, were awarded prizes in numerous international film festivals. The protesters point to the clientelism and lack of transparency of the committee nominated by the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs, and in general to the lack of a coherent strategy and policy of grant awarding inside the National Centre for Cinema, who still represents the most important funding source for film production in Romania.
A petition addressed to the minister of culture and signed by artists, cultural managers, audience and media is open at www.petitiononline.com/prcnc/petition.html.
Serbia: Conference on the professional status of contemporary dance in the Balkans (Belgrade)
Balkan Dance Network and STATION Service for contemporary dance, Belgrade organised an international conference on the professional status of contemporary dance in the Balkans, on 15-17 December 2006. The conference was open to professional dancers, choreographers, producers, managers and educators and focused on education as a strategic player in achieving professional status of contemporary dance, on new models of cooperation in contemporary dance and on ways of financing and sustainability of independent projects. The organisers aimed at opening questions on the cultural, political, and aesthetical position of contemporary dance in the Balkan region and initiated a discussion enhancing the potential of the Balkan Dance Network for further development and promotion of dance. In addition to the conference, the Nomad Dance Academy project was introduced
to the participants. NDA is a 3-year educational programme as the first regional systematic and in-depth contemporary dance education programme. Balkan Dance Network is a spin-off from the Balkan Express network.
For more information at www.balkandancenetwork.org.
Slovenia: Public funds for independent cultural organisations in Ljubljana threatened
In an letter calling for international support, ASOCIACIJA, the association of NGOs and freelance artists in the fields of culture and the arts, informs about recent developments leading to a severe restraining of public funding for the independent cultural sector and freelance artists in contemporary arts in Slovenia. A recent law passed by the Slovenian government cut the state funding of the Municipality of Ljubljana's budget with 20%, which forced the city authorities to reconsider its spendings. According to its public announcements, in 2007 the Municipality will abide to subsidizing public institutions, but there will be no call for applications and no funding for the independent cultural sector, namely the call for applications for three-year programmes of NGOs as well as for projects of freelance artists. The preliminary municipal budget estimated for 2007 anticipates the drop of more than 20% in programme funding of cultural NGOs and no project funding for freelancers. This alarming situation consequently threatens to translate itself in a vast reduction of cultural activities of NGOs in all branches of contemporary arts. ASOCIACIJA and its member organisations, among which Bunker, Aksioma, EN-KNAP, FICOBALET, Mirovni Institut, EXODOS Ljubljana and many others, started a public action and call for international support in order to prevent this measures to come to force.
For more information and to send your support write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Projects and Initiatives
Political Practices in (Post-) Yugoslav Art
The New Media Center_kuda.org, Novi Sad, launched in December 2006 the project "Political Practices of (Post-) Yugoslav Art", as a collaboration framework with independent cultural organisations The journal Prelom/ Prelom Kolektiv (SR), What, How & for Whom' (HR) and SCCA/pro.ba (BiH). The project is concieved as a long-term process in which these four organisations are collaborating in a multidisciplinary research, by mapping and analysing the historical, socio-political and economic conditions that led to current typology of art practices or intellectual and cultural production in post-Socialist space of "South East Europe", former Yugoslavia or "Western Balkans". Standing against the understanding of cultural field based on the notion of identity, particularly on national identity, this research proposes itself to make a shift from the paradigm of art-as-something that represents to art-as-a-political practice. The project takes place in the framework of ALMOSTREAL, a programme initiated by the European Cultural Foundation.
For more information write to email@example.com or visit www.kuda.org.
A cultural policy for the international space station - The Arts Catalyst's Report to the European Space Agency
In 2005, the European Space Agency (ESA) commissioned The Arts Catalyst in London a study on the possible future cultural utilisation of the International Space Station (ISS). The study 'Executive Summary to ESA on Cultural Utilisation of the International Space Station', made public in October 2006, aimed at generating strategies for involving cultural users in ISS and to identify art projects, culture and media that can be implemented in collaboration with ISS. The full report includes policy recommendations, a selection of project ideas, historical contextualisation of art in space, space habitats and related facilities. Residency programmes, using the services of professional art curators, ideas supporting cultural utilisation of ISS, building a scientist-artist network and partnerships between ISS and cultural institutions and art/design schools are only some of the recommendations resulted from the study. Under the lead of the Arts Catalyst (GB), the study team also comprises Association Leonardo-Olats (FR) and Delta Utec (NL), with the MIR network.
