Latvian Academy of Culture
INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE
CULTURAL CROSSPOINTS IX
Riga, Latvian Academy of Culture, November 12 – 14, 2015
The aim of the Latvian Academy of Culture Research Centre is to promote development in the Humanities and the Social Sciences as well as to realise research projects on issues related to the fields of culture and the arts of international topicality and significance for Latvia. Pursuant to this mission, the Research Centre organises the annual international scientific conference “Cultural Crosspoints”. In 2015, the conference “Cultural Crosspoints” will be held for the ninth time.
Traditionally, the papers presented at the conference “Cultural Crosspoints” cover various topics and issues related to the fields of culture and the arts. This year it is envisaged to hold the conference in seven thematic sections (please see below).
The central themes of the 2015 “Cultural Crosspoints” conference are: diversity, manifestations, research, and documentation methods of cultural traditions in a modern changing environment. In order to gain an in-depth view of the unique tradition inheritance mechanisms, a separate thematic session will be dedicated to the Livs community: on November 14, 2015 there will be a Liv’s Day at Zirgu Pasts – the Latvian Academy of Culture Theatre House, during which the research insights will be presented, a discussion will take place, and the participants will have an opportunity to take part in various creative workshops. Moreover, the interconnection between the Latvian cultural traditions and the Latvian national identity will be investigated, with a particular focus on the role of the Song and Dance Festival in the cultural environment of Latvia and the Baltic states. Opportunities for documentation of traditions and rituals in the environment of new technologies and social networks; boundary between the innovative transformation of traditions and its ideological degradation; traditions as an element of historic and social memory; the means of inheritance of traditions – these and other themes will be subject to an open discussion within the framework of the conference.
We invite everybody interested in Latvian cultural and artistic life and research to share their research results, opinions, and suggestions!
Please send the application form for participation at the “Cultural Crosspoints IX” conference to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org before October 15, 2015. We kindly ask you to attach your photo for the reasons of providing publicity for the conference.
The summary of the paper will be published in the collection of abstracts of the conference. The presentation timing is 20 minutes. Working languages are Latvian and English. Participation is free of charge.
Applications of the submitted and accepted papers will be published in the Starptautiska zinātniskā konference “Kultūras Krustpunkti 2015” (International Scientific Conference “Cultural Crosspoints 2015”) edition. The summaries / the programme of the conference
“Cultural Crosspoints IX” is to be hold in 7 thematic sessions:
1) Folklore Studies, Ethnology, Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology
2) Sociology of Culture, Cultural Policy, Culture and Media
3) Cultural Management and Creative Industries
4) Performing Arts and Audiovisual Arts
5) Intercultural Communication and Significance of Language in Culture
6) Literature and Translation
7) Diversity, Inheritance, and Documentation of Tradition in an Innovative Environment
The number of thematic sessions and their content may vary according to the contents of the themes and summaries of the submitted papers.
Suggested yet not imposed topics:
Folklore Studies, Ethnology, Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology
Main theme of the section: identity of a place in a cultural landscape; local, glocal, and global in culture.
We encourage to share your results on: the essence and the significance of a place and/or a cultural landscape; whether and how an object of heritage value situated in a landscape shapes the significance of a place in the context of the territorial stability of the inhabitants and their sense of belonging; how the local, individual, and collective identities are manifested, what are their features and changes, and how they are presented in Folklore Studies, Ethnology, Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology.
Sociology of Culture, Cultural Policy, Culture and Media
Main theme: transformation of culture and the art; specificity of research in the fields of culture and the arts; cultural policies based on research and evidence; the representation of cultural and artistic life in the media.
The place of culture and the art in society, politics, and the media has always been a complicated, ambiguous, and ambivalent one. We encourage scholars from different fields (such as Cultural Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Law, Communication Studies) to share their research results on: cultural and artistic processes in the society, and their specificity in different communities and social groups; the echo of cultural and artistic events in the media; distribution of the cultural funding; availability of culture and satisfaction of the audience with the existing cultural supply; reflection of the issues related to the field of culture in politics; and other themes.
Cultural Management and Creative Industries
Main theme: role and specificity of cultural management; development trends in creative industries and in creative entrepreneurship.
We encourage to apply theoreticians and practitioners of cultural management – the representatives of cultural organisations and project managers, to share their research insights on such issues as: the specificity of cultural management, organisational leadership, human resources management, strategic management, communication management, financial management, marketing and audience diversification and involvement. We also encourage to share your research results on the notion of “creativity” in the context of different fields of research; on creative entrepreneurship and the forms of its support; on topical problems related to the development of creative cities, creative quarters, and creative places.
Performing Arts and Audiovisual Arts
Main theme: seismic oscillation of cultures and its reflection in the contemporary theatre, cinema, and dance.
With ‘seismic oscillation’ we understand not only the active changes in the Earth’s crust and in the climate, but also the migration, interaction, and collisions of the world peoples and the cultures they represent; the value of individual and community culture; and the contacts and conflicts between the world views.
We encourage to present your papers on whether and how the contemporary world processes have been reflected in the creative processes and works in theatre, cinema, and dance in Latvia and in other countries.
Intercultural Communication and Significance of Language in Culture
Main theme: the changes in the intercultural communication models; positive and negative aspects of mobility and migration; cultural dialogue; development and changes of language.
We encourage to share your research results on: the interaction of cultures; interculturalism; intercultural dialogue in different societies and countries; the environment and the means of intercultural communication dynamics; and other themes.
Literature and Translation
Main theme: changeable and unchangeable in the practice, theory, and criticism of literature and translation.
We encourage to view literary works and processes from different time periods; to find new approaches towards their evaluation and their contextual comparison with other forms of art. We encourage to view the interaction between the Latvian and the foreign literature and their coexistence in translation; to evaluate and to analyse the quality and its role in the local and global cultural context.
Diversity, Inheritance, and Documentation of Tradition in an Innovative Environment: HabitusGovernment-Funded Research Programme’s Results
Main theme: diversity of traditions, preconditions of their inheritance in the context of change and of an innovative environment; inheritance of tradition in the Livs community.
We encourage to give presentations on the traditional theoretical models in the Humanities and the Social Sciences; to share your insights into the empirical research projects’ data on the diversity of different cultural traditions and the complexity of the conditions affecting their inheritance.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to write / call to:
The Coordinator of the Conference “Cultural Crosspoints IX”,
Latvian Academy of Culture
Phone: (+371) 67114807, (+371) 29107218
The aim of the “Cultural Crosspoints” international scientific conference is to develop a communicative platform for approbating the results of the scientific research led by the scholars from the Latvian Academy of Culture, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, the Latvian Academy of Arts, the University of Latvia, the National Library of Latvia, and other institutions. The mission of the conference is to make public the research results on the internationally topical issues related to the fields of culture and the arts and significant for Latvia, as well as to inspire an academic discussion. It allows to precise and enlarge the understanding of importance of culture and art in the society, as well as promotes an efficient interaction between the cultural sector and the other social life sectors in general.
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