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.Tags: cultural identity, cultural policy, cultural research, cultural values, culture and society, Education and Culture, Sweden
Mikko Lagerspetz is a Professor of Sociology at the Åbo Akademi University, Finland, parallely carrying out research in Estonia. His main research interests include post-socialist civil society, minorities, citizenship, political change in Eastern Europe, cultural policies as well as the relationship between cultural and political identities.
Mikko Lagerspetz studied sociology and psychology at the University of Turku, musicology at the Åbo Akademi University, musical composition at the Estonian Musical Academy, and received his Dr. Rer. Pol. in sociology at the University of Turku. He has taught courses at the universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Tartu and Uppsala, the Estonian Musical Academy and the Pedagogical University of Tallinn. From 1990 on, he has worked in Tallinn Estonia, 1997-2006, as professor of Sociology. At the Tallinn University, he works with the Centre for Civil Society Study and Development. He has published more than 80 scientific publications and in 2004, received the Estonian Annual State Prize for Research in the Social Sciences.
Alongside his academic career, he became member of several organisations like the Estonian Association of Sociologist (President), the Open Estonian Foundation (Board Member), the Estonian Science Foundation (Member of Expert Committee of Social Sciences), the Westermarck Society, the Jury for the European Cultural Policy Research Award, and Conductor of the Wind Orchestra of the University of Turku.Tags: Central and Eastern Europe cultural policies, cultural identity, cultural policy, cultural politics, cultural research, culture and society, Finland
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.Tags: access to culture, conflict and culture, cultural diversity, cultural identity, cultural participation, culture and society, culture and youth
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)Tags: audience, Croatia, cultural identity, cultural research, cultural rights, culture and society, media, popular culture, South East Europe
Predrag Cvetičanin is the Head of the Centre for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe. He graduated in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš; MA in History and Philosophy of Art at the CEU in Prague; MA in the Sociology of Arts at the Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade; and MSc at the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Methods at the London School of Economics and PhD in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. He coordinated many domestic and international research projects and in 2009/10 he was the head of the research on the independent cultural scenes in Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. He is a vice-president of the Board of the Association Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia.
- Cultural Needs, Habits and Taste of Citizens of Serbia and Macedonia, European Cultural Foundation/OGI, 2007
- Measuring Institutional Capacities of NGOs from South and East Serbia, European Commission/OGI, 2005
- Almost) Everything One Needs to Know of NGOs” (ed), European Commission/OGI, 2005
- Contributions to Defining a Cultural Development Strategy of the City of Nis from 2004 to 2010 (writer of the introductory text), City of Nis Art Council, 2004
- Tranfrontier Cooperation in Niš-Sofia-Skopje triangle in the Field of Higher Education: Current Conditions, Problems and Opportunities” (ed.), East-West Institute, 2003
- Cultural Needs, Habits and Taste of Citizens of Serbia, Pro Helvetia/OGI, 2003
Tags: cultural participation, cultural policies, cultural research, culture and society, independent sector, Serbia, South East Europe
Center for Study in Cultural Development conducts scientific research projects in the field of culture and cultural policy development, and serves as an information and documentation hub covering cultural sector of the Republic of Serbia. Its activities include cultural research, public opinion data gathering, as well as professional education. Since 1968 the Center has been publishing the review „Kultura“, covering the theory and sociology of culture and cultural policy. The Centre is developing „The Atlas of Serbian Culture“, a project of geocultural visualisation and the map of Serbian cultural scene. The Center is hosting an electronic database of Serbian cultural institutions of all regions and promoting e-culture by different educational programs.Tags: cultural database, cultural policy, cultural research, culture and society, digitalisation, Serbia, South East Europe
Performing Arts Centre Multimedia was initiated in 1998 and formally established in 2000 as an independent, non – governmental, non-profit organisation in the field of culture, education and social issues in the Republic of Macedonia. The centre operates locally, nationally, regionally and internationally. Its main role is to inform, create and promote cooperation in the region of Southeast Europe and broader, as well as to stimulate a dialogue throughout the region. PAC Multimedia is engaged in performing higher professional standards in transfer of knowledge and experience, bringing together innovative art, pubic debate, research, education, life-long learning and socially engaged work. PAC Multimedia team promote new ideas and serve as facilitators to the Macedonian cultural sector, trying to respond to changes in the society as well as in the cultural sector. PAC Multimedia is a space for KNOW– HOW transfer, a space for creating and developing new standards of living in a wider cultural and social context. Through its programmes on Cultural policy and research, Art and community and Art and gender PAC Multimedia is trying:
- To influence a wider cultural and social context on local, national and regional level;
- To create conditions for generating highly artistic criteria and standards and to support cultural production;
- To assist and serve needs of artists, operators and institutions with creating new and educational programmes based on advancing knowledge;
- To conduct researches in the cultural field in Macedonia;
- To create new programmes of highest professional standards in the field of cultural policy.
The Centre’s target groups include: Cultural operators and policy makers; Municipalities and public institutions; Intellectuals, academics and researchers; Professional artists and art operators; Sub cultural groups; Socially marginalized groups.Tags: cultural advocacy, cultural cooperation, cultural education, cultural policies, Cultural Policy Research, culture and society, Macedonia, Southeast Europe