'A European Investigation on the Value of Culture' with Arturo Morato

EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. A public seminar with Professor Arturo Morato (University of Barcelona). Chaired by Professor Nikos Papastergiadis.


Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Melbourne
5pm - 7pm, Tuesday 31 of March 2020

‘UNCHARTED: A European Investigation on the Value of Culture’

Arturo Rodríguez Morató, University of Barcelona

In recent decades, with the growing emphasis on the creative economy, culture has tended to be increasingly seen in political circles under the exclusive lens of the economy and its contribution to it. To counteract this tendency, it is necessary to define the social values associated with culture on a different basis from the traditional one. The work focuses on the valuation practices of the actors involved in cultural life. In this respect, three areas and three types of fundamental actors in the value dynamics of culture are distinguished: the field of cultural participation, in which citizenship is the protagonist; the field of cultural production and heritage, where the professionals of creation and preservation are the ones who take the initiative; and the field of cultural administration, in which it is the experts and politicians who decide. The project takes these three areas and this basic typology of actors as a starting point to structure the study of the different aspects involved in this evaluative dynamic: the emergence of values, the configuration of a value order and the political impulse of values.

UNCHARTED will be carried out by a consortium of ten partners from February 2020 to January 2024.

The presentation will show the European challenges that the project addresses in the context of current cultural changes, its specific approach and the research logic it follows. It will also highlight the way the project plans to articulate cultural value analysis and cultural policy research.