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TAKE PART – research network on cultural participation

TAKE PART is a network of researchers and professionals engaged in the investigation of contemporary forms of cultural participation. The ideal of turning citizens and users into “participants” currently play an important role in the arts, in cultural institutions and in society in general. In TAKE PART we investigate different forms of participation. We compare the various motivations, practices, outcomes and models of cultural participation. And we explore if and how cultural, social and political participation interact.

Our key questions are if and how

  • new (ideas of) communities are created in artistic and cultural participation
  • cultural participation is influenced by the dwindling political and institutional legitimacy of the welfare state
  • the cultural sphere functions as an arena in which participants have influence on issues affecting their everyday lives
  • we can examine the values and outcomes ​​of various forms of participation

In TAKE PART we advance the investigation of these issues by promoting exchange and collaboration between separated research environments and between theoretical and practice-oriented research. The network has around 80 members from seven universities and 25 cultural institutions. 

Funding

The project is funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2018

 

 

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2019.11.25 | Publication

Cultures of Participation: Arts, Digital Media and Cultural Institutions – New book from TAKE PART

Very happy that our edited collection, Cultures of Participation: Arts, Digital Media and Cultural Institutions, is now out. The book examines cultural participation from three different, but interrelated perspectives: participatory art and aesthetics; participatory digital media, and participatory cultural policies and…

2019.01.30 | Conference

TAKE PART seminar 10.-11.4.2019: TRANSFORMING CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR USERS – Current Agendas in the Interdisciplinary Turn to Participation

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…

2018.05.03 | Conference

Birgit Eriksson: Conference in Manchester

A chance to continue the highly inspiring discussions on everyday participation that some of us engaged in at our own Cultures of Participation conference. Anne Scott Sørensen and I will go.

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