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[Commlist] cfp - Transforming cultural institutions and their users: Current Agendas in the Interdisciplinary Turn to Participation

Fri Mar 08 22:34:50 GMT 2019


– Current Agendas in the Interdisciplinary Turn to Participation

Seminar at Aarhus University 10-11 April 2019

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. We combine the presentations 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.

Keynote speakers:

- François Matarasso: The normalization of participatory art: opportunities and threats

- Brian Brown: Health Humanities and Creative Assets

- Jennifer Gabrys: Sensing and Participating in Urban Air Pollution



Birgit Eriksson, Carsten Stage and Bjarki Valtysson from the Danish research network on cultural participation /Take Part/, in collaboration with Leila Jancovich from the British knowledge exchange network /Cultural Participation/, and Dea Vidović from the Croatian /Kultura Nova/ foundation

The seminar is open for all but requires registration. More info about program, keynotes, registration etc. at

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