For more information and to download the full report, go to www.artscatalyst.org.
February 8-11: La Rencontre de Sibiu (Sibiu, Romania)
Marking the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union, Les Rencontres will hold its Committee Meeting in Sibiu on 9 February 2007 and will organise a European thematic seminar under the title "First Steps in the European Union" on 10 February 2007, aiming to assess the role of local and regional authorities in the construction of European cultural policies since the accession to the EU of ten countries in 2004 and Romania and Bulgaria in 2007. Among the questions to be tackled are: What has the integration process provided for the member states that joined in 2004? What are the political, economical and cultural consequences for new member states? How has this integration process affected the cultural policies of the cities and regions in these countries? What are the hopes and ambitions of Romanian and Bulgarian cities and regions as they join the EU? How do they hope to develop their cultural policies in Europe? What are their needs, what challenges do they face? How can we ensure that these policies support local artists linking them to the European debate? This meeting is also open to professionals working in the cultural sector, to artists and experts and all individuals who support the setting up of European cultural policies.
For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lesrencontres.org.
February 14-17: IFEA Europe Annual Conference 2007: The Art of Growing: Lifecycles of festivals and events (Athens, Greece)
Having as theme "The Art of Growing: Lifecycles of festivals and events", the IFEA Conference 2007 in Athens will bring together professionals and practitioners who are involved in planning, producing and supporting festivals and cultural events as well as policy makers, suppliers, sponsors, community representatives, tourism organisations and researchers. A special section of the conference will be focusing on the challenges of professionals in the Balkans, and will include a presentation of the Balkan Express network action in the region. The event is organised by the Hellenic Cultural Association and by Ministry of Culture of Greece.
For more information contact email@example.com or visit www.ifeaeurope.com/athens/.
March 22-25: Cultural Policy of Russia: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (St. Petersburg, Russia)
The conference under this title will be hosted on 22-25 March 2007 in St. Petersburg by INTERSTUDIO - Federal Institute for the Professional Development in Culture in collaboration with the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation and other partners . This is the fifth manifestation of this kind as part of a continuous project, the Yufit Assemblies, launched in 2002. The organisers invite experts, scholars, professionals and practitioners in arts and culture to participate in the discussions that intend to address themes such as: changes in the cultural policy of Russia and comparison of its actual status in an international context; dynamics of Russia's federal legislative and executive bodies in dealing with cultural policies; issues of the regional cultural policy and changes in the Russian legislation and their influence on the cultural sphere. Registration is open until February 26.
For more information and to register visit www.interstudio.ru/eng/ufit/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 19-20: Cultural Management and the State of the Field (Helsinki, Finland)
The Cultural Management Program at Humak University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki invites academic and practitioners as participants for the first of a series of symposia on topics concerning the field of cultural management. The goal of the symposium is to provide an opportunity for reflection and discussion within the cultural management community on issues concerning the state of the field. The forum will result in published proceedings for dissemination. Among the topics addressed are: the role of the cultural manager and cultural management in a global society; the cultural manager as a global citizen; cultural citizenship in the context of national identity vs. international identity; culture as a theoretical tool.
For more information contact Pekka Vartianen at email@example.com.
April 25-29: SIETAR Europa Congress: 'East, West, North and South: Culture's Influences on Economy, Politics, Ecology and Religion' (Sofia, Bulgaria)
The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) is the world's largest network of professional interculturalists. The Society is a venue for the improvement of research, education, and practice in intercultural relations. New research, new educational techniques and new practice can develop only in conjunction, each of them supporting the validity of the others and forming a body of knowledge that can be passed on to future generations of theoreticians and practitioners. SIETAR congresses are the major vehicle by which this knowledge is disseminated in and beyond the organisation. The SIETAR 2007 congress dedicates space to a multitude of topics, including: new approaches in intercultural theory and research; ethics of intercultural education and training; cultural diversity in multicultural societies; special focus Eastern Europe: challenges of EU-accession and state of the art of intercultural work.
For more information visit www.sietar-europa.org. Source: ACORNS bulletin.
