Dr Aleksandar Brkić

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Position Lecturer
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Dr Aleksandar Brkić

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 in 2016. Prior to that he was teaching at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and University of Arts in Belgrade.

Dr Brkić primarily teaches in the BA Arts Management programme. At the same time he 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 External Relations Committee at Goldsmiths and an External Examiner at the BA Arts and Media Management programme at Birkbeck, University of London. Aleksandar is a guest lecturer at the University of Arts in Belgrade; Sibelius Academy, University of Arts in Helsinki and Ben M'Sik, Hassan II University, Casablanca.

Academic qualifications

  • 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

Research interests

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, Engagement (Creative Arts), Griffith University, 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).

Aleksandar participated in the COST Action IS1007 - Investigating Cultural Sustainability research project (2011-2014). Project investigated and operationalized the concept of culture in the context of sustainable development (SD) through multidisciplinary approaches and analyses; examined the best practices for bringing culture into policy and practical domains; and developed means and indicators for assessing the impacts of culture on SD.

Publications

Book

Brkić, Aleksandar. 2014. Cultural policy frameworks (Re) constructing national and supranational identities: The Balkans and the European Union. Amsterdam: European cultural foundation. ISBN 978-90-6282-061-0

Edited Book

Byrnes, William J. and Brkić, Aleksandar, eds. 2019. The Routledge Companion to Arts Management. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138492226

Dinulović, Radivoje and Brkić, Aleksandar, eds. 2007. Theatre - Politics - City : case study, Belgrade. Belgrade: YUSTAT - Centre for performing arts and technology. ISBN 978-86-910201-0-1

Book Section

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

Brkić, Aleksandar. 2018. Death of the Arts Manager. In: Constance DeVereaux, ed. Arts and Cultural Management: Sense and Sensibilities in the State of the Field. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138048447

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

Article

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. 2013. In a Bigger Family. ARTICLE: The Singapore Biennale Review,

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

Professional projects

In parallel with his academic life, Alex is active as a producer and arts manager for the last 20 year. He is currently working as a producer/consultant for LP Duo, a piano duo signed to Universal Music Group (www.lpduo.com). Aleksandar is also a member of "The Immortals" group at the Kaimera Productions from New York/Paris (www.kaimeraproductions.com).

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups/Projects

Media engagements

2018: Belgrade is not Hell. It's Purgatory.
Adam Marple: A story about Belgrade, Singapore, New York, but also about Sonja, Andrija, Adam, Aleksandar.

Conferences and talks

2019: From 'neofolk culture' to 'the people’s hip hop': Are Rasta, Senidah and Coby ruining your kids?
NEW HORIZONS Of Culture, Arts and Media in the Digital Environment, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade

2019: Who Needs an Organisation?
Keynote speech at the Creative Backslash conference, Belgrade / Part of the Connect for Creativity project developed by the British Council

2018: Theatre in a Mosque: Borders and the Art in Singapore
10th midterm Conference of the European Research Networks, Sociology of the Arts & Sociology of Culture, University of Malta

2017: Ecosystem of funding for theatre: European/UK Experiences
Cyprus Centre of ITI, Nicosia

2017: Where are we headed? Crisis, sustainability and other stories
Perspectives of national cultural policies development in the EU context: critical dialogues / Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO)

2016: Singapore’s market-based authoritarian cultural policy between cultural participation concepts of Excellence and Engagement
2016 International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

2016: Cultural Networks and Quantum Reality: Rise of cultural education networks in Asia
2016 International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Grants and awards

2011: 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

2004: Chevening scholarship
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.

Project Management in the Arts

Aleksandar's professional grounding is in performing arts - he has worked as a theatre producer and arts manager for different arts organizations in Serbia, such as Center for performing arts and technology (YUSTAT) and Belgrade international theatre festival (BITEF) where he had the priviledge to work besides artists such as Robert Wilson, Arpad Schilling, Paolo Magelli, Tomas Ostermeier. As part of an arts collective, he participated in the Venice Biennale (2004). Aleksandar 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, Jelena Bogavac.

When it comes to special events management, Aleksandar was a production director at Studio Berar company from Novi Sad, working on concerts of artists such as Metallica, Sting, Vernon Reid, Dele Sosimi, Esma Redžepova, Šaban Bajramović, Louis, Mistakemistake. As a freelanc producer, he was engaged in the production of numerous events – conferences, biennials, festivals, opening and closing ceremonies, state spectacles.

He has more than 15 years of international experience as a trainer, coach and consultant in the areas of project/events and strategic management, cultural policy and intercultural dialogue through arts, working with the organizations from Europe and Asia. Alex was the coordinator (together with Audrey Wong) of Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research (ANCER).