ENCATC announces winner of the 2022 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management

Brussels, 17 October 2022 – Dr. Kathrin Schmidt was announced as the winner of the 9th ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Management.

Dr. Kathrin Schmidt has won the 2022 ENCATC Research Award for her doctoral thesis “Performing Salone: The impact of local and global flows on the aesthetics and ecology of contemporary Krio theatre in Sierra Leone“.

The 2022 Award winner was revealed at the annual ENCATC Research Award Ceremony held on the evening of 17 October. This year the ceremony took place on the first day of the 2022 ENCATC Congress “Internationalization in focus: theoretical, strategic, and management perspectives in education, research, policy and practice (17-19 October).

A global audience of leading academics, renowned researchers, cultural professionals, and policy makers, and artists gathered for the announcement of this year’s winner. The Jury awarded Schmidt for the methodological strength of her research, the relevance of the case she considered, and the exploration of the relation center-periphery in the field of culture, a timely issue also much aligned to the topic of the Congress.

As per tradition, the winning PhD researcher will now see their work published in the Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education Book Series, a series of publications specialising in topics related to cultural management and cultural policy, published by leading academic publisher Routledge (London, United Kingdom).

The final prize was awarded by Catherine Magnant, Deputy to the Director and Head of the Cultural Policies department in the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture.

Alongside the 2022 winner, the finalists were praised for their relevant and important contributions to the field of cultural management and policy research: Jana Konstantinova for her PhD “A Third Way Alternative; Critical Assessments from the Model of the Yugoslav City“, defended at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; and YouYou Yu for her PhD “Research on the Crisis Management of Art World Based on the Perspective of Social Network“, defended at Peking University, China.

Launched in 2014, the ENCATC Award is the only international Award recognising excellence in cultural policy and cultural management research. This prestigious recognition exists to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural policy and cultural management, to explore contemporary issues at stake and possibly anticipate new cultural policy orientations through comparative and cross-cultural research.