Siena

EUNIC Siena Cultural Relations Forum
2nd edition, June 26-29, 2019

Rectorate, University of Siena, Siena, Italy


“Bridging Theory and Practice. A European Strategic. Approach to International Cultural Relations: The state of the art”

EUNIC in partnership with the University of Siena will organise the second Siena Cultural Relations Forum in Siena from the 26th to the 29th of June 2019. This event will bring cultural relations policy makers and practitioners together with academics and researchers in an attempt to bridge the gaps between the theory, policy and practice of the EU’s international cultural relations.

In four workstreams the programme will cover topics central to the recent development and implementation of the EU Strategic Approach to International Cultural Relations:

  • Workstream I – Progress report on the implementation of the Administrative Arrangement between EUNIC, European Commission and European External Action Service, and next steps
  • Work stream II – Closing event “CReW: Cultural Relations at Work”. Project results on the three strands of the Joint Communication “Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations”
  • Workstream III – Partners and principles of EU cultural relations: Looking at the inclusivity regarding partners and local stakeholders as well as the “how” of the implementation of the EU’s strategic approach to international cultural relations
  • Workstream IV – What is the future of the EU’s international cultural relations? Exploring the next action points on the implementation of the Joint Communication and the Council Conclusions on International Cultural Relations.

The event is a seminar format with each participant expected to contribute and share their knowledge and insights.

Rectorate, University of Siena

Programme

 

Day 1. 26 June

19:00 Opening Reception

Day 2. 27 June
Venue: Rectorate, University of Siena, Banchi di Sotto, 55, Siena

09:00-09:30 Welcome and introduction to the Forum by Gitte Zschoch (Director EUNIC Global) and Pierangelo Isernia (CReW Project Coordinator, University of Siena)

09:30-11:00 Opening session: Roundtable “The impact of the European elections on EU international cultural relations

A note on the results of European elections: Pierangelo Isernia

  • Gijs de Vries, European Institute, LSE - expert of ifa’s Research Programme
  • Kabelo Malatsie, Visual Arts Network South Africa
  • Michael Schultz, Swedish Permanent Representation
  • Marijana Cvetković, University of Arts in Belgrade

Moderator: Gitte Zschoch

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Session One: Progress report on the implementation of the EU Strategic Approach for international cultural relations by Gitte Zschoch (EUNIC Global)

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session Two: Key notes and panel discussion on EU International Cultural Relations: Policy Makers

  • DG EAC European Culture Policy and next steps: Tamas Szucs, Director Culture and Creativity, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC)
  • DG DEVCO Culture for the Future: A Manifesto. Aida Liha Matejiček (TBC)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Session Three: EU International Cultural Relations: Partners 

Keynote by Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and UNESCO Representative to the European Institutions

Contributions:

  • Eleonora Insalaco, Head of Intercultural Research and Programming, Anna Lindh Foundation
  • Elena Polivtseva, Communication and Policy Manager IETM, International network for contemporary performing arts
  • Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Public Policy, European Cultural Foundation

17:30-18:00 Re-cap of the day  

19:00-20:00 Optional Visit to Santa Chiara Lab

20:00 Dinner at Santa Chiara Lab

Venue: Santa Chiara Lab, via Valdimontone, 1, Siena

Day 3. 28 June
Venue: Rectorate, University of Siena, Banchi di Sotto, 55, Siena

09:00- 10:00 Opening note by Mike van Graan, President of the African Cultural Policy Network

10:00 - 11:00 Session Four: International Cultural Relations in Practice – Cultural Relations Labs

Leading experts: Espera Donouvossi, Kabelo Malatsie, Marijana Cvetković and Fanny Bouquerel

Discussions on:

  • Power Relations in international cultural relations
  • Joint-Capacity Building and Co-Creation
  • Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Fair practice in international cultural relations

 11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Session Five: International Cultural Relations in Practice – Cultural Relations Labs continued and presentations in plenary

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session Six: Cultural Relations at Work – CReW project: preliminary findings and next steps

Speakers: Pierangelo Isernia and Alessandro Giovanni Lamonica, University of Siena

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Session Seven: Roundtable “Comparing the workstreams of the Strategy: From emergence and consolidation to professionalization?”

  • Yolanda Smits, KEA European Affairs
  • Fanny Bouquerel, Institut d’études européennes, Université Paris 8
  • Robert Bewley, University of Oxford
  • Richard Higgott, VUB

Moderator: Pierangelo Isernia 

19:00-20:00: Optional cultural visit to Monte dei Paschi art collection (closed event with limited attendance)

Venue: Rocca Salimbeni, Museo San Donato, Piazza Salimbeni 3, Siena

(free evening)

Day 4. 29 June
Venue: Rectorate, University of Siena, Banchi di Sotto, 55, Siena

09:30-11:00 Session eight: What is next? A Design Thinking session

Main moderator: Markus Hilgert, Secretary General and CEO of Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States

Ambassadors:

Annick Schramme, University of Antwerp

Caterina Carta, Laval University

Candace White, University of Tennessee

Ian King, UAL London College of Fashion

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break 

11.30-12.15 Restitution Design Thinking Session

12:15-13:00 Conclusions and Next Steps: Official Closing of the Cultural Relations Forum

13.00-14:00 Lunch

 18:00-21:00 Optional cultural Visit to the Biccherne Museum at Archivio di Stato (closed event with limited attendance)

19:00: Dinner at Archivio di Stato (closed event with limited attendance)

Venue: Archivio di Stato di Siena, Palazzo Piccolomini, Banchi di Sotto, n. 52

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