Thursday, 25 October 2007
13.00 – 14:00: Registration
Venue: “Lucian Blaga” University, the Hall of the Faculty of Letters and Arts,
5-7, Victoriei Bd.
14.00 – 16.00: Opening Ceremony
Venue: “Lucian Blaga” University, Avram Iancu Auditoriu, 5-7, Victoriei Bd.
- Plenary address by Roger O’Keeffe, Principal Administrator, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission
- Plenary address by Prof. Flora Carrijn, President of UNeECC
- Plenary address by Klaus Werner Johannis, Mayor of Sibiu
- Plenary address by Prof. Constantin Oprean, Rector of the “Lucian Blaga” University
- 5. Cristian Radu, General Coordinator, Sibiu Europan Capital of Cultural Programme – Sibiu 2007 Presentation
- 6. Hatto Fischer, Coordinator of Poiein Kai Prattein and Associate Member of ECCM, Poiein Kai Prattein and Network of European Capitals of Culture – Presentation on the Network of European Capitals and Months
16.00 – 16.15: Coffee break
16.15 – 18.00: UNeECC General Assembly Meeting
Venue: “Lucian Blaga” University, Avram Iancu Auditoriu, 5-7, Victoriei Bd.
19.30: Dinner for all participants
Friday, 26 October 2007
08.30: Departure from “Lucian Blaga” University to Astra Open Air Museum
09.00 – 12.00: Scientific Conference I.
- The meaning of cultural politics: How does being a ECC affect local cultural traditions? Why does a city want to be a ECC in the first place? Why is it good for a university to be located in a ECC town?
Chair: László Komlósi, University of Pécs
– Francisca Abreu, Júlio Mendes, Paula Aleixo and Elisa Pérez Babo, Guimarães City Hall and Portuguese Culture Ministry, Portugal: GUIMARÃES, EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2012 – A challenge for a knowledge-based development of the city
– Alfonsas Daniūnas, Asta Radzeviciene,Irena Garbeniene, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University,Public institution „Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009, Lithuania: Vilnius: university and town growing together
– Dan Maniu Duse – Simona Pop, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu – City Hall Sibiu, Romania: The organizational culture of the Sibiu City Hall
10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break
– Silvia Florea, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania: Access and Equity in Higher Education: Sibiu-European Capital of Culture-2007
– Hilmar Rommetvedt, International Research Institute of Stavanger, Norway: Stavanger2008: From Norwegian Oil Capital to European Capital of Culture
– John Phillips, Jan Brown, Liverpool Hope University, Great Britain: Liverpool08: What Does It Mean To The City’s Residents?
- The relationship between local traditions and European culture: How can a city/region with its local identity define/re-invent itself as a European Capital of Culture?
Chair: Angela O’Neill, College of Europe, Bruges and Warsaw
– Wim Coudenys, Lessius University College, Antwerp, Belgium: Frontiers and Limits of European Culture
– François Carbon, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg: “Three Penny Opera 2007”
– Antal Bókay, University of Pécs, Hungary: City and University in a Post-modern Culture
10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break
– Inge Saerheim, University of Stavanger, Norway: Official naming and cultural identity in a European capital of culture
– Johannes Haas, University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM, Graz, Austria: Linking Culture and Sustainability for Regional Development in Styria: The Responsibility of the University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM in Graz as Driving Force
– Fania Pallikarakis, Cultural Organisation of the City of Athens, Greece: The Cultural
Volunteers Program of Patras 2006; a Procedures Description Report
– Adriana Galvani, University of Bologna, Italy: Bologna:European City of Culture 2000
12.00 – 13.30: Lunch
Venue: Astra Open Air Museum
13.30 – 15.30: Scientific Conference II.
- The importance of the European Capital of Culture movement: Place branding, local culture vs. European vocation
Chair: Inge Saerheim, University of Stavanger
– Yves Roose, Deputy Mayor for culture and education, Brugge, Belgium: The impact of a European Cultural Capital on the local cultural policy
– Vladimiras Grazulis – Lucia Bartkiene, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania: The Preservation of Cultural Communities in the New History of Vilnius (According to the Example of Romanian Cultural Community “Dačia”)
– Ib Omland – LeRoy Olaf Tonning, University of Stavanger, Norway: The Wooden Gown of Stavanger – strengthening the genius of the morphology and material qualities of the city
– Corneliu Ioan Bucur, Astra Open Air Museum Sibiu, Romania: The ethos and the ethnology of people the fundament of an European culture identity
– J. Christian B. Kirsch, International Delphic Council, Berlin, Germany: A Stage for European Culture? YES, but…Attempt for answers to questions / difficulties we all know
- The geography of European Capitals of Culture: Are ECCs European cultural ‘capitals’? A Joint session with Herodot Network
Chair: Bill Chambers, Liverpool Hope University
– Alexandra Zaparucha, Didactical Laboratory of the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences/ Association of Polish Adult Educators, Toruń, Poland: The city of Copernicus, Gothic architecture, gingerbread and university – Toruń in Poland for the European Capital of Culture 2016
– Wlodzimierz Sady, Agricultural University in Krakow, Poland: Benefits of being European Capital of Culture – Krakow 2000-2007
– Karl Donert, Liverpool Hope University, Great Britain: Liverpool-Capital of Culture: an interdisciplinary opportunity
– Alexandre Frey Pinto de Almeida, University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal: “’Porto’ or ‘Oporto’? Language as an indicator of the cultural background: linguistic / geographic integration of a European Capital of Culture”
