MIND THE GAP – session 4

Tuesday 24 April
09:30 – 11:00

Session four: Lawrence Cherney, Marcin Poprawski, Kristina Kolbe

Lawrence Cherney, director of Soundstreams Toronto, one of the world’s leading contemporary music companies, committed to showcasing the work of living and international composers with a focus on innovative thematic and experiential programming, and also serving a broad community of music lovers through free outreach and education programs.

Cherney presented his ideas about inclusive programming and [*****]

Marcin Poprawski is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and co-author of the EU Study on Audience Development – How to place audiences at the centre of cultural organisations.

Kristina J. Kolbe is a Leverhulme Award doctoral student at the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Holding a MSc from the LSE in ‘Culture and Society’ and BA in musicology, media studies and social sciences from the Humboldt University Berlin and King’s College London, Kristina is especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches to cultural sociology and questions of social inequality with a particular focus on issues around urban multiculture.

“In this presentation, I aim to shed a critical light on issues of social inequality that underwrite contemporary cultural production in the European highbrow music sector. Drawing from postcolonial literature and cultural sociology scholarship as well as from my own PhD research, I hope to show how cultural production always sits inside not outside broader patterns of representation and as such can be both a site of negotiation and resistance but also of marginalisation and reproduction. More specifically, I wish to problematize the role of diversity-oriented policies and strategies, often meant to widen the artistic reach of cultural institutions, for broader systems of inequality, in particular considering hierarchizing discourses around migration, ‘race’ and ethnicity.