NCCPR 2017


The 8th Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research (NCCPR 2017)


The 8th Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research was organized in Helsinki, Finland, on 23.-25. August, 2017.

We'd like to thank all participants, we were happy to have you here in Helsinki! We'd also like to thank our partner organizations, you helped us to make this happen!

We hope to see you soon again!

Check out a gallery of photos from the event by clicking the image below!

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Pictures from Finnish refugee crisis in pictures: Introduction and asylum seekers’ demonstration by Engineer on Tour -blog 

Finnish refugee crisis in pictures Part 1 

Finnish refugee crisis in pictures Part 2

The Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research (NCCPR) 2017 takes place in Helsinki and focuses on questions around migration, nation, and the theory and practice of cultural policy.

The NCCPR is unique as a multidisciplinary meeting place where practicioners and researchers from a wide variety of disciplines can address issues regarding cultural policy, from standpoints which are relevant both to academic research and to the cultural sector.

The central questions of the conference address the new realities the Nordic countries face and the challenges of the future nordic cultural policy.

The conference is organised by CUPORE together with the Unit of Cultural Policy in the University of Jyväskylä and other partners.

Nordic collaboration is arranged between research institutions in all the five Nordic countries.

We aim to facilitate discussions on the roles of cultural policy in a time when trends such as globalization, increasing migration and changes in media and communication influence society and politics in new ways and create new roles for arts and heritage.

Arts, cultural heritage and cultural policy are closely entangled with the realities of migration.

The keynote speakers have been selected accordingly, representing expertise on multiculturalism and migration.




Dorte Skot-Hansen has until 2016 been Head of Centre for Culture Policy Studies at the former Royal School of Library and Information Science, now Copenhagen University. Dorte Skot-Hansen has a in cultural sociology and has done research in the field of cultural policy and -institutions, cultural diversity and cultural planning. She has been member of NCCPR scientific committee, chair of the Norwegian Art Council’s research committee and member of the board of the Swedish ‘Myndigheten för kulturanalys’. In addition, she has worked as a consult for the state, municipalities and within architecture and urban planning.


Karina Horsti is Senior Lecturer and Academy of Finland Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä. Karina's background is in sociologically and anthropologically oriented media studies. Over the past 16 years she has developed a multidisciplinary profile in transnational migration research by completing research on cultural diversity policies, nationalist populism, and mediated representations of refugees and asylum seekers. Her current research examines public remembering of forced migration and the commemoration of deaths at Europe's borders. She has been a visiting fellow at New York University, London School of Economics and Political Science, and in 2017 she will visit Melbourne University's Research Unit in Public Cultures.


Marco Martinello (1960), BA in Sociology, University of Liège; PhD in Political Science, European University Institute Florence (Italy), is Research Direcor at the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Willy Brandt Guest Professor at the University of Malmö (Sweden) and Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liège. He is the director of the Centre d’Etudes de l’Ethnicité et des Migrations (CEDEM). He is also member of the executive board of the European Network of Excellence IMISCOE (International Migration and Social Cohesion in Europe). He is a Member of the Excecutive board of the Association Belge de Science Politique – Communauté Française de Belgique. He is a member of the editorial Board of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, Global Networks and Vice-chair of the Research Committee n°31 Sociology of Migration (International Sociological Association).


Scroll down for session programme, abstracts and conference book!


Wed 23.8.2017 Venue: Ateneum (Ateneum Art Museum, street address: Kaivokatu 2, )

13.00 – 17.00 Registration at Ateneum

14.15 ‒ 16.00 Publication strategies. Discussion for Ph.D. students & other interested researchers attending the conference. 

Introduction and chair: prof. Sigrid Røyseng.

16.00 – 17.00 Guided tour of the exhibition Stories of Finnish art

17.00 – 17.15 Opening of the NCCPR2017

17.15 – 18.00 Keynote speech: Dorte Skot-Hansen; Nationalism, national identity and cultural policy

18.30 Guided tour of the exhibition Alvar Aalto - art and the modern form

18.00 – 21.00 Cocktail reception


Thu 24.8.2017 Venue: TAIKE (The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, street address Hakaniemenranta 6,

Session programme


9.30 ‒ 11.00 Parallel sessions

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.00 Keynote speech: Karina Horsti; Curating the "refugee crisis"

12.00 ‒ 13.00 Lunch

13.00 ‒ 15.00 Parallel sessions

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee

15.15 – 17.15 Parallel sessions


ca. 19.00‒23 Dinner & cultural programme at Suomenlinna (in collaboration with Nordic Culture Point)


Fri 25.8.2017 Venue: TAIKE (Arts Promotion Centre Finland, street address Hakaniemenranta 6,

Session programme


9.00 ‒ 11.00 Thematic discussion: Understanding quality (coordinated by Arts Council Norway & The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (TAIKE)

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.00 Keynote speech: Marco Martiniello; Immigration and cultural policies 

12.00 ‒ 13.00 Lunch

13.00 ‒ 14.30 Parallel sessions

14.30 – 14.45 Coffee

14.45 – 15.45 Panel discussion: The politics of cultural heritage - Chair Tobias Harding. Participating: Mikko Härö, Nanna Løkka and Ole Marius Hylland

16.00 ‒17.00 Closing of the conference and reflections (Tobias Harding)

- Information about the ICCPR2018 (Jenny Johannisson and Indrek Indrus)

Conference book (printed version available for those who attend the conference)



The registration is now closed.

The conference fee is 50€ for students, 160€ early bird and 220€ normal.

It includes the cocktail reception on Wednesday, and lunches as well as refreshments during the coffee breaks on Thursday and Friday.


The registration payment does not cover the dinner in Suomenlinna on Thursday.

There is a separate fee (35 €) for the dinner.

In case you’d like to attend the dinner, please choose the box “I’ll attend” when filling the registration form.

NOTE!: There is room only for 80 participants.

Registration is binding. Only cancellations received in writing will be considered.

Please contact us at regarding all cancellations.

Refunding policy: Cancellations received by and on 1 August 2017 are subject to 50 € (EUR) processing fee.

Refunds will be processed within 30 days after the conference. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations received after 1 August 2017 nor will they be given for no-shows, or any part of the participation package not taken.

The city of Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and the centre of the Helsinki Region, a functional urban region of about 1.4 million inhabitants and 751,000 jobs.

The city is bilingual, Finnish and Swedish, as the rest of Finland.

In Helsinki you will find a broad range of activities, the most popular museums are located at walking distance from each other.

If you are interested in shopping, the cities shopping streets are located in the city centre a few minutes from the sea!


Visit Helsinki/Jussi Hellsten


Visit Helsinki : More information about the city and activities in the city 

Journey planner: Information about getting around in Helsinki and public transportation 


Hotels in close range of the main venue:

Hotel Cumulus Hakaniemi - Use the booking code NCCPR17 for discount, limited amount

Hilton Hotel Strand

Scandic Paasi

Hotel Arthur




Ateneum Art Museum

Kaivokatu 2

The Ateneum is Finland’s best-known art museum and part of the Finnish National Gallery. Many ofthe art works held by the Ateneum are ingrained in the collective memory of the Finnish people: the works in the collections date from the period from the 19th century to the modern period 1960s. Our exhibitions of Finnish and international art open up new perspectives into the past and the future. The artists of our temporary exhibitions have included names such as Tove Jansson, Carl Larsson, Pablo Picasso and Helene Schjerfbeck.

The current display "The Stories of Finnish Art" celebrates the Ateneum collections. The exhibition guides visitors through the development of Finnish art, from 1809 up until the 1960s.

The exhibition "Alvar Aalto – Art and the Modern Form" shows how Aalto’s organic design idiom developed in interaction with contemporary visual artists.  The presentation of the most internationally famous Finnish architect is a part of the programme for the centenary of Finland’s independence.


