About us

The UNESCO Chair in Digital Culture and Arts 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.


Dr. Tanja Klepacki

Senior Researcher

Jacques Zannou, M.A.

Assitant Researcher

Stephanie Leupert, M.A.

Assistant Researcher