Milena Dragićević Šešić, PhD


Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade

Milena Dragićević Šešić, former Rector of the University of Arts, Belgrade, now Head of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management (Interculturalism and Mediation in the Balkans), professor of Cultural Policy & Cultural Management, Cultural Studies, Media Studies etc.

Commandeur dans l`Ordre des Palmes Academiques, 2002. (Ministere de l`Education Nationale, France).

Member of National Council for Science and Technology (2006 - 2010).

President of the Cultural Policy Research Award, 2003-2010 (European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam).

President, now Member of the Board of the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management (Foundation Marcel Hicter, Bruxelles).

Member of the Executive Committee IUC Dubrovnik.

Member of Art & Culture Subboard of OSI (Soros network).

Former ENCATC and ELIA Board Member.

Advisor to the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Serbia (2007-8).


Educational background

1975: Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Diploma: Organization of cultural activities

1976-1977: University Paris VIII Vincennes, Department: Theater, filiere: Animation socio-culturelle, etude de Doctorat du 3eme cycle (mentor: Prof. Andre Veinstein), these: Les equipements socio-culturels et l'animation socio-culturelle en region parisienne, these de D.E.A. (diplome d'etude approfondies), University Paris VIII, juin,1977.

1977-1978: University Paris V - Rene Descartes, Department: Sociologie de l'education - etude de Doctorat du 3eme cycle (mentor: prof. Joffre Dumazedier)

1981. Institutional system of French cultural policy, MA thesis, Faculty of dramatic arts, Belgrade.

Ph.D. thesis: Literary communication and cultural animation, Faculty of Philologu, University of Belgrade, 1990.


Professional experience

Editor in chief of the review: Kultura (1998-2001) and Proceedings for Drama Arts, yearly review of Faculty of Drama Arts. Worked in editorial boards of the reviews: Kultura, since 1984, Potkulture, 1985- 1988 and Sociološki pregled (Sociological Review) 1992-1994, and in European Journal for Cultural policy, 1993 - 1997.

Editor of the book serials: Media studies (Fondation Soros Yugoslavia), Art, Culture & Media at University of Arts (from 1992 till today), Apatrides (1992-1993) at Radio B92.

Lecturer: European Diploma in Cultural Project Management, Brussels; Moscow School of Social and Economical Sciences; CEU Budapest; I.E.P. Grenoble; University Lyon II; Iagelonian University Krakow, Jyvaskula university, Finland, University of Buffalo, USA, Columbia University New York, University for culture, Riga, ECUME, Dijon; University of Skopje, etc. External examiner for the Master Programme "Art & Media Management in a European Context", Utrecht School of the Arts & Open University London.

Published 16 books and more then 100 essays. Translated in English, German, French, Russian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Polish, Macedonian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Turkish, Arabic, Mongolian, Estonian, Georgian & Chinese.

Expert in cultural policy and management for European Cultural Foundation, Council of Europe, UNESCO, Foundation Marcel Hicter, Pro Helvetia, British Council etc.

Realized and developed more then 50 projects in cultural policy and management – policy trainings, strategic management & capacity building trainings etc, in SEE, but also Belgium, France, Finland, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania etc.

Civil society activist. Participated in numerous public art projects and radical cultural projects and programs in the Balkans.

European networker. Active within ELIA, ENCATC, IETM, ORACLE, and BAN, Balkan Express, Mediterranean networks etc.  

Publications & References

Most important books and publications in foreign languages:

  1. Art Management in Turbulent Times: Adaptable Quality Management, (with S. Dragojević), Boekmanstichting & ECF, Amsterdam, 2005 (in English), Serbian version: CLIO, Belgrade, 2005 Croatian Zagreb 2008, (translated also in Arabic, Macedonian & Russian)

  2. Culture - Management, Animation, Marketing, (with B. Stojković), CLIO, Belgrade, (1994 1st edition), 2007 5th revised and enlarged edition. (in Russian), Tigra, Novosibirsk, 2000; (in Mongolian), Ulan Bator, 2001; (in Macedonian), Templum, Skopje 2003; (in Romanian), Temisoara, 2002; (in Georgian), Tbilisi 2007; (in Polish) 2010.

