Paper submissions are invited for the “2015 International Symposium on Cultural Trajectories: Cultural Governance, What’s Next?”, which is to be held at the Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy at National Taiwan University of Arts from November 13th and 14th (at the International Conference Hall) to November 15th (at Taipei Artist Village) 2015.
In the second half of the 20th century, movements of heritage conservation and political democratization made strong impacts on state cultural policies. Going through dialectic currents of cultural hegemony/counter-hegemony, elitism/pluralism, and the pursuit of civil and social rights, citizens in Taiwan and around the world are now drawing their attentions to the fulfillment of cultural rights. Agents’ (including governments, cultural entrepreneurships, cultural institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and individual art-cultural practitioners) positions on, and engagements in, cultural affairs are shaping the central concerns of cultural governance study today.
Facing the ever complex global cultural scenario, how national/city cultural policies can be reconceptualized to meet the public interests has emerged as a key issue. “What’s Next?” for cultural governance, does not only question the heads of states, the chiefs of national and municipal cultural administrations, but also cultural entrepreneurs and practitioners who intend to engage in public art and cultural affairs. “2015 International Symposium on Cultural Trajectories: Cultural Governance, What’s Next?” is expected to stimulate responses and dialogues for people of various specialties. The following directions will form major themes of the conference:
1. Cultural Policy and Social Participation
After the UK shifted its policy focus to cultural industries in 1997, culture has become a medium to bridge the economic and social goals. 20 years after such a shift, what are the pivotal concerns of governments’ cultural policies today? Between the economic and cultural goals, which triumphs? Can intrinsic cultural values be assigned a critical role? And how can citizens get access to participate fully in the policy-making process? The Symposium asks, what’s the next step for cultural governance and social participation?
2. Cultural Industries and Art Markets
Cultural and creative industries have become the new economic model of the 21st century. Arts and culture combined with technology and commerce are utilized to prompt economic profits. In the 2010s, the US continues to spread its popular culture though Hollywood; Japan asserts its cultural impacts via the prosperous animation and game industries; while the Korea Wave has turned to be another global hit basing on the K-pop, TV series and movies. The branding