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Arts and Politics


René Boomkens


  • Bart Barnard MA (PhD researcher (Art and digital culture and lecturer at the Hanze Hogeschool)
  • Prof. Dr. René Boomkens (Cultural studies and philosophy)
  • Pieter Bots MA (PhD researcher (Quality assessment in cultural policy) and working at the Raad voor Cultuur)
  • Dr. Francesco Chiaravalloti (Cultural studies and cultural policy)
  • Karin Christoff MSc ( PhD researcher (Artists as citizen-professionals), also member of the Centre for Urban Studies)                               
  • Dr. Christine Delhaye (Cultural sociology and fashion studies)

Description of the research group

The research group ‘Arts & Politics’ combines two related research interests: on the one hand the influence of (inter)national politics and policy on developments in the arts and perceptions of the role of the arts in politics and among politicians and administrators; on the other hand the political roles and functions of the arts and the (changing) perceptions of artists and intellectuals of the public and political impact of the arts. These research interests will be studied from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives: philosophy, cultural studies, ethnography, sociology, policy studies, art history. The research group has five practical goals: supporting and supervising of PhD-research, discussing research papers of members, organizing guest lectures and conferences and publishing in academic platforms and journals, acquiring research funding and developing new research projects, and developing a (inter)national network of researchers in arts & politics.

Members of this group are active in the following constellations: