The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 21 - October 23, 2021

Excellent conference. I really enjoyed the papers, speakers, schedule and location and great staff!

D.B., United States, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...relating to public administration and policy. Good opportunities for networking.

N.D., Georgia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

Excellent participants, argument-driven discussions, impartial and supportive Chairs in the Working Group.

D.G., Republic of North Macedonia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague detail and I really enjoyed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere there. Thank you!

R.B., Lithuania, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...both in terms of academic quality and logistics, and also social events. It was a true joy.

E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...The special programmes were really excellent and we took home many varied experiences.

P.N., Hungary, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...Sessions were interesting, scholars were engaging and all the social events were amazing!

B.K., Kazakhstan, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

Excellent organization, excellent food. Compliments to the organizers, they did a wonderful job!

V.J., Netherlands, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

...I must say that the PhD pre-conference seminar was the most useful seminar of my life. Very well...

K.V., Czech Republic, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

... I would even argue that they are the very best - both in terms of scientific content and also entertainment…

P.W., Denmark, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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Report 2021
Panel: Cultural Policy, Co-creation and Smart Development in CEE 

Panel Coordinator:

Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipėda University, Klaipėda, Lithuania,
Primož Pevcin, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Place: 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: October 21-23, 2021
Main theme of the conference: "Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment - The Era of Collaborative Innovation in Governance"

The panel was organised in hybrid form, thus the first session was implemented in online format, and the second session in physical format. Both sessions were held on Friday, October 22, 2021. The aim of the panel was to address the frameworks of public policy and cultural planning, which are perceived as the driving tools for smart development. The relation between the arts, culture, citizens, creativity, and government policies was addressed in order to take an empowerment approach to cultural policy analysis and management. In summary, 7 papers which were included in the final version of the conference programme for this panel were also presented; 5 of them in online format, and 2 of them in physical format.

The papers delivered in the online session were:

"City’s Soft Power: Developing Urban Soft Power Index as a tool for smart and culture-led development”. Author/Presenter: Veaceslav Mir, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. •"Perception of customer research from the point of view of managers in public cultural institutions in Poland”. Author/Presenter: Rudolf Wawrzyniec, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland. •"Art classes in high school: to be or not to be?” – the Romanian answer. Author/Presenter: Andrei Nicolae, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania.
"Stuck inside: How did performers manage to fare the COVID-19 pandemic?” Author/Presenter: Alina Maria Pavelea, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
"Drivers of Inter-Municipal Cooperation as a Vehicle for Smart Local Development”. Authors: Veronika Petkovsek & Primož Pevcin, University of Ljubljana Faculty of Public Administration, Slovenia.

The papers delivered in the physical session were:
"What factors shape the particular branding of the cities?” Author/Presenter: Primoz Pevcin, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
"Modern forms of promotion and the possibility of its exploitation in cities”. Authors: Katarina Vitálišová, Darina Rojíková, Anna Vaňová, Kamila Borseková, University of Matej Bel, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.

There were 2 major issues discussed during this panel, i.e. city promotion, strategies and development and managerial issues in cultural institutions. Interestingly, the delay in the conference implementation for almost 18 months, caused by the pandemic, has also caused changes in the focus of the presented topics, as the effects of the pandemic were, directly or indirectly, addressed in all of the reports, thus boosting the practical implications of the panel’s focus. According to the discussion, the panel envisages that the focus of the future activities should be directed more towards the issues of smartness and resilience, with the need to amend the aim and title of the panel, when proposed to continue.