It might come as no surprise to hear that the rising social inequalities in Europe are bearing their effects on cultural participation and access to cultural opportunities. Curious to hear how our findings can aid in creating more inclusive cultural policies? Join session 2 of the INVENT Conference 2021! Register here

One of the mega-trends shifting dynamics across Europe which the INVENT project examines is that of increasing social inequality. Social inequalities — whether they be brought about by differing socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, age, political, religious or sexual orientation — have been found to impact European citizens’ cultural outlook and participation in cultural activities.

Through research, the INVENT project enables people of all ages and backgrounds in nine European countries to voice what they find important when it comes to culture. 

Session 2 of the INVENT Conference 2021 will discuss the forms of social inequality that play a significant role in Europe and how these perpetuate unequal cultural opportunities. Moreover, this session will delve into the implications these rising inequalities hold for cultural policymaking. Sharing her expertise on cultural tastes and their influence on people’s access to social network resources, Roza Meuleman from Radboud University, will be joining INVENT team members Predrag Cvetičanin, Frédéric Lebaron, and Jordi Sintas Lopez as a keynote speaker in this session.

Session speakers:

  • Rising Social Inequalities in Europe: Implications for cultural policy

Predrag Cvetičanin  (Center for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe, Serbia)

& Frédéric Lebaron (Ecole normale supérieure Paris-Saclay)

  • Cultural Tastes and Network Resources

Roza Meuleman (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

  • Increasing Cultural Inequalities in the European Union: the unequal impact of the 2008 financial crisis on Europeans’ cultural participation

Jordi Sintas Lopez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)

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