Call for Papers – Cultures of Participation – Arts, Digital Media and Politics

University of Aarhus, Denmark, 18th-20th April 2018

Over the last decade cultural participation and cultures of participation have received increased (and renewed) attention within different academic disciplines, cultural institutions and societal sectors – and over time also more critical reflection. On policy levels, citizen participation and engagement are emphasized as key components of democratic societies and these policies are currently being practiced and put to work at cultural institutions and cultural houses, in artistic production, in architectural and urban ‘smart city’ designs and various digital media spaces. But what are the characteristics of cultural participation and how do these manifest themselves in cultures of participation?

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Shannon Jackson, Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley
José van Dijck, Professor of Comparative Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
Lisanne Gibson, Associate Professor, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Papers are invited across broad fields of studies, such as art and aesthetics, cultural studies, media studies, architecture, design, sociology, political science & anthropology. Contributions are also invited from actors working with citizen participation in arts, media and/or politics – e.g. in cultural institutions, media platforms or cultural policy.

Please submit your abstract proposal (max 300 words) and a short bio (max 100 words) to no later than 5 January 2018.
We welcome individual papers as well as panels with three or four contributors.
We will notify authors of paper acceptance no later than 21 January.

Registration – including payment of a conference fee – is due on 18 February 2018.

More information about the conference, registration, accommodation, travel and other practicalities is (and will be) posted on the conference website

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