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[ecrea] CFP: Mapping Cultural policy in the Arab Region
Wed Jan 11 13:54:07 GMT 2017
About the conference
The Arab Media Centre’s
<https://www.westminster.ac.uk/arab-media-centre> 12th international
conference, 'Mapping Cultural Policy in the Arab Region', aims to bring
together academics, artists, policymakers, activists and civil society
groups to discuss the role of ‘culture’ and ‘cultural policy’ in the
Arab region within a context that takes into account the recent
historical and political events that are reshaping the region’s
societies, economies and culture industries.
Looking ahead to a post-oil future, Gulf states have for more than a
decade been systematically investing in 'culture' or what is known as
the ‘creative’ economy. In Arab countries that saw regime change since
the uprisings of 2010, cultural policy constitutes an indispensable tool
of struggle for both revolutionary and anti-revolutionary forces. And
while the politics of difference and representation have resurfaced as a
key and contentious issue in several Arab countries, Arab youth and
subcultures, alienated by state-owned cultural institutions and the
private culture industry sectors, have sought DIY strategies and
independent sources of funding to give voice to new and alternative
artistic forms of expression, including performative arts, experimental
film and music.
The conference raises a number of questions:
* What lessons can be learnt from the history of cultural policy in
the Arab region?
* How does focus on ‘Arab policy’ reinforce the marginalisation of
non-Arab cultures in the region?
* What roles do the Arab states play in the promotion of the Arts and
to what end?
* Have the Arab uprisings triggered a necessary or urgent interest in
* What do we know about the politics of cultural policy making in the
* How do we assess the global/Western funding of Arab arts and cultures?
* How do we evaluate and critique the Arab cultural policy reports
emerging from the UN Convention on Cultural Diversity?
Call for papers
We welcome papers from scholars, policymakers, artists and civil society
group members that will engage critically with particular aspects of
cultural policy in the Arab region. Themes may include but are not
limited to the following:
* Defining ‘Arab’ cultures and cultural policy
* Current debates on cultural policy in the Arab region
* Cultural policies and the anti-revolutionary movement in the Arab
* Publics, publicness and the Arts in the Arab region
* National cultural policy groups in the Arab region: assessing the
* Cultural policy, authoritarian states and the co-optation of
* Cultural activism and policy making
* Cultural policy in the Arab region between state and foreign/global
* Cultural policy in the Arab region through the lenses of history
(Nasserism, Baa’thism and the modernist project)
* Tourism as cultural policy
* Cultural policy and the Arab film industry/music industry
* Cultural policy and supra-state bodies: a colonial legacy?
* Cultural policy, secularism and cultural salafism
* Implications of digital media on cultural policy in the Arab region
* Minority politics and cultural policy in the Arab region.
Conference fees and registration
This one-day conference, taking place on Friday 21 April 2017, will
consist of plenaries and parallel workshops. The Keynote Speaker for the
conference is Professor Naomi Sakr
The fee for registration for all participants, including presenters,
will be £85, with a concessionary rate of £43 for students, to cover all
conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs.
Registration will open in February 2017.
Deadline for abstracts
The deadline for abstracts is Monday 16 January 2017. Successful
applicants will be notified by late January 2017.
Abstracts should be 300 words. They must include the presenter’s name,
affiliation, and email and postal addresses, together with the title of
the paper and a 150-word biographical note on the presenter. Please send
all these items together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and entitle
the file and message with ‘AMC 2017’ followed by your surname.
Send the file by email to (har-events /at/ westminster.ac.uk)
<mailto:(har-events /at/ westminster.ac.uk)>.
Participants fund their own travel and accommodation expenses.
There will be various openings for publication of selected conference
papers, which will be discussed further after the conference.
The University of Westminster is a charity and a company limited by
guarantee. Registration number: 977818 England. Registered Office: 309
Regent Street, London W1B 2UW.
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