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The associated cultural sector at the region of Girones

In 2009, the Provincial Council of Girona requested the UNESCO Chair at the University of Girona conducting a study on the cultural sector of the municipalities of the province. The work provided a snapshot of the reality of the moment and its conclusions the degree of qualitative ignorance and disaggregated official data to enable capture and assess the specificity of the cultural fact at the municipalities of Girones.

In 2015, Omnium Cultural of Girones seeks to take up the research in this field and launches a series of small studies to provide proximity data and extensive knowledge of the sector. We shared with Omnium Cultural the interest in the sector and in the analysis that is focused not so much on the big economic data but on the actors that, day by day, are involved in the Girona's cultural life . That's why, in this first study, we focused on one of the key agents of cultural action, the associations.

The starting point of the study was on data from 2009 that indicated the importance of the associations to Girones, especially in the subsectors of the tangible and intangible heritage, music and the performing arts. With the intention to make an exhaustive identification, we have focused on three main activities, understanding that the category of intangible heritage includes, as indicates UNESCO, language, popular, festive, ethnological and traditional artistic expressions featured to this region.


Outstanding issue. Conversations about education, politics and culture

By Gemma Carbó, this book collects experiences and opinions of 18 experts, professionals in education and culture or policy makers between 1980 and 2010 in these areas in Catalonia. Lucid and committed perspectives from Brazil, Mexico and Colombia on these two cornerstones of public policy are also included.

In the prologue, the Minister Santi Vila says: "We come into the world to live, and therefore to know and share, and no one can doubt that emotion is also a source of knowledge. Especially if it comes to innovate, be creative and communicate well what we do ".

The cultural sector in Catalonia has long recognized the importance of the dialogue with the educational world. The annual report of CONCA 2015 or the culture program of the City of Barcelona are the latest examples.

In parallel, from the world of education it has been being claimed by UNESCO and Europe to understand the artistic and cultural skills like core strategies for training throughout life. Many voices in the world clamoring for the progressive loss of the role of the humanities in basic and university education. It requires policies coordinated and shared to ensure the right to participate in cultural life through education throughout life that substantiates the construction of the critical and creative citizenship looks.


Impacts of the Cultural Dimension on Development

Coordinated by Alfons Martinell, this publication presents a few studies on the impacts of culture on development from different perspectives and experiences. These works respond to the need to advance in the precision and practical application of the reflections that have been constructed in a cultural approach for development. The incorporation of the cultural dimension into development policies presents a highly considerable advancement in the past few years since the resolutions of the United Nations and the highly meaningful experience in the framework of the MDGs at the local and international level. The effectiveness of development policies is a need for the international community to achieve a decline in poverty and exclusion, which must be tackled from all dimensions. Evaluating the impacts of culture on development currently becomes a necessity due to the characteristics of culture itself and its need for better visibility in the processes of development. 

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Culture, employment and development

The UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona and the Laboratory of Culture and Tourism at Barcelona Media Foundation, with the Support of The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, convened the 5th International Seminar in Cultural Management. Employment in the cultural sector and its impact on sustainable development.

The analysis of the cultural sector is closely related to a much wider reflection upon the degree of sustainability that our cultural systems have before the changes in cultural life and the effects of economic crisis.

Before these challenges, we, as the authorities of study centers, observatories, laboratories, experts and investigators, have to make an effort to update our agendas in line with these problems that have an influence on the management of culture.

This publication, under the coordination of Alfons Martinell Sempere and Gemma Carbó Ribugent, brings together the results of the Seminar.

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Multiculturalism and ethnic recognition. Current debates in the Caribbean area of Colombia

As an educational complement of the conferences and with the goal of strengthening participation in debates, some researches of the Ibero-American Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Development and Culture (L + ID) prepared a series of short articles in terms of the principle concepts related to multiculturalism and the recognition of ethnic diversity. In these articles, they provide some theoretical trajectories and definitions in reference to each concept, as well as principle debates upon which they develop their contemporary adoption. The texts were set out as training material for the participants of the cycle and they are aimed at accomplishing a better summary of academic discussions, which normally do not achieve success at the level of the citizenry.

This book, under the coordination of Eloisa Berman Arévalo, presents five conceptual articles, followed by the reports of the four debate sessions.

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Culture and Development. A commitment to freedom and well-being

Coordinated by Chairman Alfons Martinell, this publication provides a reflection on culture and development according to Master Plans (2005-2008 and 2009-2012), the Culture Strategy and Spanish Cooperation Development. Edited in 2011, it offers an outlook on the evolution of approaches related to culture and development at the international level and progress regarding the conceptual thinking around this relationship. The publication also contributes to the need to advance the research on how culture is an important dimension to reach the Millennium Development Goals, as stated in the recent United Nations Review Summit on MDGs that took place in 2010.

The authors contribute with their own reflections on the consolidation of an individual field of culture on development cooperation. They are active representatives of the observed progress in the relationships between culture and development at the international level and the main characters of a line of work that advances at the local, national and international level.

Publication in collaboration with Fundación Carolina and Siglo XXI Editores and with the participation of the authors: Rosa Conde, Alfons Martinell Sempere, Jesús Martin-Barbero, Máté Kovács, Alberto Abello Vives, Augusto Aleán Pico, Eloísa Berman Arévalo, Jordi Pardo, Eva Sánchez Buendía, Germán Rey, Lucina Jiménez, Gemma Carbó, Mariapia Pilolli, Javier Brun, Ana Muñoz and Tomás Mallo.

Index of the publication

Introduction, Alfons Martinell Sempere
Prologue: «A commitment to freedom and well-being», Rosa Conde.
1. «The contributions of culture to development and the fight against poverty», Alfons Martinell Sempere.
2. «Development and culture or bottom-up globalization», Jesús Martín-Barbero.
3. «The cultural dimension of development. The evolution of approaches of culture and development at the international level», Máté Kovács.
4. «Culture and development: current intersections from a thoughtful conceptual examination», Alberto Abello Vives, Augusto Aleán Pico and Eloisa Berman Arévalo.
5. «Reflections on culture and development in the context of crisis», Jordi Pardo.
6. «Culture and development in the international scene», Eva Sánchez Buendía.
7. «The insistence on the metaphor. Local experiences of culture and development in Colombia», Germán Rey.
8. «Education, culture and development», Lucina Jiménez y Gemma Carbó.
9. «The horizons of diversity», Mariapia Pilolli.
10. «The society of information, culture and development cooperation. Myths, truths and reasons for hope», Javier Brun.
11. «Assessment on culture and development», Ana Muñoz y Tomás Mallo.

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Cultural policies and cultural management: Organum on key concepts of professional practice

The creation of methodological materials and professional models in cultural management is a necessity and can make our practices more efficient through experience. The figure of manager and cultural promoter demands the configuration of conceptual models and research in order to strengthen this important sector of social life. The present study, performed by Alfons Martinell Sempere and Taína López Cruz, is conceived as a system of related concepts that emerge from the necessity to put into order a great amount of experience in the field of cultural management and cultural policies. Its objective is to provide a dynamic instrument serving training, research and documentation for different cultural agents through the organized proposal of a part of the key concepts of the complexity of the professional field of cultural management.

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Religion and Sacred Art in the Province of Zoques, Chiapas

Long colonial days were the scene of a sometimes sordid and sometimes bloody cultural resistance, which the Middle American people put up in order to preserve themselves and to continue the occupation of their historical territories. Painters, singers, writers, sculptors emerged during those days and left a footprint in a supposedly Christian art, that also carries the mark of the local culture and the feeling of the zoques artists.

Publication performed under the coordination of José Luis Sulvarán.

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Culture and the development cooperation strategy

The 2nd International Seminar on Cultural Management, organized by the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), took place in Girona in 2007.

The international seminars of the UNESCO Chair constitute one of its founding goals and are articulated as meeting spaces for professional experts and researchers in the field of culture and cooperation between Europe and Latin America. The first edition of the International Seminar took place in 2004, in coordination with the Universal Forum of Cultures, and the central topic of the debate was, back then, the training in cultural management. This first edition was continued through a second meeting in Guadalajara (Mexico) on April 28 and 29, 2005.

In this second edition in Girona, the seminar contemplated the challenge and the role that culture and cultural management must or should assume in development cooperation policies through the specifics of cultural tourism, cultural industries, and education in conjunction with culture, creation, communication or proximity policies.

The standard approved in 2005 by the UNESCO on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which was already ratified by the Spanish government and many other countries and which came into force quickly, also influences explicitly, the role of culture on development cooperation directives, providing a new frame of reference to the classical theories of cultural policies and management.

The Seminar thus tried to establish, through this publication, parameters for the definition of new frameworks for action on cultural management and development cooperation.

Publication performed under the coordination of Gemma Carbó Ribugent.

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International Seminar: Training in Cultural Management and Cultural Policies for Cultural Diversity and Development

The UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona, in collaboration with the Division for Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue at UNESCO, organized from August 30 until September 2, 2004 in Girona the 1st International Seminar: Training in Cultural Management and Cultural Policies for Cultural Diversity and Development.

The goals of the seminar were to provide a meeting for cultural policy-makers in different countries in order to reflect on arising training needs of cultural management and policies; to place the new settings of cultural policies before the effects of globalization and the new international frameworks; to analyze the situation of the cultural sector and its human resource training needs; to reflect on the importance of human capital in cultural development processes and to establish cooperation strategies with a stronger relationship between specialized networks.

During the seminar, the following topics were addressed: the status of cultural management training in different contexts; the analysis of the contributions of the new settings triggered by the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (UNESCO); Cultural Rights, WTO agreements, etc.; proposals and presentation of experiences in the training field that include these new realities; the analysis of the ethical dimension and the code of ethics of the professional function of cultural managers and their handling in training programs, and training as a tool of encouragement of international cultural cooperation.

In terms of methodology, the seminar pursued the elaboration of proposals, conclusions and transfers of experience to be compiled in this final document. In order to achieve this goal, the authors worked on base documents prepared by invited experts, the presentation of experiences and proposals in debates by the participants and the elaboration of final conclusions for the subsequent publication.

It was believed that the adequate number of participants in order to perform this task with certain amount of comfort and efficiency was between 40 and 50 people. Finally 42 professionals participated. They came from 5 continents, representing 14 countries: China, Australia, Croatia and Bolivia among others. As intended, their profiles were those of authorities of Culture and training of international bodies, trainers, researchers, representatives of Foundations, of the third sector, cultural networks and authorities of cultural policies in the Ministry of Culture.

The seminar was an activity associated with the International Forum of Cultures, Barcelona 2004 and was performed days after the Congress on Cultural Rights and Human Development, which took place in Barcelona between August 23 and August 27, 2004. The Chair had a special connection with the Founder and first Director of Interarts, Eduardo Delgado.

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Language, Interculturalism and Identity

This publication of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation includes, as the subtitle indicates, the Exchange Program between the University of Girona (UdG) and the Intercultural University of Chiapas (UNICH) in 2006.

This project between the two higher education institutions integrates in what we, in the Chair, understand as international cultural cooperation: a way to place two cultures, or more, with their similarities and contrasts, with the goal of promoting the value of equality and respect for diversity.

The exchange program started with the academic stay of the professors José Bastiani, Maria Antonieta Flores and Domingo Gómez in UdG, who, for five weeks, fully joined the teaching and research tasks in their respective fields in our university, and also participated in conferences and civic acts with enthusiasm, which left a pleasant memory.

As a result of their stay, we have been presented with scientific work on intercultural university education, border languages and sustainable tourism, respectively. Shortly after, Moisés Esteban, scholar of the Catalan Language and Culture Institute of the UdG, traveled to San Cristóbal and, with his youthful enthusiasm and capacity, took advantage of the opportunity to stay in UNICH to carry out further research into identity, as accredited with the paper presented in this publication on Intercultural Identities. The Workshop of analysis and discussion on language, borders, interculturalism and identity —a highly contemporary issue of great interest to both institutions— took place during the last month of 2006 in San Cristóbal.

The papers included in this publication were presented in this workshop, directed by Josep M. Nadal, PhD, and created by the UdG professors Francesc Feliu, Pilar Monreal, Santiago Perera and Francesc Roca.

The final section of the book includes the results of the interesting debates that took place in the workshop, thanks to the aforementioned contributions, between the professors of the UdG and the UNICH, according to the summary elaborated by the professors of the latter University, José Bastiani, Luís Fernando Bolaños and José Luís Sulvarán.

Publication prepared under the coordination of Toni Vilà.

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International Forum on Natural Heritage and Territory

In the present book, the summaries of the contributions of the participants in the first international forum in Chiapas on natural heritage and territory are shown.

This forum emerges from the collaboration agreement between the Intercultural University of Chiapas, in Mexico, and the University of Girona, in Spain. Through the sponsorship of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation at the University of Girona.

Problems relating to the preservation of natural resources and how the territories, where these resources and the people that inhabit them are found, are organized are one of the most important topics associated with strategies for the preservation of biodiversity. It is therefore hardly surprising that within the collaboration framework of these two Universities, the organization of this forum of discussion on biodiversity, territory and preservation has emerged.

Chiapas is a state with a high level of biological diversity distributed throughout a multi-ethnic territory with different and ancestral forms of community organization. The dichotomy between the usage of natural resources by the communities that inhabit the territory and the need for their preservation is currently creating confrontation between the communities and the classes that advocate the protection laws. In some cases, the representatives of pressure groups act in a completely opposite direction within their environment.

Formulating strategies for the preservation of natural resources with an ensured continuity to future generations is an obligation for all of us. However, at the same time, these strategies must also allow the use and enjoyment of these resources to the communities where the resources are developed, allowing, at the same time, their survival and the continuity of their intellectual and cultural legacy achieved over the years.

Yet, the formulation of strategies needs scientific-technical knowledge regarding the resources and organizational knowledge regarding the territory and its communities. To know is the first step in order to define the approach. And there is no approach without discussion. The event we have before us intends to be a forum of discussion between all the possible actors, whether internal or external. A place where methodological and analytical experiences, which have been useful in other places for the handling of natural resources, are presented and can be confronted with knowledge provided by on-site experience.

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Journals of Latin America Design and preparation of cultural cooperation projects

This publication, prepared by Alfons Martinell Sempere, gathers reflections on cultural management and the aspects of the development of cultural cooperation projects. It is an instrument that expects to find the specificity of cultural management against other fields of management and describe a logic of action/reflection in the framework of the preparation of projects in the sector.

It intends to be a useful material for cultural managers, trainers and institutional representatives in order to promote the values of cultural cooperation with equity. The existence of better projects will raise the professional level of management and will create a better integration of culture with the policies of competent bodies.

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