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The Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Vol. 8, no 38, Monday, November 17, 2008

Efforts to implement the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are underway!

IN THIS ISSUE :

Convention Update

Press Releases, Speeches, and Declarations

Recent Publications

Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Other News of Interest



Convention Update

Efforts to implement the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are underway!

At the first Conference of Parties to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the Intergovernmental Committee was tasked with developing operational directives for Convention implementation. The Committee held a regular meeting in Ottawa, Canada from December 10 to 13, 2007, and an extraordinary session in Paris, France, from June 24 to 27, 2008. Other meetings will be held before the next Conference of Parties, slated for June 2009 in Paris.

At press time, 93 states had ratified the treaty. Efforts to implement the treaty are well underway, but the mobilization campaign to encourage Member States who haven’t already done so to ratify the treaty must continue with commitment and conviction. The Convention’s legitimacy will be directly proportional to the number of countries from all parts of the world that ratify, accept, approve, or join the treaty.

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Press Releases, Speeches, and Declarations

International Fund for Cultural Diversity: a new page on the UNESCO website

A new page dedicated to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity is now available on the UNESCO website. After a brief description of the Fund, UNESCO presents—

  • Instructions on how to make a contribution to the fund
  • Contributions received
  • Pledged contributions
  • Reference documents

Please bookmark this important reference:

http://portal.unesco.org/culture/fr/ev.php-URL_ID=38235&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html#fonds

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Recent Publications

International Treaties and Art. International Journal of Cultural Policy, by Sandra Braman

CapsulesMonde invites readers to read a recent article by Sandra Braman, “International Treaties and Art,” in the International Journal of Cultural Policy (Vol. 14, Issue 3, August 2008). According to CapsulesMonde, “This article explores the impacts of international treaties like the UNESCO World Heritage Convention and others regarding the trade and circulation of artwork or relations between states. After describing the effects of these agreements on structures of the art market, the author examines the concept of art as national cultural heritage before turning her attention to states’ tendency to use the provisions of these treaties for political ends.”

The article is available through the Informaworld databank or the École nationale d’administration publique du Québec (ENAP) library.

CapsulesMonde is the newsletter of ENAP’s Laboratoire d’étude sur les politiques publiques et la mondialisation (LEPPM).

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Diversité culturelle, identités et mondialisation. De la ratification à la mise en œuvre de la convention sur la diversité culturelle, edited by Guy Lachapelle

Les Presses de l’Université Laval has announced the publication of Diversité culturelle, identités et mondialisation. De la ratification à la mise en œuvre de la convention sur la diversité culturelle, edited by Guy Lachapelle.

With the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions now in effect, the publisher states that the book’s main objective is to examine the issues surrounding ratification of this convention and which will affect its implementation.

According to Les Presses de l’Université Laval, the ideas in the text were presented at an International Political Science symposium held in Montréal in the fall of 2006 “in order to evaluate what has been accomplished since the initial suggestion to create a document bringing together certain rules aimed at protecting national or regional cultures against the commoditization of cultural products and to examine the outlook for the future once the convention has been adopted.”

The following people contributed to this work: Anja Brunner, Jacques Chagnon, John Coakley, Lydia Deloumeaux, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Clément Duhaime, Cem Utku Duyulmus, Gilbert Gagné, Jacinthe Gagnon, Micheline Labelle, Guy Lachapelle, Jean Laponce, Justine Boulais Laurier, Bruno Maltais, Jacques Paquette, Stéphane Paquin, Anne-Marie Robert, and Nina Beatriz Stocco Ranieri.

This book can be ordered online from the Presses de l’Université Laval website.

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Cultural Policies and Measures – Best Practices

Presenting the “Stars of European Cinema”

On November 23, 2008, over 90 theaters across France will present selections of European films under the banner “Les étoiles du cinéma européen” (The Stars of European Cinema).

