Intercultural Relations in Higher Education

Seminar 3, Intercultural Relations in Arts and Cultural Management Higher Education, was held at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) on the 6th and 7th July 2017. Participants considered how intercultural processes are enacted, challenged, and reinforced in arts and cultural management education. In order to do so, we explored how education in arts and cultural management socialises arts and cultural managers. We considered how educational processes uphold, transform or challenge the field’s dominant terminology / language, institutional structures and habits. While we focused more directly on higher education in arts and cultural management, we other forms of education / training initiatives were discussed during the seminar.

A full draft of the programme is available by clicking here for download.  The reading list for the seminar is available by clicking here.

The bios of some of our speakers are highlighted below.

A summary of what we learned is available here.

Linda Donahue, PhD, Associate Professor, acts as the Associate Director, Head of Arts Administration, and Graduate Advisor of the School of Theatre and Dance, Texas Tech University. This program was noted as one of the top arts administration programs in the US in both American Theatre Magazine and Stage Directions. Her expertise is in arts management, funding, marketing, advocacy, and community engagement. She won two awards for Outstanding Service as a Study Abroad Faculty-Led Program Leader, as well as the prestigious Donald R. Haragan Study Abroad Award. Her recognitions include Integrated Scholar, Fellow of the Institute for Inclusive Excellence, Member of the President’s Leadership Institute, and Faculty Mentor for Service Learning at TTU.

Olga Karpova, MSc in Cultural Management (University of Aberdeen/MSSES 2000), dean of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences Cultural Management Department. Member of the Trustees’ Council for the National Network of Cultural Managers. Participant of the Council of Europe postgraduate management training initiative, the ‘European Diploma in Cultural Management 2000’. Expert and coordinator of over 40 seminars in the field of museum and cultural management, cultural tourism and spatial development strategies. Education: History, Museum Management, Cultural Management and Cultural Policy. Areas of interest: cultural and museum management, cultural entrepreneurship, participatory model of cultural policy, applied humanities research.

Lorraine Lim was a Lecturer in Arts Management at Birkbeck, University of London. She passed away in September. She made very important contributions to the study of cultural policy in East Asia and creative labour. Her co-edited book, Cultural Policies in East Asia: Dynamics between the State, Arts and Cultural Industries was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2014. She was  awarded a Teaching Development Grant by the Higher Education Academy to develop curriculum to better prepare students for work in the cultural and creative industries. She was co-editing a handbook on cultural and creative industries in Asia for Routledge.

Karim Murji is currently based at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK but will be moving to the University of West London soon. His research interests are culture, ethnicity and racism and these are applied to fields such as race equality, policing, public sociology, and diaspora and identity. His new book, Racism and the politics of policy will be published by Policy press. With John Solomos, he is the co-editor of Racialization: Studies in theory and practice (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Theories of Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2015). With Gargi Bhattacharyya he is the editor of Race Critical Public Scholarship (Routledge 2014). He is an Editor of Sociology and will shortly take up the editorship of another leading sociology journal.


Melissa Nisbett is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, UK. She runs the MA Arts & Cultural Management degree programme and teaches cultural diplomacy. Her research interests focus on cultural policy and in particular, the relationship between culture and power. Her current research looks at the intersections between cultural policy and foreign policy, and what role culture plays within international relations.

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