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The WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production was established in 2015 as an endowed chair with the help of the WÜRTH Foundation and the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft. Martin Tröndle has been holding the chair since then.
The chair’s research and teaching activities focus on cultural organisations and their visitors as well as non-visitors, cultural policies and funding, as well as on the effect different performance and exhibition formats have on their audiences. The close integration of research, teaching and practice is central to this work and at the core of the national and international research projects Martin Tröndle is carrying out with various teams and practice partners. These include:
Since 2014, Martin Tröndle has been editor-in-chief (together with Steffen Höhne and Constance DeVereaux) of the peer-reviewed Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy.
The research of the chair focuses on the following topics: Concert and museum studies, visitor and non-visitor research, cultural management and cultural policy research as well as artistic research.
The chair is hosting a range of dissertation projects and post-doctoral projects that explore the various thematic fields of the chair. The chair is also part of the doctoral programme "FEINART.
Throughout the courses offered by the chair, the approach of research-based learning is applied to encourage independent thinking and enthusiasm for scientific problem solving among students.
With the concept of research-based teaching, teaching is hybridised, with the keyword ‘transfer’ we aim to hybridise research. In order to make science effective, the designs and results of scientific research must move closer to society.
The WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production is part of the Center for Cultural Production at Zeppelin University, which also includes the Zeppelin University’s artsprogram and the Laboratory for Implicit and Artistic Knowledge (LIKWI).
Since 2019, Martin Tröndle is the speaker of the research cluster “Arts Production and Cultural Policy in Transformation (ACPT)”, which deals with the transformation of cultural production in the context of social change.
Martin Tröndle is a beneficiary of “FEINART – The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art”, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme within the framework of Horizon 2020.
Since 2015, Prof Dr Martin Tröndle has held the WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen. His work deals with a large variety of topics, all revolving around the production, distribution, and reception of the arts. Tröndle was the principal investigator of eMotion – Mapping Museum Experience (2008–14), supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. eMotion experimentally analysed the experiences of museum-goers, looking primarily at the museum architecture, art objects, and curatorial design and how these effect and affect the behaviour of museum visitors. Tröndle is now principal investigator of Experimental Concert Research (2018–), supported by the Volkswagen Foundation and others, a project that experimentally analyses the concert experience. Since 2014, Tröndle has been Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Zeitschrift für Kulturmanagement: Kunst, Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft / Journal of Cultural Management: Arts, Policy, Economics, and Society. Among others, he is the editor of the two-volume concert studies reader Das Konzert: Neue Aufführungskonzepte für eine klassische Form (2011, 2nd ed.) and Das Konzert II: Beiträge zum Forschungsfeld der Concert Studies (2018).
Johanna Schindler was trained as a cultural scholar and arts manager (Halle / Germany, Paris, and Friedrichshafen / Germany) and wrote her doctoral thesis on artistic research. She has worked as a curatorial assistant at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, as a manager of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, as a research fellow at Zeppelin University, Germany, and as a researcher and coordinator at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Since 2019, she is the managing editor of the Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy, a reviewer for the Journal for Artistic Research, and a freelance translator, editor, and project adviser in the arts and cultural fields.
Christian Weining studied Communication and Cultural Studies at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and the University of Latvia in Riga. From September 2017 to December 2018 he was a student assistant at the WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production, from October 2017 to June 2018 assistant at the Bodenseefestival and from June to August 2019 part of the concert organisation team of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Currently, he is working as project coordinator and research assistant for the interdisciplinary research project Experimental Concert Research (ECR), through which he is also completing his doctorate dissertation project.
Noa is an Early Stage Researcher at the Horizon 2020 innovative training network FEINART. In 2019, she graduated with distinction the MA programme Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. She holds extensive professional experience in the field of contemporary dance that included performance, teaching, management and production roles. Regarding her work, Noa is interested in bringing theory and practice closer by integrating management positions in art organisations alongside consultancy roles in the field of culture and public policy. She is most excited about the design of receptive, creative, and innovative working environments that allow people and art to flourish. In her ambition to optimise the conditions for such environments, she builds on her multifaceted understanding of the art field as both an artist, researcher, and manager.
Graduate Assistant | Research Cluster Arts Production and Cultural Policy in Transformation & WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production
Nico Stockmann completed his bachelor’s degree in Communication and Cultural Management with a minor in Corporate Management and Economics at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, and the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. Since 2015, he has worked in different functions at the WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production at Zeppelin University, and also held a position as a process innovation and quality manager at CODE University of Applied Sciences, Berlin. Supported by a graduate scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Stockmann is currently completing a Master of Social Sciences in Global Politics and Communication at the University of Helsinki.