Friday, February 29, 2008


The Omi International Arts Center is proud to welcome its spring residents to the Ledig House Writers Residency Program. The session will run from March 14th – June 6th. Our series of public events will kick off in New York City on March 27th at 7pm. Residents will read from their work and participate in a discussion of literature and translation. The event has been arranged through a partnership with the online journal, Words Without Borders, and it will take place in the Housing Works Bookstore located at 126 Crosby Street. We have also scheduled two community readings. The first will take place on April 26th in the Hudson Wine Merchants third floor tasting room at 341 ½ Warren Street from 5-7pm. The residents will read from their work before enjoying a selection of cheeses and wines with all those in attendance. The second community reading will take place on May 17th at the Omi International Arts Center (59 Letter S Road in Ghent). The residents will read from their work at 5PM and there will be a BBQ to follow. All events are free and open to the public.

In the sixteen years since its founding, the Ledig House International Writers' Colony has invited nearly five hundred writers and translators from over fifty countries to Columbia County and opened up a vital cultural byway between the Hudson Valley and the rest of the globe. In the last year alone Ledig House has hosted writers from twenty countries including Australia, Germany, India, Denmark, the U.K., Italy, Romania, Hungary, Guatemala, Iran, Bosnia, and Sweden. Here are some details regarding the incoming group of residents, which include an Icelandic playwright, an Iraqi fiction writer, and a Lithuanian translator – just to name a few:

Martí Sales I Sariola (Catalonia, Fiction)
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Ada Arduini (Italy, Translation)
Christine Bredenkamp (Sweden, Translation)
James Cañón (US, Fiction)
Mercedes Cebrián (Spain, Fiction/Translation)
Rui Cóias (Portugal, Poetry)
Leila Gazale (US, Screenwriting)
Jeanine Herman (US, Translation)
Julien Holtrigter (Netherlands, Poetry)
Denise Leith (Australia, Fiction)
Ellen Levine (US, Fiction)
Helena McEwen (UK, Fiction)
Sigrid Nunez (US, Fiction)
Michael Obert (Germany, Nonfiction)
Kristín Ómarsdóttir (Iceland, Playwriting)
Jina Ortiz (US, Poetry/Fiction)
Thachom Poyil Rajeevan (India, Fiction/Poetry)
Saulius Repecka (Lithuania, Translation)
Gabriele Riedle (Germany, Fiction)
Martí Sales I Sariola (Catalonia, Fiction)
Claudia Schreiber (Germany, Fiction)
Sudeep Sen (India, Poetry)
Samuel Shimon (Iraq, Fiction)
Mikhail Shishkin (Russia, Fiction)
Buket Uzuner (Turkey, Fiction)
Lara Vapnyar (Russia/US, Fiction)

For information please call 518-392-4568 ex. 100
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Training Opportunity: New approach to intercultural conflict and crisis resolution

Hailed as "Excellent training with realistic examples tied to everyday
situations,” “thought provoking,” and “better than diversity
training," a
new approach to conflict and crisis resolution across cultures will be
held in Austin, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Baltimore, Maryland;
Portland; Krems, Austria; and Tokyo.

For more information on dates and individual trainings in The
Intercultural Conflict Style Model and Intercultural Conflict Style
Inventory, the Intercultural Development Inventory, Qualifying and
Advanced IDI Seminars, and assessments of intercultural competence, go

Trainings begin in March 08.
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Newsletter: Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust (Feb 08)

Culture News

Issue 1 - February 2008

This newsletter is published by The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust.

Contact Details
Caithness Road
Eastlea, PO Box HG 177, Highlands, Harare

Editor: Chipo Muvezwa


Tel./Fax: 776136 -7, 746875


Our Partners
Swedish Sida
Ministry of Education Sport and Culture
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe
Local Business Community
The National Art Galleries of Zimbabwe
City of Harare
Farm Orphans Support Trust, Chipinge Office
Culture Stakeholders

List of Events
National Arts Merit Awards - NAMA 13 February

Hifa 29 April - 4 May

Culture Week - 25 May

Chimanimani Arts Festival - 18 April

Bulawayo Music
Festival - 21-25 May 2008

Manica Arts Festival - 28 February - 1 March 2008

Fiyo Arts Festival - 1-8 June 2008

Winter Jazz Festival June/ July

The Culture News is a publication of The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust. The Trust was established and registered as a Trust in 2006 to contribute to the growth and development of the Culture Sector in Zimbabwe through provision of financial and technical support to cultural practitioners, institutions and activities. The establishment of the Fund came as a result of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and stakeholders' desire to address inconsistent funding to the Culture Sector in Zimbabwe.

The Culture Fund awarded 142 projects with grants worth over Z$40 billion in August 2007.

Executive Director

2008 Call for Applications

The Culture Fund has opened its application process for this year's grants. Visit Culture Fund for more:

List of Culture Fund successful Projects 2007

In August, the Culture Fund Board announced the successful projects for 2007 for the following categories, Cultural Heritage; Cultural Industries; Fine Arts and Crafts; Literature and Languages; Performing Arts; Film, Audio-Visual and Multi-Media. Listed below are the projects by their Sub-Sectors.

Culture Fund Purchases Musical Instruments

As part of its effort to ensure that Zimbabwe’s culture sector grows to greater heights the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust Board resolved to purchase musical instruments for the Performing Arts Sub-Sector. This followed recommendations by the Performing Arts Sub-Sector Committee that their sector would benefit more if musical instruments were purchased and placed within institutions.

Speaking at the announcement of the 2007 grantees in August, the Board chairperson, Mr Luxon Zembe said the Trust had committed US$50 000 to the purchase of musical instruments, adding that the need had arisen due to the high demand for these instruments in the industry.

Sida Extends Support by Three Years

The Swedish government through the Swedish International Development Corporation (Sida) has made a commitment to continued support for the growth of the Culture Sector in Zimbabwe through cultural funding by signing a three year agreement with the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust.

The Trust was registered in June last year, with a 7 member Board duly constituted. The Secretariat was put in place with the appointment of an Executive Director, Mr Farai Mpfunya in January this year. Since then Culture Fund began a journey towards building a firm foundation.

Artists Donate Sculptures to the Culture Fund

Patrick Nyamayaro, a sculptor from Mashonaland Central Province donated a sculpture to the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust as a token of appreciation for the job being done by the Trust to support the arts sector in Zimbabwe.

The donation entitled the Zulu Chief is a portrait of a traditional Zulu leader. Nyamayaro said his art was based on Matabeleland tradition. He handed over the sculpture to Mr Farai Mpfunya, the Trust’s Executive Director on the 29th of October.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mexico City: ICORN partner, Casa Refugio, collaborates w/ unitednationsplaza

unitednationsplaza Mexico DF
March 1 - 30, 2008

Citlaltépetl 25,
Col. Hipódromo Condesa 06170
Del. Cuauhtémoc, México D.F.

El Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, A.C. (PAC) is pleased to present unitednationsplaza Mexico DF, an exhibition in the form of a temporary school. For this project, artist Anton Vidokle is organizing a month long program of seminars and workshops that use the Casa Refugio as a site to shape a critically engaged public through art discourse. unitednationsplaza is presented by PAC (Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo A.C.) as part of its new curatorial residency program, and will run from March 1st through March 30th, 2008.

unitednationsplaza is thematically organized around a central topic: possibilities for artistic agency today. The program will comprise of a series of short seminars and workshops developed by a group of artists, writers, curators and theorists including Eduardo Abaroa, Minerva Cuevas, Anselm Franke, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Nikolaus Hirsch, Chus Martinez, Martha Rosler, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Jalal Toufic, Jan Verwoert and Tirdad Zolghadr. All topics will be addressed from the perspective of ongoing research and production, and as such will constitute the core structure of the school. The program will also feature discussions, screenings, performances and publications by a group of contributors including Julieta Aranda, Fia Backstrom, Regine Basha, Oksana Bulgakowa, Nico Dockx, Adriana Lara, Desiderio Navarro, Damian Ortega, Hila Peleg and Eduardo Sarabia. unitednationsplaza will operate a web-based radio station: WUNP, a project by Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere.

For program and schedule please scroll below.

unitednationsplaza Mexico DF is the third in a series of art projects organized around a temporary school format, started by Anton Vidokle. Vidokle initiated his research into education as site for artistic practice for Manifesta 6, which was cancelled. In response to the cancellation, Vidokle set up an independent project in Berlin called Unitednationsplaza--a twelve-month exhibition as school involving more than a hundred artists, writers, philosophers, and diverse audiences. Located behind a supermarket in East Berlin, UNP's program featured numerous seminars, lectures, screenings, book presentations and projects including the Martha Rosler Library. Starting January 2008, Vidokle is presenting a related year-long program, called Night School, at the New Museum in New York City.

El Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, A.C. (PAC) is a non-profit organization formed by a group of individuals committed to promoting the development of contemporary art. PAC was founded in 2000 as an initiative to bring contemporary art closer to a larger audience by way of collaboration with museums, galleries, curators, publishers, critics and researches in the field of contemporary art. Its board of directors concentrates the voluntary efforts of an independent group of cultural professionals. PAC's program is supported and enhanced thanks to the yearly contributions of individual and corporate donors.

Casa Refugio Citlaltépetl is a civic association based in Mexico City whose mission is to provide shelter and protection to prosecuted writers from any country. In addition, Casa Refugio also has an intensive public cultural program which includes publication of the quarterly magazine "Là neas de Fuga", as well as the organization of conference cycles (known as "Literary Thursdays"); special events such as book launches and poetry readings, and literary workshops amongst other activities.

Admission is always free but space is limited. Please reserve a seat for each event by writing to

PROGRAM March 1- 30th, 2008:

• March 1st, 7-10 PM

Liam Gillick: Two Short Texts on the Possibility of Creating an Economy of Equivalence,
Day 1: The day AFTER closure of an experimental factory.

• March 2nd, 4-7 PM

Liam Gillick: Two Short Texts on the Possibility of Creating an Economy of Equivalence,
Day 2: Reoccupation, recuperation and PRECISE renovation.

• March 3rd, 7-10 PM

Eduardo Abaroa: Cheap Nebula

• March 4th, 7-10 PM

Natasha Sadr Haghighian: 40 minutes between the boards

• March 6th, 6-8 PM

Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Land

• March 7th, 7-10 PM

Martha Rosler: Essays

Presentation of Imágines públicas: La funcà on polà tica de la imagen
Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 2007

• March 8th, 7-10 PM

Julieta Aranda & Regine Basha: Out of Tune.

• March 9th, 5-7:30 PM

Anselm Franke: From Animism to Animation: Moving Image in Modern Culture.

Introduction Anselm Franke
Guest speaker: Oksana Bulgakowa, Eisentstein in Mexico.
Film excerpts "Que Viva Mexico"

• March 10th, 7-10 PM

Anselm Franke: From Animism to Animation: Moving Image in Modern Culture.
Lecture by Anselm Franke

• March 11th, 7-10 pm

Jan Verwoert: Yes, No And Other Options.
Part 1

• March 12th, 7-10 PM

Jan Verwoert: Yes, No And Other Options.
Part 2

• March 13th, 7-10 PM

Tirdad Zolghadr: Kitchen Party: revisiting Class Hegemony, Ethnic Marketing and the unp.
Part 1

• March 14th, 7-10 PM

Tirdad Zolghadr: Kitchen Party: revisiting Class Hegemony, Ethnic Marketing and the unp.
Part 2

• March 15th, 1-10 pm (all day)

Nikolaus Hirsch: The Architecture of Education

• March 16th


Fia Backström: HERD INSTINCT 360° (2006)


Chus Martà nez: Attitude Relativism: A session on the notion of the “contract” established between the artists and the audience.

• March 18th, 7-10 PM

Boris Groys: Art after Communism.

Guest speaker: Desiderio Navarro

• March 24th, 7-10 PM

Minerva Cuevas: Artistic Research

• March 26th, 7-10 PM

Jalal Toufic: You Said “Stay,” So I Stayed

• March 27th, 7-10 PM

Jalal Toufic: The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster

• March 28th, 8PM

Mexico City Premiere: A Crime Against Art

A film by Hila Peleg
2007, Berlin/Madrid, 100 min.

Defendants: Anton Vidokle and Tirdad Zolgdhar
Prosecutors: Vasif Kortun and Chus Martinez
Defense attorney: Charles Esche
Judge: Jan Verwoert
Expert witnesses: Maria Lind and Anselm Franke
Artist: Setareh Shabazi
Public: Keti Chukrov and Barnaby Drabble
With special contribution by Liam Gillick.

• March 30th

4-6 PM Damian Ortega: Book Presentation: MI LIBRO ES SU LIBRO
Selected Writings and Works of Lawrence Weiner.
Editorial Alias, 2008

7-9 PM Adriana Lara: A launch of a special issue of PAZMAKER for unitednationsplaza.

10 pm till the last person leaves!
SALON ALEMAN – UNPMX closing party with Tequila Sarabia by Eduardo Sarabia

Can't come to Mexico? Tune in online: Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere will continue WUNP as a live internet broadcast stream from Casa Refugio, Mexico DF. Every Wednesday during the month of March. Schedule TBA; check the UNP website for more information:

*Please note that schedule is subject to change.

For full program information, abstracts and bios of participants, please go to

For further information please contact:

Viviana Kuri Haddad
Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, a.c.
Palmas 820 piso 3, Lomas de Chapultepec 11000
Mexico DF
t. (5255)55 40 8395 / 5284 0360 ext. 395

unitednationsplaza Mexico DF has been made possible with generous support from

- OMR Gallery
- Nina Menocal Gallery
- Kurimanzutto Gallery

Special thanks to Boris Hirmas and Alberto Fierro/Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign affairs.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Transmission Asia-Pacific: a meeting of video activists and free software developers

Transmission Asia-Pacific - Call for Applications
EngageMedia and Ruangrupa would like to announce Transmission Asia-
Pacific: a meeting of video activists and free software developers
using online video distribution for social justice and media democracy.

Sukabumi, Indonesia, May 19-25, 2008.

Online video distribution is rapidly reshaping social change film
making, huge opportunities now exist to distribute video work widely,
independently and at minimal cost. The potential of online
distribution to advance social justice, human rights, environmental
and other causes is significant. With this in mind Transmission Asia-
Pacific (TX-AP) aims to bring together free software web developers
and video activists from throughout the region to share skills and
forge collaborations.

TX-AP will bring together 50 people for five days on the edge of the
Gede Pangrango National Park near Sukabumi, 120km from Jakarta. TX-AP
will be a space for video makers to learn about free and open source
video tools and interface with the technologists developing them. For
developers it will be an opportunity to share skills and share code
in order to be more effective. The meeting will allow developers to
better understand the needs of video makers and for video makers to
understand and contribute to the processes of development. TX-AP is a
meeting of peers where everyone brings something to contribute.

The TX-AP meeting will link into the existing Transmission network.
Transmission is a network of video activists, artists, researchers,
programmers and web producers who are developing online video
distribution tools for social justice and media democracy. The
network aims to build the necessary tools, standards, documentation
and social networks to make independent online distribution possible.

The core aims of the meeting are to
* build a regional network of online video web developers, online
video projects and video makers who can work together into the future
* develop the skills of video activists in the areas of encoding,
online distribution, open formats and Free software.
* develop and discuss new online video tactics in campaigning
* increase the uptake and collaboration around shared FOSS online
video distribution tools such as Content Management Systems
* build upon existing Transmission projects such as translation
tools, metadata standard, FOSS codecs, documentation etc. and their
application in the region
* ensure programmers leave with an enhanced understanding of online
video development, understanding of video makers needs and the
ability to run video distribution software

Who should apply?
We're looking for activist video makers, organisers and web-
developers from the Asia-Pacific region. If you are a web developer
you should have a keen interest in open source technologies, have
some knowledge of software programming and preferably already be
working with video. If you are a video maker you should already be
accomplished in your field and have made several videos. We're
looking for video makers and web developers who will take back the
skills they learn to their communities and pass them on.

How to Apply?
To apply to attend you need to fill out the online form here which
you can find here:

We particularly encourage women to apply.

Please note that given the range of countries participants will be
coming from English will be the main language used at the meeting. If
you have any questions about the application form or the event you
can contact the organisers here:


Why isn't the meeting open?
Due to funding and venue limitations we're not able to make the
meeting open for anyone to attend. Apart from specific trainers and
Transmission network project leads participants are restricted to the
Asia-Pacific region. We are also committed to at least 1/3 of
participants being women and that the meeting as a whole is
representative of the region, ie that wealthier attendees from a
couple of countries do not dominate the meeting.

Costs and Scholarships
There are a limited number of travel scholarships for people to
attend. In the application form you should specify if you need a
scholarship and why.

