Centre for Participatory Culture

  • United Kingdom

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Founded in 2017, the Centre for Participatory Culture is involved in producing world-leading research in associated areas such as fan studies, audience studies, and media studies. Its work respond to the “participatory condition” which has become part of everyday life in the age of web 2.0.  

The Centre therefore aims to advance our understanding of:

  • The role of media and media technologies in facilitating and shaping practices of participation
  • Definitions of participatory culture and participatory practices and expanding the phenomena and spheres shaped by participatory practices
  • Cultures and identities associated with participation, social media use and enthusiasm such fans, fandom and activism across the spectrum of popular culture, media and arts, politics and beyond
  • The development and history of cultures and practices of participation
  • The textual forms associated with and allowing for participation
  • The cultural, social, economic, aesthetic and political value of participation, including the interplay between participation and social change
  • The interplay between non-professionals and industries, institutions, and organisations
  • The structures, agencies and limitations of participatory culture
  • The role of participation in citizenship, identity and community in the digital age
  • The history and development of participatory practices.

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    Research Output

    Book Review: Mary Celeste Kearney. Gender and Rock

    Hill, R. L., 22 Jan 2020, In : MusiCultures. 46, 2, p. 134-136 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

  • Disrupting democracy: Democratization conflicts as performative struggles

    Sorensen, L., 1 Mar 2020, In : Media, War and Conflict. 13, 1, p. 8-26 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • In Defence of Safer Spaces: Punk, Privilege and Safer Spaces Policies

    Hill, R. L. & Megson, M., 1 Feb 2020, In : Punk and Post-Punk. 9, 1, p. 59-76 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    Political Communication (Journal)

    Lone Sorensen (Reviewer)
    Oct 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    You’ll never sing alone: the origins and meanings of our terrace chants

    David Simpson (Speaker)
    26 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Unravelling the tangled web of online television

    Catherine Johnson


    3 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Big Daddy to Toni Storm: The revival of British wrestling

    Benjamin Litherland


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment