The case for a Cultural footprint

Events / 05.12.11


Elna Roig and Jordi Baltà present their report ‘Approaches to a cultural footprint: proposal for the concept and ways to measure it’. This followed by a response from Johan Häggman (European Commission) and François Alfonsi (Member of the European Parliamernt) and a discussion with representatives from civil society organisations, think-tanks and other research centres.

The report discusses the concept of ‘cultural footprint’ and examines its political implications. The notion of a cultural footprint is inspired by the ‘ecological footprint’ used since the 1990s to measure the impact of human action on natural resources and on ecosystems’ capacity to regenerate. Importing the idea of a ‘footprint’ into
a cultural context emphasises the importance of culture for sustainable human development. The development of a cultural footprint is a first step towards developing effective cultural policy impact assessments.

The conference is scheduled as follows:

17:00 Registration at

Résidence Palace – Centre de presse international
Rue de la Loi 155 – Bloc C 1040 Bruxelles/Brussel. Vlaanderen

17:15 Welcome adress

Mr Günther Dauwen, Secretary-General of the Centre Maurits Coppieters

17:30 Presentation of the report by its authors

Mrs Elna Roig, policy officer for cross-border cooperation at the foreign affairs department of the government of Catalonia and professor at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona),

Mr Jordi Baltà, project coordinator at the Interarts Foundation (Barcelona) and researcher in the areas of cultural policy and international cultural cooperation.

18:00 Comments by

Mr Johan Häggman, Coordinator of multilingualism and translation studies, European Commission

Mr François Alfonsi, Memeber of the European Parliament (Greens/European Free Alliance)

18:30 Questions and Answers

19:00 Drinks and finger foods follows

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