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Culture in the Digital Age

How has the cultural sector been affected by technology? Has tech created new opportunities? Get answers with this course.

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Culture in the Digital Age

Explore the affects of digital technology on the cultural sector

In the last two decades, the cultural sector has undergone a radical transformation due to the rise of new media technologies. The digital revolution has radically transformed the daily practice of international cultural relations.

On this course you will explore how digital technology creates new opportunities in international cultural relations. You will learn about new trends in the cultural economy, regulatory challenges and emerging threats. You will also be introduced to tools to build a digital strategy in order to reach an international audience and establish global networks.


  • Week 1

    Digitalisation and the cultural economy

    • Getting started

      Let's start by introducing the main objectives of the course, the team that prepared it, and the questions we will be discussing over the next three Weeks.

    • Impacts of the digital on creative industries

      Let us look at how key creative sectors such as music, or film are adjusting to the digital revolution. What is the new landscape for today’s artists?

    • The rise of transmedia

      Transmedia refers to the mobilization of diverse media, platforms, and channels to spread a message or develop a cultural project. It is used to diversify audiences and mobilize them in a participatory way.

    • Week 1 wrap up

      Let us recap what we have learned this week

  • Week 2

    Cultural institutions in the digital age

    • A new era for cultural policy?

      What does the digital era mean for cultural institutions? We will discuss changing cultural policies in an age of transnational cultural flows.

    • Crowdfunding culture

      Crowdfunding has today become increasingly popular for cultural organisations. We will discuss the role it can play in financing culture.

    • Digitalised art worlds

      How has digital technology affected the art world? We will look at how different actors adapt to the digital era.

    • Week 2 wrap up

      Let's recap what we have learned this week!

  • Week 3

    New threats and regulatory challenges in the age of the internet

    • The emergence of new vulnerabilities

      From cyber-attacks to foreign influences on electoral processes: mapping the new threats in the digital era.

    • Digital platforms as threats for the creative economy

      Digital platforms disrupt creative industries and generate issues with regards to privacy. How can they be better regulated?

    • Media pluralism in the digital era

      An unprecedented amount of news is spread nowadays. But there are increasing doubts about the quality and diversity of information. What are the new threats to media pluralism in the digital era?

    • Discussing the impacts of new technologies on international cultural exchanges

      Which opportunities, challenges and threats do new technologies raise for the development of international cultural relations?

    • Course wrap up

      Let's recap what we learned over these three Weeks!

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify economic and organisational models emerging in the cultural economy as a result 
of digital disruptions

  • Explore the key regulatory challenges at national and international levels
  • Design innovative frameworks for intercultural relations, using the power of new technologies
  • Develop a digital strategy to reach a wider audience and build global networks 

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone working in fields related to culture or technology. This includes cultural managers, artists, diplomats, internet professionals, and journalists.

Who will you learn with?

Anna Triandafyllidou is Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Jeremie Molho is Research Fellow at the European University Institute and the National University of Singapore

Who developed the course?

European University Institute (EUI)

The European University Institute offers doctoral and post-doctoral training in the social sciences. It hosts the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Historical Archives of the EU.


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