Participatory Governance in Culture: Exploring Practices, Theories and Policies. Do it Together

External activities |  Jovanka Popova | "Participatory Governance in Culture: Exploring Practices, Theories and Policies. DO IT TOGETHER." conference | organized by Kultura Nova Foundation in Rijeka, Croatia, 22-24 November 2017.

Jovanka Popova, the executive director of JADRO Association of the Independent Scene in Macedonia represent the association at "Participatory Governance in Culture: Exploring Practices, Theories and Policies. DO IT TOGETHER." conference, held in Rijeka, Croatia from 22-24 November 2017.  The international and interdisciplinary conference was organized by Kultura Nova Foundation in partnership with Rijeka 2020 LLC, in collaboration with the European Cultural Foundation, and with the support of Central European Initiative regional intergovernmental forum. It has been selected as an ENCATC labeled event. The conference is part of the "Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions" project supported by UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity.


The topic of participatory governance is becoming important due to the fact that traditional public governance and market-oriented governance systems have increasingly proven inadequate to respond to the complex realities of policy challenges and ongoing transformations in the socio-economic environment, encompassing the needs of cultural professionals and artists, audiences and local communities. The Conference intends to cover a number of issues and concerns about the challenges, limitations, paradoxes and perspectives that cultural research, practices and policies are more and more facing around the concept of participatory governance in culture. In order to understand the meaning and role of participatory governance in culture, it is important to explore: changes in the sociopolitical context, cultural and social effects of new models of governance, modes and levels of involvement of all relevant stakeholders in decision-making processes and the (re)organization and relevance of their roles.

The conference gather scholars, researchers, theoreticians, cultural operators, artists, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and decision-makers from across the world and a broad range of disciplines - anthropology, architecture, arts, arts and cultural management, cultural policy studies, cultural studies, development studies, economy, legal studies, philosophy, political science, urbanism and spatial planning, sociology, etc. Therefore the conference presents an interdisciplinary effort in collecting new information, discussing various practical, theoretical and political approaches and meanings of participatory governance in different geopolitical and social contexts and generating new ideas for integration of these practices into the existing framework of cultural and other relevant policies.