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Arts & Cultural Management Conference (Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network)

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Organization: Arts & Cultural Management Conference
Event: Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network
Categories: Anthropology/Sociology, Cultural Studies, History
Event Date: 2021-01-28 to 2021-01-30 Abstract Due: 2020-10-04

The 2021 Arts & Cultural Management Conference (ACMC) is taking a more critical look at its format and thematic scope from previous years by delving deeper into virtual realms and expanding the borders of the event’s audience reach, topics and conversations. ACMC provides an accessible platform for disseminating research & projects while fostering an open, interactive, & mindful exchange. A three-day series of online events will engage emerging researchers, professionals, academics, & artists in insightful conversations about the arts & cultural sector. 

The concept of borders can visualize cultural differences, while at the same time, “promote & reinforce stereotypes & inequitable relationships between individuals, communities, institutions, & even nations” that we as arts & cultural practitioners must navigate. In light of the coronavirus outbreak & ongoing environmental crises, a new series of challenges and opportunities have emerged, changing the dynamics of policy-making, management and engagement, particularly surrounding how we live & create while together & apart in evolving contexts.

But the complexity of “borders” as a concept (i.e. digital, real, imagined, economic, political, nature-culture divides, etc.) has long marked the arts & cultural fields, regardless of the health crisis. What new practices & questions are emerging as the discourse around borders continues to change & evolve? What are some ways the arts, culture & natural heritage sectors are working to transcend notions of boundaries, both as a matter of course & as a reaction to the novel coronavirus pandemic pandemic & global antiracism protests? With Revisiting Borders—and subthemes of REsilience, REimagine & REinterpret—we recognize that innovative thinking & challenges to the status quo are necessary for cultural institutions to not only survive but be inclusive, antiracist & environmentally sustainable in their practice. 

Building an understanding of the ongoing transformations in the arts & cultural sectors will allow us to better advocate for its contributions to society & also self-reflect on how to best serve our communities while navigating uncertainty & change. We hope to explore the theme of REvisiting Borders within the following sub-themes & beyond:

  • REsilience: What are the current gaps of research and work prospects in the arts & cultural/natural heritage management sector? What key skills need to be developed to respond to current demands & boost employability? How can we maintain & cultivate solidarity amongst artists & cultural practitioners in a way that brings us closer together? How can we encourage active and democratic participation of non-professional creative individuals and groups? How do emerging researchers and practitioners balance collaborative practice vs. individual initiative in the context of physical restrictions and isolation? How can we amplify marginalised voices within the sector? How can we celebrate & acknowledge those who have pioneered & created space for the forgotten & ignored?
  • REimagine: How can digital & sustainable technologies, as well as new media, be deployed to serve various initiatives in the sector? How can art & culture systems & spaces be reimagined to be more inclusive? How can research be rethought to serve not only the researcher? Who can be the next voices of the sector? How can arts & culture be anti-racist in its practices? What ethical implications need to be considered when innovating (through technology or other means) or making structural changes to a system (educational/social/cultural/civic). 
  • REinterpret: What are the implicit frames through which we analyse concepts, cultural practices & phenomena? What is the impact of language & specific vocabularies to how we perceive & interact with the world around us? How are we reconsidering the ways in which we interpret, share, & curate arts, culture, & heritage—especially in a hyper-connected & globalised world? How can we re-examine the uncomfortable histories & elements of our institutions & interpretations to include all elements, not just those of the powerful & the majority?  


We welcome a variety of online presentation formats, which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Presentations with Q&A (15 - 45 min)—we welcome non-traditional formats! 
  • Panel sessions—3-5 researchers & practitioners can discuss topics relevant to the conference themes (up to 45 min)
  • Interactive sessions—workshop or seminar (up to 45 min)
  • Artistic presentations or performances with moderation (20 min, including performance & facilitation time)
  • Online poster presentation—visual representation of research with short write up

We also will take suggestions in the form of a 250-word proposal for online networking activities to help break the ice between sessions, facilitate connections, & add a social dimension to the online event.



We actively encourage proposals from:

  • Students & educators 
  • Researchers & academics
  • Artists
  • (Emerging) professionals & practitioners working in arts & culture


Submissions open: Wednesday 5 August 2020
Submissions close: Friday 2 October 2020 
Applicants will be notified about the status of their submission by Friday 30 October 2020


Please submit the following for consideration:

  • Your research abstract, summary, or event proposal (no more than 300 words) with a few key references
  • Please clearly indicate your presentation format & any relevant information on your plan to present/facilitate
  • Short biography (100 words or less) with your background & interests 
  • SUBMISSION FORM HERE: https://forms.gle/w755fGRQ27Cz1XSW8 


Students and emerging professionals in arts & cultural management-related fields from Europe and beyond are invited to submit their proposals. Due to the availability of presentation slots, only a limited number of presenters will be selected. Presenters will be chosen based on the relevancy of their research to the conference themes, the originality/creativity of their proposals, & the feasibility of their suggested presentation format. Short-listed submissions will be considered for pre-conference participation on ACMC’s blog & social media channels (between 15 November - 15 January).



Nicole Vasconi