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19 Oct 2021 - 22 Oct 2021

2021 ENCATC Digital Congress “Artists in the Spotlight!”

ENCATC, the leading European network on cultural management and policy, will have its 2021 Digital Congress from 19-22 October on the topic of "Artists in the spotlight! In search of new agendas for education and research in the cultural management and policy field".

The ENCATC Digital Congress is the only global event dedicated to the advancement of theory, education, research and practice on cultural management and policy. Each year, it gathers academics, trainers and researchers from the cultural management and policy educational fields with crossdisciplinary interests, cultural professionals, policy makers, artists, and students.

There is no question the COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted the CCS throughout the different waves Europe and the world have experienced to date. The whole crisis has brought (back) to the fore serious challenges for the CCS, some of which are new, but most of which have been only emphasized by the current crisis. Among the latter, the debates about the role and status of the artist are all but new and demand a renewed look in front of the current scenario(s).

The 2021 ENCATC Digital Congress aims to:

  • Provide a space for reflection on the implications for cultural management and policy, as well as for education and research in these fields, of the situation of artists;
  • Foster a wider reflection on the sustainability of the cultural and creative sectors taking into consideration the current, multi-dimensional crisis, and before the scenario(s) ahead, considering not only the health crisis, but also other dimensions of the current context, such as climate change, societal changes, etc.;
  • Lead a comprehensive view on the issue which considers not only the status of the artist in terms of professionalization, standards, etc., but also encourages an examination of the roles assigned to artists in society and the territory in the forthcoming scenarios.

Organised online due to the pandemic context, the event will start on the 19th of October with the Keynote speech by Luciana Lazzeretti, Full Professor of “Economics and Management”, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence (Italy) and debate with renowned experts followed by the 2nd edition of the ENCATC Fellowship Award Ceremony and a musical performance. The next days will also include the Global Conversations, the Bauhaus Debate, an interdisciplinary EU Round Table, and the Annual Education and Research Session. It will end on the 22nd of October with the ENCATC Research Award Ceremony.