Cultural Policy Education Group (CPEG) is an initiative of the European
Cultural Foundation which addresses universities, lecturers, students,
scholars, and cultural operators dealing with cultural policy issues
and professional education.
The initiative is based on the recognition of a growing demand to provide students
and professionals in the cultural field with theoretical and practical knowledge on
contemporary issues of cultural policy and to develop education frameworks corresponding
to this need.
CPEG intends to provide an expert platform which tackles all aspects of this young
and emerging academic discipline, especially in Eastern Europe and some of its
neighbouring regions. Its activities are geared to the development and discussion
of cultural policy education and shall promote and enhance academic training
opportunities on this subject.
CPEG is closely affiliated with the South East European expert
network of the Policies
for Culture Programme of the European
Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and ECUMEST Association
(Bucharest). Current CPEG activities target the entire area of Central
and Eastern Europe and especially address qualified universities
in the countries of Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia,
Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia,
Improving research and International cooperation in cultural
"Cultural policy does not yet exist as a clearly defined area
of study with agreed research paradigms and methodologies. It rather
comprises a loose articulation of work emerging from different disciplinary
origins-from arts management, communication studies, urban studies,
cultural studies, cultural economics-and is not yet able to readily
identify how its different parts add up to a cohesive whole".
Tony Bennett / Colin Mercer
"Recasting Cultural Policies-Improving research
and International cooperation in cultural policies"
The role of universities in cultural policy and practice
European universities are in their essence cultural institutions,
and hence are part of the process through which cultural practices
are spread and cultural issues are debated and analysed. Often this
happens implicitly and without selfconscious discussion within the
university about the assumptions on which their cultural practices
are based and without reflecting on their cultural impact. And often
such discussion and reflection as does take place is framed by local
cultures and assumptions.
Yet universities in Europe are becoming more and more caught up
in transversal and transnational activities. More and more students
spend time in countries other than those in which they were brought
up. More and more university teachers and researchers are involved
in working with their colleagues in other European countries. And
- slowly - more and more opportunities are emerging for university
teachers and researchers to work in positions in other countries.
Thus European universities are under pressure to be much more self-aware
and explicit in thinking about their own roles in framing and contributing
to the ways in which different European cultures are understood
and transmitted. And they have much experience and expertise to
bring to bear on how policies in the cultural field are developed.
Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced