This network brings together academic researchers from diverse disciplines and arts and cultural management practitioners. The following individuals are core members of the research network:

Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Managing Director, Washington Studio School and Independent Curator/Producer
Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah is the Managing Director of Washington Studio School in Washington, D.C. and an independent curator/producer. She has been active in the arts and culture section since 2007 focused on exhibition development and projects that explore art as a tool for social change, the role of art in cultural diplomacy and cultural heritage protection. She has produced, managed and curated major exhibitions for the Middle East Institute and the British Council, Chicago History Museum, Art Fraud Insights LLC at Winterthur Museum, International Arts & Artists and the US Fund for UNICEF among many others. She was awarded an artist fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2017 and 2019, and currently resides on the Washington, DC. Region Executive Committee of ArtTable, Inc, the foremost professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the arts. 
Phone: +1 703 909 2200
Websites:  and

Vera Allmanritter, Research Fellow at the University of Hildesheim, Germany
In my opinion science has always been a global phenomenon and can only
thrive through exchange. Thinking and working across national borders is
natural to me but I sometimes miss this approach among ​academics in
German speaking countries. From I expect an
open-minded international knowledge exchange ​among colleagues and the
collaborative development of new ideas, concepts and networks.
Contact: Email:

Dounia Benslimane, Partnership and Development Director at Racines Association, Morocco
Joining the Brokering International Network is an opportunity to bring a perspective from the South, in arts and cultural management. Contexts, challenges and capacities are different but the aims and objectives can be the same, and sometimes different. We all work to developing projects and reach audiences. In my country and in the region, arts and culture might represent a tool for democracy and human and social development and it can face other threats (censorship, freedom of expression issues, access to public space, education…).
Contact: Dounia Benslimane, Développement & Partenariats Association Racines,
30, rue Banafsaj résidence Berth II, 2è étage, n°8
20 140 Mers Sultan
Casablanca, Maroc
Racines est membre associé de la Fédération internationale des coalitions pour la diversité culturelle,
Phone: +212 522 476 3353
Email:  and 
Skype: dounia.benslimane

Gemma Carbó Ribugent, Director UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation, University of Girona, Spain
I’d like to exchange the UNESCO chair experience with iberoamerican and african countries,with other practitioners and researches who work in the field of international and transcultural arts management.
Contact: Email:

Hilary S. Carty MBA CCMI is a consultant, facilitator, coach and External Lecturer at Kufstein University, Austria.  With Honorary Doctorates from the University of Westminster, De Montfort and Middlesex Universities and Honorary Fellowship of Goldsmith’s University, Hilary’s career demonstrates a successful record of senior roles including Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme, a £22m government investment in excellence in leadership within the UK cultural and creative industries; Director, London (Arts) at Arts Council England; and Director, Culture and Education at London 2012.

Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen, Associate Professor, Department of English, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark
I would like to connect with the network to foster stronger ties to practitioners and researchers working within the field of Arts and Cultural Management with a view to engage in new collaborative partnerships in the future. These collaborations could involve both student and faculty exchanges between institutions as well as larger research projects.

Quinhan Chen, PhD researcher in Music at the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh, UK
My area of interest is identity, intercultural communication, and learning in world music. I am currently researching on the relation between musical and intercultural understanding, which may learn from as well as inform the studies of arts and cultural management in an intercultural context. Hope I may meet and communicate with more researchers who share similar interests here.
Contact: Qinhan Chen, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Sandra Coumans is founder of the consultancy Culture le Hic, through which she tries to bring the field of cultural transnational cooperation forward. Since 2005 she has been active in culture at an international level (in and outside of Europe) in a range of different organisations and roles (such as co-founder of a start-up festival, Project officer in culture and educational funding at the European Commission, in the policy team of the Belgian federal arts centre Bozar and Head of Office for a European network in cultural heritage). She specifically focuses on issues like the role of culture in society, digitisation (among which interactive storytelling) and the gap between policy and practice. Internationalisation offers both opportunities and pitfalls – as cultural managers, I believe that only through critical reflection we will be able to take true positive steps towards the future, which is why I support the objectives of the Network. 

