Social Inequality and Cultural Policy

International Conference by the Angewandte and Michael Wimmer

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Social inequality in Europe is growing again. Populist forces use the refugee movement as cause for questioning cultural diversity and to propagandize cultural homogeneity. Therefore, the cultural scene is once again required to react to the current changes in society.

The goal of the event is to discuss social inequality from different professional perspectives and in particular to learn about the consequences of social change for cultural policy. We will discuss the need to draw upon theories about different cultural behaviour in different social groups with experts in economics, sociology, education and politics. Furthermore, we will learn from selected cultural practices that engage diverse audiences.

Guests from London, Paris, Athens, Barcelona and Warsaw will do short presentations about the current state of social inequality in their cities or countries as well as the specific cultural and political consequences. After the panels there will be time for extensive audience discussions.


Programme in English:



10:00 - 11:30
Panel: Social Inequality from different (disciplinary) viewpoints

Wilfried Altzinger - Chair of the Research Institute 'Economics of Inequality'

Michael Hartmann - Institute for Sociology/ University Darmstadt
Barbara Herzog-Punzenberger - Head of Unit “Migration and Education”/Johannes Kepler University Linz
Volker Kirchberg - Professor for the Sociology of the Arts/ Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Moderation: Anke Schad - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna



12:00 - 13:30
Panel: Social Inequality and European Cultural Policy Reactions

Kate Oakley - Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds
Jordi Balta - Cultural Policy Researcher and Project Coordinator/Barcelona
Vasilis Advikos - Lecturer University of Social and Political Sciences Athens
Hadrian Garrard - Director Create London
Christoph Girard - Mayor Paris
Moderation: Michael Wimmer- University of Applied Arts Vienna and EDUCULT



15:00 – 16.00
Artistic Intervention



16:00 - 17:30
Panel: How to deal with Inequality in Practice

Thomas Diesenreiter - Cultural Worker and Cultural Activist/Linz/Vienna
Augustine Leisch - Director, Journalist and Political Activist Vienna
Can Gülcü - Cultural worker, activist, former director of WIENWOCHE / Vienna
Kathrin Hohmaier - Researcher/ Ossietzky University Oldenburg
Moderation: Martin Fritz - Curator and Critics



18:00 - 20:00
Closing Panel: The Role of Cultural Policy in Times of Growing Social Inequality