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Focus on Swedish culture research and policies

The commercialization of culture. Culture as an engine of innovation. That is only two of many slants on culture and the politics of culture that are discussed in a forthcoming essay collection edited by LiU professor Svante Beckman.

In KulturSverige 2009 (Culture in Sweden), researchers and professionals in the field take a long hard look at Sweden's cultural policies and trends. The book includes comprehensive statistics with international comparisons.

"An up-to-date statistical overview of Swedish culture was sorely needed," say Tema Q Professor Beckman, who heads up SweCult, a newly established national Knowledge Center for research on culture policies, will forge links between researchers and the culture sector.

The essay collection will be launched at SweCult's conference November 24-25. The conference theme is: Culture in Sweden today. Swedish culture and new political assessments.

"The essays and the conference program mirror current research in the culture sphere and the changing conditions it faces," says Svante Beckman. "Funds for current research are visibly small when viewed against culture's importance to the community at large.

"Most political spheres with their own institutes have access to far greater sums for research. The annual culture-political research funding is no more than 40 million. That is indeed a small portion of the ten billion kronor which the government channels to the cultural sphere annually."


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Last updated: 2009-06-03