Arts and Cultural Management Conference 2024

Online Events

We’re thrilled to unveil a series of dynamic online events leading up to the ACMC 2024 in Vienna. These activities are designed to ignite your curiosity, spark transformative ideas, and foster meaningful connections within the arts and cultural management community.
Take part in insightful discussions with visionary thinkers and academics, our online events offer a unique opportunity to engage with diverse perspectives and explore innovative approaches in the field. Whether you’re an emerging professional, a seasoned expert, a curious student, or simply passionate about the cultural landscape, there’s something for everyone.
Online event

Togetherness and Becoming: Culture as Survival

We are delighted to invite you to the opening event of this year’s ACMC programme, as we bring together two celebrated writers and visionary thinkers. Join philosopher, writer, activist and academic Bayo Akomolafe, travel and fiction writer, editor and storyteller Nick Hunt, and ACMC President Gabriela Mocan in a conversation centred on transgression, cultural exploration, human identity and the quest for connection. This is sure to spark transformative ideas and inspire change, don’t miss it!

Culture wields immense influence, pushing boundaries and reshaping societal norms. Creativity, balancing disruption with cooperation, serves as a catalyst for change and unity.

How can writers and artists challenge norms and offer fresh perspectives on society? Through Nick’s exploration of nature and human identity, Bayo’s views on global crises, activism, and social change, alongside Gabriela’s insights, we’ll delve into societal and ecological responsiveness, cultural exploration, and our connection with the world around us.
Date: 11 July 2024
Time: 17:00 - 18:00 CEST
The event will take place on Zoom. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the talk.
About the speakers

Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden Abayomi, the grateful life-partner to Ije, son and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak, Bayo Akomolafe is the Founder of The Emergence Network, a planet-wide initiative that seeks to convene communities in new ways in response to the critical, civilizational challenges we face as a species. He is host of the postactivist course/festival/event, ‘We Will Dance with Mountains’. He currently lectures at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. He sits on the Board of many organizations including Science and Non-Duality (US) and Ancient Futures (Australia).
In July 2022, Dr. Akomolafe was appointed the inaugural Global Senior Fellow of University of California’s (Berkeley) Othering and Belonging Institute. He is also the inaugural Special Fellow of the Schumacher Centre for New Economics, the Inaugural Scholar in Residence for the Aspen Institute, the inaugural Special Fellow for the Council of an Uncertain Human Future, as well as Visiting Scholar to Clark University, Massachusetts, USA (2024). He has been Fellow for The New Institute in Hamburg, Germany, and Visiting Critic-in-Residence for the Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (2023).
He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has been Commencement Speaker in two universities convocation events. He is also the recipient of the New Thought Leadership Award 2021 and the Excellence in Ethnocultural Psychotherapy Award by the African Mental Health Summit 2022. In a ceremony in July 2023, the City of Portland (Maine, USA) awarded Dr. Akomolafe with the symbolic ‘Key to the City’ in recognition of his planet-wide work and achievements.
Dr. Akomolafe is a Member of the Club of Rome, a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts in the UK, and an Ambassador for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance.

Nick Hunt

Nick Hunt is a travel writer and novelist from the UK. His non-fiction books include Outlandish, about walking Europe’s ‘unlikely landscapes’; Where the Wild Winds Are, which describes four journeys in search of Europe’s great named winds; and Walking the Woods and the Water, the story of his 2,500-mile walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor. He is also the author of The Parakeeting of London, a work of ‘gonzo ornithology’; a collection of short fiction, Loss Soup and Other Stories; and Red Smoking Mirror, an alternate history novel set in 16th-century MexicoHis books have twice been finalists for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, and his novel was shortlisted for The Viking Award for Fiction With a Sense of Place. His work has also been included in The Best British Travel Writing of the 21st Century.
His articles have appeared in The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Aeon, Emergence, Resurgence & Ecologist, Noema and other publications. He is an occasional contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, and a recipient of the Royal Geographical Society Journey of a Lifetime Award. He also works as a teacher and mentor, and is a co-director of the Dark Mountain Project, publishing two books of non-fiction, fiction, poetry and artwork a year.