Veranstaltung des Fachverbandes

12. Jahrestagung des Fachverbands Kulturmanagement: Arts & Citizenship

Towards Diversity of Cultural Expressions

09. - 12. Januar 2019

Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien

Cultural diversity as a multiplicity of sub-cultures and different value systems in plural organizations and societies has been subject to extensive discussions across industries and academic disciplines. The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005), ratified by 144 parties as of June 2016, shows broad consensus on questions related to sustainable cultural development. The convention encourages governments to introduce policies for culture within a global context and to commit to protecting and promoting the diversity of cultural expressions. Cultural policy, however, has frequently lagged behind in establishing practices and measures to achieve these aims. Right now, political party system and ideological shifts in many countries seemingly threaten the diversity of cultural expressions as concerns budgetary, infrastructural or content-related commitments. Now may be the time to adopt and articulate clear positions on the value(s) of arts and culture and on the relationships between culture, artists and society as well as encompassing processes, practices and institutions. It may also be time to discuss conceptions, practices and visions of citizenship with, within or against the arts in an arts and management research context.

A popular concept of artistic citizenship addresses how artists, educators, scholars and other actors in music, theatre, visual arts, literature, dance/movement, etc. prepare for, and participate in, civic life to advance democratic citizenship and cultural leadership. This consideration of ‘citizenship’ goes beyond an individual’s or organization’s legal status and encompasses social, political, cultural and symbolic practices as “collective or individual deeds that rupture social-historical patterns” (Isin & Nielsen 2013: 2). Involving the arts, cultural actors and their practices further implies that we might need to consider the complex interplay of arts, science and society that shape how subjects perceive and perform their ‘political’ rights and obligations. Furthermore, a variety of methodological and pedagogical questions for scholarly inquiry and arts and arts management education should be discussed and included into institutional citizenship activities.

Call for Proposals

The Call for proposals has been closed. The conference program will be announced soon.

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On the occasion of the conference there will again be the traditional doctoral Colloquium

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Conference Location

Founded in 1817, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) is among the world’s largest and most renowned universities specialized in music, theatre and film. The Department of Cultural Management (IKM) was established in 1975 and introduced one of the first master programs in arts management in 1976. Together with our network of alumni, students and practitioners from 43 years of interdisciplinary cultural management education, we are delighted to host the 12th annual conference of the Association of Cultural Management in Vienna (Austria).

Conference Chairs:
Dagmar Abfalter, Katharina Pfennigstorf, Anke Schad, Sandra Stini

Conference Advisory Board of the Association for Arts Management:
Volker Kirchberg, Leticia Labaronne, Martin Lücke, Karen van den Berg, Martin Zierold

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