26th ENCATC Congress

Bucharest, Romania

"Beyond EYCH2018. What is the cultural horizon? Opening up perspectives to face ongoing transformations"

The ENCATC 26th Congress on Cultural Management and Policy will focus on "Beyond EYCH2018. What is the cultural horizon? Opening up perspectives to face ongoing transformations".


Taking place from 26-29 September in Bucharest, Romania, the ENCATC Congress will gather academics, researchers, decision makers, experts, practitioners, artists, students and media from different world regions.

Organised in partnership with our member, The National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (INCFC), the Congress will be the opportunity to access the latest advancements in cultural management and cultural policy education, training, practice, and research.

Hosted in the capital city of Bucharest, the programme will include: keynote speeches on the ongoing cultural transformations; exciting debates on the related implications in terms of heritagisation and interdisciplinary dialogue; cultural discoveries and experiences to contextualize the main topics of the Congress; a poster exhibition to exchange knowledge on best practices of heritage-based innovation, arising from synergies between disciplines, sectors and civil society; the 5th Annual ENCATC Research Award Ceremony; the ENCATC Education & Research Session; and the 11th Young and Emerging Researchers' Forum; as well as opportunities to challenge present cultural management and policy education, research and practice. 

Why this theme?

Culture is changing directions. New beliefs, customs and norms; new symbols and languages; new concepts and paradigms; new demands and expressions, are emerging and impacting the behaviours of individuals and communities, and organisations as well. Indeed, people around the world are changing. They are facing radical challenges that are transforming their ways of thinking, interacting, working and living at different levels. We all are witnesses and protagonists of a wide world transition shaped by various phenomena that are upsetting the main referent points upon which we have built or destroyed values, identities, economies and lives.

This major international gathering will focus on the ongoing cultural transformations and claims according to a socio-anthropological approach to critically analyse and contextualize the role of education and research in shaping the process by which culture and values are built, transmitted and appropriated, and to re-frame with new views, approaches and perspectives their contributions to a common European Cultural Heritage, its sustainability and exploitation for inclusive growth.

Key questions to open up our perspectives and face ongoing transformations

We cannot disregard how the planet sustainability, intercultural interaction, terrorism, and the digital shift are shocking, breaking down, and transforming our individual, societal and economic symbols, status and order, towards unknown dimensions and directions.

In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, ENCATC calls on the need to define in advance a response to these great ongoing issues. A call to open up for a deeper reflection on the intersections between past- present- and future-making practices and legacies, for a contingent approach to cultural management and policy education, research and practice and for innovative research to build comprehensive forward-looking scenarios, knowledge, skills and competences to enable such a transition.

During the Congress eminent experts from all over the world will share different points of view, analyse the latest research available, and answer questions: 

  • What is the cultural horizon for Europeans?
  • Are we maintaining cultural continuity or disrupting it?
  • How do we reconcile the old order with the new one?
  • How can we take into account every upheaval affecting our countries, European values, and affecting us and our organisations on a daily basis?

2018 ENCATC Congress Committees


Antonio Ariño Villarroya, University of Valencia (Spain); GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General; Carmen Croitoru, National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (Romania); Fabio Donato, University of Ferrara (Italy); Francesca Imperiale,  ENCATC President and University of Salento (Italy); Claire Giraud Labalte, ENCATC Ambassador on Cultural Heritage (France)


Patrick Boylan, City, University of London (United Kingdom); John Carman, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham (United Kingdom); Mara Cerquetti, University of Macerata (Italy); Hsiao-Ling Chung, National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan); Carmen Croitoru, National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (Romania); Jean-Louis Fabiani, Central European University in Budapest (Hungary); Annukka Jyrämä, Aalto University, (Finland); Visnja Kisic, University of Arts Belgrade (Serbia); Johan Kolsteeg, Groningen University (The Netherlands); Tuuli Lähdesmäki, University of Jyväskylä (Finland); Bernadette Lynch, University College London (United Kingdom); Marco Mossoinkoff, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands); Virgil Niţulescu, Ministry of Culture (Romania);  Marcin Poprawski, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland); Carole Rosenstein, George Mason University (United States); Alis Vasile, Romanian National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (Romania)


Francesca Imperiale, University of Salento (Italy), ENCATC President; Ana Gaio, City, University of London (United Kingdom), ENCATC Vice-President; Gabrielle Kuiper, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (The Netherlands), ENCATC Vice-President; Dea Vidović, Kultura Nova Foundation (Croatia), ENCATC Treasurer; Richard Maloney, New York University (United States), ENCATC Secretary; Tanja Johansson, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland), ENCATC Board Member; Michal Lázňovský, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Theatre Faculty (Czech Republic, ENCATC Board Member


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