Call for Papers/Conference „Teaching and Learning Cultural Entrepreneurship“

Submissions are invited for a forthcoming book to be published in June 2015, entitled "Teaching and Learning Cultural Entrepreneurship: A global comparative analysis of course and program content in university - and community-based education for the cultural and creative industries." Contributions to the book will be presented as part of the 1st International Research Conference on the Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship Training and Education, to be held from June 10 - 12, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Duluth USA.


The book will concentrate on a number of current discussions. We are inviting contributions to a first comparative volume on cultural entrepreneurship education. Papers should address at least two of the five thematic areas listed below, and focus on a cultural entrepreneurship program, degree, course, set of courses, or extra-curricular, community- directed education.

  • a. Curriculum Design: What does the design of a program that combines arts, culture, creativity and economic/entrepreneurial education look like? Authors are encouraged to discuss the program components, competences, modules, courses, length, extracurricular activities, internships, mentorships.
  • b. Theoretical roots and approaches: What are the philosophical/ideological/political/practical approaches to the design of our curricula? Most importantly, what makes our curricula different from traditional business, management and entrepreneurship programs? And why is there a need for programs that combine the arts, culture, economics, management and/or entrepreneurship?
  • c. Labour market developments and job opportunities: How do we, in each of our programs, connect students to potential employers, or prepare them to create their own business? Authors should address the traditions, procedures and models for both internship and mentorship programs that are connected to cultural entrepreneurship and arts management programs. Papers in this category should present their student placement strategies and approaches, and explain how they are connecting students to the job market.
  • d. Practitioners critique: What is a practitioner’s view of art management and cultural economics/entrepreneurship programs? From the perspective of employers, activists and community organizers, what are critical skills elements that must be present or be developed in these programs? What cannot be taught inside the academy? What is the connection between practitioner and academic approaches to entrepreneurship training? And is there an ethical debate involved in the role of the art manager or cultural entrepreneur? Does the art manager or cultural entrepreneur take away the critical social dimension of art?
  • e. Innovative and Traditional Entrepreneurship Programs: How are all these new, interdisciplinary programs different from traditional entrepreneurship programs? What is the perspective of business schools in response to these new programs? What, according to them, is essential for these new programs to work, what makes them valuable, and where are areas where traditional programs can learn from new approaches? Historically, where does the split come from that resulted in these different programs today? And what are the characteristic differences between traditional entrepreneurial programs and those aiming at the cultural entrepreneur?

This unique publication invites contributions from the global research community studying cultural entrepreneurship and the evolution of training for the creative industries. It will comprise academic articles that address theory, research and practical issues related to current developments within the field of education in Cultural Entrepreneurship, ranging from educational research in teaching creativity and innovation, as well as the entrepreneurial dimension of cultural and creative industries (CCIs).

Within the six theme areas listed above, topics of interest for this book include but are not limited to:

  • Development of methodological frameworks for education, research and knowledge creation: How can we develop a methodological framework that would allow for rigorous knowledge creation that would maintain its coherency and support ongoing debates? Using this framework, how can we develop models for articulating the educational dimensions of CCIs?
  • Development of entrepreneurial skills required for CCIs: How can research contribute by bridging the gap between educational needs and CCIs? How can these relationships be fostered and structured in such a way that experiences are made explicit, thereby sustaining knowledge creation and exchange?
  • Inventory and analyses of the cross-over effects: Innovations should be studied in a way that enhances our understanding of their interaction and allows for the identification of problems and issues associated with the educational practices and experiences. How can the current interactions within and between the educational and knowledge institutions, and the CCIs be improved? What can we learn from research about the career paths and mobility of creative people, and in this respect what challenges do current education systems face?
  • Socialinnovations: How can design enable social innovation and, more specifically, how can teaching creative entrepreneurship enhance such innovation, focussing on the local community impact?  Assuming that creative entrepreneurship can provide solutions to new collaborative international educational initiatives, what type of mechanisms need to be developed to articulate optimal social and cultural developments?

The Publication

Research articles of up to 4000 words, reporting on case studies or developments in any of these areas, as well as theoretical/conceptual papers that engage with pertinent questions and issues in depth from a pedagogical, sociological, cultural, political, economic, philosophical and/or ethical standpoint will be considered for publication. Systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses dealing with the issues articulated above are also welcome. Authors are strongly encouraged to consider the implications of their work for those outside their disciplines and institutions, and to attempt to situate their findings in the broader context of the sector as a whole.

In addition, we are inviting short reflections (up to 1000 words) from both undergraduate as well as graduate students that are currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within the last 5 years) from arts management and cultural/creative entrepreneurship programs. These contributions should portray the student’s experience, their work and preparation within the program, internship and practitioner experience they gained, or a reflection upon job placement upon graduation. Student contributions will be placed throughout the book in relation to the thematic areas outlined above. A website will be set up provide further space for detailed curriculum descriptions of the programs described in the publication.

Proposed articles will be selected in a blind-peer review procedure, and final acceptance of the submitted papers will be assessed by the Academic Editorial Board, consisting of Olaf Kuhlke (Chair person, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Founding Director of the B.A. Program in Cultural Entrepreneurship), Annick Schramme (Board Member, Professor and Director of the Competence Centre Creative Industries at Antwerp Management School and of the Competence Centre Management, Culture & Policy, University of Antwerp), and Rene Kooyman (Managing Editor, international Research Fellow and Lecturer at Ars Nova, Utrecht). The double blind, peer-reviewed process will be directed by an Academic Editorial Committee.

The book will be published by Eburon Academic Publishers (Distributed in North America through the University of Chicago Press).

Submission and Review Schedule

15 October 2014 - Extended Abstracts due
1 December 2014 - Acceptance and invitations to submit full papers sent out
15 January 2015 - Full manuscripts due
1 February 2015 - Notification of acceptance of full papers sent out (along with requests for revisions)
1 March 2015 - Revised manuscripts due

Please send a 250-word abstract with a preliminary bibliography (APA Style) by 15 October 2014 to Rene Kooyman, Managing Editor ( For further Information please see:

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: Creative Industries
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Sep 08, 2014