Economics of Art, Entertainment and Culture

A Small Symposium on “Economics of Art, Entertainment and Culture”
as part of the 13
th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts
6-9 June 2022, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts

The Arts & Culture Unit of ATINER is organizing a Small Symposium on “Economics of Art, Entertainment and Culture” as part of the  13th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 6-9 June 2022, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts.

From existing studies, it appears that the traditional cultural sectors contributed significantly to job creation, which has been especially apparent during the 2020 and 2021 COVID-19 crisis. There is a concern that the cultural sector, especially within the informal economy, is considerably under supported. As a significant job creator there is potential to provide support in the arts and cultural sector through skills development and capacity building programmes with a focus on micro-business to mid-level organisations. This would enable a range of skill development initiatives could be addressed. From an analysis of artists from within the informal sector, using a Latent Dirichlet Allocation Analysis, 6 topics from respondents working within the Arts and Cultural Sector (ACS) were identified, and these include:

The collective importance of arts and culture industry is unquestionable. This symposium explores the role of skills development in the arts and cultural sector. Underling themes could include: ways of ensuring the survival of the arts and cultural sector, moving out of the informal sector, and skills development initiatives to support the contribution of the arts and cultural sector within the global economy.

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair of a session or observer. 

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 25 April 2022 to: Prof. Peter Baur, Academic Member, ATINER & Associate Professor, School of Economics, College of Business and Economics, Arts and Cultural Research Unit, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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