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Conference Norm Critical Leadership. Challenging Norms and Nordic Exceptionalism, on 8–9th February 2023 will be live streamed!

In the conference Norm Critical Leadership. Challenging Norms and Nordic Exceptionalism we ask, how one can become a changemaker and dismantle discriminatory norms, normative structures and hierarchies within the arts and culture sector? What does norm critical leadership mean in different situations and contexts?

The aim of the conference is to critically analyze the rhetoric of and the passionate engagement with narratives of “Nordicness” and “Nordic exceptionalism”. Openness, equity, equality and sustainability are seen as the foundations of Nordic societies and Nordic cooperation and the keys to Nordic Exceptionalism. However, the positive narratives often ignore the existence of unjust structures in our societies, and art and cultural institutions, too.

The keynote speakers are Kathy-Ann Tan, curator, writer and independent scholar; Mindy Drapsa, Artistic Director of Riksteatern Crea and Christine Bylund, crip-femme-identified researcher, writer, and performance artist.

The conference is full, but it is possible to follow the program via live stream.

You can access the conference live stream with a web browser:

Conference Live Stream: Wednesday 8 February
Conference Live Stream: Thursday 9 February

Streaming hours (the live stream will not be recorded)

Wednesday 8 February: 10:00–16:30 EET
Thursday 9 February: 9:00–17:00 EET


The conference is in English.

Interpretation to International Sign will be visible on the stream. Link to the live closed captions (in English) will be published on the conference website before the start of the event. You can access the captions via the link by dividing your screen, or by using another device, such as a tablet or smartphone, on the side.

More information:

Conference program (
Conference website (

Live stream production by: Centre de Ville Oy

Conference poster Norm Critical Leadership 8-9 February 2023

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