Croatia

Vitomira Lončar

Vitomira Lončar is an active cultural worker in the field of theatre, film and television. She is a well-known actress and co-founder of the independent theatre “Mala Scena”. She is an active theatre producer – she produced about seventy theatrical plays, the Milk-tooth Festival, Playwrights Forum in Opatija and Mostar, and she is also founder and executive producer of theatre Epicentre within which she established a network of independent theatres and theatre companies in the Republic of Croatia.

Vitomira Lončar is an assistant professor at the Department of Production at Academy of Drama Arts, Film and Television in Zagreb where she teaches since 2005. She holds a PhD in Teatrology and dramaturgy (2011) from the University of Zagreb. From 2000 to 2002, she was a Senior Research Fellow at SANE project within the Information and Communications Management Group of the Royal Holloway School of Management in London, UK. In 2009 she took part in the SWAN Innovation Project Videoconferencing Usability for the Virtual Classroom as Senior Research Advisor.

She publishes articles about theatre policy issues in Croatia and also writes a blog about theatre policy related issues entitled Slamka spasa (http://blog.vecernji.hr/vitomira-loncar/).

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Vesna Srnić

Vesna Srnić is a professor of Art History and Comparative Literature. She has been teaching “Media Culture” and “Multimedia Culture” at the Croatian Faculty of Teacher Education in Osijek for 8 years and has taught “New Media Genres” at the board of The Faculty of Culturology in Osijek during 2010.

Dr. Srnic defended her interdisciplinary doctoral thesis „Electronic media and Aesthetics in Postfeminist Theory“ at the department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, in September, 2011. (http://media-via.net/scientific-research) and the dissertation is published at Belgian On Demand publisher ShopMyBook (http://www.shopmybook.com/Dr%252E-sc%252E-Vesna-Srni%C4%87/Elektronski-mediji-i-estetika-u-postfeministi%C4%8Dkoj-teoriji).

She has edited electronic magazines such as “Art and Ecology for Planet Europe” (http://planet-europe.sbnet.hr) and “Media-via” (http://media-via.net). Her international project “Glocal Multimedia Art: Urban Performance” (2010-2011) was created in collaboration with two schools from the US and Israel, and was realised with support from UNESCO and the Croatian Ministry of Culture. As a president of NGO “ARTHEA: Culture, Media and Education” in 2011 She initiated the project “Glocal Multimedia Culture,” focusing on aesthetical/ethical revolt against corruption.

Vesna regularly present papers at and participates in conferences in Croatia and abroad (eg. Croatian Academic Research Net (CARNet) conferences and the XV. International Scientific Conference Society and Technology, the symposium „Philosophy of Media” (Opatija, 2012), Arts and Sciences” conference in Munich, 2013, 4th International Conference on the Arts in Society (Venice, Italy), etc.).

She is included in the EACEA (The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) list of potential experts in 2013.

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Martina Borovac Pečarević

Martina Borovac Pečarević works as Head of Directorate for European Affairs and Media at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia where she is in charge of EU funding/projects (coordinator of the process of programming 2014-2020) and EU programmes (Culture 2007-2013/Creative Europe), international cultural cooperation, media, digitization of cultural heritage, Croatian cultural strategy 2014-2020 – cultural policies, cultural and institutional reform, cultural management and education in cooperation with Kennedy Center Washington.

From 2004 until 2011 she worked at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, where she was dealing with international cultural cooperation, political issues, negotiation and accession to the EU and the relations with the EU institutions.

From 2006 until 2010 she was a cultural attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Kingdom of Belgium, but also dealt with politics and from 2009 also worked as a head of the consular section.

In 2011 Martina obtained a PhD with the thesis “Prospective Development of the European Cultural Policies: Intercultural Dialogue and Multiculturalism” at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.

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Helena Popović

Helena Popović is a researcher and a teaching assistant at the Department of Journalism, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb.  Her research interests include media and culture, media audiences, media genres, entertainment, diversity and pluralism, representation in the media, media and the public sphere and gender representation in the media.

She holds  PhD (2011)  from Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana; MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University in Budapest (2005)  and B.A.  from the University of Zagreb, Department of Sociology (2004).

