21.05.2021 | Cultural Organisations & Sustainability: FESTIVALS’ RESILIENCE

May 21st, 2021 (Friday), 12:00 – 14:00 CET (13:00 – 15:00 Helsinki Time), online,

Watch the COSM Talks 2 – VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRCkCNEQ4uE

COSM Talks is series of online events organized by HUMAK with scientists, teachers and experts exploring in conversations the area of the current and future content and methods of sustainability values-oriented teaching. This event is open to the general audience, but especially directed to cultural professionals, cultural management adepts, alumni, and teachers. The focus of our Talks are sustainability values and their organisational and individual applications in cultural, creative, arts and heritage activities area. The 21.05.2021 COSM Talks 2 is entitled Cultural Organisations and Sustainability: FESTIVALS’ RESILIENCE.

The key topics of the session are:

– the resilience of art & cultural festivals as organisational models

– practice-based studies applied to festivals’ organisations – the role of cultural managers

– the role of aesthetics applied to well-balanced cultural producers’ work

– festivals in their cities’ ecosystems, the relation of aesthetics and sustainability values


12:00 CET (13:00 EET) | The Introduction to the session:

Dr Pekka Vartiainen (HUMAK University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland),

Dr Katri Kaalikoski (Humak UAS, Head of the Arts and Cultural Management School)

12:15 CET | Talks session – part 1:

Prof. Silvia Gherardi (University of Trento, Italy),

Prof. Sanna Lehtinen (Aalto University, Finland)

discussion 1

13:00 CET | Talks session – part 2:

Dr Rebecca Finkel (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK)

Dr Marcin Poprawski (Humak UAS, Finland)

discussion 2

13:50 CET | The summary of the COSM TALKS 2

Dr Pekka Vartiainen & Dr Marcin Poprawski (Humak UAS, Finland)

Silvia Gherardi is senior professor of sociology of organization at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, (University of Trento, Italy), where she founded the Research Unit on Communication, Organizational Learning, and Aesthetics (www.unitn.it/rucola). She is also professor II at the School of Business, Society and Engineering, Mӓlardalens University (Sweden). She received the degree of “Doctor Honoris Causa” from Roskilde University (2005), East Finland University (2010) and St Andrews University (2014). Her research interests include: feminist studies, entrepreneurship, epistemology of practice, and post-qualitative methodologies in organization studies. She published two books on practice-based studies with Edward Elgar: How to conduct a practice-based studies (2019) and Learning and Knowing in Practice-Based Studies (2012), co-authored with Antonio Strati.

Sanna Lehtinen is a Research Fellow in the Transdisciplinary Arts Studies unit at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture where her research focuses on urban and environmental aesthetics and the philosophy of the city. Previously she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS (University of Helsinki). Dr. Lehtinen completed her PhD at the International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA) at the University of Helsinki in 2015 with a monograph “Excursions into Everyday Spaces: Mapping Aesthetic Potentiality of Urban Environments through Preaesthetic Sensitivities”. After receiving her degree, Sanna collaborated with the Helsinki-based studios Architects Davidsson Tarkela and NEMO Architects and worked as a consultant in urban and real estate development. Dr. Lehtinen is currently the President of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Aesthetics (IAA), and a Codirector in the board of the international Philosophy of the City Research Group. Dr. Lehtinen’s research output includes journal articles published in Philosophical Inquiries, Open Philosophy, Essays in Philosophy, and Behaviour & Information Technology, articles in edited volumes published by Routledge, Springer, and Oxford University Press as well as editing special issues on urban aesthetics and philosophy of the city for Contemporary Aesthetics and Open Philosophy journals. www.sannalehtinen.com 

Rebecca Finkel (PhD) is Reader and School Research Lead in the School of Arts, Social Sciences & Management at Queen Margaret University and Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy. Main research interests frame critical event studies, with a focus on community cultural festivals, within conceptualisations of social justice, gender in/equality, and identity. By utilising theory-driven approaches to generate interdisciplinary social science knowledge, her research addresses urgent societal issues. Co-Editor of Routledge Critical Event Studies Research Book Series as well as Multispecies leisure: Human-animal interactions in leisure landscapes (2021, Routledge); Gendered violence at international festivals (2020, Routledge); Accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in critical event studies (2018, Routledge); Research themes in events (2014, CABI).

Marcin Poprawski (PhD) is a researcher and teacher in the field of Cultural Management and Cultural Studies. He works as a senior lecturer at HUMAK University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan – Institute of Cultural Studies – Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies (Poland). He is a director of AMU Regional Culture Observatory research centre and expert of the Association of Polish Cities. Since 2021 he is one of the fifteen members of the European Expert Network on Culture set up by the European Commission. He leads COSM by HUMAK educational project on cultural management and sustainability values (cosm.humak.fi) and the AMU Audience Development Postgraduate Diploma. His activities focus on cultural management and sustainability values; audience engagement; festivals; organisational cultures, symbolism and aesthetics; arts management and entrepreneurship; cultural policies and local cultural ecosystems.