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Arts, Culture and Media

Arts, Culture and Media (ACM) is a strong multi-disciplinary platform for research and teaching. We focus on the role(s) performed by the arts in culture and in society. Artists, (local) institutions, and the public interact in increasingly complex ways, thus deeply transforming the ways in which the arts function in contemporary society.

Drawing from research within the fields of Contemporary Film and Audiovisual Media;Music, Theatre and Performance Studies; Literature; and Art History,as well as those from the fields of Arts, Cognition and Criticism, and Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship, the Department of Arts, Culture and Media boasts a team of scholars who study and understand the arts from a wide array of perspectives. Their work reflects the transformations in contemporary arts worlds brought about by digitalization, intermediation and globalization, as well as the many ways in which arts institutions are driven by communal movements, governmental policies and economic forces.

Four Critical Perspectives

We teach our students how to recognize and adopt relevant theoretical models for examining how the arts function in culture and society. We highlight four critical perspectives, which incorporate a variety of research methods from the interpretive and qualitative to the empirical and quantitative. These perspectives also drive our own research initiatives.

A cognitive and psychological frame for examining arts, media and culture. Here scholars examine art from an evolutionary perspective, in terms of its affective and semiotic functions. The recent cognitive turn has brought about an interest in the relation between the arts and the complex contours of human experience and behaviour.

The historical and archaeological frame of many of our faculty impacts research and teaching and enables students to learn about the norms, conventions, and collective movements driving historical development within the arts. These might draw upon theories of race, gender and sexuality within performance worlds to incorporating models for examining politics and ethics in relation to life writing and storytelling.

The institutional and sociological frame offers students a nuanced model for recognizing how cultural policies, institutional structures and market forces influence the performative lives of artists, actors, dancers or arts collectives. In some periods, such dynamics can influence the autonomy and material means of artists who are often forced to diversify their skills while leading precarious lives. Conversely, the sociological approach also examines how arts organizations impact spectators of local events and influence the creation of a public sphere more generally.

The aesthetic and formal expertise within the fields of film, theatre, music, literature, and the fine arts is an asset of our faculty. Researchers bring their own specialized knowledge of the various artistic disciplines, which enables them to make nuanced and specialized claims about how music, film, literature, or theatre, function within society. While some studies provide useful quantitative studies of music’s power to elicit emotions, without the specialized knowledge of how music is composed, produced, recorded and performed, such studies fail to recognize the complex processes involved in eliciting affective, political and/or collective experiences.

Connection Between Theory and Practice

The diversity of our faculty brings research projects in line with contemporary arts worlds. Our Research Centre "Arts in Society" is the umbrella forum for sharing new research as well as inspiring collaborations amongst disciplines. Many scholars work closely with current arts institutions and collectives to make links between theory and practice.

Visiting Adress

Oude Boteringestraat 34
9712 GK Groningen

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Postal Adress

Postbus 716
9700 AS Groningen

Laatst gewijzigd:09 mei 2019 07:01