About us

Cultural Meanings was founded in London by Mercedes Lopez Invarato and Kenn Nakata Steffensen in May 2000. We were based in Cork in Ireland from September 2010 until December 2014. In January 2015 we moved to Tokyo.

Mercedes Lopez Invarato is a native of Madrid and has lived in the UK and Ireland since 1992. She worked in journalism, advertising and marketing in Spain. In the United Kingdom she held a number of campaigning and policy research positions in human rights and international development NGOs before founding Cultural Meanings. Mercedes is a graduate in political studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has also studied English-Spanish translation at Westminster University and community service interpreting.

Kenn Nakata Steffensen was born in Denmark and grew up in India, Japan and Kenya. He teaches and writes on politics, philosophy and translation studies. He has taught at the universities of Winchester, Nottingham, Roehampton, University College Cork and Temple University. He is currently a research fellow in philosophy at the University of Tokyo Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia. Kenn holds degrees in politics and anthropology from the University of Copenhagen and the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the National University of Ireland.


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