The 2020 ENCATC Congress on “Cultural management and policy in a post-digital world – navigating uncertainty” will be organised from 3-12 November 2020 as an online event. Alongside this major international event, ENCATC will organise the 2020 Education and Research Session in three afternoons from Monday, 9 to Thursday, 11 November 2020.

You are invited to submit proposals for paper and/or teaching demonstrations. For the first time, ENCATC is also organizing a special language session in Spanish and a special session for PhD Candidates. Proposals from any relevant discipline will be considered, provided that they make an original academic and professional contribution to the study and practice of cultural management and cultural policy


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 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?

All accepted papers will be published in an electronic book of proceedings (with ISBN number), which will be made public at the time of the Congress. In case you prefer not to have your paper included in the book of proceedings, we kindly ask you to let us know when submitting your proposal. The electronic book of proceedings may include papers in English, Czech, and Spanish – provided that a special session is organized in this language.


1. ABSTRACT (1 page, max 500 words). The completed online form must include:

  • Title
  • Author(s) details (names, affiliations, e-mails of all authors)
  • 3-5 key words
  • Aim, context and objectives of the research
  • Theoretical framework informing the research
  • Methodological approach
  • Summary of the main or expected results and conclusions
  • Main references (not included in the word count)

Please use the online Abstract form to make your submission.

Please consider that presentations will be no longer than 20 min. Further information will be provided in due course.

2. TEACHING DEMONSTRATION: Teaching demonstrations are intended to provide innovative teaching methods, exchange of curricula, and e-learning interactive tools for the improvement of conventional teaching, as well as project methodology for student-oriented learning,  and pedagogical tools to be applied within cultural management and policy. All proposals for teaching demonstration (max 300 words) must include:

  • Title
  • Author(s) details (names, affiliations, e-mails of all authors)
  • Topic of the teaching demonstration
  • Main content of the teaching demonstration (incl. learning objectives)
  • The new and innovative angle of the teaching method
  • Applicability of the teaching method to different course contexts and educational levels

Please use the online teaching demonstration form to make your submission.

Please consider that teaching demonstrations will be no longer than 20min. Further information will be provided in due course.


All proposals will be assessed by at least two members of the Scientific Committee, based on the following selection criteria:

  • Consistency of the objectives, approach and argumentation structure
  • Methodological rigor
  • Theoretical framework and use of the appropriate literature
  • Relevance to the field of Cultural Management and Policy, and connection to the main theme of the Congress
  • Contribution to knowledge
  • Soundness of the conclusions


Starting in 2020, we want to encourage our members to organize special language sessions within the Education and Research Session. A different language will be proposed every year and in 2020 we invite our Spanish-speaking members to join their efforts to organize the first language session.

The session should be organized in a panel format, including 4-5 abstract presentations. The description of the overall panel and the abstracts – which should include all the elements mentioned above for the abstracts – needs to be included in the online Spanish panel form by b July 2020.


A new special session will be organized in 2020, for PhD students to present their ongoing work, receive feedback and exchange ideas with leading experts in the field of cultural management and policy.

PhD candidates researching on the following topics are invited to apply:

  • Arts and culture education
  • Cultural policy and cultural management
  • Culture and local, regional and national development
  • Cultural heritage management
  • Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Culture in external relations and cultural diplomacy
  • Cultural networking
  • Cultural sustainability

All abstracts must include a title, author (name, affiliation, e-mails) and 3-5 key words.

The abstract should provide information on:

  • the theme
  • the theory used
  • the research method
  • a summary of main or expected conclusions
  • main references

Abstracts can only be submitted in English. All oral presentations of accepted papers must be given in English.

All those wishing to take part in this special session must submit through the online PhD Candidate Session form.

Maximum 10 PhD candidates will be selected among the applicants.


The proposals for abstracts and teaching demonstrations can be submitted in the official 2020 Congress languages English and Czech (the language of our partner). However, all oral presentations of accepted papers and teaching demonstrations must be delivered in English.

Please consider that approved works can only be presented if an author or a co-author is registered to the Congress’ main programme.

Each author may submit one proposal only as the main author. There is no limitation for the participation as a co-author.


  • Sunday, 26 July 2020: Deadline for abstract,teachings demonstration proposals, special Spanish panel, and session for PhD Candidates.
  • Monday, 17 August 17 2020: Authors are communicated the selection.
  • Tuesday, 1 September 2020: Deadline for participation confirmation.
  • Friday, 16 October 2020: Final papers are due (5,000-7,000 words, only for abstract sessions; further guidelines will be provided in due course).


All proposals should be completed through their respective online forms. Any questions regarding the Education and Research Session of the ENCATC Annual Congress should be e-mailed to Ms Isabel Verdet (


Papers presented at the Education and Research Session may also be considered for publication in the European Journal of Cultural Management and Policy. The Journal works independently from the Education and Research Session, which means that panelists are invited to re-submit their papers for the Journal when the call for its 12th volume will be launched (after the Congress), but their papers will only be consider for the Journal upon resubmission in response to the call. It must be noted that only papers in English could be considered for publication in the Journal.