CHIEF stakeholders’ workshop in Coventry, UK

On 23rd October we held the first of a series of workshops with stakeholders in Coventry. The workshop explored how young people experience and participate in culture and included discussions on barriers to participation.

We were thrilled that young people could attend along with partners working in the youth and culture sectors. If you are interested in joining us for future workshops, please contact Katie McNie, CHIEF Project Manager at

CHIEF project presented to students at the University of Bologna

On October 21st, Dr. Tinatin Zurabishvili presented information about the CHIEF project to Sociology students of the University of Bologna for their course on the Sociology of Youth (the course is taught by professor Alessandro Martelli). The presentation was focused on the goals of the project, its structure, its research question and research design developed in order to find answers to those research questions.

For Sociology students, learning about sociological perspective while analyzing specific areas of contemporary life provides a very important aspect of their education. Speaking of some of the most vivid examples: We all use various types of the mass media – and the sociology of media helps to understand their social function(s); we all care about being healthy – and the sociology of health helps to see the issues of well being in a more comprehensive way. Similarly, when speaking about the youth, it is very important to help the students see it as a social phenomenon which is closely related to the major social institutions, both affecting those institutions and being affected by them – all of which constitutes the basics of the discipline of the Sociology of Youth.

The main focus of the presentation was a discussion of the possibilities of empirical research of the youth in various countries. Specifically, we discussed the operationalization of the “youth”, comparability of data collected across different social, political and cultural settings, as well as a rather elaborated multimethod approach implemented by the CHIEF project. A previous EC-funded project on youth, MYPLACE, was also discussed. The students were particularly interested in the mechanisms of social and political engagement of young people and, specifically, the “drivers” that might foster such engagement. The questions related to intercultural dialogue, as well tolerance that is expected to be strengthen by openness to other cultures, were also among the ones that attracted students’ attention.


CHIEF Media training in Latvia

The filming workshop organised by the Culture Coventry was held on 22-23 October, 2019 at Daugavpils University, Latvia with the active participation of local young people. The workshop started discussing films and culture before aiming at improving film-making skills. On the second day, the workshop continued focusing on more advanced issues such as shooting, editing, rendering and lastly publishing a film on YouTube.

First CHIEF findings presented at the 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association

Dr. Ebru Soytemel, Dr. Eleni Stamou and Dr. Anton Popov  from UK CHIEF team (Aston University) presented first findings of CHIEF in their paper “Cultural Literacy in the English Curriculum: Amalgams of Cultural Conservatism and Enterprise Culture” at the 14th Conference of the  European Sociological Association in 22 August 2019 at Manchester. Continue reading “First CHIEF findings presented at the 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association”

1st Multi-stakeholder Partnership Workshop in Istanbul – 11 September 2019

The first of a series of stakeholder workshops was conducted by the CHIEF team at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Turkey) and their core stakeholders  on September 11, 2019.

Young people doing a silent brainstorming exercise about culture
Young people in Turkey doing a silent brainstorming exercise about culture as part of the CHIEF research project.

The workshop consisted of an introduction to the chief project, an overview of the workshop and two methods designed to facilitate dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders. It continued with the assessing and identification of future objectives and ended with a discussion.

CHIEF Media Training in Istanbul: 17-18 September 2019

On 17th and 18th September 2019, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul hosted a filming workshop delivered by Culture Coventry (UK), one of the CHIEF project partners who provide film-making training to young people to record their cultural activities.

The workshop started with discussions around film and culture then aimed at improving film-making skills. On the second day, the workshop continued focusing on more advanced skills such as shooting, editing, rendering and lastly publishing a film on YouTube.

First Project Review Meeting Brussels

On 1st July 2019, CHIEF partners attended a meeting at the European Research Council Executive Agency in Brussels. During the meeting, we presented our findings and initial policy recommendations based on the first 12 months of the project to a panel of experts. The meeting was really productive and we are very grateful for the positive feedback and suggestions from the experts.

CHIEF findings presented at the Social Policy Association Annual Conference

Dr Katherine Tonkiss attended the SPA conference hosted by Durham University where she presented her paper on

Cultural Education and the Good Citizen: A Systematic Analysis of a Neo-Liberal Communitarian Policy Trend

The paper examines the conceptualisation and operationalisation of cultural education for young people within UK policy over the past decade. To do so, it analyses the findings of a systematic review of relevant policy documents published between 2007 and 2018. The paper shows that this policy field has been strongly shaped by the intervention of a neo-liberal economic logic, with policies aimed at constructing neo-liberal subjects, responsible for their own choices and capable of self-regulation to become productive contributors to the national economy with little dependence on the state. It also demonstrates that cultural education has been informed by a strongly nationalist interpretation of culture, aiming to instil in young people a strong understanding of national culture as a source of binding sentiment in light of the perceived challenges associated with diverse, multicultural communities. As such, the paper argues that cultural education policy has been used to promote a particular vision of the ‘good’ citizen through a neo-liberal communitarian model of governance. This model combines the individualising logics of neo-liberalism which emphasise responsibility and self-regulation with the collective focus of communitarianism on shared culture and values. These threads are deployed simultaneously to responsibilise citizens in order to reduce the perceived burden they present to the state, and to police nationalist parameters of inclusion and exclusion.


The Multi-Stakeholder Partnership’s Core Team Meeting in Daugavpils (Latvia)

On 3 June 2019 Daugavpils University hosted a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership’s (MSP) core team meeting attended by eight representatives from various target groups, i.e. young people, education practitioners, civil society activists, policymakers, community leaders, etc. Continue reading “The Multi-Stakeholder Partnership’s Core Team Meeting in Daugavpils (Latvia)”