Social Dynamics of Knowledge Communication within Higher Education: the case of an Art-Science collaboration

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Abstract

At the University of Hertfordshire [UH] in UK we have hosted a series of research projects into the changing nature of the arts as it has been progressively academicized and incorporated into the university community. We have observed that the dominant knowledge model of the academic community is the scientific one, valorising text-based reasoning, empirical research and determinacy. We have observed professional arts, on the other hand, valorising non-textual communication, conceptual research and indeterminacy. This struggle for legitimacy can be described in terms of vocational versus academic values, and the different capital and habitus of the actors. In our paper we describe the social space of the contemporary arts in the university. We take as a case study a recent report by an arts professor at UH on an artsscience collaboration which shows how this struggle was played out, and the values and capital mobilized by the various actors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive Expansion of Knowledge: communicating with art in the information era
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the World Congress on Communication and Arts (WCCA2011)
EditorsClaudio da Rocha Brito, Melany M. Ciampi
Place of PublicationSão Paulo
PublisherCOPEC - Science and Education Research Council
ISBN (Electronic)978-85-89120-91-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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