There is also a small, scaled attendance fee to help cover costs such
as food an accommodation. This is either $75, $50 or $25. This fee
can be waived if an attendee or organisation is unable to afford it.
All food, accomodation and local transport will be covered for all

Transmission Asia-Pacific is supported by Hivos and the Open Society

More info:

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Beirut: fD Stakeholder, Joelle Khoury & Lap Bob Electro Jazz

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): In Cameroon, leading private TV station summarily closed

New York, February 22, 2008—Cameroon’s government summarily closed on Thursday a leading private television station on alleged regulatory violations, according to local journalists and news reports. The station in Douala was distinguished for its leading coverage of a national debate over a bid by President Paul Biya to scrap a constitutional clause that limits presidential terms.
Two police commanders backed by a squad of riot police forced Equinoxe Télévision off the air at 3 p.m. local time and sealed its studios, the station’s editor in chief, Albert Yondjeu, told CPJ. Police gave the station a copy of an order from Communications Minister Jean-Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam that had been read exclusively on state radio and television. The order stated that the station was operating illegally because it had not paid a 100 million CFA francs (US$227,000) broadcast licensing fee, according to Equinoxe Director General Séverin Tchounkeu.
Only three private television stations, Canal2 International, Spectrum TV, and TV+ have operated with official licenses in Cameroon since last year, but the government has allowed the rest of the handful of stations, unable to afford the hefty licensing fees, to operate under what Jean-Marc Soboth, National Secretary of the Cameroon Journalists’ Trade Union, called a de facto “regime of administrative tolerance.”
“We are alarmed by the closure of Equinoxe TV, which is clearly intended to send a message to cow the press into self-censorship over political coverage,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “We call on the authorities to allow the station back on the air immediately.”
In a telephone interview with CPJ today, Minister Essam said the government would also close other stations in default.

Local journalists say they believe the move was linked to Equinoxe’s pointed coverage of the heated debate splitting supporters and opponents of Biya, who has been in power since 1982. Last Saturday, the station exclusively aired a live feed of police dispersing a protest with live rounds, said Henry Fotso, President of Cameroon’s National Broadcasting Trade Union. Equinoxe was also leading the way in debate programs and interviews of both opposition leaders and government officials, local journalists said.
Cameroon’s 1990 press law liberalized the country’s airwaves, but in 2000, former Prime Minister Peter Mafany Moussonge unilaterally signed a decree imposing the regulatory rules of the broadcasting sector, including hefty licensing fees. It was not until June 2007 that the first licenses for three television stations and one radio station were awarded, according to news reports.
CPJ is a New York-based, independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide. For more information, visit
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Saturday, February 23, 2008

RFK Center Helps Delphine Djiriabe, RFK Human Rights Defender, Evacuates From Chad Amidst Violence

Since early February, Chad has been in a state of chaos after a rebel group attacked its capital city, N'Djamena, attempting to overthrow the government of President Idriss Déby. Since then the New York Times reports the Déby government has been using the failed coup to begin a "political crackdown" targeting human rights defenders and political dissidents.

2004 RFK Human Rights Award winner, Delphine Djiraibe, and her colleague, Jacqueline Moudeina, were in imminent danger. In the past both had been targeted by the Déby government for their outspoken human rights work. RFK Center with the help of a broad coalition of NGOs, including DC-based Environmental Defense and The Center for International Environmental Law, was able to help Delphine and Jacqueline evacuate the country to safety in Paris, France.

Without the support of RFK Memorial friends and Members, we would not have been able to help Delphine in her time of need.

RFK Center worked closely with French officials to help Delphine and Jacqueline in the aftermath of the coup. Eventually Delphine and Jacqueline found housing at a French military base in Chad, then were flown to Libreville, Gabon, via a French military plane and finally provided a temporary visa to France. The French Government arranged for Delphine and Jacqueline to meet with the staff of the Minister of State, responsible for foreign affairs and human rights, while in Paris to discuss the current situation in Chad.

Delphine continues to be a shining example of the type of courageous human rights defenders the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights is committed to supporting. She continues to break barriers by founding Chad's first public interest law firm and continuing to hold the World Bank and international investors in the Chad-Cameroon Oil & Pipeline Project accountable for their landmark agreement to invest oil revenues in education, health and services to support the human rights of citizens in the region.

Thanks to the generosity of RFK Memorial Members, RFK Center can continue to support Delphine and other human rights defenders in their groundbreaking work. Members' support helps defenders on the frontline of the human rights movement in their hours of need and in their ongoing pursuit of their social change goals. Please join us in standing with these heroes by becoming a member of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial.

When you contribute $35.00 or more, you will receive a special appreciation gift and our newsletter, including donor recognition in a special edition of the newsletter. Most importantly, however, is the satisfaction that you are making a real difference to Delphine and her fellow rights defenders around the globe.

Strengthen our pursuit of human rights in the United States and abroad. It's a small investment with great return.

Warm Regards,

Lynn Delaney,
Executive Director, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Nepal: The ICJ calls for urgent action to strengthen rule of law

19 February 2008

In a report published today, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) highlights the shortcomings of the Maoist "justice system" as it operated during the conflict and urges the Nepal authorities to address pressing public security concerns and many rule of law issues that have arisen after the parallel system stopped functioning.

"The lack of clarity in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as to which mechanisms were to be put in place to ensure the full implementation of the provisions on dissolving parallel systems has been a major obstacle to bring justice to those people whose cases were pending before Maoist "people's courts" or who had been victimized under the Maoist system", said the ICJ.

More than a year has passed since the CPA directed there should be no "parallel structures", but no mechanisms or procedures have been put in place to ensure the many cases affected by the functioning of the "people's courts" are resolved. "This is mainly a technical matter and an advisory panel of experts could be constituted to start drawing up guidelines and help restore a sense of the rule of law", the ICJ said.

The Maoist "justice system", which did not uphold international standards on fair trial, has served to highlight shortcomings in the state justice system, such as its slow and expensive nature as well as the positive contribution of traditional and community-based mediation mechanisms to the delivery of justice at a local level. The ICJ report highlights mediation as a useful tool to help settle disputes. It advocates that all existing and any future systems of mediation should comply with international human rights standards with minimum guarantees for the protection of members of vulnerable groups such as women and dalits.

"Despite obstacles in the process leading to a Constituent Assembly elections and a new constitutional framework, it is vital that the rule of law is strengthened at the earliest opportunity. To do that the Government must implement measures in the short-term to provide justice and redress for people affected by the justice vacuum during the conflict," the ICJ said. Particular attention should also be given to the restoration of the rule of law in the Tarai region where the police remain largely absent in rural areas and the work of the courts is often disrupted due to threats to civil servants, including court officials and public prosecutors.

For more information please contact:
In Kathmandu, Susan Appleyard: 00977 122 10413 In London, Ingrid Massage: 0044 7768 196015 In Geneva: 0041 22 979 3800
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Liverpool: Intercultural Cities Conference 1-3 May 2008

An official UK event for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008

In the cities of today and tomorrow, how can people from different cultures really live together - rather than just rub along side one another?

As part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, the Intercultural Cities Conference, will look at migration, diversity and urban life in a fresh way. New thinking is needed on how diverse communities can co-operate in productive harmony instead of leading parallel or antagonistic lives.

The conference is organised by EUCLID and Comedia, in association with the Liverpool Culture Company, and with the support of the European Commission and the Council of Europe .

Taking place in this year's European Capital of Culture the conference will not only provide an opportunity to look at how different cultures can live together but how mixing can be turned to economic, social and cultural advantage - key issues particularly for those responsible for planning and regeneration, the local economy, community cohesion, education and the cultural services.

The three day event will feature various European and international speakers, such as Ilda Curti, who has frontline experience as both a manager of urban change projects and is now political head of integration in Torino, globalisation guru Saskia Sassen, New York Times writer Gregg Pascal Zachary, the world authority on on cultural diversity and city planning Leonie Sandercock, Lord Bhikhu Parekh who says it is time to rethink multiculturalism and Keith Khan, Head of Culture for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The conference format will break with convention in pursuit of maximum interaction between delegates and speakers. There will also be the opportunity to get out into Liverpool to see some examples of intercultural dialogue and delegates can also choose from various extra activities, such as a dinner at Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club, featuring comedian Shazia Mirza.

Full details can be found at including the early bird booking fee, only available until 31 March!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

fD media friend: BIDOUN, Issue 13, GLORY, now in stores

Bidoun's spring issue is devoted to GLORY.

Glory is:
To be talked about.
To be overwhelmed.
To be touched by the hand of God,
or possessed by infernal ambitions.
To aspire to greatness.
To go too far.
To live forever,
or to go out with a bang.

In this issue, Issandr El Amrani charts the life and death and afterlife of Souffles, an avant-garde journal of 1960s Morocco, in which a generation of North African intellectuals found and then lost a place they could call home. Z Pamela Karimi and Michael C Vazquez consider the contested glories of Persian Empire and Islamic Republic in the history of a single building in downtown Tehran. Sophia Al-Maria describes the phantasmagoric spectacle of the women's tent at a Qatari wedding feast, while Gary Dauphin ponders the occult chemistry of listening to hip hop and house music as a teenager on the outskirts of New York in the 1980s.

In the music section, Sukhdev Sandhu revisits the legacy of Mingering Mike–simply the most important soul superstar you've never ever heard–while Elias Muhanna writes of Julia Boutros, sometime-muse of Hassan Nasrallah. In the film section, Bruce Hainley converses with cult film auteur William E Jones about his hypnotic filmmaking, the documentary impulse, and the lessons of the 1970s pornography.

In the arts, Tom Morton profiles Saâdane Afif, Dominic Eichler sits down with Shahryar Nashat's latest project, and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie casts an eye to Ziad Antar's current video in progress. And we have the usual installment of columns on travel, museums, and curatorial practice. Exhibition reviews include: Istanbul Biennial/Jean-Luc Moulène/Stalking with Stories at Apex Art/How Nancy Wished It Was All An April Fool's Joke/Shirana Shahbazi/Contour/VideoBrasil/Port City at Arnolfini/summer show at the Dubai Community Theater and Arts Center/London is the Place for Me at Rivington Place/The FM Ferry Experiment/Riwaq Bienniale.

And finally, this issue boasts two new departments. Ephemera captures all manner of pettifoggery, whether ridiculous or sublime, while the Glossary provides a wealth of tall tales and minutiae–the stuff of legend.

Subscribe now at
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

RFK Memorial Conference "Right to Identity in the Americas : The Role of Civil Society" (Mar 7 / Wash DC)

Rights & Democracy
The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights

are pleased to invite you to the conference:

"Right to Identity in the Americas : The Role of Civil Society"

on March 7, 2008 - 9:30 am-1:30 pm

The issue of national identification and civil registration has been garnering increased attention in the Americas . There are a number of countries where citizens' right to identity is being violated by the state, by omission or commission. The right to be officially recognized as a citizen by the state, and to have that state ensure the registration of one's civil status from birth to death, are minimum guarantees which allow citizens to participate in democracy and claim their international human rights. International and regional organizations have seized on this reality and have taken steps to promote civil registration in Latin America and the Caribbean . However, much more needs to be done to understand the human rights implications related to national identification and civil registration, especially in countries where these rights are being violated.

The conference will include two panels of experts and opening remarks from American University 's Washington College of Law (WCL).

9:30 am Opening Remarks

10:00 - 11:00 am Panel 1: Violations of the Right to Identity in the Americas
Panelists include: Roxanna Altholz from University of California - Berkeley, Sonia Pierre from MUDHA ( Dominican Republic ), Colette Lespinasse from GARR ( Haiti ) and Sofia Macher from IDL ( Peru ).

11:45am - 12:45 pm Panel 2: International Response to Violations of the Right to Identity
Panelists include representatives from: Organization of American States, the United Nations, Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, and PLAN International.

The conference will be hosted by American University 's Washington College of Law and will take place:

American University Washington College of Law
Room 603, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
On Friday, March 7, 2008, from 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Please send your RSVPs and/or questions to

The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization that is dedicated to advancing the human rights movement through providing innovative support to courageous human rights defenders around the world. Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development) is an independent Canadian institution created by an Act of Parliament with an international mandate to promote, advocate and defend the democratic and human rights set out in the International Bill of Human Rights.
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Friday, February 15, 2008

Marjane Satrapi in NYTimes - In a Flat World, a Rebel With a Cause

Marjane berated by fundamentalists.

Published: December 25, 2007
“Persepolis” is a simple story told by simple means. Like Marjane Satrapi’s book, on which it is based, the film, directed by Ms. Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, consists essentially of a series of monochrome drawings, their bold black lines washed with nuances of gray. The pictures are arranged into the chronicle of a young girl’s coming of age in difficult times, a tale that unfolds with such grace, intelligence and charm that you almost take the wondrous aspects of its execution for granted.

In this age of Pixar and “Shrek,” it is good to be reminded that animation is rooted not in any particular technique, but in the impulse to bring static images to life. And “Persepolis,” austere as it may look, is full of warmth and surprise, alive with humor and a fierce independence of spirit. Its flat, stylized depiction of the world — the streets and buildings of Tehran and Vienna in particular — turns geography into poetry.

If “Persepolis” had been a conventional memoir rather than a graphic novel, Ms. Satrapi’s account of her youth in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran would not have been quite as moving or as marvelous. Similarly, if the movie version had been conventionally cast and acted, it would inevitably have seemed less magical as well as less real.

It would also probably not have starred Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve and Danielle Darrieux, the three formidable French actresses who give voice to young Marjane, her mother and her grandmother. Sony Pictures Classics, which is releasing “Persepolis” in the United States, could easily have dubbed it into English, a change that might have broadened the film’s appeal for a subtitle-phobic American audience. But then we would have missed the music of those incomparable movie star voices, and also a delightful parallel between cast and characters. Ms. Deneuve is Ms. Mastroianni’s mother in real life, and Ms. Darrieux played Ms. Deneuve’s mother in “The Young Girls of Rochefort” 40 years ago.

Ms. Darrieux’s Grandma is the sturdy matriarchal anchor of “Persepolis,” a source of humor, advice and moral guidance for young Marjane, and also an embodiment of the film’s no-nonsense feminism. Like her grandmother, Marjane is a natural rebel, someone who takes freedom as her birthright and dares the world to challenge her.

Needless to say, the world obliges. Marjane grows up in a family of left-wing intellectuals who suffer first under the Shah’s dictatorship and then, as the triumphant Islamic revolutionaries turn on their secular allies, under the rule of the mullahs. This political history, which includes war, torture and execution, is conveyed with impressive economy and visual wit. The beards of male religious zealots — and the chadors of their female counterparts — are like black holes in the screen, sucking away the light. (Later, during Marjane’s exile in Vienna, a straying boyfriend is transformed from an angel-headed paragon into a sniveling, buck-toothed cretin.)

Against the forces of intolerance and superstition, Marjane, following her grandmother’s example, takes an impetuous stand as a champion of enlightenment. Though she is self-confident and sometimes a little self-righteous, Ms. Satrapi doesn’t wrap herself in heroism. The political dimensions of her story are as clear and bold as her graphic style, but “Persepolis” traffics more in feelings than in slogans, and dwells most persuasively on the uncertainty and ambivalence of adolescence.

Fearing for her safety in a time of war and political repression, Marjane’s parents (her father is voiced by Simon Abkarian) send her to Austria, and the alienation she experiences there is a sad counterpart to the anxiety of Tehran. She loses herself for a while in punk rock and other alternative pleasures, but finds little to sustain her in the easy nihilism of European alternative culture. And it is in Vienna that the full pathos of her situation becomes clear, a dilemma that is hardly hers alone. Either she can be more or less free and give up her home, or she can return home at the cost of her freedom and individuality.

“Persepolis” dramatizes this dilemma without forcing it into an easy or sentimental resolution. While the character of her younger self sometimes slips into depression or dramatic behavior, Ms. Satrapi, as a writer and filmmaker, seems utterly devoid of self-pity. Grandma, whose life was long, difficult and rich, clearly had no time for such indulgences, and it is not hard to see that Marjane lived up to her example.

“Persepolis” is frequently somber, but it is also whimsical and daring, a perfect expression of the imagination’s resistance to the literal-minded and the power-mad, who insist that the world can be seen only in black and white.

“Persepolis” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). It has some scenes of violence and sexuality, for the most part discreetly and obliquely drawn.

Written (in French, with English subtitles) and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, based on the graphic novels by Ms. Satrapi; animation coordinator, Christian Desmares; edited by Stéphane Roche; music by Olivier Bernet; production designer, Marisa Musy; art director, Marc Jousset; produced by Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault; released by Sony Pictures Classics. Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes.

WITH THE VOICES OF: Chiara Mastroianni (teenage and adult Marjane), Catherine Deneuve (Tadji), Danielle Darrieux (Marjane’s grandmother), Simon Abkarian (Ebi), Gabrielle Lopes (young Marjane) and François Jerosme (Uncle Anouche).
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Busan Biennale 2008: Expenditure

Busan Biennale 2008
Theme: Expenditure
Period: Sep. 06. - Nov. 15. 2008 (71 days)
Opening ceremony: Sep. 06. 2008
Venues: Busan Museum of Modern Art and others
Contemporary Art Exhibition
Sea Art Festival,
Busan Sculpture Project
Number of artworks: approx. 200 from 30 countries
Busan Metropolitan City
Busan Biennale Organizing Committee
Contact: telephone 82-51-888-6691~9
fax 82-51-888-6693

The 2008 Busan Biennale unfolds at the Busan Museum of Modern Art, Gwangalli Beach, and APEC Naru Park between September 6th to November 15th under the theme of "Expenditure." Made up of the Contemporary Art Exhibition, the Sea Art Festival, and the Busan Sculpture Project, the 2008 Busan Biennale will exhibit a distinctive philosophy of "expenditure" and a vivid scene of contemporary art through a variety of artworks including paintings, photographs, videos, installations, outdoor
sculptures, etc.

