Museums in a Digital World- Call for Papers
Jan 29 all-day

Museum International is an academic journal that promotes the exchange of information about museums and cultural heritage on an international level. The journal aims to foster knowledge-sharing through interdisciplinary research and best practices for the protection of cultural heritage in a fast-changing world.

Published by UNESCO since 1948 and with Wiley-Blackwell since 1992, publishing rights for the journal were transferred from UNESCO to ICOM in 2013. In collaboration with its co-publisher Wiley-Blackwell, ICOM now holds exclusive responsibility for the editorial policy and content of the journal.

An editorial board, composed of a selection of members within the ICOM network, is charged with discussing and choosing themes, authors and guest editors for each issue. Aedín Mac Devitt is the journal’s Managing Editor.

A Chinese version of the journal is published through a partnership with Yilin Press.

ICOM members  have access to past issues via ICOMMUNITY

Call for Papers – Museum International
Vol. 70, No. 277-278 – 
Museums in a Digital World

Deadline: 29 January 2018

Find out more information here


Informal meeting of EU Ministers of Culture @ National Palace of Culture
Feb 28 all-day

Subject: Culture as an inclusive value of Europe

Place: Sofia, National Palace of Culture

Eighth Meeting of ASEM Ministers of Culture @ National Palace of Culture
Mar 1 – Mar 2 all-day

Subject: “Culture as Soft power in International Relations. EU’s strategic approach“


– Supporting culture as an engine for sustainable social and economic development;

– Promoting culture and intercultural dialogue for peaceful inter community relations

– Strengthening/reinforcing cooperation on cultural heritage

Place: Sofia, National Palace of Culture

International conference @ Sofia
Mar 15 – Mar 16 all-day

Subject: “Copyright in the Digital Single Market”

International conference @ Plovdiv
Mar 26 – Mar 27 all-day

Subject: “Cultural heritage – for  a more reliable Europe”

Promoting Cultural and Creative Industries: Maximising their Economic and Social Contribution in the EU @ Thon Hotel
Mar 27 all-day
Promoting Cultural and Creative Industries: Maximising their Economic and Social Contribution in the EU @ Thon Hotel

Europe is the second largest Cultural and Creative industries (CCIs or Cultural and Creative sector, CCS) market in the world after Asia. A study by ‘Cultural Times’ estimates that European Union creates 32% of global CCI revenues and 26% of world-wide CCI jobs. Numerous surveys have proven that this field is one of the most sustainable in times of crises and can more easily adapt to the changing conditions. According to Eurostat, in 2015 the cultural sector constituted 2.9% of the total European workforce. The whole CCIs sector represents around 4% of European GDP and provides jobs to 8 million people (European Commission, 2017). The CCI sector is an important player in the economic and political context, and its strength lays on its ability to encourage both competitiveness and inclusiveness in different fields of business, although its further development still encounters certain obstacles.

During the last years, the European Union has launched a number of initiatives to support and promote the CCIs. In addition to the €1.5 bn Creative Europe Programme adopted in the framework of the 2015-2018 Work Plan for Culture, in May the European Commission approved a strategy for international cultural relations based on the communication ‘’Culture in the heart of International Relations’’. Moreover, in the input document for the Summit of European leaders in Sweden (November 2017), the Commission invited Member States to include the CCIs in the education system, strengthen their position in the economic market and facilitate access to the available start-ups funds. The European Commission set the following ambitious objectives for 2025: boosting Creative Europe’s Guarantee facility, starting #Digital4Culture strategy and updating European Agenda for Culture.

Despite the many positive initiatives taken by the EU, the CCIs’ capacity is not fully exploited, often undervalued and lacking concrete support from the national and international authorities. At the same time, the cultural sector is undergoing considerable changes due to the digital revolution. Legislation struggles to follow these changing circumstances and CCIs’ potential remains blocked by bureaucratic and administrative requirements, lack of data and weak cross-sector coordination. This leads to challenges in the field of author rights protection, training possibilities and market harmonisation.

This timely symposium, organised in the European year of cultural heritage, will evaluate recent initiatives and policy developments in the field of Cultural and Creative Industries, and present good practice and emerging challenges to the sector. Participants will exchange views and perspectives on the possible strategies to tackle these challenges, and will debate the role of CCIs in national politics, education, international communication and social inclusion.

Delegates will:

  • Find out about the different CCIs funding opportunities and cooperation networks
  • Look into the European initiatives to boost the CCIs sector, such as Creative Europe Programme, Support to literary translation projects, Cultural and Creative Sector Guarantee Facility, European Creative Hubs
  • Address ways to overcome the lack of data and the need to systemise information
  • Enhance the knowledge of the digital capacity-building methods in the field of CCI
  • Identify ways to get access to the European market for companies operating in the cultural and creative sector, according to their size
  • Analyse the methods to eliminate the fragmentation of different educational domains using innovations from the CCIs
  • Learn from success stories on international communication based on cultural exchanges

Early bird rate: a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates (subject to type of organisation and terms and conditions) for bookings received by the 16th February 2018. For further details, please refer to the enclosed event brochure.

Programme and registration: https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/IC27-PPE2

Event’s brochure: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/media/events/flyers/IC27-PPE2_flyer.pdf

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European Borders and Encounter Regions in Transition @ Vienna
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day

Conference on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 in Vienna from April 12th till 14th, 2018

The conference is organized by the local organizing comitee that includes Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schmale und Dr. Marion Romberg (University Vienna) in close cooperation with Prof. Axel Klausmeier (Berlin, Berlin Wall Foundation) and undersecretary Dr. Uwe Koch (Berlin, German National Committee for Monument Protection (DNK), Dr. Gerhard Sälter (Berlin, The Berlin Wall Memorial) und Prof. Matthias Wemhoff (Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte).

Contact information:
University of Vienna, Department of History
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schmale
Universitätsring 1
1010 Vienna (Austria)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +43 1 4277 40838

Expert seminar on issues related to the illegal import of cultural property from third countries @ Sofia
May 9 – May 10 all-day

Subject: “International and interinstitutional cooperation in the prevention of crimes involving cultural property”

5th Hyperheritage International Symposium @ University of Constantine 3
May 13 – May 15 all-day

5th Hyperheritage International Symposium :

Heritage and experience design in the digital age

Find out more details here

Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council @ The Council building
May 22 – May 23 all-day