  3. Intercultural Mediation, (with Sanjin Dragojević), UNESCO, OKO, Sarajevo, 2004 (in English and Bosnian); 2nd edition in English, French and Bosnian; translated and published in Albanian in Pristina/Kosovo in 2007, Georgian Tbilisi in 2010.,

  4. Imagined Divides (with Sanjin Dragojević) and Despite and Beyond Cultural Policy: Third and Fourth Sector Practices and Strategies in Vienna and Belgrade (with Brigitta Busch and Martina Boese), in: Transcultural Europe, ed. by Ulrike Meinhof and Anna Triandafilidoy, Palgrave Macmillan, London 2006. (pp. 43-57, 131-157)

  5. Between a rock and a hard place: cultural policies of and towards Serbia, in: Jozef Batora and Monika Mokre, eds. Culture in the EU's External Relations: Bridging the Divide? Ashgate publisher, London, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4094-1116-1

  6. Cultural diversity-based projects and their effects on sustainable development (M. Dragićević Šešić, J. P. Deru, Lj. Simić), in: The Sustainability of Cultural Diversity. Nations, Cities and Organizations, Eds: Maddy Janssens, Myriam Bechtoldt, Arie de Ruijter, Dino Pinelli, Giovanni Prarolo and Vanja Stenius; Edvard Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham, 2010. ISBN 978 1 84980 289 5

  7. Challenges of Cultural Cooperation in Southeastern Europe: the internationalization of cultural policies and practices (with Corina Suteu), The Emerging Creative Industries in Southeastern Europe, ed. by Nada Švob Đokić, Culturelink, Zagreb, 2005, ISBN 953-6096-37-4

  8. Cultural policy in Serbia (national report), chief editor, CDCULT (20031A), Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2003,

  9. Cultural policy of Serbia and Montenegro, Compendium 2005., Cultural policy of Serbia, Compendium 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (with Hristina Mikić & a. Brkic), – country profile
    – revised edition every year

  10. Cultural Policy, Nationalism and European Integrations, in: To be from/out, Kulturklamer, Belgrade, 2010. pp. 254-273, ISBN 978-86-912137-1-8

  11. Educational Programes in Strategic Cultural Management within the Regional Context, Cultural Policy and Management (KPY) Yearbook, Boekmanstudies and Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2009, pp. 99-108, ISBN 978-90-6650-095-2

  12. L'artiste et les pratiques culturelles engagees (defis pedagogiques et methodologiques et controverses)/ Artist and cultural activist practices, in: ITTACA, ed. Frederic Jacquemin, Fondation Marcel Hicter, Bruxelles, 2006 (ISBN 2-919893-60-2)

  13. Shared Policies: Future of Cultural Development, in: Dynamics of communication: new ways and new actors, edited by Biserka Cvjetičanin, Culturelink, Zagreb, 2006, pp.103 – 111;
    ISBN 978-953-6096-39-8

  14. Theatre, Public Space and City Identity – Memory Politics as a Challenge in Preserving Belgrade's Multicultural Identity, in: Theatre and Identity, ed. by Jelena Luzina, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Skopje, 2006. pp.21-47 (ISBN 978-9989-729-11-9)

  15. Culture as a Resource of a City Development, Culturelink, special issue, ed. by Nada Švob Đokić, Zagreb, 2006.

  16. State of the arts and perspectives on Intercultural competencies and skills (framework for Intercultural dialogue program), UNESCO, PARIS, 2010. (with Sanjin Dragojević, University of Zagreb)

  17. Toward Europeanisation: for a New Ethic of National Cultural Institutions, in: Kulturmanagement konkret: An anatomy of Arts Management, Birnkrauts Geza & Wolf Karin, eds. Institut fur Kulturkonzepte, Wien, band 02, 2008. pp.87-107, ISBN 978-3-9811437-1-3

  18. Education for Cultural Cooperation – One Step Towards Transnational European Space, International Conference: Education: Art & Media, Zbornik Fakulteta dramskih umetnosti br. , Beograd 2008

  19. Controversies and Challenges of Media Policy within Cultural Policy – Conflict of Private Interest and Public Responsibilities, in: Kultura. Rinka. Visuomene (Culture. Market. Society), Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, n. 50, Vilnius 2008, pp. 329 – 350, ISSN 1395-0316, ISBN 978-9955-854-17

  20. Informal artists NGO networks: reintroducing mobility in the region of South East Europepp. 127-130 in: Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals in South Eastern Europe, ed. Dimitrije Vujadinović, Balkankult fondacija, Beograd, 2009, ISBN 978-86-84159-18-4

  21. Politika programiranja - kulturni diverzitet i zabava na RTV Vojvodina, Kultura n. 120-121, 2008, pp. 214 - 240 , 654.191/.197 (497.113): 008

  22. Global Cultural Changes and its Impact on Curriculum Development – University of Arts in Belgrade, in: Interference, interculturality, interdisciplinarity, the ethics of living, edited by Alexandra Titu, Editura Universitatii de Vest, Timisoara, 2007, ISBN 978-973-125-149-3, pp. 17-34, 149-159

  23. Training in Transnational Cultural Co-Operation Projects - Reflections and Challenges on Validation and Certification, ISBN 978-92-990036-1-9

  24. Teaching Cultural Cooperation in Transcultural Europe, Survey of Training Tools and Methods,

  25. Formation a la gestion de projets de cooperation culturelle transnationale - Réflexions et défis sur la validation et la certification, ISBN 987-92-990036-2-6

  26. The Art of Dissent, in: Theater – politics – city, case study Belgrade, Beograd, Yustat, Beograd, 2007, ISBN 978-86-910201-0-1, pp. 23 – 54

  27. Belef – Belgrade Summer Festival: Discovering the Essence of the City, in: Theater – politics – citycase study Belgrade, Yustat, Beograd, 2007, ISBN 978-86-910201-0-1, pp. 303 -337

  28. Developpement durable et diversite culturelle : couple harmonieux ou orageux? par M. Dragicevic Sesic et Lj. Simic Deru

  29. La diversite culturelle, les espaces publics et la mediation, par M. Dragicevic Sesic, Lj. Simic Deru, J-P. Deru:

  30. La culture en tant que ressource du developpement urbain, par Milena Dragicevic-Sesic,

  31. Global Cultural Challenges and its Impact on Curriculum Development, in: Cultural Policy and Art Production, University of Arts, Belgrade, 2006, ISBN 86-7167-034-1, pp.8-14


Most important research projects:

  1. Kultura i mediji u procesima evropskih integracija, Fakultet dramskih umetnosti Beograd, 2005-2010 (podržano od strane Ministarstva nauke, br. 149004)

  2. VANIA – Validation and Certification in the Field of European Cultural Co-operation Project Management, Leonardo program EU, u okviru evropskog univerzitetskog konzorcijuma (London, Brisel, Helsinki, Atina ), Brussels (

  3. Monitornig Javnog servisa Vojvodine, nezavisni istraživački projekat Novosadske novinarske škole, 2006- 2008 (

  4. Culture and Development in Central and Eastern Europe 20 Years After the Collapse of Communism, Budapest Observatory, Budapest (for Council of Europe. Member of international research team: head Peter Inkei Hungary, Baiba Tjarve Latvia, Marek Banczyk Poland, Milena Dragicevic Sesic Serbia, Mikhail Gnedovsky Russia and Cornelia Dumcke Germany), 2008-2009 (

  5. SUS.DIV – Sustainable Development in a Diverse World, New forms of Citizenship and Cultural Identities (2005 – 2010), supported by the European Commission's FP6 programme, Priority 7: Citizens and Governance in the Knowledge-based Economy (35 institucija u konzorcijumu, coordinated by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei. Participating as a member of Oracle network: partner 14 – Reseaux d`administrateurs culturels europeens – ORACLE -

  6. Questioning transitional dynamics in re-defining cultural identities in SouthEastern Europe, dvogodišnji projekat (2010-2011), pokrovitelj: Austrijsko ministarstvo nauke (program saradnje sa Jugoistočnom Evropom: ASO-Call “Research Cooperation and Networking between Austria and South Eastern Europe“, izvršni producent istraživanja Mirovni institut Ljubljana, partneri: Univerzitet u Beču, Institut za međunarodne odnose Zagreb i Univerzitet umetnosti Beograd). (Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office c/o Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, Linke Wienzeile, 2461150 Wien)

  7. Identity and memory: Transcultural drama and media Texts (Serbia 1989-2014), Research project under Ministry of Education and Science for the period: 2011-2015. Research project number: 178012


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  • Office: Kosančićev venac 29, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Research Interests:
    cultural management, urban and regional cultural development, interculturalism and cultural memory, cultural policy, mediation and conflict resolution, media diversity and pluralism
  • Courses Taught:
    Cultural management
    – project logic 2
    Cultural management
    – strategic approach 5
    Marketing and PR in culture  VI
    Cultural diplomacy 8
    Cultural management  9
    Cultural management – organisational design and organisational cultures, 10
    Cultural management – critical theories (professional ethics), 10
    Media of mass communication 1, 2
    Communication theory
    Cultural management
    Intercultural project management
    Event Management