15.30 – 15.45: Coffee break
15.45 – 17.45: Visiting of the Open Air Museum in Dumbrava Sibiului
19:30: Gala Dinner
Venue: Restaurant Roman Emperor
– Wim Coudenys, Lessius University College, Antwerp, Belgium: Frontiers and Limits of European Culture (doc)
General Assembly, Sibiu 25 October 2007, 16-18h
Board: F. Carrijn, W. Chambers, W. Coudenys, L. Komlósi, M. Neamtu, A.O’Neill, G. Pozsgai, I. Saerheim
Members: FH Johanneum Graz (A), College of Europe (B), Lessius Hogeschool (B), HAAGA-HELIA (SF), Université d’Avignon (F), University of Patras (GR), University of Pécs (HU), University of Stavanger (NO), Agricultural University in Krakow (PL), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (LT), Mykolas Romeris University (LT), Université de Luxembourg (LU), University Fernando Pessoa (P), Lucian Blaga University (RO), Bahcesihir University (TR), Liverpool Hope University (UK)
Non-members: R. O’Keeffe (European Commission), Y. Roose (Stad Brugge), Chr. Kirsch (International Delphic Council), A. Arvanitiaki (Poiein kak Prattein), H. Fischer (Poiein kak Prattein & Network of European Capitals of Culture), A. Korbel (AGH-University of Science and Technology), F. Abreu (Guimares Town Council), L. Bartkiene (Romanian Cultural Community ‘Dacia’ of Lithuania), J. Belchem (University of Liverpool), B. Erland (Sandnes Kommune)
The President welcomes the public and thanks the University of Sibiu for its hospitality and the perfect organization of the conference. She explicitly lauds M. Neamtu and G. Pozsgai for all their efforts. She then invites the public to present themselves.
General Secretary’s annual report
Website: the site was launched in June – G. Pozsgai wants the papers of the Sibiu conference as soon as possible on the website and invites the members to actively ‘feed’ the site. She urges the members to provide the necessary information about their institutions (logo, pictures, contact details, characteristics) and to create a link to UNeECC on their own websites. Furthermore links to local ECC offices, cultural and student organizations, information on academics who participate(d) in ECC activities, ECC programmes in which the institution participate(d), etc. are welcomed.
Membership: currently UNeECC has 41 members from 18 countries. L. Komlosi stresses that there are many universities that want to join and that UNeECC wants to be an open network, not restricted to institutions in cities that have been ECCs, but also in applicant-cities. Both L. Komlosi and G. Pozsgai point out that membership benefits will only be available to paying members and that the payment policy will be strictly applied.
Financial report 2006-7: currently UNeECC has a positive balance of € 845,50.
Budget approval 2007-8: since the website in now on-line, more money can now be spent on publications, promotional materials, including the organization of a Round Table at the UNeECC conference in Antwerp in September 2008.
Associate vs. Full Membership: from the discussions emerge the necessity to create 3 sorts of membership: Full, Associate (from applicant cities) & Supportive membership (all others, including cities and cultural organizations with parallel interests). The proposal is approved. Several members however stress the necessity of strengthening and deepening UNeECC as it is, before opening up to Supportive members.
Relationship with other organizations: W. Chambers reports on ECCM and explains the goals and opportunities of the recently opened ECC documentation centre in Athens. UNeECC should get in touch with Ruhr 2010.
UNeECC Award: L. Komlosi explains that UNeECC needs ‘symbols’ – the Board had concieved the idea of an award to honour institutions/academics/faculty that have been active in ECC in an exemplary way. The idea, however, is premature and should be further developed. Suggestions are welcomed.
Liverpool: ‘The Big Hope’: W. Chambers explains the involvement of the three Liverpool Universities (John More University, Liverpool University, Liverpool Hope University) with ECC. Only the latter two are currently members of UNeECC. W. Chambers explains the goals of ‘The Big Hope’ and provides the GA with an overview of the programme. All members are invited to send student and other (young) representatives to the event.
Stavanger: ‘Opening the Port’: A. Mikkelsen gives a presentation of the programme she wants to propose to UNeECC for its annual conference next year.
GA & Conference 2008, Stavanger: decision on theme and timing: several members raise the problem of the costs in Stavanger and ask for a budget. Providing the acceptibility of the costs the Stavanger conference will stick to a strict timetable.
Events 2009 and beyond
Selection of venue for GA and Conference: no decisions are made as yet. The possible venues currently are:
ECCs 2009: Vilnius & Linz
ECCs 2010: Pécs, Essen, Istambul
GA & Conference 2009 & 2010: call for themes, candidates & timing: every member can make proposals and address them to the General Secretary or the President. Patras and Avignon already show an interest. Nothing prevents members from collaborating and jointly organize GAs and/or conferences. A possible theme for 2009 (currently studied by the EU) is ‘Innovation and Culture’.
UNeECC is a university network: several members point out that UNeECC is in the first place a university network and that hence it should also concentrate on academic networking, e.g. research & teaching. A. O’Neill suggests to incorporate an ‘academic’ section in the website, where researchers can meet and exchange ideas. W. Chambers points out that opportunities provided for by the EU Life Long Learning Programme can be applied to the cultural goals of UNeECC, e.g. in curriculum development programmes or in joint (on-line) modules on cultural management.