Engaging Effectively with Broad Segments of the Population. Impressions from the Arts Administration Programs in the USA and the AAAE conference 2015
Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel, president of the Association for Cultural Management at Universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and director of cultural management studies at Hildesheim University, visited two arts management programs in the USA and attended the main conference of AAAE, the Association for Arts Administration Educators at Universities and Colleges, that took place April 16-18, 2015, in Portland. There, she realized several aspects of managing arts that contradict the European presumption of the arts sector in the US.
"The most precious things in life are not those you get for money," said Albert Einstein. Cultural managers, artists, and cultural policymakers are well aware that the personal and social value of culture cannot simply be measured through funding. Nevertheless, policy often tries to convey the rehabilitation of its budgets through funding cuts in the cultural sector while cultural institutions and initiatives complain about the lack of money – not just since the economic crisis. In this context, the ENCATC (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers) placed the question "Is it all about money?" at the center of its annual conference 2014.
The 9th Annual Conference of the Association of Cultural Management in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will take place from 14 – 16 January 2016 at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Management and Law, Winterthur, Switzerland and is addressing the multiple challenges in the evaluation of arts and other cultural projects, programs, organizations, and cultural policy. Debates concerning the development of frameworks for the assessment and evaluation of culture and the arts play a prominent role in arts management research.
CFP 2015 IACCM Conference: Contemporary Approaches In Training & Education For Cross-Cultural Competence
The 14th Annual Conference of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (IACCM) will take place at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), 1-3 October 2015. This conference brings together scientists and practitioners alike in order to foster the dialogue between practice and theory in the cross-cultural field to discuss about contemporary Approaches In Training & Education For Cross-Cultural Competence – Potentials, Challenges and its Limits: theoretical foundations: old constructs, new frontiers?; Application of Cross-Cultural Theories in Teaching, Educational Context and Business Training; Power relations and their implications; Cultural intelligence.
The 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) 2015 will be held in Prague from Tuesday 25th August to Friday 28th August. The theme for the conference is 'Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination'. A profound challenge that the social sciences, and sociology in particular, are now called upon to confront has to do with the depth and extraordinary acceleration of global processes of social and cultural change. The major issues that the global sociological community now has the responsibility to tackle arise from the exponential increase in social inequalities. Recognising and acknowledging the multiple expressions of difference are vital when it comes to gaining insight into the ‘multiple positioning’ that characterises contemporary individuals. And this entails rethinking the meaning of integration today. We need to work together to examine the intricate interweave of social, cultural, economic and political dynamics contained in the processes of change occurring in the twenty-first century. The ESA-conference has always been open to all areas of the sociology, also of the arts, since the Research Network aims to bring together researchers and supporting interchange and mutual learning. For this reason, we invite experienced and young scholars from various disciplines submit papers until February 1st 2015.
CfA Archive Futures: Operations, Time Objects, Collectives. 5th Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies
The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies – a collaboration between the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, IKKM) and Princeton University (German Department) – returns to Weimar in June 2015 for its fifth installment. The Summer School invites applications about digital archival production from outstanding doctoral candidates throughout the world in media studies and related fields such as film studies, literary studies, philosophy, art history, architecture, sociology, politics, the history of science and visual culture.
The AIMAC association, Kedge Business School and the Aix-Marseille University are looking for submissions for the next International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC), which will take place from June 26th to July 1st at Aix-en-Provence, France. The deadline is Dezember 15th.
On the 16th and 17th October, the Karlshochschule International University held the conference ReThinking Management. For the organizers, modern management means building a bridge between economic theories and approaches from other academic fields. The aim of the conference was to critically reflect on the Western capitalist view of good management with regard to new contexts and challenges- a noble endeavor that promises to offer a lot for cultural management.
To be more open, creative, participative and to demonstrate the own value for society: Cultural practice and research have to deal with these challenges due to the impact of globalisation and digitalisation. One creative and innovative solution is Citizen Science. Wiebke Rettberg, project manager at the German platform Buerger schaffen Wissen, and Kristin Oswald, editorial staff at artsmanagement.net, offer an insight into successful examples of this form of involvement of driven laymen from international cultural institutions.
William Byrnes is Professor of Arts Administration at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT. His textbook, Management and the Arts, soon in its fifth edition, is widely used in arts and culture management courses throughout the world. He has lectured on various arts management topics in America and in China, Japan, Singapore, Germany, Serbia, and Italy. He was member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management and is the editor for TD&T's "Inside USITT” report. He has been a long-standing member of the USITT Management Commission and has served in various leadership capacities in USITT since 1980, including serving as president in 2000-02. He is a Fellow in USITT and serves on the institute's Development Committee. He also serves on the board of the ESTA Foundation and is a member of the National Theatre Conference. In the following William Byrnes introduces his new edition of Management and the Arts.