About the Network

Urgent Message Concerning Annual Gathering 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Network Brokering Intercultural Exchange,

We strongly hope that this email finds you and your families safe and healthy. These are turbulent and troubling times. Like many others, the cultural sector is undergoing a tremendous transformation and many institutions as well as artists find themselves in deep trouble and we can be relatively sure that the artistic landscape will be a different one once this nightmare is over.

We have therefore made a decision. We will postpone our Annual Gathering that we had planned for November 2020 to spring 2021. This was not a decision that was taken lightly.We were about to send out a call and some of us were optimistic that things might have changed until then. We all hope that we will somehow be back to normal (never was “normal” so attractive) in November but we also know that many will currently neither be in the mood or position to plan ahead due to this insecurity. Some universities will not allow for travel arrangements, some will lack the money, others will rethink their travel habits after such an experience. We therefore decided that extraordinary times like these need extraordinary measures. 

We will therefore come up with a digital format. We are – like many others – currently experimenting with these digital formats and even see a couple of advantages. Digitization is surely something that many have underestimated in practice as well as in teaching for too long. Furthermore, a digital gathering will allow those to participate that for a variety of reasons are anyway not able to come in person. We will inform you in due course about our plans for a virtual Annual Gathering 2020. 

So please stay tuned but first of all stay safe!

Your Brokering Intercultural Exchange Team

About the Network

This network has been initiated through an Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Network Grant awarded to Victoria Durrer from Queen’s University Belfast, UK 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 recently 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!

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.


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

Dr Victoria Durrer

v.durrer@qub.ac.uk

University College Dublin



Prof Dr Raphaela Henze

raphaela.henze@hs-heilbronn.de

Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences


The Annual Gathering is kindly supported by

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