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Nordic Network of Norm Critical Leadership

A Nordic network involving individuals and institutions joining forces to enable professional and cross-disciplinary discussions on norm critical leadership and practice within the field of art and culture and to share best practices on how to develop the field concerning inclusion, diversity, and equality. The aim with the network is to generate new knowledge and new norm critical practices for the cultural field and to develop a toolkit on norm critical governance.

Project Managers

Executive Director Rita Paqvalén, Culture for All Service, (FI) and Chief Consultant, Amalie Ørum Hansen, Gentofte Library (DK).

Local project partner: Curator Azmara Nigusse, Hallwylska Museet (SWE)



Director Isabel Hölzl, Goethe-Institut Finland, Museum Director Virpi Kanniainen, The Aine Art Museum/Tornio, Residence Director and Performance Artist Leena Kela, Saari Residence/ Kone Foundation, PhD student of philosophy and disability activist Nikolai Klix, Artistic Director & choreographer Sonya Lindfors, UrbanApa, Artist Sepideh Rahaa and professional and influencer in arts and culture Anna Talasniemi.


Museum Director Julie Rokkjær Birch, KØN - Gender Museum Denmark, Curator Louise Lassen Iversen, Meter Space, Director Henriette Laursen, KVINFO and Director Nicol Savinetti, IMMART – International Migration Meets the Arts.


Principal and Actor Josette Bushell-Mingo, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama/ University of London (UK), Art Historian and Writer Macarena Dusant, Poet & Docent at gender studies at Linnaeus University Hanna Hallgren (SWE), Actor Jonas Franksson, Board Member of STIL – The Founders of Independent Living in Sweden, Writer & Librarian Balsam Karam, Rinkeby bibliotek, and Associate Professor/Head of Department Annika Olsson School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University.


Conference: Norm Critical Leadership. Challenging Norms and Nordic Exceptionalism.
February 8th–9th, 2023
Cultural Centre Caisa, Helsinki, Finland

The conference is aimed at professionals and people in leadership positions within the arts and culture field in the Nordic countries. The conference will go beyond ‘talking diversity discourse’ and work concretely with the goal of creating a Nordic art and culture field in which accessibility, inclusion, participation and accountability are the starting point.

Go to the conference webpage

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