Cultural Policy Reading Group
The African Arts Institute (AFAI) has launched a participatory fortnightly Cultural Policy Reading Group. The AFAI Cultural Policy Reading Group aims:
- to develop a network of individuals who are interested in and informed about local, national and international cultural policy themes and debates
- to nurture a corps of cultural policy experts who can represent civil society views and advocate on behalf of the sector on matters to do with cultural policy
- to inform participants about cultural policy developments locally, nationally and globally and to deliberate on perspectives on such developments from within broadly South African/African experiences and conditions
The Reading Group will meet over the course of the year on a fortnightly basis at the offices of the African Arts Institute.
This Reading Group will also feed into bi-monthly seminars and public forums to be hosted by AFAI under the broad theme of culture and development, but which will include subthemes like culture, human rights and democracy; development, culture and climate change; traditional culture and modernity: the interface with development; the arts, creative industries and development; etc.
The format of the Reading Group will be that of seminars with participants researching and preparing papers on particular themes, with these papers being debated within the seminars, and then being further developed. The intention is that by the end of the year, a collection of well-researched and developed papers on various themes may be included in a Reader that would contribute to national, continental and international theory and debates on these themes.
This Reading Group and possibly similar ones in Gauteng and elsewhere, may eventually feed into the advocacy and cultural policy work of Arterial Network at national, continental and international levels; at this stage, AFAI is undertaking this initiative to ensure that at least its staff are equipped with relevant cultural policy knowledge and insights.
Should you be interested and available to attend the meetings, and/or should you know of someone else whom you believe should attend, please email Sophia Sanan, AFAI’s Research Manager and coordinator of this Reading Group, at firstname.lastname@example.org.