a few words
A cultural and scientific event which gathers, in Montreal, participants
of the two americas, September 17-18 and 19, 2001.
Guests speakers from the United States, Latin America and Canada.
A colloquium which favors dialogue between university researchers,
professsionals and industrial representatives, public representatives
from the culture and the communication sectors.
A meeting centered on economy/cultures connections and
the development of cultural exchanges between american people,
with respect for diversity as invited to by the UNO in making the
year 2001 the year of dialogue between civilizations.
Exchanges in the four major languages of the americas (english,
spanish, french and portugese) with simultaneous translation.
A colloquium in synergy with another international meeting :
2001 Bugs, Globalism and Pluralism, which will gather, in Montreal,
participants from all five continents.
An event remembering the signature, 300 years ago, of the first
treaty between the White People and the American Indians.
A program organised around five major themes :
1) The State and Cultural Diversity ;
2) Languages Cultural Exchanges ;
3) Economy and Culture ;
4) Cultural Exchanges and Democratic life ;
5) the Participation of the First Nations in the Cultural Exchanges
between the American countries.
WHAT'S ABOUT ?
November 4th 1998, at the time of the 53th session, the general
assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution proclaiming
the year 2001 Year of United Nations to promote dialogue between
the civilizations (resolution 53/22, november 4th 1998).
" Aware of the accomplisments of the different civilizations
which give evidence of a cultural pluralism and show diverse forms
the human beings creativity[
] declare itself firmly in favour
of facilitating and promoting dialogue between civilizations ".
Another international trade forum is also looking into cultural
exchanges. Despite the failure in Seatlle, it is, in fact, possible
it will be at the heart of the next negociations which will pick
up again under the aegis of the World Trade Organisation. Will cultural
products and services be submitted to the same commercial rules
that preside over material goods? As for the last Summit of "la
Francophonie" , it had chosen to adopt rules according to the
The conference in Montreal will follow in the continuity of the
last two of Santos, organized by José Marques de Melo,
in August 1997, and of Austin, organized by Joseph Straubhaar, in
June 1999. It will focus on analysis on the evolution of the
cultural and communication industries in the Americas. It will be
done through the particular viewpoint of dialogue between
Guests from the business circle, the public sector and the academic
sphere in various countries are expected. Paper proposals
regarding one of the following themes are welcome :
The State and the Cultural Diversity
National policies in the fields of culture and communication. Public
interventions regarding the specificity of cultural products and
services. The rules of Trade in the International and Commercial
agreements. The roles of the local, regional and international
Languages and Cultural Exchanges
The domination of the english language in standard cultural products
as in new medias and on the Internet. The presence of french, spanish,
portuguese and american indian languages on the Internet.
Economy and Culture
The role of the private sector in the exchanges of culturals
products and services between the american countries. The impact
of the commercial agreements. The merging of entreprises and the
convergence of communications. Do the culture and
communication industries contribute to promote dialogue between
civilizations and adress cultural diversity issues ?
Cultural Exchanges and Democratic Life
The Role of Culture in the Democratic life. Culture combine with
community life. Culture, democracy and New Technologies,
particularly the Internet. Minority cultures and Democraty.
The Participation of the First Nations in the Cultural
Exchanges between the American Countries
Connections between Traditionnal Cultures and the New Communication
Medias. The American IndiansTrail. Trade between the
First Nations of different countries in America. American Indian
Lucía Castellón, dean, Faculty of Communications,
Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile
Bernard Cleary, pdg, Groupe Cleary, Quebec
M. François Demers, professor, Université Laval, Québec
Delia Druetta Crovi, professor, Political Science Department, Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México
José Marques de Melo, professor, Communications Department,
Universidade Metodista de São Bernardo
Robert Pilon, vice-president, Coalition for cultural diversity,
Marc Raboy, professor, Université de Montréal
Enrique Sánchez Ruiz, professor, Communications Department,
Universidad de Guadalajara.
Joseph Straubhaar, professor, Audio-visual Department, School of
Communication, University of Texas at Austin
Gaëtan Tremblay, Professor UQAM, Communications Department,
GRICIS'codirector, UQAM, Montréal.