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Cultural Leadership

The research master offers the possibility to contribute to an international research agenda on the topic of cultural leadership. Our research programme identifies cultural leadership as any cultural practice creating or strengthening interactions between the arts and societal debates in a local, national, or transnational context.

We encourage transdisciplinary research on cultural leadership, exploring and including perspectives from Archaeology, History, Language and Culture, and Arts
and Culture studies. We employ analytical, critical, and cognitive perspectives.

Some research themes are:

  • Film and the mediation of global and local cultural values;
  • Heritage, urban development, and public space;
  • Arts and cultural heritage education;
  • Cultural leadership practice in a globalised participatory culture;
  • Developing new perspectives on cultural leadership’s impact on society;
  • Cultural leadership and the critical mediation of transnational discourses and local cultural identity;
  • The common as space for cultural policy design;
  • Organisational aspects of leadership such as entrepreneurial agency, strategy, and mediation.

The Cultural Leadership Seminar

The programme hosts a seminar lecture series on cultural leadership in cooperation with the Groninger Museum, which is also the venue of the series.

Presentations:

David Rijser, University of Amsterdam (October 11, 2017)
Patricia Wheatley, Head of Broadcast, British Museum (December 13, 2017)
Martin Zierold, University of Hamburg (February 21, 2018)

  • Testimonial van

    'We urgently need a new generation of cultural leaders'

    “As digital archives are growing and innovative tools are being developed to provide new forms of access, we urgently need a new generation of cultural leaders with a novel vision on how to research and re-use the digitized treasures of the past.”

    Giovanna Fossati is Head Curator EYE Film Institute Netherlands (Amsterdam) and author of From Grain to Pixel: The Archival Life of Film in Transition (2009).

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  • Testimonial van Manon van Egmond

    All in all, for me this research master track is broad, personalised and fulfilling. As a bonus, you get to spend most of your two years at a great university in the beautiful city of Groningen which has a vibrant culture and student life.

    My name is Manon van Egmond and I am 22 years old. I am a first-year student in the research master track Cultural Leadership. I have chosen this master because it combines theory and practice and offers a wide range of perspectives on the cultural field. I also like that there are students with different backgrounds and bachelor degrees.

    Explore Your Interests

    The research master track consists of two years. For the first semester we are allowed 20 EC to choose courses that are related to our backgrounds and our fields of interest. I have put my focus on courses about arts policy, education and theatre. I am very happy with my choices and the ability to explore my interests further. The second semester will be split between courses in Groningen and courses in Rome. I am very excited about the opportunity to travel during my studies. In the second year we will do a research trainee-ship and write our thesis.

    The Workload

    On average I spent 12 hours a week in classes and put in approximately 25 hours of self-study. Besides regular study activities, the research master track also allows the students to take a significant part in its promotion and organization. Currently some students are helping by working on the quality of the program, the promotion of seminars and of course by being a master ambassador.

    Broad, Personalised, and Fulfilling

    All in all, for me this research master track is broad, personalised and fulfilling. As a bonus, you get to spend most of your two years at a great university in the beautiful city of Groningen which has a vibrant culture and student life. If this sounds interesting to you, we will hopefully see you at one of the master events or next year as a new student of the research master track of Cultural Leadership.

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    – Manon van Egmond
  • Testimonial van Christianne Blijleven

    “For me this is an ideal combination of studying both art objects and the sector that surrounds it.”

    “The main reason for me to come to Groningen was the unique program of this research master: even though the majority of the courses discuss topics related to cultural leadership, there is plenty of space to further explore your own field as well. For me this is an ideal combination of studying both art objects and the sector that surrounds it.

    I think these two aspects together will also form a solid base for the internship in the second year. And of course there is the exchange programme with Roma Tre and the Spring School at KNIR, which is really exciting.”

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    – Christianne Blijleven
  • Testimonial van Merel Cuperus

    “This research master is for people who have the ambition to go beyond the “normal” activities within a cultural organization.”

    “This research master is for people who have the ambition to go beyond the “normal” activities within a cultural organization, and want to explore how cultural leaders within organizations can be placed, what these leaders do and how they need to act in order to get things done. Eventually, you might have the ambition to become one yourself.

    Furthermore, the programme is quite broad and my fellow students all come from different backgrounds (arts and culture; media; history; art history; language studies; sociology). Therefore the discussions in class are fruitful and full of disagreements and opinions.”

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    – Merel Cuperus
  • Testimonial van Katherine Watson

    “Leadership is curious, responsive and reflective - it recognizes patterns and sees connections and acts and engages on multiple levels.”

    “Leadership is recognising what you do not know – what perspectives can be brought to the table to bring knowledge that you do not have – it is open, inclusive and values and respects all perspectives equally. Leadership brokers knowledge – it is always learning and co-learning, rather than being the font of all wisdom. Leadership is curious, responsive and reflective - it recognizes patterns and sees connections and acts and engages on multiple levels.”

    Katherine Watson - Director, European Cultural Foundation and Cultural Leader in Residence, Research Master Cultural Leadership

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    – Katherine Watson
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