Bergen Summer Research School
Course | BSRS 2019

Cultural Policy: Arts Heritage & Sustainability

We will examine how cultural policy may be understood in terms of the global SDGs, and how notions of cultural rights, ownership, and creative arts practices are transforming due to globalization.

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Course leader
David Hebert, Professor, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Guest lecturers
Alf Tore Hommedal, Cultural History Museum, University of Bergen
Mary Miller, Bergen National Opera
Ole Marius Hylland, Telemarksforsking and University of South-Eastern Norway

Creative arts and cultural heritage are essential for social cohesion and wellbeing, and increasingly of concern to policy-makers. Since the United Nations announced its 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals have served as a framework for national, regional, and local policy development.

Although culture is not offered a prominent role in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), its importance is acknowledged within SDG Targets 4.7, 8.3, 8.9, 12.b, and 11.4. In this course, we will address how issues in cultural policy worldwide may be understood in relation to the SDGs, as well as how notions of intellectual property, cultural rights, and creative practices in the arts are profoundly changing as a consequence of rapid technological development and globalization. 

This course will strengthen the competence of PhD candidates across an array of arts, social sciences, and policy-related fields.

  • Participants will deepen their knowledge of specialized topics, including:
    1. arts heritage and cultural policy
    2. indigeneity, cultural rights, and intellectual property
    3. digitization and glocalization, and
    4. postcoloniality and sustainable development
  • Participants will deepen their skills in such areas as empirical research, theoretical scholarship, and policy-development.
  • Participants will collectively produce original scholarly writings suitable for publication.

Our course begins with two short introductory sessions on the first day to learn about each other’s individual projects and orient us to the main themes of the course. This is followed by four days in which mornings are devoted to lectures and guided discussion of readings to deepen our shared knowledge of four essential topics: (1) arts heritage and cultural policy, (2) indigeneity, cultural rights, and intellectual property, (3) digitization and glocalization, and (4) postcoloniality and sustainable development.

There are also four shorter lab sessions, mostly in the afternoons, in which students focus on development of their group projects on indigenous arts and cultural heritage. Our objective, in addition to advanced learning and competence development, is to collectively produce at least one scholarly publication (book and/or special issue of a journal) as well as some policy recommendations in response to the SDGs to promote a sustainable future for global cultural heritage and arts traditions.

David G. Hebert, PhD is a full Professor with Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. A widely published and cited interdisciplinary researcher, he has held positions with universities in the USA, Finland, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, and New Zealand, and has directed research projects on six continents. Dr. Hebert is a frequent keynote speaker for conferences, and an editorial board member with such scholarly journals as Arts Education Policy Review and Music Education Research. His writings appear in over 30 different professional journals, and he has authored several books in the fields of music, education, and East Asian studies.

Reading list

Akuno, E., Klepacki, L., Lin, M., O’Toole, J., Reihana, T., Wagner, E., & Restrepo, G. Z. (2015). Whose arts education?: International and intercultural dialogue. In M. Fleming, L. Bresler & J. O’Toole (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of the Arts and Education (pp.79-105). New York, NY: Routledge.

De Duve, T. (2008). Art in the face of radical evil. October, 125, 3-23. Retrieved from: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40368509

European Commission. (2018). A New European Agenda for Culture. Retrieved from: https://ec.europa.eu/culture/sites/culture/files/commission_communication_-_a_new_european_agenda_for_culture_2018.pdf

Go, J. (2016). Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory (The postcolonial challenge, p.64-102). New York: Oxford University Press. 

Hebert, D. G. & Rykowski, M. (Eds.), (2018). Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age (Music in the conditions of glocalization, p.1-19; Italian opera as a glocalized profession, p.306-345; Conclusion: toward a theoretical model of music glocalization, p.346-374). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Hebert, D. G. & Hauge, T. B. (2019). Conclusion: Learning from two decades of music education leadership. In D. G. Hebert & T. B. Hauge (Eds.), Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe. New York: Routledge.

Howard, K. (2018). The life and death of music as East Asian intangible cultural heritage. In D. G. Hebert, (Ed.), International Perspectives on Translation, Education, and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies (p.35-55). Dordrecht: Springer.

Hylland, O. M. and Bjurstrom, E. (2018). Knowledge production as mediator between aesthetics and politics. In O. M. Hylland & E. Bjurstrom (Eds.), Aesthetics and Politics: A Nordic Perspective on how Cultural Policy Negotiates the Agency of Music and Arts (p.165-189). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Kangas, A., Duxbury, N. & De Beukelaer, C. (2017). Introduction: Cultural policies for sustainable development. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 23:2, 129-132, DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2017.1280790

Mulcahy, K. V. (2017). Public Culture, Cultural Identity, Cultural Policy: Comparative Perspectives (Foreword, p.vii-xxxii; Coloniality: the cultural policy of post-colonialism, p.95-124; Internal coloniality: Cultural regions and the politics of nationalism, p.125-150). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Portolés, J. B. & Šešić, M. D. (2017). Cultural rights and their contribution to sustainable development: Implications for cultural policy. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 23:2, 159-173.

Thram, D. (2014). The legacy of music archives in historical ethnomusicology: A model for engaged ethnomusicology. In J. McCollum & D. G. Hebert (Eds.), Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology (p.309-335). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

UCLG Committee on Culture. (2018, May). Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Local Action. United Cities and Local Governments. Retrieved from: https://www.uclg.org/sites/default/files/culture_in_the_sdgs.pdf



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