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.
Conference dates and a biographical note
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.
ECURES member Joost Smiers together with Marieke van Schijndel recently published the book: "NO COPYRIGHT. Vom Machtkampf der Kulturkonzerne um das Urheberrecht". At present, the publication is available only in German, an English version is planned. It can be ordered at 9.90 EUR from www.alexander-verlag.com (ISBN 978-3-89581-275-0).
Which system could - better than the existing copyright law - protect the interests of numerous artists as well as the general public in the public domain, a public sphere of creativity and knowledge?
The authors plead for radical solutions, including the abolition of copyright, a strategy of social change and, above all, a regulation of present market conditions. A true market should be created, delimiting the forces that dominate it, at present. As a result, they envisage: a colorful, diverse and creative environment which gives many stakeholders a chance while cutting down on the power of controlling monopolies and corporate giants.
Smiers and van Schijndel argue that a copyright-free system can work on a commercial basis and show, amongst other issues, how it would apply to the trade with information, patents, medicines and food.
The CRIA Process
A study of ECURES member Jörg Michael Schindler calls for regular ‘Culture-Related Impact Assessments’ (CRIA) on European, national and regional levels: "Kulturpolitik und Recht 3.0", Köln/Cologne 2011 (ISBN 978-3-930395-87-3, order here). With a new, extended English summary of its background and main components, published in the Compendium, the author intends to make this legal and administrative model accessible to a wider European and international public.
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.