Cultural policy between conservation and creation

NCCPR 2015 will take place at Campus Bø, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Telemark University College. The conference is organized in a collaboration between Telemark University College and Telemark Research Institute.

Cultural policy can be understood as the promotion, regulation and prohibition of cultural practices. This includes objects, ideas and meanings of both the past and the present, and hence creation and innovation as well as preservation and conservation. The latter – heritage policies – have only served a minor role in the academic area of cultural policy. This conference aims to address this and explore the relation between cultural policies and heritage policies and politics. Twinned with this, the conference also wants to investigate how aesthetics plays a role within different forms of cultural policy practice. What happens when aesthetics becomes politics?

These two themes will run as common themes throughout the conference, but the conference accepts papers and panels from any topic relating to cultural policy the way it is defined above. The organizers accept abstracts and papers in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and English. These will also be the conference languages.

Individual papers:

Paper proposals must not exceed 300 words and should include the following: Research question, methodological approach and a description of how the paper is original as well as your name, e-mail, job title and institutional affiliation.

Panel proposals:

To submit a proposal for a thematic session you must provide the session title and abstract, relevant paper titles and abstracts, as well as the name, e-mail, job title, institutional affiliation, and role (i.e. chair, discussant, presenter) of all participants. It should explain the academic contribution to cultural policy research and the methodological approach of the session, the proposal must not exceed 500 words. It is important that the proposal has a clear thematic focus. All correspondence will be directed at the panel chair only.


Paper and panel proposals must be submitted by February 15th 2015. Participants will be notified of the decision regarding the proposal by March 15th 2015. Submission of individual papers must be sent by June 1st 2015, individual papers for panels do not need to be submitted prior to the conference. Papers should not exceed 8000 words (including footnotes but excluding references).

All proposals must be sent as an email attachment to More information on the conference can be found at the website