Previously she was the research assistant at the Department for Culture and Communication of the Institute for International Relations, Zagreb (2004-2007)

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Zrinjka Peruško

Zrinjka Peruško is full professor of media studies at the Department of Journalism, and founder and Chair of the Centre for Media and Communication Research (CIM www.cim.fpzg.unizg.hr) of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. She teaches Introduction to media systems and Media and popular culture (elective, in English) at the undergraduate level, and Mass communication theory at graduate level. In 2012 she directed, with colleagues from the University of Ljubljana, University of Belgrade, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, a post-graduate course on Comparative Media Systems: Media development in South East Europe, at the Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik (http://www.iuc.hr/course-details.php?id=721).

Her academic interests focus on the analysis of media policy and system changes, with particular focus on issues of media policy in transition, media concentration, diversity and pluralism especially in Croatia and Central and Eastern Europe. Interest in media genres and popular culture and its audiences is more recent and is an extension of the structural exploration of media systems.

In 2008 and 2009 Peruško headed the first European implementation of UNESCO Indicators of media development project, in Croatia. In 2011-12 she led the regional project on comparative implementation of UNESCO media development indicators in the southeast European region.

Peruško leads the project “Media culture in cotemporary Croatia: pluralism of media and media policy” (2007-2012), funded by the Ministry of science, education and sport, and a joint research program «Media and the construction of social reality: identities and integrations». She was lead researcher and member in different international and domestic research projects. Peruško is member in the COST action “Transforming audiences, transforming societies” (2010-2015), and was member in the COST A30 action “East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda” (2005-2009).

Peruško was member of the Group of Specialists on Media Diversity of the Council of Europe (2005-2008) which she chaired in 2006 and 2007, Croatian representative to the UNESCO International Program for Development of Communication (IPDC) (2000-2003, 2005-2008, 2012-2015), Croatian National Commission for UNESCO (2004-2010), and was member of the Council of Europe Advisory Panel on Media Diversity (AP-MD) (2000-2004). She also took part in media democratization advocacy and was involved in media policy change in Croatia in the 1990s and 2000, respectively. She was member in the Radio and Television Council (2000-2003), expert member in the Committee on Information, informatics and the media of the Croatian Parliament (2004-2007).

Peruško holds a PhD (1998) and B.A. (1985) in sociology and M.A. (1990) in communication studies from the University of Zagreb. She was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Department for Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (2001-2002), and research fellow at the Center for European Social Research, Department of Sociology, University College Cork, National University of Ireland (1994).

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Ana Žuvela Bušnja

Ana Žuvela Bušnja is a researcher  at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb, Croatia. Her research interests include cultural transition and development, arts management, cultural policies and strategies.  In addition she has skills in arts administration, arts production and cultural management  gained through the organization of numerous cultural events during her professional engagements at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the City of Dubrovnik’s Department of Culture, Arts for Amnesty International (Dublin) and others.

She is active in cultural development of the City of Dubrovnik Cultural Strategy, actively observing cultural transition and development of cultural democracy and interconnections between standing cultural policies and the arts, as well as operational and fundraising activities of the Culturelink Network.

Žuvela Bušnja received a BMusHon undergraduate degree from the University of Central England and holds an M.A. degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from the University College Dublin. She is presently a doctoral student at the University of Zagreb.

 

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Kulturpunkt

The Kulturpunkt.hr is a non-governmental media portal and information service  covering culture and contemporary art news and topics, with the main focus on the independent cultural scene in Croatia. It is strategically contributing to cultural media diversity in Croatia.

Initiated in 2005 by the Clubture Network and run by Kurziv – Platform for Matters of Culture, Media and Society NGO, Kulturpunkt.hr is aiming to increase the influence and public visibility of the independent cultural sector, constantly encouraging social and political participation, monitoring civic initiatives and advocacy processes, youth culture, urban culture, social activism, new technologies, alternative economies, free software and many other social, political and economic features which have direct impact on cultural production in Croatia.

