Culture Caleidoscoop is a platform for research and reflections relating to socially engaged practices in the arts, cultural, and heritage sectors. Socially engaged practices encompass the activities, actions, methods, skills, and strategies that relate to, involve, and affect individuals, communities, and society. Topics include participation, community engagement, inclusion and equity, (creative) interpretation, decolonisation, democratisation, the social value of heritage, museum education, social justice, audience research, community archaeology, and community or participatory arts.
We encourage contributors to focus on the complexity and unfinished-ness of this work. We believe that there is much to be learned from acknowledging, accepting, and celebrating the messiness of practice and process.
Contributors are invited to share their research and reflections through a range of media most suited to their discipline and experience, such as research papers, interviews, reflective pieces, photo essays, video essays and other visual contributions. Culture Caleidoscoop promotes a range of research methods and approaches, such as artistic research or ethnographic research as well as interdisciplinary research—by people connected to academia as well as people working in arts, cultural, and heritage organisations.
We encourage collaborative contributions and we support contributions from those with less experience writing in academic journals.
The primary language ofCulture Caleidoscoop is English, but we are looking into how we can support contributions in other languages. We promote international research and seek to address an imbalance between the voices that are currently emphasised in the (English-language) publications in these sectors. We also hope this will broaden the conversation by assimilating a wide variety of contributions from across the globe.