Antonio Cuyler, Assistant Professor of Arts Administration & Coordinator of Internships, Department of Art Education, Florida State University (FSU)
I would like to become an associate member of the network because it helps to legitimize work I’ve been doing relative to intercultural relations for more than 10 years. In addition, the network will connect me with colleagues who can become a collective that strategically works to move an intercultural relations agenda forward globally in Arts/Cultural Management.
Contact: Antonio C. Cuyler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Arts Administration & Coordinator of Internships, Department of Art Education, Florida State University (FSU), 1072 WJB-1232, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1232, Office Phone: (850) 645-0473, Office Hours: Thurs (12 – 2pm) by appointment only. Skype: acuyler78
Faculty Website:

Mafalda Dâmaso, R&D manager of The Cornelius Arts Foundation and independent researcher
This network connects my two areas of work: as an arts manager, designing international projects for an arts think tank, and as a researcher on cultural policy beyond the nation state.

Mai’a K. Davis CrossEdward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science; Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, USA
Contact: Northeastern University, 960A Renaissance Park, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115-5000, USA

Zenaida des Aubris, Consultant for international cultural events, Berlin, Germany
Intercultural communication has formed the entire foundation of my professional career, spent mostly in the world of opera and classical music management and production. Being a member of this network will surely contribute to improving relations on personal and professional levels.
Contact: Zenaida des Aubris, Bleibtreustr. 3, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49-30-3199-8187
Mobile: +49-151-27078216
Twitter: @zenaidasworld
Instagram: @zenaidasworld

Patricia Dewey Lambert, D., University of Oregon, USA
Contacts: Associate Professor, Arts and Administration Program, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-5230, Phone: +1-541-346-2050

Linda Donahue, PhD. Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Graduate Advisor, Head of Arts Administration
School of Theatre and Dance, Texas Tech University
As an arts and culture administrator and also a university professor, I serve at the nexus of practice and theory.  Much of my teaching involves the US structure of arts marketing, funding, and management, and invariably I enhance lectures and readings with international and intercultural concerns.  I hope to join the network in order to increase my understanding of global issues involving the arts and culture.  I present lectures internationally and usually bring a graduate student with me to increase our students global awareness.  The network will serve as a true international “network.”

Karin Drda-Kühn, Managing Director of Association Culture & Work and assistant professor at Heilbronn University and at the PhD programme in heritage studies of Brandenburg, Germany
Cultural and heritage management offer unique opportunities for young researchers and  professionals likewise.  The majority of emerging business fields has strong links to creativity and innovation and cultural managers should be trained to unlock the respective potentials. This is unimaginable without trustful networks on national, European and international level. Networks need collaborative environments in order to foster fruitful cooperation and the Manging Culture Network is therefore a huge chance to provide actors in the field with this kind of environment.
Contact: phone +49 7931 56 36 374,,

Victoria Durrer is the network’s Principal Investigator. She is Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Queen’s University Belfast. She is Co-Founder of the Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland. Her research and publications focus on cultural policy design and delivery, the social processes of cultural production and engagement within institutional settings, the socialisation of arts managers and cultural policy makers, and issues of inclusion within the arts and cultural sector.  She is currently co-editing the Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy with Toby Miller and Dave O’Brien.

Louise Ejgod Hansen, Associate Professor and Project and Research Manager rethinkIMPACTS 2017 Department of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark
The network is relevant and interesting for me, especially in relation to the research into Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017 which I am currently conducting, but also more broadly in relation to my research interest in democratization, participation and engagement.
Contact: Email:

Birgit Eriksson Ph.D., Associate professor in aesthetics and culture School of Communication and Culture Aarhus University, Denmark
My current research is about participation in art and culture and includes a participatory project with intercultural exchange between European cultural centres I am the coordinator of TAKE PART, a research network on cultural participation,, and co-director of a research programme on cultural transformations, I am interested in any kind of link between cultural participation and intercultural exchange.
Contact: Email:

Carla Figueira is the Director of the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London. Carla is an international relations graduate of the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Portugal) – she moved to London after a career in arts management. In the UK, she gained an MA in Arts Management (City University, UK, Chevening Scholar) and a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management (City University, UK, Praxis XXI Scholar).

Mihai Florea, Researcher in Theatre Studies at University of Bristol, UK, and co-founder of Nu Nu Theatre Company and CASL (Centre for Actors in a Second Language).
My main area of research is actors who are using English as a second (non-native) language in performance. The research is very much informed by philosophy: Deleuze and Guattari (Schizoanalysis theory in particular), Foucault (Panopticism), Derrida (theory of home and hospitality), Vilem Flusser (theory of bottomlessness) and others.
Participating in the Brokering Intercultural Exchange network gives me a platform to test my innate scepticism vis-a-vis some of the presently unequal, unbalanced models of intercultural exchange in arts (particularly in the British mainstream theatre). The network represents a dynamic multidisciplinary forum where new ideas are forming.
I am particularly interested to learn from other fellow members, to draw from their experiences and expertise in other domains of Arts and Cultural Management.

Anne Frost, Program Coordinator  Arts Administration and Cultural Management
I lead an arts management post-graduate program at Humber College in Toronto, Canada, and every year I have learners from around the world, and/or who want to work internationally.  Canada is a bilingual country, at least in theory.  English and French are our two official languages, but not everyone speaks both of them.  We are a large land mass with a relatively small population, and we tend to be outward-facing in our worldview.  I am interested in the Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network because my learners may already speak more than one language, and be curious about learning other languages and cultures – and I want to help them!” 
Contact: Anne Frost Program Coordinator 
Arts Administration and Cultural Management
Faculty of Media and Creative Arts
Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
3199 Lake Shore Boulevard West, A120C
Toronto ON M8V 1K8
Email: (email preferred)
Tel: 416 675 6622 ext. 3446
Fax: 416 251 7167

Lisa Gaupp studied cultural studies, intercultural & international studies and ethnomusicology at the universities of Lüneburg, Barcelona and Hanover as a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Her doctoral thesis focuses on mechanism of “othering” in “intercultural” policies in the field of music. In her postdoc research she analyzes curatorial strategies regarding cultural diversity at transnational Performing Arts festivals. Lisa Gaupp lived in the USA, Haiti, Guatemala and Spain and was the Executive Manager of the 2009 Hannover International Violin Competition (Stiftung Niedersachsen).

Ruth Graham, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, UK The seminar in Belfast that I attended was an inspiring and meaningful oasis in a week of austerity and bad politics.  It reminded me that radical thinking is usually the best response to prosaic situations and that art can be a beautiful force for change. Memorable moments include the vision that shone through the seven minute presentations, Shelley Tracey’s water metaphor for art, what Constance Devereaux said and the wisdom of Jo Caust. Contact: and

Steven Hadley, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Aside from the obvious benefits of engaging with a community of scholars in my own field and being able to extend and share my knowledge and understanding – I think there are many interesting parallels between discourses around interculturalism and those of audience development (my area of expertise). Many of the ideological issues associated with audience development and discourses of democracy in arts management and cultural policy are also at play in interculturalism, so I feel I have much to add and to learn.
Contact: Dr. Steven Hadley, Arts Management and Cultural Policy, School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast, Phone: +447801720351, Twitter: @mancinbelfast

