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Participate! Cultural Transformation and the Participatory Agenda, 2-3 October, 2015

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU), The Institute for The Study of Culture, in collaboration with Brandts and co-funded by the Velux Foundation.


The participatory agenda has been introduced in art and cultural policies in modern, post-welfare societies as a means of social transformation during the last decennial. The agenda has been driven forth by an entangled political, economic and social vision of democratisation, innovation and social integration. Now it is time to ask, what are the inherent paradoxes and ambiguities as this agenda is spelled out at different levels of cultural policies and in different types of art and cultural institutions? What are the dilemmas in real policy implications in and across institutions and in cultural communication practices in terms of professional principles such as arms’ length, quality and objectivity? How do we adapt inventive, collaborative methodologies from which to approach such questions and engage in the actual political rhetoric of ‘social impact’,‘value’ and ‘measurement’. The aim of the conference is to establish a dialogue between theoreticians, politicians, artists and professionals and raise questions of art and culture in relation to democracy, civic learning and empowerment.


Key note speakers:

Tony Bennett, Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney. Tony Bennett has written extensively on cultural sociology, on cultural policies and institutions, and on cultural/national heritage and the museum. Among his recent publications is Making Culture, Changing Society, 2013.

Gerald Raunig, Artist, philosopher, Director of Dpt. Kunst & Medien, Zürich University of the Arts and the EIPCP (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), Vienna. Gerald Raunig has published on art, art institutions and cognitive capitalism, forthcoming is DIVIDUUM: Maschinischer kapitalismus und molekulare revolution, 2015.

Nina Möntmann, Professor and Head of The Department of Art Theory and the History of Ideas, The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Nina Möntmann is an experienced curator, critic and academic engaged in new institutionalism and among her recent publications is Scandalous: A Reader on Art and Ethics, 2013.

Celia Lury, Professor and Director of Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. Celia Lury has been engaged in cultural policies in a broad sense, in global scaling and in inventive and performative methodologies. Among her recent books is Measure and Value (co-edited with Lisa Adkins), 2012.


Call for Papers:

Part of the conference will be organized in thematic workshops, and we invite cultural researchers and professionals to deliver an abstract (500 words) before April, 1 (to be proceeded before May, 1) and a final paper before September, 1. Workshops will include:

  • Governmentality and New Institutionalism
  • Participation, democracy und civic learning
  • Participation –challenges in commissioning, curating and facilitating participatory art/culture projects
  • Participation and/or/in Audience and Visitor Studies
  • Participatory practices in art, media and culture outside institutions
  • Critical/ethical practice and the performativity of research methodologies
  • Comparative/scaled cultural policies: EU, Nordic, national level etc.
  • Cognitive capitalism and creative commons

Contact: Professor Anne Scott Sørensen, Institute for the Study of Culture, SDU,


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27-30 May 2014

Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey


Please see below the replies to the main questions posed and more information:

Yes, you can participate and attend the conference without presenting an abstract or paper. However, you should send the registration form to ask for an attendance permission

An Abstract accepted is mandatory for an oral or poster presentation

The paper is optional. If you submit a paper it will be considered for the Conference Proceedings and the post-conference publications in Books and the QQML Journal ( ). Two new issues have been added. The e-journal is included in EBSCOhost and DOAJ.

The abstract submission deadline was extended to March 10, 2014 in order to include submissions of abstracts to the special sessions proposed and to the regular sessions as well.

Submissions of abstracts to special or contributed sessions could be sent directly to the conference secretariat at . Please refer to the Session Number (see below) to help the secretariat to classify the submissions.

Session organizers should notify the conference secretariat by March 10 and include the abstracts collected for their special sessions.

If you already have submitted your Abstract and you have not received a reply please notify the conference secretariat.



