Past Projects

Consumer Culture: Between Aesthetics, Social Distinction and Ecological Activism

International conference at the Palacký University Olomouc, 7-9 October 2010

The conference Consumer Culture: Between Aesthetics, Social Distinction and Ecological Activism was held on 7–9 October 2010 on the premises of the Arts Center of the Faculty of Arts of Palacky University in Olomouc. The event took place under the auspices of The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic and it was also an official part of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (EY2010).

The goal of the conference was to create a counterbalance to the “science in the shadows”, overcome the mutual distrust between the academic and commercial spheres and make possible the transfer of recent developments between the two parties. That is why the conference organizers invited not only leading European academic researchers from diverse disciplines, but also representatives from the commercial sector who deal with research, production and innovation in consumer culture. This allowed for the confrontation of two previously separate and distinct discourses and perspectives.


Wolfgang Ullrich / Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Kate Soper / London Metropolitan University, Rainer Gries / University of Vienna, Jaroslav Cír / Perfect Crowd Prague, Søren Askegaard / University of Southern Denmark, Moritz Gekeler / HPI School of Design Thinking Potsdam, Franz Liebl / Berlin University of the Arts, Kai-Uwe Hellmann / Berlin Institute of Technology


Pavel Zahrádka / Palacký University, Renáta Sedláková / Palacký University, Veronika Kubová / Palacký University


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