The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)

Hakaniemenranta 6

The main conference venue in Hakaniemi is a centre for culture and education organizations including The Arts Promotion Centre, The Finnish Academy and The Finnish National Agency for Education.

As a partner of NCCPR2017, The Arts Promotion Centre arranges the thematic discussion Understanding quality in collaboration with   Arts Council Norway. This is held on Friday 24.8. at 9.30 am.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) is an expert and service agency for promoting the arts. Taike together with its arts councils and boards awards grants to professional artists and subsidies to communities in the field of the arts. Annually, Taike allocates 34 million euros as grants and subsidies. Taike operates under the supervison of the Ministry of Education and Culture and is funded from the state art budget.



Suomenlinna is a fortress on a small group of islands outside Helsinki city centre. It was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1991. The fortress has during recent decades developed into one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland. In addition, Suomenlinna is one of Helsinki’s urban districts, a home to approximately 800 residents and a workplace for about 400 people.

This base for the archipelago fleet was originally built midway through the 18th century, when Finland was part of the Swedish kingdom. Throughout time, the island has played a significant role in warfare, it’s geographical position is optimal for protecting the Finnish shore and the Russian capital. The Russian army conquered the island in 1808, and when Finland became an autonomous Grand Duchy of Russia, Suomenlinna (at this time named Viapori) remained a military base under Russian administration. Through the Russian era the island protected the Russian capital St.Petersburg and was of significant importance to the Russian army.

With the Russian Revolution and Finland’s independence, Viapori was taken over by the newly founded Finnish government in 1918 and renamed Suomenlinna (‘Castle of Finland’). During the Finnish Civil War, the fortress was used as an prisoncamp and during the Winter War the forces stationed on Suomenlinna included anti-aircraft and artillery units. In the mid-1960s, the Defence Force announced that it would be vacating the fortress completely. When the Suomenlinna Coastal Artillery Regiment moved out in 1972, Suomenlinna was turned over to civilian administration. Among the Defence Forces units, only the Naval Academy remains in Suomenlinna to this day.

The 8th NCCPR is organized by the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (CUPORE), and the Unit of Cultural Policy at the University of Jyväskylä (JyU), in cooperation with the Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy, the Society for Cultural Policy Research in Finland, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki, the Center for Nordic Studies CENS (University of Helsinki), Finnish National Gallery (Ateneum), the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and Nordic Culture Point.

The Nordic Conference of Cultural Policy Research has circulated biannually among the four larger Nordic countries since 2003, when the first of these conferences was held in Århus, Denmark. Its scientific quality is guaranteed by a scientific committee composed of cultural policy researchers from all of the Nordic countries. In line with its focus on facilitating communication among cultural policy researchers in the Nordic countries, the working languages of the conference are English, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.


The Scientific Committee of the NCCPR:

 Trine Bille, Denmark

 Louise Ejgod Hansen, Denmark

 Tobias Harding, Finland (chair)

 Magdalena Hillström, Sweden

 Linnéa Lindsköld, Sweden

 Marjo Mäenpää, Finland

 Sakarias Sokka, Finland (editor of the Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy)

 Njörður Sigurjónsson, Iceland

 Heidi Stavrum, Norway

 Geir Vestheim, Norway


The Local Organizing Committee of the NCCPR 2017:

Marjo Mäenpää, Cupore

Miikka Pyykkönen, University of Jyväskylä

Maria Hirvi-Ijäs, Cupore, maria.hirvi-ijas(at)

Sakarias Sokka, Cupore, sakarias.sokka(at)

Primary contact for information:

Ellen Ijäs, Cupore, ellen.ijas(at), +358 50 452 0414


In collaboration with:






Paper presentations

Papers will be presented orally in parallel sessions. Each paper will be allocated 30 minutes, including the oral presentation by the author(s) (max. 20 minutes) and comments of a nominated discussant and questions from the public. All responsible presenters will also be nominated to comment one paper. The papers will be accessible (only for the registered participants) via the conference system 1-2 weeks before the opening of the conference.

