Cultural governance has been a dominating terminology in the Korean cultural scene since the 2010s. The democratic approach to making a policy decision was regarded as the core asset which cultural governance has nurtured. Several public institutions, cultural spaces, festivals, and government councils have adopted the form of cultural governance in the last several years. Despite abundant case studies on cultural governance, there remains such a shallow academic discussion on this issue. This study asks how Korean cultural governance has emerged, developed, and transformed, by analyzing disparate and representative types of cultural governance - Arts Council of Korea, Seoul Artists Platform, Seogyo, and Seongbuk Artists Round table. This study is aimed to focus on the concept of 'participation'. Though cultural governance might be seen as the organizational form, this study argues that it was a symbolic medium of participation, in particular, the participation of artists and arts intermediaries. This study will answer the reason why cultural governance has dominated the entire art scene by mapping the different levels of participation.
Yunjoo Sung, Korea National Open University, South Korea
About the Presenter(s)
Professor Yunjoo Sung is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Korea National Open University in South Korea
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