"Cultural Policies as Crisis Management?"
ODA - Kosova Art Gallery - KIJAC, Pristina | 21-23 Sept. 2006
A Workshop organized by Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art,
Prishtina (Stacion CCA) in cooperation with eipcp – European Institute
for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna and translate. Beyond
Culture: The Politics of Translation http://translate.eipcp.net/
There is not much ambiguity in today’s role of cultural policy in the Balkans. It is almost entirely determined by the process of the so-called postwar normalization, which follows strictly the pattern of liberal multiculturalism. Now, when the political constitution of their independent nation states is coming finally to an end, the peoples of the region are expected to reorganize all their relations, including cultural exchange, in accordance with the principles of mutual recognition and democratic tolerance. They should accept each other’s cultural differences as essential features of their national identities and never violate the right of the other to claim its cultural uniqueness and singularity. This is believed to be the only way to achieve the ideal of peaceful coexistence in the Balkans.
However, there are also critics of this concept, who say that this is not historically new to the region. Therefore, instead of being a solution, the multiculturalist vision of cultural policy appears to be part of the problem. Moreover, it seems to legitimize retroactively the very cause of the nationalist wars in the nineties including the practice of ethnical cleansing.
The workshop will take up the criticism of this concept and discusses other theoretical and practical approaches to the question of cultural exchange as well as possibilities of translating them into a concrete cultural policy.
Venue: Kosova Art Gallery
The texts from the workhsop were published in:
Albert Heta, Vala Osmani (Eds.), The way between Belgrade and Prishtina has 28000 un-proper build objects. So, never it will be an autobahn!, Prishtina: Stacion Center for Contemporary Art 2008 (ISBN 978-9951-543-00-2)