Conference Excursions

A half day (14:30-19:30) conference excursion in the afternoon of the second day of the conference (28 May 2014) is scheduled: Visit of the classical Istanbul including some of Istanbul’s major sights…

A full day Excursion in the day following the last day of the conference (31 May 2014)…


For more information and Abstract/Paper submission and Special Session Proposals please visit the conference website at: or send email to:

Looking forward to welcoming you in Istanbul,

With our best regards,

On behalf of the Conference Committee

Dr. Anthi Katsirikou, Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library Director
Head, European Documentation Center
Board Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals


Special and Contributed Sessions Code No

1. Bibliographic Control
1. Terminology project
2. Multiple controlled vocabularies
3. Subject thesaurus
4. Bibliographic utilities
5. New cataloguing rules, RDA and MARC21

2. Bibliometric research
1. Bibliometrics
2. Analysis of patterns of information
3. Usage data
4. Publication data
5. Citation analysis
6. Content analysis
7. Web sites
8. Databases

3. Change of Libraries and Managerial techniques
1. Human resources management
2. Organizational challenges
3. Strategic management
4. Re-engineering change in higher education
5. Fast-responded library
6. Learning organization

4. Changes in Learning, Research and Information needs and Behaviour of Users
1. 21st century librarians for 21st century libraries
2. New services for the research and learning communities
3. Redefining the library service experience
4. Forging collaboration between librarians and students
5. Library in the digital workflow of research
6. Content analysis of academic libraries’ Facebook profiles
7. Marketing the academic library through online social network advertising
8. International cooperation towards the development of technology in academic libraries

5. Climate Change Data and Climate Change Impacts
1. National greenhouse gas inventories
2. Inventory submissions
3. National communications
4. Information sources and availability
5. Socio-economic data
6. Definitions and methodologies
7. Climate change fund
8. Socio-economic data socio-economic data
9. Climate-related risks and disasters
10. Regional centres and networks
11. Risk management and reduction
12. Adaptation strategies
13. Access to information
14. Public awareness and participation
15. International cooperation
16. Research dialogue
17. Systematic observation
18. Sustainable development

6. Communication Strategies
1. Working with faculty, students, and staff
2. Users – Non users
3. Alumni, Partners, Stakeholders
4. Groups / teams
5. Archives, historical societies, museums and art galleries
6. Consortia

7. Data Analysis and Data Mining
1. Content analysis
2. Ontologies
3. Knowledge discovery
4. Machine learning
5. Databases
6. Data visualization

8. Development and Assessment of Digital Repositories
1. Preservation of records for the next generations
2. Demonstration on fiscal responsibility and sustainability
3. Development of new metrics of their usages
4. Evaluation and best practices

9. Development of Information and Knowledge Services on the Public Library
1. Public libraries transformations
2. Dynamic information market
3. Public library’s role in the society
4. Challenges before libraries today
5. Diversified societies
6. Public library’s policy
7. Communities and information market
8. Public libraries as creative industries
9. Production and consumption of knowledge

10. Digital Libraries
1. Digitization
2. Museum and art digital objects
3. Archival digital objects
4. Public libraries digital projects
5. Digital content for teaching
6. Digital images
7. Metadata
8. Repositories

11. Economic Co-operation and Development
1. Socio-economic, environmental and emissions data
2. Energy statistics
3. Economic and social development
4. Working parties and organizations
5. Education, training and public awareness
6. Financial mechanism
7. Green climate fund
8. Investments

12. Energy Data and Information
1. Energy consumption, products, prices and taxes
2. Energy-related statistical data include coal, oil, gas, electricity and heat statistics
3. Energy balances, prices and emissions
4. Emissions from fuel combustion from its energy data
5. Data from firms, government agencies, industry organizations and national publications

13. Environmental Assessment
1. International, national, regional, local core data sets
2. Integrated Environment Assessment
3. Global Environmental Outlook
4. Statistical and geo-referenced historical data sets
5. Emission database for global atmospheric research
6. Socio-economic data
7. Ocean observation

14. Financial strength and sustainability
1. Fund raising
2. Cost benefit analysis
3. Cost assessment
4. Value analysis

15. Health Information Services
1. Research by health information professionals
2. Role of librarians in implementing Evidence based medicine/practice
3. Prospects and challenges of implementing Research4Life in low income countries

16. Historical and Comparative case studies related to Librarianship
1. Library historiography
2. Agencies, people, and movements within the development of librarianship
3. Comparative case studies related to libraries, special collections, or library programs/services

17. Information and Data on various aspects of Food and Agriculture
1. Agricultural production and trade
2. Land use, and means of production
3. Trade indices and food supply
4. Population and labour force
5. Food balance sheets
6. Fertilizer and pesticides
7. Forest products
8. Fishery products
9. Agricultural machinery


