cultural research

Raluca Bem Neamu

Raluca Bem Neamu graduated History and Theory of Art faculty and the MA in Audio-Video Communication. She worked as the Head of Education, Communication and Cultural Projects Department in the National Museum of Art of Romania for more than 10 years and then she founded a cultural NGO specialized in cultural education for children and young people named Da’DeCe Association (I Wander Why Association). She participated to different training programs as follows: Summer Institute for Museum Professionals (New York University, 2006), Training Program in Cultural Management and Trainer of Trainers in Cultural Management (Phare Program. 2000-2001) etc.

She is trainer in different fields: project management, cultural management, museum education, audience development in cultural institutions. She has a wide experience in project management as manager of cultural projects, evaluator of cultural projects and also trainer in this field. Raluca has a special interest in storytelling as a method of interpreting heritage and she is a co-author of a couple of volumes about this subject (Shadow Theater in Museums, ed. Tritonic, București, 2010; Museum Theater: Perspectives and Experiences, ed. Tritonic, București, 2009).

Raluca also wrote chapters in the following volumes: Public Relations in Museums, ed. Tritonic, București, Project Manager. Guide for Professionals, Ed. Centrul de Pregătire Profesională în Cultură, 2007, Bucuresti; Developing Educational Services in Museums, Centrul de Perfecţionare, Educaţie Permanentă şi Management, 2006, Project Management versus Organisational Management, Centrul de Perfectionare, Educatie Permanenta şi Management, 2006. She is also a national correspondent of the European Museum Academy.

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Carmen Croitoru

Carmen Croitoru is the general manager of The National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (NIRCT) in Romania. Since 2006 she is a Senior Lecturer, PhD. at The National University of Theatre and Film “I.L.Caragiale” teaching Cultural management and marketing, Project management and Cultural legislation. Between 1999 and 2001 she was an associate professor at the Media University – Business Administration and at the University of Bucharest – Faculty of Communications and Public Relations. From 2001 to 2003 she was the Chief Operating Officer at the Media University.

Since 2005 she is a permanent collaborator of the Ministry of Culture. From 2005 to 2008 she was an independent expert and the official representative for reporting the Sibiu European Cultural Capital 2007 Programme. Between 2010 and 2012 she was the personal counsellor of the Minister of Culture. Amongst the most important projects she participated in were: advocacy and promotion of the first management law to be implemented within cultural public institutions in Romania, the law for performing arts and public institutions and other legislative regulations in the cultural field; founding and managing the first BBC School in Romania dedicated to the independent radio stations; developing the Centre of Cultural Projects in Bucharest as an artistic director; being a member of over 100 evaluation and contest committees after implementing the management system in the cultural field.

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Andrei Crăciun

Andrei Crăciun is Head of research department at the National Institute for Research and Cultural Training, where he is engaged in designing and conducting both qualitative and quantitative studies on various cultural topics. He was a working group member within the Ministry of Culture for the Romanian strategy for culture 2014-2020. He holds am MA in Anthropology and Community Development. In the past years, he took part as an independent professional in different research projects in the field of culture, education, local development or migration.

He is co-author of several research reports, like “Extracurricular activities in the Romanian countryside. Development of key skills in children and young”, “Audience study of The Romanian Peasant Museum”, “Cultural vitality index of cities in Romania”, “The effects of the economic crisis on culture”, “Romanian Communities in Spain”. Andrei’s recent publications include chapters in „Cultural Consumption Barometer 2014. Culture, between global and local“ (Carmen Croitoru and Anda Becuţ –ed.), namely: “Artists and Active Persons in the Cultural and Creative Sectors: Perceptions, Attitudes and Opinions“, „ Cultural Consumption within the Public Space. General Data” and „From non-consumption to strategies of cultural consumption stimulation“.

Currently, Andrei is preparing a chapter for the collective volume „Creative Industries: Drivers for New Sectoral and Spatial Dynamics” (Caroline Chapain and Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz – ed.) in collaboration with Anda Becuţ. Also, he is involved in activities of the cultural NGO’s as coordinator for different educational or film based projects.

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Anda Georgiana Becuţ

Anda Becuț works as Research and Cultural Training Director at National Institute for Research and Cultural Training, Ministry of Culture, Romania. As Doctor in sociology since 2011 and researcher since 2005, Anda Becuţ coordinated several studies related to culture and creativity. In 2014 Anda was the Romanian delegate expert at the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) Member States Expert Group meetings, European Commission, Priority B – Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS), Topic CCS Access to finance.

In 2013 she was member in the working group for writing the Sectorial Strategy in the Field of Culture and National Heritage for the Period 20014-2020 and between 2011-2012 Anda was member in the working group for the Public Policy Proposal for the Promotion of Creativity in Culture, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Between 2008-2010 she was delegate expert at the INCP Working Group on Cultural Diversity and Globalisation meetings on behalf of the Romanian Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs. She published seven books about the cultural sector as co-editor or co-author. She is also interested in food anthropology, rural communities and creative industries.

