Open call for papers 2018

CMA 2018 Sofia, Bukarest, Thessaloniki, Sarajevo © Goethe-Institut

Cultural Heritage and Innovation

Innovative approaches for preserving, re-activating and promoting tangible und untangible cultural heritage in Southeast Europe 


Open call for papers 
in the framework of the    
Cultural Management Academy - Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo 2018

Goethe-Institutes in Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo, the Municipality of Sofia and Sofia Development Association are glad to announce an open call for papers in the framework of their joint project – the Cultural Management Academy. The educational program is certified by the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, by the Bucharest University in Bucharest and by the Alexandrio Technological Institute in Thessaloniki.  

Тheoreticians and practitioners from South-East Europe are invited to submit papers proposing and analyzing good (or unsuccessful) practices and case studies of innovative approaches of cultural heritage: its management, presentation and preservation, developing skills for heritage, endangered heritage, science and innovation for the benefit of cultural heritage.  

The editorial board consisting of experts from the field of cultural management from Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Germany will select papers to be included in the annual CMA publication.


  • Requirements
  • Submission
  • Editorial board
  • Who can apply?
  • Why to apply?
  • About the Cultural Management Academy (CMA) and the publication



On the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage the CMA in Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo has a special focus on cultural heritage, innovation and exchange in South-East Europe. The annual CMA publication is devoted to the general theme of cultural heritage and is investigating following aspects: 
  • Conserving and monitoring heritage sites;
  • Financial support and partnerships;
  • Sustainable management of cultural heritage;
  • Skills and education for heritage; 
  • Efficiency of international instruments, such as European heritage label, UNESCO creative cities, etc.;
  • Cultural heritage audiences and tourism;
  • Sharing cultural heritage in the Balkans and South-East Europe;
  • Cultural heritage at risk: climate change, security, etc. 

Тheoreticians and practitioners from Southeast Europe are invited to work on these and further questions in the context of the general theme „Cultural heritage and innovation“. They can submit (semi-)academical papers putting emphasis on practical examples, working models, good practices and reflections and analysis of pilot projects. 


Papers are to be submitted in English. The English writing of papers accepted for publication must be of a good standard.


Submissions must contain:

  • Summary, max. 2500 characters
  • Title and subtitle of the paper
  • Information about the author (education, occupation, achievements) – max. 200 words
  • Key words, max. 5 

Final versions of the papers 

7 to 10 A4 pages, incl. figures and tables, images and bibliography (images to be gathered on 2 pages)
Key words, max. 5


Technical requirements: 

  • .doc or .docx
  • Times New Roman, 12 pt., 1.15 spacing
  • 2 cm margins on all sides 
  • all images to be submitted separately in high resolution, with the necessary copy right requirements. 

Submission and deadlines

First phase of the call for papers: 

Applicants submit a summary of the paper and a short bio by September 20th, 2018, in digital form (.doc, .docx) to 

Selected applicants will be informed by end of September 2018. 

Second phase of the call for papers:

Selected applicants will be invited to submit their final papers by October 31st, 2018, in digital form (.doc, .docx) to 

In the beginning of 2019 the final publication consisting of all selected papers and commissioned articles/papers to be published in digital form. The digital edition is vastly disseminated to online libraries and portals. It will also be published at the European Year of Cultural Heritage portal  

Editorial board

The editorial board selects the papers to be included in the publication based on the submitted summaries. Members of the editorial board:
  • Argyro Barata, CMA Thessaloniki
  • Miki Braniste, CMA Bucharest
  • Svetlana Lomeva, Sofia Development Association 
  • Representatives of the Goethe-Instituts in Sofia, Bucharest, Sarajevo and Thessaloniki
  • Representatives of New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bucharest University in Bucharest and Alexandrio Technological Institute in Thessaloniki

Who can apply?

Participants in all editions of the Cultural Management Academy 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 
Theoreticians and practitioners in the field of cultural management and cultural policies from Southeast Europe. 


Why to apply with a paper? 

Selected applicants have: 
  • The opportunity to publish a paper in a professional publication on cultural management, which will distributed internationally through the network of the CMA and Goethe-Institut. 
  • Possibility for exchange and mentorship with the members of the editorial board. 
  • Possibility for professional exchange 
  • Selected participants become part of the CMA network. 
  • Selected participants get a 50% discount on the participation fee in future editions of the CMA. 
  • Possibility to publish an academic publication on Journal of Tourism, Heritage & Services Marketing. The JTHSM is an international, open-access, multi-disciplinary, refereed (double blind peer-reviewed) journal aiming to promote and enhance research in all fields of marketing in tourism, heritage and services. It is on the discretion of the editorial board of JTHSM to choose a paper of the CMA publication. In case a paper is included in the Journal, the author has the opportunity to present it in the proceedings of the TOURMAN 2018 conference, without paying registration fee. The 2nd International Scientific Conference "In search of excellence in tourism, travel & hospitality management", Tourman 2018 will be held in Rhodes, Greece from the 25th to 28th of October 2018.

About the Cultural Management Academy (CMA)

The CMA started as a project by the Sofia Development Association in 2014 as part of the city´s application for the title European Capital of Culture. The main goal of the project is to build capacity and to increase the competences of the cultural operators in Sofia and the region regarding the challenges of a large-scale initiative that the European Capital of Culture is.

In 2015 Goethe-Institut got involved in the project and the scope of the CMA was extended - there were participants from all around Bulgaria and lecturers from Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria and France.

So far the CMA has included lectures, workshops and seminars, additional (public) events and discussions, network meetings and learning journeys abroad.

Partners of the CMA are the international cultural institutes from the EUNIC cluster, which gives a strong international dimension of the program.

In 2017 the CMA had three branches – in Sofia, Thessaloniki and Bucharest. In 2018 the branches are four – in Sofia, Thessaloniki, Bucharest and Sarajevo. The CMA is organized by the local Goethe-Institutes in cooperation with local universities and institutions. In 2017 the CMA started also the CMA Project Fund which gives a funding opportunity for collaborative projects by the participants in the Academy.


The CMA aims at stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation in the cultural sector. It supports the application of new models, working methods and best practices in order to enrich the local cultural life and landscape.

The educational program targets representatives of independent organisations, municipal and national cultural institutions as well as freelance managers. This also defines one of the main goals of the program – to stimulate the exchange between independent and public organisations.

The ACM aims at capacity building and increasing competencies of cultural managers in order to support them in their activities for organizing events and managing cultural organisations in the dynamic and vastly changing cultural context in Europe.

Another goals of the CMA is to encourage the exchange of know-how and good practices and international collaboration – especially in the Balkan region and South-East Europe.

The last CMA publication “Paths to Innovation in Culture” is available at the homepage of the CMA ( has already been broadly publicized and has got over 250 citations so far.