SOCIOLOGY OF ARTS AND CULTURE

News

Follow the Foko-KUKUSO now also on Twitter!
Our research committee now has its own Twitter account, with the username @foko_kukuso (https://twitter.com/Foko_Kukuso), in order to facilitate the spreading of information, announcements, calls, and other news in sociology of arts and culture, or related fields, from Switzerland and elsewhere. Should you have any messages to distribute on the network, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly on Twitter, or by email (nune.nikoghosyan@etu.unige.ch)!

Workshops of the Foko-KUKUSO at the SSA-Congress on June 21-23 2017 in Zurich
The Research Committee Sociology of Arts and Culture (RC-SAC) organises a workshop at the Swiss Sociological Association (SSA) Congress 2017 “Common Good and Self Interest” under the auspices of Olivier Moeschler (UNIL), Valérie Rolle (SNSF and UNIL), Michael Gauthier (UNIBE) and Nuné Nikoghosyan (UNIGE) at the University of Zurich, 21-23 June 2017, on the theme
ART COLLECTIVES, COLLECTIVE ART
Detailed program of the workshops: here
See the call for papers: SociologyArt_Call_SSA-Congress_2017_Zurich_E

Goals

Created in 2009 within the SSA, the Research committee Sociology of Arts and Culture (RC-SAC), or “Foko-KUKUSO” (Forschungskomitee Kunst- und Kultursoziologie) in German, aims to build a national and international network of sociologists who work on objects such as cultural practices, artistic work, cultural industries and cultural policies.

The field of sociology of art and culture has internationally grown considerably in the last thirty years with the creation of research committees within the ISA , the ESA and the AISLF , as well as the renewed dynamism of the relevant sections within national sociology associations in Germany (Arbeitskreis Soziologie der Künste) and Austria . In Switzerland, the RC-SAC offers to all those working in this field – and in particular to our PhD candidates – the possibility to confront their results and to deepen theoretical and methodological questions that are specific to the sociology of art and culture.

It is time to strengthen the dialogue as well as to enable scientific communication in this field at a national level and beyond. By its situation at the heart of Europe and its multiple languages and scientific traditions, Switzerland can become an interesting interface between the various schools of thought in the field.

The RC-SAC counts now over 40 members in Switzerland as well as in France, Germany, Austria and Great-Britain.

Activities

2016 Four members of the committee – Andre Ducret (UNIGE), Andrea Glauser (UNILU), Olivier Moeschler (UNIL) and Valérie Rolle (London School of Economics and UNIL) – co-edited a special issue of the Swiss Journal of Sociology (SJS) on “Art, Work and (De-)Regulation” (Summer 2017). Olivier Moeschler with Andrea Glauser and Valérie Rolle co-organised in collaboration with Franz Schultheis, Patricia Holder and Thomas Mazzurana at the Institute for Sociology of the University of St. Gallen an international colloquy on “Arts & Markets. Alienation or Emancipation?” (November 17-18), with more than 25 scholars from Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Singapore and three keynotes by Ulf Wuggenig and Steffen Rudolph (Leuphana University of Lüneburg), Alain Quemin (University Paris-8) and Nathalie Moureau (University Paul-Valéry – Montpellier 3). This event took place at the Militärkantine (www.militaerkantine.ch) and UNISG and got a grant from the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS).

2015 Several members were engaged in the organisation of the 2015 SSA-Congress at University of Lausanne on June 3-5 “Collective Dynamics, Social (De-)Regulations and Public Spheres”. Its President, Olivier Moeschler, was in the organising committee, and Valerie Rolle (UNIL), Marc Perrenoud (UNIL), André Ducret (UNIGE) and Olivier Moeschler (UNIL) set up four workshop sessions with a total of 12 presentations on “Artists between Deregulation and Self-regulation”. The RC-SAC also started to co-organise an international meeting on art markets with colleagues of the UNISG and a grant from the SAHS.

2014 The (expanded) proceedings of the international congress 2012 in Freiburg in Breisgau came out. Edited by Dagmar Danko, Florian Schumacher (both Freiburg in Breisgau) and Olivier Moeschler (University of Lausanne), the book “Kunst und Öffentlichkeit” (“Art in Public”), which includes several graphics and photographs, came out at Springer Verlag (Wiesbaden) in autumn (dated 2015). Several members were engaged in the organisation of the SSA-Congress in Lausanne.