Some of her writing includes:

  • Heritage Policy and Management in Romania and Wider Benefits from Participating, in the Ljubljana Process, in Heritage for Development in South-East Europe, Council of Europe Publishing, 2014.
  • Between Popular and Underground Culture. An Analysis of Bucharest Urban Culture, in Underground Music Scenes and DIY Cultures. Proceedings, Paula Guerra and Andy Bennett, Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto, Porto, Portugal,2014.
  • Barometer of Cultural Consumption. Culture and new technologies, between cultural sedentarism and activism, National Institute for Research and Cultural Training, Carmen Croitoru (coordinator), Anda Becuț (coordinator), Bianca Bălșan, Ioana Ceobanu, Andrei Crăciun, Bogdan Pălici, Ștefania Voicu – București; Prouniversitaria, 2014.
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NIRCT – National Institute for Cultural Research and Training

The National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (NICRT), subordinated to the Ministry of Culture in Romania, is the only national institute that aims to study, research and provide statistical data in the field of culture as well as training professionals who choose a career in this field. Its mission is to reach – by means of cultural research and training – all the cultural operators, regardless of their level of subordination or the type of organization, for collecting and offering statistical data in order to sustain their own projects and to support their professional development.

The institute intends to uphold the public authorities’ activity of formulating policies and strategies for the cultural field and coherent system regulations as much as measuring the impact of these actions at a local and national level. The experts of the institute carried out so far 70 studies and researches, participated in 31 national and international conferences, trained over 6000 beneficiaries coming from approximately 700 cultural institutions and evaluated over 4000 candidates within skill-evaluation sessions. Among the beneficiaries there were: public cultural institutions subordinated to local or central authorities (museums, art galleries, cultural centres, libraries, show and concert organizations, NGO’s), the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Commission – Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency, the National Authority for Scientific Research, UNITER, the Committee for the Programme Sibiu European Cultural Capital 2007, ArCuB (the Centre for Cultural Projects of the City of Bucharest).

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Sabine Frank

Sabine Frank is the Deputy Secretary General of the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage. EFAH (established in 1992) is a platform of over 80 arts and cultural networks and associations (representing in turn over 5000 cultural organisations across Europe) and focuses on advocacy for a well-respected and supported role for culture in the policies of the European Union. Sabine led EFAH’s advocacy work on the legislative process for Culture 2007 and was a key force behind the 70 Cents for Culture campaign.

Since 2006 she has been working as a Coordinator of the Civil Society Platform for Intercultural Dialogue. As the Platform Coordinator, Sabine is responsible for the mobilization of participants, the conceptualisation of the Platform and she oversees all of the Platform’s operational activities. She was given this role by EFAH, who initiated the Platform together with the European Cultural Foundation.

Before joining EFAH as the EU Policy Adviser, Sabine worked as a parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament’s Committee on Education and Culture (1999-2004). Prior to that, she pursued an academic career (political science), holding various research teaching position in the UK and Malta.  

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Colm Croffy

Colm Croffy is the Executive Director of the Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE). He has been working in events and festival management across the educational, arts, business and cultural sectors.

He was the Students Union President of the University of Limerick, where he pursued a degree in European Studies – Public Affairs, after which he went to work as the Assistant Arts Offices. Then he worked for three years as the Director of the Mary From Dungloe Festival. In 1998 he returned to his native Ballinasloe (Ireland) as Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce.

He set up his own Consultancy Business in Media, Marketing and Event Management. Also, he is Co-coordinator for Ballinasloe Fair and Festival. He has been involved in the strategic of AOIFE as an all-island network of community and professional festival, events and toured and lectured extensively on the Irish, British and European Festival and Tourism industry circuits. In addition, he was contracted to act as the Operations Director with AOIFE.

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Stephane Bauer

Stephane Bauer studied sociology, political science and economics at the Universities of Bohn and Berlin.

He worked at the Federal Association for Student Cultural Work in Bonn and at the Berlin University of Arts. From 1990 on, he was General Director of the Kunstamt Kreuzberg (District Department of Culture).

Since 2002 Bauer has regularly led cultural mediation seminars for the Goethe Institute Berlin. His projects and workshops have entailed visits to numerous countries, including Ghana, Serbia, USA, Israel, Egypt, Palestine and Brazil. Also, he was appointed Director of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, which is an exhibition space with a focus on current cultural issues. In parallel to that, he teaches cultural mediation and is exhibition curator for the Goethe Institute, Berlin University of Arts and for the Berlin artists’ teaching service.

He is a member of the Berlin Arts Council since 2008.

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Zofia Dworakowska

Zofia Dworakowska is a cultural anthropologist, theatrologist, as well as a researcher of independent culture, community arts and art in the public space. She is the Head of the Culture Animation specialization in the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. She is responsible for a unit aimed at preparing students to run their own cultural projects.

She has organized and led workshops, work exchanges and study trips in the framework of international projects funded by European Commission Programs.  She was a Polish coordinator of DNA (Development of New Art) – a project funded from the EU program Culture 2007-2013. She has been coordinating different European projects, such as:

  • Leonardo da Vinci Program: HANDMADE – Culture animation: learning through practice; 
  • LOCALISE – Study trip as model of research, education and practice in vocational training in culture animation and community work


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Dominique Cardon

Dominique Cardon is a sociologist working in France Telecom Usage Laboratory and associated researcher at the Centre for Research on Social Movements at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

His research focuses on relations between use of new technologies and cultural and media activities. The interconnection between sociability and the public arena is the starting point for his studies relating to cultural practices, alternative media, and ”interactive” television programmes. He is particularly interested in the use of new technologies by international militants in the counter globalization movement.

His research focuses on Internet use and transformations of the digital arena. His recent research concerns Internet social networks, online forms of identity, amateur production, and the analysis of forms of cooperation and governance in the big online collectives. He is currently engaged in a sociological analysis of the algorithms controlling the organization of information online. He has published, amongst others, Discipline but not punish: The governance of Wikipedia (2012), The Internet Democracy (2010) and Mediactivises (2010).

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