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 3rd Transatlantic Dialogue

‘Connecting through Culture’ - A Vision for Global Citizenship

The focus of this conference is to examine the critical role of general culture / liberal education for developing students & teachers who think broadly, who recognize and respect cultural diversity and heritage and whose devoted human engagement serves as a conduit to personal authenticity and innovation. Our goal is to dig deeply into key questions that help assess the value of embedding culture into higher respectively basic education curricula.

When & where: June, 4th- 6th  2014, Neumünster Abbey,  Luxembourg

For further information: 


of the






23-24 October 2014

hosted by

Umeå University



Umeå, Sweden

European Capital of Culture 2014



Call for Papers can be found here



Abstract submission deadline: 25 April 2014

V. UNeECC Forum,
Proceedings of the 6th Annual Conference of the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture has been published.

The proceedings are available on the website in a pdf format.

UNeECC Forum ISSN number (online) = ISSN 2069 – 8704

To download V. UNeECC Forum please click here (cover) and here (text)

To download IV. UNeECC Forum please click here (cover) and here (text). 

To download III. UNeECC Forum please click here (cover) and here (text). 

To download II. UNeECC Forum please click here (cover) and here (text). 

To download I. UNeECC Forum please click here (cover) and here (text).

Seventh Interdisciplinary Conference
of the
University Network of the
European Capitals of Culture


17-18 October 2013
hosted by
  Aix-Marseille Université & EHESS

Marseille, France
European Capital of Culture 2013


Thursday 17 October 2013

Venue: Villa Méditerranée, Esplanade du J4.

9.30 – 10.00 Registration
9.30 – 10.00 Press Conference
10.00 – 12.00 Opening Ceremony
  1. Address by Prof. László Komlósi, Vice-President of UNeECC
  2. Address by Prof. Jean Boutier, Director of the Marseille branch of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
  3. Address by Prof. Denis Bertin, Vice-President of d’Aix-Marseille Université
  4. Address by Dr. Ulrich Fuchs, Vice-Firector of Marseille-Provence 2013
  5. Address by Catherine Giner, City councilor in charge of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  6. Address by Jean-Noël Guérini, Senator, President of the Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône (tbc)
  7. Address by Michel Vauzelle, President of the Conseil Régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (tbc)
  8. Address by Hugues Parant, Préfet of the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Préfet des Bouches-du-Rhône
12.00 – 13.00 Buffet lunch

13.00 – 14.00 General Assembly of UNeECC

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee Break
14.30 – 16.00 Plenary Session I.

Section B - Multiculturalism and urban identities
Chair: Boris Gresillon, Professor, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU)
  • László Komlósi, University of Pécs, Pécs: Empowerment by cultural narratives and new voices
  • Claire Bullen, University of Manchester, Manchester: Multicultural Marseilles? Towards a relative understanding of narratives of diversity in France’s second city
  • Damien Vanneste - Philippe Scieur, University of Louvain, Mons: How to support urban interculturalism? – Analysis of artistic and cultural mediation practices in Belgian cities
  • Robert Kaspar - Gernot Wolfram: University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, Kufstein: Read and see! Cultural maps beyond touristic expectations in so-called "Little Global Cities"

Section C - Cultural diversity and prospects in the ECoC heritage
Chair: Prof. Giorgio Blundo, Vice-President for international relations, EHESS
  • Nicolas Debade, Aix Marseille Université, Marseille: Expression of reception and appropriation through participative and interactive Sound Installation: The Specific Case of « La Parole est aux usagers » at Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse during Marseille Provence 2013
  • Xosé Antonio Neira Cruz, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela: CampUSCulturae, a place for multicultural dialogue in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, European capital of Culture in 2000
  • Bill Chambers, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool: Building on Cultural Encounters: The impact of a Capital of Culture encounter between Liverpool Hope University and South Asian Cultural Organisation
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break

16.30 – 18.00 Plenary Session II.

