As the final session of the first day of the ENCATC Congress, the ENCATC Research Award Ceremony took place. This recognition aims to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural management and policy, by focusing especially on its applied implications. The Award also has the ambition to contribute to creating a network of competent scholars doing ground-breaking research projects.
At this year’s edition, three finalists presented their work in front of a Jury composed by chief academics in the field. The final prize, awarded by Catherine Magnant, Head of Cultural Policy at the European Commission, went to Kathrin Schmidt, a PhD student from Goldsmiths University, presenting a thesis on Performing Salone: The impact of local and global flows on the aesthetics and ecology of contemporary Krio theatre in Sierra Leone. The Jury awarded Schmidt for the methodological strength of her research, the relevance of the case she considered, and the exploration of the relation center-periphery in the field of culture, a timely issue also much aligned to the topic of the Congress.
As per tradition, the winning PhD researcher will now see their work published in the Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education Book Series, a series of publications specialising in topics related to cultural management and cultural policy, published by leading academic publisher Routledge (London, United Kingdom).