In May 2018, the European Commission published ‘A New Agenda for Culture’. Acknowledging the social and political challenges Europe faces today, through this communication the Commission aims at contributing towards European cohesion and integration through culture. The array of instruments in the field of culture conceived by the EU seems to have been counterproductive: rather than helping achieve social aims, they seem to have contributed to further alienation in part due to the self-serving purpose of these instruments (Barnett 2001; Valentine 2018). This paper argues that cultural projects, including Creative Europe flagships such as the European Capital of Culture, have turned efforts at participation and engagement into matters of self-satisfying bureaucratic merit and achievement.
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Karsten Xuereb read for a PhD in cultural relations in the Mediterranean at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (2012) and an M.A. in European Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Warwick (2005) as a Chevening Scholar. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Transatlantic Dialogue conference series held every three years by the University of Luxembourg on behalf of the Institute for Tourism, Travel & Culture at the University of Malta (https://transatlanticdialogue.uni.lu/), a member of the scientific committee of The Phoenicians' Cultural Route of the Council of Europe on behalf of the Maltese cultural association Inizjamed (http://fenici.net/en/), and a member of the coordinating team of the Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network, a research network exploring the role of arts and cultural management (https://managingculture.net/). He led preparations for the European Capital of Culture in Malta (2011-2017) and addressed cultural matters at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels as cultural attaché (2006-2011). He is projects coordinator at the Institute for Tourism, Travel & Culture at the University of Malta. His research is available on his website (https://culturalpolicy.blog/). View all posts by karstenxuereb7