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Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures

The International Transdisciplinary Conference "Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures: theories, policies, practices" takes place 6-8 May 2015 in Helsinki. The overall theme is the roles and meanings of culture in sustainable development. The call for session and paper proposals are now open. Read More

Gathering scientists, practitioners and policy-makers the aim of this conference is to generate new ideas that will inform and advance understandings of sustainability with cultural studies and practices, and vice versa.

By focusing on the roles and meaning of culture in sustainable development the conference will center around questions such as: Is culture the fourth pillar of sustainability alongside the ecological, economic and social aspects? How does culture act as a catalyst for ecological sustainability, human well-being and economic viability? What would our futures look like if sustainability was embedded in the multiple dimensions of culture?

The conference explores theories and concepts; policies and governance; and practices and methodologies that explicitly analyse multiple dimensions of culture in sustainable development. Examples that illustrate and reveal the roles of culture in sustainable futures may be found in livelihoods, everyday life practices from housing to consumption, food systems, tourism, landscapes, heritage, media, education, planning, architecture, design and more.

The conference will explore different conference formats, including both scientific, artistic, dialogical and hybrid presentation formats.

Call for proposals is now open. The deadline for research paper session proposals is 1st October 2014 and for papers and other forms of presentation 5th December 2014. Please go to the conference webpage for further information.

The Conference is organized by COST Action IS1007 Investigating Cultural Sustainability and hosted by the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä.

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