About the Network

Breaking News: Virtual Gathering
took place on January 13, 2021

Program is available here:

Download of the Program Flyer

On January 13, 2021, the Virtual Gathering on ‘Cultural managers, their organizations, and their networks in times of crisis’ took place as a Zoom conference with 127 registered participants from 24 countries. From 2 pm to 8 pm (CET) cultural managers and scholars intensively discussed the impact of the turbulent and troubling past year on the cultural sector and especially on international exchange as well as international cultural projects. The interactive event with a total of six panels on e.g. intercultural exchange, digitization, racial inequities, and networks concluded with a Ph.D. colloquium in which five doctoral students from the UK, Ireland, Germany and Nigeria presented their current research in an elevator pitch and received feedback from a jury of experts among them Milena Dragisevic Sesic from the University of the Arts, Belgrade and David Teevan from UCD. To improve networking among participants and the sharing of information on projects, a padelt https://padlet.com/astridthews/wo8bgob7ur76wz3q was created and intensively used.

Thanks to all student helpers at the University of Michigan and Heilbronn University as well as to all participants and presenters for making this such an interactive, insightful, and inspiring event. Hope you stay connected with the BIE Network!

You can find more information about the speakers in the category ‘Annual Gathering’

Participants’ Feedback

  • Thank you for giving us the opportunity to organize this dialogue with young cultural managers/researchers from across the world, it was a great platform to generate this exchange. It was my first experience in a reunion of the BIE network, which I found very interesting and particularly appreciated it was very diverse in terms of the regions represented across the programme. Look forward to any future activities coming up from the BIE network, it has been my pleasure to see what you are able to do.
    – Cristina Peregrina, Mexico
  • I am so glad to now know of BIE, and I look forward to future events/possibilities.
    – Leah Hamilton, USA

  • The day has been fascinating and really interesting  – thanks so much!
    – Avril Joffe, South Africa

  • Thank you for organizing. The presentations and discussions were very interesting and thought provoking. I’m looking forward to the next edition.
    – Susan Binwie, Nigeria

  • Thank you for hosting such an interesting gathering. I really enjoyed it.
    – Danielle Lynch, Ireland

  • I want to thank you for the colorful and multi-perspective exchange at the BIE Virtual Gathering! It was really great to have (for once) such diverse voices in the discourse.
    – Lisa Lehnen, Germany

Conference chaired by: Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze MBA, Heilbronn University and students of the masters programme Economics, Culture, Leisure and Sports Management.

Scientific Committee: Dr. Victoria Durrer, University College Dublin, Dr. Karsten Xuereb, University of Malta, Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler, Florida State University, Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze MBA, Heilbronn University, Federico Escribal, National University of the Arts Buenos Aires, Dr. Zainab Musa, University of Maiduguri



About the Network

This network has been initiated through an Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Network Grant awarded to Victoria Durrer who is Ad Astra Research Fellow in Cultural Policy at University College Dublin and Raphaela Henze from Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, Germany. It seeks to understand the role of arts and cultural managers as intercultural brokers in our context of globalisation, internationalisation and global migration. Intercultural understanding suggests capacity for appreciating, recognising and relating to different world viewpoints and experiences. Historical and empirical research recognises the role arts and cultural objects and expressions, like fine and performing arts and heritage, play in political, cultural and ethnic relations. Yet, little is known about the role of arts and cultural managers, their practice and education, in this process.

In fact, arts and cultural managers shape and structure intercultural exchange. They direct and administer arts and cultural projects between nations, and devise, plan and develop arts and cultural programming to attract and include growing migrant populations as audiences, participants and creators within nations. Global, cultural, post colonial, and intercultural studies show that mechanisms for fostering or hindering intercultural understanding are often based on long standing terminology, institutional structures, and habits upheld by practices and pedagogies within specific professions.

We will integrate and apply this research to the traditions, institutions and actions of arts and cultural management to extend awareness of the part arts and cultural managers play in intercultural exchange with 5 goals:

  • Gather international, multidisciplinary researchers with arts and cultural management practitioners, policymakers, educators and students to share knowledge and uncover new areas of research about intercultural understanding in arts and cultural management education and practice
  • Learn how arts and cultural management practitioners, policymakers, educators and students perceive and experience intercultural exchange within international arenas of practice and education
  • Apply ethnic, historical, postcolonial, global, intercultural, and cultural studies to these perspectives to examine dominant terminology, structures and traditions shaping arts and cultural management practice and education
  • Share findings, bibliography and documentation widely to students, practitioners, educators, policymakers and researchers to foster policy impact, further study and networking
  • Enable new research projects examining intercultural work in arts and cultural management

We therefore cordially invite you to join us as a member and visit our website regularly for updates on our plans and programmes.  

We have concluded our 2nd Annual Winter School program! Participants from around the world convened in Berlin to discuss the arts sector in a global context brokering intercultural exchange between societies. Check out the Winter School 2019 page to read more about the program and reviews from the participants!


Network Announcements

Check out Managing Culture: Reflecting on Exchange In Global Times by Dr. Victoria Durrer and Dr. Raphaela Henze. With a focus on the fine, visual and performing arts, the book positions arts and cultural management educators and practitioners as active agents whose decisions, actions and interactions represent how we, as a society, approach, relate to, and understand ourselves and others.

We are very happy to announce that the summer volume of the prestigious Arts and International Affairs Journal is finally out. This special issue is edited by Raphaela Henze and features speakers of our last Annual Gathering in May 2019 at Heilbronn University. Enjoy reading!
Click here to read!

Please feel free to contact us with every query you may have:



Dr Victoria Durrer


University College Dublin






Prof Dr Raphaela Henze


Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences


Dr Antonio C. Cuyler


Florida State University








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