ERICarts European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research

Communication and Outreach

The ERICarts Institute does not undertake “research for the sake of research”.  The projects and its results are published and communicated to specific target groups from, for example, the research community, policy makers, cultural managers and the public at large. 

The strategy of the Institute is to use a diversity of communication channels:

Book publications present the results of large transnational projects and contain qualitative and quantitative information, country reports, comparative tables and policy recommendations.

  • EXAMPLE:  Creative Europe: On the Governance and Management of Artistic Creativity in Europe

Articles published in journals present the results in a digested form.  They are written for different audiences depending on the target group of the journal aimed at researchers, arts managers, policy makers, etc.

  • EXAMPLE:  Special English language edition of the ARSIS journal to present the results of “Pyramid or Pillars: Unveiling the Status of Women in Arts and Media Professions in Europe”.  ARSIS is a cultural policy journal of the Arts Council of Finland.  It is targeted to artists, cultural manager and cultural policy makers around the world.

Workshops and seminars are organized with local institutions to debate project ideas and eventually their results. A diverse group of participants are invited to share their perspective on different issues. 

  • EXAMPLE:  “ELEA Seminar” organized with ICUSEM on the island of Crete to discuss elements of the ERICarts, “European Food Project” and in particular olive oil production.  Participants were archeologists, farmers, local politicians, researchers, artists, agricultural and cultural policy makers.

Online information systems are developed to reach an international community of users which would otherwise not be feasible in a printed book.  Such systems are also interactive and encourage comments and questions from the users.

  • EXAMPLE:  The online information system developed for the Council of Europe/ERICarts project “Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe”.  It contains a wealth of cultural policy related information from 38 countries, provides additional resources such as comparative tables and possibilities to monitor trends in cultural development. 

Project websites contain additional data, information resources and relevant background documentation used in major projects and which may not be made available in the printed publications.  These websites also encourage users to contribute their resources and thus create a common space for communication and information dissemination among professionals studying different themes.

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ELEA Conference Organisers
in Crete

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