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 ieght 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 five 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

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 that is expected to be delivered by the end of January 2021.

The investigation of WP2 has started and the partners are finalising their respective 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

Tensions, conflicts and public controversies in these four domains will be the subject of dedicated deliverables that are expected to be available during the first half of 2021.