Newsletter one 2021
Dear friends and partners of EDUCULT!
We need to talk about our future. During the upcoming weeks and months, we must decide how the times after the pandemic shall be characterized. Ok, some people say there will be no time AFTER the pandemic, but only WITH the pandemic. We are not that pessimistic. Therefore, we want to start thinking about the future as one which is taking these changes as an opportunity for development. Still, it might not be easy to make a change in general. So, let’s start in the field in which we have something to say.
Cultural policy is probably one of the fields where actions seem inevitable. The stakeholders in the sector are facing what seems to be the biggest crisis in the past 75 years. For too long, cultural policy did not react to the changes in societies and in the practice of arts themselves. Some actors in the discipline are aware of this problem and here and there initiatives discuss possible steps towards new concepts. We would like to contribute to this by participating in the organisation of the conference “Confrontation and cooperation instead of representation – a new agenda for cultural policy” at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. It will be a discussion among peers with opportunities for dispute and working groups tackling the most pressing issues. In the field of cultural heritage, we would like to raise similarly holistic questions at the SoPHIA virtual conference we are organising in the moment together with stakeholders from all of Europe.
Another existential crisis, somewhat less intense due to public obligation for financing, but nevertheless a crisis of structure and content, is being experienced by schools. Digitalisation is only one of many big shifts they are facing currently. Would it be foolish to think about synergies when cultural and educational policy are renewed in a common concept?
Let’s stay open for even more radical ideas and see you at the upcoming events,
Your EDUCULT team
EDUCULT IN ACTION provides current information on our projects.
EDUCULT IN EXCHANGE informs about international exchange and co-operations.
EDUCULT INFORMS about international affairs, projects and meetings.
Written by Michael Wimmer. This blog reflects the personal opinion of the author.
Another Non-word of the Year: ArtandCulture
People should not have wool pulled over their eyes. In times of fake news, this demand seems at least relativized. But it has been elevated to a principle by a slang that has been rampant for some time, especially in the cultural sector. Its representatives don’t spend much time on the question of which type of wool to use, and in what form. Who cares, no one is interested in exact data anyway. The engagement with art is just not an exact science and the spirit moves wherever it wants. [read more]
EDUCULT in Action
SoPHIA – Social Platform for Holistic Heritage Impact Assessment
EDUCULT has been leading the current working package of the SoPHIA research project since September 2020. In this phase of reserach, the developed impact assessment model is tested using case studies in all project partner countries. The MuseumsQuartier Wien and the Jewish Cemetery Währing are the partners for the Austrian focus analyses. A virtual Stakeholder Conference will take place on April 21st and 22nd, to discuss urban cultural heritage in Europe in the form of keynotes, thematic sessions, workshops and artistic contributions. [read more]
work::sounds – Sound Images of the Work World
As part of the introductory workshops, we were allowed to cooperate with the Office for Digital Agendas of the Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte Wien and discuss possible future scenarios in the world of work as well as the advantages and disadvantages of digitalisation strategies with the students. The participating young people from HTL Wien 10, HTL Ungargasse and Fachmittelschule Wien 21 also told us about the challenges of home schooling in recent months and they are currently collecting sounds and images on this topic, which we will process musically and visually in a later workshop. [read more]
SAG’S MULTI! – Multilingual Rhetoric Contest
As with the preliminary round, this part of the competition is run virtually due to COVID-19, through video submissions of speeches. This year’s main round is in progress and the participants have uploaded their videos. For a period of two weeks, the jury will decide together in intensive Zoom sessions which of the nominees will advance to the final round. The project has been taken on by ORF with continued organisational support from EDUCULT. The final round in April 2021 is planned in front of an audience and jury in the ORF studio. [read more]
BOOST – Social Inclusion in Amateur Arts and Voluntary Culture
In January/February 2021, the Baseline Survey was conducted in all partner countries. In interviews and focus groups, education providers in amateur arts and culture were asked about their experiences and activities in relation to inclusive cultural work. The survey will be published in March and then the preparations for the development of the benchmark tool will start in the form of a transnational training in early April. [read more]
Independent Performing Arts and COVID-19
After the kick-off meeting and an exchange with the Federal Association of Independent Performing Arts, the first interviews with representatives of the associations of the independent performing arts in the federal states are now on the agenda. They will be asked how they see the funding instruments working and what the situation is with regard to artistic practice and the economic situation of the artists. At the same time, coordination is taking place with the research network of the Performing Arts Fund, which is also conducting research in this area.[read more]
Digital Model Projects in the Framework of the German-Turkish Youth Bridge
The final (summative) evaluation gathers experiences of the digital model projects of the German-Turkish Youth Bridge. In addition to the final evaluation, optimization possibilities are identified and a basis for the further development of the funding program is provided. Furthermore, we focused on the practical knowledge of the project actors. Both positive experiences and challenges in the implementation of digital exchange are incorporated into the creation of a handout for future participants. [read more]
Toolkit for the Digital Implementation of Interactive Evaluation Methods
We are doing research, development and testing of a toolkit for the digital implementation of interactive evaluation methods for the Goethe-Institut Cairo. The interviews have been completed, and the research will be expanded over the next month. Digital tools and evaluation methods have been tested for this purpose. The results are summarized in a final report. [read more]
EDUCULT in Exchange
For the upcoming 11th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR) “Resilience of Cultural Policy” from 23 – 26 March 2021 via Zoom, EDUCULT has prepared a contribution. ICCPR aims to provide an outlet for an interdisciplinary and international exploration of the meaning, function and impact of cultural policies. In this year’s edition, Aron Weigl will talk about “Resilience of Cultural Heritage. On the Development of a Holistic Impact Assessment Model” referring to the European research project SoPHIA. [read more]
SoPHIA – Virtual Stakeholder Conference
As part of the Horizon 2020 funded project SoPHIA – Social Platform for Holistic Heritage Impact Assessment, a virtual stakeholder conference will take place on April 21-22, 2021. The two-day conference will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to review interventions in Europe’s urban heritage, through keynotes, thematic sessions, workshops, and artistic interventions. [read more]
ESA-Arts 11th midterm Conference – The Social Effects of Art
The ESA-Arts 2020 conference focuses on the social function and effects of the arts, a defining problem for the discipline. The ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts hereby announces the midterm conference 9–12 March 2021 at the University of the Arts Helsinki. The conference is held in the Helsinki Music Centre and the surrounding cultural venues, in the heart of the capital of Finland. [read more]
12th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research
The 12th SAR Conference on Artistic Research of the Society for Artistic Research from 7th to 9th April 2021 is hosted by mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. This intense collaborative effort by Vienna’s three arts universities and the Society for Artistic Research provides an opportunity to join current discourses and share both experiences and insights from artistic research in a focused and interactive way. [read more]
Excellent Europe – Supporting Research Careers in Academia and Industry
This week covers four Horizon Europe programmes: Research Infrastructures, COST, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the European Research Council. During the week, outlines, novelties and benefits for each programme are presented, a closer look is taken at the latest ERC developments from an inside perspective and finally at the topic of research careers in academia and industry in theory and in practice. [read more]