ECHOES Webinar

‘Perspectives from the Inside Out’


September 16th 2020, 10:30 – 12:30 CEST (GMT+2)

The ECHOES Project continues its series of events exploring the opportunities afforded by heritage diplomacy and international cultural relations to engage with the legacies of Europe’s colonial past. Join us on the above date, for the ‘Perspectives from the Inside Out’ online webinar where we aim to reflect on the important lessons from the tumultuous events of the first half of 2020. The health crisis, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the ongoing ‘culture wars’, have brought with them significant changes to the way we work, live and interact with each other. 

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To help us reflect on these issues we are joined by:

Dr Walter Zampieri. Head of Unit for the “Creative Europe programme: Culture”, at the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. Before taking up his current post, he was the Head of the Cultural Policy Unit in the Directorate General for Education and Culture in the European Commission. Previously he had been Deputy Head of the Coordination Unit and Assistant to the Director General for Education and Culture. He started his career in the Commission in the Directorate General for Employment and Social Affairs; among his previous positions, there was the secretariat of the Social Protection Committee. He has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Connecticut (USA) and a degree in Humanities from the University of Padua, in Italy.

Dr Andrew Murray. An experienced practitioner of international cultural relations as well as an academic teaching and researching in EU cultural diplomacy and cultural relations. As Global Director of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) he professionalised the management of the network, developed its first strategic framework, acquired EU funding for its operations around the world, and was responsible for initiating a strategic partnership with the European Commission and the European External Action Service. This strategic partnership between member states’ national cultural institutes and EU Delegations will be the platform for the implementation of the new EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations. Prior to his work with EUNIC, Andrew held senior management posts for the British Council in the UK, Europe and Africa. He has a doctorate in Nationalism from the University of Manchester and is currently teaching cultural diplomacy in Brussels and Siena.

Dr Damien Helly. An international cultural advisor currently leading Tfanen-Tunisie Creative Programme (implemented by the British Council on behalf of EUNIC), one of the largest bilateral European cultural programmes in a partner country. He was one of the four independent experts involved in the EU preparatory action on culture in external relations in 2012-2013, leading to the adoption of the 2016 EU strategic approach towards international cultural relations. Damien is also co-founder of Culture Solutions, a social innovation group and think tank that specialises in EU international cultural relations.

For any questions related to this event please contact Cristina Clopot, The event will be open to the public.