CfP International conference on Culture and Cultural policies

International Conference on Culture and Cultural policies to be held in
Vienna, Austria, 24-25. 04. 2014.
Conference venue: ***** Hotel Ambassador Vienna, A-1010 Wien, Kärntner Straße 22 / Neuer Markt 5, Austria

Culture is a set of rules and behavioural patterns we learn with socialisation. However, in a globalised (and multicultural) world culture became subject of discussions from various points of views, and its importance is not loosing strength.
In the past century, we witnessed many attempts to foster cultural agendas using popular culture where identities were formed in a way to present one nation to other nations in a favourable way, and where audiences were confronted with various messages that are sometimes blurred with first-hand experiences. States indeed invest funding in their cultural policies, and particularly in their cultural policies oriented towards abroad via external cultural institutes, or tourist offers where culture is emphasized as an achievement of a certain nation (most notably, in art and music). Cultural relations, on the other hand, are centred on creating mutual recognition and understanding, however, many scholars and practitioners expressed criticism calling western countries as imperialists imposing their cultural patterns over less advanced countries just via peaceful means and not through colonialism anymore.
On the other hand, culture is often a subject of discussion when minority groups are in stake because minorities find themselves surrounded by different culture, and in a dilemma whether to assimilate or to preserve their culture while still trying to lead average lives. The latter is then subject of criticism from conservatives and the Far Right that insist on integration, an unclear term that sometimes seems more like forced integration.

These and other issues are the subjects of discussion at our conference. Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

Culture and media

Culture and identity

Culture and nationalism

Religion and culture

Culture and tourism

Cultural diplomacy

Cultural imperialism

Popular culture and cultural policy

Cultural policies – case studies

Art and cultural policy

Music and cultural policy

Theatres and cultural policy

EU cultural policy

US cultural policy

Culture and propaganda

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), short bios (up to 100 words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić
(<>) by 10th March. Decisions will be made by 15th March, and payment of the conference fee has to be made by 30th March.

Finalised Conference programme will be available by 15th April.

The Centre established a peer review journal and working paper series. Conference papers will be considered for publication.

We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.

Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing proceedings)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Conference drinks (mineral water and fruit juice)

Coffee-break morning with drinks and pastries

Buffet Lunch

Coffee-break afternoon with drinks and pastries

Buffet Dinner

WLAN during the conference

Conference rate for rooms

Certificate of attendance

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU).
We selected Austria as a place for hosting conferences due to Austria’s favourable geographic position, and liberal Visa regime for conference participants with EU Visa requirements.

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.

The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

Conference drinks, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners are covered for both days of the conference.