May 21st and 22nd – Université de Montpellier
Faculté de droit et de science politique, Bâtiment 1 – Rue de l’Ecole Mage
Participation is both a permanent dimension and a growing concern in cultural policies. Its meaning, however, may vary according to the periods, the territories, the cultural sectors and the actors themselves. The International Conference “Cultural Policies in Europe: A participatory Turn ?”, organized by the CEPEL in the framework of the European network Be SpectACTive !, is inviting to debate on the diverse conceptions of participation within cultural policies : is “participation” everywhere in cultural policies? What kind of participation are we talking about? Who participates in what, how, why? What are the instruments and paradigms of participation in cultural policies? How does participation contribute to the debates on democratization and cultural democracy? What do cultural operators expect from a cultural policy oriented towards participation?
After three previous international conferences organized in Sansepolcro (Italy, 2015), Barcelona (Spain, 2016), Sibiu (Romania, 2017) and York (United Kingdom, 2018), this is the first time that France hosts an event in this context. The scientific team assembled to design this conference (Emmanuel Négrier and Félix Dupin-Meynard, CEPEL, Lluís Bonet and Giada Calvano, University of Barcelona, Luisella Carnelli and Elettra Zuliani, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, Turin), have published two books reviewing a first wave of action-research around issues of participation in the performing arts field (Challenging Participation in Performing Arts, Editoria e Spettacolo, 2018 ; Breaking the Fourth Wall: Proacive Audiences in the Performing Arts, Oslo: Kunnskapverket, 2018).
This conference is aimed at different types of actors. It brings together Be SpectACTive ! partners – a panel of about 40 cultural actors from 14 different European countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Czech Republic), with speakers from the research field, as well as officials in charge of cultural policies. In the Occitanie region, it also concerns cultural actors in different artistic fields interested in the way in which participation could change their practices, and more globally, the conceptions of cultural policies in Europe. Finally, it is aimed at advanced students in the arts and culture and public policies sectors, whose professional horizons are increasingly inscribed in participatory dynamics.
21st May, 9h – 18h (Amphi C)
9h00 : Welcome
9h15 : PRESENTATIONS
9h45-10h45 : INTRODUCTIONS
10h45-11h : Coffee break
11h – 12H30 : ROUND TABLE 1. Instruments, incentives and conditions: evidences from the ground
Moderation and lessons : Luisella Carnelli (Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, IT)
12h30-14h00: lunch break
14h00 – 15h45 : ROUND TABLE 2. Participation and cultural policies : a comparative perspective
Moderation and lessons : Giuliana Ciancio (BE/IT) and Félix Dupin-Meynard (FR)
15h45-16h : coffee break
16h – 17h30 : WORKSHOPS (Amphi C + salles 24, 25, 28). Formulating a Wish List addressed to policy makers for improving the place and forms of participation in cultural policies
4 groups (2 in English /2 in French)
17h30-18h15 : Crossed Keynotes and debate
19h30 : Evening at “Gazette Café”, 6 rue Levat.
22nd May, 9h30 – 13h (Amphi C)
9h30-10h30: Synthesis of the “wish lists” and reception by public representatives
10h30-10h45: Coffee Break
10h45-12h15: ROUND TABLE 3. Participation and cultural sectors: a comparative perspective
Moderation and lessons : Lluís Bonet (University of Barcelona, ES)
12h15: Concluding Keynote: Loup Wolff (Department of Studies of the Ministry of Culture, FR)
12h45: End of the Conference / Aperitif of departure