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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.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

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)

INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTRE FOR COMPARATIVE RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - ICCR

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 521 665
Address
Schottenfeldgasse 69/1
1070 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Liana Giorgi (Dr.)
ECOLE PRATIQUE DES HAUTES ETUDES

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 18 600
Address
Rue Ferrus 4-14
75014 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-Claude Waquet (Mr.)
Fondazione di ricerca Istituto Carlo Cattaneo
Italy
EU contribution
€ 171 594,90
Address
Via Santo Stefano 11
40125 Bologna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giancarlo Gasperoni (Prof.)