Our conference themes
- How to conceive of participation methodologically?
- What to measure about participation and why?
- How to approach ‘non-participation’?
- Capturing the times and timing of participation – time use, biography, history
- Understanding the scales and mobilities of participation – the role of space and place, from nations to localities and across boundaries
- Tackling (not so) new dimensions of participation: social networks, technologies, big data and social media
- How and why to mix methods for participation research?
The conference will consider a broad array of topics within research on participation and methods, which we have grouped across seven themes (above). An overview of these themes and the varied topics that will be presented on at the conference can be seen below. Adrian has produced some word clouds based on the paper abstracts provided by speakers. Each cloud represents key words used in titles, and size of each word represents their frequency. national levels.
THEME 1: How to conceive of participation methodologically? includes papers employing perspectives from standard quantitative methods, econometrics, ethnography, ethnomethodology, focus groups and mixed methods to understand participation through the lenses of big data, co-production, aesthetics, engagement spaces and choreographies, and well-being.
Focusing on schools, museums, venues, music and painting, papers in THEME 2: What to measure about participation and why?, cover issues such as cognition, affect and experience; action and logics; identity; subcultures and inequalities; and cultural value.
Issues of inequalities and questions of identity also feature prominently in THEME 3: How to approach ‘non-participation’?, alongside studies of ideology, institutions, activism and community.
Papers in THEME 4: Capturing the times and timing of participation – time use, biography, history, approach the times of participation through the articulation of memory and place in a museum, 1950s youth culture, life course dynamics, and time-use and class.
THEME 5: Understanding the scales and mobilities of participation – the role of space and place, from nations to localities and across boundaries, includes perspectives on the spatialisation of participation that draw on cultural boundary work, community interaction in public places, situated participation and policy, and visualizing participation spaces.
Contributions to THEME 6: Tackling (not so) new dimensions of participation: social networks, technologies, big data and social media, illustrate the potential of Twitter for understanding taste boundaries and for enhancing participation networks in the virtual dimension.
Papers in THEME 7: How and why to mix methods for participation research?, explore the nature and potential of mixed methods approaches for understanding participation epistemologically, and in social and cultural policy contexts at the local and national levels.