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Thu, 25 Apr 1996 15:07:01 -0400

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Originally dated: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 15:07:01 -0400

International Symposium


29-31 August 1996 in Pretoria
at the HSRC



National and provincial policy is at present being developed
in the areas of arts and culture as well as communication. The
Reconstruction and Development Programme already determines
policy for community development. How should culture and
communication be linked to development? What theoretical and
practical considerations should inform policy development?
What role should civil society, community organisations and
others, play? How can South Africa benefit from international
expertise such as that of UNESCO?

As these questions must be urgently addressed, the Focus Area:
Social Communication at the Human Sciences Research Council is
organising a three-day international symposium. The co-
organisers are UNESCO, the Centre for Cultural and Media
Studies at the University of Natal, Durban, and the Department
of Communication at UNISA and . UNESCO's World Commission on
Culture and Development will present a number of
recommendations based on consultation in Africa.

Workshops and discussion groups will be arranged to deal with
the main areas. The symposium will be addressed by renowned
experts, including UNESCO delegates. The opening address,
concerning policy and cultural studies, will be presented by
the well-known Prof. Tony Bennett of Australia. He is
Director of the Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy and
Professor of Cultural Studies at Griffith University,


Proposals for contributions to any of the following main
areas, or a combination of them, are invited. Emphases below
are only broad indications of topics.


- Arts and culture policy, with the emphasis on community
- Cultural community development
- Multicultural contexts
- Cultural studies as an interdisciplinary approach


- Policy regarding the free flow of information
- Communication and information for development support
- Communication technology within a development context
- Media imperialism, cultural diversity and development


- The RDP, culture and communication
- The role of culture in development
- Strategies and communication for capacity building
- Multi-purpose community centres


Proposals for participation should be limited to core aspects
of the three main areas, particularly where they interlink,
and be in the form of theoretical contributions, critical
analyses, proposals for resolving problems and developing
models, etc. Panel discussions and workshops will be aimed at
practical recommendations. Proposals are invited for the
following kinds of contributions:


Papers will be limited to plenary sessions and introductions
to the main areas. The maximum time allotted for the
presentation is twenty minutes. Extended summaries of papers
(at least two pages) must be available by the end of July.


Proposals for topics as well as individual panel participation
within any of the three main areas are requested.


Proposals for topics, especially about policy, as well as
individual contributions within any of the three main areas
are requested.

Proposals and summaries of contents (not more than 300 words)
must reach the organisers BEFORE 30 APRIL 1996. Address
correspondence to Dr Charles Malan, Cultural Studies
Programme, HSRC, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001. Further
information can be obtained from him at tel. nr. (012) 202
2144 (fax. nr. 202 2149, E-mail:, or
from Christo van Staden, Department of Communication, UNISA
(tel. 012 - 4296218, E-mail

Issued by:
Prof Keyan Tomaselli
Centre for Cultural and Media Studies
University of Natal, Durban
South Africa

Director: Cultural Reconstruction and Research Programme,
University of Natal.

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