"The most precious things in life are not those you get for money," said Albert Einstein. Cultural managers, artists, and cultural policymakers are well aware that the personal and social value of culture cannot simply be measured through funding. Nevertheless, policy often tries to convey the rehabilitation of its budgets through funding cuts in the cultural sector while cultural institutions and initiatives complain about the lack of money – not just since the economic crisis. In this context, the ENCATC (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers) placed the question "Is it all about money?" at the center of its annual conference 2014.
How are companies earning trust through cultural engagement? Money for “publicity”: this over-simplistic marketing principle that underlies any sponsorship agreement is increasingly losing its attractiveness for corporate communications. Here’s the thing: today, entrepreneurial cultural engagement is less about image or about customer loyalty than it is about the central asset of trust. Hence, the idea of corporate cultural engagement has to be rethought. Business logicians of capital have to learn to think in culturally relevant terms and the artists have to see the economic externalities of their actions as a means of securing subsistence.
The 9th Annual Conference of the Association of Cultural Management in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will take place from 14 – 16 January 2016 at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Management and Law, Winterthur, Switzerland and is addressing the multiple challenges in the evaluation of arts and other cultural projects, programs, organizations, and cultural policy. Debates concerning the development of frameworks for the assessment and evaluation of culture and the arts play a prominent role in arts management research.
Cultural Political Economy (CPE) is an emerging and still developing trans-disciplinary approach oriented to post-disciplinary horizons. It is concerned with making ‘cultural turns’ in the study of political economy to enhance its interpretive and explanatory power. The two-day post-disciplinary conference will take place from 1 - 2 September 2015 in Lancaster University. It will give researchers and post-graduate students an opportunity to examine and debate the philosophical and methodological foundations of CPE and to explore its substantive implications for research. It invites discussion at the interface of ‘cultural turns’, critical realism, critical discourse analysis and political economy. Specifically, it focuses on the cultural (and semiotic) dimensions of political economy considered both as a field of inquiry and as an ensemble of social relations. In the light of multiple crises at many sites and scales in the global economic, political, and social order, the organizers invite papers that address theoretical or substantive aspects of the changing nature and dynamic of contemporary social formations and identities.
In the second half of the 20th century, movements of heritage conservation and political democratization made strong impacts on state cultural policies. Going through dialectic currents of cultural hegemony/counter-hegemony, elitism/pluralism, and the pursuit of civil and social rights, citizens around the world are drawing their attentions to the fulfillment of cultural rights. Agents’ positions on, and engagements in, cultural affairs are shaping the central concerns of cultural governance study today. Paper submissions are invited for the “2015 International Symposium on Cultural Trajectories: Cultural Governance, What’s Next?”, which is to be held at the Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy at National Taiwan University of Arts from November 13th to 15th 2015.
On 28-31 October 2015, Aarhus University is hosting a conference on sustainability and culture's role in sustainable futures. The conference aims at facilitating new dialogues between academics and practitioners in which knowledge-sharing, learning and development is at the center. As much as presenting answers and worked-through solutions, the conference aims at asking questions and stimulating discussion and reflection.
The Institute for Cultural Concepts Hamburg talked with Christina Gleich about the cultural life as well as the status of cultural politics and management in Ecuador. Cristina is well-versed in its cultural sector as she studied Acting and Communication Sciences there, worked at the Goethe Center Quito and participated in a training program for cultural managers from the regions Mexico, Central America,the Caribbean, and South America. She currently has a scholarship at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany, for a Masters Degree in Management of Nonprofit Organizations.
The political landscape across the EU, Turkey and their neighbour regions has substantially changed since TANDEM Turkey-EU started with a pilot in 2011. In times of harshening working circumstances for cultural actors in Turkey and a vanishing EU integration perspective building robust long-term EU-Turkey collaboration channels become ever more essential. Cultural collaboration is important to create lasting connections between groups and communities. The TANDEM scheme facilitates creative innovation, and nurtures local cultural change-makers. TANDEM Turkeys intense international collaboration processes include realisation of a shared interdisciplinary project, linked to their cultural expertise. The latest call for applicants is for the Partner Forum in İzmir on 11-14 June, 2015.
The forthcoming 4th International Conference of Applied and Creative Arts (ICACA) 2015 will be held from 22-23 October 2015 at DeTar Putra Banquet Hall, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). The theme of the 4th ICACA 2015 is ‘Bridging Academia to the Applied Arts & Creative Industries’. The conference is a platform for intellectual discourse on new ideas, products, services, activities and strategies in the applied arts and creative industries. Through the academic interactions, professionals with artistic and creative minds are able to form partnerships to harness creativity and innovation across organisations, institutions and industries, to create creative clusters with mutual gains. Hence, the 4th ICACA 2015 is an avenue for collaboration amongst professionals from academia, commercial industries, government sector and agencies, non-profit organisations, small and medium enterprises (SME) and individuals with interests in research and development, and commercialisation. Papers selected for the conference are from various areas associated with arts, design, film, animation and arts management.
CFP 2015 IACCM Conference: Contemporary Approaches In Training & Education For Cross-Cultural Competence
The 14th Annual Conference of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (IACCM) will take place at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), 1-3 October 2015. This conference brings together scientists and practitioners alike in order to foster the dialogue between practice and theory in the cross-cultural field to discuss about contemporary Approaches In Training & Education For Cross-Cultural Competence – Potentials, Challenges and its Limits: theoretical foundations: old constructs, new frontiers?; Application of Cross-Cultural Theories in Teaching, Educational Context and Business Training; Power relations and their implications; Cultural intelligence.