Uncharted

Why UNCHARTED?

We study the emergence of values connected with culture, their configuration and the political impulse that these values could deliver to the society.

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.

The UNCHARTED project aims to counteract this tendency, defining the social values associated with culture.  Read more

Circus Smirkus at Manter Field, Byfield, Aug. 4, 2012, CC-BY-NC via Flickr

UNCHARTED focuses on the valuation practices of the actors involved in cultural life.

3 areas of practices and 3 types of actors:

  • cultural participation
  • cultural production and heritage
  • cultural administration
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“Together, we create!” on brick wall - Photo by "My Life Through A Lens" on Unsplash


9 PARTNERS FROM 7 EU COUNTRIES

  • UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONa
  • EOTVOS LORAND TUDOMANYEGYETEM
  • CENTRO DE ESTUDOS SOCIAIS
  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
  • STIFTELSEN TELEMARKSFORSKING
  • CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE – CNRS
  • UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
  • GOLDSMITHS’ COLLEGE
  • PROMOTER SRL

WORK PACKAGES

Project management and Ethics requirements complement the work programme of UNCHARTED

WP1
Understanding the societal value of culture

WP1 carries out a first analysis about how the values of culture in Europe are constructed. Working on the base of the research literature and available information about the subject, the central objective is to examine the influence of a series of circumstances and key factors in shaping these values. 

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WP2
Identifying the emergence of values of culture

WP2 identifies the plurality of values that emerge in cultural practices (economic value linked to cultural innovation; public values like creativity, inclusiveness, tolerance and cohesion; or personal values like well-being or the promotion of identity and belonging). This plurality of values is studied in four fundamental arenas of cultural practice: cultural participation in live arts and culture, cultural participation through media, cultural production and heritage management, and cultural administration.

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WP3
Measuring and imagining the plurality of
values of culture

WP3 addresses the central challenge of understanding the tensions relating to how different actors in the cultural field (i.e. citizens, professionals, public administrators) construct, measure, compare and rank the values they attribute to culture.

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WP4
Analyzing Political Intervention
and Impact on the plural
values of culture

WP4 addresses the central challenge of providing an assessment of the strategies and effectiveness of cultural policy and institutions in taking full advantage of the potential benefits of culture for society.

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WP5
Experimental
demonstrations

WP5 validates the results of the research, in a number of concrete experiments and demonstrations carried out by citizens, professionals, administrator and policy makers, covering the four areas where the development of cultural values is studied in the project, namely: Live arts, Media, Cultural production and heritage management, Cultural information and administration.

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WP6
Communication and Dissemination

WP6 has a twofold general objective: on one hand, it implements the tasks related to the dissemination and communication of the project, both internally, and beyond the consortium partners; on the other hand, it plans the exploitation of the project’s results for their longer sustainability and adoption.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

THESE are the public deliverables that will be produced during the 2nd year of the project

Due by September 2021

UNCHARTED started on the 1st of February 2020

The work will last 48 months

CONTACTS

info@uncharted-culture.eu

#unchartedculture

#societalvalueofculture

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Universities, cultural heritage institutions, SMEs, local associations, groups of citizens, national and regional administrations can become members of the UNCHARTED network. 

Please, write to info@uncharted-culture.eu to express your interest to participate in the network.

Members of the UNCHARTED network can contribute with their experiences and expertise, responding to surveys and questionnaires, attending conferences, workshops and local encounters. Public project’s events are announced on the website.

The UNCHARTED Community page of the website is dedicated to presenting the members of the UNCHARTED network.

The results of the UNCHARTED research activity are accessible from two pages of the website: 

  1. the first one is the download page (accessible from the main menu: project/ dissemination/download area) which includes the complete list of the reports delivered by the project
  2. the second is the page dedicated to present each WP and its results (accessible by the main menu: research plan