18. Information and Knowledge Services

1.    Resource development policy

2.    Resource project description

3.    Research and development of the services

4.    Knowledge discovery and knowledge creation

5.    Knowledge mining

6.    Team building and management


19. Information Literacy: Information sharing, Democracy and Lifelong Learning

1.    Information Literacy and citizenship

2.    Strategic approaches to Information Literacy

3.    New pedagogic challenges for libraries

4.    Collaborative work between librarians and academic staff

5.    Independent learning skills, online information skills and lifelong learning

6.    Concepts of learning, teaching and the developments in networked technology

7.    Staff development and Information Literacy

8.    New areas of practice and research

9.    Information literacy projects on special scientific disciplines

10.    Advocacy, marketing and promotion

11.    Benchmarking

12.    Evaluation and assessment


20. Library Cooperation: Problems and Challenges at the beginning of the 21st century

1.    Union catalogue and storage equipment

2.    Collection policy and collection development

3.    Joint acquisitions (purchasing, access, inter-library loan and document delivery)

4.    Joint digitization’s projects

5.    Local, regional and country heritage

6.    Human resource in local, regional and country level

7.    Organizational culture


21. Library change and Technology

1.    Communicating change, scenarios and projections

2.    Adaptation technology

3.    Technology information

4.    Technology diffusion

5.    Technology needs assessment

6.    Technology research and development

7.    Technology transfer


22. Management

1.    Excellence and innovation

2.    Quality and benchmarking

3.    Measures and metrics


23. Marketing

1.    Marketing research

2.    Public relations

3.    Publicity

4.    Communication


24.Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations

1.    Networks and collaborations

2.    Cultural policy, diversity and intercultural dialogue

3.    Marketing & communications management

4.    Case studies

5.    European integration

6.    Multiculturalism, interculturalism, transculturalism

7.    National and international collaboration

8.    Cultural policies, migration and mobility

9.    Identity, memory and heritage

10.    Divergence and commonality

11.    Visitor experiences in collaborative projects

12.    Archiving, preservation and exhibition technologies

13.    Arts funding 

14.    Arts policy

15.    Libraries, theaters, music, film industry, television etc

16.    Libraries, archives and museums and their admission


25. Music Librarianship

1.    Musical archives

2.    Collections of music assessment

3.    Copyright and broadcasting issues, copying costs

4.    Librarianship and musicology

5.    Music bibliography

6.    Music library automation

7.    Music publishing industry

8.    Presentation on the duties, challenges and satisfactions of performance music librarians

9.    Collections of music preservation

10.    Space and music collections


26. Performance Measurement and Competitiveness

1.    Criteria of performance indicators (PI) selection for libraries and the kinds of PI

2.    Different methodologies proposed for library assessment

3.    The technological effect

4.    Financial indicators

5.    Organizational performance

6.    Comparison among governmental and non-governmental organizations’ performance


27. Publications

1.    Internet Filtering

2.    Privacy and share of information in libraries

3.    The Read/ Write Web and the future of library research

4.    Digital rights, copyright management and libraries


28. Quality evaluation and promotion of information

1.    User education in informational recourses

2.    The importance of personal involvement

3.    Accreditation of digital libraries

4.    Development of a network of peers

5.    Cataloguing is changing

6.    Customer services

7.    Management/administration

8.    OPAC 2.0 – the catalogue on web

9.    The benefit of change

10.    Electronic library

11.    Digital repository management


29. Technology & Innovations in Libraries and their Impact on Learning, Research and Users

1.    Creating webliographies

2.    Computing interfaces and how libraries need to adapt

3.    Creating materials samples collection to support the engineering curriculum

4.    Embedding librarians in the classroom

5.    Teaching scholarly communication and collaboration through social networking

6.    Sustainable development and the role of innovative & benchmarked practices

7.    Fostering innovation through cultural change

8.    Science & technology libraries as multi academic activities centres

9.    Change as a service

10.    Embedding innovation for  scholarly information & research

11.    Trends, possibilities and scenarios for user-centred libraries


30. Technology Transfer and Innovation in Library Management

1.    Innovative management

2.    Human resources management

3.    Competence management

4.    Communications in organizations

5.    Intercultural management

6.    Information technology and knowledge management

7.    Library’s ethics and social responsibility


31. Scientific, Technical and Socio-Economic Aspects of Mitigation of Climate Change

1.    Stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations

2.    Dangerous anthropogenic interference

3.    Forest degradation

4.    Afforestation and reforestation

5.    Forest Management

6.    Land-use change

7.    Aviation and marine “Bunker Fuels”

8.    Research and systematic observation

9.    Methodological issues

10.    Socio-economic data and tools

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On 3rd December, BISA poststructural politics working group and the BISA/PSA Art and politics working group organised a one-day conference entitled ‘The Political Life of Things’ at the Imperial War Museum.

