2021 ENCATC Education and Research Session


The 2021 ENCATC Education and Research Session was held on 21 October during the 2021 ENCATC Digital Congress (19-22 October) on the theme of "Artists in the spotlight! In search of new agendas for education and research in the cultural management and policy field"The Education and Research Session which gathers the international research and education community was unique interdisciplinary environment with the latest world- class research conducted in the field of cultural management and policy and the most innovative practices in teaching and training.

The Education and Research Session resulted in the publication of the 2021 ENCATC Congress proceedings.


On 11 June, ENCATC launched the open call for submissions inviting abstracts, teaching demonstrations, and panel proposals for a special German language sessions. This call remained open until 25 August.

Submissions related to the themes of the main topic of the 2021 ENCATC Digital Congress were encouraged to critically reflect on the implications for cultural management and policy education and research of the situation of artists with regard to the current, multi-dimensional crisis, and before the scenario(s) ahead, considering not only the health crisis, but also other dimensions of the current context, such as climate change, societal changes, etc. A comprehensive view on the issue is proposed, which considers not only the status of the artist in terms of professionalization, standards, etc., but also encourages an examination of the roles assigned to artists in society and the territory in the forthcoming scenarios.

Submissions were invited relating to the topics of:

  • The role of artists and other cultural professionals in applying sustainability values in the cultural and creative sectors (CCS).
  • The role of artists in the new agenda for research and education in cultural management and policy.
  • A new agenda for cultural policy?
  • Old and newly developed [digital] formats, organisational and business models.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the cultural and creative sectors

Testimonials from past presenters

In retrospect, presenting at the 2020 ENCATC Education and Research Session proved incredibly serendipitous. I presented a systematic review of literature on Black, Indigenous, and Cultural Organizations of Color (BICOC) in the U. S. Now, I am more than prepared to contribute to a team of arts researchers who will propose to partner with the Wallace Foundation on a $54 million initiative on these dynamic organizations. Lastly, I appreciate the ease at which ENCATC made participating in the  virtual convening possible from my home in Tallahassee, FL in the U. S. Thank you for your courage, ingenuity, and willingness to continue the session during these challenging times.” - Antonio C. Cuyler, Ph. D. Florida State University, USA

Presenting the outcomes of my last research at the Research Session during the last ENCATC Congress gave me the chance not only to disseminate it among the cultural policies and management community at international level but also to get feedback from a very specialized audience to improve my future research.” - Dr. Cristina Ortega Nuere, University Oberta of Catalunya, Spain

Presenting my paper during the 2020 ENCATC Research and Education session was extremely useful: my research was still in progress and the participants in the session gave me relevant feedback and suggestions on how to further develop it. Moreover, the contribution was published in the book of proceedings and this gave additional visibility to my project, increasing the impact of my work and discussion around it within the academic community.” - Elena Borin, PhD, Link Campus University, Italy

Presenting my research to colleagues, internationally, at ENCATC has great value for me as a scholar and researcher. Since my co-researcher and I are looking for organizations where we can try out the evaluation framework we developed, I was glad to get feedback, not only from the other presenters, but from the attendees as well. Several emailed me after the presentation too. What it means to me is an on-going conversation that extends beyond the event.” - Constance DeVereaux, PhD, University of Connecticut, USA

It was a great privilege to have been selected for the 2020 ENCATC Education and Research Session. We illustrated our practice ‘Culture profession: skills and abilities for future cultural managers’, a module that we deliver in cooperation with Iulm University in Rome, which is about to be published in the ENCATC Scholars. For us, as a company, it’s important for us to invest in research and to have a platform where we can share our ideas, methods, and have opportunities for building relationships.” - Antonia Silvaggi, MeltingPro, Italy

The ENCATC Education and Research Session was an unforgettable experience. Despite all the difficulties of the pandemic, the excellent organization of the ENCATC Congress allowed me to exchange experiences and knowledge with people from all over the world.” - Imanol Galdos, Donostia Kultura, Spain

Presenting at the ENCATC Education and Research Session provided me with a forum to progress the ideas generated from my work in arts management and education. The attendees are deeply engaged and the thought-provoking collaborative dialogues not only enlightened my own thinking but that of colleagues throughout Europe.” - Jeff Poulin, Creative Generation, USA

2021 ENCATC Education and Research Session