Canadian Cultural Research Network//Reseau canadien de recherche culturelle (CCRN/RCRC)

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Established in 1998, the purpose of the Canadian Cultural Research Network/Réseau canadien de recherche culturelle (CCRN/RCRC) is to nurture a national, bilingual network devoted to the promotion of multidisciplinary applied research and scholarship on cultural matters of interest to Canada and Canadians. It aims to serve as an umbrella organization, bridging the various disciplines, interests, and orientations that characterize the cultural research community in Canada.

The CCRN grew out of the efforts of a Steering Committee at the Centre for Cultural Management, University of Waterloo. The motivating vision was to create a Canadian network linking cultural researchers, policy analysts, decision-makers, and practitioners in the cultural sector. It currently operates under the direction of an elected board of directors, with a secretariat based at the Centre for Cultural Management.

In the early years of its existence, CCRN has undertaken a range of activities, including a survey of Canadian cultural researchers, the establishment of by-laws and the election of a national board, and the creation of a listserv and Web site (URL: http://www.uwaterloo.ca/ccm/ccrn) which are hosted by the Centre for Cultural Management at the University of Waterloo.

Every second year, the CCRN has held a colloquium to bring together cultural researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss issues of common concern. The topics of these colloquia have been: "Cultural Policies and Cultural Practices: Exploring the Links Between Culture and Social Change" in June 1988 and "Diversity and Culture: Beyond the Rhetoric" in April 2000. In addition, in 2000 the CCRN co-organized the joint Round Table with CIRCLE which forms the basis of the current collection. In 2002, the focus is on "the local level," that is, the cultural development activities, realities, concerns, and issues of cultural planners and administrators working in Canadian municipalities. The 2002 colloquium is entitled "Cultural Development in Canada's Cities: Linking Research, Planning, and Practice."

Looking towards the future, in 2001 the CCRN board undertook a planning process, producing a business plan to guide the future direction of the organization. The plan confirms three areas that will constitute the CCRN's primary focus or mandate in the years ahead:

  1. advancing multidisciplinary approaches to cultural policy studies;
  2. supporting the cultural research-policy interface; and
  3. strengthening the cultural research-management interface.
Donna Cardinal
CCRN President



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