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UNCHARTED: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture

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Abstract: 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: the field of cultural participation, in which citizenship is the protagonist; the field of cultural production and heritage, where the professionals of creation and preservation are the ones who take the initiative; and the field of cultural administration, in which it is the experts and politicians who decide. The project takes these three areas and this basic typology of actors as a 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.

Final beneficiaries / target population: The project targets the whole cultural sphere. Beyond the actual project’s partners and their professional networks, UNCHARTED aims to address a wide range of audiences, including: cultural information institutions, cultural associations, creative SMEs and professional producers, policy-makers and public administrations, cultural heritage institutions and museums, research and education organisations.

Timeline: February 2020- January 2024


Useful Links
Universidade de Barcelona (Espanha)
Instituto de Sociologia da Universidade do Porto (Portugal)
Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegyetem (Hungria)
Centro De Estudos Sociais (Portugal)
Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita Di Bologna (Itália)
Stiftelsen Telemarksforsking (Noruega)
Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique Cnrs (França)
Goldsmiths' College (Reino Unido)
Universite Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis (França)
Promoter Srl (Itália)
Entidade de Financiamento
European Commission - Horizon 2020 (Grant agreement no. 870793)
Global Amount:
2999716.00 €
Start Year


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Ref. UIDP/00727/2020

Ref. UIDB/00727/2020