BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
To develop thinking on the cultural relationship between Europe and the rest of the world.
1. Policies and Competencies
Students need to develop competencies and skills to work worldwide across and between cultures. To understand and respect cultural difference in both policy and management. This is best achieved through dialogue with partner organisations institutions and networks in countries outside Europe.
ENCATC will research existing and emerging networks worldwide concerned with the teaching of international cultural policy and cultural management and where appropriate develop a relationship with them , for example the new Higher Education Cultural Policy network in Japan, UK Cultural Policy and Management Network and Asia – Europe Foundation.
ENCATC will research and share knowledge of the specific international schemes and funding to facilitate international exchange of the arts of member EU and related countries – to encourage inclusion within curricula and discussion and analysis.
ENCATC will through symposia examine the role of national cultural agencies such as the Institut Francais, Goethe Institut, British Council, Instituto Cervantes, Romanian Cultural Foundation the OMNI Foundation Bulgaria in a European and International context
2. Diversity of students
Many academic partners within the network have a significant percentage of students from outside Europe. There is a need to develop understanding by staff of the cultural context and the cultural key issues that concern these students. In addition evidence suggests that students from different cultures/countries working together on projects and programmes (as they maintain their contacts) leads, when employed back in their countries, to a greater future movement of performances/exhibitions worldwide and an enrichment of intercultural dialogue.
ENCATC will provide the forum (through conferences and web dialogue) for both its members and others to develop strategies to deal with these concerns and provide practical examples of good practice to disseminate into the public domain.
3. Learning and teaching
For staff in Universities to be able to reflect on cultural policy and practice in Europe with their students there needs to be further knowledge and dialogue with universities from countries outside the EU. There also needs to be dialogue with the national agencies responsible for policy – this could initially be achieved in part through International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies, IFFACCA. This dialogue will be focused on the exchange and translation of key documents and bibliographies for staff and students to become more familiar with policy and practice in other countries. This links directly to the ENCATC Bibliographies Project.
- To undertake a range of international projects, seminars, symposia and international collaborations that can advance thinking on Cultural Policy and Management and its teaching.
- Particularly :
- To develop how the EU relates culturally to the non EU through a variety of agencies
To develop the forums for students to reflect on how they construct their own cultural identity and that of others.