South East Europe

Tatiana Stoitchkova

Tatiana Stoitchkova is an academic, researcher and an expert in the field of culture and education. Her research interests are comparative cultural studies, EU-cultural policies, cultural policies in relation to globalization, with special emphasis on management, planning, regional development and tourism.

She is a Head of the Department of Cultural Studies, Director of Master Program Cultural management and Visual Communications, Faculty of Arts, South-West University “Neofit Rilski” in Blagoevgrad, and coordinator of MA programme in Cultural Management, which includes a European and East-European dimension. She has also worked with the Institute of Cultural Studies, Academy of Science and Ministry of Culture in Bulgaria. Tatiana Stoitchkova participated in many national and international academic events, conferences and is the author of numerous articles published in national and international journals.

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Elena Blagoeva-Hazarbassanova

Elena Blagoeva-Hazarbassanova is Policy Analyst and Researcher interested in EU Cultural Policy and cultural aspects in other EU policies as well as in education and culture. She is also interested in International cooperation in culture and education and Intercultural competences.

Elena is currently working as the Managing Director of Concepts-Bulgaria Foundation and the Director of the Department of International Relations at the New Bulgarian University (NBU). She is also an Evaluation Expert for EACEA – selection of international projects for multilateral cooperation between member states and third countries in education (Erasmus Mundus). She is the appointed manager of the project “Entangled Balkans”, European Research Council, “Ideas” programme – exploring the various ways in which the cultures and histories of the Balkan countries have been connected, and a Senior Expert in FHARE projects.

She holds Ph.D. in Cultural Studies  (2007) “The Cultural Policy of the European Union and the Cultural Aspects in Other Policies”.

Elena’s key qualifications include participation in the development of cultural and educational policies and practices in alignment with EU policies and regulations; International project management, implementation and monitoring within the framework of the EU funded projects (areas – Lifelong learning, Culture, Higher education, HR development, regional development, VET, EU integration); International expert for evaluation of EU projects with third countries (area – HE); Consulting on project writing, PCM, LFA, Implementation of grant schemes; EU programs; Developing Guidelines for grant schemes (BG Pre-accession funds); Design and delivery of (lifelong learning and Master) courses including training programme design, training delivery, training exams and training evaluation methodology. Areas – EU history, policies, institutions and procedures, PCM, Grant schemes, SF; Design and delivery of training of trainers courses for the public administrative bodies; Internationalization of HE, HE Policy of EU, Bologna Process, European Credit Transfer System, Credentials evaluation, etc.

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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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Vesna Đukić

Vesna Đukić, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade. Her fields of research  and professional work focus is on cultural management, cultural policy and cultural tourism.

Professor Djukic participated in various national and international research projects. She has been the author, as well as the leader of several research and development projects, among them: Institutional Management and Cultural Policies (Institute for Theatre, Film, Radio and Television of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Science and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia, 2005/2006), Cultural Policy in Serbia from 1989 to 2001 (Institute for the Research of Cultural Development, Open Society Fund and Central European University in Budapest, international fellowship, 2002/2003), and Geocultural Map of Serbia (Institute for the Research of Cultural Development, 2002/2003).

Presently  (2011-2015) she participates in the COST project (European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research)  Investigating Cultural Sustainability .  Previously, she participated in the  research projects of the Institute of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Serbia: Function of the Arts and Media in European Integration: Serbia 2000 – 2010, Media and Education  and Media Representation of National and Cultural Identity in Serbia .

Vesna Đukić has been a member of the working group of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia for Professional Development and Permanant Education (since 2008,), as well as the Team Leader of expert group of the Provintial Secretariate for Culture in the Province of Vojvodina – „Strategy of Cultural Development in Vojvodina Province in the period 2010-2018“. As of 2005, she has been a member of the National Education Council, whereby between 2001 and 2003, she was a Managing Director of the Institute for the Research of Cultural Development.

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New Media

New Media is a non-governmental organisation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. In this respect, is dedicated to the research of new cultural relations, contemporary artistic practice, and social issues.’s work focuses on questions concerning the influence of the electronic media on society, on the creative use of new communication technologies, and on contemporary cultural and social policy bringing together artists, theoreticians, media activists, researchers and the wider public. By the work focused on interpretation and analysis of the history and significance of the information society, the potential of information itself, and the diffusion of its influence on political, economic and cultural relationships in contemporary society, the New Media opens space for both cultural dialog and alternative methods of education and research. programs coverning which provides information in the field of new media, contemporary art, social phenomena, research and education by means of a library, mediatheque and digital archive;

kuda.lounge establishes conditions for building critical and creative approach towards digital culture; it is devoted to the issues of contemporary cultural politics, the creative use of new communication technologies as well as the influence of electronic media in a society. kuda.lounge consists of lectures, workshops, talks, and public presentations of artists, media activists, theorists, scientists and researchers and since 2000 onwards over 100 events have been organised within the kuda.lounge;

kuda.production and publishing creates a matrix for non-profit artistic production in the field of new media and technologies, interdisciplinary research and experiment. Besides organizing many exhibitions and conferences, from 2004 onwards, offers free web space on the kuda server for artists, activists and the NGO sector;

All lectures and presentations held in the framework of kuda.lounge program in the period of 2001 to 2006 have been recorded in audio-video format and archived in’s mediatheque. All video material is available for watching and further copying and re-distribution is welcome. runs a Mobile Laboratory as a colaborative platform for knowledge and technological exchange through Novi Sad city and other cities in Vojvodina region. The basic tool that is used in project implementation is mobile lab /equipped vehicle/, which has the possibility of introducing new technologies, direct knowledge and skills transfer and reproduction of produced material in public spaces. Mobile lab deals with networking, collaboration and co-production in terms of empowering creative practices and directing them to wider groups such us: youth, minorities and marginalized groups and at the same time is promoting their rights through open and equal access to new tools and content. The main goal is to create reliable local, regional and international infrastructure that could be the framework for future planning and influencing cultural policy implementation.

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Natalija Macura

Natalija Macura is a researcher in the field of cultural policy. She holds a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management Culture from the University of Arts in Belgrade (2011), and a M.A. in Theory of Arts and Media (2005). She is actively involved in cultural policy making on local, regional and international level. She was Cultural Policy Researcher in “European Music Council a Regional Group of International Music Council of UNESCO,” in Bonn, on research project “Structure of the National Music Council,” 2006/2007.

Some relevant research references:

  • “National and international music councils,” Belgrade, 2011, University of Arts in Belgrade
  • “Cultural policy in the field of music,” Belgrade, 2006, Zadužbina Andrejevic
  • “Personnel policy as an instrument of education, cultural and media policy in the field of music”, Belgrade, 2005, University of Arts in Belgrade
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Cultural Center REX

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.

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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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Department of Arts Management and Production, Faculty of Drama Arts, University of Beograd

Department of Arts Management and Production at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Beograd, is covering higher education in arts management and cultural production in the field of culture, media, arts and theatre in general. Department is offering Masters and Doctorial academic studies according to the postulates of the Bologna Declaration and within the improved curriculum in educational-scientific field of humanities and social sciences.

Basic studies provide knowledge of cultural, artistic and media systems and enable students to master skills in the field of management and production through lectures, project work, workshops, professional practice, practical research work, study visits to related institutions and study tours.  Students are trained to actively participate in organizing and managing artistic productions, cultural institutions, media and other art organizations, as well as debating the future cultural policy developments. Master studies organized by the Department aims to enable students to acquire theoretical and research knowledge and mastery of managerial skills at higher, strategic level that is necessary for the successful management of projects and cultural and media institutions. At the same time these programs of study encourage individual, analytical and critical thinking, modelling and conceptualization necessary for the development of existing cultural systems.

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