urban culture

Matjaž Uršić

Matjaž Uršić is a researcher at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences and a member of the Centre for Spatial Sociology. His main research interests focus on the processes of socio-cultural transformation of cities and contemporary urban phenomena in the circumstances of globalisation. His research interests also include society development, cultural geography, analysis of (sub)cultures, urban migration and spatial systems with particular reference to transformations due to processes of urban regeneration, revitalisation and renovation.

As an assistant professor he teaches “Urban Cultures” at the Faculty of Social Sciences and “Urban Sociology” at Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana and Faculty of Design, University of Primorska.

Matjaž’s working experience includes research and lecturing on various international institutes and universities (Tokyo Metropolitan University, University of Seoul, Kwangwoon University). He is also recipient of research grants from the Japan Foundation (2009) and the Korea Foundation (2012).

As a researcher he took part in various research-developmental projects with city municipalities and art institutions that deal with revitalisation schemes and the changing role of city centres, for example: “SOSTENUTO – Thinking Culture as a Factor of Economic and Social Innovation” – project cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assitance MED – Europe in the Mediterranean; Project: “Second Chance” – programme CENTRAL EUROPE, financed by ERDF; Project: “REurban Mobil – Mobilising Reurbanisation on Condition of Demo- graphic Change” – part of 5th EU Framework programme – Supported by the European Commission; Project: “Civitas Elan (City – Vitality – Sustainability)” – part of the “7th EU Framework programme: “Mobilising citizens for vital cities”; Project: “Development strategy for an urban-rural partnership” (ARRS, Ljubljana).

He also participates in the editorial boards of scientific journals and is the author of a number of publications from the field of urban sociology.

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m-cult

m-cult is a non-profit  organization established in 2000 in Helsinki, Finland. The organization works to develop and promote new forms of media art and digital culture, with a focus on cultural and social innovations of digital media and technology. The main activities cover the fields of media and electronic art, community media and open source culture as well as urban and participatory media, on which m-cult has focused and gained expertise in a range of projects. m-cult also organized events, workshops, production and is engaged in publishing activitites. The research so far covered following themes:

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Krisztina Keresztély

Krisztina Keresztély is a research consultant specialised in urban and cultural policies. Her field of expertise is related to sustainable urban development, social cohesion and urban renewal. She has a fifteen year-experience in the organisation, management and the comparative analyses of European cities. She carried out several studies on behalf of different organisations such as the UNESCO, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the URBACT secretariat, and, in France, Anah (National Habitat Agency) and the Ministry for Urban Issues (Ministère de la Ville). For ten years she worked as a researcher and was the head of department at the Centre for Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2006 she works as independent consultant in Paris, collaborating with a group of French consultants (ACT Consultants) specialised in different fields of local and territorial development, with several decades of experiences in working on behalf of different French and international organisations.

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New Media Center_kuda.org

New Media Center_kuda.org is a non-governmental organisation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. In this respect, kuda.org is dedicated to the research of new cultural relations, contemporary artistic practice, and social issues. Kuda.org’s work focuses on questions concerning the influence of the electronic media on society, on the creative use of new communication technologies, and on contemporary cultural and social policy bringing together artists, theoreticians, media activists, researchers and the wider public. By the work focused on interpretation and analysis of the history and significance of the information society, the potential of information itself, and the diffusion of its influence on political, economic and cultural relationships in contemporary society, the New Media Center_kuda.org opens space for both cultural dialog and alternative methods of education and research.

Kuda.org programs coverning

kuda.info which provides information in the field of new media, contemporary art, social phenomena, research and education by means of a library, mediatheque and digital archive;

kuda.lounge establishes conditions for building critical and creative approach towards digital culture; it is devoted to the issues of contemporary cultural politics, the creative use of new communication technologies as well as the influence of electronic media in a society. kuda.lounge consists of lectures, workshops, talks, and public presentations of artists, media activists, theorists, scientists and researchers and since 2000 onwards over 100 events have been organised within the kuda.lounge;

kuda.production and publishing creates a matrix for non-profit artistic production in the field of new media and technologies, interdisciplinary research and experiment. Besides organizing many exhibitions and conferences, from 2004 onwards, kuda.org offers free web space on the kuda server for artists, activists and the NGO sector;

All lectures and presentations held in the framework of kuda.lounge program in the period of 2001 to 2006 have been recorded in audio-video format and archived in kuda.org’s mediatheque. All video material is available for watching and further copying and re-distribution is welcome.

kuda.org runs a Mobile Laboratory as a colaborative platform for knowledge and technological exchange through Novi Sad city and other cities in Vojvodina region. The basic tool that is used in project implementation is mobile lab /equipped vehicle/, which has the possibility of introducing new technologies, direct knowledge and skills transfer and reproduction of produced material in public spaces. Mobile lab deals with networking, collaboration and co-production in terms of empowering creative practices and directing them to wider groups such us: youth, minorities and marginalized groups and at the same time is promoting their rights through open and equal access to new tools and content. The main goal is to create reliable local, regional and international infrastructure that could be the framework for future planning and influencing cultural policy implementation.

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Václav Soukup

Václav Soukup is a Czech culturologist and anthropologist working at the Department of Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. He teaches the social and cultural anthropology, cultural studies and paleoanthropology and is among the founders of the interdisciplinary cultural studies course that aspires to connect the human, society and culture. Dr. Soukup holds the position of Head of Cultural Studies Department at the mentioned University.

Additionaly, Dr. Soukup is a member of a research team at the Department of Cultural Studies in the field of long-term socio-cultural empirical studies of local urban cultures. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and monographs devoted to the theory of culture, history and paleo anthropological thinking.  His extensive book History of Anthropology (2004) was awarded with the Rector’s Prize of Charles University as the best publication in the field of social sciences in 2004.  He is also engeged in writing an extensive book on human evolution and genesis of human culture, which aims to contribute to the establishment of a new scientific discipline bioculturology.

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Kultura Nova

Association KulturaNova is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded as an “umbrella” for various non-formal independent art groups, individuals, and young artists from Novi Sad.  KulturaNova is working within the field of youth culture, popularisation and affirmation of art and culture and on raising awareness of relevant social issues by promoting cultural diversity and tolerance.  Its main activities are covering: festivals & events (culture), lectures, conferences (human rights, youth policy) and workshops, seminars (education, cultural policy).

KulturaNova is encouraging cultural policy development by participating and developing cross border cooperation projects, such as:

  • Pannonia reunion is joint cross-border cooperation among Youth cultural organisations of EU border countries supporting youth and culture in the region of Pannonia valley and generating collaborative exchanges.
  • River Cities platform is a partnership between cultural organisations undertaking set of actions, environmental and political initiatives with the goal to develop rivers and waterfronts as cultural spaces and increase the impact of culture on the sustainable development of urban waterfronts for the benefit of their citizens. River Cities platform is financed by ECF.
  • Youth Culture Centre campaign is undertaking different forms of cultural action and participation together with education on cultural policy, public art and activism with the main aim of straightening NGO scene and taking over unused venues.
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Multimedia Institute [mi2]

Multimedia Institute [mi2] emerged in 1999 as one of non-governmental spin-offs from the Open Society Institute Croatia dealing with social approaches to technology and digital culture and with social theory. Multimedia Institute’s activities range from informal education and training in technology and digital media, free software development, archiving and publishing of digital and print media, cultural management and content curation, as well as policy and advocacy theory and praxis.

Multimedia Institute [mi2] has helped incubate numerous cultural and social initiatives, including cultural collaboration platform Clubture, iCommons informal cultural advocacy policy forum and the local Right to the City campaign, hosting local hacker community and serving as an open venue for other cultural and social initiatives. It is the organizer of Human Rights Film Festival, electronic music programs, publishing activities and localizer of Creative Commons licenses.

Multimedia Institute is running the net.culture club MaMa, which is a meeting point for different local and international communities ranging from political activists, media artists, electronic music makers, theorists, hackers and free software developers, queer support groups, to the anime community. MaMa’s club space consissts of a lecture and performance room „Duty Free Room“, the central reception room the „Frequent Flyers Zone“ with multi-language library and „Terminals“ linux based workshop space. MaMa set-up a variety of different lecture/discussion/presentation series dealing with its primary fields of interest. Some of those series like Becoming Digital, Caternetics, MaMa čita have in the meanwhile ceased to exist, and among the ones still active as of 2011 are Pastforward, Transverzala, and Vizualni kolegij.

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Anja Lungstraß

Anja Lungstraß is a researcher and documentarist at the österreichische kulturdokumentation in Vienna. Anja’s research topics cover Austrian, European and international cultural policies, comparative cultural policies, cultural diversity, creative industries and urban cultural policies. Previously she was engaged in programme design working for various publishing houses, press work and marketing.  Anja studied German literature, psychology, publishing and bibliology in Düsseldorf, Berlin and Munich and graduated in cultural management at the Vienna Institute for Culture Concepts. In 1993, she was awarded with a Master’s Degree in Literature, Linguistics, Psychology from Freie Universtität Berlin (Germany). In 1994, Anja earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Book and Media Sciences from Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (Germany) and in 2008 a Post Graduate Certificate in Cultural Management from Institut für Kulturkonzepte Wien (Austria).

She is actively engaged in various cooperation-projects, for example as a national correspondent for the study “Contribution of Culture to Local and Regional Development as part of European Cohesion Policy” (CSES/ERICarts, 2010). Also, Anja is an author of several publications and articles, such as „ Who does the city belong to? Vienna – art in public space since 1968″ (KÖR GmbH, Kunsthalle Wien, 2009) and “The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions – Stocktaking on Implementation and Application in Austria” (for the Austrian UNESCO Commission, ÖUK 2010).

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Beatrice Manzoni

Beatrice Manzoni works as a consultant and researcher for ASK Research Centre on Management and Economics for Cultural Institutions, Bocconi University, Milan, with expertise in business plans, feasibility studies and organizational design for cultural institutions. She holds a BSc and MSc in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy (2004) , and BSc in Architecture from Politecnico in Milan, Italy (2007). Her work interests are centered around project management for cultural institutions, creativity, cultural policies, urban development and regeneration. Ms Manzoni also teaches courses in Production Systems for Arts and Media, Cultural Management, Project and Team Management.


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Centre for Social Studies

The Centre for Social Studies, founded in 1978 at the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, is a scientific institution devoted to research and advanced training in the area of the social sciences and humanities. Cities, Cultures, and Architecture (CCArq), a research group within the Centre, is focused on the latest issues in studying cities, cultures and architecture and socio-cultural urban dynamics. The research is intended to recombine perspectives from socio-anthropology, arts and cultural studies, architecture to analyze urban lifestyles and means of resistance, socioeconomic conditions of residents, the impacts of tourism, affirmations of cultural expressions, and the democratic governance of cities. Studies on architectural theory and history and on the history of construction contribute to the interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches within this research group.

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