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/).Tags: arts education, Croatia, cultural policy, performing arts
Nancy Duxbury, PhD, is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal (since 2009), and Co-coordinator of its Cities, Cultures and Architecture Research Group. Her current research focuses on culture in sustainable development, and the integration of culture within local planning initiatives internationally. Nancy is Chair of the “Policies” working group of the European COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action on “Investigating Cultural Sustainability” and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
She is internationally published, and has been a guest editor for the journals Culture and Local Governance, Society and Leisure, Cescontexto – Debates, Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais and Canadian Journal of Communication. She is editor of the book “Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Toward More Sustainable Communities” (2013) and co-editor of “Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry” (forthcoming).
Nancy has organized a series of international scientific events and panels investigating the place of cultural initiatives and policy within urban development, among other topics. Recent examples are: “Digital Worlds: Mapping Local Cultures and Telling Local Stories”, Panel Session at the World Social Science Forum (October 2013); “Urban (Ir)rationalities: Between Global Dynamics and Local Collective Actions”, 23rd International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA) conference (June 2013); “Investigating Culture, Cultural Policy, and Sustainable Development”, Thematic Session at the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR) (July 2012); “Rethinking Urban Inclusion: Spaces, Mobilisations, Interventions” international conference (June 2012); “Placing Culture in Sustainable Development: Policies, Strategies and Processes”, COST Action Symposium (May 2012); “Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Innovation and Sustainability”, international symposium and workshops (September 2011).
She has been an invited lecturer at the University of Jväskylä, Finland; IULM (Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne) University, Milan, Italy; and the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She also was a Topic Trainer in a cultural policy exchange workshop for the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, covering Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, in April 2013.
Prior to moving to Portugal, Nancy co-founded and worked as Director of Research of the Creative City Network of Canada, a knowledge sharing and professional development network for municipal staff working on cultural development in about 130 municipalities across Canada (to 2006). From 2005 to 2009, she was Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities at Simon Fraser University, and managed a major research project on cultural infrastructure.Tags: Canada, conference organization, cultural education, cultural mapping, cultural policy, international networks, international projects, lecturing, Portugal, sustainable development
Veera Laurila is a producer and culture manager with expertise in European Capitals of Culture, project planning, event management, local and European cultural policies, international networks and development of the creative sector. Veera has expertise in both public and private as well in the non-profit and NGO cultural sector, and is proficient in creating and implementing strategies, Service Design and development methods.
She has an MA in Culture and Arts with a thesis about developing the legacy of Turku European Capital of Culture 2011. Veera has also studied audience development and export of cultural commodities, and has completed studies in communications and culture history as well.
Veera Laurila has worked as a producer in a contemporary dance company in 2000-2009. After that she joined the Production Support Team of Turku 2011 Foundation in order to act as a Production Coordinator in Turku European Capital of Culture. Between 2009 and 2012 she worked with educating, supporting and guiding 167 individual programme projects for European Capitals of Culture. Veera was also appointed as a producer for two follow-up programme projects (museum field and circus) and has been granted several personal grants for participating in conferences and events on the European level. She took part in the European Network of Cultural Centers Staff Exchange Programme for Culture Professionals in 2012.Tags: audience development, cultural management, cultural policy, event management, Finland, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, performing arts, project management
Prof. Oleg Manaev is a sociologist and and public person from Belarus whose research interests cover media policy, cultural policies in Belarus, national identity, social inclusion and civil society. In 1997 he was a founder of and professor at the Department of Social Communication at the Belarusian State University. Prior to that he had been employed at the Department of Sociology at the Belarusian State University, where between 1984 and 1988 he was Head of Division at the Scientific Centre for Sociological Research.
Prof. Oleg Manaev has also been a founder and director of the Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies (IISEPS), the first independent think tank in post-Communist Belarus and a founder and chairman of the Belarusian Association of Think Tanks (BTT) that united almost 100 researchers and analysts in sociology, economics, philosophy, psychology, and political science from 18 independent research and analytical centers across the country. Both organisations faced various pressures from the state authorities and were shut down by the Supreme Court in April 2005 and in August 2006. IISEPS afterward moved its legal office to Vilnius and registered as a Lithuanian public institution. Prof. Manaev and his team continue their mission in Belarus as a group of private scholars.
As a sociologist and political analyst, editor, contributing columnist and TV/Radio commentator, Manaev published and broadcast numerous analytical articles in Belarusian and foreign media. He has written widely on mass media, communication and democracy, civil society and political process in the USSR, Belarus and abroad (USA, Brazil, Korea, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and Europe and has edited and authored more than fifteen books including: “Belarus and Wider Europe: Quest for Geo-Political Self-Identification,” “Emerging of Civil Society in Belarus, Sociological Experiences: 1991-2005″ and “Development of Media and Journalism in Independent Belarus.” He has made over 170 presentations at national and international congresses, conferences, colloquia and seminars and lectured throughout the world.
Prof. Manaev has also managed numerous national and international projects for organizations such as CIPE, TEMPUS, UNESCO, OSCE, MacArthur Foundation and Westminster Foundation. He is also member of IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research).
