The 9th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, the most distinguished and acknowledged conference in the field of cultural policy, was held in Seoul at Sookmyung Women’s University, from July 5 (Tue.) to July 9 (Sat.), marking the first holding of the conference in Asia. The International Conference on Cultural Policy Research is a symposium where the research results and case studies related to cultural policy are discussed. The first biennial conference was held in Bergen, Norway, in 1999, and was then held in New Zealand, Canada, Austria, Turkey, Finland, Spain, and others.
Until now the conference had been held only in Western countries. This conference, therefore, has a great significance, with the theme “The Public Nature and Autonomy of Cultural Policy” being discussed from an Asian perspective. Around 400 scholars from 49 countries participated in the conference, and approximately 250 papers were presented at the conference.
On the morning of the opening day, July 5 (Tue.), a round-table discussion of world-renowned scholars from six different countries was held at Sookmyung Women’s University to discuss changes in the future cultural topography and the role of cultural policy. During the opening session held in the evening of the same day, Ian Buruma of Bard College, New York, delivered a keynote speech at Yeakdang, of the National Gugak Center, with the theme “Culture and Country: From the Calligraphy Culture of Imperial China to K-Pop Culture”.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government prepared a special session with the theme “The role of cultural policy in urban restoration,” to be held at the conference hosted by the Korea Arts Management Service and Sookmyung Women’s University. The session was held on July 8 (Fri.) at 4 p.m. at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, where Sharon Zukin (Brooklyn College), the world-renowned scholar in the field of urban restoration through culture, delivered the keynote speech, and Arturo Rodriguez Morato, Lily Kong, and Professor Lee Yeong-beom gave presentations followed by a heated discussion with Professor Lee Dong-yeon.