2013 A plenary session and a workshop on the theme « From democratisation to integration? The arts and cultural policies in mutation» have been set on by the Foko-KUKUSO at the 2013 SSA Congress
on “Inequality and Integration in Times of Crises”, University of Berne, 26-28 June 2013, by André Ducret (UNIGE), Lisa Marx (UNIGE), Olivier Moeschler (UNIL), Miriam Odoni (UNIGE), Valérie Rolle (UNIL), and Natalie Schwarz (UNIL). In the plenary session Tasos Zembylas (University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna), Hans-Peter Meier-Dallach (cultur prospectiv / World Drives Association and IB-Hochschule Berlin) and Olivier Moeschler (UNIL) made talks. The year was also dedicated to the editorial work on the proceedings of the Freiburg colloquium of 2012.

2012 Several members of the RC-SAC participated in the international congress of the AISLF, which takes place every 4 years and was held in Rabat (June 2012). A joint international colloquium has been organised in Freiburg-in-Breisgau with the German colleagues of the Arbeitskreis für Soziologie der Künste, by Dagmar Danko and Florian Schumacher (University of Freiburg in Breisgau) with André Ducret (University of Geneva) and Olivier Moeschler (University of Lausanne), totalising almost 20 presentations on the theme “Art in Public”. The publication of the proceedings was started (2014).

2011 The research committee met at the 10th ESA- Congress “Social Relations in Turbulent Times”. It organised joint sessions with the ESA RN n. 2 Sociology of the Arts on “artistic and cultural professions”. The proceedings of the Geneva 2009 plenary session and panels were edited at L’Harmattan: André Ducret, Olivier Moeschler (ed.), Nouveaux regards sur les pratiques culturelles (2011).

2010 The RC-SAC has held its second scientific meeting, which took place by the end of May 2010 at the University of Bern, under the responsibility of Andrea Glauser and Olivier Moeschler, to discuss ongoing projects. The editing of the proceedings of the 2009 SSA congress were continued.

2009 The research committee held its first scientific meeting at the SSA Congress – Geneva, 7-9 September 2009 – where André Ducret and Olivier Moeschler organised a plenary session on “Cultural practices and audiences’ identity”, followed by two panels, both entitled “Sociological analysis of ‘cultural practices’: collective constraints, individual rationale and transformations in lifestyle”. The proceedings were edited 2011.

More details on these activities can be found in the annual reports of the committee.

These activities benefit from selective and welcome aids from the SSA. The committee is entitled, if it decides to do so, to ask for an annual fee or for other types of financial contributions by its members.

Perspectives

In 2017, the biennial SSA-congress will be held in June at University of Zurich on “Common Good and Self Interest”. The Foko-KUKUSO will organise one or several workshops on the theme “Art collectives, collective art. ‘Artistic Creation’ between Singularity and Common Good”, under the auspices of Olivier Moeschler (UNIL), Valérie Rolle (SNSF and UNIL), Michael Gauthier (UNIBE) and Nuné Nikoghosyan (UNIGE).

Founding members

As of the 15th of May, 2009, the founder members of the RC- SAC were:

  • André DUCRET, Nadia CAPUZZO DERKOVIC, Magali DUBEY, Miriam ODONI, Département de sociologie, University of Geneva
  • Andrea GLAUSER, Institut für Soziologie, University of Bern
  • Olivier MOESCHLER and Valérie ROLLE, University of Lausanne
  • John WÄFLER, Soziologisches Seminar, University of Lucerne

Every member of the SSA and everyone invited by the persons in charge of this research committee may take part in its activities.

Contact

If you work in the field of the sociology of arts and culture and wish to become a member of the Foko-KUKUSO, or for all other questions, please contact

Dr. Olivier MOESCHLER

President

Associate researcher
 at the LACCUS Laboratory Capitalism, Culture and Societies and OSPS Observatory Science, Policy and Society,
University of Lausanne

+41 79 566 70 27

olivier.moeschler@unil.ch

Postal address:

LACCUS-UNIL,
 Batiment Géopolis, CH-1015 Lausanne

Dr. Olivier MOESCHLER is bilingual German – French and communicates in English.