Its editorial approach is analytical and critical. In addition to regular portal news topics, announcements, current information on funding opportunities, there are several editorial subcategories (Poptika, Kulturskop and Kultrapunkt) covering phenomenons of popular culture and providing theoretical texts and insights into the cultural politics of Southeastern Europe with a special focus on cultural policies in transition, non-governmental SEE trends, cultural decentralisation and new public culture. Kulturpunkt.hr is covering “Criticize this!,”a collaborative  media initiative between Kulturtreger and Kurziv from Croatia, KPZ Beton and SEEcult.org from Serbia, and Plima from Montenegro.

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Davor Mišković

Davor Mišković is  a cultural worker from Rijeka (Croatia) and president of the non-profit association Drugo more (Other Sea), where his work ranges from programme selection to executive production, including fundraising and PR. He is a researcher of the cultural sector focusing on organisational aspects of cultural life. He is an active participant in the creation of cultural policies involved in advocacy actions. As a part time lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Rijeka, Mišković is holding courses in cultural management and organisation theory.

Mišković is also involved in  the management of cultural institutions and networks (currently the president of the Clubture Network and the Theatre Council of the City Puppet Theatre in Rijeka, he was a member of the Cultural Council of the City of Dubrovnik).

He curated and organized numerous cultural events, conferences and educational programs, collaborated on several research projects and has taken part in many cultural management and consulting bodies. Currently he is preparing a PhD thesis at the University of Zagreb. He has worked in the Ministry of Culture for seven years and was a part-time associate in a number of cultural associations, market research agencies, daily papers and magazines.

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Tomislav Medak

Tomislav Medak is a cultural activist and philosopher. He studied Philosophy, German language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. At the focus of his theoretical interests lie constellations of contemporary political philosophy, media theory and aesthetics. His practical pursuit is the expansion of the public domain. He is a free software and free culture advocate.

The focus of Tomislav’s work is social, biopolitical and media theory, in particular socio-theoretical implications of digital technologies and new media. His research activities are focusing on issues of social and cultural policies – investingating societal implications of IPR and alternatives to existing IPR framework, protection of the public domain and alternative regimes of management and representation of creative production. He is co-ordinating theory program and publishing activities of the Multimedia Institute/MAMA (Zagreb, Croatia). Tomislav co-edited a reader on the socio-cultural importance of free software “GNUSpectre”  and co-authored the free culture, technology and science festival “Freedom to Creativity!”. He co-curated “System.Hack”, an exhibition on the history of hacking. Tomislav Medak is member of the Croatian Creative Commons team and board member of iCommons. He is also member of the urban activist initiative “Right to the City”  and works with the Zagreb-based theatre group BADco  as a performer, dramaturge and director.

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Multimedia Institute [mi2]

Multimedia Institute [mi2] emerged in 1999 as one of non-governmental spin-offs from the Open Society Institute Croatia dealing with social approaches to technology and digital culture and with social theory. Multimedia Institute’s activities range from informal education and training in technology and digital media, free software development, archiving and publishing of digital and print media, cultural management and content curation, as well as policy and advocacy theory and praxis.

Multimedia Institute [mi2] has helped incubate numerous cultural and social initiatives, including cultural collaboration platform Clubture, iCommons informal cultural advocacy policy forum and the local Right to the City campaign, hosting local hacker community and serving as an open venue for other cultural and social initiatives. It is the organizer of Human Rights Film Festival, electronic music programs, publishing activities and localizer of Creative Commons licenses.

Multimedia Institute is running the net.culture club MaMa, which is a meeting point for different local and international communities ranging from political activists, media artists, electronic music makers, theorists, hackers and free software developers, queer support groups, to the anime community. MaMa’s club space consissts of a lecture and performance room „Duty Free Room“, the central reception room the „Frequent Flyers Zone“ with multi-language library and „Terminals“ linux based workshop space. MaMa set-up a variety of different lecture/discussion/presentation series dealing with its primary fields of interest. Some of those series like Becoming Digital, Caternetics, MaMa čita have in the meanwhile ceased to exist, and among the ones still active as of 2011 are Pastforward, Transverzala, and Vizualni kolegij.

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