Uncharted

Research plan

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROJECT’S WORK PROGRAM

UNCHARTED is a four years project which responds to the H2020 “Transformations” call: The societal value of culture and the impact of cultural policies in Europe.
Taking into consideration the characteristics and the goal of the call it aims, on one hand, to identify and contextualize the emergence and conformation of the values of culture in Europe from an interdisciplinary and pluralistic perspective. On the other hand, the project pretends to provide analytical and methodological tools to understand, measure and analyse the value of culture in Europe from a pluralistic sense.

 

In order to achieve the objectives, the work has been divided into eight work packages, each of them with a coordinator responsible for the tasks and deliverables associated with it. The scientific work packages of UNCHARTED are 1-4; while work package 5 is related with the validation of the results of the research. Work package 6 develops and implements UNCHARTED dissemination and communication strategy, work package 7 oversee the coordination and management of the project and work package 8 sets out the ‘ethics requirements’ that the project must comply with.

WP1 and WP2 have an exploratory character, as befits the circumstance of working on an almost uncharted terrain. They contemplate a wide range of research techniques, mainly qualitative (interviews, focus groups, observation, documentary analysis, etc.), but also statistical information bases and survey quantitative data when required. For the rest, the work has an eminent comparative character throughout its development and an important participatory component of co-creation with stakeholders.

Work Package 1: UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIETAL VALUE OF CULTURE
Work package 2: IDENTIFYING THE EMERGENCE OF VALUES OF CULTURE
Work package 3: MEASURING AND IMAGINING
Work package 4: ANALYZING POLITICAL INTERVENTION AND IMPACT
Work package 5: EXPERIMENTAL DEMONSTRATIONS

WP1 completed its work and six deliverables are available for download:

D1.1 Analysis of the influence of gender and rising diversity in the configuration of the values of culture
D1.2 Analysis of the influence of urbanisation and social and spatial segregation in cities in the configuration of the values of culture
D1.3 Analysis of the influence of globalization and digitization in the configuration of the values of culture
D1.4 Analysis of the influence of neo-liberalism in the configuration of the values of culture
D1.5 Analysis of the European historical and political experience in acknowledging and promoting the values of culture
D1.6 Synthesis of theory, literature and existent data about factors configuring the values of culture in Europe (UB)

A more detailed information about the results of WP1 is available on the dedicated page.

The results of WP1 are the basis for the elaboration of the First Policy Brief.

WP2 completed its research plans in relation to the identification of the plurality of values of culture in four domains:

– cultural participation in live arts and culture
– cultural participation through media
–  cultural production and heritage management
– cultural administration

The completed deliverables by WP2 are available for download:

D2.1 Report on WP2 case studies

D2.2 Report on the emergence of values in cultural participation and engagement 

D2.3 Report on the emergence of values in television and new media

D2.4 Report on the emergence of values in cultural production and heritage

D2.5 Mapping of the values of culture in cultural policy objectives

D2.6 Synthetic summary of the debates at the first workshop

Tensions, conflicts and public controversies in the four domains were the subject of the dedicated deliverables:

D2.7. Overview of the multiplicity of values of culture and its controversies

The investigation of WP3 has started and the partners are finalising their respective research plans in relation to the main 4 topics:

– grammars of valuation and evaluation in cultural practices of consumption
– practices of evaluation in cultural production and heritage management
– the influence of public administration evaluation methodologies on cultural production and heritage management
– the representations of cultural value in cultural information systems

The completed deliverable by WP3 available for download is:

D3.1 Report on WP3 case study