Section B - Multiculturalism and urban identities
Chair: Britta Lundgren, Professor, Umea University
  • Wolfgang Schmied, University of Applied Sciences – FH Joanneum, Graz: The significance of urban development and domestic architecture in the multicultural town development using the example of the city of Graz, Austria
  • Zuhal Karagoz, LAMES, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille: Kurdish migrants on Marseille’s musical stage
  • Roland Zarzycki, University of Wrocław, Wrocław: On the meaning of cultural diversity and creativity: urban manifestations (ppt)
  •  Ineta Luka - Anda Kamarovska, Turiba University, Riga: Multilingualism as an Exposure of Multiculturalism: the case of Riga (pdf)

Section C - Cultural diversity and prospects in the ECoC heritage
Chair: Prof. Suzanne de Cheveigné, Director, Centre Norbert Elias, CNRS, Marseille
  • Raluca Calin - Emmanuel Ethis - Damien Malinas, Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse. Avignon: Diversity or multiculturalism in for European Capitals of Culture
  • Maria Elena Buslacchi, Universita degli Studi di Genova, Genova & EHESS, Marseille: Building up a new intercultural urban identity: the case study of Genova04
  • Renzo Lecardane - Irene Marotta, University of Palermo, Palermo: Multicultural city in the Mediterranean territory green city Palermo 2019 (pdf)
  • Hatto Fischer, Poiein kai Prattein, Athens: The missing European dimension
19.30.Gala Dinner: Le Petit Pavillon
Address:  54 Corniche John F. Kennedy, MARSEILLE (7e)

Friday 18 October 2013

Venue: Centre de la Vieille Charité, 2, rue de la Charité

9.00 – 10.30 Parallel Sessions III.

Section A - Culture for public spaces and urban development
Chair: László Komlósi, Vice-Rector, University of Pécs
  • Adriana Galvani - Riccardo Pirazzoli, University of Bologna, Bologna: Cultural encounters in accessible spaces: Porticoes in Bologna
  • Tomas Kačerauskas, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius: The spaces of a city and the identity’s narratives
  • Tuuli Lähdesmäki, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä: The Critical View to the Role of Space in the Politics of Intercultural Dialogue (ppt)
Section B - Multiculturalism and urban identities
Chair: Bill Chambers, Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, Liverpool Hope University
  • Carmel Cassar - George Cassar, University of Malta, Msida: Valletta: an epitome of multiculturalism (pdf)
  • Gyöngyi Pozsgai, University of Pécs, Pécs: Multiculturalism in university environment – the decision making of international students when choosing their places of study
  • Helene Simoni, University of Patras, Patras: Multiple cultural strata and one urban identity: Challenges and opportunities in Patras, Greece (pdf)
  • Kamila Kaminska, University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw: Multicultural Wroclaw: myth, reality, paradoxes and the educational challenges
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions IV.

Section A - Culture for public spaces and urban development

Chair: Boris Gresillon, Professor, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU)
  • Serge Schwartzmann, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille: Marseille public spaces, spaces for cultural mixity?
  • Ildikó Kránicz - Judit Gyüre - Gábor Pirisi, University of Pécs, Pécs: Spatial activity of the foreign students in Pécs, Hungary
  • Jean-Paul Fourmentraux, Maître de Conférences a l'Université de Lille 3, Lille: An art to "use value" The New Patrons of the Fondation de France

Section C - Cultural diversity and prospects in the ECoC heritage
Chair: Jean Boutier, Professor, Director of EHESS Marseille
  • Ágnes Simon, University of Pécs, Pécs: Culture based urban development – the case of Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture
  • Pier Luigi Sacco, IULM University Milan, Milan: Complex urban identities: The case of the Contrade of Siena and the Siena 2019 European Capital of Culture bid
  • Vildan Seçkiner, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich: Ahirkapi Spring (Hidrellez) Festival, Festivalizing the everyday life of ‘the others’
  • Daniela Preda  - Eva-Nicoleta Burdusel, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Sibiu: Sibiu – European Capital of Culture: Best Practices for Promoting Multiculturalism – The Case of Erasmus Program (ppt)
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Parallel Sessions V.

Section B - Multiculturalism and urban identities
Chair: Prof. Emmanuel Pedler, Director of the graduate programme, EHESS, Marseille
  • Joost van Vliet, The Hague University, Hague: Ethnic-cultural attitudes towards self-management among elderly people
  • Maria Grazia Marini: Comune di Ravenna, Ravenna: Cultural Heritage in Dialogue in Ravenna: from Ancient to Contemporary Art. Cooperation for Multicultural Growth of a City Identity
  • Witold Ostafiński, The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow, Cracow: Interpersonal Communication in the EU: A Humanistic Solution
Section C - Cultural diversity and prospects in the ECoC heritage
Chair: Britta Lundgren, Professor, Umea University
  • Anastasia Paparis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki: Eurocal Cultural-and-Spatial Identity: Epistemological Foundation and Principles Guiding for an ECoC Successful Bid and Legacy (ppt)
  • Jiri Jezek, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen: Urban Identity and Image of the City Pilsen as the European Capital of Culture 2015 (ppt)
  • Nadia Carboni, Ravenna 2019 ECoC Office, Ravenna: Mosaic of Cultures: the Challenge for becoming European Capital of Culture
  • Nataša Urošević, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Pula: Pula as a multicultural and intercultural city – Croatian candidates for European Capital of Culture 2020
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00 Conclusions

19.30 Closing Dinner: Restaurant du Cercle des Nageurs
Address:  Extrémité Boulevard Charles Livon,  Marseille (7e)    


It is our pleasure to announce that 3rd UNeECC Newsletter
has been published.

To download the latest Newsletter of UNeECC please click on the icon below.

The editor of the newsletter is  Professor William Chambers,
Pro-Vice Chancellor Emeritus from Liverpool Hope University.

Board Meeting, College of Europe, Bruges

The Winter Board meeting was kindly hosted by the College of Europe in Bruges on 8th February 2013. Thanks to Angela O’Neill for arranging the event. The new Board members Britta Lundgren (Umea, Sweden) and Livia Illie (Sibiu, Romania) were welcomed. 

Key decisions made were:

The 2013 Annual Conference will be held in Marseilles on 17-18th October 2013. It will be hosted by EHESS and Aix-Marseille Université and the title of the Conference will be ‘Cultural Encounters. The Mosaic of Urban Identities’. The conference focuses on multiculturalism in urban environments and at the same time, it hopes to contribute to the on-going debates on European Citizenship. It will have a truly multi- and interdisciplinary approach. The closing date for the submission of abstracts is 15th April 2013.
•  The Winter Board meeting in February 2014 will be held in Riga at the kind invitation of Turiba University
• The date and venue for the 2014 conference was agreed as October 22-24th 2014 at the University of Umea in Sweden  sometimes known as the University of the Arctic. The provisional title will be ‘Universities and the City Arts Scene.’

In addition
•    we considered the evaluations received from the Maribor Conference
•    we decided to start a new annual UNeECC cultural grant  to the value of 1000 Euro to support a high quality cultural event being held by a member university


UNeECC Erasmus Intensive Programme to be launched
‘Cultural Management Policies and Practices for the Creative Use of Cultural Heritage’

Five UNeECC members have been awarded an Erasmus Intensive Programme 2012 grant, funded by the TEMPUS Foundation.

The course aims to present opportunities for participants to gain experience in multinational teamwork ,enabling students and teachers from the 5 universities to learn from each
other and gain new contextual knowledge and diverse perspectives in the field of European Cultural Management Policies and
Practices for the Creative Use of Cultural Heritage. The programme aims to address 3 multidisciplinary themes: -

• Developing & designing experiences for cultural/ creative tourism
• Roles in mapping, defining & building recognition of cultural heritage
• Evaluation of social benefits of cultural heritage projects

In partnership with the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC) the Erasmus IP intends to bring together

  • the University of Pécs, Hungary,
  • the University of Patras, Greece,
  • the Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal,
  • Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania and
  • FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria.

The project coordinator is the University of Pécs. The title of the programme is: ‘Cultural Management Policies and Practices for the Creative Use of Cultural Heritage’.
The planned study programme intends to bring together approximately 40 students and 10 lecturers representing a wide range of disciplinary fields from 5 countries in partnership with the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC) in late April of 2013.

This is UNeECC’s first collaborative Erasmus Internsive Programme. We would like to congratulate for the main organizer and partners for the successful application!

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The University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC), an international non-profit ass ociation, was founded in Péécs Hungary in December 2006, by 15 founding members.

The creation of UNeECC originates from the idea that it would be useful for Universities and establishments of Higher Education based in European Capitals of Culture to use this well known and prestigious European institution to stimulate new forms of academic and educational institutional collaboration.

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European Capital of Culture

The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one year during which it is given a chance to showcase its cultural life and cultural development. A number of European cities have used the City of Culture year to transform completely their cultural base and, in doing so, the way in which they are viewed internationally.

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