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
Gunay Gurbanova is an adviser to the Cooperation with International Organizations and Programs Division of the International Relations and Cultural Programs Department of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan since 2009, and previously adviser to the Scientific Methodical Center on Cultural Studies of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Between 2006 and 2007 she worked at the UN Office in Azerbaijan, providing administrative support to the Office of the Resident Coordinator and reporting to the senior assistant to the UN Resident Coordinator. She achieved a Master’s Degree in 2009 at the Azerbaijan University of Languages, Faculty of International Relations and European Studies.
She has attended and co-organized a number of high-level conferences and seminars, including: the XXVI Meeting of TURKSOY Culture Ministers, 16-17 October 2009, Baku, Azerbaijan; the VI Islamic Conference of OIC Culture Ministers, 13-15 October 2009, Baku, Azerbaijan; the Seminar on Islamic Culture, International Tourism and Intercultural Dialogue, 1-10 September 2009, Leeds, UK; the UNESCO Central Asian and CIS Sub-Regional Training Workshop, 23-25 February 2009, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; the Annual Compendium Authors Meeting, 4-5 December 2008, Baku, Azerbaijan; the CoE Culture Ministers’ Conference, 2-3 December 2008, Baku, Azerbaijan; and the CIS Cultural Cooperation Council, 23-25 September 2008, Almati, Kazakhstan.
Her other work includes: research of Azerbaijani cultural samples in British museums, coordination of the website of the Information Observatory on Cultural Policy of GUAM Countries; preparation of a project of registration of intangible heritage of Azerbaijan, preparation of a project promoting Azerbaijan’s World Famous Monuments.Tags: Azerbaijan, cultural tourism, intangible heritage, intercultural dialogue, museums, networking, United Kingdom
Elodie M. Bordat is a cultural policy researcher and a PhD candidate writing thesis on the institutionalization processes of cultural policy in Mexico and Argentina since the early 1980s, and studying the influence of European and North American cultural policy models to those two cases. During her Ethnology studies in Mexico (2001-05) she studied country’s popular culture. In a dissertation (published by the CONACYT), she worked on the intercultural exchanges between members of a French association in Mexico (Mexico-Accueil) and Mexicans. This research led her to develop an interest in cultural questions from a policy analysis perspective, hence she joined a Masters degree in political sciences at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence (France), specialising on Latin America. She also taught in several universities: anthropology in Science Po in its Latin American studies college in Poitiers, comparative politics in Lyon Lumières and cultural policy in Sciences Po Aix. She participated in several scientific international congresses, published an article in the International Journal of Cultural Policy and several articles in edited books.Tags: comparative cultural policies, cultural policy, France, intercultural dialogue
Enrique Banus is (since 2007) the Director of the Master in Cultural Management at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona). Enrique is a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam “European Culture” since 2003 and he is also a president (2009-2012) of the World European Community Studies Association (ECSA).
In addition, Enrique is Lecturer on European and Comparative Literature and Director of the Centre for European Studies, at the University of Navarra. He has given lectures on European and Comparative Literature at the University of Navarra since 1998. He has been Director of the Centre for European Studies, University of Navarra, since its creation in 1996. Enrique is also the Chair of the Research Group “Culture and Society” at the University of Navarra. He has also been Deputy Director of the Board of the Humanities at the University of Navarra and Coordinator of the section of Cultural Management (1998-2006). Among others, he is a Member of the Expert Group “Intercultural Dialogue” of the European Commission. Enrique is also the President of the Organising Committee of the Conferences “European Culture” (since 1992: 9 editions).
Previously, Enrique has been Lecturer at the Universities of Aquisgrain, Cologne, Bonn, and Paderborn, in Germany.
His current research interests include Cultural Policies and New Identities Creation: The Case of the Regional Festivities in Spain.
Enrique Banus gained his MA and PhD at the University of Aachen and has studies in German Philology, Romance Philology, and Comparative Literature at the Universities of Bonn and Aachen.
The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations – ifa is the leading German institution for international cultural exchange operating worldwide and resting on the idea that cultures are changeable, movable and permeable, but also conservative and restrictive as they can cause conflicts, but also transform and resolve conflicts.
Ifa aims to establish dialogue between civil societies, provide information about foreign cultural policy and bring together people from different cultures through exchange programs and international conferences.
