Olga Wysocka

Olga Wysocka

Olga Wysocka is a political scientist and a culture manager. She has been the Deputy Director of Zachęta National Gallery of Art since 2018. She worked at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute since 2008. Between 2009 and 2012, she was the manager of the International Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency, as well as the manager of the PolandTurkey 2014 project. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Warsaw and she also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin. She received her PhD in political science from the European University Institute in Florence, was a recipient of the Józef Tischner Fellowship from the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna and she is alumna of the Leadership Academy for Poland. Since 2010, she has been teaching at, among others, Collegium Civitas, the National Academy of Dramatic Art, the Faculty of Journalism at the University of Warsaw and the Institute of Cultural Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She has authored multiple articles and studies on populism, democracy, and cultural promotion and management.

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European Conference · 5th episode: “Tempestuous times – the crisis – recovery and change”

Panellists: Nico Carpentier, Richard Evans, Arundhati Gosh, Olga Wysocka. Chair: Inês Bettencourt da Câmara. Presenters: Melissa Dibble, Søren Friis Møller, Marcin Poprawski, Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll).

This session looks at what will happen when we open our doors and step back into the world. It looks at what could be the role of culture in our new lives and what we have learnt or could learn from this pandemic moment. Where do our past and current experiences meet? What is yet to be clarified? And what strategic foresight can we bring to our decision making processes? When we think about cultural events or audience development, we focus primarily on the social dynamics of physical encounters. Recent circumstances have shown us that alternatives exist. How do we deal with the fearful environment of the new normal and turn this into a new optimistic vision. This final session looks at what new knowledge we have acquired, what additional value it has added and in light of this, the different strategies needed to encourage participation, engagement and audience development.

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