The Digital Dimension of European Cultural Politics: Index, Intellectual Property and Internet Governance


  • Nanna Thylstrup University of Copenhagen, Denmark



Digitization of cultural heritage, EU cultural policy, EU citizenship, Intellectual Property, digital culture, Internet governance, privatization


The Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) have become dominant fields for European Union (EU) politics. What used to be at the outer fringes of the EU policies has now taken centre stage. The transnational and dialogical structure of the Internet has hardwired it for international cultural politics, yet the very same structure also works to erode the very territorial foundation of traditional cultural politics. Given the delicate and complex terrain cultural politics traverse in international politics, and the trailblazing progression of the Internet, it seems on-line cultural politics is not just the application of existing cultural politics to cyberspace but a new field to be explored, analyzed and taught. The present article maps a constituent European cultural boundary on the WWW as the EU has circumscribed it and places this cultural node within a wider array of Europeanization and globalization processes.


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Interview anonymous senior staff, Europeana, 2011

Interview Dr. Stefan Gradmann, responsible for Europeana’s semantic interoperability, Berlin, 2011.

Interview Luca Martinelli, Principal Administrator at the European Commission, Directorate General "Information Society and Media", Luxembourg, 2011.

Interview Marisol Pérez Guevara, Administrator at the European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, Unit Audiovisual and Media Policies, Bruxelles, 2011.

Interview Hans Jansen, Director of e-Strategy, Europeana, Den Haag, 2010.






Theme: Exhibiting Europé