Less than a year before the City of Rijeka is the European Capital of Culture, Center for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo, RIJEKA 2020 and University of Rijeka, in cooperation with Culturelink / IRMO and Observatoire des politiques culturelles, France, invite you to participate at the international conference International Cultural Relations of the European Union – Europe, the World, Croatia to be held on 30 and 31 May 2019 in Rijeka, the European Capital of Culture 2020.

The aim of this conference is to encourage dialogue about the opportunities and challenges of today’s international cultural cooperation and to analyse the modalities that lead to more intense and more functional global cooperation and exchange between the European Union and the world. Rapid changes that mark today’s world (revolution in digital communication, rise of social media, new global actors, rapid urbanization, changes in cultural values) raise questions about how to support, enhance and strengthen the practices of cultural exchange and interaction. Are the efforts in promoting the exchange of cultural goods and services enough? How to advocate for a more decisive role of culture in development policies and cross-sectoral linkages? How to support the role of local communities in international cultural cooperation? How are cultures facing numerous global instabilities?

The four main topics of the conference are: Role of cultural policies in fostering international cultural cooperation; Cultural networks, the expression of cultural change in international relations; Cultural Diplomacy: strengthening external relations between the EU and third countries; Croatia in international cultural cooperation.

More than 40 international and Croatian professors, researchers, cultural workers, diplomats, representatives of cultural institutions, European and international organizations will participate as speakers at the conference.