Centre for Participatory Culture

  • United Kingdom

Organization profile

Profile Information

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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fan Social Sciences
music Social Sciences
sexual violence Social Sciences
journalism Social Sciences
theater Social Sciences
communication Social Sciences
BBC Social Sciences
community Social Sciences

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Research Output 2015 2019

A global capability framework: Reframing public relations for a changing world

Gregory, A. & Fawkes, J., Sep 2019, In : Public Relations Review. 45, 3, p. 1-13 13 p., 101781.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Public relations
research process
data collection method

Book Review: Gender and Rock by Mary Celeste Kearney

Hill, R. L., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : MusiCultures.

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

Dialogue of the Deaf: Listening on Twitter and Democratic Responsiveness during the 2015 South African State of the Nation Address

Sorensen, L., Ford, H., Al-Saqaf, W. & Bosch, T., 6 Sep 2019, Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change: Case Studies on Contested Transitions. Voltmer, K., Christensen, C., Stremlau, N., Neverla, I., Thomass, B., Vladisavljevic, N. & Wasserman, H. (eds.). 1 ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 229-254 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social media

Activities 2012 2019

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

European Politics and Society (Journal)

Lone Sorensen (Reviewer)
21 Jun 2019

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

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