The Arts and the City in Contemporary Societies
Language: English and Spanish
Historically, cultural, intellectual and artistic life in modern societies has concentrated in cities. Concentration of creators, spaces of artistic production, distribution and consecration; proliferation of artistic and cultural organizations, etc. have been transforming contemporary cities into real artistic laboratories, where new ideas, performances and artistic products emerge.
Currently, the local turn of cultural policies and the importance of the cultural dimension for understanding and promoting processes of urban regeneration and economic development of cities make that the complex relation between art, culture, territory and society become the centre of attention for numerous specialists.
Empirical and theoretical proposals analysing both the ways in which certain artistic expression contribute to shape cities, as well as how cities contribute to shape artistic expressions are invited for this session. Within this framework, we expect to receive proposals that focus on artistic and cultural expressions of the cities (as music, artistic and popular culture expressions, gastronomy, etc.); the influence of urban life in the creative process; cultural-led urban transformation processes; the impact of cultural and artistic policies in cities; artistic movements and sustainable cities; etc.