We are happy to announce our participation in the organisation of the Rethinking Culture and Creativity workshop, now in its third edition.

This edition is part of a scientific programme that will take place during 2023 on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of Walter Santagata, a pioneer of the Economics of Culture and for all of us a scientific and life teacher.

The workshop will be held at the Campus Luigi Einaudi of the University of Turin and will be hosted by the Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis” and the UNESCO Chair for the Economics of Culture and Heritage.


The workshop aims to be a space to discuss the role of culture in sustainable development and to explore how cultural organizations face the new challenges posed by the climate transition and the need to be economically, socially, environmentally, and culturally sustainable.

The purpose of the programme is to create a network of scholars in topics related to the economics and management of culture and creativity and to contribute to the current debate and emerging issues on the cultural and creative economy linked to sustainability.

The workshop welcomes theoretical and empirical papers from academics, researchers and students applying qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies.


The workshop’s themes include but are not limited to:

  1. Culture, cultural policies, and sustainable development
  2. Institutional change and governance of cultural assets
  3. The role of cultural heritage and heritage communities in pursuing cultural, social and
    environmental sustainability
  4. Culture-led development and resilience in inland areas
  5. Cultural and creative industries, green transition and digital transformation
  6. Planning, evaluation and accountability in the cultural sector
  7. Museums and green transition
  8. Cultural and creative tourism and sustainability issues

The workshop includes two special plenary sessions. The first plenary session will open the workshop and is dedicated to celebrating the memory of the late professor Walter Santagata, thanks to three lectures that will explore the themes of cultural and creative industries, contemporary artistic creation, heritage management and the role of UNESCO. The second plenary session will conclude the workshop. The session is organized within the project “Empowering Italian GLAMs” and will discuss and compare European experiences in models of access and re-use of digital content of cultural heritage institutions.


Authors interested in participating in the workshop should send an extended abstract in English or Italian to cultureandcreativity2023@fondazionesantagata.it from 1 May 2022 to 30 June 2023, stating a track theme. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 31 July 2023.
Extended abstracts should contain a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 2500 words. Extended abstracts can contain figures, tables and/or images which are not included in the word count.
Full papers (optional) should not exceed 8000 words, including the abstract (maximum 150 words), tables, references, figure captions, and endnotes. Full papers will be circulated among participants.


Call for abstracts’ deadline: 30 June 2023
Notification of acceptance: 31 July 2023
Full paper submissions (optional) and fee payment: 10 September 2023
Workshop dates: 19-20 October 2023

The registration fee is 150 € and will cover lunches and coffee breaks during the days of the workshop
and the social dinner on the first day. The PhD student fee is reduced to 50 €.

Fees must be paid via bank transfer at the following details:

Fondazione Santagata per l’Economia della Cultura
Banca Intesa San Paolo
IBAN: IT46B0306909606100000195525
Description: FIRST AND LAST NAME / Participation fee Rethinking Culture & Creativity 2023


A selection of papers will be published in Special Issues of national or international journals or in
edited books by international publishers.

For more information write to cultureandcreativity2023@fondazionesantagata.it