Amb. Dr. Cynthia Schneider looks at two international "American Idol" style shows in Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates and explores the effect they are having on local societies.
"The Language of Art and Music" is an international symposium taking place in Berlin from 17th – 20th February 2011 to explore the potential for art and music to provide a neutral platform for cultural exchange. Artists and practitioners from the fields of film, performance art, literature, and music, will share their perspectives alongside renowned academics and leading figures from international politics, diplomacy, civil society, and the private sector.
The use of culture and art to promote dialogue and understanding is a field that, though the subject of much scholarly attention, has had little impact on the behaviour and activities of national governments and other stakeholders in international relations. Moreover, whilst there is a widespread agreement of the value of culture and art in raising awareness of cultural differences, there is less understanding of the potential for culture and art to offer a neutral platform for mutual cultural exchange, to transform cultural differences and unite people through emotions. "The Language of Art and Music" will work to bridge the gap between theory and practice by bringing together artists with academic experts from the field and key figures in international relations to discuss the importance of these artistic disciplines.
In addition to the exploring the theory of cultural and artistic exchange, "The Language of Art and Music" will provide an opportunity for in-depth analysis of relevant case studies from across the world. By including both empirical and theoretical analyses, and by hosting an interdisciplinary panel of speakers from across the world, the program will provide a thorough and innovative examination of the language of art and music.
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Certificate of Attendance
All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed. Each certificate will be signed by two members of the ICD's Advisory Board (The ICD Advisory Board list can be found (here).
The speakers during the symposium will include renowned academics, key figures from international politics and diplomacy, award-winning artists, leading civil society practitioners, and other experts from cinema, music, performance art, and visual arts. Nominees from the 61st Berlin international film festival, "The Berlinale", will also feature.
The conference is open to applications from young professionals, scholars and students, civil society practitioners, journalists, and other key stakeholders from cinema, music, performance art, visual arts, and literature. The audience will be drawn from across the world. If you would like to reserve a position please click on the Apply button below:
The Strength of Song: Live Concert by Marcia Barrett (Wednesday, 26th May, 20:00)
The symposium will explore the theory behind art and music as cultural bridges, exploring in particular their universal nature. Academic experts will consider how we interpret and experience these cultural forms, and how these experiences can be compared across national boundaries. The conference will also look at a diverse range of case studies from across the world, featuring cinema, music and art. Artists, film directors, musicians, politicians, diplomats, and practitioners will offer their perspectives on these initiatives and the impact they have had at the local, national, and global levels.
The following issues will be mentioned and explored:
Conference participants will become part of a growing international network of people from across the world with different fields of interest and levels of experience, who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Online Network.