University of Hildesheim



The Department of Cultural Policy, founded in 1998, focuses its work on the representatives, the content and the structures of cultural policies, arts management and arts education in Germany and in international contexts. It is a part of Arts and Cultural Studies at University of Hildesheim. The close relation to the Departments of Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Literature, Popular Culture, Media and Philosophy at the University enables us to teach and research areas of cultural policy and management which take account of the audience and are also appropriate to the arts. The Department of Cultural Policy embraces a concept of culture which is on the one hand focused on the theory and practice of the arts, and on the other hand, on the sociological, educational, political and economic effects of artistic and creative processes in society. The Department of Cultural Policy has three professorships and currently five research assistants. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider is in charge of the field of cultural policy, Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel of the field of cultural management and Prof. Vanessa-Isabelle Reinwand-Weiss of the field of arts education. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad coordinate the activities of the UNESCO Chair »Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development«.

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Insights from the UNESCO-Chair “Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development”

2012 the UNESCO in Paris approved the establishment of the UNESCO Chair »Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development” at the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim and announced Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider as chair holder. This honorary task has been celebrated January 30th 2013 at the Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg.

The Hildesheim UNESCO Chair is the tenth in Germany. It is dedicated to widen a new research focus at the Department of Cultural Policy and is dealing with questions of acting in the field between cultural policy, the arts and socio-political processes in development.

Based on the understanding of the individual approach of studies on Arts, Aesthetics and Cultural Studies at the University of Hildesheim, the focus lies on social development processes within and through the arts. The questions are about cultural infrastructures and development cooperation in general, and what in specific this can and has to be, concerning the arts, arts education and promotion and funding of arts and culture.

As an academic research institution it is to seek contact to practical actors and to the instances of political conception and strategy planning.

As UNESCO Chair five areas in particular will be concentrated on:

  1. The role of the artist in social and political transformation processes
  2. The influence of cultural policy on changing government structures
  3. Concepts and needs for arts education in Africa as well as in other developing countries and countries in transition
  4. Structuring training programs in the field of cultural policy and arts management
  5. The implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The activities will address governmental and non-governmental actors. They will foster the discourse on structures of cultural policy and on terms and conditions of vivid arts landscapes and international cultural exchange.

A first geographical focus lies on the African continent, including Sub-Saharan and Northern Africa. Beside selected universities, the UNITWIN Network by UNESCO and UNESCO institutions itself, networks of artists and culture-political action such as the Arterial Network based in Cape Town, the Observatory on Cultural Policy in Africa based in Maputo and Al Mawred – Culture Resource based in Cairo are important partners of cooperation.


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