Cultural management and policy in a post-digital world – navigating uncertainty

“There is today a desire to reconstruct tomorrow and the days after in a different way not knowing what this tomorrow will look like. This feeling of uncertainty is linked to the difficulty to project ourselves” – Dominique Kalifa


The cultural field being marked by constant evolution and self-questioning, the current times, under the threat of the coronavirus outbreak, find the different cultural agents – in a conscious or rather unconscious process for – (re)positioning themselves in a post-digital context.

What do we mean by ‘post-digital’? The definition by Florian Cramer is endorsed here, according to which ‘post-digital’ does not refer to a situation where digital has been left behind, but rather to a context where digitisation is embedded in all spheres of life and profoundly marks cultural shifts and ongoing mutations – in a way that is remarkably different from how it did when it first broke into our societies. Furthermore, scholar and novelist Dominique Kalifa suggests that ‘post-‘ is inherently linked to uncertainty, which makes the exploration of the post-digital world possibly more timely than even before.

During the Congress we will explore 5 innovative topics:

Media convergence and audience development in a post-digital context

Education in a post-digital context

Post-digital Cultural Policy

Culture, Arts and Ethics in a post-digital context

Digitisation and new business models for cultural institutions

What new, unforeseen challenges emerge for the cultural sector in a post-digital context and, in particular, after the coronavirus outbreak? How could cultural management and policy education prepare itself to adapt to a new scenario? What new political strategies and specific policies will be needed in this post-digital, uncertain times? How do audiences evolve in a post-digital environment? How can the arts and culture bring new perspectives that go beyond purely technological approaches into different spheres of life? What ethical issues arise in this context?

The ENCATC Congress aims to provide a space for encounter, to learn from leading experts, get to common questions and look for common answers that may help all actors in the cultural management and policy sphere navigate uncharted waters.

Today’s social processes bring tons of unsuspected, thrilling opportunities to explore, and a flood of new questions to which we need to find answers. With some luck, at least some of them can be found at ENCATC 2020 Congress.