save the date - October 30: new book and symposium Cultural Policy in the Polder


New book Cultury Policy in the Polder
The Dutch tradition of ‘poldering’ is a system of constant negotiations and compromises between public and private parties. Not only has this system persisted over the centuries, but it has grown in both size and complexity. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Cultural Policy Act, Cultural Policy in the Polder introduces this typically Dutch system, the key debates during twenty-five years of cultural policymaking, and the challenges to the system for the coming decades.

This English-language publication will be published this fall by Amsterdam University Press and the Boekman Foundation

A symposium in honor of this publication will be organized op October 30, 2018, at Radboud University, Nijmegen. Policymakers, researchers, students, and other people interested are cordially invited for a collegial day filled with reflections, analyses, and research results.

The symposium will focus on how the Cultural Policy Act has shaped cultural policy over the past twenty-five years under succesive Ministers of Culture: setting up conditions, maintaining, developing, and spreading art and culture (socially as well as geographically), under a regime of quality assurance and diversity.

Special attention will be paid to those topics that are expected to dominate cultural policy over the coming years: regional cultural policy; globalization and digitization; media policy; cultural policy and the public domain; libraries in an information society; inclusivity and diversity; as well as recommendations for a cultural policy of the future.

Provisional program outline

  • Keynote by Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel (Universiteit Hildesheim) [English]
  • Introduction to Cultural Policy in the Polder by Edwin van Meerkerk (Radboud Universiteit) en Quirijn van den Hoogen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) 
  • Ten workshops featuring, among others, Koen van Eijk (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam), Geert Drion (independent consultant), Erik Hitters (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam), Quirijn van den Hoogen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Johan Kolsteeg (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Thijs Lijster (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Edwin van Meerkerk (Radboud Universiteit), Hanka Otte (Universiteit van Antwerpen), Erik Schrijvers (WRR), GwenoĂ«le Trapman (AHK, VU), and Teunis IJdens (formerly of LKCA) [when necessary in English]
  • Presentation of the 2018 NWO Boekman Dissertation Award by Prof. Dr. Kitty Zijlmans for the best doctoral research of the years 2015-2017 in the field of cultural policy
  • Launch ceremony of Cultural Policy in the Polder and presentation of the first copies to Marijke van Hees, chair of the Council for Culture, and Barbara Wolfensberger, Director of Culture of the Department of Education, Culture, and Science
  • Musical entr’actes

Tickets and registration: full price €45 (excluding surcharges), including lunch and drinks (50% student discount). Admission in order of registration, after receipt of payment.

This symposium is organized by the Boekman Foundation, Radboud University, and the University of Groningen and was made possible by the financial support of the Department of Education, Culture, and Science and the Humanities Program Office.

Datum: October 30, 2018
Time: 10.30am - 6pm
Location: Radboud University, Hall C
Elinor Ostromgebouw
Heyendaalseweg 141
6525 AJ Nijmegen
Register here