The first of a series of stakeholder workshops was conducted by the CHIEF team at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Turkey) and their core stakeholders on September 11, 2019.
The workshop consisted of an introduction to the chief project, an overview of the workshop and two methods designed to facilitate dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders. It continued with the assessing and identification of future objectives and ended with a discussion.
On 17th and 18th September 2019, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul hosted a filming workshop delivered by Culture Coventry (UK), one of the CHIEF project partners who provide film-making training to young people to record their cultural activities.
The workshop started with discussions around film and culture then aimed at improving film-making skills. On the second day, the workshop continued focusing on more advanced skills such as shooting, editing, rendering and lastly publishing a film on YouTube.
On 1st July 2019, CHIEF partners attended a meeting at the European Research Council Executive Agency in Brussels. During the meeting, we presented our findings and initial policy recommendations based on the first 12 months of the project to a panel of experts. The meeting was really productive and we are very grateful for the positive feedback and suggestions from the experts.
Dr Katherine Tonkiss attended the SPA conference hosted by Durham University where she presented her paper on
Cultural Education and the Good Citizen: A Systematic Analysis of a Neo-Liberal Communitarian Policy Trend
The paper examines the conceptualisation and operationalisation of cultural education for young people within UK policy over the past decade. To do so, it analyses the findings of a systematic review of relevant policy documents published between 2007 and 2018. The paper shows that this policy field has been strongly shaped by the intervention of a neo-liberal economic logic, with policies aimed at constructing neo-liberal subjects, responsible for their own choices and capable of self-regulation to become productive contributors to the national economy with little dependence on the state. It also demonstrates that cultural education has been informed by a strongly nationalist interpretation of culture, aiming to instil in young people a strong understanding of national culture as a source of binding sentiment in light of the perceived challenges associated with diverse, multicultural communities. As such, the paper argues that cultural education policy has been used to promote a particular vision of the ‘good’ citizen through a neo-liberal communitarian model of governance. This model combines the individualising logics of neo-liberalism which emphasise responsibility and self-regulation with the collective focus of communitarianism on shared culture and values. These threads are deployed simultaneously to responsibilise citizens in order to reduce the perceived burden they present to the state, and to police nationalist parameters of inclusion and exclusion.
The second meeting of the UK CAPP took place on 21st May at Aston University. The team presented an overview of the first year of the CHIEF project and discussed policy recommendations arising from this with CAPP members. The next meeting is planned for November.
On 21st May the CHIEF team at Aston University (UK) brought together a core group of stakeholders from civil society to begin to design and plan a series of three workshops with stakeholders over the coming year. Working with these stakeholders will help the CHIEF team to ensure that these workshops make a difference to policy and practice.
The first meeting of the UK Council of Policy and Practice was convened at Aston University on 25th January 2019. The Council will meet biannually for the duration of CHIEF to advise on the design of the project and to underpin its relationship with those working in the field of cultural education. Continue reading “First UK CAPP Meeting”
It was an extremely productive and action packed two days discussing our plans for a survey of young people’s cultural literacy, research in heritage sites, and young people’s engagement in cultural practices, as well as plans for disseminating our findings. We also heard from Andrew Miles, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, on the topic of researching ‘everyday’ cultural participation. Continue reading “CHIEF International Meeting – Riga, Latvia”