Each session has a chair. The session rooms will be set with a LCD monitor, a laptop, a microphone, and a pointer.  You need to arrive 10 minutes before your session, introduce yourself to the session chair and upload your presentation on laptop.

Instructions for Authors

The following guidelines apply to final papers for the 8th Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research. Your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines is greatly appreciated.

When your paper proposal has been accepted, you are expected to prepare and upload a full paper and an abstract.

The full paper should include affiliation of the author(s), contact information, an abstract and references. It may also include figures and tables.

Besides the full paper (including an abstract), you are expected to upload the abstract separately. This will become a part of an electronic abstract book.

All papers and abstracts must be written in English, Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian.

The deadline for final submissions is June 31st, 2017. After this date, we will not be able to guarantee the inclusion of your paper in the conference proceedings.

Please submit your full paper and abstract in PDF-format via the conference management service. For online submission you’ll need your proposal ID and password. We do not accept paper that are submitted via e-mail. Link for submission will be posted here later. 


Instructions for papers

Maximum length

An abstract should not contain more than 150 words.

All papers must be limited to 8000 words (edited in accordance with these guidelines), including abstract (150 words), figures, tables, biography and references.



All text, including titles, names, and citations must be in Times New Roman, 11pt. Footnotes and endnotes should be Times New Roman, 10pt.


Order of paper presentation

The general order of the paper should be as follows:

• Title of paper

• Author(s)

• Institutional affiliation(s) of author(s)

• Contact details (including email and full postal address) of corresponding author

• Biography of the author(s)

• Abstract of no more than 150 words

• Keywords (3-6)

• Word count of paper

• The chapters or sections of the main body of the text, tables and figures. Tables and figures should be incorporated in the text following reference to them.

• Conclusion

• Acknowledgements, if any

• References

• Appendices, if required


Page layout

Page size should be A4 paper. The North American “letter” format (8.5" X 11") is also acceptable. Left and right margins: 2.54 cm (or 1.0"). Top and bottom margins: 2.54 cm (or 1.0"). All pages should be numbered.


How to write an excellent conference paper

• Insert an abstract (max. 150 words) after the title and author information.

• Insert a single line after the abstract, followed by a list of up to 6 keywords and a word count of the paper.

• The start of the main body of the paper should be separated from the keyword list and the word count.

• All text must start at the left-hand margin

• Text must be single-spaced

• Paragraphs should be separated from each other by one blank line.



Please ensure that the spelling of names, terms, and abbreviations is consistent, including when they are used in tables, figures and legends.


Tables and figures

Insert tables and figures in the body of the text, following the paragraph in which they are first mentioned. Each table and figure should have a title and be numbered consecutively by Arabic numerals.



Authors are asked to follow the Harvard system of referencing. Do not insert references in footnotes or endnotes.

List of references should be single-spaced. Works by a single author should be listed chronologically. References should respect the following format:


Colbert, F. 1995. Marketing Culture and the Arts. New York: Wiley.


Roodhouse, S. 1998. “The Development of Museum Training in the United Kingdom.” International Journal of Arts Management, Vol. 1, no 1, 1998, p. 45–56.

Three or more authors:

Zukerman, V., L. Berry and A. Paterson. 1998. “The Nature and Determinants of Customer Experience of Service.” Journal of the Academy of Marketing, Vol. 4, no 5, p. 1–12.

Article in a book edited by another author:

Fiest, A. 1995. “Consumption in the Arts and Cultural Industries: Recent Trends in the UK”. In: M. Fitzgibbon and A. Kelly, eds. From Maestro to Manager – Critical Issues in Arts & Culture Management. Dublin: Oak Tree Press, p. 245–267.



For any further questions, please, do not hesitate to contact the Conference Organizers:

We are looking forward to welcome you in Helsinki!