Monica Sassatelli

Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University, London, UK

Monica Sassatelli is a cultural sociologist, currently associate professor at the University of Bologna, Department for Life Quality Studies, and senior lecturer at Goldsmiths - University of London, Department of Sociology (both part-time). Her research interests focus on cultural events and institutions, cultural policies and creative industries. Her Ph.D. involved a case study of the European Capital of Culture program and its role within EU cultural policies as a means of identity-building. In 2008-10 she was involved in a collaborative project titled Art Festivals and the European Public Culture, which examined the role of festivals as sites of trans-national identifications and democratic debate. This inspired her to continue researching art biennials, to examine the 'biennialization' of the contemporary art world. Among her publications are the monograph Becoming Europeans. Cultural Identity and Cultural Policies, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 (Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2010) and the edited collection Arts Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere, Routledge, 2011 (co-edited with G. Delanty and L. Giorgi). Recent articles include: "Europe in your Pocket": Narratives Of Identity In Euro Iconography", Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 2017; and Symbolic Production in the Art Biennial: Making Worlds, Theory, Culture and Society, 2017.


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