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)Tags: audience, Croatia, cultural identity, cultural research, cultural rights, culture and society, media, popular culture, South East Europe
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).Tags: Croatia, cultural research, EU cultural policies, media policy
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.
Tags: Croatia, cultural management, cultural policies, cultural research, cultural statistics/indicators, culture and development
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.Tags: access to culture, Croatia, cultural advocacy, cultural diversity, cultural participation, media
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.Tags: Croatia, cultural education, cultural policy, cultural research, culture and development
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.Tags: Croatia, cultural advocacy, cultural participation, cultural policy, cultural theory, economy of culture
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.Tags: Croatia, cultural advocacy, cultural cooperation, cultural management, cultural participation, cultural production, urban culture
The Clubture Network was established in 2002 and it gathers 39 independent cultural organizations active in different contemporary cultural and artistic disciplines in Croatia. It functions as a collaborative exchange platform trough which organizations directly collaborate, on principles of mutual decision-making and inclusiveness. Programs also have an educational segment, where, through workshops and trainings as well as the exchange of experience, organizations acquire relevant knowledge and skills in the field of policy processes, most notably in the field of advocacy actions. Main goals of the Clubture network is to facilitate partnerships and strengthen collaboration between organizations, to increase public visibility and influence of the independent cultural sector on the cultural policy-making in Croatia, in the region of former Yugoslavia, and internationally. The Network conducts different program activities in order to successfully contribute to the decentralization of cultural production, trough enabling distribution of innovative independent cultural and artistic programs in different cities and smaller communities across Croatia.
The Clubture Network conducts activities aiming to increase influence and public visibility of the independent cultural sector and towards establishment of the independent cultural sector as a relevant actor on the cultural-political map. Clubture was the first organization in the region of former Yugoslavia to promote active participation of the independent cultural sector in the processes of cultural policy-making and implementation, organizing educational activities, as well as joint advocacy actions towards different decision-makers in Croatia and beyond. The Network is recognized in Croatia, in the SEE region and internationally as a catalyst for collaboration and a relevant actor in the field of cultural policies, in terms of envisioning and advocating for a successful implementation of bottom-up models of cultural policy-making.
Clubture activities are carried through following programmes and initiatives:
- CLUBTURE HR – Programme exchange is a key activity based on direct collaboration of organizations of civil society, non-formal initiatives and artistic organizations, which mutually share cultural contents and/or mutually create projects and programs (exhibitions, film programs, music performances, workshops, dance and theatre plays and other performing forms, lectures..).
- CLUBTURE’S REGIONAL INITIATIVE – regional program sharing initiative and a project collaboration network. Pilot-phase started in 2006 between organizations from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Macedonia.
- KULTURPUNKT.HR – portal aiming to promote and to present primary the independent cultural scene, and civil initiatives connected to the independent cultural scene that managed the process of public advocacy directed towards wider social issues. Kulturpunk.hr develops instruments for analytical and critical approach to the topics in the area of culture in general.
- KULTURA AKTIVA – program consists of different advocacy and monitoring public policies activities, aiming to improve institutional framework that is relevant for civil cultural sector, but also the cultural sector in general. Program also deals with issues in youth policies – such as youth clubs, organizations that are active in youth culture, or those that deal with organizing youth free time, etc.
The most of the activities are aimed towards the formation of transparent cultural policies models in local (regional and cities) administrations.Tags: arts management, Croatia, cultural cooperation, cultural diversity, cultural participation, cultural production, funding, lobbying, mobility
In the late 90′s the Department of Sociology at the University of Zadar started to integrate cultural studies into the existing curriculum of the Department. The program of cultural studies theorizes and analyzes encounters among multiple discourses within specific socio-historical contexts of contemporary culture. Since 2002 the Department is following the Bologna programme and offering undergraduate degrees, as well as MA and PhD courses, based on an interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical approach. The Department’s general goals are connected with developing and sustaining a culture of dialogue and democratic processes, supporting an interdisciplinary approach, promoting international mobility and cooperation between professors, students and research fellows, and supporting the creative industries development on a regional level. The Department includes a new innovative approach to the subjects through also covering practical knowledge about application procedures for EU development funds and similar praxis focusing on Adriatic region development.
The department of Sociology is also active on the national and international level in different research projects covering cultural studies related topics such as: cultural history, cultural policy, visual culture, material culture lifestyle, Diaspora, propaganda, societies in transition, religion, etc. Examples: The Challenges of Europeanisation: Mediating between National and European Identities in South Eastern Europe (SEE) (2010-2011) and Croatian Society: Identity, Mobility and New Technologies (Hrvatsko društvo: identitet, mobilnost i nove tehnologije) (2007-2012).Tags: arts management, Croatia, cultural education, cultural research, cultural tourism, culture and development, Mediterranean
Professor Inga Tomić-Koludrović is a Head of Department of Sociology, University of Zadar and President of Croatian Sociological Association. Her research focus is mostly on contemporary sociological theory, globalization, culture and identity, creative economy, cultural policy, urban studies, new media and technologies, modernization processes in transition countries and lifestyle. In her theoretical research she focuses on cultural sociology and sociological theory while her empirical research is centered mostly on women and young people in the Croatian society. She has been Fulbright fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Comparative Media Studies program) and Boston College (Sociology Department).
Some of her previous research projects include: “Croatian Society: Identity, Mobility and New Technologies” (Principal investigator; funded by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports 2007-2012); “Values for the Creative Economy: The Role of Education” (Investigator; funded by Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office – ASO 2006-2007); “New Media: Sociological, Aesthetic and Technological Aspects” (Principal investigator, funded by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports 2001-2006); “Creative Cities” (Investigator; funded by the British Council, UKSEE Forum, 2004-2006); “New Media and New Political Space in Transition Countries” (funded by the British Council and Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology, 2001-2003).Tags: Croatia, cultural education, cultural identity, cultural policies, cultural policy, cultural research, culture and development, culture and society, new media