Professor Isar straddles different worlds of cultural theory, experience and practice. His research, writing and public speaking take up key issues of cultural policy. He joined The American University of Paris in 2002 and was a Jean Monnet professor from 2003 to 2008. He has also been a Maître de Conférence at Sciences Po and Eminent Research Visitor with the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, 2011-2013. Isar is also the founding co-editor of the five volumes of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE). In 2004-2008, he was President of the European arts and culture platform Culture Action Europe. He is Trustee of cultural organizations in Europe, Asia and North America and consultant to a number of international organizations such as UNESCO and the European Commission. Earlier, at UNESCO, as an international broker of ideas for almost three decades, he served notably as executive secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development, director of Cultural Policies and of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. In 1986-87, he was the first executive director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and MIT. He was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, the Sorbonne and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
Formation à la recherche en anthropologie sociale (1972), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Maitrise ès Lettres in Sociology (1971), University of Paris, Sorbonne
Licence ès Lettres in Sociology (1971), University of Paris, Sorbonne
BA (Hons) in Economics, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University
International Council of Museums
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
Cultural policy; cultural pluralism; cultural economy; cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations.