Mission: Participation – critical understandings of the participation paradigm in cultural institutions and policies – University of Copenhagen

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Mission: Participation – critical understandings of the participation paradigm in cultural institutions and policies

Nowadays, cultural institutions and cultural policies in the Nordic countries are increasingly focusing on participation as means and as a goal. Cultural institutions want users to participate – but how and why?

Participation is associated with democracy and deliberative ideals. At the same time, participation is organized and acted upon. In this seminar, we explore questions relating to participation in cultural institutions and cultural policies through presentations and discussions.

Senior researchers and PhD-students will present and discuss their work. Invited guest speakers are Bjarki Valtýsson, Associate professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen and Nanna Kann-Rasmussen, Associate professor, Department of Information Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Programme

  • 09:15 - 09:30  Introduction and welcome by the organizers
  • 09:30 - 10:30  Using the user: Rationalities of participation-strategies - Nanna
                             Kann-Rasmussen
  • 10:30 - 12:00  Critique of cultural policies of participation: Two examples from the
                             online world - Bjarki Valtýsson
  • 12:00 - 13:00  Lunch break
  • 13:00 - 15:00  PhD-session followed by discussion
  • 15:00 - 15:30  Wrap-up and goodbye

The presentations will all raise theoretical questions, problems and perspectives towards the use of participation in cultural research. Thus, we consider the seminar to be an opportunity to discuss the concept and its use critically. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

The research seminar is organized by Lisa Engström and Mia Mathiasson in collaboration with Center for Kulturpolitiske Studier and Department of Information Studies.

The seminar is open for all, but registration is required.

To sign-up, please send an email to lisa.engstrom@hum.ku.dk before January 26.