Cultural diversity

Cultural policies and measures - Best practices

World Social Science Forum 2013

The 2013 edition of the World Social Science Forum will take place October 13 to 15 in Montreal, Canada.

During the Forum, scholars from across the disciplines and around the world will come together to address the ways in which digital technologies are being developed and used, according to two thematic elements:

  • First thematic element: how digital technologies are transforming different spheres of social life
  • Second thematic element: how they are transforming the social sciences

The program includes a presentation entitled "Culture in the digital era: The case for a new international governance model" which will address the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Its summary reads as follows:

"The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions makes the States responsible for protecting and promoting cultural diversity, enabling them to legitimize public policy implementation and enact measures protecting cultural expressions within their boundaries. With information and communications technologies (ICT) developing apace, we are experiencing a social transformation driven by the deterritorialization of culture; as a result, the traditional governance model for protecting and promoting the diversity of cultural expressions seems increasingly inadequate. In today’s environment, where cultural content can be produced and distributed largely unfettered, is the UNESCO agreement still an effective tool for achieving its objectives in the digital era? We suggest that it is time to rethink the way the diversity of cultural expressions is protected and promoted by scrutinizing the connection between culture and place and questioning the very concept of cultural expression in the digital era. We will demonstrate that the Internet is a "place" where individuals can become part of virtual cultural communities that are based on ideas, values, and symbols. The best way to protect the diversity of cultural expressions is to promote it by providing access to such "deterritorialized" spaces, which is why the Convention—more than ever before—represents an indispensable tool that must continue to evolve."

For the event program and other information, please visit the World Social Science Forum website.


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