Annika Hampel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
In a globalized world, the arts – as well as arts education and research – can only flourish in an atmosphere of international collaboration. However, successful intercultural exchanges are contingent on good preparation, and the presence of appropriate frameworks, structures, and processes. This international network brings together experts from a variety of backgrounds to present, share, and discuss the success and failure of intercultural arts projects in order to learn from each other, and help to create the right conditions for international partnerships to be at their fairest and most effective.
Contact:, Linkedin: linkedin-Profile Annika Hampel Xing: xing-Profile Annika Hampel

Lennart Jan Junge is a German foreign language teacher with more than ten years of experience. He has taught all kinds of students including children, teens, asylum seekers, civil servants and businesspersons in Germany, France, Canada, the Netherlands, and Brazil, while always making music. Lennart also studied Pop & Media, Musical Pedagogical studies and Music Production, worked as a technician in the show business and played as a saxophonist and DJ with bands and artists. In 2019, he obtained a Master’s degree in “German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Education” from the University of Weingarten. His thesis analyzes the practice and impact of interdisciplinary cultural places with two innovative evaluation models.

Nanna Kann-Rasmussen is head of Centre for Cultural Policy Studies and an associate professor, Ph.D. at the University of Copenhagen. Her research interests include strategy and legitimation work in cultural institutions, cultural leadership, policy analysis and public libraries. She is currently involved in a project with partners from Norway and Sweden concerned with the development of a new Nordic MA degree in Cultural Policy and Cultural Leadership. Furthermore she is the editor of NTIK a Nordic journal on Information Science and Cultural Communication.

Gabriele Landwehr, Head of Goethe Institute Arab Emirates
It has become a normalcy that we communicate with global partners on a daily level – in English which, in many cases, is not the native language of the communicator. And in a number of cases we are taken in by the assumption that all is fine and we understand each other perfectly. We move in a meta world where we are prone to conflicts if we do not raise awareness and increase the knowledge about other cultures. Intercultural exchange and learning are a must in our world with migration and cohabitation of people with different ethics, values and religions. All is not fine – but we can act to make it better.
Contact: Dr. Gabriele Landwehr, Goethe-Institut Abu Dhabi, Al Qasbah Street (between Al Bateen Street and Bainunah Street), Al Bateen, PO Box 53975, Abu Dhabi, VAE
Phone: +971 2 4099400, Fax: +971 2 4099499, Email:

Annetta Latham, BSW, MAM, Assistant Professor, Arts and Cultural Management MacEwan University
I am extremely interested and passionate about intercultural learning and projects and the benefits that this brings to all involved, whether this learning is through active participation, teacher exchange or student field placement and learning.
Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
MacEwan University
Room 254, 10045 – 156 St., Edm. AB, T5P 2P7, Canada
T: 780-633-3465
T: Toll-free: 1-888-497-4622
F: 780-497-4330

Dr. Meike Lettau is academic associate at the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim and coordinator of the Graduate School ‘Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West-Africa’ which is implemented in cooperation with the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria) and the University of Cape Coast (Ghana).
In 2019, she completed her PhD on the topic ‘Artists as Agents of Change? Foreign Cultural Policy and Civil Society Engagement in Transformation Processes’ at the University of Hildesheim. 
She was Research Fellow in the German-Tunisian research project ‘Tunisia in Transition’ at the University of Passau and has worked for various cultural institutions in Germany and abroad (Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Pune, KHOJ International Artists’ Association, ARThinkSouthAsia, Cultural Innovators Network (CIN), Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), Internationale Gesellschaft der bildenden Künste (IGBK)).

David MaierD. Candidate, Arts Management, Heilbronn University, Germany
Being the officer of cultural management in a town with more than 60% migration background, my daily work has always been in the context of globalization and integration – and still it is. Furthermore the international aspects of my work are showed by programming different international cultural festivals and within my work as a freelancer for the Goethe-Institut. So for me, dealing with culture means always dealing with change and different intercultural challenges. That is why another important part of my work is education and research, focused on how foreign cultural policy can be transferred in good practice of international cultural management. It might sound obvious, but for me brokering intercultural exchange means learning, sharing and empowering. The network will surely help me to gain knowledge about intercultural understanding – and the other way around I hope to enrich the network too.

