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DemCP colloquium - JOHAN KOLSTEEG: "Cultural Democracy:Towards a Policy of Cultural Representation"

When:We 16-02-2022 16:00 - 17:30

Research colloquium of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics

Johann Kolsteeg (University of Groningen)
Cultural Democracy - Towards a Policy of Cultural Representation


The concept cultural democracy has set foot in the Dutch discourse on cultural policy. Yet it lacks a clear definition, as well as an - at least theorised - relation with democratic practice in our society. Can culture be the platform for a true deliberative democracy? I will discuss the genealogy of the term and look at theoretical options of imagining a cultural democracy in the Netherlands. I will briefly present two current research projects in the field and practical action to start a discussion.

About the speaker

Johan Kolsteeg works at the department of Arts, Culture and Media. He is connected to the research master cultural leadership. In this teaching and research work, he is driven by an interest in understanding the organised between the arts and society, policy and consumer culture. He leads the research project Proeftuin Nieuw Publiek, an experiment with cultural democracy (2020-2022) and is connected to the research project Gronings Vuur (2022-2027).