Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Gkartzios, M., Crawshaw, J., Mahon, M.
XXVII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress
Session title: Doing Art in the Countryside
Krakow, Poland
Workshop chair
Optional Fields
This working group is focused on how art is practiced, contested and negotiated in the countryside drawing on increasing debates in rural studies (Bell and Jayne, 2010; Argent et al., 2013; Anwar McHenry, 2011). Across rural sociology, human geography and art studies, we seek to contribute to critical academic accounts surrounding what art and artistic practice do beyond the metropolis. We welcome papers from arts, humanities and social science scholars and artists spanning visual, performance and literary disciplines, that explore, not exclusively: • understandings of the relational quality of art; • the ‘doing’ or ‘doing-ness’ of artistic practice; • the well contested debates around creativity in rural studies (i.e. the rural application of the ‘creative class’ and ‘creative city’ ideas); • the role of artists through their artistic practice in imagining a more emancipatory, inclusive and just rural society and economy; • the contributions of artists to the development of local rural economies; • the role of art in rural social innovation models (art as transformation) and new rural development trajectories; • the role of art in conceptualising the resilience of rural places in periods of crisis; • the emerging hegemony of selective understandings of creativity, usually in economic terms, in rural policy accounts; or • the normative expectations on the positive role of art in community development.
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Humanities in Context