Dominant Ideologies

Seminar 2,  Dominant Ideologies considered the institutions, habits and terminology utilised in the profession and their implications for intercultural exchange. It was held in the Brian Friel Theatre at Queen’s University Belfast on April 6th and 7th.

Participants considered the development of arts and cultural management as a legitimised professional practice in different contexts. Together, we examined the origins that have shaped the discipline from different perspectives and our goal to develop greater critical discourse on the epistemological foundations of practice and education and consider how these may impact on intercultural exchange.

A copy of the full programme is available by clicking here along with the reading list here.

A full list of speakers is available by clicking here.

Some of the speakers have made their presentations available online.

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Setting the Context: Dominant Ideologies, Victoria Durrer, Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Queen’s University Belfast

Cultural Institutions in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Tseng Sun Man, Adjunct Professor, The Education University of Hong Kong

Are our cultural identities reflective of and reflected in the arts and cultural institutions in our society?Jo Caust, Principal Fellow (Hon), School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne

Normalizing Cultural Diversity: Curatorial and Political Practices, Lisa Gaupp, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Luneburg

Ideologies of Knowledge – Ideologies of ‘White Spaces’ and Reacting Language, Gernot Wolfram, Professor of Media and Arts Management, Macromedia University

Dominant Ideologies in Research on Cultural LeadersNanna Kann Rasmussen, Head of Centre for Cultural Policy Studies and Associate professor, Ph.D., University of Copenhagen

Perspectives from Maruška Svašek, Reader in Anthropology in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

On LanguageCarla FigueiraDirector of the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London

PUBLIC TALK: Brokers and Gatekeepers: Arts & Cultural leaders in promoting intercultural exchange with  Jo Caust, Constance Devereaux and Tseng Sun Man. Chaired by Ali Fitzgibbon, Teaching Associate and PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast


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Terra Nova Productions, Andrea Montgomery, Artistic Director

Draw Down the Walls, Ruth Graham, Education and Outreach Officer, Golden Thread Gallery

Arts Ekta, Nisha Tandon, Founder and Executive Director, Arts Ekta

We were delighted to welcome the following key note speakers to Belfast:

Constance Devereaux is Director and Associate Professor, LEAP Institute for the Arts, Colorado State University. She brings both applied and philosophical dimensions to the teaching and learning of arts leadership and management. In addition to managing arts organizations, she has worked as an arts management consultant, arts advocate, and researcher. She is an international expert in arts and cultural policy and served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in both policy and management at universities in Finland, South Africa, and Romania. She created the arts management master’s program at Claremont Graduate University and the arts management minor at Northern Arizona University, and is the former director of the arts administration program at Shenandoah University. She co-organized the international symposium series: Cultural Management and the State of the Field (2007-2010) and was co-editor of the symposium publications: The Cultural Manager as Global Citizen, The Science and Art of Cultural Management, and Cultural Management and its Boundaries: Past, Present, and Future. Her research interests include cultural citizenship and the arts, culturally sustainable entrepreneurship, arts management practices, and everyday aesthetics. In addition to her academic pursuits, Constance is an award-winning feature reporter for public radio.

Associate Professor Jo Caust is Principal Fellow (Hon) in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne and formerly Associate Professor in Arts and Cultural Management in the School of Management at the University of South Australia. As Program Director of the Arts and Cultural Management Program at the University of South Australia from 1997-2011 she established the first fully online postgraduate delivery of the Masters in Business (Arts and Cultural Management) internationally in 1999. Dr Caust is Director of JoCaustArts a broad based arts consultancy company. She has undertaken extensive work in several Asian countries and in Australia running workshops on different topics including cultural policy, arts leadership and new ways of income generation. She has also conducted in-house training programs in different aspects of arts management and leadership, as well as undertaking ‘one on one’ coaching and mentoring. She has considerable experience as a consultant with tertiary institutions, arts organisations and governments reviewing and evaluating programs and developing new programs. Dr Caust was the Director of Arts Development for the South Australia Government from 1991-1994 and in the mid-eighties was responsible for theatre policy and funding at the Australia Council. In both roles she was responsible for the development of cultural policy. From 1981-83 she was the Director of Women and Arts for the New South Wales Government, organizing a state wide festival and leading the first national research study into the position of women in the arts in Australia. She has worked in many different theatre companies and arts organisations in Australia and in the United Kingdom as a performer, writer, director and manager.

Prof. TSENG Sun Man has been Adjunct Professor at The Education University of Hong Kongsince 2012 where he developed cultural management training programmes for in-service managers. Prof Tseng has worked in senior arts management positions in Hong Kong, including Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Since 2002, Prof. Tseng has focused on consultancy and arts management training in Hong Kong and Mainland China. He served as Chair and Professor of the Arts Administration Department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music from 2005 to 2008. His authored Principles and Practices of Arts Management (in Chinese). He is currently the Chairman of the Committee on Venue Partnership of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and a member of the Advisory Committee on Arts Development of the Hong Kong Government. He served as Summit Chair of the 2013 Cultural Leadership Summit (Hong Kong). He became a board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) in May 2014.

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