Centre for Participatory Culture

  • United Kingdom

Organization profile

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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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fan Social Sciences
Fans Engineering & Materials Science
journalism Social Sciences
BBC Social Sciences
theater Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
television Social Sciences
Sports Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2014 2019

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

Gregory, A. & Fawkes, J., 15 May 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

''Hollywood'' Hulk Hogan: Stardom, Synergy and Field Migration

Chard, H. & Litherland, B., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. 58, 4, p. 21 - 44 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Online TV

Johnson, C., 15 Mar 2019, 1st ed. London: Routledge. 188 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Activities 2012 2019

Girls Being Rey: Ethical Cultural Consumption, Families and Popular Feminism

Benjamin Litherland (Speaker)
24 May 201928 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Online TV: Interrogating Television in the Internet Era

Catherine Johnson (Speaker)
27 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

European Politics and Society (Journal)

Lone Sorensen (Reviewer)
21 Jun 2019

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

Press / Media

Big Daddy to Toni Storm: The revival of British wrestling

Benjamin Litherland


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment