cultural identity

Dominique Cardon

Dominique Cardon is a sociologist working in France Telecom Usage Laboratory and associated researcher at the Centre for Research on Social Movements at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

His research focuses on relations between use of new technologies and cultural and media activities. The interconnection between sociability and the public arena is the starting point for his studies relating to cultural practices, alternative media, and ”interactive” television programmes. He is particularly interested in the use of new technologies by international militants in the counter globalization movement.

His research focuses on Internet use and transformations of the digital arena. His recent research concerns Internet social networks, online forms of identity, amateur production, and the analysis of forms of cooperation and governance in the big online collectives. He is currently engaged in a sociological analysis of the algorithms controlling the organization of information online. He has published, amongst others, Discipline but not punish: The governance of Wikipedia (2012), The Internet Democracy (2010) and Mediactivises (2010).

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Delphine Hesters

Delphine Hesters works (since 2011) as a researcher at the Vlaams Theater Instituut (Flemish Theatre Institute) where she studies the fields of performing arts and cultural policies in Flanders.

Delphine studied sociology and cultural management. She obtained a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Leuven based on a research on the concepts and methods for the study of identity and culture in research on ethnic minorities. In 2009 Delphine was a visiting researcher at the sociology department of Harvard University. As a cultural sociologist she researched the careers of contemporary dancers in Flanders, Brussels’ dance community and Flemish cultural policy. Between 2007 and 2011 Delphine Hesters was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Arts of the Flemish government. Delphine also works as a researcher for the Institute for Human Activities (IHA).

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Enrique Banús Irusta

Enrique Banus is (since 2007) the Director of the Master in Cultural Management at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona). Enrique is a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam “European Culture” since 2003 and he is also a president (2009-2012) of the World European Community Studies Association (ECSA).

In addition, Enrique is  Lecturer on European and Comparative Literature and Director of the Centre for European Studies, at the University of Navarra. He has given lectures on European and Comparative Literature at the University of Navarra since 1998. He has been Director of the Centre for European Studies, University of Navarra, since its creation in 1996. Enrique is also the Chair of the Research Group “Culture and Society” at the University of Navarra.  He has also been Deputy Director of the Board of the Humanities at the University of Navarra and Coordinator of the section of Cultural Management (1998-2006). Among others, he is a Member of the Expert Group “Intercultural Dialogue” of the European Commission. Enrique is also the President of the Organising Committee of the Conferences “European Culture” (since 1992: 9 editions).

Previously, Enrique has been Lecturer at the Universities of Aquisgrain, Cologne, Bonn, and Paderborn, in Germany.

His current research interests include Cultural Policies and New Identities Creation: The Case of the Regional Festivities in Spain.

Enrique Banus gained his MA and PhD at the University of Aachen and has studies in German Philology, Romance Philology, and Comparative Literature at the Universities of Bonn and Aachen.

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Patrick Effiboley

Patrick is a researcher, museologist and the Benin Project Manager for Staying in Tune: Traditions and Musical Instruments of the Francophonie web site. In 2005, Patrick became the representative of One World Beat, global music festival encouraging and promoting One World Beat activities (such as Drum for Peace) in Africa.

Patrick Effiboley is currently a research fellow at the Université Paris X-Nanterre. His interests include arts and cultural policies, cultural identities, museum and heritage policy and management, cultural diversity and globalization. He  is also an active spokeperson on globalization issues, African identity and promotion of its unique cultural heritage, oral traditions, beliefs and values.

Patrick also joined United Network Of Young Peace builders in 2004 which is a global network of young people and youth organizations active in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Within the organisation he conducts outreach activities for the Peace it Together campaign; communicates with members of the African Network especially in French and collaborates with ASC Report writing.

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Culture and Development

Culture and Development (C&D) is a non-governmental organization based in France. Its mission is based on the belief that the cultural identity is a factor for human, economic and social development of a territory. C&D aims to focus on both research and action by contributing to the international debate on cultural development and cultural economy at the same time carrying out practical actions that support cultural practices and strengthen cultural enterprises in developing countries.

C&D works mainly in Africa with the local authorities, ministries and cultural operators in access to knowledge, and preservation and promotion of heritage. C&D also advocates for and consults those involved in the cultural development.

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Tobias Harding

Tobias Harding is  as an expert at the Department of Culture and Society at the Linköping University. His main research interests concern concepts of democracy, culture and Bildung institutionalised in various modes of organizing. His additional interests involve third sector politics, national identity, cultural policies in Sweden, neo-institutionalism in cultural policy, education policy and culture.

