Culture, Place and Identity at the Heart of Regional Development
A Three‐Day International Conference, October 13‐15, 2011
In St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
The North Atlantic Forum, in partnership with
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) and
The Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI)
This conference will examine the relationship between the arts, cultural heritage and regional development in islands and in rural and remote regions. It will bring together representatives from academia, government, the arts community, the cultural heritage community, the knowledge economy, the tourism industry, and organizations dealing with regional development. It will examine global trends in tourism, technology and demographics, and will feature global best practices in cultural tourism.
The themes of the conference are:
• The role of culture, place and identity in regional development
• The role of cultural entrepreneurship in economic diversification
• Tangible and intangible heritage as engines of cultural tourism
• The arts and cultural heritage as tools for community building
To this end, organizers are inviting expressions of interest from persons and organizations who may wish to share their knowledge, expertise and experience with the attendees at this event. This may take the form of:
• Papers: Academic papers based on original research in any of the themes of the forum.
• Presentations: Non‐academic presentations on how the arts and cultural heritage are being used to develop an area’s tourism industry or its economy generally.
• Posters: Static visual presentations of any theme of the forum.
• Products or Performances: Presentations by artists and tradition bearers as to how they use their skills and expertise to develop a creative product or performance.
Special consideration will be given to expressions of interest which:
• Combine presenters from various sectors (e.g., government/the arts/academia/ industry/etc.);
• Combine presenters from different countries or from different jurisdictions within the same country; or
• Demonstrate creativity in content, presentation, audience participation, etc.
Interested persons or groups are invited to submit a title and a short (max. 200 words) abstract of their
paper, presentation, poster or creative product, and the names, affiliations and contact information of
the presenters. These are to be submitted no later than March 31st, 2011, to www.naf2011.com.
For more information :
Michael Clair, Associate Director (Public Policy)
Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL Canada A1C 5S7
Tel.: (709) 864‐7963