Pasko Bilic

Pasko Bilic holds a double MA in sociology and history (2008), and a PhD in sociology (2013) from the University of Zagreb. He is a senior research assistant at the Department for Culture and Communication.

In 2011/12 he was a visiting doctoral research fellow at the Wirth institute, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He worked in several research projects including the EU FP7 project European Media Policies Revisited (MEDIADEM), a comparative research project of 14 European countries. The project resulted in several case study reports and two book chapters at Palgrave Macmillan.

In his doctoral thesis he focused on networked content production and did ethnographic research about high-impact global media events. He received the Best student paper award from the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) in 2012 for a paper presenting a part of his doctoral research. He participated in international conferences (ECREA, ESA, iConference, WikiSym) and has published in peer-reviewed journals including New Media & Society, Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture and Društvena istrazivanja [Social Research]. He is a member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the Croatian Sociological Association (HSD) where he is head of the Media sociology section.

He is also a member of the management committee of the European Union COST Action Dynamics of Virtual Work and deputy coordinator of the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ) project Networks of Public Communication: Mediatisation of the Public Sphere and the Challenges of New Media (NETCOMM). His research interests include media sociology, media systems, media and communication policies, online social interaction and collaboration and qualitative research methods.

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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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Ugo Bacchella

Ugo Bacchella is a founder and the president of Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, an international independent centre for research, training, planning and documentation on cultural, arts and media management, economics and policies. He is responsible for the general management of the Foundation and act as a Head of Training. Formerly, he was a Performing Arts Manager (1979-1987).

Additionally he has been a professor at the University of Bologna (Scuola di Economia, Management e Statistica) and, since 1995, at the International Centre for Culture and Management in Salzburg. Besides his teaching duties, he acts as a consultant to public and private organisations on strategic planning, feasibility studies, project management and as an expert on cultural policies (for the Council of Europe and the European Commission).

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Catherine Cullen

Catherine Cullen is a freelance writer and translator, contributing to many national and international meetings on various aspects of culture.

She has been Deputy Major in charge of culture for the City of Lille (2001-2014). Also, she has been Councillor for Culture at the Lille Metropole Communaute Urbaine since 2008 and President of the Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments.

Ms. Cullen has been managing cultural projects and events for the last 30 years. After several years in publishing, editing and journalism, she became Editor in Chief of LIBER, the first European cultural supplement. She was an advisor to the French Presidency for the implementation of the Academie Universelle des Cultures.

As a writer and translator, she has contributed to numerous meetings and creative research projects that brought together a variety of European and international approaches.

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Mario Azzopardi

Mario Azzopardi is an expert in Malta’s literature and cultural sphere.

In 1979 he set up the Lyceum Youth Theatre and conducted Theatre in Education projects with Theatre Centre (London), North London Polytechnic, and Histoire et Theatre (Paris). He co-founded the Maltese-Palestinian Standing Committee and directed Theatre in Italy. Also, he was a coordinator of the International Festival for Peace held to commemorate the Bush-Gorbachev Malta Summit. Furthermore, he carried out work with art and theatre institutions in Berlin, Moscow, Leningrad and Vilnius. Since 1995 he has been the coordinator of the Spektrum of Il-Mument, a platform for writers and intellectual commentary.

Azzopardi is the author of an entry on Maltese theatre in the Encyclopedie Bordos de Michel Carvin (1995). He resumed educational drama work with the Ministry of Education, conducting a series of projects for academically-unmotivated youth.

In 1998 he was appointed member of the Policy Unit at the Ministry of Education and Culture and created Malta’s first cultural policy. He has since then contributed with several entries related to cultural policy to various European agencies. He also conducts regular theatre workshops within the framework of European Union programmes. He was appointed director of the Malta Drama Centre, introducing drama for personality development and community theatre.

