Dr. Sacha Kagan, sacha.kagan (at) cultura21.org, Lueneburg
The organizational strength of the first International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation, benefits from the convergence of the expertise of the two international, non-governmental organizations initiating and implementing this event:
Two further organizations are partners on the organization of the first International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation:
Besides the supporters of the summer school as a whole, i.e. the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) as a follow-up project of the Dialogue on Arts, Culture & Climate Change (Beijing, 2008), and the Municipality of Gabrovo...
...a number of further organizations are supporting specific workshop organizers at the summer school:
The workshop by Laurent Malone (OsservatorioNomade, Marseille, France) is supported by Culturesfrance, Ville de Marseille and Roberto Cimetta Fund
The workshop by David Haley is supported by MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design), Manchester Metropolitan University
The workshop by Barbara Lounder is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
The involvement of Sacha Kagan as director of the summer school is supported by the Institute of Cultural Theory, Research and the Arts, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Founding Coordinator of Cultura21 International (www.cultura21.net), Sacha Kagan launched the concept of this Summer School in mid-2009, through conversations with Ines Sanguinetti (Red LATS), Nadezhda Savova (I3C), Oleg Koefoed (Cultura21 Nordic), Hans Dieleman (Cultura21 Mexico), Francesca Cozzolino (Cultura21 International) , and with hindsight on his direct experience of previous activities by Cultura21 and other organizations engaged for arts and sustainability, such as: Cultura21's workshop during the Venice Biennale in 2007, 'Tipping Point' at the PIK (Potsdam) , 'Burning Ice' at Kaai Theater (Brussels), the 'Asia-Europe Dialogue on Arts, Culture and Climate Change' initiated by ASEF (Beijing) with Cultura21's collaboration, and the Europe-Latin-American Symposium “Focus on Art for Social Transformation" (Dresden)...
What I felt was missing in all those inspiring and stimulating encounters, conferences, workshops, etc. (and am still missing in more recent events such as "Culture|Futures" alongside COP15), was the possibility to work deeper, with more focus, and with more time available, on each other's work, and to really learn from each other. The goal of ASSiST is to offer such a framework, allowing to build transdisciplinary action-research, beyond the stimuli of already existing frameworks for interdisciplinary encounters.
Sacha Kagan is Research Associate at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg (Germany).
Personal website: sachakagan.wordpress.com
The second ASSIST will takes place in Mexico.