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Cultural Policy in Central Europe 20 Years after the Fall of Communism

A summer internship on the theme of “Cultural Policy in Central Europe” will take place in Kraków from July 8 to 19, 2009, under the auspices of the International Cultural Centre in Kraków, Poland and in cooperation with the Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa in Vienna.

In the latest edition of its newsletter, Culturelink states that “the program welcomes advanced students, young scholars, young cultural administrators, NGOs, and other candidates active in the field of cultural management from Eastern and Western European countries.”

This summer session is aimed at providing participants with a wider perspective on changing cultural policy in European countries, working out a comparative study of cultural policy trends and challenges in the countries represented by the participants in the program, and exchanging views on the culture in both post-communist Europe and "old" EU member states. The program will be run in the form of lectures, seminar meetings, and workshops. Issues to be covered include:

  • History (Europe around 1989 and after)
  • Definitions, models, and instruments of cultural policy
  • Examples of cultural policy development in Eastern and Western European countries (comparative approach: legislation, funding, problem of decentralization and privatization)
  • International organizations and culture (the Council of Europe and its former and current priorities, UNESCO, and EU cultural policy)
  • Culture in the market economy/civil society and cultural policy/international cultural cooperation/cultural industries/contemporary art
  • National cultural policies and European perspectives
  • Mass media and the shift from traditional tools to new technologies

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2009. For details and applications, please contact