The theme of the 2008 Busan Biennale, "Expenditure," was borrowed from Georges Bataille's discussion. Since it means consumption, release, and exhaustion, and extends into extravagance and reckless expenditure, "expenditure" is a concept contrary to goal-oriented, power-oriented, and phallic economic concepts, such as production, moderation, accumulation, acquisition, regime, control, etc. Though it has political and economic implications, it also has a great deal of implications for the perspectives of aesthetics and cultural criticism. Bataille pointed out that all studies had pursued to understand a society or a culture through the lens of production and accumulation and this had been an attempt to look at the whole from a part of a society or a culture, leading to a half-baked interpretation. According to Bataille, a complete discussion could be produced when we look at a society or a culture through the lenses of spending, consumption, exhaustion, etc., or concepts that are the antipodes of production, accumulation, acquisition, control, etc., that is, concepts employed in existing discussion methods. He asserted that, after all, culture had been maintained through activities deemed meaningless, such as releasing and consuming what was produced and accumulated.

The 2008 Busan Biennale attempts to reinterpret the trends of contemporary art as the aesthetics of "expenditure" through a microscopic lens, as well as to interpret "expenditure" through a macroscopic lens from the perspectives of cultural theories. Differentiating itself from existing biennales, which focus on exhibiting latest art trends "with speed" and "in abundance," the 2008 Busan Biennale seeks to illuminate and predict the latest directions of contemporary art, from paintings to sculptures to videos, under the theme of "expenditure," employing thorough analyses and maintaining critical views.

First, the Contemporary Art Exhibition will unfold at the Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan Yachting Center, and other places, under the direction of Kim Won-bang, a professor at Hongik University and art critic, exhibiting some 120 works of 100 artists from 20 countries. The Contemporary Art Exhibition, whose theme is "Expenditure, Art, Culture," presents the driver of today's cultural activities through the concept of expenditure, shifting directions from existing production-oriented and appearance-centered values to the disintegration of supernatural values and power of culture.

The Sea Art Festival will be hosted in the Gwangalli Beach, nearby shopping centers, Samik Leports Town, Geumnyeonsan Subway Station, etc. under the direction of Jeon Seung-bo, an independent curator. Some 60 artists from 20 countries will participate in the Festival with 70 artworks. The Sea Art Festival, whose theme is "Voyage Without Boundaries," seems to be in line with the theme of the biennale, "Expenditure," in that the Festival embraces contradiction and paradox as the essence of life, addressing formation and creation.

The Busan Sculpture Project, which is headed by a sculptor Yi Jeong-hyeong, is hosted in APEC Naru Park, inviting 20 works of 20 artists from 15 countries. The theme of the Busan Sculpture Project, "Avant Garden," combined "Avant" from avant-garde with "Garden," which indicates a more private space than a park. Thus, "Avant Garden" implies the intention of transforming everyday spaces into creative ones by combining epistemological and aesthetic notions with ordinary parks.

Busan Biennale 2008
Sep. 6 - Nov. 15, 2008,
Press Opening
Sep. 5. 2008, Auditorium at the Busan Museum of Modern Art
Opening Ceremony
Sep. 6. 2008

For inquiries, contact:
Busan Biennale Organizing Committee
23rd Floor, Busan City Hall, Yeonsan 5-dong, Yeonje-gu, Busan Metropolitan City
Tel. 82-51-888-6691~9 / Fax 82-51-888-6693 /
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Summer courses on gender, migration and women's human rights (Quezon City)

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from Women and Gender Institute (WAGI)! WAGI is Miriam College’s specialized center for advocacy on women’s issues, gender equality and non-sexist education. It offers a cross-discipline perspective on women’s empowerment that is interlinked with democracy, human rights, governance and value formation. It promotes critical analyses and leadership among young women and students through curricular, research, training and technical support.

We are pleased to inform you of our upcoming courses. Feel free to share this with your staff and network.

10th International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR)
April 14 – 19, 2008
This year marks the 10th year offering of our summer course on international women’s human rights. It is the first academic-based women’s human rights course offered in the Philippines. It examines the use of international human rights instruments from both gender and Asian perspectives. The training is designed for educators, NGO workers, technical staff of legislators and mid-level public servants from national agencies and other professionals who seek to deepen their understanding of women’s human rights issues and challenges and endeavor to work on the practical application of human rights instruments in their respective professions. For the past 9 years, we have trained more than 300 participants from the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Mexico, Thailand, Tibet, Iran, Korea, and the US.

Course Fee:
Local participants: Php 7,000.00 for on-site registration
Php 6,500.00 payment made on or before March 15, 2008
International participants: US$ 350.00 for on-site registration
US$300.00 payment made on or before March 15, 2008
(The fee includes materials, exposures and lunch)

3rd Gender Fair Education (GFE)
April 21 – 25, 2008
An intensive one-week course that will provide teachers and administrators in Elementary and High School the perspective, strategies and skills in implementing gender-fair learning in their campuses and classrooms. It aims to enhance the understanding of the current issues, perspectives and methodologies in gender fair education for use in teaching, research and educational management practice.
Course Fee: Php 5,500.00 (inclusive of course papers, materials and lunch)

2nd Summer Institute on Migration (SIM)
May 12 – 17, 2008
The Summer Institute on Migration aims to provide a critical overview of the migration process, dynamics, issues and challenges. The training will utilize an interdisciplinary approach and will focus on migration, globalization and development; gender analysis of migration; human rights and migration laws and polices on the economic dimensions of migration.

Course Fee
Local participants: Php 7,000.00 for on-site registration
Php 6,500.00 payment made on or before April 15, 2008
International participants: US$ 350.00 for on-site registration
US$ 300.00 payment made on or before April 15, 2008
(The fee includes materials, exposures and lunch)

If interested, kindly request application forms via email:


Prof. Aurora de Dios
Executive Director
Miriam College - Women and Gender Institute
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DIASPORA, MIGRATION AND THE MEDIA SECTION (Call for Panels + Papers) European Communication Research and Education Association

Dear Colleagues,
apologises for sending this only in English, and for any cross posting.

The ECREA organizer committee decided to postpone the deadline for
submitting proposals until 3 MARCH.

Please visit the conference web site at:

European Communication Research and Education Association - ECREA

2nd ECREA CONFERENCE, Barcelona, 25-28 November 2008
Hosted by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

The 'Diaspora, Migration and the Media' section invites all academics
and non-academics who work with issues within the broad theme of ECREA's
2nd international conference 'Communication policies and culture in
Europe' from a 'cultural diversity/ethnic/diasporic' approach to submit
ABSTRACTS of proposals. (To visit the conference website and read the
general call for papers go to:

The section 'Diaspora, Migration and the Media' aims to bring together
academics and non-academics who work in the field of media and
communication with a focus on mediation of cultural difference. The section is
interested in moving forward the debate on media, identity politics,
cultural diversity, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, postcolonialism
and other theoretical approaches.

We encourage work based on interdisciplinary approaches in different
aspects of the
media, communication, cultural and film studies fields that address the
broad theme of the conference call and intersects with the section's
interests. We welcome proposals which reflect both theoretical and
methodological challenges in media, diaspora and communication research as
well as those reflecting upon and presenting results from on-the-ground
media/communication experiences.

(For further information about our Section please visit our
website at: or e-mail Olga
Bailey ( and/or Eugenia Siapera

This invitation is for proposals of pre-organized panels, posters, and
individual papers from established academics, young scholars,
practitioners and postgraduate research students.

Individual paper proposals , individual poster proposals and panel
proposals can be submitted at the official conference website

Paper-presenters and panellists will be asked to confirm their
to attend by registering before October 24, 2008.

Please note that, as a policy, ECREA Candidates can submit "one
proposal as first author, and more as co-author (second, ...), chair or
respondent of a panel - but a participant will be allowed only one paper

The length of the individual abstracts is preferably 400 and maximum
500 words.

A panel proposal combines a panel abstract with the individual
abstracts, of each 400-500 words. Participants will indicate their preference
for a specific section (where they want to present their paper / poster
/ panel)".
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

São Paulo / Casa das Caldeiras: um evento que mistura Hip Hop, tambores, grafite, cultura afro (17 Feb)

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Please sign STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR the exhibition EXCEPTION: Contemporary art scene from Prishtina

INSTITUTIONS involved in the exhibition EXCEPTION: Contemporary art
scene from Prishtina, scheduled to be open on the 7.02.2008 in
curators and the institution need international support!


