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
Dr. Lev Kreft is Professor of Aesthetics in the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana and Executive Director of the Peace Institute (since 2004). He is also a Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Borec”; the Executive Committee of the International Association for Aesthetics; the British Philosophy of Sport Association and the American Society of Aesthetics. He studied philosophy and sociology at the University of Ljubljana and he holds Masters in Marcuse’s aesthetic. He did his Ph.D. thesis on Struggle on the Artistic Left Between Two Worlds Wars.
Some of the research projects led by Kreft among others include: At the Crossroads of Cultural Politics: The Western Balkans (2008); Kultuar (2008); Inclusion and Exclusion in and on the Borders of Europe (2006); Living on a Border: Migration of subversions (2006); Living on a Border: Migration of Subversions – Western Balkan and Turkey (2006). Kreft published books (Struggle on the Artistic Left, 1989; Aesthetics and Mission, 1994) and articles on aesthetics in Slovenian and international journals specialised in aesthetics, philosophy, and cultural studies.
His previous professional experience includes: An independent adviser for cultural politics (Ljubljana, 1973-1976), and since 1997 he has been employed by the University of Ljubljana. In 2000, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London where he studied representation in art and politics. During his political and public career (Member of Parlament, 1990 – 1996; Deputy Speaker of the Slovenian Parliament 1993-1996) he was engaged on minority rights, gender politics and cultural politics, migration and refugeee protection, and other issues concerning advocacy and implementation of human rights.
The Austrian Cultural Council is a consortium of the associations representing interests of art, cultural and media workers and a platform for shared cultural policy concerns and objectives. By opening, promoting and publishing debates on cultural, educational, media and social policies, the association takes an active part in forming cultural policy positions and strategy development. Through its activities it promotes a diversity of opinions and emancipatory participation in art, culture and media as a cultural policy principle.
The Austrian Cultural Council focuses on the areas of social rights, cultural diversity, autonomous and independant media, intellectual property rights, commons and copyright, as well as on transparency in allocating cultural support. Activities through which they operate include debates, publications, conferences, public events, lobbying and public relations. They cooperate with and are a member of European and international organizations and networks (e.g. Culture Action Europe, European Council of Artists). Structuraly, the Austrian Cultural Council consists of an executive board, a consulting committee and a coordinating office.Tags: austria, Central Europe, cultural advocacy, cultural diversity, cultural policies, cultural policy, cultural rights, culture and development, Intellectual Property Rights, media policy, transparency
IG Kultur Österreich is a network and advocacy organisation for independent and autonomous cultural work in Austria, established in 1990. IG Kultur Österreich strives to achieve improvements in the federal and regional legislation and regulations responsible for the cultural initiatives and social security of those engaged in cultural work. A specific focus lies on the transparency in decision making processes. It advocates the ideas interlinking specific political issues such as anti-racism, anti-fascism and anti-capitalism with independent cultural work in Austria. Additionaly, IG Kultur Österreich engages in lobbying for improvements concerning the security and an increase of public financing. The organisation is also engaged in writing and publishing catalogues, journal on critical cultural politics (Kulturrisse), developing projects as well as acting as a consultant in cultural planning processes.
As a membership organisation IG Kultur Österreich represents interests of more than 350 autonomous cultural initiatives such as cultural organisations, which work independently in the field of contemporary art, music, dance, film etc. The structure of IG Kultur Österreich consists of an executive board responsible for the organizational and administrative aspects and of regional boards that jointly influence cultural policy objectives at the federal level.Tags: austria, Central Europe, cultural advocacy, cultural consultancy, cultural cooperation, cultural participation, cultural policies, cultural policy, cultural rights, culture and development, culture and society, EU, legislation, transparency
Since 2002, The Russian Centre for International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation operates under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The Centre is responsible for the institutional network in 39 countries, which offers general information and training courses in the Russian language, and promotes Russia’s literature and culture abroad.
The Russian Centre for International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation:
- contributes to programs and projects which support Russian citizens abroad and facilitates communication with them, protects their legal and cultural rights;
- promotes the development of communication between Russian and foreign non-governmental organisations to strengthen international cooperation and understanding between people;
- implements programs and projects which promote and support Russian culture and art abroad;
- promotes the development of international relationships and cooperation with the Russian Federation in the field of education;
- creates library collections;
- contributes to the preservation of monuments located abroad which carry an historical or memorial significance for the Russian Federation;
- encourages the development of international economic, scientific and technical relationships through the organisation of business forums and expositions, for the purpose of attracting investment in the Russian economy and promoting Russian technologies, products and services on the world market.
Tags: access to culture, cultural cooperation, cultural diplomacy, cultural education, cultural identity, cultural rights, funding, Russia, sponsorship
Dr. Yvonne Donders is currently the executive director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law, as well as an associate professor in International Law at the University of Amsterdam. She specializes in economic, social and cultural rights, including access to and participation in culture, as well as the relation between cultural diversity and human rights. Prior to this post, Dr. Donders worked as a Programme Specialist at UNESCO’s Human Rights Department. She teaches international human rights law, is the author of several articles and papers, and recently contributed to the drafting of the Policy Guidelines of the Access to Culture Platform launched in the context of the European Commission’s structured dialogue with civil society. She is also member of the Dutch National Commission for UNESCO.Tags: access to culture, cultural diversity, cultural participation, cultural research, cultural rights, EU, the Netherlands
Yudhishthir Raj Isar is a cultural analyst, educator, advisor and public speaker. He is a professor of cultural policy studies at The American University of Paris and Maître de Conférence at Sciences Po. He is the founding co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE). He has been the president of the European arts and culture platform, Culture Action Europe (2004-2008), a trustee of the Institute of International Visual Arts, London (1994-2010), and the acting chair(2009-10), as well as an advisor to other cultural organizations in Europe, North America and India. He is a consultant to the European Commission, the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Cultural Foundation and the United Nations Special Unit for South-South Cooperation. He has been working in UNESCO as the director of Cultural Policies and of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture, and the executive secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development (1994-1996).Tags: cultural advocacy, cultural and creative industries, cultural policies, cultural rights, EU, France