Research Assistant to the grant UNCHARTED, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Deadline: 16 July 2022.
The Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra calls for applications for one position for a research assistant (at the MA level) within the project “UNCHARTED-Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture”, funded by the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission, and coordinated by the Principal Investigator Nancy Duxbury.
The UNCHARTED project is a research and innovation action about understanding, capturing and fostering the societal value of culture. 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: i. the field of cultural participation, in which citizenship is the protagonist; ii. the field of cultural production and heritage, where the professionals of creation and preservation are the ones who take the initiative; iii. the field of cultural administration, in which it is the experts and politicians who decide. These are the 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.