Michael Kenned, Martha Tedeschi, Fred Wherry: The Politics of Culture and the Political Role of Cultural Institutions


Monday, October 31, 2016, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


William James Hall 1550

Culture and Social Analysis Workshop (Co-sponsored with the Transnational Studies Initiative and Politics & Social Change Workshop) presentation by 


Fred Wherry, Department of Sociology, Yale University

Michael Kennedy, Department of Sociology, Brown University

Martha Tedeschi, Director of Harvard Art Museums


Peggy Levitt, Associate. Chair; Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College.

Jocelyn Viterna, Faculty Associate. Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.


The nexus between politics and culture is fertile ground. Cultural institutions profoundly shape how we imagine the world; the structures, institutions, and inequalities that organize it; and the ways in which we mobilize for social change. At the same time, cultural institutions are shaped by politics—countries occupy different positions in a cultural hierarchy of value, political factors shape cultural diffusion, and culture is used as a diplomatic tool. Our panelists will engage broadly with these questions, exploring the ways in which the encounter between culture and politics influences theory and practice.