This workshop will provide a short history of the development of urban cultural policies in Europe since the end of the Second World War. This will be followed by a discussion of key trends and challenges influencing the cultural policies of Western cities in the current phase of globalisation, rapid demographic change due to immigration, and economic crisis. The ‘cultural planning’, ‘creative city’ and ‘intercultural city’ approaches will be discussed, as possible responses to some of these challenges.
The sessions will also examine key aspects of the ‘participation’ agenda in cultural policy at local level, which is frequently evoked by policy makers, partly as a response to the crisis of legitimacy of the political process and of traditional cultural institutions. Lastly, some thoughts will be offered about issues regarding the history and the (economic, social, cultural, symbolic) impacts of the ‘European City of Culture’ and ‘European Capital of Culture’ initiatives, from 1985-2014.
This workshop is designed to fill the gap between a typical short webinar and a longer online course. Each workshop is led by an international expert, combines lectures and small group discussion, and meets online for two (2) hours, once a week for three weeks. There is also an online discussion board for sharing information and group discussion during the three weeks. There is no grading.
Instructor: Dr. Franco Bianchini
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The format of this workshop is 100% online.