Richard G Maloney, PhD, FRSA is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Performing Arts Administration graduate program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and Affiliated Faculty at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (USA). He teaches courses in performing arts management, cultural and creative industries, and international culture policy.

Dr. Maloney is the Secretary of the Board of ENCATC (the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy) and co-Director of the ENCATC book series. His research interests include cultural economic development policy, cultural districts, cultural policy communities, and international arts management education.



Dr. Birgit Mandel, Professor at the University of Hildesheim, Germany
Cultural managers are increasingly working in international and intercultural contexts and also cultural management education at universities need to provide an understanding of different working conditions and challenges for cultural management in other part of the world.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel, Institut für Kulturpolitik, Universität Hildesheim
Weißes Haus, Domänenstr. 1, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, 31141 Hildesheim
Phone: +49 5121 883-20102, Email:

John (Jock) McQueenie, Independent Consultant and Doctoral researcher, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
The cultural boundaries that I work across are those that exist between sectors: community, culture and commerce. I have recently come back to academia after more than 20 years in the field as an artist, community arts worker and, more recently, a consultant specialising in the brokerage of artist led, cross sector strategic projects. My Doctoral research theorises that body of work by asking the question: what is the role of the intermediary in bringing creativity to bear on community engagement and corporate social investment, and how can intermediation and brokerage be developed as a practice?
Contact: Email:

Aylin Michel is currently a student of the Research Master Cultural Leadership at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), spending her second semester at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Practice from the University of Hildesheim (Germany), where she could deepen her focus in the Bachelor Plus Study Programme Cultural Policy in an International Comparison studying at the İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi (Turkey). Beside her academic ambitions she was able to be involved in several international cultural and artistic projects and organisations for example in Tunisia, Turkey and the USA.

Tatjana Nikolic, Teaching Associate at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts (FDA) and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management and Policy at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia
She is a second-year PhD student in the field of Cultural and Media Management. As a Junior Researcher, she is engaged at the Institute for Theatre, Film, Radio and Television of the FDA. Her fields of professional engagement are production and advocacy related to gender equality in the cultural and artistic scene; capacity building of young professionals in culture, arts and creative industries of Serbia; and socially engaged cultural projects and project management within the independent cultural scene and civil society organizations in the Balkans.
Contact: Email:
Phone: +381643901877
Skype: tatjanaserbia

Kristin Oswald, Senior Editor at Arts Management Network, Germany
My interest in the network lies on concepts that can help arts managers as well as artists worldwide in facing current global challenges, become visionary leaders and develop a sustainable future for the arts and society.
Contact: Kristin Oswald, KM Kulturmanagement Network GmbH, Kultur und Management im Dialog, Postanschrift: PF 1198, D-99409 Weimar, Hausanschrift: Bauhausstraße 7c, 99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 (0)3643 – 74 02 612, Fax: +49 (0)3643 – 74 02 614
Email:, Twitter:

Miguel Peromingo, Consultant and writer in the fields of cultural management and international migration, Berlin, Germany
From I expect to tap into skills and creativity potential from artists and cultural managers who work internationally and across disciplines. I hope to find likeminded people that would detach creative work and cultural management from national boundaries and formal recognition and find a global, yet diversified quality of culture.
Contact: Miguel Peromingo, Consultant and Writer, Employment, Labour Migration and Cultural Management, Phone: +49 176 244 67 459, Email:

Irene Popoli, Ph.D. Candidate at Stockholm School of Economics, Visiting Scholar at Bocconi University
I’m interested in strengthening my professional ties with the wider academic community investigating topics that are close to my research.
Contact: Irene Popoli, PhD Candidate in Business Administration, Department of Management and Organization, Stockholm School of Economics, Saltmätargatan, 13-17, SE-11383 Stockholm, Sweden

