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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. 


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




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2017.04.05 | Arts

Rethinking Cultural Participation, conference 17-19 May

Across Europe there is a demand for institutions to engage citizens. Citizen engagement is nothing new for cultural centers. But there has never been a systematic investigation of how people engage and participate in cultural centers and of what the effects of this might be. This investigation has now been done with the European research and…

2017.04.05 | Arts

Thoughts on how and why participation? - Warming up to the network seminar

The steering group of the network TakePart is currently preparing for our next seminar on the methods of participation. The seminar will take place at The Royal Danish Theatre and The National Gallery of Denmark on the 27th and 28th of April respectfully. On the first day, the participants will meet KGL+ - a part of The Royal Danish…

2017.01.17 | Arts

CfP: Participatory approaches to Capitals of Culture

Interesting call for papers/proposals for a themed section of “Participations” – edited by Louise Ejgod Hansen (member of Take Part), Leila Jancovich (associated to Take Part) and Franco Bianchini. NB the long production process.

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