This event sought to explore questions of materiality, politics and artistic practice within the context of the Imperial War museum.

The Keynote was given by Jane Bennett (Johns Hopkins University).

Sound recordings of the presentations at the event are now on-line.

You can access them here:

Many thanks to backdoorbroadcasting for recording and posting this archive.

The event was funded by BISA, PSA, Queens University Belfast, Durham University and Newcastle University.


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Director of Postgraduate Research, Politics
Newcastle University

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The Centre for the Study of Education and Work has just launched a newsletter, “Learning Changes”, which will highlight the work of its Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning Project.

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Dec 11, 2009: Stand Up Against the Backlash from the Auditor General’s Report

In this week’s eBulletin:

-Quote of the Week
-Ontario Auditor General’s Report Underlines Need for Social Assistance Reform
-Backgrounder: Just the Facts
-What Can You Do? TAKE ACTION

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A Presentation of the Critical Social Research Collaborative

Ottawa, October 29, 2009 – Facilitator: Carlo Fanelli

This workshop explores alternative interpretations of the current economic crisis. The presentations are from organized labour, community activists and academics. The focus of this workshop is critical engagement, discussion and debate. Questions addressed include: How have various perspectives analyzed and understood the roots of the current economic crisis? Is there something fundamentally unsound about the current political-economic structure? Is the current crisis to be located within a set of recently established policies, or better understood over the long-term historical development of capitalism? How have the policy prescriptions and ideological rationales shifted over the years? And, more ambitiously, where do we go from here?




Posted December 9, 2009

>From No Excuse: The Poverty Project Blog:

The Ontario Auditor General’s latest report has received a lot of media attention. With the report nearly three hundred pages long, it is not surprising that the media has to pick and choose what it will focus on. In this case, they seem to have come down on that old chestnut, welfare fraud. More on that to follow. But first I’ll say that they missed this bigger story — affordable housing programs don’t really build affordable housing.

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Featuring SR 2010 on Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism, alongside our amazing archive of all 700+ essays we’ve published since 1964!

We’re sure you will want to check it out at

This is first year the Register is being published simultaneously online and in print and it is the first time that all the essays ever published in the Register are available in one electronic archive. We are sure you agree this is a big deal, and given how much the world needs the Socialist Register that you will want to do all you can to make it successful. We would very much hope that you will personally subscribe now (from the home page go to the Subscriptions tab and click on the Merlin order link at the bottom – at £25 it’s value for money, to use that term).

We would also appreciate your help to make effective a major subscriptions campaign we are undertaking. At the very least, if you are working at an institution with a library, could you immediately contact the appropriate people at your library and ask them to take out an institutional subscription to the Register? Many of these librarians will be getting a version of the attached flyer, but we know that librarians are only likely to act on this when requests are made from users.



Toronto, December 8, 2009

More Than 150 Angry Social Assistance Recipients Storm and Occupy Municipal Welfare Offices

Members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and more than 150 people struggling to survive on Ontario Works and ODSP occupied the 12th floor of Toronto’s Metro Hall. The group refused to leave until they receive the Special Diet Benefit that they are entitled to. The City is responsible for administering social assistance in Toronto, and people are currently being denied their right to the Special Diet Benefit. More people than ever are being forced to live on welfare in Ontario. They face two major problems. First of all, the income they receive does not let them pay their rent and feed their families properly. Secondly, welfare offices do all they can to deny even the small benefits people are supposed to get. When they apply for Special Diet, Community Start Up and other benefits, they are denied their rights. This must stop.




Dear Friends and Members,

We’re excited to announce the launch of the CCPA’s new website. Built on an entirely new platform with open-source software, the site is loaded with new features to make the Centre’s research easier to access and follow.

– find what you’re looking for with an advanced search engine;
– watch and listen to videos, slideshows and podcasts in our new multimedia section;
– share our content to social networking sites or email pages to your contacts;
– purchase CCPA books, gift memberships, and join or donate to the Centre with an improved shopping cart system.

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Individuals/organizations are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or poster presentations by Friday December 18, 2009 for a conference aiming to gather local academic and community researchers with interest in health services for uninsured and undocumented clients.

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Sponsored by Raising the Roof as a partner in Housing Again.

