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Arts, Culture, Heritage & National Development Plan


STRATEGIC REPOSITIONING OF ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE 

2014 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ARTS, CULTURE, HERITAGE
AND THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: VISION FOR 2030

hosted by the Faculty of the Arts,
Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.

STRATEGIC REPOSITIONING OF ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

The post-millennium world has been experiencing recognisable historical milestones with regard to arts, culture and heritage. One notable milestone has been the resuscitation and revival of creative elements of the arts, culture and heritage of previously marginalised or disadvantaged communities around the world. Previously there was scant regard for and skewed allocation of resources for skills development and other essential initiatives for different races. Lately, with particular reference to South Africa, attempts have been made to promote and sustain a culture of democracy and development based on national imperatives to enable the socio-economic aspirations of a multicultural society. Through government initiatives such as the Department of Arts and Culture’s White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage  (1996 as revised in 2013), the 2010-2014 Medium Term Strategic Framework, and the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP) with its vision for 2030, the primary objectives are: to play an important role in nation building (social cohesion and moral regeneration); to create decent work; to grow the economy and transform the country into a truly democratic, equitable and just society that respects and preserves the rights of all people. These objectives are also encapsulated in the Department of Arts and Culture’s Programme of Action which includes the following primary objectives: continuing democratisation of society based on equality,  non-racialism and non-sexism; ensuring an equitable, sustainable, and inclusive socio-economic growth path that provides for decent work and sustainable livelihoods, and implementing targeted programmes for the youth, women, workers, rural populations and people with disabilities.

In addition, the Charter for Humanities and Social Sciences (2011) calls for studies and research in the humanities and social sciences in order to preserve and promote indigenous and endogenous languages, community practices and development, political economy and internationalism. All these policies are in line with UNESCO’s position on Arts, Culture, Heritage and National Development with an emphasis on mutual respect and tolerance for cultural diversity, equitable human resource development and the promotion of literature and cultural industries.

Significantly, despite their noble intended outcomes, these objectives are not only encountering problems and challenges in South Africa but also globally, hence the need to  deliberate on identified problems and challenges within an international forum of this nature. The conference therefore seeks to explore and to interrogate whether the 21st century’s lofty ideals such as the creation, production, dissemination, transmission and consumption of the Cultural and Creative industries are being realised. While the conference is primarily informed by South Africa’s various policy papers, we are inviting local and international scholars to contribute their own experiences in the context of the given theme and sub-themes. We are therefore inviting academics, members of the relevant industries and policy makers to submit papers, posters and workshops based on the following theme and sub-themes

CONFERENCE THEME
STRATEGIC REPOSITIONING OF ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

SUB-THEMES       

  1. Creative industries and social development
  2. Creative industries and nation building
  3. Creative industries and moral regeneration
  4. Creative industries and economic development
  5. Culture and development
  6. The role of creative and cultural industries in developing an inclusive cohesive society
  7. Cultural policy and development
  8. Entrepreneurship and creative economy Arts and rural development
  9. South Africanisation of arts curricula
  10. Arts and urban regeneration
  11. The role of arts education
  12. Arts, culture and heritage education and national development
  13. Ubuntu and African Renaissance in the developmental agenda of the post-millennium world
  14. The arts in identity and multicultural politics
  15. Arts and climate change
  16. The humanities and social sciences as custodians of indigenous and endogenous languages
  17. The humanities and social sciences as a repository of heritage, history, memory and meaning
  18. The humanities and social sciences in community practice
  19. The humanities and social sciences in political economy and internationalism
  20. Arts and children
  21. The role of government in the promotion of cultural and creative industries
  22. The role of cultural and creative industries in engendering social cohesion, enhancing nation building and contributing to economic growth and development
  23. The significance of partnerships between institutions of higher learning and Cultural and Creative industries in the expansion of career skills and knowledge
  24. Challenges around culture, heritage and moral regeneration in modern societies
  25. Restoration and advancement of arts and cultural practices in modern democracies
  26. Commercialisation and preservation of intellectual property in the arts, culture and heritage
  27. Economic development and urban regeneration
  28. Cultural planning and urban tourism

(Presenters do not have to limit themselves to the subthemes. Exploration of issues in related areas is also welcome).

Authors are also invited to submit their research in the form of poster presentations.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
At least 4 to be confirmed

EXHIBITIONS BY PUBLISHERS
The conference aims to exhibit and promote publications that are relevant to the theme and sub-themes of the conference.

WORKSHOPS AND ROUND-TABLE DISCUSIONS
The conference will enlist the expertise of arts and culture practitioners to conduct workshops and to encourage round-table discussions on topics that may be deemed relevant to the theme and sub-themes of the conference.

CONFERENCE VENUE
Arts Campus
Tshwane University of Technology
24 Du Toit Street (corner Du Toit & Struben streets)
Pretoria
GPS Coordinates: 25º44’26.92”S 28º11’47.29”E
www.tut.ac.za 

FACULTY OF THE ARTS AT A GLIMPSE
Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of the Arts is a self-contained, dynamic and highly integrated faculty offering a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the design, visual and performing arts.

The Faculty is located on its own dedicated campus in central Pretoria.  The campus has a unique vibe and the creative energy is generated by the cultural diversity of our students, which come from different backgrounds, from all over the continent.

Our Faculty is unique in the sense that it is arguably the only one of its kind on the African continent and it is on account of this uniqueness that the Faculty has over the years built a local and international reputation in the production of artistic and cultural icons that have been able to hold their own at home and abroad.

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