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  • The latest books of Lidia Varbanova at Routledge:

    'International Entrepreneurship in the Arts' (2017) and 'Strategic Management in the Arts' (2013)


    New handbook on culture & human rights

    In 2013, ECURES experts stood at the cradle (see below) of this basic dictionary, just published by De Gruyter and ARCult Media. The handbook with 130 articles written by 96 authors has been presented on 14 November 2016 in Wroclaw. More

  • The ECURES association is committed, since 1993, to pioneering theoretical and applied cultural research as a recognized professional field and to facilitating the exchange of scientific ideas and resources. It is the founder, and now a partner, of the ERICarts Institute. ECURES experts in over 30 countries worldwide represent a broad range of academic disciplines.

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Past Events 2013-15

(with the participation of ECURES members)

  • ECURES Assembly held in Wroclaw
    In connection with the annual "Compendium" event, the 11th Assembly of the European Association of Cultural Researchers (ECURES) has been held on Thursday, 12 November 2015 at the "Bar Barbara", HQ and information centre for "Wroclaw - European Capital of Culture 2016". Discussions focused on the future of the Compendium of Cultural Policies & Trends in Europe, run since 1998 in partnership between the Council of Europe and the ERICarts Institute. The Compendium is now entering a 'transitory phase' until 2017, heading towards either a multi-stakeholder governance construction or a more research-driven instrument, used and maintained mainly by universities with cultural policy courses. Members agreed to a more proactive role for ECURES, whatever status will finally be decided. They also reacted positively to plans to increase ECURES resources, possibly including membership fees, and elected a new Board.

  • UNESCO experts meet in Casablanca
    An initial workshop of the new UNESCO Expert Facility, composed of 43 specialists from around the world, was held on 18 / 19 May 2015 in Casablanca, Morocco, under the direction of Danielle Cliche. Other ECURES members taking part were Vesna Čopič, Raj Isar, Nina Obuljen and Andreas Wiesand. The main task of the group is to support, between 2015 and 2017, capacity development initiatives for the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

  • ECURES Members discuss strategic issues in Brussels
    Preceding the last Compendium Assembly in Brussels, an informative exchange among ECURES members and the Board took place in December 2014. At this occasion, the re-launch of the ECURES website aimed at improving the visibility of our members and highlighting their research capacity was announced as well as strategic questions of how to improve (and finance!) future activities of ECURES discussed.

  • The 12th annual Compendium Experts Assembly in Vienna
    The Assembly, held on December 12 and 13, 2013 at the Architekturzentrum in Vienna, reunited more Compendium colleagues and guests than ever before, since the first event took place in Strasbourg, 2002.
    In this context, an informal Open Meeting with Board Members of ECURES e.V. took place with 15 members. Main issues of the debates were the financial sustainability of the Compendium; new or ongoing ECURES activities that had previously been proposed by Board Members; and potential new calls for Contributing Experts of the Compendium.
    Later on that day, a reception provided the chance to toast on 15  years of Compendium collaboration as well as on the 20th anniversary of ECURES (and the 10th of the ERICarts Institute)!

  • The "Right to Culture" - Comparative Perspectives (Warsaw)
    This event with the participation of Polish and European experts was held on 6-7 November 2013 in Warsaw (Poland) - see agenda. Initiated by the Polish National Centre for Culture and Wroclaw 2016 (European Capital of Culture), conference speakers discussed questions of definition ("Right to culture or cultural rights?"; "Right to access or right to participate?"); the "Right to Culture" in European comparison; the pros and cons of introducing a "Right to Culture" as a basic human right to the European legal system; and the draft of a legal guide on the "Right to Culture". ECURES members Kalliopi Chainoglou, Vesna Čopič, Bożena Gierat-Bieroń, Rui Gomes, Dorota Ilczuk, Ritva Mitchell, Andrew Ormston, Thomas Perrin and Andreas Wiesand took part in the debates.

  • First "Young Scholars' Forum" in Vienna
    As proposed at the last ECURES Assembly 2012 in Helsinki, a first Young Scholars' Forum with over 30 participants was held on 13/14   August 2013 in Vienna and in Schloss Reichenau (Semmering). It has been organised in connection with isaScience at the International Summer Academy of the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts and included the presentation of research topics and papers (mainly PhD theses) as well as panel debates addressing cultural policy challenges - with a focus on South-East Europe (see details here).
    In addition to Sanjin Dragojevic and Péter Inkei, ECURES Board members Vesna Čopič, Otto Hofecker and Elka Tschernokoshewa as well as Secretary General Andreas Wiesand participated as reviewers and panelists in the event.