European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V.


New handbook on culture & human rights

In 2013, ECURES experts stood at the cradle (see below) of this basic dictionary, just published by De Gruyter and ARCult Media. The handbook with 130 articles written by 96 authors has been presented on 14 November 2016 in Wroclaw. More

The latest books of Lidia Varbanova at Routledge:

'International Entrepreneurship in the Arts' (2017) and 'Strategic Management in the Arts' (2013)

Message from Lidia Varbanova


Can we keep focus on the creative process, or do we gothe market takes us?

Presenter and author for the Culture Shift: Creative Leadership in Action, Antwerp, 2014.

A link to the text of the article that was subsequently published is

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The Word's the Thing

Literature and Publishing - canaries in the cage of the creative economy

An article published in Arts Professional in 2015.  The text of the article is here:

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Bridging Culture and Regeneration

A commentary

A paper published by SURF (Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network) in February 2015. 

Text can be found here:

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Human Being Creative: making arts and healthcare collaborations work

Lateral Thinking, the value of collaboration between the arts, health and environment Conference – 9th April, 2015, Glasgow

An outline of the presentation can be found here

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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

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Culture and Human Rights

The Wroclaw Commentaries

The City of Wroclaw (European Capital of Culture 2016) asked Andreas Joh. Wiesand (publisher at ARCult Media, Cologne and ECURES SG) to prepare, together with experts in many different countries, a basic handbook - or "concise dictionary" - with the above working title. Co-editors are Kalliopi Chainoglou and Anna Sledinska- Simon, in collaboration with Yvonne Donders; co-publisher and international distributor is De Gruyter (Berlin/Boston). The Handbook covers relevant legal questions as well as main political consequences related to human rights and culture in the wider sense, including: freedom of, and access to, the arts, (old/new) media and heritage; questions of religious and language rights; the protection of minorities; safeguarding cultural diversity; and other issues. More about the Handbook can be found on its project website.

Message from Andreas Joh. Wiesand

No Copyright?

ECURES member Joost Smiers together with Marieke van Schijndel recently published the book: "NO COPYRIGHT. Vom Machtkampf der Kulturkonzerne um das Urheberrecht". At present, the publication is available only in German, an English version is planned. It can be ordered at 9.90 EUR from (ISBN 978-3-89581-275-0).
Which system could - better than the existing copyright law - protect the interests of numerous artists as well as the general public in the public domain, a public sphere of creativity and knowledge? The authors plead for radical solutions, including the abolition of copyright, a strategy of social change and, above all, a regulation of present market conditions. A true market should be created, delimiting the forces that dominate it, at present. As a result, they envisage: a colorful, diverse and creative environment which gives many stakeholders a chance while cutting down on the power of controlling monopolies and corporate giants. Smiers and van Schijndel argue that a copyright-free system can work on a commercial basis and show, amongst other issues, how it would apply to the trade with information, patents, medicines and food.

The CRIA Process

A study of ECURES member Jörg Michael Schindler calls for regular ‘Culture-Related Impact Assessments’ (CRIA) on European, national and regional levels: "Kulturpolitik und Recht 3.0", Köln/Cologne 2011 (ISBN 978-3-930395-87-3, order here). With a new, extended English summary of its background and main components, published in the Compendium, the author intends to make this legal and administrative model accessible to a wider European and international public.

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