Mira Riebau, research associate and PhD student at Hamburg Academy of Music and Drama
In my doctorate I’m doing research on anti-discrimination practices in arts management. My aim is to promote a new orientation in the higher education of arts managers and to find approaches for the development of diversity-sensitive faculties in arts management. So far there are hardy approaches of anti-discrimination practices in research and teaching of arts management in Germany. Already during my studies (cultural science in Hildesheim / arts management in Hamburg), I have doing some research on unpaid internships in the German cultural sector and its implicit discriminatory effects. In addition, I have also investigated the contents and forms of teaching in arts management programmes in relation to diversity and anti-discrimination. Participating in the Brokering Intercultural Exchange network gives me the chance to incorporate valuable other perspectives into my work and to dive deeper into different perspectives.

Iris Rittenhofer, Associate professor Department of Management, BSS, Aarhus University, Denmark
I work problem based. My main research interests are international, intercultural and global marketing and management issues in relation to a variety of topics, hereunder the creative industries, and related methodological challenges in research and practice.

Belisa Rodrigues, running her own cultural enterprise “Belle and Company”, a management consultancy in creative and cultural industries across Africa, she develops leadership courses, research, social entrepreneurial thinking and also works part time at the University of Cape Town as Programme Manager of a Leadership and Scholarship Programme called the “Klaus-Jurgen Bathe Leadership Programme” for bright young undergraduate students from all 6 faculties of the University.
Contact: Belisa Rodrigues, Director, MBA, PGDip (Marketing); BA(FA)Belle & Co. RESEARCH | POLICY | TRAINING, 26 John Street, Mowbray, South Africa, 8001
Phone: +27721306400, Email:

Dr. Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović is Associate Professor at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Dramatic Arts – Department of Management and Production in  Theatre, Radio and Culture & Deputy Director of the Institute for Theater, Film, Radio and TV. My research intereset and expertise are focused in the fields of cultural studies, international cultural relations, cultural policy and arts management, as well as issues of cultural sustainability. Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović is member of the Scientific Council of Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia and member of the Steering Committee of the Culture Development Institute of Serbia. 
Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade
Bulevar umetnosti 20, Belgrade

Ina Ross is a Guest Lecturer in Arts Management at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, India. She is currently conducting her PhD studies on cultural audiences in India at IKM – Institute for Cultural Management and Cultural Sciences, Vienna. Ina has worked and written on the practice of arts management in India. Her pieces on “Arts Management the Indian Way” (in the Journal of International Arts Management, Montreal) and “How theatre can be successful in India: The example of Assam” ( in the New Theatre Quarterly, Cambridge) will be published in 2017. In German she has published „Der Buddha und die Biennale. Wie sich Kulturmanagement in Indien neu erfindet – und was wir davon lernen können“ (“The Buddha and the Biennale. Arts Management in India and what can we learn from it“) in Kulturpolitische Mitteilungen, Bonn. In her essays she explores local arts management traditions and developments as well as their relevance in an international context.

Julia Rowntree, creative producer and arts development consultant, co-directs Clayground Collective which combines participatory public art with education and research. Previously at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), she was Development Director, then Director of the LIFT Business Arts Forum. Publications include: Changing the Performance (Routledge 2006); International Cultural Leadership and its Development (2010) with Rose Fenton and Lucy Neal. Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), Clayground received a national award for passing on craft skills.

Kayla Rush, Ph.D. Candidate, Social Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
My research examines community arts in contemporary Northern Ireland, with a focus on performance theory, sensory ethnography, and the ways in which different arts stakeholders discuss and make a case for the value of community-based and socially engaged arts practice. As many of my research participants are arts managers themselves, and as intercultural arts have recently become quite prominent in Northern Ireland, I would like to keep in touch with other academics working in these research areas.

Anastasia Shevchenko-Markossian, translator and arts manager, Belfast, UK
As a translator and cultural manager I’m excited to be part of this network and would love to connect to other international researchers, artists and arts managers to exchange experiences and create collaborative opportunities that build on new research and shared interests with an international outlook. I am particularly interested in utilising international arts management practice and research to contribute to peaceful societies.

Andrej Srakar, Research Associate, Institute for Economic Research (IER), Ljubljana, and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
I would like to connect with the network to be able to connect with the researchers in the field of arts and cultural management, to, on the one hand, be able to perform the research in this field on higher level (I already have publications in most of the journals in the area or related, like IJAM, Journal of Cultural Economics, etc.), and, on the other, to be able to be more active in the field and to help the field develop and prosper even more. The connections could be of any form: student and faculty exchanges between institutions, any type of research projects (larger or smaller), help in the dissemination of the work in this area, event (conference, workshop, seminar) organization, etc.

Tatiana StoichkovaAssociate Professor, D. , Head of the Department of Advertising Design/National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
Networking is the natural environment for academics in a sense that this is the most appropriate way for professional communication and intercultural dialogue. One of the main reason to join ‘Brokering Intercultural Exchange’ is because the focus is on internationalization and migration in arts and art/cultural management research and education. ‘Brokering Intercultural Exchange’ could help researchers to compare and share knowledge in the field and to understand how different practices and approaches in art/cultural management function in different countries and regions.   ‘Brokering Intercultural Exchange’ is an opportunity to share knowledge between professionals and academics and to promote the connections between theory – cultural, ethnic, historical studies and practical work – training, education, project developing.
Contact: Prof. Assoc. Tatiana Stoitchkova, Ph.D, Head of the Advertising Department and Design, Academy of Arts, Sofia, Shipka Str. 1 Sofia, Bulgaria

Maruška Svašek is Reader in Anthropology in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University, Belfast and Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Her main research interests include material culture, art, migration, emotional dynamics and conflict. Recent major publications include Anthropology, Art and Cultural Production (2007), Emotions and Human Mobility. Ethnographies of Movement(2012), Moving Subjects, Moving Objects: Transnationalism, Cultural Production and Emotions(2012) and Creativity in Transit. Politics and Aesthetics of Cultural Production Across the Globe(with Birgit Meyer, 2016). She is co-editor of the Berghahn bookseries Material Mediations. From 2010-2012, she led the HERA-funded interdisciplinary collaborative Research Project ‘Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement’. At present she is revisiting the theme of her 1997 PhD Dissertation that was entitled, ‘Styles, Struggles and Careers: the Czech Art World, 1948-1992, and investigating the relation between politics and the visual arts in the Czech Republic after 1992. The research will result in a monograph on Czech art and politics from 1948-2018.

Alex Tam is Centre Executive of the Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts, which was established by the Academy of Visual Arts in 2013. The Centre’s vision is to promote the advancement of visual arts development in Hong Kong and neighboring regions. One of the key focuses is to bring together various aspects of work at the intersection of academia, art, and society. Alex’s main area of interest is on art projects that engage with issues connected to the notion of history, memory, and place-making. In 2016, he co-founded Play Depot, a community art playground that explores creativity through play; encourages social interaction; enhances social engagement among themselves and with the public realm at large. He is concurrently doing research that examines the critical and creative relationships between built heritage and contemporary art, which explore experimental artistic approaches that promote active civic engagement in heritage sites.
I’m interested in joining the network because I had the opportunity to meet friends and like-minded people who hold a true passion for intercultural understanding and exchange. Having the opportunity to engage with such high-level peers has been exciting and insightful.
Contact: Email:  
Twitter: @tamhoknang

