Conference dates and a biographical note
The international, trans-disciplinary conference Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures will be held 6-8 May 2015 in Helsinki in the context of COST Action Investigating Cultural Sustainability, hosted by the University of Jyväskylä. The conference explores theories and concepts; policies and governance; and practices and methodologies that explicitly analyse multiple dimensions of culture in sustainable development. Research questions include, inter alia: Is culture the fourth pillar of sustainability alongside the ecological, economic and social aspects? How does culture act as a catalyst for ecological sustainability, human well-being and economic viability? The deadline for research paper session proposals is 1 October2014 and for papers and other forms of presentation 5December 2014.
The International Council of Museums (ICOM-ICTOP), together with the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum and other partners, announced its annual conference in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, October 21-25, 2014: Rethinking Museums & Sustainable Development for the Global Profession. Topics include: Postcolonial museology; appropriate capacity building; regional engagement.
(with participation of ECURES members)
1. ICCPR and IFACCA Researchers' Meeting in Hildesheim
At the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Sept. 9-12, University of Hildesheim (Germany), scientists and students from all disciplines and geographical locations met for the 8th time. Academic contributions to cultural policy research were discussed in individual and panel sessions. More on: http://www.iccpr2014.de/. As a side event, the 4th IFACCA Researchers’ Meeting took place, discussing, inter alia, metrics and measurements of the impact of the arts (indicators, indexes etc.); Ritva Mitchell and Andreas Wiesand participated.
2. The 6thWorld Summit on Arts & Culture
Held under the general theme of "Creative Times: new models for cultural development", the conference took place on 13-16 January 2014 in Santiago de Chile, organised by IFACCA and CNCA. It focused on "how globalisation, shifts in social and economic development, and new forms of communication are generating an array of challenges and opportunities within the cultural field." More on the event: http://www.ifacca.org
3. The 12th annual Compendium Experts Assembly
The Assembly, held on December 12 and 13, 2013 at the Architekturzentrum in Vienna, has been a success, reuniting more Compendium colleagues and guests than ever before, since the first event took place in Strasbourg, 2002 - see details on the Compendium website.
In this context, an informal Open Meeting with Board Members of ECURES e.V. taking part in the Assembly had been organised, 15 members participated. 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 expression of interest (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).
4. The "Right to Culture" – Comparative Perspectives
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 (Warsaw) and Wrocław 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.
5. 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.
The Mediterranean Region - close and far away?
Based on representative surveys on intercultural issues carried out in 13 countries across Europe and south of the Mediterranean Sea, the second Anna Lindh Report has been published in July, 2014. ECURES Member Caroline Robertson-von Trotha contributed two of the analytical papers to the Report (see here and here). Inter alia, the author explains how the attitude of citizens to cultural diversity varies between regions in Germany due to the different levels of exposure to groups with migrant backgrounds. While the Anna Lindh/Gallup polling shows respondents’ scepticism towards diversity in relation to social instability, there is a definite support for the equality of rights to all minorities in the country.
Culture-related Projects in European Territorial Cooperation Programmes
In most of the 13 Territorial Cooperation programmes financed by EU's European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), culture-related projects play an important strategic role. The ERICarts Institute recently contributed to more transparency in this domain: In addition to advising the SOUTH EAST EUROPE Programme on cultural dimensions and opportunities in the context of the new "SEE 2020" strategy (lead-author: Vesna Čopič), the ERICarts Institute engaged in a larger thematic study: "Cultural Heritage and Creative Resources in the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme". The study has been carried out by ERICarts Executive Director Andreas Joh. Wiesand with Office Manager Olivier Göbel and additional advice from three ECURES Members in the region: Vesna Čopič (Ljubljana), Péter Inkei (Budapest) and Veronika Ratzenböck (Vienna). You can download the Final Report here. The study, which includes a number of conclusions and strategic recommendations has also been a topic in the CENTRAL EUROPE Annual Conference held on 1 July 2014 in Vienna.
Hybridity vs. Dualism
The 6th volume of the series Hybride Welten [Hybrid worlds], edited by ECURES Board member Elka Tschernokoshewa, has recently been published: E. Tschernokoshewa, E. / Jacobs, F. (Eds.): "Über Dualismen hinaus" [Beyond Dualism. Regions - People - Institutions in hybridological perspective], 343 pp, ISBN 978-3-8309-2928-4, Waxmann/Münster, 2013. Questioning "methodological nationalism", it builds on the late 20th century shift of paradigm in the social sciences and tries to develop alternative analytical tools to examine group formation processes, institutions, and cultural expressions beyond essentialist purity thinking. "Hybridology", a new research approach at the Sorbian Institute in Bautzen/Budyšin (Germany), tries to raise awareness of cultural diversity and focuses primarily on the dialogic and processual nature of intercultural encounters. In addition to new findings from transdisciplinary discussions, the 6th volume covers a variety of applications of the hybridological perspective for cultural, linguistic, educational, historical, and minority issues. The approach is exemplified with the Schleife village community in Lusatia, a microregion with a historically evolved network of multicultural relationships, which is currently confronted with the effects of lignite mining.
First Dutch Arts Index
Boekmanstichting (Amsterdam) and the Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (SCP) just published the "Cultuurindex Nederland" in the Boekman Series, No. 97 (ISSN 1571-5949), together with related articles that empirically map the the state of culture in the Netherlands. The Index has been modeled after the "National Arts Index", produced by Americans for the Arts (USA). In two workshops held September 2013 and January 2014, perspectives and problems of an extension of this concept towards a "European Arts Index" have been discussed. An English summary of the results of the Dutch Arts Index can be found here.
The 10th Members' Assembly of the European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V. (ECURES) took place 29 June 2012 at the House of the Estates in Helsinki (Finland). As practised before in Strasbourg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Budapest and Zurich, the Assembly was held in connection with the annual Meeting of Compendium experts.
The Assembly was attended by 20 members; they discussed, inter alia (see Minutes here):
- The role of ECURES in the governance of the ERICarts Institute and new activities;
- Supporting and protective functions for the Compendium community of experts;
- Participation in the design and editing of the new CWE HOTopics debate space; and
- A Forum of Young Researchers, to be held in Vienna, 2013.
The Assembly admitted 32 new members (see Membership list) and elected a new Board, with Vesna Čopič (Ljubljana) as the new ECURES President. It thanked the previous members for their work, in particular Ritva Mitchell, who had acted as President for almost two decades and who wanted to step down due to her many other commitments and in order to support the current generation change in the Association.
The day before, June 28th, ECURES had offered a cocktail on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of first initiatives in Finland that inspired the creation of the Association and, a decade later, of the ERICarts Institute.