Support & Cooperation in Cultural and Creative Sectors
31 Jul 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Cultural Relations

Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on international cultural relations

In light of the current pandemic, the Cultural Relations Platform has launched in May 2020 a research study to analyse and assess the impact of COVID-19 crisis on international cultural relations (ICR). 

The CRP’s approach is incremental in observing several different aspects and regions and takes into account the development of the pandemic in the context and situation within the sector on a global scale. The research has two main objectives:

  • Assessing the impact on a short and medium term
    • Map and identify the impact of COVID-19 on the CCSs within the EU and in third countries
    • Study key policy responses taking to limit the human and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the CCSs across the globe
  • Planning the future: how ICR would be reshaped over the long-term?
    • Study the effects of the crisis on the implementation of the EU strategic approach to international cultural relations (ICR)
    • Develop scenarios for international cultural relations after COVID-19 (and beyond)
    • Provide recommendations to EU institutions on the development and implementation of meaningful cultural relations strategies with partners around the world

The geographical scope of the study includes the EU, the Western Balkans, the Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood countries (MENA and Eastern Europe), as well as Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United States of America. Other regions and countries might be added later.

This research is conducted by Professor Pierangelo Isernia and Alessandro Giovanni Lamonica from the University of Siena (DISPOC) with the support and input of seven regional experts: Tetiana Biletska, Milena Dragicevic Sesic, Fatin Farhat, Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco, Moukhtar Kocache, Mourad Sakli, Anupama Sekhar.