research, Sustainable Cultural Futures

Cultural engagement in the UK and Japan: key findings from the SCF surveys

We are pleased to invite you to an online seminar on cultural engagement in the UK and Japan. This seminar will discuss some of the key findings from two public opinion surveys carries out in the two countries in summer 2022. The surveys were part of the UKRI-JSPS Sustainable Cultural Futures project, the first major UK-Japan research collaboration in cultural policy (2022-2025). The survey had questions on cultural engagement, the public’s understanding of cultural policy and funding, their recognition of cultural value and their social participation and happiness. In this seminar, we will focus on key findings on cultural engagement. Our second event (early 2023) will examine cultural value and related issues. The seminar will be an interesting opportunity to understand cultural policy and cultural engagement from cross national perspectives. It will be simultaneously translated from English/Japanese to Japanese/English. This seminar is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, via the Fund for International Collaboration [Grant Ref: ES/W011891/1]. 

Event Schedule

10:00-10:05 Opening remarks (Professor Nobuko Kawashima, Doshisha University, Japan)

10:05-10:15 ‘UK-Japan Sustainable Cultural Futures project and the aim of SCF surveys’ (Professor Hye-Kyung Lee, King’s College London, UK)

10:15-10:25 Presentation 1: ‘Cultural engagement in Japan’ (Dr Sayaka Sakoda, Doshisha University, Japan)

10:25-10:35 Comments 1 (Professor Emi Kataoka, Komazawa University, Japan)

10:35-10:45 Presentation 2: ‘Cultural engagement in the UK (England)’ (Dr Sana Kim, King’s College London, UK)

10:45-10:55 Comments 2 (Andrew Mowlah, Head of Research, Arts Council England, UK)

10:55-11:25 Q&A

11:25-11:30 Conclusion (Professor Nobuko Kawashima)

Introduction to presenters

Nobuko Kawashima is Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. She holds PhD in Cultural Policy (University of Warwick, UK) as well as MSc in Social Policy and LLM, both from the London School of Economics. Her areas of research interest include cultural policy, cultural economics and the creative/cultural industries. She directs the Center for the Study of the Creative Economy at Doshisha University. She is a former President of the Japan Association for Cultural Economics, and serves the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research. She has written widely on cultural policy in international and Japanese journals and books. The latest co-edited volume (with Hye-Kyung Lee) is Asian Cultural Flows (Springer, 2018).

Hye-Kyung Lee is Professor of Cultural Policy at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London, UK.
She is interested in relations between the cultural sector, the state and the market and has worked on cultural policy, arts subsidy, creative industries, cultural industry policy and copyright. Her publications include Cultural Policies in East Asia (2014), Asian Cultural Flow (Springer 2018), Cultural Policy in South Korea (Routledge 2019), and Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia (2019). She co-edits Cultural Trends. In addition to leading the ESRC funded Sustainable Cultural Futures (2022-2025), she co-leadings the ESRC Network on Globalizing South Korean Creativity (2022-23).

Sayaka Sakoda is Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University
She obtained PhD in Economics from Doshisha University and has been specializing in income distribution, health economics and economic policy. After finishing doctoral research, she worked as a visiting researcher at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Sociales in France and Kyoto University. Her publications include “Unequal Society in Married Couples” (Chuko Shinsho, 2013) and ”The Economics of Divorce: The Logic of Love and Separation” (Kodansha Gendai Shinsho, 2020) (both in Japanese, co-authored with Toshiaki Tachibanaki).

Emi Kataoka is a Professor of Sociology at Komazawa University.
Emi Kataoka has held positions at Osaka University and Kanto Gakuin University before taking up the current position. She is a renowned sociologist specializing in the consumption of culture in relation to class reproduction adapting the theoretical tradition of Pierre Bourdieu’s distinction to the case of Japan. She specializes in the sociology of culture and education and her latest single-authored book is entitled Sociology of Taste—Culture, Class and Gender (Seikyusha Publishing, 2019).

Sana Kim is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London.
Within the broader focus on the creative industries/economies, she is interested in cultural policy, creative work and creative ecologies/ecosystems. Her PhD explored the impacts of the capital city relocation, that took place in Kazakhstan in 1997, on the subsequent creative development of Kazakhstan’s new (Astana) and the former (Almaty) capital cities. After completing her PhD, she worked on a collaborative EU project titled DISCE (Developing Inclusive & Sustainable Creative Economies), which was looking at improving the growth of creative economies across Europe. 

Andrew Mowlah is Director, Research at Arts Council England (ACE) and a member of their National leadership group.
He is ultimately responsible for commissioning research and evaluation to better understand the impact of ACE’s strategy Lets Create and to make the best possible case for arts and culture. Prior to joining ACE in 2013 he was Senior Manager for Research at the Northwest development Agency and Head of Research at a business lobby group. Throughout his career he has worked extensively in the field of research to support both private and public organisations influence social change.

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