Prof. Manaev is currectly a Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee (College of Communication and Information), Knoxville, USA.Tags: Belarus, civil society, cultural policy, international networks, international projects, United States
Valerian Gunia Union of Young Theatre Artists (YTA Union) is a a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 by professors and students of Tbilisi State Art Academy and Shota Rustaveli State University of Theatre and Film. Since 2011 YTA Union has been the national centre for OISTAT: International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théatre).
YTA Union’s goals are:
- Development of Theatrical and Fine Arts
- Support of creative activity and promotion of artistic research and self-expression of young artists
- Protection of creative, professional and social interests of young theatrical artists and critics
- Development of cultural policy
YTA Union’s objectives are creative work and research of cultural policy and intercultural dialogue in Georgia through:
- Promotion of new creative ideas in theatrical art
- Stimulation and support of active integration in international theatrical creative processes of young Georgian theatrical artists and their propagation, promotion of contacts between young people
- Creation of the union young scenographers and protection of their professional interests
- Carrying out of scientific research and educational activity in sphere of Georgian theatrical arts
- Development of new methodologies (including cultural policy)
- Support of mutual cooperation of the non-governmental organizations working in sphere of culture, coalition cooperation in sphere of a cultural policy
Yashar Huseynli is head of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Division at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan. He was also senior expert and deputy head of the Ministry’s Cultural Policy Department. He studied philosophy at the Moscow State University and philosophy and sociology at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. Yashar had worked as a teacher, rector assistant and lecturer of humanitarian disciplines at the Western University, lecturer of philosophy at the State Administration Academy, and deputy head of Ethics and Aesthetics Department at the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.
He gained experience in national and international programs and projects such as: the Kyiv Initiative for Democratic Development through Culture, STAGE Project, Alexander Dumas in Caucasus, Creating Cultural Capital, European Heritage Days, Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue, National Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Azerbaijan Mugam, Cultural Policy Observatory “Europe-Caucasus-Asia,” CUPOLA’s Legends of Commonwealth, Azerbaijan Culture Development Program, and others. He is also author of various geo-cultural, sociological, political ethics and philosophical publications.Tags: Azerbaijan, cultural diversity, cultural heritage, cultural policy, intangible, intercultural dialogue, international projects
Yulia Antonyan works as an assistant professor at the Department of Cultural Studies of the Yerevan State University where she teaches cultural anthropology, cultural history and religion in cultural systems. At the same time she is also consultant to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia in different projects and conferences.
Previously she worked as an external evaluation expert for the Jinishian Foundation regarding development and charity programmes. Between 1997 to 2005 she was programme officer for public projects at the Eurasia Foundation. She was actively involved in several cultural projects, is member of various Armenian academic organizations and has published several papers and publications on cultural anthropology, cultural history and religion in cultural systems.Tags: Armenia, cultural consultancy, cultural development, cultural policy
Mikko Lagerspetz is Professor of Sociology at Åbo Akademi University and he also cooperates with the Centre for Civil Society Research and Development, Tallinn University. Mikko’s main areas of research are civil society, cultural policies, cultural identity and social issues. He has been a member of several organizations such as the Estonian Association of Sociologists and the Westermarck Society. He has been the Compendium’s national expert for Estonia since its very start.
Mikko studied sociology and psychology at the University of Turku, musicology at the Åbo Akademi University, musical composition at the Estonian Musical Academy, and received his Dr. Rer. Pol. in sociology at the University of Turku.
He has published more than 100 academic publications and in 2004 received the Estonian Annual State Prize for Research in the Social Sciences.Tags: civil society, cultural policy, Estonia
Joris Janssens has been the director of the Vlaams Theater Instituut (Flemish Theater Institute) since 2011, where he has previously been a researcher( since 2001) and was engaged in performing arts and cultural policies in Flanders. He published several books and articles on artistic practice and diversity, international work, cultural infrastructure, art, populism and popular culture.
He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics and Literature: Germanic Languages from the KU Leuven. Before 2001 he worked at the University of Vienna in the Faculty for Nederlandistik. There he contributed to Literatuur in Context, the literary-historical part of NedWeb, the largest portal site for Dutch Studies on the internet.Tags: Belgium, cultural policy, performing arts
Delphine Hesters works (since 2011) as a researcher at the Vlaams Theater Instituut (Flemish Theatre Institute) where she studies the fields of performing arts and cultural policies in Flanders.
Delphine studied sociology and cultural management. She obtained a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Leuven based on a research on the concepts and methods for the study of identity and culture in research on ethnic minorities. In 2009 Delphine was a visiting researcher at the sociology department of Harvard University. As a cultural sociologist she researched the careers of contemporary dancers in Flanders, Brussels’ dance community and Flemish cultural policy. Between 2007 and 2011 Delphine Hesters was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Arts of the Flemish government. Delphine also works as a researcher for the Institute for Human Activities (IHA).Tags: cultural identity, cultural management, cultural policy, performing arts