News

16
Dec

New Research: A collaboration between UK and Spain team members analyzes the participation of Women in Gaming

Throughout the years, video games have been considered a masculine interest. However, through INVENT, the UK survey found no gender differences in responses to the question regarding the belonging of video games to the definition of “culture” (10% of men and 10% women replied “yes” to this question). In a new collaboration between Neta Yodovich (from our UK team) and

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14
Dec

New Danish government budget for 2022 puts research-based knowledge about culture and cultural initiatives on the agenda

With the new 2022 budget plan, the Danish government has announced to finance the establishment and development of a new Institute for Cultural Analysis. “Kulturens Analyseinstitut” will be established as an independent institute, contributing to a better understanding of the importance of culture for the individual citizen and for society as a whole. Research needed to develop the cultural field

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9
Dec

Meet-up Dutch INVENT team with Cultural Policy Officers of the City of Rotterdam

Last month the Dutch INVENT team sat down with Olga Smit and Anne-Rienke Hendrikse of the Municipality of Rotterdam. The two senior cultural policy officers paid a visit to Erasmus University Rotterdam to have an open conversation on the developments and current affairs in the local cultural sector. To reach the central objective of the INVENT project — the creation

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1
Dec

Cultural Microcosms in Europe

Unlike the simple divisions into elite and mass arts audiences, omnivores and univores, the culturally engaged and cultural inactives – while analysing INVENT survey data – we encountered a large number of small cultural worlds or cultural microcosms. Using Multiple Correspondence Analysis and Hierarchical Cluster Analysis, we identified a number of aggregates of people who have different conceptions of culture,

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17
Nov

Upcoming article on the relationship between cultural participation and political orientation

Finnish INVENT Team members Sara Sivonen and Semi Purhonen will be publishing an article called “Politics and cultural participation: The associations of party preference and conservativeness with high and popular cultural participation in Finland” in Sosiologia later this autumn (article in Finnish). The article examines the association between politics and cultural participation in contemporary Finland from the perspective of change

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27
Oct

Tourism and the Social Values of Culture

Croatian INVENT team co-leader Mirko Petrić participated in the online panel on sustainable cultural tourism, held on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, and organized by the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism in Split (Croatia) on October 21st, 2021. His presentation emphasized the importance of the societal values of culture, from a perspective developed within the INVENT project.

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22
Oct

New research alert: Diversity in cultural leadership

Aligning with INVENT’s interests in globalization, unequal cultural opportunities, and a bottom-up approach to cultural policy, Yeala Hazut Yanuka, from the UK team, is finalizing her research on diversity in cultural leadership in Arts Council England (ACE) and how it is perceived in the media. Her research explores ACE’s view and the media’s view of the leadership component in ACE’s diversity strategy in the framework of organizational legitimacy theory (Suchman 1995). The study

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20
Oct

New INVENT team member: Dr. Eva Myrczik joins the Danish team as a postdoctoral researcher

The INVENT-team is happy to welcome Dr. Eva Myrczik as a postdoctoral researcher in the Danish team as of October 15, 2021. Eva Myrczik has a MA in Cognition and Communication from the University of Copenhagen and achieved her PhD in November 2019 from the same university with the dissertation Digital Museum Mediation in Denmark: A Critical Exploration of the

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18
Oct

Research alert: “What do people actually understand by ‘Europe'”

Members of the Swiss team have published an article titled “Was verstehen Menschen eigentlich unter Europa?” (What do people actually understand by Europe) on the Swiss social scientific news platform DeFacto Similar to the approach of the INVENT project, the reported study uses a bottom-up approach and analyses the meanings of Europe on the basis of a survey conducted in

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11
Oct

Religiosity in five European societies – religious, spiritual, secular

The level of religiosity and type of religion in modern Europe varies significantly in different countries. Consequently, the trends observed are not the same, and religion’s role in these countries is different. Moreover, its influence on various aspects of cultural and social life varies according to the number of believers, the frequency of religious practice, the dominant religious tradition and

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