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Cultural Mediation: Creativity, Performance, Display

6th Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"

October 8-10, 2014, Karl Jaspers Centre

This year’s Annual Conference organised by Research Area B “Public Spheres” revolves around the topic of "Cultural Mediation", exploring the many ways through which cultural practice in its widest sense is transculturally communicated, negotiated and contested. The conference will highlight how individuals, collectives or institutions constitute, appropriate or alter and circulate cultural goods or processes across time and space. Looking closely at these navigations, panels will address the role and importance of mediation as nodes and expressions of creativity, performance and exhibition facilitated by diverse agents such as religious experts, media specialists, labour migrants, artists or curators.

The panels focus on a large variety of spaces and practices, objects and agents of cultural contact, exchange and translation. They offer different perspectives that enable the study of ‘production’ and ‘trading’ of cultures in the fields of art, religion, and media. Historical and contemporary case studies trace how creative practices are shaped by local and national contingencies and how they are fashioned by a sense of place and tradition, progress or development. The concept of cultural mediation serves as a lens for the analysis of modes of resistance to ethnocentrism, to narratives of incomplete modernisation or religio-political extremism. Further, it addresses Asia and Europe’s entangled pasts beyond the nation-state while acknowledging the role of a 'national space' in shaping notions of locality and belonging.