ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management 2014
Elodie Bordat-Chauvin holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po. Aix-en-Provence (France).
Through a comparative historical analysis, her thesis shows the emergence, institutionalisation and evolution of the cultural sector’s public policy in Mexico and Argentina, from 1983 to 2009. The central hypothesis is that dynamics of change in cultural policy may be understood by drawing on four analytical dimensions: actors, cognitive representations, institutional frameworks and public policy instruments.
Elodie Bordat has also worked on the French cultural diplomacy in Mexico and the role of associations in cultural policies, during her Masters in ethnology. In 2013, she published an article about the institutionalisation of Mexican cultural policy in the International Journal of Cultural Policy.
In 2014, she published an article in the French journal Pôle Sud about how intellectuals’ mobilisations have contributed to the institutionalisation of cultural policies in Mexico and Argentina in a special issue in which she is editor. She has presented her work at several international conferences in America and Europe.
The 2014 Award Ceremony
On the evening of 18 September 2014, Elodie Bordat from Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence in France was announced as the winner of the 2014 ENCATC Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research Award for her outstanding PhD Thesis “The Dynamics of Changes in Public Policy. A Comparative Historical Analysis of Mexican and Argentine Cultural Policies.”
On behalf of the Award’s international jury Annick Schramme, President of ENCATC and President of the ENCATC Award jury said: “The jury selected the winning PhD Thesis for its solid theoretical approach and methodological awareness, strong comparative perspective, and original topic. Furthermore, the jury believes Elodie Bordat’s unique and interesting research will contribute to new cultural policy orientations and be applicable for both practitioners and scholars.”
The Award was given by, Mgr. Miroslav Rovenský, vice-minister, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Ing. Michaela Šojdrová, vice-chair Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, both extremely committed to supporting excellence in cultural policy and cultural management research.
The winner was extremely honoured and appreciative of the jury’s recognition: “It is an honour for me to receive the ENCATC Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research Award. I would like to sincerely thank ENCATC and members of the Award’s international jury for this incredible recognition and opportunity to have my PhD Thesis published by Peter Lang for an international audience. I would also like to express my gratitude to everyone who contributed to my research, especially all the cultural professionals and other stakeholders who so kindly accepted to answer my questions,” said Elodie Bordat.
“The relevance of the Elodie Bordat’s PhD thesis encompasses policy, practical and political aspects. This work is extremely important for advancing the debate in the field of heritage cultural policy in Latin America and it offers future researchers and academics an impressive bibliography on cultural policy and beyond,” said ENCATC Secretary General, GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens.
Alongside the 2014 ENCATC Award winner were two shortlisted finalists: Emma Blomkamp representing Australia and New Zealand for her PhD thesis “Meaning and Measures of Urban Cultural Policy: Art, Local Government and Community Wellbeing” and Luisa Fernanda Gutierrez-Navratil from Spain for her PhD thesis “Competition in the Movie Industry: Releasing Dates and Theatre Allocations as Strategic Variables”.