ERICarts Assembly 2019 in Paris

The European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V. (ERICarts Network) held its 13th Assembly on 6 June 2019 in Paris at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art - again in the context of the annual Compendium event. The Agenda (here) included debates or decisions concerning
- Results of the new Member Survey (confirming the main goals of the Association);
- The crucial role of ERICarts members during the transformation process of the "Compendium";
- The future of the ERICarts Institute (which may lead to a new partnership agreement); and
- The election of a new Board (past and new President: Anna Villaroya, University of Barcelona).
The Assembly passed unanimously a Resolution with several amendments of the Statutes and took
note of joint c
omparative research, conference or publication projects proposed by members:
a. Peter Duelund: European cultural policy between democracy, populism and nationalism;
b. Bozena Gierat-Bieron: Lexicon of EU cultural policies;
c. Ornela Ramasauskaite: Arts and Blockchain;
d. Andreas Wiesand: Towards and inventory of early cultural policy research in Europe;
e. Diverse: Cui Bono Copyright? Empirical evaluation of who benefits from the present system.
Interested colleagues should contact the Secretary General for further details.

2018 Compendium Assembly in Rijeka

From October 9 to 11, Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends experts and stakeholders met in Rijeka, Croatia for their annual General Assembly. Following a keynote speech of Ernst Wagner (ENO) on arts education, a proposal for a renewed structure of the policy profiles were discussed, as well as the Compendium’s plans and goals for the future. Plans of A. J. Wiesand for an "Inventory of early cultural policy research" were introduced during the meeting (we will soon come back to this idea of a survey among Compendium and ERICarts experts).

An Inevitable "Clash of Civilisations"?

Three Approaches to Cultural Diversity

The ERICarts Institute hosted this workshop at the 2012 DW Global Media Forum in Bonn, June 25 - 27, a conference event visited by  ca. 1,800 experts and journalists from all over the world. Speakers were ECURES-Board member Elka Tschernokoshewa and Fabian Jacobs - both work at the Department of Empirical Cultural Studies and Anthropology of the Sorbian Institute, Bautzen. Their main theses as well as their plea for policies and practices fostering "cohesive diversity" reflected findings of "Sharing Diversity", the 2008 ERICarts study for the European Commission. Bi-cultural and bi-lingual experiences at schools in the Lusatia Region, the main settlement area of the slavic Sorb minority in the eastern part of Germany provided food for thought and debates at the workshop.

WorldCP, the global Compendium, launched in Melbourne

ERICarts an active participant in its development

The prototype of, a new international database of cultural policies and trends, has been launched on 3 October 2011 by IFACCA, the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture. With its country-specific profiles of cultural policies, WorldCP has been modelled on the Council of Europe / ERICarts Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.At the launch, the Compendium community of practice was represented by Ritva Mitchell (ERICarts Institute / Cupore). Compendium and ERICarts webmaster Joerg Torkler has been one of the architects in the construction of the new site.

Since 2008, when the "Open Compendium Initiative" had been started, several authors and editors of the European information system advised colleagues from around the world in preparing new country profiles, e.g. in the Arab countries, Australia, Asia and USA. WorldCP also benefits from close cooperation with other bodies such as the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the European Cultural Foundation, ERICarts partner Boekmanstichting and national authorities. The autonomy of regional sites like the Compendium is secured by a "federal" governance structure of the new system.