In an editorial written for the occasion, French Minister of Culture and Communication Christine Albanel made a number of statements, including the following: “As part of the French presidency of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture and Communication wanted to train the spotlight on the best of European film production from the last three years by giving French audiences the opportunity to discover or revisit 27 European films at an affordable price.”

We invite you to read the full text of this editorial. In it, Minister Albanel states that “European cinema is currently undergoing a renaissance” and describes the situation in detail. She also describes the efforts which, in her opinion, must be made “to encourage the circulation of European productions within the Union.”

Ms. Albanel ends her editorial by congratulating Costa-Gavras, which sponsored the operation. She also thanks all the partners involved in the event—the distributors of the 27 selected films, the 92 theaters across France who are taking part, Fédération nationale des cinémas français, AFCAE (Association française des cinémas d'art et essai), Europacinemas, Europalaces, UGC, CGR, SOREDIC and Capciné, Fédération nationale des distributeurs de films, DIRE (European network independent distributors), Allo Cine, Canal +, and Euro RSCG.

The “Étoiles du cinéma européen” press kit includes the following:

  • A list of the films screened and the price for each showing
  • A map of participating regions
  • Important figures for the European film industry
  • The cultural priorities of France’s presidency of the European Union
  • A Tour de France of European filmmakers
  • A November-December calendar of European film releases
  • A list of project partners

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Other News of Interest

Conference on the dissemination of performing arts in Europe to be held in Paris, France

The UNESCO website announces that a conference entitled “De nouvelles voies pour la diffusion du spectacle vivant en Europe” will be held on November 24 and 25, 2008, at Théâtre de la Cité internationale, 17 boulevard Jourdan, in Paris, France.

The conference is organized by the Music, Dance, Theater, and Performances Department (DMDTS) of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the French National Office for the Dissemination of Artistic Works (ONDA) in partnership with Cité internationale universitaire de Paris as part of the French presidency of the European Union.

The following themes will be addressed during the conference:

  • The artistic need for circulation: artists speak
  • A professional evaluation of the circulation of artwork
  • Bringing an international dimension into national policies
  • Mobility issues facing the European Union
  • Policy responses to the diversity of artistic projects
  • A society without barriers: removing the legal, social, and fiscal obstacles to mobility
  • Adapting training to new forms of European cooperation
  • Imagining new tools for improving dissemination and correcting imbalances
  • The evolution of cultural diplomacy in Europe: what role should artists play?
  • The issues of cooperation and exchange beyond Europe
  • Opening new passages

The debates will be simultaneously interpreted into French, English, and German.

Click here to access the UNESCO press release on the conference. It contains a hyperlink to the conference program.

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Call for papers: European Symposium “Culture, Territories, and Society in Europe. What is at stake in redefining cultural policies?” Deadline: January 31, 2009

The European Symposium entitled “Culture, Territories, and Society in Europe. What is at stake in redefining cultural policies?” will be held May 28 and 29, 2009, in Grenoble by Observatoire des politiques culturelles in celebration of its 20th anniversary in partnership with PACTE - CNRS (Université de Grenoble). The event will address new questions regarding interaction between cultures, territories, and societies.

According to the Observatoire, the symposium will seek to promote the works of young European researchers, to allow us to identify new skills and better identify the role of research in the development of a society of knowledge. The program adds that the symposium will be an opportunity to debate the contribution of research to public decision making.

A call for papers has been launched in anticipation of the symposium. Papers must address the following subjects:

  • The governance of territorial cultural policies in Europe
  • Culture, society, and local authorities in Europe: the challenges of sustainable cultural development
  • Culture, innovation, and creative cities
  • The cultural practices of inhabitants, artistic education, and mediation
  • Cultural industries, the media, and territorial strategies: what political regulation applies?

The deadline for submitting papers is January 31, 2009.

For more information, please download the call for papers from the Observatoire des politiques culturelles website.

Contact: colloque20ans@observatoire-culture.net

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