Thursday, 11 September 2008

UNeECC General Assembly and Conference, Liverpool, 16-17 October, 2008

The University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNECC) has the pleasure to announce you the UNeECC General Assembly and Conference held on 16-17 October, 2008 in Liverpool, this year’s European Capital of Culture.

The title of the Conference is ‘Whose Culture?’. Please find registration details and the Programme of the Conference at the UNeECC website:

The deadline of registration is 15 September, 2008.

The Conference will be jointly hosted by Liverpool Hope University, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. This unique collaboration clearly demonstrates how universities can and must contribute to the success of a European Capital of Culture programme.

The central theme of our conference is: Whose culture(s)?

University students and faculty, as well as cultural professionals active in past, present and future European Capitals of Culture will present papers in three different conference tracks:

1. European Capitals of Culture - whose culture? : high vs. popular culture;
cultural identity; centre vs. periphery; European culture vs. European (local?)
2. European Capitals of Culture and their impact on culture(s): socio-cultural
impact of ECCs; ECCs as catalysts of cultural awareness; ECCs - fleeting events or
milestones?; ECC-bids, cultural competition and attraction.
3. Events and culture (non-academic track): Presentations about ECC-events and
cultural attractions of given ECCs.

The Liverpool conference will touch upon key issues emerging from the way culture is perceived and dealt with by the different stakeholders in European Capitals of Culture, e.g. cultural policy makers, the general public, local authorities, citizens, visitors and tourists, academics, artists etc. Given the academic objectives of the conference, presentations will focus on new insights into the functioning of European and international culture and the relevance of these insights for cultural policy makers.

Information and Registration
Online registration is requested on the UNeECC website:

The deadline of registration is 15 September 2008.
Further information on the Conference is available on the UNeECC website at

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