On 19 March 2021, ENCATC presented its Research Interest Clusters (RICs).
The main goal of ENCATC’s Research Interest Clusters (RICs) is to enable members with an interest in a specific research topic or problematic within the arts and cultural management and policy field to work together to further research or to deepen understanding of that topic. ENCATC’s ambition is, ultimately, to stimulate and support research and knowledge transfer in the field so that it gradually becomes established and recognised as an area of research in its own right.
What is a Research Interest Cluster?
Interest Cluster (hereinafter RIC)
provides an online space for professional and social networking in which
individuals with a shared and specialised research, education or professional
interest can cluster, connect and move their knowledge interest forward and share
it with the relevant and wider communities. A RIC can also be an
‘incubator’ for collaborative research activity, for example, leading to a bid for
a project, or a book proposal. The lifespan
of a RIC is one year, but it is renewable depending on work in-progress.
Who can join a RIC?
ENCATC members can (1) propose a new research cluster and can also (2) join a research cluster. Members of ENCATC’s ‘sister’ networks AAAE and TACPS and non-affiliated individuals will also be considered.
(1) Proposals must be submitted via the online form and include:
- An outline of the topic the RIC proposes to focus on (applicants must ensure that the proposed topic is not already covered by a new RIC and setting). (< 300 words)
- A paragraph explaining the need for a new RIC and setting and setting out its intended aims. (< 300 words)
- The names and institutional affiliation of the convenors (typically 2, no more than 3) who must be paid-up members of ENCATC or affiliated to one of ENCATC’s sister networks. Convenors can upload their CV if they so wish, though this is not a requirement.
- Proposals for a new research network can be submitted at any time but they start at two points in the year, January and May.
(2) Joining a RIC
/!\ This online form will open once the first RICs have been submitted and approved.
- ENCATC members wanting to join a RIC need to complete a short form including their contact details and briefly explaining why they are interested in joining that RIC.
- Members of ENCATC’s ‘sister’ networks and Individuals/Organisations wanting to join a RIC can do so at ENCATC’s discretion and with the support of the relevant RIC convenors; the requirements are the same as for members.
- Please note that non-affiliated individuals’ participation in a RIC is limited to 4 months (after this, and in order to continue, they must formally obtain ENCATC membership).
How does a RIC operate?
RICs operate fully online. Each RIC will have a dedicated webpage with an introduction to the RIC and topic, convenors, contact point and participants; and where information e.g. announcements, papers, links, zoom recordings can also be posted. Whilst ENCATC is not able to provide admin or funding for any events or, for example, for speakers, ENCATC’s communications channels will support RICs in publicising their events to a relevant global audience.
The convenors of a research network are responsible for the topic, for leading and coordinating the work and outcomes of the research network; and have final authority on decisions about the academic activity of their network. Convenors are expected to report on their network’s activities by the end of their network’s annual cycle (January or May).
What does a RIC do?
RICs organise regular meetings among their participants (e.g. on zoom) and are expected to share their work or outcomes with their wider interest or issue community at an appropriate time within their yearly life-cycle. This could take the form of, for example:
- organising a topic specific discussion forum (online);
- developing a paper for publication, or to submit to the ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy;
- developing/submitting a panel for the ENCATC Congress;
- developing/proposing a themed special issue of ENCATC’s European Journal of Cultural Management and Policy;
- or a combination thereof (the above are just examples)!