April 26-28: Cultural Diversity - Europe's Wealth. Bringing the UNESCO Convention to Life (Essen, Germany)
Within the context of Germany's 2007 Presidency of the European Council, the German Commission for UNESCO is organising an international conference entitled "Cultural Diversity - Europe's Wealth. Bringing the UNESCO Convention to Life", to be held in Essen, Germany, the European Capital of Culture 2010. The event will hold a broad-based debate on the concept of cultural diversity – what it means, where its dangers lie and where it offers particular opportunities. How can the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions be brought to life by cooperation when it comes into effect, probably in the first half of the year 2007? What does this mean for the European Union? The debate will be lead through thematic fora on film, music, role of the civil society, north-south cooperation, and media politics. Together with representatives of the international civil society ideas and propsals will be elaborated and elements for a European action paper will be developed.
For more information contact Anna Steinkamp, Programme assistant Culture, German Commission for UNESCO, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.unesco.de.
July 5-7: International Workshop 'Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Central and South East Europe' (Sofia, Bulgaria)
The Institute of Balkan Studies in collaboration with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Research Group in European Urban Culture (Newcastle, UK) organises the international workshop 'Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Central and South East Europe, 1850-1950'. Urbanization transformed both Central and South-Eastern Europe during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, creating new social groups, and new ways of perceiving society which in turn informed new forms of politics. There is already an extensive literature on the national politics of these regions, from the nationalities policies and nationalist movements of the German and Austro-Hungarian empires to the party politics of the successor states. The aim of this workshop is to examine the development of political cultures in a range of different kinds of urban environment from the region, with a focus on points of contact between culture and politics.
For more information write to Dobrinka Parusheva at email@example.com or visit www.balkanlink.org.
Training program: Cultural Policy Making in the Post-Communist Countries (Budapest, Hungary)
Application deadline: 14 February 2007
An intensive summer course in cultural policy is organised by the Center for Arts and Culture at the Central European University in Budapest as part of the SUN program'2007 from July 16 till July 27, 2007. Cultural Policy Making in the Post-Communist Countries is an intensive summer course, covering the key concepts, fields, strategies and instruments of the cultural policy, as developed, implemented and evaluated on various levels of public authority, from municipalities to the EU and UNESCO. The emphasis is on the modernization of cultural policies in the countries of post-communist transition with their inherited cultural infrastructure and rapid socio-economic transformation. The course is to stimulate the development of expertise in policy-making (policy research and analysis, debate about policy alternatives, strategy development, methods, instruments) by educating future academic lecturers and trainers as well as policy makers. Course directors are Milena Dragicevic Sesic (Head of Unesco Chair in Cultural policy and Management at the University of Arts, Belgrade) and Dragan Klaic (Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Creative & Performing Arts, Leiden University and Visiting Professor at CEU). The program is supported by the European Cultural Foundation.
For more details and application visit www.sun.ceu.hu.
ECF Grants and Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture: first calls for projects 2007
Application deadline: 1 March 2007
The European Cultural Foundation Grants Programme supports projects that promote European cultural exchange and cooperation. The creation of artistic works, media projects or cultural policy development as well as capacity building of cultural organisations or international collaboration of arts managers are among the eligible types of projects. The programme funds small and medium-sized independent cultural organisations that work on cross-border and inter-regional projects. From 2006, the ECF gives extra attention to issues of diversity, which will also be expressed in the Grants awarded. In 2006, the ECF set up a new grant initiative, Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture. Its first deadline was in July, but starting 2007 the deadlines for the Fund are the same as those for Grants. The Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture is specifically aimed at cultural projects by applicants from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro and Kosovo.
For more details visit www.eurocult.org.
Robert Bosch Fellowships at the Institute for Human Sciences
Application deadline: 28 February 2007
The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna awards four six-month research fellowships to Ph.D. candidates or post-doctoral researchers during the academic year 2007/08. The programme is focused on South East Europe. Eligible to apply are researchers from the region and, independent of the country of origin, persons who are either affiliated to universities and research institutions in or pursuing research on South East Europe. The program is directed to graduates with a degree in the humanities and social sciences, that will work in Vienna on a research project of their choice that is related to one of the IWM's main research fields, among which are: in search of an intellectual, social, and political identity of Europe; sources of inequality; Central and Eastern Europe in a global context .
For more information and the application procedure visit www.iwm.at.
