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Sunday, May 18, 2014


Deadline: May 31, 2014

The Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of the Arts will host the third edition of its series of international conferences on arts and culture from October 1 to 3, 2014, at its Arts Campus.

The proposed theme of the conference is Strategic repositioning of Arts, Culture and Heritage in the 21st Century. Interested parties can submit abstracts (300 words in PDF/MS Word format) to the Conference Secretariat by May 31, 2014.

This conference is a timely response and intervention into very pertinent and cutting-edge government-driven policy issues, such as the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Charter for Humanities and Social Science and the National Development Plan: Vision for 2030.

“We recognise the vigorous debates around these policy issues,” says Professor Ndwamato George Mugovhani, Head of the Department of Performing Arts, and Conference Chair. “The conference has identified the ‘silence’ with regards to arts, culture and heritage in most published development plans in the country, on the African continent and globally, and therefore aims to interrogate this curious ‘silence’.” It is envisaged to bring a wide array of local and international academics and bureaucrats in the arts, cultural policy and planning spheres together. In addition, it will be graced by the presence of internationally renowned keynote speakers whose expertise, knowledge and experience are relevant to the topical issues of the conference.

While the conference is primarily informed by South Africa’s various policy papers, local and international academics/arts practitioners/industry members and policy makers are invited to contribute their own experiences in the context of the given theme and sub-themes.

Keynote speakers confirmed to date are Professor Nhlanhla Maake, Research Fellow at University of South Africa, freelance writer and member at Ekaam Books CC; and Ben Cameron, Art Director at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York.

Papers, plenary panel sessions, posters and workshops based on the following themes and sub-themes, to name a few, are invited: Creative industries and social development/nation building/economic development; Culture and development; Cultural policy and development; Entrepreneurship and creative industries; Arts and rural development; Africanisation of curricula; Arts and urban regeneration; Arts, culture, heritage and national development; Arts in identity of multicultural politics; Arts and climate change; Humanities and social sciences as a repository of heritage, history, memory and meaning; Humanities and social sciences in political economy and internationalism; Arts and children; Role of government in the promotion of cultural and creative industries; Significance of partnerships between institutions of higher learning and cultural and creative industries in the expansion of career skills and knowledge; Challenges around culture, heritage and moral regeneration in modern societies; and Commercialisation and preservation of intellectual property in the arts, culture and heritage, cultural planning and urban tourism.

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