European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V.

The Meaning of "Bread"

Our colleague Dimitrije Vujadinovic has conducted research on the culture and history of bread for decades – first within the ERICarts "European Food Project" and later as part of  Bread Cultural Heritage. For a new project on the (hidden) meaning of the word "bread" he asks for your help. More

Monthly "Co-learning Labs"

ERICarts Network member Raphaela Henze from Brokering Intercultural Exchange (BIE) announces a new series of events to be held every last Thursday of the month in the form of a Zoom Meeting. Topics to be discussed are, inter alia, Orange Econony, Virtual Festivals, and Cultual Diplomacy. The first of these debates took place on February 25, 2021. Lidia Varbanova hosted the topic Environmental Management in the Creative Industries.

Raphaela Henze: "We are excited to present a new monthly BIE Network event that we are calling the Co-learning Lab. Co-learning labs are laboratories of around an hour, hosted by one of our members who will decide on a topic and provide a ten-minutes input, which will be followed by an open, informal learning session. We strongly hope that this offer will allow for in-depth discussion and mutual learning on topics that BIE Networkers in different parts of the world care about, but might otherwise not have a chance to discuss in more detail. In order to make this event easy for you to remember, we are trying to block the last Thursday of each month at 3 pm CET – but surely there will be exceptions to this rule so please mark your calendars accordingly and please register timely not later than 3 days prior to the lab. The labs will be Zoom conferences and registered participants will receive the link prior to the respective lab."

Two deadlines: January 8 and 10, 2021

BIE Virtual Gathering invitation and Call for Papers "Culture and Genders"

Dear colleagues,
While this frightful year 2020 comes to an end there are, nevertheless, signs that our collaboration will not seriously suffer because of the pandemic. Indeed, it should be taken up at full strength and again with personal encounters once COVID-19 will be gone, hopefully in Summer or Fall 2021 (when I definitely want to place the responsibility for our Network into new hands). In the meantime other exchange formats must do, as can be seen in the below calls from two members, Ana Villaroya and Raphaela Henze.
With best wishes for the turn of the year - and play it safe!
Andreas Joh. Wiesand
(Secretary General)

"Cultural Managers, their Organisations, and their Networks in Times of Crisis"

BROKERING INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGE (BIE) is a research network that aims at exploring innovative roles for the arts and cultural management. The BIE Virtual Gathering will be held in English and organised via the video conferencing tool Zoom on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 2:00 - 5:45 pm (CET). Places are limited! Please register (name, affiliation and contact details) by email to: Registration deadline is Friday, January 8, 2021.
Registration is free of charge. The conference is chaired by Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze MBA, Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences. The programme includes many well-known colleagues from different parts of the world. You can download it here.

Call for papers for the issue “Culture and Genders” (Revista Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat)

The aim of this monograph is to present empirical and theoretical research that can help raise awareness of gender inequalities in the cultural sector, as well as studies that explore fairer and more culturally diverse forms of action. Studies in the fields of political science, sociology, economics, cultural management, and also other disciplines such as anthropology, cultural studies, history, education, museology, and communication will be considered. Work that takes an interdisciplinary and international approach to examine the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the world of culturea gender perspective is especially welcome.

The monograph is coordinated by Marta Casals (University of Barcelona) and Anna Villarroya (University of Barcelona) and the deadline for receiving abstracts is January 10, 2021.

You can find all information here:

Message from Anna Villarroya

HERIWELL: Heritage and societal well-being

ERICarts successful in an EU tender

Spring 2020: A European consortium - ERICarts with Italy-based IRS (project leader), AEC and ACUME - has won the tender for a 2-year investigation on "Cultural heritage as a source of societal well-being in European regions" (short: HERIWELL). A first overview highlights the dimensions of this large-scale project, which has been issued by ESPON EGTC and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Over 40 thematic or country experts and other European specialists - the majority of them from the ERICarts Network - will be involved. The main goal is the development of a pan-European methodology and territorial analysis of impacts of cultural heritage that can be associated with "societal well-being", including but not limited to quality of life, social inclusion and educational benefits. COVID-19 effects will be taken into account in the study. The Board of the European Association of Cultural Researchers (ERICarts Network) decided that its Institute will manage the ERICarts part of project, starting with Task 1: Development of a conceptional framework. We will keep you informed about important steps or results and would appreciate to learn more about your views or experiences regarding this topic.


