Publics then, now and beyond is a network of scholars with a shared interest in the mediation and making of publics, the changing character of public institutions, new configurations of public issues, and the publics of public engagement.
The network was inaugurated with a two-day workshop at the in Milton Keynes on June 4-5 2013, which brought together an international group of early career as well as more established researchers working across a range of academic disciplines. Over the course of the 2013-14 academic year, we will work to build this network by
- holding a series of seminars
- develop this site as a resource for researchers working on publics
Through this network, we hope to develop a collaborative agenda-setting forum in which participants can share work in progress, exchange perspectives and approaches, and pursue common areas of interest.
The publics then, now and beyond network is supported by and builds on three existing initiatives based at the Open University in the UK: the Creating Publics project, the Publics Research Programme and the Making publics across time and space project. Members of the network are based in six different countries (the UK, Canada, USA, France, Denmark and Ireland) and represent more than ten institutions including the Open University, McGill, LSE, Goldsmiths, the University of Sussex and the University of East Anglia.
The network is convened by Nick Mahony and Hilde Stephansen who are both based at the Open University’s Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance. If you want to find our more or are interested in getting involved, please email either nick.mahony[at]open.ac.uk or hilde.stephansen[at]open.ac.uk.