The Department of Cultural Policy, founded in 1998, focuses its work on the representatives, the content and the structures of cultural policies, arts management and arts education in Germany and in international contexts. It is a part of arts and cultural studies at University of Hildesheim. The close relation to the departments of fine arts, music, theatre, literature, popular culture, media
and philosophy at the University enables us to teach and research areas of cultural policy and management which take account of the audience and are also appropriate to the arts. The Department of Cultural Policy embraces a concept of culture which is on the one hand focused on the theory and practice of the arts, and on the other hand, on the sociological, educational, political and economic effects of artistic and creative processes in society. The Department of Cultural Policy has three professorships and currently five research assistants. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider is in charge of the field of cultural policy, Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel of the field of cultural management and Prof. Vanessa-Isabelle Reinwand-Weiss of the field of arts education. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad coordinate the activities of the UNESCO Chair »Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development«.
As part of the partnership between the Université Aix-Marseille and the University of Hildesheim the international PhD program "Mediation of Arts and Culture / Mediation Culturelle de l'Art" will be set up at 1 December, 2013 with 5 places at each university.