A Cultural expertize cluster started in Helsinki in the spring of 2012 to discuss challenges in the field of current cultural recearch. Anthropologists, folklorists, ethnologist and other cultural experts peered in to talk and think these questions over. Not only in Finland the stature and visibility of this field of science has suffered from the financial cuts in education, recearch and funding of cultural institutions. People working with these issues have awaken to change this progress.
We (our team :Heli and me) want to find inspiration from Copenhagen&Amsterdam :
our aim is to turn turn these ideas into action!
1) No to hidden treasures
In order to gain better visibility and public access to cultural heritage, we should be able to use media, web based services, open data, social media and applied practices better in our work. Museums, archives and cultural institutions are in a key position to make this possible.
2) Students in action
Among students it will be crucial to renew the networks necessary to find jobs and bring out our own capabilities. We will have to develop better communication outside the academic world, put more stress on problem focused recearch and bring it to the public.
3) Spinning the web
As a side project, we have been planning to launch a new web community and media discussing cultural recearch in Finland. At the moment, people interested in the on going conversation and cultural recearch don’t have a shared arena for these purposes.