Victoria D. Alexander,
Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Victoria D. Alexander (AB, Princeton; AM, PhD, Stanford) is Professor of Sociology and Arts Management at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has studied art museums, arts policy, arts management, sociology of the arts, neighbourhoods, and user-generated reviews of cultural attractions. She is author of Sociology of the Arts: Exploring Fine and Popular Forms (2003; 2020) and Museums and Money: The Impact of Funding on Exhibitions, Scholarship, and Management (1996), co-author of Art and the State: The Visual Arts in Comparative Perspective (2005), and co-editor of the multi-volume Art and the Challenge of Markets (2018) and numerous articles.
Artistic Director, Victoria Deluxe, Ghent, Belgium
Dominique Willaert is the artistic director of Victoria Deluxe, a community arts-based organisation in the city of Ghent. Together with his colleagues, he is an active member of the State of the Arts (SOTA) - an open platform to reimagine the conditions that shape the art world today. He is delegated as an independent expert in the board of 3 important museums in the city of Gent. He was trained as a psychotherapist and theatre and filmmaker. In 2018, he was one of the initiators of four-day alternative summit The Art of Organising Hope: New Narratives for Europe, which aimed to find and discover ideas, collaborations, practices and structures that foster a different societal order.
Professor, University of Arts Belgrade, Serbia
Irena Ristic is a researcher in the fields of psychology, social science and art. Focused mostly on generative processes and collective practices. Graduated from the Faculty of Drama University of Arts in Belgrade, Department of Theater directing, followed by postgraduate studies of the psychology of art at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology (MSc) and the Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Theory in Belgrade (PhD), as well as the specialized education at the Institute of Psychodrama (EAPTI, Belgrade/Vienna). Conducted a number of studies, art pieces, performances, and cross-disciplinary projects. She is a co-founder of the micro collective Hop.La!, Associate Professor in the Department of Theory and History at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts University of Arts in Belgrade, and guest lecturer at UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management, University of Arts Belgrade/ University Lyon II.
Professor, University of Vienna, Austria
Artwork or Cultural Commodity? Neoliberalism, De-Democratisation,
Gabriele Michalitsch, MA, MSc, PhD, is an Austrian political scientist and economist, a lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Professor at the University of Vienna (2016), at Renmin-University, Beijing (2016), at Corvinus-University, Budapest (2007), at the University of Graz, Austria (2006/07), and at Yeditepe University, Istanbul (2003/04). 2002-05 chair of the Council of Europe’s group of experts on gender budgeting. Main areas of research: Political economy, political theories, feminist economics.