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.

Fingerprint The fingerprint is based on mining the text of the scientific documents related to the associated persons. Based on that an index of weighted terms is created, which defines the key subjects of research unit

fan Social Sciences
Fans Engineering & Materials Science
BBC Social Sciences
Sports Engineering & Materials Science
Data storage equipment Engineering & Materials Science
Television Engineering & Materials Science
psychoanalytic theory Social Sciences
anniversary Social Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2017 2018

Always-On Fandom, Waiting and Bingeing: Psychoanalysis as an Engagement with Fans' "Infra-Ordinary' Experiences

Hills, M., 2018, The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom. Click, M. & Scott, S. (eds.). 1st ed. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 18-26 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

psychoanalytic theory
everyday experience


Hills, M., 2018, The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds. Wolf, M. J. P. (ed.). London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 274-280 7 p. (Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companion).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

From Transmedia Storytelling to Transmedia Experience: Star Wars Celebration as a Crossover/Hierarchical Space

Hills, M., 2018, Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. Guynes, S. & Hassler-Forest, D. (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 213-224 12 p. (Transmedia; no. 3).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access