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Are arts managers their own enemy when it comes to intercultural development? Insights from the #interculturalmanagers workshop

This first workshop of the new network “Cultural Managers as Intercultural Brokers” took place 15-17 January 2017 at Heilbronn University, Germany. Its highly renowned international participants examined the role that arts and cultural managers can play in handling the challenges of globalisation. And they discussed the question how arts management is influenced by certain worldviews and how this in turn influences the fulfilment of its tasks in international contexts, and thereby shed light on the sometimes self-inflicted barriers for fostering intercultural understanding.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Feb 27, 2017

Book preview: Introduction to International Arts Management by Raphaela Henze

"Introduction to International Arts Management", the first book published on this topic in German, deals with the reactions of arts managers in more than 45 countries around the world to globalization and illustrates how arts organizations strive to internationalize not only to increase competitiveness, but also to reach out to an increasingly diverse audience and bring the potential and talent that is inherent in this diversity to the forefront. "Introduction to International Arts Management" strongly advocates for more international transfer and for interdisciplinary networks of academics and practitioners to foster critical discourse about arts management practice and to develop sustainable strategies to deal with increasingly diverse societies. 

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 14, 2016

CfP: MuseumNext Europe 2017

For the last seven years MuseumNext conferences have focused on the future of museums and how the sector is forging ahead,  showcasing innovative ideas and delivering thought-provoking insight. MuseumNext is a catalyst for innovation, transformation and collaboration in museums, galleries and heritage sites. The European version of MuseumNext will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from June 26th to 28th 2017. The deadline for submission is Friday 6 January 2017.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 26, 2016

CfP: 9th Midterm Conference of the RN-Sociology of the Arts - Arts Management Studies Research Stream

The 9th Midterm Conference of the Research Network Sociology of the Arts and Creativity on "Working on Identity and Differences" will take place September 8th-10th 2016 it the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto, Portugal. Co-organizers are the European Sociological Association and the Thematic Section Art, Culture and Communication of the Portuguese Association of Sociology. The ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts aims to provide the sociological contexts for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven aspects which characterize the art worlds in societies nowadays. The general topic of this Conference "Art and Creativity – Working on Identity and Difference" questions the processes through which in an increasingly global, open, different and multicultural world artistic creativity is (re)defined, fostered, evaluated and asserted. The Arts Management Studies Research Stream workshops will support the conference theme by focusing on how arts management can support identity and difference as expressed in art and through creative expression. It will do this through a day of workshops centered on this theme. The Arts Management Studies Research Stream aims to provide a forum for interrogating and investigating the role of arts management as an academic discipline, area of research, and a field of practice. It will therefore, consider the theme of identity and difference as a concern for arts management and ask researchers to explore and question the role that arts managers have in nurturing and encouraging, identity and difference, in audiences, artistic practise and programming choices. Proposals can be submitted until February 15th, 2016.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jan 18, 2016

CfP: Arts Management Newsletter on “An entirely new Arts Management”

Arts Management Network is dedicated to a cultural sector that is visionary, exemplary and cutting-edge. In more than 120 issues, the Arts Management Newsletter has been witness to a great deal of changes in the arts sector over the past ten years. Globalization, digitization and economization have brought both new challenges as well as opportunities for arts organizations around the world. For that reason, our aim is to present comprehensive worldwide developments while reviewing and fostering the special needs and local characteristics of the cultural sector in both developed and developing regions. Suiting these changing circumstances and now that our ten-year anniversary is approaching, we at Arts Management Network – just like the arts sector as a whole – feel that it is time to rethink ourselves in order to meet these changes head on. With a whole new platform and newsletter, we want to create a user-friendly environment that is best suited for professional exchange and discussion. The first “new” Arts Management Newsletter will be the prelude for exchange about “an entirely new Arts Management,” about societal and economical developments, problem-solving oriented perspectives, new organizational performances and the palpable role that art and culture will play for society in the future.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Dec 22, 2015

