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Arts, Culture and Public Sphere: Expressive and Instrumental Values in Economic and Sociological Perspective

A conference that will bring together disciplines of Sociology Economics and Planning to investigate how arts and culture became contested grounds involving multiple social and economic dimensions of contemporary societies.

Organised by University IUAV Venice (Faculty of Design and Arts and Department of Arts and Industrial Design), and the European Sociological Association (Research Network for the Sociology of Culture and the Research Network for the Sociology of the Arts).

The conference also represents the 5th ESA Sociology of the Arts Research Network mid-term conference and the 2nd ESA Sociology of Culture Research Network midterm conference, and it will be the first opportunity to have three European networks - the two Research Networks of the European Sociological Association, ‘Sociology of Arts’ and ‘Sociology of Culture’, and the network ‘Economics and Planning of Arts and Culture’- to meet around a common theme.

The conference will be the first opportunity to have three European networks - the two Research Networks of the European Sociological Association, ‘Sociology of Arts’ and ‘Sociology of Culture’, and the network ‘Economics and Planning of Arts and Culture’ - to meet around a common theme. Conference organisers are encouraging strongly interdisciplinary papers, and propose a focus on expressive and instrumental values with the aim of building a special platform for interdisciplinary exchange and debate, particularly between economic sociological perspectives.

The conference topics are organised according to the perspectives of the three networks - Sociology of Arts, Sociology of Culture, and Economics and Planning in Arts and Culture. However, the conference will  be aimed at crossfertilizing research using mixed research fields in all the areas. Papers with a crossnational, comparative focus and papers by researchers earlier in their career are particularly welcome.

Call for papers: The deadline for submission of abstract is 28th April 2008.

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