culture and society


The organisation ARTfactories/Autre(s)pARTs is an international resource center for independent art spaces. It is a common platform for reflection, research and action, transmission and solidarity for the development of art centers that organize their practices and experiments around the relationship between arts, territories and populations. The association benefits from the support of numerous partners and centers all over the world.

Since 2007, ARTfactories developed its resource platform in a close collaboration with Autre(s)pARTs, a group of united actors around the relationship people, art and society. These projects have managed to pool their experiences and skills within a single organizationARTfactories / Autre(s)pARTs.

Main goals of the ARTfactories /Autre(s)pARTs are to:

  • Develop an international resource platform,
  • Develop associated actions and transmission,
  • Organize meetings,
  • Represent projects and activities within the governments, and variuous actors of social life.
The association organizes seminars, meetings, workshops and projects and publishes studies and other publications.
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Tobias Harding

Tobias Harding is  as an expert at the Department of Culture and Society at the Linköping University. His main research interests concern concepts of democracy, culture and Bildung institutionalised in various modes of organizing. His additional interests involve third sector politics, national identity, cultural policies in Sweden, neo-institutionalism in cultural policy, education policy and culture.

His Ph.D. disertation at the University of Linköping concerned national cultural policy in Sweden where he analysed institutionalization of Swedish culture between 1970-2002.

Tobias is the Head of the Swedish Cultural Policy Observatory (SweCult) as well as  Swedish reporter for the Council of Europe Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. He is also a memeber of the editorial board of the Nordisk Kulturpolitisk Tidskrift (The Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy) and a member of the scientific committee for the Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research.

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Melissa Butcher

Dr. Melissa Butcher is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at The Open University. The focus of her research is transnational mobility, cultural change, intercultural competence and conflict in diverse urban spaces, emphasising questions of identity and belonging. Before joining the OU, Melissa lived and worked in India, taught in universities in Ireland and Australia, and has also worked as a journalist, and a development education and intercultural trainer in the private, government and community sectors.  Her recent publications include: ‘Managing Cultural Change: Reclaiming Synchronicity in a Mobile World’ (Ashgate 2011) ‘Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asia’s Cities‘ (with S. Velayutham, Routledge 2009), ‘Ingenious: Emerging Youth Cultures in Urban Australia‘ (with Mandy Thomas, Pluto Press, 2003), and ‘Transnational Television, Cultural Identity and Change: When STAR Came to India‘ (Sage, 2003). Melissa presents and writes regularly on issues relating to globalisation, migration, urban diversity, youth culture and global human resources management.

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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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Predrag Cvetičanin

Predrag Cvetičanin is the Head of the Centre for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe. He graduated in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš; MA in History and Philosophy of  Art at the CEU in Prague; MA in the Sociology of Arts at the Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade; and MSc at the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Methods at the London School of Economics and PhD in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. He coordinated many domestic and international research projects and in 2009/10 he was the head of the research on the independent cultural scenes in Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. He is a vice-president of the Board of the Association Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia.

Published books:

  • Cultural Needs, Habits and Taste of Citizens of Serbia and Macedonia, European Cultural Foundation/OGI, 2007
  • Measuring Institutional Capacities of NGOs from South and East Serbia, European Commission/OGI, 2005
  • Almost) Everything One Needs to Know of NGOs” (ed), European Commission/OGI, 2005
  • Contributions to Defining a Cultural Development Strategy of the City of Nis from 2004 to 2010 (writer of the introductory text), City of Nis Art Council, 2004
  • Tranfrontier Cooperation in Niš-Sofia-Skopje triangle in the Field of Higher Education: Current Conditions, Problems and Opportunities” (ed.), East-West Institute, 2003
  • Cultural Needs, Habits and Taste of Citizens of Serbia,  Pro Helvetia/OGI, 2003


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Violeta Simjanovska

Violeta Simjanovska is the Executive Director of PAC (Performing Arts Centre) Multimedia in Skopje, Macedonia. She is involved in various cultural cooperation projects in Macedonia and Europe. Her field expertise includes cultural policy research, analyses, active citizenship participatory development, strategic planning, community and cultural programme development, as well as investigating the role of the arts in developing new standards of living in a wider social context. Simjanovska was an active member of the the Senate of the University of Tourism and Management in Skopje, the advisory boards of Strumica, Probishtip, Debar, Resen and Negotino municipalities, the Academic Board of EURO-BALKAN, and several professional networks.

She has initiated and is leader of several regional and European projects dealing with intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and in general with cultural policy issues. She was also involved in the program of democratization and decentralization of the existing social infrastructure of all ethnic groups in Macedonia by creating a new system of values corresponding with European standards, which was realized in partnership with the Macedonian Ministry of Culture, Macedonian Ministry of Local Government, Macedonian local governments, Macedonian NGOs and individuals.

Simjanovska has been awarded a PhD from the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, and she holds a MA in Cultural Policy and Cultural Management in the Balkans, a BA in Music Theory and Conducting and a BA in Electrical Engineering.

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Václav Soukup

Václav Soukup is a Czech culturologist and anthropologist working at the Department of Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. He teaches the social and cultural anthropology, cultural studies and paleoanthropology and is among the founders of the interdisciplinary cultural studies course that aspires to connect the human, society and culture. Dr. Soukup holds the position of Head of Cultural Studies Department at the mentioned University.

Additionaly, Dr. Soukup is a member of a research team at the Department of Cultural Studies in the field of long-term socio-cultural empirical studies of local urban cultures. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and monographs devoted to the theory of culture, history and paleo anthropological thinking.  His extensive book History of Anthropology (2004) was awarded with the Rector’s Prize of Charles University as the best publication in the field of social sciences in 2004.  He is also engeged in writing an extensive book on human evolution and genesis of human culture, which aims to contribute to the establishment of a new scientific discipline bioculturology.

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Performing Arts Centre Multimedia

Performing Arts Centre Multimedia was initiated in 1998 and formally established in 2000 as an independent, non – governmental, non-profit organisation in the field of culture, education and social issues in the Republic of Macedonia. The centre operates locally, nationally, regionally and internationally. Its main role  is to inform, create and promote cooperation in the region of Southeast Europe and broader, as well as to stimulate a dialogue throughout the region.  PAC Multimedia is engaged in performing higher professional standards in transfer of knowledge and experience, bringing together innovative art, pubic debate, research, education, life-long learning and socially engaged work. PAC Multimedia team  promote new ideas and serve as facilitators to the Macedonian cultural sector, trying to respond to changes in the society as well as in the cultural sector. PAC Multimedia is a space for KNOW– HOW transfer, a space for creating and developing new standards of living in a wider cultural and social context.  Through its programmes on Cultural policy and research, Art and community and Art and gender PAC Multimedia is trying:

  • To influence a wider cultural and social context on local, national and regional level;
  • To create conditions for generating highly artistic criteria and standards and to support cultural production;
  • To assist and serve needs of artists, operators and institutions with creating new and educational programmes based on advancing knowledge;
  • To conduct researches in the cultural field in Macedonia;
  • To create new programmes of highest professional standards in the field of cultural policy.

The Centre’s target groups include: Cultural operators and policy makers; Municipalities and public institutions; Intellectuals, academics and researchers; Professional artists and art operators; Sub cultural groups; Socially marginalized groups.

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