Cultural Policy, Professional Ethics and the Public Good
This event is on 13 November 2018 12:30pm
Hosted by the Institute of Applied Ethics, University of Hull in collaboration with the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC), this research seminar will explore the ethical implications of appropriating arts and culture as a form of ‘public good’. As UK City of Culture 2017, Hull engaged in its own strategic process of aligning cultural and creative assets with broader urban policy agendas including economic and social regeneration. Drawing upon research funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) on professional ethics in socially engaged cultural work, the event will invite reflections and spirited debate from members of Hull’s cultural policy and research community.
The event will begin with a presentation by the ICC’s Head of Research and AHRC Leadership Fellow Kerry Wilson on her Instrumental Values study, which has focused on professional ethics in sites of multidisciplinary cultural work, including museums working in health care settings and prison library services. Referencing her research in the field, Kerry will discuss ethical implications for the cross-government policy function of arts and culture, and the imperative to create more nuanced policy and practice narratives on the professional complexity of socially-engaged cultural work.
Guest panellists will then be invited to respond to the paper, drawing upon their own professional experiences and reflecting on the collaborative complexity of truly affective arts and culture; the ethical implications of politically positioning cultural work as public service; and suggestions on how the public value of culture can be more ethically supported and represented.
Panellists include, Professor Colin Tyler, Director of the Institute of Applied Ethics; Professor Franco Bianchini, Director of the Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull; Sean McAllister, BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker and Creative Director of the Hull 2017 opening ceremony; and Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and Adult Social Care, Hull City Council.
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