Last updated on 11 juil. 2022
"Sharing subaltern knowledge through international cultural collaborations" (SHAKIN') is a European collaboration supported by the EU's Erasmus+ program: Strategic Higher Education Partnerships for Innovation.

The project brings together six partners from four countries (France, Germany, Serbia, Sweden): three universities (University Lumière Lyon 2, Bauhaus-University Weimar, University of Arts Belgrade) and three cultural organizations (Association Independent Cultural Scene Serbia, Stockholm Museum of Womens’ History, le LABA), ), all of them being internationally recognised in their domain of activity.
We, the partners, join our expertise to find new ways to think, work and collaborate that address crucial contemporary challenges affecting European culture fields in order to provide students with adequate professional ethos for the jobs of tomorrow.

Click here to visit the website of the project : shakinproject.eu

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Context

Market logic, populist policies, migrations and globalization, ecological transition or digital technologies affected the contexts of culture management, policy, research, and teaching in various tectonic ways over the last decades. But teaching and training in culture fields have largely maintained narrowly professional, nation-based assumptions of culture, politics, participation and education. As a result, learning processes are not just ill-fitting to provide relevant knowledge and “well-equipped” professionals, but are insensitive to excluded, marginalised and oppressed voices and life experiences of today.

Objectives

To address these issues, we identified three articulated objectives:

  • Connecting academic and subaltern knowledges through sharing research methodologies in innovative forms of thinking, learning and teaching;
  • Professionalising (post-graduate) students with new forms of cultural consciousness, nurtured by theoretical tools and endorsed by practical skills;
  • Supporting international cooperation through projects including subaltern perspectives.

Following these objectives, the goal of SHAKIN’ is to innovate the learning and teaching practice (IO2), in a strong articulation with the dissemination of subaltern methodologies (IO1), and a post-graduate support for implementing international cultural projects (IO3).

Productions

To reach these objectives, we will:

  • collect and display subaltern research methodologies in a digital handbook (IO1);
  • gather innovative tools for learning and teaching in a toolbox to activate and use these methodologies in more sensitive learning environments (IO2);
  • develop a platform for international cultural project implementation to support international cooperation through projects including subaltern perspectives. The platform will propose skills prescriptions and tools, mentoring methods about intercultural professional experiences, and advocate for new professional ethos in culture fields. (IO3).
The handbook, toolbox and platform will be developed with the students of Master degrees of our 3 universities, but will ultimately be resources for all types of cultural professionals, be they researchers, students, post-graduates, experienced managers, that want to expand their professional practices by opening up to subaltern perspectives and alternative ways of project management.
In order for them to use and implement these tools in their environments we will develop a short-term curriculum, gathering tools and experiences of the three productions. (IO4)

During the 3 years of the project, several activities will lead to these productions and outcomes : transnational meetings, research, workshops, winter schools, lectures and mentoring of the students, test phases and multiplier events in all four countries involving the project partners and students from three universities, as well as other researchers and professionals from our respective networks. Each production will involve key stakeholders to discuss, critically analyse and insure the coherence of the developed and presented material.
Impact

The processes, experience, relationships and insights developed, tested and disseminated throughout the project will:

  • contribute to socially-relevant and labour market adjusted professionalisation of the (post-graduate) students;
  • increase the ability of all the participants to cooperate transnationally in a more inclusive way;
  • improve existing academic curricula and implement innovative learning tools outside universities;
  • promote the diversification of sources of knowledge and ways of working together, thinking and practising arts and culture in relation to the current international ecological, social, economic and technological contexts and issues.

Erasmus Programme of the European Union

University of Arts in Belgrade

LABA

Independant Culture Scene of Serbia

Stockholms Kvinnohistoriska

Bahaus-Universität Weimar