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Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures; theories, policies, practices

6th to the 8th of May 2015

Transforma are hosting an international transdisciplinary conference entitled Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures; theories, policies, practices in Helsinki, Finland from the 6th to the 8th of May 2015. During the conference, scholars, policymakers, artists and planners will discuss the different roles and meanings of culture in sustainability. Representatives from different sectors and across disciplines will explore how culture(s) can support sustainable development .

The conference will explore a a range of questions and themes, including;

  • 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, including different worldviews and values, ways of life, and other forms of cultural expression?

This conference is both an ending and a beginning. It caps the work of the European research network COST Action Investigating Cultural Sustainability. But rather than closing the book on this international network, this inclusive conference aims to set directions for future research and actions. The new ideas generated about understanding culture(s) in sustainable futures will pave the way for integrating sustainability with cultural studies and practices.

The conference is organised by the COST Action Investigating Cultural Sustainability and is hosted by the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy. The conference venue, “Wanha Satama” (Finnish for “Old Harbour”), is a renovated warehouse for coffee and spices located in the heart of Helsinki and close to the seashore.

For full details and a programme of events click here.

Wanha Satama, Helsinki,

Wanha Satama, Helsinki,