CPR Award 2007: Europe's Cultural Diversity in Focus
Application deadline: 1 May 2007
The Cultural Policy Research Award (CPR Award) aims to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural policy by giving young researchers from all over Europe the opportunity to realize their research projects. This year, young academics are invited to propose research projects which analyse various aspects of cultural diversity in Europe and which seek to inform policy making and benefit practitioners active in the cultural field. The award is open to young - 35 or under - academics, researchers and policymakers. A long-term goal of this program is the development of a network of young cultural policy scholars. The nominees are selected by an international Jury of cultural policy researchers and this year's winner will be announced in summer 2007. The Cultural Policy Research Award is an initiative of the ECF and Riksbankens Jubileumfonds.
For more information and the application forms visit www.cpraward.org.
Publications & Information Resources
The 8th Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe
The 8th edition of the Compendium has been recently launched by the Council of Europe/ERICarts, following the cooperation of a 'community of practice' of independent cultural policy researchers, NGOs and experts from national administrations. As a rule, Compendium country profiles are updated on an annual basis at the end of each year. In this 8th edition, over 350 pieces of news reported on by Compendium authors regarding the organisation of cultural policies, legislative reforms, policy developments, new cultural financing data and information on recent trends in cultural participation. An overview of the most important "news" items in each of the participating countries, including SEE region, can be found in the Country Profile News section.
For more information visit www.culturalpolicies.net.
New Culturelink publications 2006
> Dynamics of Communication: New Ways and New Actors
Edited by Biserka Cvjeticanin. Culturelink Joint Publication Series No. 10. Publisher: Institute for International Relations, Zagreb; English version. The publication is a result of the Second World Culturelink Conference in 2005 and gathers the contributions of 50 experts from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Australia, representing different international and national association, universities, cultural institutions, etc. The book identifies the new tasks and changing roles of cultural policies related to cultural diversity and the newly emerging digital cultures, and calls attention to the impressive phenomenon of new ways and new actors in communication - all of which announces a restructuring of the global cultural space. The interconnection of cultural diversity, intercultural communication and digital culture expresses new approaches to and prospects for cultural development and international cultural cooperation. Among the contributors are Milena Dragicevic Sesic, Sanjin Dragojevic, Vjeran Katunaric, Corina Suteu, Nada Svob-Dokic.
Further details and order forms are available at www.culturelink.org/publics/.
> UNESCO's Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Making it work
Edited by Nina Obuljen and Joost Smiers. Culturelink Joint Publication Series No. 9. Publisher: Institute for International Relations, Zagreb; English version. This book provides the history behind the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted in October 2005. It analyses the legal value and potential impact of the Convention and tries to shape the most appropriate strategies for its implementation. As the Culturelink Network carries themes of diversity and policy on diversity at the core of its mission and research work, this book represents an expected outcome of Culturelink's efforts to introduce the latest initiatives on the promotion of cultural diversity to its members and wider audiences. The book thus publishes twenty sholarly articles by an international group of experts (from Europe and Canada to South Africa, Korea, Lebanon and Mexico) on cultural diversity.
Further details and order forms are available at www.culturelink.org/publics/.
Rethinking the Social Impact of the Arts: a critical-historical view
December 2006. Authors: Eleonora Belfiore and Oliver Bennett; Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick; English version. This extended paper focuses on contemporary debates around the social impacts of the arts and the problem of their measurement and evaluation. It attempts to put forward a new framework for the understanding of the so-called 'transformative powers' of the arts, by suggesting that a historical-critical approach is needed to tackle this research topic. It offers a taxonomy of these suggested impacts, both positive and negative, with a view to establishing an appropriate conceptual basis for the discussion and investigation of what the social impact of the arts might mean. At the same time, the paper attempts to reconnect contemporary policy debates with a complex intellectual history, from which these debates have become detached. It is suggested that the impacts of the arts cannot be properly understood, measured or evaluated without reference to this history.
To dowload this paper go to www2.warwick.ac.uk.
December 2006. Editor: New Media Center_kuda.org. Publisher and distributor: Revolver, Frankfurt; bilingual version - Serbian & English. How ready are we to learn from our mistakes from the past, how important is it to position positive historical elements as a model for the future, especially when speaking about the freedom and progressive cultural and social practices - are questions that this book tries to answer. These are some of the questions initiated during the discussion "Omitted History" held in November 2005 in Novi Sad. The discussion intended focus on crucial events taking place on the political and artistic scenes at the beginning of the '70s in former Yugoslavia, yet on the other hand, to offer the proposals for a model on how to critically read and write new history of the Yugoslav socialist times, connecting it to nowadays reality. One year after the exibition "The Continuous Art Class" and the debate "Omitted History" in Novi Sad, the transcript of the discussion is published along with a research that speaks about a wider social context of the political practices in (post-) Yugoslav times. "The Continuous Art Class" is a long-term research project that deals with mapping of progressive art and neo-avant-garde and political practices during the '60s and '70s in Novi Sad and Vojvodina.
For more details and to download the book visit www.kuda.org. For order visit www.revolver-books.de.
A critical anthology: Mind the Map! - History is Not Given
November 2006. Edited by Marina Grzinic, Gunther Heeg und Veronika Darian. Published by Revolver, Frankfurt; English edition. A project by the Institute of Theatre Studies of the University of Leipzig, initiated by East Art Map (IRWIN), Slovenia, and relations, Berlin. The book "Mind the Map! History Is Not Given" presents the theoretical and artistic positions of the young scholars, professors and artists who participated in the symposium held in October 2005 in Leipzig, and it also includes an additional selection of texts and art works. The book presents a new thinking that is presently emerging at several intersecting points: the junction between different art forms, the fracture zones between the national cultures of Eastern and Western Europe, the fissures between past and present, and the interferences between humanities, arts, social and political movements. It also establishes new perspectives for plotting and understanding art history, cultural practices and theoretical models.
For more details visit www.eastartmap.org. For orders go to www.revolver-books.de.
Still so much to be done – Challenges for Culture in Europe
December 2006. Editor: European Festival Association, EFA Books I; English version. This publication is an anthology assembled on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Denis de Rougemont, founder and first president of EFA. It features prominent European cultural scientists, professionals and politicians including Anne-Marie Autissier (Paris VIII University), Frans de Ruiter (Leiden University), Rik Pinxten (Ghent University), Dr. Volker Hassemer (Spokesperson of the initiative "A Soul for Europe") and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (a student of Denis de Rougemont). The authors study the notion of culture from historical, philosophical, political, cultural and, sometimes, very personal perspectives. The way they draw the line from immediate post-war integration to the meaning of culture today and its challenges in the future make this anthology an important reflection on the key role the arts, artistic expression, cultural networks, such as EFA and civil society engagement, have in the building of an open European civil society. The anthology includes an introductory essay by EFA Secretary General Hugo De Greef and a preface by EFA President Darko Brlek.
For more information and orders visit www.efa-aef.eu.
Cultural diversity in Britain. A toolkit for cross-cultural co-operations
November 2006. A report commissioned to Comedia by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Authors: Phil Wood, Charles Landry and Jude Bloomfield; English version. With the current debate about multiculturalism, this study sets out a new approach to cultural diversity. It explores ways of unlocking the potential in diversity and identifies strategies to aid greater exchange between different
cultural groups. The authors examine the connections between cultural diversity, innovation and
thriving, prosperous urban communities, in relation to the economic, social and cultural mix of Britain's population. They developed tools to harness the potential of diverse communities, and their powers of innovation, for use by policymakers, planners and practitioners. These include a set of indicators of openness to check the readiness of a city to take advantage of diversity, and the intercultural lens through which professionals can examine the familiar in a new light. The study draws on local case studies and in-depth interviews with 33 intercultural innovators in seven UK cities, with comparative analysis also conducted in Europe, North America and Australasia. It is aimed at policymakers and practitioners in local and regional government, neighbourhood renewal and community cohesion.
To download the study visit www.jrf.org.uk.
Launch of KONTROL online magazine
January 2007. Editors: Basak Senova (curator & writer based in Istanbul) and Yane Calovski (visual artist based in Skopje). KONTROL is designed as an online magazine in English, featuring articles, interviews and reviews specifically on issues of control. The magazine has been developed as part of the "under.ctrl" project by NOMAD (Istanbul). It aims to present multilayered perspectives on control in the course of contemporary art, culture, technology, information channels and politics. As the editorial of the issue states, the magazine intends to focus on particular constructions and consequences of these aspects, by defining a sub-topic and commissioning statements, analytical studies, interviews and artistic projects. The first KONTROL sub-topic is 'the pornography of fabricating fear'. The editors attempted to introduce opinions and perspectives ranging from controversial to conclusively defined views on the theme, insisting that departures from and muddles on the subject of fear are also present.
To read the magazine visit http://nomad-tv.net/kontrol.
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