The Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) is pleased to announce the upcoming conference:
Participatory Practices in Arts and Heritage 17 & 18 March 2017, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Deadline for abstracts: Monday 16 January 2017
This event is a collaboration between MACCH, the research centre Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the J an van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. We
invite international experts, students, scholars, artists, policy makers, and practitioners to present their research on arts and heritage with a specific focus on emerging developments in the field of ‘public participation’.
On 17-18 March, international experts, students, scholars, artists, policy makers, and practitioners will present their research on arts and heritage with a specific focus on emerging development in the field of ‘public participation’. In recent decades, ‘participation’ and related notions such as ‘community engagement’ and ‘co-creation’ have become increasingly commonplace in the vocabulary of policy makers, politicians, academics and practitioners. Building on Arnstein’s seminal ladder of participation (1969) continued efforts have been undertaken to create new frameworks for building participation in arts and heritage worlds – online and offline. Museum policies and practices are prioritising visitor engagement over the traditional focus on collecting and preservation (cf. Simon 2010, McSweeney and Kavanagh 2016). Similarly, heritage worlds see an upsurge in participatory governance models favouring the expertise of local communities rather than that of trained professionals (cf. Waterton and Watson 2013, Schofield 2015). Yet, although new forms of audience and community engagement as well as models for ‘co-creation’ are flourishing, the development of ethical frameworks, the jurisdiction concerning intellectual property rights, and theoretical reflection and critical assessment are lagging behind.
This conference aims to fill this gap by offering a critical space to scrutinize participatory practices and their economic and legal frameworks. How can art and heritage worlds learn fromparticipatory practices and reflection in other domains ? What are good practices for publicparticipation ? What are the pitfalls and limitations of participatory development? How can we understand and respond to the seductive claims of participation as an instrument for social innovation and related – often naïve – assumptions of radical shifts in power relations? (Cooke and Kothari 2001) Papers, panels and workshops will explore pertinent topics such as ‘The politics of participation’; ‘Innovation through new forms of audience participation’; ‘Legal frameworks for co-creation’, ‘Philanthropy as a form of participation’, and ‘Crowdsourcing cultural heritage’.
In line with the trans-disciplinary nature of MACCH, the organizers welcome papers from humanities and social sciences as well as artists’ presentations focusing on (but not limited to) topics related to:
• Theories of participation in relation to art and heritage
• Politics of participation
• Rhetoric of participation
• Ethical concerns
• Artistic innovation and co-creation
• Digital participation and user practices in the cultural heritage domain
• Legal frameworks for arts and heritage participation
• Public history and public archeology
Convened during The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, The Netherlands, the conference will take place on Friday 17 March and Saturday 18 March 2017. Please submit paper proposals no later than Monday 16 January 2017 via email to the conference manager, Yleen Simonis. Proposals should include the author’s name and affiliation as well as contact details, title of abstract and a summary of 500 words. All papers will be delivered in English. We welcome academic as well as professional contributions. The scientific committee reviews all paper proposals and invites the selected speakers in early February. A limited budget is available to cover the travel and accommodation costs of those in need.
Organizing and scientific committee
Dr. Ruth Benschop, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Lex ter Braak, Jan van Eyck Academie
René Hoppenbrouwers, Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg
Iona Goldie-Scot, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Dr. Joop de Jong, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Prof. dr. Ad Knotter, Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg
Dr. Peter Peters, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Prof. dr. Rachel Pownall, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University
Dr. Christoph Rausch, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Maastricht University
Dr. Vivian van Saaze, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Dr. Emilie Sitzia, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Prof. dr. Hildegard Schneider, Faculty of Law, Maastricht Universit
The Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) is a transdisciplinary research centre that brings together economic, legal, historical, philosophical, and practical expertise. In response to the demands of the increasingly multi-layered and complex challenges facing the fields of arts and heritage today, MACCH initiates collaborative research projects with researchers, professionals and students from diverse backgrounds in the fields of arts, conservation, and cultural as well as natural heritage. MACCH is a joint initiative between the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law, the School of Business and Economics, and the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences of Maastricht University, as well as the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg.