In 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/culture’s 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.


    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 of
    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 that
    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 culture-specifics.

    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
    Public Authorities.

    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 cultural’s 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 Indians’Trail. Trade between the
    First Nations of different countries in America. American Indian Cultural Industries.

    Program committee

    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, Montréal
    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.



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