Research on culture helps us understand this central aspect of contemporary society as it relates to the creation, circulation, and appropriation of works, texts, products, and heritage that have significance for individuals and communities.
Our research teams study cultural organizations, institutions, policies, and markets. They are interested in practices within the arts and within cultural industries, and also look at the role of cultural workers and producers and at audience behaviours.
Their research explores questions related to the globalization of trade, the emergence of the knowledge economy, information and innovation, the promotion of sociocultural diversity, and the role of culture in defining Quebec identity.
Faculty interests include the transformation of artistic practices and cultural participation, the changing role of public and private authorities, the coexisting rationales of cultural democratization and cultural democracy, the importance of cultural industries in contemporary economies, and new digital environments and the new cultural economy.