PLEASE SIGN AND SEND BACK either to Rosa Reitsamer: or
Marina Grzinic

the exhibition EXCEPTION: Contemporary art scene from Prishtina,
scheduled to be open on the 7.02.2008 in Belgrade, Kontekst Gallery

The statement is a reaction to the fact that the exhibition EXCEPTION,
Contemporary art scene from Prishtina (Kosova) that was scheduled to
open on 7 February 2008 (and to be on display until 15 February 2008)

The Serbian police that had to intervene just before the opening as
they estimated that they cannot guarantee safety to the curators and
the public, after an organized group of Serbian nationalist ?forces
attacked the gallery space and even destroyed Dren Maliqi's work Face
to face.

The artists taking part in the exhibition are Artan Balaj, Jakup Ferri,
Driton Hajredini, Flaka Haliti, Fitore Isufi Koja, Dren Maliqi, Alban
Muja, Vigan Nimani, Nurhan Qehaja, Alketa Xhafa and Lulzim Zeqiri.

On 8 February 2008, the curators of the project Vida Knezevic, Kristian
Lukic, Ivana Marjanovic and Gordana Nikolic asked PUBLICLY the Ministry
of culture of Serbia and the city of Belgrade to react firmly against
such nationalist forces in order to protect the exhibition in the
future. The curators insist on the right to present the project in
Belgrade in the near future.

On 8 February, these violent nationalist forces attacked again, they
threw stones in the windows of the KONTEKST gallery and broke them and
as well they destroyed gallery's sign on the door.

All of us signed under this statement are expressing our support TO
ARTISTS, CURATORS and INSTITUTIONS involved in the exhibition
EXCEPTION: Contemporary art scene from Prishtina.

We ask the Serbian Government and the governmental bodies of the
Serbian Ministry of Culture as well as the Belgrade city council and
city institutions to ACT and PROTECT (in accordance with the law) the
artists, curators and institutions involved in the organization of the
exhibition project. Also, we apply to these bodies to ask for the
SUPPORT and help in organizing the reopening of the project and to
allow an
open non violent platform discussion on the topic.

The exhibition is an important project by the young generation in
Serbia who is willing to see, discuss and understand historical and
current relations between Serbia and Kosova.

The exhibition was presented previously at the Museum of Contemporary
Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad (22.01 - 05.02.2008). The exhibition is a
joint effort of two organizations Kontekst, Belgrade, and Napon, Novi




Here is an EYEWITNESS recount about the exhibition opening EXCEPTION:
Contemporary art scene from Prishtina:

"The situation was that there were massive protests going on outside
gallery space, the protesters were violent nationalist, the Serbian
was closing the streets in order to prevent the hooligan mob from
the gallery (in the same time they also prevented the visitors to
attend the
exhibition opening so it was mainly media and police in the space).

The violation of the opening was tolerated by the police (the whole
was full of policemen but they didn't react for around 10min although
were asked to do so several times). The police was even a protagonist
in the
action of closing down the exhibition. They were in the gallery all day
when the exhibition was constructed and in informal talks, it turned
that most of them were in Kosovo themselves (Kosovo war was mainly
fought by
Serbian police, not by army) and they made remarks like "I'll not
this exhibition". After the violation of the opening, some of them went
ideological discussions with the curators. Immediately after the
they asked the director of the space to sign an agreement not to use
space in the next days and not to open the exhibition again.

So the police's plan was to prevent the mob from reaching the gallery
would have meant uncontrolled riots (happened at gay pride in 2001

They wanted the opening to be stopped and the exhibition not to take
This was a political decision, taken by high political representatives,
supported by almost all political parties and almost all media and
accomplished by ultra-radical forces (obraz
with the help of the Serbian police.

before the exhibition was supposed to be opened in Belgrade a big
was produced because of the work you can see on page 40 of the
(, it shows adem
jashari (, an UCK-leader who
considered as freedom fighter by Albanians and stylized to a national
in Kosovo whereas Serbs consider him as a war criminal and terrorist.
work was destroyed at the opening. But of course all what is going on
is not
about the work itself - the work is replaceable. It is about the fact
nationalistic forces in Serbia cant stand that the exhibition shows
contemporary art from Kosovo in which the Kosovarian young generation
perfectly capable to powerfully formulate their position."
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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Scholars @ Risk: Fellowships for Threatened Academics

Fellowships Deadline March 5

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit professors, researchers and other senior academics to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world, enabling them to pursue their academic work and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community at large. When conditions improve, these scholars will return home to help rebuild universities and societies ravaged by fear, conflict and repression. During the fellowship, conditions in a scholar’s home country may improve, permitting safe return; if safe return is not possible, the scholar may use the fellowship period to identify a longer-term opportunity.

To apply, please download the information and application materials from:

For universities and colleges interested in hosting an SRF scholar:

Please contact us at:

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships
809 U.N. Plaza
New York, New York 10017
Tel: (USA) 1-212-984-5486
Fax: (USA) 1-212-984-5353

How The Scholar Rescue Fund Works:

* Professors, established researchers and other senior academics from any country, field or discipline may qualify. Preference is given to scholars with a Ph.D. or other highest degree in their field; who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college or other institution of higher learning; who demonstrate superior academic accomplishment or promise; and whose selection is likely to benefit the academic community in the home and/or host country or region. Applications from female scholars and under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.

* Fellowship recipients are expected to resume their teaching, lecturing, research, writing and publishing at an academic institution outside the region of threat.

* Fellowships are awarded for visiting academic positions ranging from 3 months to one calendar year. Awards are issued for up to US $25,000, plus health insurance with the final amount dependent upon the location of the host institution, the cost of living, and the value of any additional contributions from the host institution or other source.

* Fellowships are disbursed through host academic institutions for direct support of scholar-grantees. In most cases, host campuses are asked to match the SRF fellowship award through partial salary/stipend support, research materials, medical insurance, and other in-kind assistance.

* Applications are accepted at any time. Emergency applications receive urgent consideration. Non-emergency applications will be considered according to the following schedule:

Spring 2008 Applications received by March 5; decision by April 30

Fall 2008 Applications received by October 1; decision by November 1

Winter 2009 Applications received by January 15; decision by March 1
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Feminist Grassroots Media in Europe: An anthology

Call for Submissions for a Proposed Edited Volume

Feminist Grassroots Media in Europe: An anthology
Edited by Red Chidgey (UK), Jenny
Gunnarsson-Payne (Sweden) and Elke Zobl (Austria)

Women have always played an important role in
movements for social justice. Using media to
transport their messages, to disrupt social
orders and spin novel social processes, feminists
have long recognised the importance of
self-managed media to forge resistant identities
and build coalitions. In fact, as Annabelle
Sreberny-Mohammadi has found, "almost by dint of
their existence alone, autonomous media
controlled by women with women-defined output
offer a challenge to existing hierarchies of
power; when these media take up specific issues
and campaigns, and align themselves with larger
social movements, their political potential is significant" (1996:234).

Autonomous media cultures are currently gaining
in critical attention. Over recent decades,
scholars have developed conceptual frameworks
such as 'radical media', 'alternative media',
'activist media', and 'citizens' media' to help
explain the unique characteristics and working
models of grassroots media production - and to
ask whether self-managed media can foster
critical consciousness, aid in participatory
democracy, and effect social change (Atton, 2002;
Bailey, Cammaerts, and Carpentier, 2007; Byerly
and Ross, 2006; Downing 1984, 2000; Rodriguez, 2001; Waltz, 2005).

Within this burgeoning field, however, few
in-depth studies of grassroots media from a
specifically cross-generational and European
feminist perspective have been published.

The Feminist Grassroots Media in Europe anthology
proposes to address this lack in research,
bringing together activists and academics to
re-evaluate existing theoretical frameworks and
to portray activist projects in light of feminist
media production. As such, the book will be of
interest to a broad audience, such as activists
and researchers within the fields of gender and
media studies, and will serve as an undergraduate
textbook for research on feminist 'radical media'
praxis whilst delivering a much-needed archive of
DIY media projects, networks and producers from the 1980s to the
present day.

The Book Project
The term 'Media' is employed broadly here to
include traditional broadcasting channels
(newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, films,
photography) and non-traditional genres (zines,
blogs, vlogs, websites, wikis, posters, burn
stations, podcasts, textiles). 'Grassroots'
refers to self-managed media, produced outside of
a commercial agenda, by a collective and/or
individuals working from a community or social movement perspective.

