The 2012 CPR Award
Christiaan de Beukelaer, 26 years old from Belgium, studying at the University of Leeds (UK), is the winner of the 9th Cultural Policy Research Award 2012 (CPRA). The Award will help the young researcher to carry out his research proposal and publish his findings. The name of the winner was unveiled during the 9th CPRA Ceremony held on the evening 12 September at Goldsmiths, University of London in the framework of the 20th ENCATC Annual Conference, “Networked Culture”. This high level Award Ceremony was attended by hundreds of academics, researchers, professionals from the cultural and educational sector, organizations, students, policy makers, artists and media from more than 35 countries to support excellence in cultural policy research.
Selected amongst 24 high-quality applications from 12 countries on the wider European continent, Christiaan de Beukelaer convinced the international jury panel with a research project which aims at “Developing Culture and Culturing Development: A critical analysis of the link between cultural industries and sustainable human development in the Global South”: “we found Christiaan de Beukelaer’s research very innovative. We value his capacity of breaking with conventions without overlooking the traditional research elements”, said the CPRA Jury President, Lluís Bonet (University of Barcelona, Spain).
The winner was extremely honoured and appreciative of the jury’s recognition: “I feel extremely honoured. This is such an important award in the cultural policy research field. I see this as a sign of recognition that exceeds my expectations and I look forward to contributing my research to the sector”, said Christiaan de Beukelaer.
To learn more about the 2012 CPRA winner and the winning project proposal, click here.
The 2011 CPR Award
Aleksandar Brkić (Serbian, aged 31, University of Arts in Belgrade) is the winner of the 2011 CPRA. Aleksandar's project proposal is entitled "Cultural Policy Frameworks (Re)constructing National and Supranational Identities: Balkans and European Union".
Aleksandar Brkić received the prize, worth 10,000 Euros for the best proposal in applied, cross-cultural research in Europe, during a festive ceremony at the 19th ENCATC Annual Conference in Helsinki.
The winning project proposal:
After the process of territorial and cultural deconstruction in the Balkans (which is still not completed), all the young (or refurbished) states which came out from former Yugoslavia took the task of working on the establishment and consolidation of their new/old national identities. These identities were almost in every case based on the strengthening and support of existing (e.g. Serbia and Croatia) or creation of new nationalist paradigms (e.g. Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina). At the same time, at EU level, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue were being promoted as core values of the society, but the problem of the relation between national identity and the policy of a supranational union remained unsolved in the EU as well. Although the approaches to the construction of these identities were opposite (supranational vs. ational/nationalistic), the results are very close in the majority of individual EU countries and in the countries of former Yugoslavia, nationalism is a growing political and cultural trend. Culture played a large role in these processes of strengthening identities, both in the EU and in all of the countries that came out of former Yugoslavia.
This research will use comparative analysis and the "integrated" policy research approach to explore cultural policy tools that were used for the purpose of (re)constructing new national identities in three former Yugoslav states (Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia), and compare them with the cultural policy tools of EU in support of supranational identity of the union, focusing on France, Netherlands and Germany, with the aim of revealing cultural frameworks that support the construction of both type of identities national and supranational, and exploring similarities and differences between them.
The 5 other finalists for the 2011 CPR Award:
Alongside the Award winner, the five other shortlisted candidates in the running for the 10,000 Euros prize were: Caitriona Noonan (Ireland), Ana Rita Pereira Roders (Portugal), Thomas Perrin (France), Laura Pierantoni (Italy), and Arne Saeys (Belgium). Their research proposals covered topics as varied as world heritage, urban regeneration and regional development.
Watch video interviews and video footage of the 2011 CPRA and Mark Schuster Prize Ceremony on the YouTube ENCATC Channel.
The 2010 CPR Award
The winner of the CPR Award 2010 is Claire Bullen, a 2nd year PhD Student at the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures – an inter-disciplinary research centre at the University of Manchester.
Claire Bullen was awarded the 10.000 euros prize on 7 October 2010 during the 18th ENCATC Annual Conference which took place in Brussels (6-8 October 2010).
A trailer for the 2010 CPRA as well as interviews with the winner, finalists and Jury Members are also available on the ECF website.
The Winning Project Proposal:
The title of her research project is "European Capitals of Culture and everyday cultural diversity: Comparing social relations and cultural policies in Liverpool (UK) and Marseille (France)". The project will develop an analytical framework to compare everyday cultural diversity in two multi-ethnic urban neighbourhoods in France and the United Kingdom. Taking the European Capital of Culture programme as the analytical entry point, the focus will be threefold: 1) the local, national and European cultural policy contexts and their interaction with urban restructuring; 2) policy implementation at the local level; and 3) the ways in which the lives and practices of ‘ordinary people’ and cultural actors are affected by cultural policy implementation. Using an ethnographic approach, the project will consider whether actual understandings and implementation of the European Capital of Culture programme are alike in the two cities, places with similar histories, facing comparable social and economic challenges yet situated in different national policy contexts. The project will also shed light upon the ways in which European, national and city-level debates on the norms, principles and policies of cultural diversity and culture-led regeneration interact with and impact upon the quality of lives of ordinary people.
The Award Ceremony:
The final decision of the international jury was publicly announced on 7 October at 14h00 during the 18th ENCATC Annual Conference which took place in Brussels (6-8 October 2010).
The 6 finalists for the 2010 CPR Award:
The six finalists were: Isabelle Brianso (FR),Claire Bullen (UK), Mariangela Lavanga (IT), Jean-Gilles Lowies (BE), Francesca de Micheli (IT) and Daniela Simeonova – Koroudjieva (BG). To find out more about the 6 finalists selected for this year's CPR Award, please click here.