Shelley Tracey, Ph.D., writer, researcher and community arts facilitator.
I am interested in the arts as a site for intercultural communication and collaboration. In 2015, I researched, co-authored and co-edited an exploration of interculturalism in the arts in Northern Ireland and its implications for social cohesion. Tracey, S. and Shields, C. (2015) Between Ourselves: exploring interculturalism through intercommunity creative practice (Belfast, Community Arts Partnership).
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Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer,D./Director of Education Programs The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, USA
I am very happy to be a part of the Brokering Intercultural Exchange network.  As a museum educator, I believe in the power of the universal language of art to build bridges, understanding and relationships.  The Clark is a member of FRAME (French American Museum Exchange) and as one of the education advisors and a board member of the organization, I have seen first-hand how intercultural exchange can enhance and expand how we think about our work.
Contact: Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, Ed.D., Director of Education The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Williamstown, MA 01267, Phone: +1-413-458-0661

Nicole Vasconi, Master’s student and researcher
I am a master’s student studying heritage at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in Cottbus, Germany. I am from the United States, where I completed my bachelor studies in music arts administration and performance at Butler University (Indianapolis). My research interests include topics within arts and cultural management, especially looking at participatory projects between cultural organizations and their various communities and other partners. When not wearing an academic hat, I love to sing in choir or with my ukulele, I teach yoga at BTU, and traveling as much as possible.
I want to join the BIE Network because it affords a tremendous opportunity to connect with people in the fields of arts, culture and heritage from all over the world, and to discuss shared interests, goals, concerns and how we see the future of these fields developing.

Julie Voelker-Morris, Senior Instructor, Arts Management Undergraduate Advisor, School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, College of Design, University of Oregon
I would like to become an Associate Member of the Brokering Intercultural Exchange network. I teach courses on Cultural Programming and Understanding Arts & Creative Sectors, all of which are important to the work of this network. Additionally, I am personally very engaged and interested in analyzing power, privilege, and difference in arts management systems and practices.
Contact: Julie Voelker-Morris, Senior Instructor, Arts Management Undergraduate Advisor, School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, College of Design, University of Oregon, 1209 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1209 /
Email: | Phone: 541-346-1450

Amy Walker, Independent Arts Consultant and Manager. London, UK
With 15 years’ experience of managing international cultural programmes and exchange initiatives for UK-based arts organisations I am now working as a consultant and freelance manager, alongside carrying out research around the role of intercultural exchange in perpetuating and challenging assumptions. I am a committed advocate for the value of international networks and believe Brokering Intercultural Exchange will act as a valuable platform for sharing ideas, learning from others and developing new projects.
Contact: / +44 7980 268693

Gernot Wolfram. Professor for Media and Arts Management at the Macromedia University. His research focus is on transcultural hermeneutics, strategies of empowerment and participation, community building and arts management. Since 2006 he works as expert for Media Studies and Arts Management for the “Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung” (Federal Agency for Civic Education) in Berlin. Currently he is researching on issues of cultural integration of refugees in Germany.

Christopher Yusufu Mtaku is a Cultural Anthropologist and Ethnomusicologist. He has been employed at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria since 1989, and is currently a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Fine Arts. He holds a B.A. in Creative Arts and M.Sc. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Maiduguri, and a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hildesheim, Germany. He has been a long-time Coordinator of the Borno Music Documentation Project (BMDP) and is the Local Coordinator of the SDG Graduate School ‘Performing Sustainability: Cultures and Development in West Africa’. His research interests are music and rituals. He has several articles to his credit in both national and international journals. 
Contact: Dr. Christopher Y. Mtaku
Department of Fine Arts
Faculty of Environmental Studies
University of Maiduguri
Borno State/Nigeria
Tel. +234 (0) 8053 300 739

Jane Zheng, Assistant Professor in the BA Programme of Cultural Management, Faculty of Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Being a cultural management educator, I believe it is very helpful to be connected to the international circle of cultural management education to discuss teaching and research issues and to share scholarship and data. In the meantime, I can contribute cases from my teaching practices to enrich the understanding of cultural management teaching and learning in the Hong Kong context.

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