For 4 days in the autumn of 2017 the Latvian Academy of Culture is organising the 11th international research conference in the field of culture and arts „Culture Crossroads XI”. The aim of the conference is to regard the latest research presentations related to culture and arts both in Latvia and internationally, to discuss the relevant issues and to share innovative ideas.
Among the presenters of this years’ conference are not only researchers and experts, but also practitioners and students in the fields of culture, arts and creative industries from all around the world, including Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria and America.
On Friday, November 3 and on Saturday, November 4 the working language of the conference will be English.
Wednesday, November 1, from 9:00 till 15:00 at the main hall of the Latvian Academy of Culture (24 Ludzas Street) – The Plenary Session of the conference “Culture Crossroads XI” Part 1 and Part 2
Part 1 of the Plenary Session will be devoted to the topical issues in education and research and Part 2 of the Plenary Session – to the topical issues in the field of culture. In the opening of the conference the participants will be greeted by the state secretary of the Ministry of Culture – Sandis Voldiņš, followed by presentations from the rector of the Art Academy of Latvia prof. Kristaps Zariņš and the rector of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music prof. Guntars Prānis. On Part 2 of the Plenary Session the participants will have the opportunity to hear the creative director of the New Riga Theatre – Alvis Hermanis, the director of the Riga Circus School – Māra Pāvula and many more. Live translation of the Plenary Session will also be available in the Internet.
Thursday, November 2, from 9:00 till 17:00 at the theatre house of the Latvian Academy of Culture “Zirgu Pasts” (46 Dzirnavu Street) – The Break-out Sessions of the conference “Culture Crossroads XI”
The working language will be Latvian. The represented sessions: 1) Folklore Studies, Ethnology, Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology, 2) Sociology of Culture, Cultural Policy, Culture Communication in the Media; 3)Cultural Management and Creative Industries; 4) Performing arts; 5)Intercultural Communication and Significance of Language in Culture; 6)Literature and Translation.
Friday, November 3, from 11:00 till 19:00 at the theatre house of the Latvian Academy of Culture “Zirgu Pasts” (46 Dzirnavu Street) – The International Day of the conference “Culture Crossroads XI”
The International Day of the conference will be opened by professor Simon J. Bronner from the USA with the presentation “Managing Tradition: Framing, and Feasting Culture, Locality, and Nationhood in the Twenty-First Century”. Simon J. Bronner is a professor at the Pennsylvania State University and a distinguished author of many books and articles on folklore. After his presentation from 13:30 till 18:00 several research papers will be presented in parallel sessions covering the topic of Graffiti Art from many perspectives. During the conference the participants will also have the opportunity to see the photo exhibition in the premises “Challenge: Graffiti in Riga”. Visitors will have the opportunity to see works by photographer Aija Melbārde as well as photo projections by Jānis Amoliņš. The exhibition is both as a call and a challenge for the audience of art and for the society as whole to discuss the evaluation and preservation of contemporary cultural heritage. The curator of the exhibition is Zane Grigoroviča.
Saturday, November 4, from 10:00 till 17:00 at the theatre house of the Latvian Academy of Culture “Zirgu Pasts” (46 Dzirnavu Street) – The International academically-creative Symposium “The Sanctuary of the White Men”
The aim of the symposium is to look at the cultural and social phenomena thus highlighting the path from the past to the future of Latvia. During the symposium researchers and artists will explore stereotypes, social phobias and prejudices both in a form of traditional conference papers and artistic interventions.
In the opening of the symposium the participants will have the privilege to hear the head of the Semiotics Institute of the University of Tartu – Pēteris Torops, His presentation on the identity of heritage will seek to arouse rich continuation to the symposium.
The day will close with a two-part discussion on how gender identity affects different manifestations in contemporary visual art. Participants will have the opportunity to hear both male and female artists in the fields of cinema and fine arts and their stories on representing female and male characters in their work.
Entrance to all events is free of charge and no prior registration is needed.
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Lectures by Simon J. Bronner are financially supported by the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF). The international Day of the conference “Culture Crossroads XI” on November 3, 2017 is supported by Artlaw online. The academically-creative symposium “The Sanctuary of the White Men” on November 4, 2017 is financially supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF).