Call for Papers: BIE Virtual Gathering 17 Feb 22

Call for Papers: Post-Covid, Post-Growth, Post-Colonialism – What about Ante?

Thursday February 17, 2022 starting at 2 pm CET, wherever you are – we will bring BIE into your home!

Please submit to by the deadline of December 20, 2021. Speakers will be notified latest by January 4, 2022.

Cultural Management and Policy has often been accused of being merely reactive instead of pro-active and agenda setting with regards to the phenomenon of social change. In our Virtual Gathering 2022, we would like to build on what we have learnt from recent years of engagement within the BIE Network. Issues that have inter alia been addressed are: sustainability, migration, equity and (post-) colonialism. Clearly, there is an urgent need now for extensive work on global challenges in order to be prepared for informed new approaches. However, what do these approaches, or maybe even solutions, look like? Where are our new agendas? How do we envision our future(s)? What responsibility do cultural managers and politicians have when it comes to issues of sustainability and climate change? How do we prevent artwashing, particularly in the decolonisation context? What will be the role of digitization, online platforms and networks in distributing knowledge and enabling fairer collaborations? 

We have identified three main topics that we would like to explore further with you in February 2022:

  1. Let us know about your new approaches in the realm of digitization. 

We are looking for papers and other new and innovative formats that address questions such as:

  • Can digital formats be democratisers or are they even more exclusive than traditional forms of cultural events? 
  • The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in international collaboration projects – can AI help create a level playing field? 
  • Can Digitization advance sustainability and play a part in climate change by, for instance, limiting the need for travel? 
  • What will be the role of Digitization in the preservation, protection but also in the accessibility of cultural heritage? 
  1. Let us know why less might be more, and how this works for your organization and your audiences. 

We are looking for papers and other new and innovative formats that address questions such as:

  • Is growing still an option? 
  • Which new forms of sustainable management are there out there? 
  • How can sustainable management be taught within cultural management courses? 
  • What can, and should, be expected from cultural policy in this regard?
  1. What do international relations and institutions look like in a post post-colonial era?

We are looking for papers and other new and innovative formats that address questions such as:

  • Is it even possible to talk about a post post-colonial era?
  • What does a de-colonial institution/relationship look like? 
  • How can de-colonial relationships, networks and projects work?  

We welcome different presentation formats that may include the following but are surely not limited to: 

  • Traditional style presentations: 7 minutes presentation, 7 Minutes Q & A 
  • Group panel sessions in which researchers and practitioners come together to discuss a particular issue relevant to the seminar, 60 minutes maximum 
  • An artistic presentation 
  • Ph.D. colloquium: the chance to share your research ideas with other Ph.D.s from around the Globe and get feedback from leading academics within the field. 
  • Elevator pitches: 3 minutes to present a specific idea and get challenged by an international and interdisciplinary jury
  • FuckedUpAfternoon: let us know about where and how you failed. What did not work out and why? We all know that reflecting on mistakes is how we really learn.

Additionally, we came up with an entirely new format: “Pitch your big idea”. We would like you to think big: if there were no money or time constraints, which project would you like to pursue in order to address any of the topics related to this Virtual Gathering? You will have four minutes to present your big idea and a jury of international experts plus and equally informed audience will try their best to help getting things started …

In order to create a safe space for all participants to speak freely, we will not record the Annual Gathering. Participants will need to register.

We welcome paper proposals from: 

  • researchers / academics
  • arts and cultural managers
  • masters and Ph.D. students
  • artists
  • networkers
  • policymakers

Contributions need to be in English.

Please submit the following for consideration: 

  • An abstract or summary of your proposed topic. No more than 500 words. Please indicate the format / style of your presentation and any relevant notes regarding how you or your team plans to present/facilitate discussion. Please provide a list of a few key readings/references
  • A biographical statement of approximately 100 words for each individual involved

Review criteria are: the originality of the proposal, the methodical approach, as well as the relation of the presentation to the aims of the conference. 

The scientific committee will make the final decision regarding selection and categorization. We are very much looking forward to your contributions! 

Conference chaired by: Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze MBA, Heilbronn University 

Conference Committee: Dr. Victoria Durrer, Federico Escribal, Katherine Román Aquino, Alex Tam, Dr. David Teevan, Dr. Shadrach Ukuma 

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