Matthias Theodor Vogt
Matthias Theodor Vogt (born 1959 in Rome) is a German historian and musicologist. Since 1997 he has been professor of cultural policy and cultural history at the Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz. Vogt is the founding director of the Saxonian Institute for Cultural Infrastructure (in German: Institut für kulturelle Infrastruktur Sachsen. He studied theatre studies, philosophy, German studies and musicology. Since the 1990s he has been examining issues of cultural transformation in Europe as well as the politics and the economics of culture. He is the author and/or editor of more than one hundred works published widely across Europe in Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, New York, Oxford, Vienna, as well as Tokyo. In addition, he works with organizations concerned with the development of culture under the aegis of UNESCO. Vogt, who has worked for the German government and regional authorities, is regarded in Europe, and in particular Germany, as both a reformer of cultural policies, and a scholar in the field of culture policies.
One of Vogt’s achievements was the development of a new legal framework that allowed a deregulation of the system of governmental spending for culture. He is the author of the draft of the new law for the cultural sector in Saxony, the de:Sächsisches Kulturraumgesetz (SächsKRG 20 January 1994). This law has been proposed by the German Bundestag as a model for other German states.
As an academic, Vogt examines the history of culture in Europe, especially cultural transformation processes, and cultural policies issues. His main interests are the methodological aspects of cultural policy studies. Other fields of research are issues of national minorities, especially the Lusatian minority, he has also been co-editor of the Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen.
Because of these interests, in 1997 he established, with the patronage of UNESCO general director Federico Mayor, a new curriculum – Culture and its Management (BA/MA) – the joint responsibility of the Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz and the Saxonian Institute for Cultural Infrastructure. The curriculum aims to introduce students to both Cultural Studies and Economics, with a focus on Central European issues.
The Saxonian Institute for Cultural Infrastructure was founded in 1994 by State Minister Hans Joachim Meyer and Vogt after several years working in the State Ministry. Since 1999, the headquarters of the Institute have been housed at Klingewalde castle near Görlitz.[ The supervisory board of this organization has brought together, among others, Freya von Moltke, Yehudi Menuhin, and Krzysztof Penderecki. Chairmen of the Scientific Council are Dieter Bingen, director of the Deutsches Polen-Institut at Darmstadt, the Prague philosopher Jan Sokol, and the Vienna based cultural economist Peter Bendixen.
From the 1990s on, Vogt has been building the European Network for the Management of Culture, which currently includes universities and institutions from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Spain, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Mongolia and Japan.
Vogt is the instigator of numerous collaborative transnational research initiatives and projects such as Collegium Pontes Görlitz-Zgorzelec-Zhořelec. At present he is researching the Brain Gain for Medium-Sized Cities under the umbrella of a multinational research project.
Vogt has been President of the Brückepreis Society, which presents awards to outstanding figures in internationalization and the understanding of cultural differences. Winners of the award include, among others, Freya von Moltke, Władysław Bartoszewski, Norman Davies, Fritz Stern, and Tadeusz Mazowiecki.