Newsletter #6 – Retrospect of ICCPR 2014

ICCPR_01_Gad_sA retrospect of the 8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research

About 450 participants from more than 70 countries contributed to the conference…

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Cultural Policy in Lower Saxony. Function and Effects, Structures and Strategies

The Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim is evidently a perceived entity not only at national but also international level…

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ICCPR_03_Scherer_sThe Anthropocene. The Cultural-Policy Consequences of a New Geological Age

The new era is announcing itself along dramatic lines. They have a dramatic form, and they indicate an unusual course of events on our planet…

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ICCPR_04_El Husseiny_sCultural Policies in the Arab Region

Many of you know how poorly cultural policies in our region meet the needs of our societies for free creative expression, spaces for imagination and reflection, ways to recognize cultural diversities, and platforms for criticism…

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ICCPR_05_Hampel_sCultural Policy and Processes of Transformation
International Research, Debate and Funding

The first semi-plenary session looked at how culture and applied arts can trigger the processes of social change…

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ICCPR_06_Fink_sCultural Policy and Arts Education

For the first time at ICCPR, the second session turned the spotlight on the subject of arts education. The link between arts education and cultural policy has only been touched on at previous ICCPRs…

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ICCPR_11_sCultural Policy and Participation

This semi-plenary session was divided into two sections: Cultural management strategies for participation in arts institutions and Cultural life of a district or region…

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ICCPR_07_Vickery_sObserver’s Notes

Internationalization and Cooperation in Cultural Policy Research. A review of ICCPR from the Mexican, British, South African and German perspective…

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ICCPR_13_Mandel_sCultural Policy between Agency and Theory. Impressions of Hildesheim

It can be difficult to gain a clear overview of large academic conferences. ICCPR2014 in Hildesheim provided a forum for more than 200 individual presentations…

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ICCPR_08_Speckmann_sWhich Cultural Policy?
How? Where from? Who for?

Three snapshots from the speed dating session in Berlin.

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ICCPR_09_sThe ICCPR 2014. Concluding Remarks

15 years have passed since the first conference, which took place in Bergen, Norway, in 1999. Since then subsequent ICCPR conferences have been organised more or less every second year around in world…

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Get ready for the sessions!

We would like to start the warming-up for the ICCPR2014 by exploring the first paper and thematic sessions about cultural policy research worldwide. ICCPR2014 Participants whose papers were accepted by the reviewers were invited to present shortly their paper or thematic session in this and the following newsletters. Today we start with research topics from

Cultural Policy Imperatives in Theatre for Development Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa and its Implication in the Field

by Ofonime Inyang (South Africa/Paper Session)

200x200pxOfonimeInyangThe application of the techniques of theatre for development (TfD) to tackle the development problems of rural communities is considered by researchers and development practitioners as timely and relevant in the global crusade against hunger, poverty and other development challenges (Desai, 1990; Dinesh, 2005; Conrad, 2004; Ebewo, 2004; Nwansa, 2009; Akashoro, Kayode and Husseini, 2010). The current realisation of the theatre for development or applied theatre praxis and practice in the universe of participatory communication and its current adoption by international development agencies and practitioners as the model of its project implementation in many parts of the world sends a clear message of function, relevance and practicality. The need for intervening policy mechanism that can build bridges of understanding, align methods of operations and mitigate this “identity crisis” (Govender, 2009) becomes imminent especially in Africa that currently witnesses constant testing of several dimensions of hybrid practices that claim the applied theatre label. Can cultural policy instruments and training be useful in this direction? What role can development practitioners and local artists play in this regard? Are there global best practices that can serve as models for such an initiative? This paper examines these issues using critical theory and constructivism (Reason, 1988; Mcctaggart, 1991; Chambers, 1994; Cornwall and Jewkes, 1995; Babbie and Mouton, 2001; Bradbury-Haung, 2001; Baum, Macdougall and Smith, 2006; Rifkin, 2010). In this regard, the paper will analyze existing cultural policy documents in Nigeria and South Africa. The local policy frameworks that guide the operations of council for arts and culture in the various states of Nigeria and the South African State Theatre policy on community theatre and arts practices will be reviewed. The study will also interview local artists, cultural practitioners and officials of ministries concerned with the creative enterprise in the aforementioned countries.


Beyond the Creative City: Cultural (Policy) Pathways towards Sustainable Urban Development

by Nancy Duxbury (Portugal/Thematic Session) 

Under a ‘creative city’ banner, culture has played a driving role in urban redevelopment, economic and branding strategies, and social inclusion initiatives in many cities. But an unevenness of impacts has become evident in the ‘socially regressive’ form of creative city, and there have been calls for more multi-dimensional strategies, more nuanced approaches that are sensitive to local cultures and difference, and greater attention to redistributive outcomes. There is also growing concern to go beyond ‘creative city’ intercity competition and invent strategies to involve artistic-cultural actors in fostering more sustainable cities. The session investigates local level initiatives that provide insights into emerging lines of local cultural policy interlinked with city development trajectories that lie beyond the heavily critiqued and unsustainable ‘creative city’ intercity competition that prevails among cities globally today. It also contributes to the underdeveloped and emerging interdisciplinary research field on culture and sustainable development. The question of co-constructing appropriate cultural policy for more sustainable living and local development embeds culture within issues of promoting participation, cooperation, and local democracy. The Thematic Session was developed in the framework of COST Action IS1007 Investigating Cultural Sustainability and the forthcoming book, Culture and Sustainability in European Cities: Imagining Europolis (eds. S. Hristova, M. Dragićević Šešić, N. Duxbury), Routledge.

