Themes related to the main topic of the 2020 ENCATC Digital Congress “Cultural management and policy in a post-digital world – navigating uncertainty” are encouraged to critically address unforeseen challenges emerging for the cultural sector in a post-digital context and, in particular, after the coronavirus outbreak, investigate how do audiences evolve in a post-digital environment, what ethical issues arise in this context, and what new policies and strategies will be needed in this post-digital, uncertain times – among others.

Contributions proposed in response to the Call for the 2020 Education and Research Session (9-11 November) during the 2020 ENCATC Congress could be related, but not limited to the following topics:

  1. Media convergence and audience development in a post-digital context: Why people do or do not participate in arts and culture in a post-digital context? Who are they and what are their main drives? And how to find out while securing necessary and important data protection? How big data and data analysis can be helpful? How can digital tools help a post-digital culture identify its post-digital audience?
  2. Education in a post-digital context: What does the COVID-19 experience tell us about the way cultural management and policy was/is taught and learnt? What is to be kept as good practices? To what extent is the human dimension in education substitutable? How to make the most of modern online learning tools, e-learning methods, MOOC’s combined with personal, ‘offline’ contact between teacher and student and peer-to-peer learning? How will internationalization look like in a context mobility restriction? What can we learn from critical pedagogy in its intersections with digital technologies? How should curricula adapt to the new challenges that future cultural managers, policymakers and researchers will face?
  3. Post-digital cultural policy: How has post-digital culture marked cultural policies? Will cultural policies be able to help build trust among cultural actors in an uncertain future? What other challenges emerge for the arts in a post-digital world? How may cultural policy help face those challenges?
  4. Culture, arts and ethics in a post-digital context: Digital technologies can be explored through the lenses of arts and culture, particularly considering ethical issues for the sector in the post-digital world. What ethical issues emerge in the post-digital context related to the issues of ownership and copyright? How can we feed – and learn from – these topical debates?
  5. Digitisation and new business models for cultural institutions: Will the process of digitization or the development of artificial intelligence have an impact on cultural production and distribution in its different, very specific areas? After the media convergence process, can we expect a similar shift in cultural infrastructure? And how to prepare for it?