The editors seek a variety of submissions from
throughout Europe. The anthology aims to
represent feminists from a diversity of age
cohorts, backgrounds, races, classes, genders,
geo-social regions and political priorities. The
book seeks to ask what possibilities, limitations
and vulnerabilities - with attention to class,
race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexuality and
gender dynamics - feminist grassroots media
projects currently engender, and to map the
histories, successes and challenges of women-led
grassroots media in the late twentieth century
and beyond. The editors are also keen to explore
the links and discontinuities between 'second'
and 'third wave' feminist media production.

The call includes, but is not limited to, work
which addresses the following topics:

European Feminist Grassroots Media and:
" Aesthetics
" Activism
" Alternative Economies and Media Logics
" Organisational Models, Structures and Processes
" Comparative Analyses and Histories
" Volatile Relationships to the Mainstream
(culture, media, funding and the state)
" Community Building and Mobilisation
" Dissemination Networks and Archives
" Alternative Public/Private Spheres
" Empowered Feminist Subjects and Citizens
" Consciousness-Raising Strategies and Social Movement Media

Contributions can include:
" Academic essays (5,000- 7,000 words)
" Reports/overviews from countries (2,000 - 5,000 words)
" Comparisons of 'second wave' and 'third wave' media projects
" Technology-based case-studies
" Interviews with grassroots media producers or distributors
" Examples from grassroots media (e.g. excerpts from grrrl zines)
" Visual commentaries
" Images

From these submissions, a free directory of
grassroots media projects will be made accessible
via the website Grassroots Feminism: A resource
site for the feminist movement today (currently in planning)

Submission of Abstracts
Submissions (in English) are welcomed from
feminist activists, community media producers,
and scholars from a variety of disciplines.
Potential contributors should submit:

A) A 500 word abstract outlining the scope
and themes of your proposed contribution, as well
as possible inclusion of images.
B) A brief author biography, indicating any
particular institutional or group affiliation,
and recent publications or projects
C) Full contact details, including date of birth and nationality.

Deadline for Abstracts:
Abstracts should be submitted to by Monday 17th March 2008.

Biographical notes on editors

Red Chidgey (*1979) is a member of the Feminist
Activist Forum in the UK, and publishes widely on
feminist zines, riot grrrl and Ladyfest cultures.
She received her MA in Critical Theory from the
University of Sussex, where she re-trained as a
Life History historian. She is currently involved
in third wave media and feminist history projects.

Jenny Gunnarsson-Payne (*1976) completed her
doctorate in Ethnology at the Department of
Culture and Media, Umeå University, Sweden, and
currently teaches Sociology at the University of
Essex, UK. Her publications on 'alternative
media' focus primarily on representations of
gender and sexuality, and collective mobilisation, in Swedish feminist

Elke Zobl (*1975) created the online resource
site Grrrl Zine Network ( in
2001 and has been part of the Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go
collective conducting zine workshops with girls
and young women ( After pursuing
postdoctoral studies at the University of
California at San Diego, she is now continuing
her research on "Young women as creators of new
cultural spaces" at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria.


Salvatore Scifo,
Lecturer in Community Media
Media Information & Communication
Department of Applied Social Sciences
London Metropolitan University
Ladbroke House, Room LH 326
62-66 Highbury Grove
London N5 2AD
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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

HEARTBEAT: JERUSALEM - The Palestinian and Israeli Youth Ensemble for Justice and Peace

The Palestinian and Israeli Youth Ensemble for Justice and Peace

Modern, popular music provides a shockingly powerful vehicle for youth empowerment and expression. Music, unlike any other medium, has a marked ability to bring people together, strengthen voices and inspire hope in the darkest of places. "The microphone is more powerful than the gun," insists a striking new proverb from the nascent Israeli and Palestinian hip-hop communities. Young people in the Middle East are thirsty for change and eager to move beyond the failures of the past. They have by far the most to gain, the most to lose, and, in many ways, the most to give. To seize upon this potential, their hopes and visions must be strengthened and shared with their families and communities.

Heartbeat: Jerusalem is a new music program consisting of an ensemble of Israeli and Palestinian high school students in Jerusalem. The project utilizes the capacity of music to empower youth and promote intercultural understanding. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to explore each other's music, culture and reality, while developing skills for self-expression and active engagement in conflict resolution.

Conceived by 2007 Fulbright-MTVu Fellow, Aaron Shneyer, Heartbeat: Jerusalem will be the first modern music ensemble of Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians. To create a diverse and unique ensemble, traditional and contemporary instruments and styles will be included, ranging from traditional Arabic and Jewish music, to rock, jazz and hip-hop.

Each week, twelve Muslim, Christian and Jewish high school students, ages 14-18, will come together for a workshop, rehearsal and opportunity to address each other's realities and identities through music. Composing songs, playing various instruments and directly learning from each other, the students will find new ways to communicate and work towards creating a better future for their communities. Through months of preparation, the ensemble will create a performance, develop a workshop and record a CD that will be carried to their schools and communities. Such community outreach will empower these young musicians to share the trust and understanding they will have developed and help bridge the divide between their peoples.

Jerusalem was chosen as the central location for this project because it holds intense symbolic importance and serves as a powerful microcosm of the larger regional conflict. What happens in Jerusalem carries tremendous weight throughout the region.

The process for recruiting youth musicians began in October, 2007 and is still in progress. The audition process consists of two essential elements: an assessment of the student's musical proficiency as well as the student's willingness to be a community representative and engage the other side in meaningful dialogue.

Beginning in late December, the youth ensemble will meet once weekly for a three hour session. The meetings will consist of a one-hour workshop led by a professional musician, and at least two hours devoted to writing, sharing songs, and playing music together. Professional musicians and facilitators will lead presentations on traditional and modern Arab and Jewish music, music from other parts of the world, hip-hop as a means of expression and empowerment, the history of music as a force for change, communication, listening, songwriting and improvisation. In the second part of each meeting, participants will be invited to introduce and teach songs to their peers and to discuss meanings and origins of the songs. The intention is that they learn a wide variety of musical styles from both sides, while creating a sound of their own.

In February the group will focus heavily on developing a performance and will learn to facilitate discussions about their experience. By late March, the ensemble should be ready to bring a performance to their schools and the larger community. From this time until their exams begin in May, the ensemble will perform as often as possible and will continue to rehearse and complete a recording project to be distributed at their performances.

Heartbeat: Jerusalem intends to create profound, lasting trust and mutual understanding between its youth participants, and will enable these young musicians to extend their experience to the wider Arab and Jewish communities. Simultaneously, we aim to create a model project that can be recreated and will inspire diverse communities throughout the world.

Our relationship to mtvU, MTV's social action website, will provide the Israeli and Palestinian musicians with a powerful outlet for their voices and a gateway to a world outside their troubled region. Through this web portal, people abroad will be able to follow the ensemble's development, learning about the struggles, fears and hopes of Palestinians and Israelis through musical dialogue. Additionally, Fulbright will continue to invest considerable resources in bringing attention to the project. This connection to Fulbright and to the mtvU community is a powerful way for these young Palestinian and Israeli musicians to have their voices heard and allow them to truly represent their communities. With so many people, so far away, following their story and listening to what these students have to say, the Heartbeat: Jerusalem students will understand the gravity of their project and gain considerable strength to continue working to improve their communities well beyond the term of their program.

2007 marks the launch of Heartbeat: Jerusalem as a pilot project created with the support of Fulbright-mtvU. We intend to develop it into a sustainable, annual project that will continue to grow in effectiveness throughout the region. We are presently seeking fiscal support for program expenses from private donors and foundations. For more information on making tax-deductible contributions to Heartbeat: Jerusalem, please contact Aliza Hava at

Meet the Directors

Aaron Shneyer, Director, is the recipient of the 2007-2008 Fulbright-MTVu Award and founder of Heartbeat: Jerusalem. He has worked with the youth empowerment and international peace organization Seeds of Peace since 2005, at their camp in Maine and in the Middle East, directing their music program and helping to create opportunities for young leaders from conflict regions around the world to build understanding and develop their leadership skills. A gifted musician himself, Aaron has spent considerable time learning about the Israeli and Palestinian music communities and developing ties to musicians, educators, concert producers and music recording professionals. Aaron's experience as an Israeli/Palestinian dialogue facilitator as a student at Georgetown University led to his involvement in Seeds of Peace and the creation of Heartbeat: Jerusalem.

Aliza Hava, Assistant Director, is a professional musician and Regional Coordinator of the Culture of Peace Initiative in the Middle East, on behalf of the international NGO, Pathways to Peace. Hava's experience in music education, music therapy, production, cultural exchange and social organizing has led to her role as Assistant Director for Heartbeat: Jerusalem. With a longtime understanding of the healing power of music, Hava holds a degree in Music Theory and Composition with a concentration in Music Therapy from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is a student of Sound Healing, and is presently developing a multi-media educational curriculum to promote racial harmony through music, film and education. She is a published writer and songwriter, whose song, RISE, has been called a peace anthem for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and has been translated into both Arabic and Hebrew. For more information, please visit .


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Argentina: Convocatoria beca El Basilisco

El Basilisco invita a los artistas que vivan y trabajen en la Argentina a postularse para participar de una residencia en Hangar, en Barcelona, de dos meses de duración, entre el 1º de agosto y el 30 de septiembre de 2008.

Cierre de la convocatoria: 12 de abril de 2008

Esta convocatoria está dirigida a los artistas que han completado su etapa de formación y están buscando un período de trabajo intensivo de forma independiente para profundizar en su proceso artístico, y al mismo tiempo poder compartir ese proceso con otros artistas.

Hangar es un centro para la producción e investigación artística fundado en 1997 por la Associació d'Artistes Visuals de Catalunya (AAVC) para dar apoyo a creadores y artistas y ofrecer servicios que se adapten a las necesidades de producción que surgen en el mundo de la creación.

El centro tiene su sede en un edificio industrial rehabilitado en el barrio del Poblenou en Barcelona. El espacio, con 1.800 m2, da cabida a 15 talleres individuales, un medialab, 2 platós, un servicio de alquiler de equipos, técnicos y asesoramiento de producción.

El espacio está subvencionado principalmente por la Generalitat de Catalunya y el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona. La gestión corre a cargo de la Fundación AAVC. Su modelo de gestión y su filosofia, enfocada a la producción y la investigación, hacen de Hangar un espacio único en Barcelona e, incluso, en todo el Estado español.

* las siguientes bases y el formulario de inscripción también se encuentran en:

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El concurso para seleccionar al/la artista que accederá a la beca El Basilisco--Hangar se regirá de acuerdo con las siguientes bases:
La participación en este concurso está abierta a todos los artistas visuales residentes en Argentina.
2. Duración
La duración de la residencia en Hangar, Barcelona es de dos meses: El/la artista seleccionado/a residirá en Barcelona desde el 1 de agosto hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2008.
3. Prestaciones y dotación de la beca
La beca El Basilisco--Hangar incluye los siguientes conceptos:
- Un espacio de trabajo compartido en las instalaciones del Hangar.
- Alojamiento.
- 3.000 Euros destinados al viaje, seguro médico, manutención, gastos de producción y desplazamientos locales.

4. Solicitudes
Los/las artistas interesados/as en participar en este concurso deberán rellenar el formulario de inscripción para la beca El Basilisco-Hangar (a continuación) y enviarlo acompañado de un único archivo PDF grabado en un CD o DVD a El Basilisco. (si no sabes como crear un archivo pdf descarga las siguientes instrucciones para Windows. Para Mac puedes crear un .pdf desde el menu "imprimir" en cualquier aplicación.)

Estas bases y el formulario de inscripción también se encuentran en:

5. Documentación a incluir en el archivo PDF:
5.1 IMPORTANTE: en el nombre del archivo debe estar incluido el nombre y el apellido del solicitante - Ej: antonio_berni.pdf
5.2 Curriculum vitae. (1 hoja Din A4)
5.3 Carta de motivación (1 hoja Din A4)
Dossier de imágenes (un máximo de diez imágenes).
Los trabajos en video se presentarán en DVD; sólo un disco por solicitud. La duración del video, o videos, no puede superar los 5 minutos. Los formatos aceptados son los siguientes: FLV,MOV,MP4,AVI. El DVD debe contener por escrito el nombre del autor y la duración del vídeo, con una sinopsis del guión adjunta (de hasta 2.000 caracteres).
Los/las artistas que presenten una animación o un interactivo, en un CD-ROM, deben especificar si es para entorno PC o Mac.
Los/las artistas que trabajen en proyectos específicos para Internet deberán presentar un directorio web.

En todos los casos, la documentación de las obras debe ir acompañada de su correspondiente ficha técnica completa: nombre, año, técnica y dimensiones del trabajo.
6. Envío
Este material debe enviarse por correo postal común a:
El Basilisco
Cnel. García 173
Avellaneda, Buenos Aires
C.P.: 1870
IMPORTANTE: El material debe llegar por correo antes del 12 de abril del 2008.
No recibimos inscripciones por email.
7. Selección
Un jurado propuesto por El Basilisco realizará una preselección de diez artistas. Luego habrá una selección final de un/a artista, que será realizada por un jurado propuesto por Hangar, reunido en Barcelona. Este jurado definirá el/la artista ganador/a de la beca El Basilisco--Hangar.
El nombre del/a artista seleccionado/a será publicado durante la última semana de mayo de 2008.
8. Plazo de presentación
El plazo de recepción de la solicitud finaliza el 12 de abril de 2008.
9. Aceptación de las bases y de la resolución del jurado:
La participación en este concurso comporta la aceptación de sus bases y de la resolución del jurado, así como de los cambios que, a consecuencia de factores ajenos a la Fundación AAVC, se puedan producir con posterioridad.

El Basilisco ofrece esta beca con el apoyo de AECI en colaboración con Hangar.
Más información:

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FORMULARIO de inscripción:

Nombre y apellido:
Fecha y lugar de nacimiento:

Nombre, dirección de e-mail y teléfono de dos personas como referencias:

Breve texto acerca de los motivos de su interés en participar en una residencia en Hangar, incluyendo una descripción de la actividad en que está trabajando actualmente:

Idiomas: (nivel conversación, escritura, etc.):

Detalles del material enviado: CD o DVD con hasta 10 imágenes; en el caso de material audio visual, fragmentos de hasta 5 minutos cada uno.

C.V.: Adjuntar un c.v. de hasta una página que incluya los últimos cinco años.

Fechas / disponibilidad:
Estoy libre de otros compromisos y disponible para participar en la residencia en Hangar entre el 1º de agosto y el 30 de septiembre de 2008.
_____ Sí
_____ No

Deseo que el material presentado pase a formar parte del Centro de Documentación y Biblioteca de El Basilisco una vez concluido el proceso de selección.
_____ Sí
_____ No

En caso de ser seleccionado, me comprometo a contratar un seguro de salud de cobertura total internacional durante las fechas solicitadas.

Firma y aclaración:

Enviar este formulario con C.V. y CD (o DVD) de imágenes únicamente por correo SIMPLE (común) a:
El Basilisco
C. García 173
Avellaneda, Buenos Aires
C.P.: 1870

Nota! El material recibido será devuelto solamente en el caso de estar acompañado por un sobre completo con la dirección del remitente y estampillas suficientes para cubrir el costo del envío.
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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Slovenia: Physical Theatre

International Conference
"Performing Arts Training Today"

April 14-17, 2008
Bovec, Slovenia - in the heart of Julian Alps

The conference is open to professional performers, performing arts educators and teachers from all over the world interested in the research of topical questions and processes in contemporary performing arts education and training. The main tasks of the conference are to demonstrate various methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts education and training, to open discussions about successful and effective strategies, to establish new contacts, to exchange experiences with colleagues from different countries and to lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration.

PARTICIPANTS: actors, directors, dancers, choreographers, performing arts educators, teachers, playwrights, stage designers, script writers, theatre critics, journalists and cultural managers.

Accommodation and venue (Bovec mountain resort):

You are welcome to take part in the conference as a presenter, a participant, an observer!
If you are unable to attend there is opportunity to send your promotional materials:
booklets or flyers about your company, announcements of workshops, courses, performances and other events.
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Harare: Poetry Recital & Discussion w/ Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights

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Cabinet magazine issue 28, with a special section on "Bones" (available now)

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Spine-tingling! Rib-tickling!

- Robert Harbison on the catacombs of Palermo
- Michael Paulus submits Charlie Brown to an x-ray
- Michael Sappol & Eva Åhrén on medical student tomfoolery
- Christopher Turner on the trepanation-state
- Mark C. Taylor on the reanimating properties of the ossified
- Sina Najafi interviews D. Graham Burnett on a whale of a court case
- Brian Selznick & David Serlin unearth the dinosaur skeletons of Waterhouse Hawkins

Other items we hope you’ll find humerus:

- Shelley Jackson on the color of opportunity
- Joshua Foer on odd sympathy
- Richard Sieburth on Louis Agassiz’s flowing prose
- Joe Milutis on the knotty difference between mazes and labyrinths
- Svetlana Boym on Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International
- Jeffrey Kastner on the duck fat of Werner Herzog
- A special poster by Implicasphere on onions

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Cabinet is published by Immaterial Incorporated, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Cabinet receives generous support from the Orphiflamme Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Flora Family Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Katchadourian Foundation, the Danielson Foundation, and Two Trees Management.
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