The UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture in Education is located in Nürnberg, Germany and hosted by Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Together with the Canadian UNESCO Chair in Arts & Learning, we are proud to serve as a dedicated chair to fostering UNESCO-related issues and perspectives on aesthetic, arts, and cultural education in a global view.

The Erlangen UNESCO-Chair was established in 2010 and has ever since been particularly involved in national and international research in the field of cultural education. In 2019, Prof. Dr. Benjamin Jörissen succeeded Prof. Dr. Eckart Liebau as chair holder, who had held the chair since its inception.

As a Chair we aim to achieve and work towards two main strategic goals:

  1. Deepen the research approach on the issue of “aesthetic education” within the scope of the broader field of arts education (respectively cultural education) oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goals, while at the same time
  2. fostering global research dialogues and collaborations to contribute to the enhancement of quality arts education research worldwide.

The basis for achieving these goals is an intensive collaboration with other scientists in international networks, like the UNESCO UNITWIN “Arts Education Research for Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development” and the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO), who offer an open and quality-oriented global research context.


    Appointment of Eckart Liebau as chair holder

    “Spectra of Transformation”


    “Aesthetics of Transformation – Arts Education Research and the Challenges of Cultural Sustainability”


    Appointment of Benjamin Jörissen as chair holder
  • 3rd networking conference of the BMBF priority program

    „Digitization in Arts and Cultural Education“

  • Inaugural meeting of the newly founded international, peer-reviewed, open access

    „Journal for Research in Aesthetic, Arts and Cultural Education“

  • online networking conference

    „Aesthetics – Digitality – Power”

    “New research perspectives on cultural education and media education“

  • International Conference and Workshop

    Visual Culture & Memory. Interpretational Practices in the Postcolonial Era: Transcultural Perspectives in Cameroon, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa.”

  • International Exchange

    “Research Talk with Professor André Luiz Lopes Magela (Universidade Federal de Sao Joao del-Rei, Brazil)”

  • Hybrid International Workshop

    “Theatre (in) Education for Identity and Moral (Re)formation from the Yoruba/African Context”

  • Publication of the 2nd UNITWIN-Yearbook

    “Cultural Sustainability and Arts Education – International Perspectives on the Aesthetics of Transformation”

  • Digital lecture series of the Network of UNESCO Chairs in Germany
    on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the UNESCO Chair Program

    “Cultural Resilience as a Responsibility of Arts Education – Scope and Limits of Resilience Thinking for a Pedagogy of Cultural Sustainability”

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