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The international conference "Contextualizing the 'Contemporary' in Culture" is a daring academic attempt to locate and redefine the philosophical and historical contexts of framing the 'contemporary'. 'Contemporary' is widely perceived as a pre-given conceptual category. The paradigm shift effected by 'contemporary' intellectual introgressions and art practices has evinced that the notion of contemporaneity is a contested domain. The 'Contemporary' is formulated and perpetuated through the sedimentation of multifarious dynamics of culture, history, power, geography, movement, politics, and epistemes.

The international conference on Contextualizing the 'Contemporary' in Culture inquires into the evolution and sustenance of 'the contemporary' in Art, Performance, Film, Music, Architecture, Media and Lifestyle. This conference attempted to explore the notion through the broad frameworks of:

1. Metro-scapes: City and Imagination
2. Peripheral Aesthetics: The rise of the suburban and the new
3. The liminal space: Small town/rural
4. The shifting pedagogies
5. Art preservation, transmission and dissemination
6. Managing 'the contemporary'
7. Histories and the future: Defining 'the contemporary'
8. Digital imagination
9. Virtuality of the contemporary
10. The popular versus the contemporary

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