Research profile

Art and culture have become fundamental social resources, adding notions of innovation, creativity and experience to those of education and communication. In relation to politics and identity they have taken on novel associations: new media technologies, for example, have democratized the production and distribution of culture, in the process making participants and producers of users and consumers.

This research program is concerned with the social roles performed today by cultural production, circulation and transformation, and with how those roles have change through the 20th century and into the 21st century. The program brings together researchers from all of the former Institutes now amalgamated as DAC, thereby facilitating inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of culture at the new Institute.

Action Plan 2013-2016

  • The grand challenge we take as a starting point is how art and culture have become fundamental social and political resources, adding notions of innovation, creativity and experience to those of education and communication, and how new media technologies have democratized the production and distribution of culture, in the process making participants and producers of users and consumers
  • Our academic ambition is to study cultural transformations across disciplines (ethnography, social science, aesthetics and media), across fields (art, politics, marketing, health, popular culture) and across history
  • We will establish research units based on the participants actual research as well as the research program’s general ambition
  • We will facilitate engagement and secure good environments for research
  • We will accommodate the Arts general goals for research (more publications, international cooperation and external funding as well as initiate new study programs)

In our research program we will

  • initiate international research network (Cultural Transformation), study tours and international cooperation
  • organize international conferences, national seminars and Ph.D.-courses
  • invite international guest professors, postdocs and PhD-students for exchange
  • check out possibilities for publications and new journal(s) on cultural study, develop interdisciplinary research areas (organized in research units, see below) and develop related study programs (among others Film & Culture program, Experience Economy, Cultural Studies, Health, lifestyle & digital media, Communication & Digital Media)
  • have focused efforts on getting more PhD-applicants & candidates as well as more research project applications & funding
  • facilitate joyful engagement in research and work relationships