ERICarts European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research

Building New Concepts and Frameworks for the Culture Sector

The ERICarts-Institute works together with leading researchers across Europe as partners in developing new conceptual frameworks to understand the growing complexity of issues facing decision-makers, managers and practitioners in Europe, leading to new visions and strategies.

Together they have been and continue to work on the development of conceptual frameworks for understanding:

  • cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion in policy-making terms (in co-operation with the Council of Europe);
  • the governance and management of culture and artistic creativity in Europe (for the Network of European Foundations for Innovative Action);
  • the processes of gate-keeping and how they relate to the development of a professional career in the arts and media sectors (for the European Union);
  • the cultural dimensions of national information policy strategies and the impact of ICT’s strategies on cultural policy frameworks (for the NIT Project of the Council of Europe);
  • “European cultural co-operation” and related objectives such as increasing cross-border mobility or intercultural dialogue (for the Laboratory of European Cultural Cooperation);
  • the increasingly complex legal and economic relationship between creators (authors), distributors, producers and receivers (the public) of artistic works (for the European Cultural Parliament, the Wimbledon School of the Arts and the MARCEL Network).


The ERICarts MEAC Pilot Project presents a new framework for studying the movement of intellectual capital in Europe including individuals, cultural goods and services.

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