Social Impact of Culture

Inga Kalvina

Inga Kalvina is a researcher and a PhD candidate at the Cultural Policy Unit, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her interests cover the impacts of the arts and culture, amateur and voluntary arts, quality of life and social and cultural capital. From 2003-2006 she was one of the researchers at the project “Construction and Reconstruction of the Authorship of the Arts” (COREAA) funded by the Academy of Finland. Her doctoral dissertation concerns impacts of cultural participation on participants’ quality of life. Inga was born in Latvia where she received her B.A. in Intercultural Relations at the Academy of Culture in Riga in 1996. In 1998 she completed her degree studies in International Relations, Culture and Policy Branch at the University of Minho (Portugal) and since 2001 has been doing her post-graduate studies and research at the University of Jyväskylä.

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Kasper Stoevring

Kasper Stoevring  is currently a Postdoc researcher at the University of Southern Denmark and he holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Cultural Theory at the University of Copenhagen. His research area includes topics such as cultural criticism, nationalism, cultural relativism, modernism in art and literature and sociological, political and philosophical theories of modernity. He has published articles about writers and intellectuals as well as articles in Danish and English on cultural policy, literature, philosophy and cultural studies. He also published and undertaken research on the Danish intellectual Villy Sørensen and his relation to conservative cultural criticism, cultural policy, political ideologies and cultural studies.

In 2011 Kasper published a book on cultural conservatism and in 2010 a book on social cohesion arguing that culture is the glue, that brings people together in social and political communities. In 2006 he published a book about Villy Sørensens and in 2004 he published a book about recent “cultural wars” in Western countries and the conservative cultural ciriticism.

Besides his academic research, Kasper has been engaged in the public debate in Denmark concerning issues such as the concept of nationalism, multiculturalism, and cultural wars.

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