The International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, (ICCPR) 2012, organized by the Centre for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS), University of Barcelona, in collaboration with the International Journal of Cultural Policy, is intended to address the challenge of rethinking cultural policy analysis from the broader parameters of the relationship between culture and politics. From an academic and interdisciplinary perspective, open to both the social sciences and humanities, this conference will discuss the various aspects of the relationship between culture and politics. On the one hand, it will examine institutionalized cultural policy in its configurations, orientation and dynamics, as well as its impact, intended or unintended, on the structures that constitute the cultural sphere. On the other hand, it will also consider the projection of politics in the configuration of the social through culture, whether in the traditional way of symbolic control or the assertion of identity, or through the most recent policies of development, creativity and diversity. Conversely, it will also consider culture – the cultural and artistic action displayed by creators, citizens and civil society – as a tool of political action, mobilization or conflict. The relationship between culture, politics and cultural politics will thus be addressed in its entirety.
For the ICCPR 2012 the organizers invite proposals on the study of cultural policy and the relationship between culture and politics broadly defined. More details are available on the website and the deadline is January 23rd 2012.