TRANSFORMING CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR USERS
– Current Agendas in the Interdisciplinary Turn to Participation
10-11 April 2019
Aarhus University, Kasernen, Langelandsgade 139, 8000 Aarhus C
The seminar introduces, and offers a space for discussing, important current agendas for cultural institutions interested in participation. It begins with the premise that the present cultural, institutional and academic interest in participation often challenges traditional professional practices as well as distinctions like institution/citizen, professional/user, expert knowledge/lay experience and cultural sector/other sectors. In this way, the turn to new forms of participatory engagements also calls for interdisciplinary interaction and inspiration.
The seminar focuses specifically on three interdisciplinary topics:
1) Cultural institutions and local communities,
2) Participatory care and health in cultural institutions,
3) Users as experts/co-researchers.
The seminar will stimulate discussion through presentations of current research on participation from perspectives of community arts, health humanities, and sociology.
- François Matarasso: The normalisation of participatory art: opportunities and threats
- Brian Brown: Health Humanities and Creative Assets
- Jennifer Gabrys: Sensing and Participating in Urban Air Pollution
The presentations are combined with workshops where cultural institutions from UK, Croatia and Denmark present and discuss their own participatory practices and projects dealing with local communities, care/health, and knowledge production/dissemination.
The program includes time for networking and visits to local cultural institutions engaged in citizen participation.
The seminar is organized by Birgit Eriksson, Carsten Stage and Bjarki Valtysson from the Danish research network on cultural participation Take Part http://projekter.au.dk/en/take-part/, in collaboration with
Leila Jancovich from the British knowledge exchange network Cultural Participation http://www.culturalparticipation.co.uk/, and Dea Vidović from the Croatian Kultura Nova foundation http://kulturanova.hr/english.
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