Azzopardi was educated at the Lyceum, the Training College for Teachers, and the University of Malta. He graduated as a teacher of art qualifying with a distinction in the Theory and Practice of Education and later obtained a Master of Philosophy in Theatre.

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Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick Centre for Cultural Policy Studies provides a focus for teaching and research in cultural management, cultural policy, media and communications, social enterprise and the creative and media industries. It is run by a multidisciplinary team of full-time staff supported by a range of distinguished practitioners and visiting experts. The Centre has awarded over 500 Masters degrees with students going on to PhD at Warwick. Its alumni network is global and its expertise is regularly called upon for research and consultancy work in the fields of cultural policy, media, culture, communications and the creative industries.

It forms part of an international network that connects with researchers, cultural managers and creative organisations and businesses in many parts of the world. It  teaches students from the UK,  different countries in Europe and other continents.  The Centre has partnerships and contracts with a variety of institutions including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Arts Council England (ACE).

Founding members of the Centre have helped define the field of cultural policy studies, notably through the International Journal of Cultural Policy and the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR). The Centre’s research seeks to inform policy and to engage with industry and communities, contributing to projects on aesthetic practice, digital innovation, heritage management, arts impact and the management of creativity through commissioned research, collaborative projects, industry seminars, conferences and workshops and by creating partnerships and networks with key institutions and agencies both nationally and internationally.

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Martina Borovac Pečarević

Martina Borovac Pečarević works as Head of Directorate for European Affairs and Media at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia where she is in charge of EU funding/projects (coordinator of the process of programming 2014-2020) and EU programmes (Culture 2007-2013/Creative Europe), international cultural cooperation, media, digitization of cultural heritage, Croatian cultural strategy 2014-2020 – cultural policies, cultural and institutional reform, cultural management and education in cooperation with Kennedy Center Washington.

From 2004 until 2011 she worked at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, where she was dealing with international cultural cooperation, political issues, negotiation and accession to the EU and the relations with the EU institutions.

From 2006 until 2010 she was a cultural attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Kingdom of Belgium, but also dealt with politics and from 2009 also worked as a head of the consular section.

In 2011 Martina obtained a PhD with the thesis “Prospective Development of the European Cultural Policies: Intercultural Dialogue and Multiculturalism” at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.

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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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Department of Aesthetics and Communication – Aarhus University

The Department of Aesthetics and Communication belongs to the Faculty of Arts at the Aarhus University. It encompasses more than 20 research and teaching programmes. The researchers participate in a variety of interdisciplinary projects that contribute to the important research breakthroughs and also enrich the individual teaching and research programmes. Interdisciplinary projects contribute both to the development of the  faculty’s own research and teaching activities and to meet the society’s need for innovative responses to the challenges. The main research programmes cover Art, music and design, Media, communication and information and Language, culture and history. They imply varitey of special focus areas.

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The is a non-governmental media portal and information service  covering culture and contemporary art news and topics, with the main focus on the independent cultural scene in Croatia. It is strategically contributing to cultural media diversity in Croatia.

Initiated in 2005 by the Clubture Network and run by Kurziv – Platform for Matters of Culture, Media and Society NGO, is aiming to increase the influence and public visibility of the independent cultural sector, constantly encouraging social and political participation, monitoring civic initiatives and advocacy processes, youth culture, urban culture, social activism, new technologies, alternative economies, free software and many other social, political and economic features which have direct impact on cultural production in Croatia.

Its editorial approach is analytical and critical. In addition to regular portal news topics, announcements, current information on funding opportunities, there are several editorial subcategories (Poptika, Kulturskop and Kultrapunkt) covering phenomenons of popular culture and providing theoretical texts and insights into the cultural politics of Southeastern Europe with a special focus on cultural policies in transition, non-governmental SEE trends, cultural decentralisation and new public culture. is covering “Criticize this!,”a collaborative  media initiative between Kulturtreger and Kurziv from Croatia, KPZ Beton and from Serbia, and Plima from Montenegro.

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