“Mines of Culture” is a project of multilateral, international, interdisciplinary collaboration launched in 2013 by the Association “Labin Art Express XXI”, Labin (Croatia). A project publication has been edited by ERICarts member Dimitrije Vujadinovic.
In the period from 2013 to 2016, the project was implemented in cooperation with partners from Croatia (Association “Polygon”, Zagreb); Bosnia and Herzegovina (Association “Manifest”, Prijedor and Public Company “Turizam Banovići”); Montenegro (NGO “Tera Nostra”, Mojkovac); Serbia (Foundation “Balkankult intereg”, Irig; Association “REMONT”, Belgrade and “Sound & Vision”, Majdanpek); Slovenia (Public Institutions “Idrija Heritage Center” and “DDT”, Trbolje; Association “Loke studio”, Zagorje ob Savi); North-Macedonia (Association “Kult-Tranzen”, Strumica); Kosovo (Association “Kosovo in Movement”). The final result was the establishment of an international association “Mines of Culture – Regional Cooperation Platform” for revaluation, protection and revitalization of valuable mining heritage in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. In the next phase (2016-2020) the main objective of the project is further development and expansion of the project to other SEE countries, establishment of a European Co-operative Platform and Cultural Route “Mines of Culture” as well as the initiation and implementation of joint projects related to exploitation of mining and industrial heritage as new cultural and creative industries in Southeast Europe. In 2017, the first project activities, including the exhibition tour “Mines of Culture”, were held in Albania in cooperation with the association “Qendra URA”, and in 2018 in Romania in cooperation with the public company “Salina Turda”. Moreover, a second expanded edition of the “Mines of Culture” monograph was also published in English, a documentary video about the project was completed, and the initial proposal of the Mining Heritage Route is being developed as European Cultural Route. Through the advocacy activities and the exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices, as well as lectures, workshops, public forums,… as well as promotional activities, web portal and social networks, the project has so far communicated to tens of thousands of citizens, primarily in former mining sites in all the countries of the former Yugoslavia and beyond. This year the project activities will focus on Poland and / or the Czech Republic.

Transnational Arts Awards

Opportunity for partnerships

The ERICarts Institute considers bidding in the EU "Creative Europe" Programme which would, if successful, include opportunities for ECURES members. Details about the planned TAA project, that is to support the mobility of arts and media workers, can be found here. However, we still need additional partners (e.g. NGOs, governments or a foundation), investments in the range of ca. 40,000 € - are needed. We look forward to your suggestions!

European Parliament study tender

Support from ECURES for tenderers

The EP invited us to tender for a study on “Creative Europe: Towards the Next Programme Generation” - Procedure no. IP/B/CULT/IC/2017-084. The budget could be up to 40 000 EUR. We may submit a bid until 29/09/2017, if one of our members takes the administrative lead. Contact

Compendium Assembly 2016 in Malta

The 2016 Assembly of Compendium Experts has been held October 17/18 in Malta, followed by IFACCA's World Summit on Arts and Culture. Debates focused on the future of the Compendium which could be transformed into a consortium (in addition to the Council of Europe and the ERICarts Institute, other stakeholders such as governments, NGOs, universities are invited). ECURES with many Compendium experts as members will take part in the process of finding a new  "architecture" that started on 4 November 2016 in Strasbourg.

Expert survey of the Budapest Observatory on the climate of culture

The online questionnaire asks about the conditions for the vitality of cultural life in a country (or region). What are the main characteristics of the ecosystem? Which are the strengths and the weaknesses? (And yes, the opportunities and threats...)

What kind of cultural policy model prevails? This is a follow-up of an earlier pilot survey held in 2014 – you may read the report. The survey is open until 6 December. More here.

Message from Péter Inkei

University of British Columbia online courses on cultural planning and development

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Cultural Planning and Development is offering a new session of online professional development courses and workshops, starting September 2015. International experts, among them ECURES members, prepared courses on a variety of topics, inter alia on Cultural Planning and Processes of Urban Change (Franco Bianchini, Sept 9-21); on Digital Culture and Cultural Policy (Aleksandra Uzelac, Oct 13-27); or on Cultural Entrepreneurship (Lidia Varbanova, Nov 19-Dec 3). These courses and workshops can be taken individually for professional development, or applied to the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning – an international professional learning programme. More information:

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