North South Conference on Cultural Research and Development


September 7-10, 1999


ERICarts and the UNESCO Cultural Policies for Development Unit together with Culturelink (Zagreb), MEDIACULT (Vienna), Zentrum für Kulturforschung (Bonn), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bonn).

Chilean Partners:  Ministerio de Educación, República de Chile (Santiago de Chile), Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (Santiago de Chile), Goethe-Institut (Santiago de Chile),


German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish National Commission for UNESCO, the Austrian Federal Chancellery/Department for the Arts, KulturKontakt Austria, Canton of Sarajevo and local firms.


The aims of this conference were to facilitate new project partnerships between scientists from the "North" and "South" specialising in cultural policy and heritage research; to strengthen relations with policymakers and other experts in that field as well as to improve methods and tools, especially for comparative projects.

The themes discussed during the conference were identified in the Action Plan adopted by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development in Stockholm, 1998, itself inspired by reports like Our Creative Diversity of the UN/UNESCO World Commission on Culture and Development, to which a Council of Europe Task Force contributed the Report In From the Margins, 1997.

Debates were held in plenary and workshop sessions on:

  • Global trends and regional cultural identity
  • Social memory, heritage policies and (inter-)cultural education
  • Heritage management and funding strategies
  • Culture industries and regional development initiatives
  • Cultural productions and media diversity
  • New horizons for global comparative research in the field of cultural policy


Santiago de Chile, 1999:
Conference Programme