What is it about?

Building on discussions of the cultural turn in civic agency and the shortcoming of cultural citizenship, the authors of this article interrogate the relationship between affect, artistic practices and participatory politics. We discuss the findings from a research project in which the researchers worked with artist-facilitators involved in a community engagement initiative around the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.

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Why is it important?

The examples explored in this article suggest that the socialbility and creativity of the private sphere have the potential to open up new political habits and new political rituals that cannot be understood through the prioritizing of institutional and elite-driven political processes.


Working on this project was a super fun way to do social science research! From making the probes, to working with artists, to analyzing the findings collaboratively - I found the entire process to be enjoyable, stimulating and ultimately more academically satisfying than doing the research alone in front of a desk. I encourage other academics to think outside the box when it comes to research methods and collaboration!

Tara Mahoney
Simon Fraser University

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This page is a summary of: Investigating politics through artistic practices: Affect resonance of creative publics, European Journal of Cultural Studies, May 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1367549419839877.
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