The 6th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research
Welcome to the 6th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Jyväskylä, Finland, 24 - 27 August 2010.
The conference will be organized by the Cultural Policy unit of the University of Jyväskylä, in collaboration with the International Journal of Cultural Policy.
ICCPR2010 aims to provide a space for exploring cultural policies, their meanings, roles and impact in an interdisciplinary and international environment. This ICCPR2010 exploration is not restricted to the contemporary period, or geographical area. The conference neither assumes a fixed understanding of the concept of culture nor the concept of policy.
In general terms, ICCPR2010 sees cultural policies as the regularization, promotion, and discouragement of practices and values by institutions and individuals, public and private. The concept of policy can also be regarded as a "regularizing aspect of politics". Furthermore, ICCPR2010 maintains that cultural policies and their effects can be explicit and implicit, or latent.
In the Nordic countries, where the ICCPR2010 takes place, the state has had a strong role in promoting and financing culture. However, economic and cultural developments, such as globalization, enforce the need to investigate semi-public, non-governmental and private, voluntary and commercial efforts as policy processes with wide effects. Therefore, the ICCPR2010 expects to host a broad variety of papers.
The ICCPR2010 theme – Truths, Taboos and Myths of Cultural Policy – refers to the ways in which the field of cultural policy is realized and positions itself in praxis and research. The theme is not intended to be an iron rod for any paper proposals, but the organisers seek to motivate prospective presenters to reflect on cultural policy and be self-reflective about research.
ICCPR2010 warmly welcomes participants to Jyväskylä, the city of design and education in the heart of Finland.