Beside Nancy Duxbury this thematic session will be presented and discussed with Jenny Johannisson, David Stevenson, Anita Kangas, Sakarias Sokka, Elisabeth Auclair.

Civil society co-operation for Turkey-Armenia relations

by Serhan Ada (Turkey/Thematic Session)

This session addresses three connected clusters of questions, requiring deepened cultural policy research for the decade to come: Firstly, the notions of cultural diplomacy and cultural cooperation will be reassessed critically. While cultural diplomacy refers to the sovereign nation-state, a ‘multi-log’ of cultural cooperation processes across fields, disciplines, countries and regions is increasingly co-shaping cultural ecosystems.

Secondly, pertinent case studies from regions with polarized and polarizing experiences (Middle East, Balkans, Turkey) will be used as benchmark to ground and specify these research questions. Thirdly, in the interest to develop a longitudinal capacity for both comparative cultural policy research and cultural policy development, the cultural indicator suite on “least connected countries” will be re-visited.

Beside Serhan Ada this thematic session will be presented and discussed with Christine M. Merkel, Nadia von Maltzahn, Nina Obuljen Korzinek.

Participation: the new cultural policy and communication paradigm

by Anne Scott Sørensen (Denmark/Thematic Session)

In this panel, we aim to address the current shift in cultural policy in late modern welfare states towards “participation” (Bennett, 2013), taking the Nordic and in particular Danish national context as our example. On the ground of theories of government, democracy and cultural citizenship (Agamben et al., 2011; Ingram, 2002), on the one hand, and on conceptualizations of “participation” on the other (Carpentier, 2011; Delwiche & Henderson, 2013;), the panel will identify and discuss the participatory paradigm and its translation into various levels of cultural policy (national/local), in and across various types of institutions (media, museums, archives, libraries) and in non-institutional, civil and urban initiatives. The hypothesis, grounded on more-than-representational analysis (Lorimer, 2005; Thrift, 2007), is that the new paradigm is to be understood as a complex and also heterogeneous assemblage of agendas, practices and agents, striving to define and direct it. The hypothesis will be pursued through case studies on the so-called regional cultural contracts, recent curatorial and artistic co-productions and audience involvement in art museums, the digital and interactive national cultural heritage project/archive – and the European Melodi Grand Prix/Eurovision 2014 in Copenhagen.

Beside Anne Scott Sørensen this thematic session will be presented and discussed by Mette Thobo-Carlsen, Hjørdis Brandrup Kortbek, Bjarki Valtysson, and Louise Ejgod Hansen.


Photo: The artwork skyLINE by Jesper Konshaug, made for European Melodi Grand Prix 2014/ Eurovision 2014 in Copenhagen, photographer Ulrik Jantzen.

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The golden thread through ICCPR2014

Welcome to the ICCPR2014: Two days fully packed with panel and paper sessions about your cultural policy research! In addition to these sessions, three semi-plenary sessions hosted by the University of Hildesheim will explore and debate the meaning, function and impact of cultural policies. The semi-plenary sessions – its keynote speakers and international guest discussants – will approach the subjects:

  1. Cultural Policy and Processes of Transformation
  2. In the session the question will be how to build frameworks to support the arts, so that arts can contribute to development processes of society. The link between cultural policy and processes of transformation is related to a specific understanding of cultural policy on the one hand and the question of infrastructure which is needed on the other hand.

  3. Cultural Policy and Arts Education
  4. This semi plenary session wants to focus on patterns of legitimising arts education in different countries. In Germany, there is a vivid and controversial debate whether or not the belief in the autonomy of the arts is an out-dated way of thinking and not consensual on an international level. In consequence, that would mean that in Germany, we have to overcome the debates about the “danger” of utilitarian perspectives on arts education and discuss if it is right to use the arts for economic purposes.

  5. Cultural Policy and Participation
  6. This session discusses research results on collaborative strategies between cultural policy and arts management with the goal to enforce participation of a wide population in the arts sector and in cultural life of a society in general. Generally the question is how in heterogeneous societies participative processes can be designed for example in urban development and how community communication can be moderated.


Let’s explore, discuss and promote together the cultural policies, their meanings, roles and impact in an interdisciplinary and international environment. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Hildesheim! Only 152 days left!

Your Proposal – What happens next?

We‘ve received astonishing 391 (!) paper proposals from 80 countries and the reviewing process is already finished. In addition we have received 22 proposals for thematic sessions by different organizations and scholars from all over the world. Every proposal was reviewed by two members of the international Scientific Committee. The applicants will be informed about the final decisions by mid-April. Accepted scholars have to submit their full paper by July 1, 2014.

The registration for the conference starts now. Please be aware of the special discounted registration fees for Early Bird Registration by May 15, 2014. In addition, we offer discounted rated for students: To be accepted as a student, you must provide a photocopy of a valid student card or equivalent.



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