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Art Festivals and the European Public Culture

Objective

This research is a contribution to the comparative cultural sociology of contemporary European society. The aim of the research is to examine the role of festivals as sites of trans-national identifications and democratic debate. Analytically, the project objectives are to: (1) Explore how festivals use aesthetic forms to symbolize, represent and communicate social and political life (European, national, sub-national) from the perspective of different actors, including programme directors, funding promoters, performing artists and the audience. (2) Study the way in which festivals frame the discourse of identity in relation to arts with particular attention to the local / European and local / global interfaces as well as the conundrum of difference (diversity) and similarity. (3) Analyze how festivals represent sites of competition for access to resources, status and power and how this competition impacts on debates about representation, openness and the public sphere.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

Address

Sussex House Falmer
Bn1 9rh Brighton

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 282 130,10

Administrative Contact

Rossana Loretta Dowsett (Ms.)

Participants (3)

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INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTRE FOR COMPARATIVE RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - ICCR

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 521 665

ECOLE PRATIQUE DES HAUTES ETUDES

France

EU Contribution

€ 18 600

Fondazione di ricerca Istituto Carlo Cattaneo

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 171 594,90

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 215747

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2010

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 243 162,30

  • EU contribution

    € 993 990

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom