2021 ENCATC Digital Congress

Artists in the spotlight! In search of new agendas for education and research in the cultural management and policy field

The theme of the 2021 ENCATC Digital Congress on Cultural Management and Policy is "Artists in the spotlight! In search of new agendas for education and research in the cultural management and policy field" and it will be held online from 19-22 October 2021.

Artists are at the core of the cultural and creative sectors (CSS) and the most important partners to other professionals and stakeholders, in and beyond the CCS.

There is no question the COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted the CCS throughout the different waves Europe and the world have experienced to date. The whole crisis has brought (back) to the fore serious challenges for the CCS, some of which are new, but most of which have been only emphasized by the current crisis. Among the latter, the debates about the role and status of the artist are all but new and demand a renewed look in front of the current scenario(s).

Programme and main building blocks

The ENCATC Digital Congress is the only global event dedicated to the advancement of theory, education, research and practice on cultural management and policy. Each year, it gathers academics, trainers and researchers from the cultural management and policy educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests, cultural professionals, policy makers, artists, and students.

Organised online in 2021 due to the pandemic context, the event will start on the 19th of October with the Keynote speech, the 2nd edition of the ENCATC Fellowship Award. The next days will also include the Global Conversations, an interdisciplinary EU Round Table, the Young and Emerging Researchers' Forum, and the Annual Education and Research Session. It will end on the 22nd of October with the ENCATC Research Award Ceremony.

As a network of cultural management and policy educators and researchers, and acknowledging the work of artists as the core element in the cultural and creative sectors, with its 2021 ENCATC Digital Congress programme will aim to:

  • Provide a space for reflection on the implications for cultural management and policy, as well as for education and research in these fields, of the situation of artists;
  • Foster a wider reflection on the sustainability of the cultural and creative sectors taking into consideration the current, multi-dimensional crisis, and before the scenario(s) ahead, considering not only the health crisis, but also other dimensions of the current context, such as climate change, societal changes, etc.;
  • Lead a comprehensive view on the issue which considers not only the status of the artist in terms of professionalization, standards, etc., but also encourages an examination of the roles assigned to artists in society and the territory in the forthcoming scenarios.
  • Zoom into artists, their needs and strategies seems not only a timely discussion, but also a much needed one. Aesthetics – as inherent to artists’ work – and a wide concept of sustainability – including the green aspect but also the circular economy and the ethical dimension – are two pillars of the New European Bauhaus, and key aspects of our conversation, which will be tackled through different questions and formats.

Take an active role in the Congress!

On 11 June 2021, ENCATC announced the Open Call for the 2021 ENCATC Education and Research Session

ENCATC invites researchers, educators, and practitioners from around the globe to respond with their contribution submissions to this edition which will bring to the forefront the latest research trends, methodologies, innovations, and practices in cultural management and policy. 

The Education and Research Session will take place on 21 October 2021.

19 October 2021 - Draft Programme

19 October 2021 - Draft Programme

11:00 - 11:05


11:05 - 11:45

Opening Speeches

11:45 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:40


12:40 - 13:00

Panel Session in response to the keynote

13:00 - 13:30

Q&A Session 

13:30 - 15:00

 Virtual get together lunch to network

15:00 - 15:30

ENCATC Fellowship Award

20 October 2021 - Draft Programme

11:30 - 12:45

Global Conversations

12:45 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:45

Panel Session

13:45 - 14:00

Questions with the public

15:00 - 16:00

Young and Emerging Researchers Forum

21 October 2021 - Draft Programme

11:00 - 12:15

Education and Research Session, Part 1 - Parallel Sessions

11:00 - 12:15

Young and Emerging Researchers Forum

12:15 - 13:30

Education and Research Session, Part 2 - Parallel Sessions

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:15


15:15 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:30

Education and Research Session, Part 3 - Parallel Sessions

16:30 - 17:30

Education and Research Session, Part 4 - Parallel Sessions

22 October 2021 - Draft Programme

11:00 - 11:45

Round Table

11:45 - 12:00


12:00 - 13:30

Research Award Ceremony

13:30 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:00

Research Award Ceremony