European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V.

New Network Management

Executive Board installed

At its session on 28 November 2023, the Board dealt with management issues of the ERICarts Network, following the retirement of Andreas Wiesand as Secretary General last summer after 30 years of service. In order to maintain the functioning of the Network, the Board decided to install an Executive Board composed of Anna Villaroya, Ulrike Blumenreich and Oliver Goebel. This should enable quick internal decisions to clarify different issues the Association must address, including the admission of new members, future research and consultancy projects, etc. A new Members' Assembly should be held next February. For additional questions, please inquire here.

Final HERIWELL report published

Commemorating Victoria Ateca-Amestoy

During the last 3 years, the ERICarts Institute and its Italian partners IRS, Milan, and AEC, Rome, realised the complex Europe-wide HERIWELL research project ("Cultural Heritage as a Source of Societal Well-being in European Regions") for ESPON, the Luxembourg-based EU agency that focuses on territorial cooperation. The final report of the HERIWELL project, which included the active participation of many experts from the ERICarts Network, is now available on the ESPON website, together with detailed annexes and 8 case studies.

A final HERIWELL conference has been staged on 15..December in Milan to summarise and discuss the main findings of the project. A few days before the event, we received the sad news that Victoria Ateca-Amestoy suddenly passed away, Vicky has been one of the main authors of the report, realised a case study and represented ERICarts together with A.J.Wiesand in meetings of the project consortium. Both of them had actually prepared a joint presentation for this event. During the  conference, participants paid tribute to this brilliant scientist, whose important contributions to our Network and to empirical cultural research in Europe will never be forgotten.

Ritva Mitchell 1947-2022

ERICarts commemorates an outstanding personality and colleague

With great sadness and dismay we have to announce that Ritva Mitchell – the co-founder and long-time President of the ERICarts Network and Institute – passed away July 2022. During the last 40 years, Ritva has undoubtedly been one of the most influential actors in European cultural cooperation and related research and documentation projects, including as regards the Compendium of Cultural Policies & Trends, whose development she has significantly shaped since 1998. She brought her outstanding skills in conceptual planning, research and the communication of results to fruition in numerous research and consultancy projects, e.g., for the European Union, UNESCO or the Council of Europe; for the latter she worked for five years as a consultant on site in Strasbourg, for development cooperation organisations later also in Asia and Africa. Throughout her career, she performed in crucial positions for academic institutions and cultural policy in Finland and other Nordic countries, including from 2003 until her retirement as Director of Research for the CUPORE Institute of the Foundation for Cultural Policy Research in Helsinki. She was also involved in university teaching and particularly promoted the development of junior talents for cultural research. Numerous academic publications and conference papers attest to her innovative view of problems as well as opportunities for culture in Finland, Europe and the world (cf. a summary overview here). The Board and management of the ERICarts Network and Institute will never forget Ritva, her special, often challenging personality and her great achievements for an emerging European cultural space.
We received many condolences from her former colleagues, in some cases also a special tribute to Ritva on partner's websites, cf. the example of BalkanKult. A few snapshots with Ritva taken during ERICarts projects and meetings are enclosed here.

Commemorating Carl-Johan Kleberg

On the occasion of a research seminar in memory of (our honorary member) Carl-Johan Kleberg held on 9 November 2021 at the Högskolan in Borås (Sweden), Ana Villaroya, Ritva Mitchell and Andreas Wiesand sent a message to the organisers.

ERICarts Assembly 2019 in Paris

The European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V. (ERICarts Network) held its 13th Assembly on 6 June 2019 in Paris at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art - again in the context of the annual Compendium event. The Agenda (here) included debates or decisions concerning
- Results of the new Member Survey (confirming the main goals of the Association);
- The crucial role of ERICarts members during the transformation process of the "Compendium";
- The future of the ERICarts Institute (which may lead to a new partnership agreement); and
- The election of a new Board (past and new President: Anna Villaroya, University of Barcelona).
The Assembly passed unanimously a Resolution
with several amendments of the Statutes and took
note of joint c
omparative research, conference or publication projects proposed by members:
a. Peter Duelund: European cultural policy between democracy, populism and nationalism;
b. Bozena Gierat-Bieron: Lexicon of EU cultural policies;
c. Ornela Ramasauskaite: Arts and Blockchain;
d. Andreas Wiesand: Towards an inventory of early cultural policy research in Europe;
e. Diverse: Cui Bono Copyright? Empirical evaluation of who benefits from the present system.
Interested colleagues should contact the Secretary General for further details.

Territorial Dimensions of Cultural Policies in the Digital Age

Territoires des politiques culturelles à l’ère numérique

In connection with the annual assembly  of the Compendium in Paris (June 5 and 6), a Public Forum has been hosted on June 7 by the French Ministry of Culture (which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year). In two round tables, topics such as territorial scales, notions of territorial anchorage and new digital territories in the cultural field were discussed. More information here.

"Democratising the arts and the arts sector"

Our member Raphaela Henze informs: The Annual Gathering of the Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network will take place May 23-25 at the University of Heilbronn/Campus Künzelsau, Germany, registration deadline is April 26. More information on the programme can be found here

Current ENCATC deadlines

1 April 2019: Articles for the European Journal of Cultural Management and Policy.
1 May: ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Management.
25 May: Papers, posters, teaching demonstrations at the 2019 ENCATC Congress (Dijon).

Media researchers to meet in Moscow, March 2019

Our member Elka Tchernokojeva recommends: On March 26-29 2019, the STATE INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND GITR FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL organizes a 4-day international forum in Moscow on the topic OLD AND NEW MEDIA: WAYS TO NEW AESTHETICS.

The purpose of the forum is to consider the process of formation and development of media as intermediaries between a work of art and a person and their influence on the languages of art.

The forum will discuss the following topics:

Mirrors, screens, fractals;

From the catoptric theater of the XVII century to augmented reality: the transformation of aesthetic perception;

Screen art in a sociocultural context;

Cinema and television in search of their identity;

Digital art, network art  approaches to the new typology of screen arts;

The evolution of media and art: the aesthetic aspect;

Network man and art.

The forum materials will be published in the periodical research journal “The Art and Science of Television"

Invited are:

Art historians; philosophers; philologists; sociologists; psychologists; cultural scientists; curators.

Scheduled duration of a single report up to 20 minutes. There will be an opportunity to display video and audio illustrations.


Applications with the designation of the topic of the report or message, a brief annotation, indicating the place of work, position, academic degree and academic title should be sent before March 15, 2019 to the address:

Don't forget to give your name and patronymic completely!

Participation in the forum is free. Travel and accommodation due to the directing side.


ERICarts members met in Rijeka

Board members of the European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V. (ERICarts Network) held an open information exchange on October 9 at the RiHub building in Rijeka. Topics were the transformation of the Compendium, the ERICarts work plan and the preparation of the next Assembly 2019 in Paris.

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