European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V.

UNESCO Diversity Specialists Selected

ECURES Members and "Compendium" experts among them

Among those selected to be part of the 2015-17 UNESCO Expert Facility aimed at supporting capacity development initiatives for the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are both ECURES members and actual or former experts of the Council of Europe/ERICarts "Compendium". They include: ECURES President Vesna Čopič, Milena Dragićević Šešić, Raj Isar, Nina Obuljen and Andreas Wiesand. Bob Palmer, former Council of Europe Director in charge of the Compendium and Sarah Gardner, Director of Compendium partner IFACCA, also form part of the group of 43 international specialists.

Human Being Creative: making arts and healthcare collaborations work

Presentation to 'Lateral Thinking, the value of collaboration between the arts, health and environment Conference - Glasgow 9th April 2015

Synopsis of the paper is at Conference Paper

Message from

Bridging Culture and Regeneration

Paper commissioned by the SURF Regeneration Network - February 2015

Synpopsis can be found at

Message from

13th Assembly of Compendium Experts with Open Forum

Culture and Democracy II: Transparency in Multi-Stakeholder Governance Systems

The Assembly has been held December 4 and 5, 2014 at the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium, Hertogsstraat / Rue Ducale 1 - 1000 Brussels (see more).  Inter alia, participants discussed the Council of Europe draft indicator framework on culture and democracy as well as related exercises carried out or proposed by the Boekman Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation, the ERICarts Institute and other bodies. The Public Forum for cultural policy-makers, researchers and practitioners discussed on 5 December, with case studies from Asia (Preeti Goankar), research reports from Belgium (Laurie Hanquinet / Alexander Van Der Stichele) and experts' positions from Finland (Kimmo Aulake), the Council of Europe (Ulrich Bunjes) and the European Union (Alain Ruche, EEAS).

ECURES Meeting 2014

December 4 in Brussels

The next regular ECURES Assembly, including the election of a new Board, will take place in 2015 in Wroclaw/Poland. 15 Members attending the annual Compendium conference held December 4/5, 2014 met to discuss upcoming issues during a side event organised in Brussels.  In particular, new project opportunities, the organisation and financing of ECURES activities, the new website features and the future of the Compendium were on the agenda.

Rethinking Museums & Sustainable Development for the Global Profession

Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, October 21-25, 2014

The International Council of Museums (ICOM-ICTOP), together with the  International Institute for the Inclusive Museum and other partners, announced its annual conference in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, October 21-25, 2014: Rethinking Museums & Sustainable Development for the Global Profession. Topics include: Postcolonial museology; appropriate capacity building; regional engagement.

8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research

University of Hildesheim, September 9-12, 2014

The 8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research is scheduled at the University of Hildesheim (Germany), September 9-12, 2014. The conference is open to scientists and students from all disciplines (expected are original academic contribution to cultural policy research). Individual and panel session proposals are possible. A limited number of travel grants is offered to participants with a need for financial assistance. More on:

Research Conference Diversity, Margins and Dialogue

January, 2 – 4, 2014 Pune (India)

The international research conference on "Diversity, Margins and Dialogue" has been organized by the Dept. of Sociology, University of Pune, on January, 2 – 4, 2014. Eminent scholars from different universities and institutions presented and discussed papers related to this topic.  Contact: ECURES Secretariat

2. International Cultural Administration Conference

July 11-13, 2014 Beijing (China)

With the aim to promote international exchanges and cooperation among Chinese and foreign cultural scholars, entrepreneurs and administrators, and to promote the development in cultural management disciplines, the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) organized the 2. International Cultural Administration Conference in Beijing (China), July 11-13, 2014. Central topic: "Cultural Development and Public Administration in Times of Globalization".

Sixth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture

August 12-13, 2014, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The Sixth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture was held August 12-13, 2014, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The panels focused on issues of cultural entrepreneurship, local development through culture and links between tourism and culture.  The ERICarts Institute could designate special guests/observers – see invitation.

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