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Cape Town: call for papers under way for the First Conference on Cultural Organizations in Times of Economic Crisis

On December 3 and 4, Cape Town will host the First Conference on Cultural Organizations in Times of Economic Crisis. The event will be headed by the universities of Cape Town, Stockholm, and Innsbruck. The call for papers for the conference is under way.

According to the University of Cape Town website, “The conference discusses and reflects the relationship of culture, arts, and management in times of economic crises. The current global financial meltdown has slashed the myth of unrestricted liberalism and forced governments to actively support their former flagships of endless economic growth. These emergency actions have far-reaching consequences.”

A special invitation has been extended to specialists and practitioners from non-Western cultural communities. “In order to enable an interdisciplinary dialogue, the call addresses researchers from all disciplines and faculties targeting one of the following topics:

  • Cultural organizations in times of economic crises
  • Managerialization and governance of arts and culture—beyond ideological boundaries
  • Cultural differences between professionals and managerial staff
  • Aesthetic moments/enrichment of management and managerial decisions
  • Crises as a facilitator for creativity and innovation
  • Culture and identity
  • Creative/cultural industries
  • Cultural entrepreneurship/cultural sponsorship in times of shrinking budgets”

The abstract submission deadline is September 15. Scholarships are available to participants from African countries. For more information on the event, please visit the University of Cape Town website.

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