His Ph.D. disertation at the University of Linköping concerned national cultural policy in Sweden where he analysed institutionalization of Swedish culture between 1970-2002.

Tobias is the Head of the Swedish Cultural Policy Observatory (SweCult) as well as  Swedish reporter for the Council of Europe Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. He is also a memeber of the editorial board of the Nordisk Kulturpolitisk Tidskrift (The Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy) and a member of the scientific committee for the Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research.

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Emilia Palonen

Emilia Palonen is a senior lecturer in Political Science, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. Previously, from 2008 – 2009, she was a senior lecturer in Cultural Policy at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Emilia was also working in research institutes in Central Europe (Institute for Human Sciences, Wien; Collegium Budapest; Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt Universität, Berlin; Bauhaus Kolleg) as well as in Northwestern University, US. In Finland, she took part in research project of Heino Nyyssönen Nations and their Other: Finns and Hungarians since 1900 (2007-2009) and worked at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study from 2007-08.

Emilia Palonen holds MA and a PhD from the University of Essex in the Ideology and Discourse Analysis programme established by Ernesto Laclau. Emilia’s PhD thesis dealt with political polarisation in contemporary Hungary while some of her postdoctoral research deals with polarisation, consensus and questions of democracy. The postdoctoral research is funded from the Finnish Cultural Foundation covering key contemporary political symbolic places in three European capital cities: Helsinki, Budapest and Luxembourg. Her research interests deal with the politics of memory, public space, identity, architecture and urban planning as well as shaping space and the public in the case of European Capitals of Culture.

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Tara Byrne

Tara Byrne is an arts consultant and cultural policy researcher based in Dublin. She serves on the advisory committee of ‘Brand Dublin: Dublin’s Identity Project’ with Dublin City Council. She was the Irish representative of the EU working group on ‘Maximising the Potential of the Cultural and Creative Industries’ (Priority 4, Culture Plan 2008 – 2010). In 2010, she was visual arts coordinator of the ‘Creative Policies for Creative Cities Project’ in Dun Laoghaire and International Innovation Expert for the ECCE Innovation project, as part of Dublin City Council’s CreativeD initiative. Before that, she was Director of the National Sculpture Factory (2002-08), and Artists’ Support Executive in the Arts Council (1996 – 2002), where she was responsible for setting up new interdisciplinary support systems for artists, as well as developing artists’ support policies and contributing to national and EU culture think-tanks, leading to policies as they related to the individual artist (in particular Ireland’s contribution to the Copyright and Related Rights Act). Previously she has worked in Alternative Entertainments, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National College of Art and Design.  She is a former board member of CIRCA, the Visual Arts Journal in Ireland and a member of IKT Curators’ Forum.

Tara Byrne completed a BA in History of Art and English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin in 1991 and a Higher Diploma in Arts Administration from UCD in 1993.  She is currently pursuing a PHD in ‘Creative Cities’ theories concerning the growth and transformation of cities, specifically researching the relationship between the Creative City paradigm and Cultural Policy.



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Melissa Butcher

Dr. Melissa Butcher is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at The Open University. The focus of her research is transnational mobility, cultural change, intercultural competence and conflict in diverse urban spaces, emphasising questions of identity and belonging. Before joining the OU, Melissa lived and worked in India, taught in universities in Ireland and Australia, and has also worked as a journalist, and a development education and intercultural trainer in the private, government and community sectors.  Her recent publications include: ‘Managing Cultural Change: Reclaiming Synchronicity in a Mobile World’ (Ashgate 2011) ‘Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asia’s Cities‘ (with S. Velayutham, Routledge 2009), ‘Ingenious: Emerging Youth Cultures in Urban Australia‘ (with Mandy Thomas, Pluto Press, 2003), and ‘Transnational Television, Cultural Identity and Change: When STAR Came to India‘ (Sage, 2003). Melissa presents and writes regularly on issues relating to globalisation, migration, urban diversity, youth culture and global human resources management.

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Helena Popović

Helena Popović is a researcher and a teaching assistant at the Department of Journalism, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb.  Her research interests include media and culture, media audiences, media genres, entertainment, diversity and pluralism, representation in the media, media and the public sphere and gender representation in the media.

She holds  PhD (2011)  from Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana; MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University in Budapest (2005)  and B.A.  from the University of Zagreb, Department of Sociology (2004).

Previously she was the research assistant at the Department for Culture and Communication of the Institute for International Relations, Zagreb (2004-2007)

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