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Fair Cooperation

A New Paradigm for Cultural Diplomacy and Arts Management

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Annika Hampel

European cultural policy is based on the exchange of artists. It has devoted decades to the objective of encouraging dialogue and enabling cooperative production; especially between the countries of the so-called ‘Global North’ and ‘Global South’. Cultural policy makers and agents in Europe, such as those working in cultural institutions and at the ministries responsible for cultural relations, constantly stress their claims of a ‘dialogue of equals’. However, if and how cultural cooperations really are in practice brought to life on equal terms is an open question.

Annika Hampel analyzes the working conditions of partnerships to understand how current artistic collaborations function, what structures and processes they involve, on what premises and within what frameworks the collaborators work, and what challenges they have to cope with.The foundation of her reflections are the experiences and insights of actors in cooperative projects who are responsible for the implementation of the goals of the European Cultural Policies in practice.

Annika Hampel uses five case studies, which offer insights across the spectrum of artistic cooperation, to display the wide range of Indo-German collaborations in the arts. From her analysis of the practical reality, Annika Hampel develops and proposes cultural and political measures to foster a new culture of international cooperation on an equal footing. The author shows how to minimize power relations, promote cultural diversity, and exploit the underused potential of cooperative work.

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5. “Cooperative Partnerships” under the Microscope. An Analysis of the Practice

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“Cooperative Partnerships” under the Microscope

An Analysis of the Practice

The previous chapters have made clear that the cultural discourse since the 1970s has called for dialogue, partnership, and an engagement on equal levels in international cultural cooperation. However, the way in which this dialogue, these partnerships, and this equality is to be implemented in practice – or, indeed if these ideals are practically possible – has been left indefinite. Since we have determined the extent of the FCP’s ambitions for cooperative work, Chapter 5 of this study will use practical examples of the cooperative work in India, in order to undertake a qualitative and empirical examination of the implementation of these principles. The conclusions drawn from this examination of the practice will help to determine the actual relation between ambition and reality. This chapter will make a focused presentation of how cooperation between German and Indian cultural actors is in fact implemented on the basis of 81 interviews with the experts involved.

The experience of these interviewed experts have crystallised several moments, phases, and aspects of the planning and realisation of artistic cooperations, which can be seen as centrally important in the cooperation between German and Indian cultural actors. The challenges, problems, and deficits of international partnerships lie within these criteria. The presentation of the results of this study lays out the epistemological conclusions of the investigation in a focused way on the basis of the theoretical frame of reference for the research project set...

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