CfP: International conference on Creative Industries and Digital Culture (ICCIDC)

Strategic Research Society conferences are devoted to mutual exchanges of research results and professional opinions within the broad field of academic and research disciplines. The ICCIDC 2016 focuses on creative industries and digital culture, as well as the large spectrum of its implications within economy, management, technology, social and cultural studies, marketing, education, knowledge etc. The aim of the ICCIDC 2016 conference is to reflect nowadays phenomena challenging the world of creative industries. Particular attention is given to digital technology and its influence on creativity, arts and media, but other relevant topics are also welcome. You are cordially invited to enhance the current body of knowledge in the field by submitting your scientific abstracts/papers, and thus contribute to its successful implementation.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: Creative Industries
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Dec 16, 2015

Cultural and Creative Industries Fuel Global Economy and Provide 29.5 million Jobs Worldwide

With revenues of US$2,250 billion, Cultural and Creative Industries account for 3% of world GDP and employ 29.5 million people (1% of the world’s active population). Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) revenues exceed those of telecom services and employ more people than the car industry of Europe, Japan and the USA combined (29.5 million vs. 25 million). This major contribution of CCI to the global economy is explained in a new study, jointly presented by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, France, and published by EY (formerly Ernst & Young).

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: Creative Industries
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Dec 04, 2015

Winners of the 2015 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management announced

At 25th of November, Alessia Usai from Italy and Annika Hampel from Germany were announced as the winners of the 2015 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management. The ENCATC Award exists to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural policy and management to explore, through comparative and cross-cultural research, contemporary issues at stake and possibly anticipate new cultural policy orientations. Moreover, it contributes to the process of creating an "infrastructure", a network of scholars who are competent in doing comparative research projects in cultural policy and management issues. The ENCATC Award targets emerging researchers in the field of cultural policy and cultural management up to 35 years of age from Europe and the rest of the world.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Dec 02, 2015

CfP: The Upside of Cultural Differences for the International Journal Cross Cultural Management

Current theory and research in cross-cultural management tends to emphasize the “dark side” of culture by focusing predominantly on the adverse outcomes associated with differences while de-emphasizing the positive role of cultural diversity in organizations. Scholars have argued that the overemphasis on the negative in existing research on culture in international management has hindered our understanding of the processes and conditions that help organizations leverage the benefits of diversity in a wide range of contexts, such as development of strategic capabilities, decisions on foreign direct investment, synergy creation in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, learning through cross-border knowledge-sharing, and unleashing of creative potential in diverse teams. The goal of this special issue of "Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal" about "The Upside of Cultural Differences: Towards a More Balanced Treatment of Culture in Cross-Cultural Management Research" is to showcase research that sheds light on the positive dynamics and outcomes associated with cultural differences in a wide range of contexts. We recognize that the traditional, problem-focused perspective on cultural differences does have merits; and that the idea that diversity creates opportunities rather than problems is not a new one.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 13, 2015

Nesta and CCI: Taking the Creative Economy Seriously. How to bolster the status of the creative industries as a serious economic force

While prepairing our next AMN newsletter about new developments and research in Cultural Entrepreneurship, we came across this article by Hasan Bakhshi, who is founding member of the British government’s Creative Industries Council, director for Creative Economy in Policy & Research at Nesta's, deviser of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in England, Scotland and Wales and much more. In 2013, he wrote a contribution for us about "Nesta and CCI: Taking the Creative Economy Seriously. How to bolster the status of the creative industries as a serious economic force" that hasn't lost any of it's relevance and can be transferred to a lot of countries at least in the western world. At Nesta's, he has also been one of the three makers of the Nesta/CCI study „A Dynamic Mapping of the UK's Creative Industries“. His "Manifesto for the Creative Industries" proposes ten system recommendations for a fresh policy that establishes the creative industries as a serious economic force throughout Europe and beyond.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: Creative Industries
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Sep 17, 2015