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Creative and Cultural Industries: Unlocking the EU-US Potential

Chapman's Project
September 2015-August 2017

Chapman University’s grant project will focus on EU’s strength and policies in creative and cultural industries. Specific activities include a high-profile conference, three residencies for visiting European artists or experts, exhibitions on urban regeneration, and the establishment of an incubator for ongoing collaborations between EU and US creative/cultural enterprises.

  • CCI Conference: June 2017
  • Artist in Residence Program
  • ConferenceJoin us Monday, June 5 - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 for the Building EU-US Networks Through the Creative and Cultural Industries Conference here at Chapman University in the Sandhu Residence and Conference Center (571 North Grand, Orange, CA 92866). This exciting conference will be based on the residency projects, themes of CCI as regional and global processes and established and emerging trends in the field.

    Registration dates for this conference are February 1, 2017- April 28, 2017 (Early Bird February 1 – April 1). Register now!


    Submission Process: Please send an abstract (300 words) and short bio to cci@chapman.edu

    Click here for official event page.

    This is a partnership with the European Union.


  • The University will host three residency programs, each three weeks in duration from artists and/or consultants/policy strategists from the EU. Artists will be based at Chapman University and be supported to work with Creative Sidecommunity bodies in Southern California. The goal is to promote awareness of European CCI projects in the visual field, encourage innovation in education, and foster cross-pollination of artistic ideas and practices between EU and US CCI professionals, The program will host visual artists, culture professionals, CCI policy makers and strategists and will be invited to access Chapman University’s academic resources and student body to launch a dialogue about global citizenship expressed within creative communities.  The aim of the program is to present EU creative cultural endeavors outside of the typical academic context, and to explore connections and comparisons to issues of identity, social inclusion, and diversity as seen within the EU and the U.S. The residency is open to professional artists, craftspersons, conservators, art historians, museum professionals, and those working in the area of CCI policy development and implementation.

Empowering Women Through Creative Industries Lecture Series

“The cultural and creative industries … are among the most powerful sources for new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development”. United Nations Report on Culture.

This interdisciplinary speaker series explores the ways in which the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) have enabled women around the globe to be empowered and develop innovative ways to address the challenges they face. The speakers will discuss how they have utilized creativity and cultural forms (including art, film, literature, theater, comics, and photography) to challenge the social order and become leaders and innovators in their fields.

+ - Christine Sinapi: Nov. 1

Christine SinapiArgyros Forum, 209C
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Sinapi is a professor at the Burgundy School of Business (Dijon, France), where she is the Coordinator of the Management of Culture and Arts Research Cluster, and Head of the Finance – Law – Control Department. She is regarded as one of the leading women in the field of creative industries and management. Her research and publications are strongly interdisciplinary, examining connections between the arts (including theatre and film), cultural theory, law, and business.

+ - Štepánka Jislová: Nov. 10 - EU CCI Resident

Argyros Forum, Student Union Stage
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Official event page
Ms. Jislová, is a young comic book author/illustrator from Prague. She is currently studying for her master’s degree at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Ms. Jislová’s project will explore links between the communities of Prague and those she encounters in Southern California, “The comics story is linked with the theme of the ever-lasting conflict between the need of having a home and yearning of seeing new places. This idea is a basic frame for the many other theme layers that I mean to explore – for example one’s identity and how having home affects us, the process of healing from traumas via changing the surroundings and the social challenges and limitations person’s status offers.Learn more...

+ - Janire Nájera: Feb. 9 - EU CCI Resident

Janire NajeraArgyros Forum, Room 209C
4-7 p.m.

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail is an artistic project combining photography, video, and sound by Spanish artist Janire Nájera who has explored the Spanish legacy along the Old Spanish Trail. Learn more about Janire ... 

Photos from the event.

+ - Women in War and Peace: Mar. 7

Fish Interfaith Center
7-9 p.m.
Official event page

This interdisciplinary speaker series explores the ways in which the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) have enabled women around the globe to be empowered and develop innovative ways to address the challenges they face.

Panel Speakers:

  • Beth Bailey - University of Kansas
  • Lisa Leitz - Chapman University
  • Heather Stur - University of Southern Mississippi
  • Kara Vuic - Texas Christian University

+ - Dr. Julian Hanich: April 3 - EU CCI Resident

Roosevelt Hall 121
4 p.m.
On Being Moved to Tears
Graduate Workshop

Julian Hanich is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Groningen. His first monograph entitled Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers: The Aesthetic Paradox of Pleasurable Fear came out with Routledge in 2010. His second monograph The Audience Effect: On the Collective Cinema Experience will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2017. In his research he focuses on the audience emotions and affects. His articles have appeared in Screen, Cinema Journal, Projections, NECSUS, Studia Phaenomenologica, Movie, Film-Philosophy, Jump Cut and New Review of Film and Television Studies. Occasionally, he also writes as a film critic for the German outlet Spiegel ONLINE.

Dr. Julian Hanich, is speaking at the Goethe Institute in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 13 titled, “Weeping Warm Tears: On Having a Good Cry in the Cinema” at 7 p.m. Learn more!


Project Key Personnel

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Patrick Fuery
Project Director, WCAHSS Dean
(714) 997-6947
Dr. Patrick Fuery, Dean of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and is a recognized expert in the field of creative and cultural industries. His experience includes being part of the successful submission for $20 million funding to establish the Center for Creative Industries in Australia, former Director of CCI, University of East London, former Chair of Film and Cultural Studies, Sussex University, and University of London; former Director of the Medical Humanities Research Center, University of Newcastle. This is a coordinating role and will oversee all processes and activities.
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Kelli Fuery
Professor of film studies at Dodge College of Film and Media
(714) 744-2183
Dr. Kelli Fuery, Professor of film studies, who has published key works in the field, and has held posts at the University of London. Dr. Fuery will be responsible for the coordinating of visual projects and their cultural and social dimensions, particularly in terms of emotion and affect.
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Ann Gordon
WCAHSS Associate Dean
Associate Dean, Dr. Ann Gordon, a highly publish social scientist with extensive grant experience. Dr Gordon will primarily be responsible for overseeing data collection and analysis; development of the incubator’s function of measuring effectiveness of the activities.
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Natalie Lawler
Assistant Collections Registrar & Preparator of the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art
Natalie Lawler the Assistant Collections Registrar & Preparator of the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman who is an expert in the visual arts. Ms. Lawler has extensive curatorial experience, most notably in work located within the wider community. Her most recent project, for example, is an exhibition of art at Santa Ana Airport.
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Getting to Know Europe Grant

Getting to Know Europe (GTKE) is a program funded by the European Union under objective four of the Partnership Instrument. GTKE promotes greater knowledge and understanding, within local and regional communities in the United States, of the European Union, its international role, its policies, its culture, and the value and the significance of the EU-US transatlantic partnership. Learn more ...

Contact Us

Shannon Halverson
Creative and Cultural Industries Coordinator
(714) 997-6947