Ifa devises and organizes German contemporary art exhibitions worldwide, funds artists’ exhibition projects and award scholarships, hosts contemporary art, architecture and design from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe in Stuttgart and Berlin ifa galleries. Special media programs enable support for the development of structures in civil society. Ifa is also active in a wide variety of other projects in co-operation with foundations and other civil society organizations both nationally and internationally. Ifa is funded by the German Foreign Office, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Stuttgart.Tags: cultural cooperation, foreign cultural policy, Germany, intercultural dialogue, international cultural policies
Dr.Kseniya Khovanova-Rubicondo is a policy expert in the fields of culture, intercultural dialogue, public economics and innovation, and information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). She worked in policy advising, management, teaching, research and consulting in a number of international organizations. Previously she has been working for the Council of Europe (CoE, France), the European Commission (EC, Belgium), European Investment Bank (EIB, Luxembourg), the US Agency for International Development (USAID, USA), the Government Financial Officers’ Association in Chicago (USA). Dr. Kseniya Khovanova-Rubicondo has also been a Senior Fellow and Research Projects Manager at the Ashburn Institute (SC, USA) think-tank for more than 7 years. International publications during her career include books, book chapters, reviews, evaluations, individual studies and manuscripts. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Chicago.Tags: cultural economics, cultural policy, France, ICT and Culture, intercultural dialogue
Olaf Gerlach Hansen is a consultant and a trainer for innovation and development in cultural programs, intercultural research, culture and development policy issues. His focus include management of artistic, cultural & educational programs, intercultural research and training, and national & multilateral policy making. He is a senior advisor at the Danish Cultural Institute and a Director of the Culture Futures, an informal network concerned with shaping and delivering a proactive cultural agenda to support the necessary transition towards an Ecological Age by 2050.
Previously he was a Director General of the Danish Center for Culture and Development, supporting the cultural development and cooperation programs and cultural exchanges and he managed and produced one of the worlds largest cultural festivals focusing on non-western cultures called “Images“. For many years he was also a consultant for the international NGOs, such as AFS Intercultural Programs, the world’s largest youth exchange organisation in the development of intercultural education. Olaf’s extensive work on the strategy and policy issues, was vital for initiating, formulating, adopting and implementing the Culture and Development Strategy of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida. He also contributed to the development of various international cultural policies and is a memeber of the International Network of Cultural Diversity (INCD), the World Culture Forum (FCM), the president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and a member of the Danish UNESCO National Culture Committee. Olaf holds a MA in Danish Philology and Linguistic Psychology with a degree in the Psychology of Dreams, which he taught at the University of Copenhagen.Tags: cultural consultancy, cultural development, cultural diversity, cultural identity, cultural management, cultural research, culture and globalization, Denmark, festivals, intercultural dialogue
Cultural Center REX is a laboratory for research of new fields of culture. The centre is the member of the European Network of Independent Cultural Centres – Trans Europe Halles, the coalition of centres for creative development and use of new media (the ECB network – European cultural backbone), the Clubture – the informal regional project platform (M2, Croatia) and the Association of Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia.
REX was formed in 1994 by Belgrade based radiostation B92, by the name of Cinema REX and as a cultural centre space for providing the conditions for realisation and presentation of domestic production from the field of theatre and visual arts, music, film, video, new media; organizing workshops, promotions and discussion and being actively involved in social and political movements, networking the co-operations throughout Yugoslavia.
REX is coverning contemporary culture and promoting creative use of new media by:
- supporting production and presentation of analytical and critical culture;
- promoting values of open and democratic society and culture and art that reflect current civil needs and initiatives;
- carries out projects in collaboration with cultural workers active on local or ex-Yugoslav scene;
- carries out programmes in Belgrade and throughout Serbia with the aim of playing an active part in the European cultural milieu: organizes guest visits of various artists, participates in forums and workshops, initiates and carries out international projects, exchanges programmes and experiences with similar centres;
- insists on working with young people and audience, emphasizing educational aspect of such an activity;
- creates a “free zone” for discussion about current political and social processes.
Some of the REX culture and exchange activities in focus are:
The Crossroads East West programme focus is on detecting and analyzing different processes and projects of intercultural dialogue of existing cultural and artistic project activities, and mapping of intercultural dialogue in Serbia focused on contemporary cultural and artistic sphere in order to explore and better understand the nature and capacity of intercultural dialog in the Eastern and Western Europe. The Crossroads East West intercultural dialogue programme meetings and debates are part of the Engine Room Europe, a three-year project focusing on independent cultural workers and their field of activity.
Engine Room Europe, REX is one of 11 co-organisers in a three-year capacity building project dedicated to the sustainable future of the European independent cultural sector through investment in its cultural workers and their creative processes. This objective will be achieved by a three-year programme of Europe wide activities. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capacity and sustainability of independent culture in Europe. The project is carried out with the support of the European Commission.
Mission Less Probable is a REX series of public presentations and debates, held by artists, architects, cultural workers, policy makers and NGO activists chiefly from the SEE region with the task of locate and analyse the gaps between aims and real outcomes of the selected case study artistic, architectural, civil society or cultural policy-related production.
Intercultural Dialogues’ Mapping in the Republic of Serbia is a project of Working Group for preservation of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, realized by Serbian Ministry of Culture and Cultural Centre Rex as a partner organization. Project of Mapping and Affirmation of Projects and Processes of Intercultural Dialogues in the Republic of Serbia serve to locate and research different aspects of intercultural dialogues under conditions that are characteristic for Serbia and within the existing cultural, activist or research practice.Tags: access to culture, Beograd, cultural cooperation, cultural production, intercultural dialogue, mobility, Serbia, South East Europe