Aleksandar Brkić is a scholar in the fields of cultural/arts management and cultural policy, with significant experience as a producer and arts manager, working in the intersections of performing arts, visual arts, and design. He joined the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016.
Aleksandar primarily teaches at the BA Arts Management programme, contributes to other ICCE postgraduate programs, and acts as a Senior Tutor for the MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Center for the Studies of the Balkans.
- PhD in Management in Arts and Media, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade 2013
- MFA in Scene Design at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Arts in Belgrade; 2010
- MSc in Management at Cass Business School, City University, London 2005
- BA/MA at the Department for Theatre and Radio Production at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade 2004
Teaching and Supervision
As a continuation of his work from Singapore and Southeast Asia, Dr. Brkić is currently working on a research project titled ‘Collective Creative Practices in Southeast Asia’, focusing on progressive art collectives from the region, and creating a knowledge/practice exchange platform with art collectives from UK and Europe.
Together with Professor Ruth Bereson, Dean (Academic), Arts, Education and Law Group, Griffith University (Australia), Dr. Brkić was involved in the research project titled ‘An Ontology of Arts and Cultural Management Education’, supported by LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2014-2018)
Brkić, Aleksandar. 2011. Cultural policy frameworks (Re) constructing national and supranational identities: The Balkans and the European Union. The Netherlands: European cultural foundation. ISBN 978-90-6282-061-0
Brkić, Aleksandar. 2019. Roles of Cultural Networks in the Times of Quantum Reality. In: William J. Byrnes and Aleksandar Brkić, eds. The Routledge Companion to Arts Management. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138492226
Dragićević Šešić, Milena; Brkić, Aleksandar and Matejić, Julija. 2015. Mobilizing urban neighbourhoods: artivism, identity, and cultural sustainability. In: , ed. Culture and surtainability in European cities: imagining Europolis. Routledge, pp. 193-205. ISBN 978-1-138-77841-2
Brkić, Aleksandar. 2019. Balancing between the notions of quality and attraction in teaching arts management. Anthology of Essays by Faculty of Dramatic Arts, 35, ISSN 1450-5681
Brkić, Aleksandar. 2011. Mogućnost društvene promene i popularna muzika u Srbiji: Studija slučaja - Šobaja i "Tri poljupca". Etnoantropološki problemi, 6(2), pp. 443-455.
Brkić, Aleksandar. 2010. Teaching Arts Management: Where Did We Lose the Core Ideas? The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 38(4), pp. 270-280. ISSN 1063-2921
Further profile content
Byrnes, William J. and Brkić, Aleksandar, eds. 2019. The Routledge Companion to Arts Management. London: Routledge.
Perspectives from international scholars, educators, consultants, and practitioners sharing opinions, exploring important questions, and raising concerns about the field
Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups/Projects
Belgrade is not Hell. It's Purgatory.
Interview with Adam Marple: a story about Belgrade, Singapore, New York, but also about Sonja, Andrija, Adam, Aleksandar.
Conferences and talks
“Higher Education Dilemmas: Should Art and Creativity be Managed?”
“Creative and Cultural Industries and Higher Education” at Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey. Invited speaker
“Cultural Networks and the Quantum Reality: The Model of ANCER Network”
International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (The 9th ICCPR), Seoul, South Korea. Session paper with Ruth Bereson
“Singapore’s Market-based Authoritarian Cultural Policy between Cultural Participation Concepts of Excellence and Engagement”
International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (The 9th ICCPR), Seoul, South Korea. Session paper
“The relationship between the concept of «well-being» and cultural policy in Singapore“
«Culture and politics of development: Ethical challenges» session, «Culture and Sustainability» Conference, Helsinki, Finland
Grants and awards
Cultural Policy Research Award
European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and ENCATC award for the best proposal in applied, cross-cultural research in Europe, worth 10,000 Euros and a publishing deal
Chevening Scholarships are an important element of Britain’s public diplomacy effort and bring professionals, who have already displayed outstanding leadership talents, to study in the UK.
Arts Manager and Producer
Besides his academic career, Alex is active as a producer and arts manager for the last 20 year. He is the founder and a producer of 8010, an art production company based in Belgrade - currently working as a producer/consultant for LP Duo, a piano duo signed to Universal Music Group. He is actively collaborating with Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and producer of Akram Khan Company from London, and is a member of "The Immortals" at the Kaimera Productions from New York/Paris.
Aleksandar's professional grounding is in performing arts - he has worked as a theatre producer and arts manager for different arts organizations in Serbia, including Belgrade international theatre festival (BITEF) and Center for performing arts and technology (YUSTAT); participated in the Venice Biennale (2004); was a producer of national exhibitions of Serbia on Prague Quadrennial (2007, 2011) and producer/organizer of number of theatre performances and site-specific projects, collaborating closely with inspiring artists such as Jozef Nadj, Dragan Stojčevski, Branko Pavić, Sladjana Kilibarda and Jelena Bogavac.
When it comes to special events management, Aleksandar was a production director at Studio Berar company from Novi Sad, organising and promoting concerts of artists such as Vernon Reid, Dele Sosimi, Esma Redžepova, Šaban Bajramović, Louis, Mistakemistake; as well as working as an events manager for variety of events – conferences, opening and closing ceremonies, state spectacles, music gigs.
He has more than 15 years of international experience as a trainer and coach in the areas of project/events and strategic management, cultural policy and intercultural dialogue through arts, working with the organizations from Europe and Asia.