A monthly electronic bulletin highlighting what people are doing to put housing back on the public agenda across Canada and around the world, sponsored by Raising the Roof as part of the Housing Again partnership.

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New Unionism is about unions setting agendas, rather than just reacting to them. This network unites supporters of four key principles: organizing, workplace democracy, internationalism and creativity.

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The world is facing climate and economic crises, people are experiencing serious impacts and without urgent action the world is in peril. Mere weeks away from the important climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, world leaders are already warning that urgent action may not come soon. This must change.

The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Labour Congress have produced Green Decent and Public, a report focused on opportunities for the public sector to play a prominent role in generating good jobs. Green Decent and Public focuses on opportunities for improving energy efficiency and rapidly expanding electricity production from renewable resources. Public and community ownership of renewable power is offered as an alternative that has distinct advantages to further market liberalization in the electricity sector. These advantages include retaining economic revenues, maximizing social benefits, prioritizing conservation and ensuring energy security.

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Radicals at Work is a network of young activists and radicals involved in workers’ movements. We have come together to connect our radical ideas to our jobs and to work together to build a stronger labor movement.

We come from many jobs and communities – we are young rank and file workers, office workers, union and non-profit staff, activists working with workers centers, students, and teachers. We have a shared commitment to grassroots democracy and a workers movement that takes on racism, sexism, homophobia and isn’t afraid to go head-to-head with the boss.

Our website is meant to inform, spark discussion and be a place for conversations and education on some of the issues facing workers’ movements today.

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by Richard Matern, Michael Mendelson and Michael Oliphant, December 2009

This paper tells the story of the development of the Ontario Deprivation Index by the Daily Bread Food Bank and the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. A ‘deprivation index’ is a list of items which are widely seen as necessary for a household to have a standard of living above the poverty level so that most households not in poverty are likely to have these items, but households in poverty are likely to find some of them unaffordable and so not have all those items. The index should therefore contain those items that distinguish the poor from the non-poor in the prevailing social and economic conditions.

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If we were to judge democracy using the language of business we would ask how it does on the “deliverables.” In other words, does it deliver on its promises of equality? In a capitalist society it is virtually impossible to deliver anything like complete equality but the role of government in the period following the Second World War was to provide a measure of equality in a system whose foundation was inequality. It has always struck me that the term we use to describe our political economic system – liberal democracy – is an oxymoron. Or more accurately a system that tries to integrate two mortally hostile notions: property rights and democracy. These are two principles that cannot be reconciled – eternal conflict is literally guaranteed.

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Written by Benjamin Dangl  

Reviewed: Sin Patron: Stories From Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories, edited by Lavaca, 320 pages, Haymarket Books, 2007.

Following the social upheaval in Argentina in 2001-2002 a book was published in Spanish that a lot of activists and independent journalists in the country began trying to get their hands on. It wasn’t in all of the bookstores, but news about it traveled like wildfire. Now the legendary book, Sin Patron: Stories From Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories, is translated and available to the English-speaking world.

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(Here is a brief summary of my new book, published earlier this month by Between The Lines Publishing, Toronto.)

Beyond the Bubble: Imagining A New Canadian Economy, makes the case that the economic crash of 2008 marked the end of one world age and the beginning of another. What has ended is the neo-liberal age of globalization and the American-centred global economy. What lends weight to this thesis is both the nature of the system of finance whose collapse is at the centre of the global crisis and the crushing problems that face the United States, making the re-assertion of an American-centred global economy exceedingly improbable.

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by Priscillia Lefebvre

The casualization of labour has placed many workers in a position of precariousness forcing them into a state of perpetual insecurity characteristic of the ‘new economy’ neoliberal nightmare. In an effort to reduce production costs and maximize profitability, many employers have adopted a neoliberal approach to employment, which is achieved through the temporary and discretional use of labour, major layoffs, the retrenchment of wages, workplace intensification and the denial of benefits. The result of which has brought real wages to a near stand-still over the past twenty-years, as well as a growing chasm between worker productivity and the compensation that follows.

The battle for wage parity and job security rages on in Ottawa between the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC), which operates both the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Museum of War, and the 92% of fed up workers who voted in favour of a strike. The current strike by 420 Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members is the longest running labour strike in PSAC history. The workers have been on strike for more than 60 days after initial attempts to bargain for a fair collective agreement came to a halt on September 18th of this year.

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The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

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