Diffractions – Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture - has published a Call for Articles about concepts of popular culture. As a concept, the popular – or popular culture for that matter – has never ceased to be debatable and ambivalent. Although it has come to occupy a particular place under the spotlight over the past decades within the broad study of culture, such apparently privileged position has not deprived it of the manifold ambiguities, complexities or misconceptions that have often involved its general understanding. Deadline for article submissions is November 30th, 2014.
The international scientific – practical conference „Creative Urban Development: Culture, Business, Community“, has published a call for papers. The conference will take place from November 19th till 21st at Kaunas, Latvia. It is organized by Vilnius University - Kaunas Faculty of Humanities and University of Latvia – Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Social Sciences.
There are all kinds of starting points for discovery trips in today’s dynamic and developing music education scene. One journey might begin here: in the midpoint of Europe, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where the Philharmonie Luxembourg is situated. The concert hall here, designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc, is also home to the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL). By Stephan Gehmacher and Pascal Sticklies.
Judit Bolla is the principal investigator of a study dealing with theatre venues in England and the Netherlands. She created this article as part of the MA program Master of Arts in Arts Management at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and at the Open University of London. The full paper can be downloaded below.
Tools for Culture, in collaboration with Monti&Taft and Impact Hub Barcelona, launches the first international edition of the SAM - Strategic Arts Management Master Class that will be held on October 23rd and 24th, 2014 at Impact Hub Barcelona. SAM Master Class has been set up as an itinerant appointment among experts of the cultural system, drawing a "learning trajectory" across Europe, with multiple destination points. Starting from Italy and crossing Spain "Tools for Culture" aims at linking the main cultural production poles. It will face the challenges of international strategy and action of Creative and Cultural Industries providing participants with the needed views, skills and tools to plan and implement an effective strategy.
Is European culture visible enough in the globalized world? Why is culture from this continent often perceived as ‘old-fashioned’ or even worse as ‘out-dated’? Is the export of national cultural products and services – in most European countries subsidized by the taxpayer – no longer relevant, or more relevant than ever before? Is it a huge waste of money, time, and effort or an attempt to create another form of globalization? Culture – in its broadest sense – is often viewed and accepted in ways that differ completely from those of other internationally traded goods. This might be one of the reasons why so many institutions, foundations and cooperations invest time, power, and money in cultural projects. Is this an exaggerated approach or an intelligent recognition of the genuine values of the 21st century – creativity and cultural sensitivity? These and several other questions concerning the export of culture are addressed by authors from different countries in order to initiate a debate about the role European cultural products and services are able to play globally. The book "Exporting Culture" is edited by Raphaele Henze and Gernot Wolfram and reviewed by Zenaida des Aubris.
Researchers. Art Enthusiasts. Self-improvers. Explorers. Users come to Tate’s website with different motivations, knowledges of art, and have different preferences for browsing information online. At Tate, we have undertaken research to understand, analyse and map these users’ needs and expectations. We have then used this analysis to consider how we can develop more effective ways for users to find and consume our content about art, as well as enabling users to create their own experiences and meanings. In this article, we outline our research and visit matrix, and how this framework could go on to inform how we improve our online content. An article by Emily Fildes, Digital Producer, and Elena Villaespesa, Digital Analyst, Tate.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Cultural Planning and Development Launches New Series of Online Professional Development Workshops. The international UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development has launched a new series of professional development workshops delivered 100% online. These online workshops are taught by international leaders in their fields and are designed to meet the education and training needs of administrators, designers, consultants, planners and economic and community development professionals.
The paper ”From Leadership to Leadingship – a personal responsibility model for organizing work” is now published in the journal “Practising Social Change”. The author, Rune Kvist Olsen, is educated in Social Science from the University of Tromsø, Norway. He expresses his idea of a distinction between leadership and ‘leading-ship’, and advocate a personal responsibility model for organising work to facilitate creativity, productivity and efficiency amongst people. An idea that might be useful for the arts and arts management as well and which helps to reflect on company structures also in the creative industries.
Audience Development, Cultural Tourism, Museums in a Digital World or Urban Development: If you are looking for relevant information in the museum sector, you might have a look at the Reading Corner provided by the Network of European Museum Organisations.