Blanca Jove

Blanca Jove Alcalde


Creating a politically active, plural and critical public sphere: discursive programmes at contemporary art institutions

Thesis Description:

My research is focused on how non-collecting institutions use discursive programming in order to sustain an active and critically engaged public sphere. Contextualised by a consideration of curated discursive programmes originated in the emergence of New Institutionalism in contemporary institutions in the mid-1990s; tendency which aimed to engage with socio-political demands and exceed exhibitions conventions becoming a place for collaboration and dialogue. It explores the emergence of discursive programming in European art institutions in relationship to its local political contexts. Continued by the analysis of the work of small to medium scale institutions located in Nottingham in order to evaluate the local effects on their politically-engaged discursive practices.

Academic qualifications:

2015-2016: Master of Arts Degree in Art Museums and Galleries Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester - Distinction

Dissertation title: How museums have become fora for political discussion?

2014-2015: Bachelor of Arts Degree in History of Art, Oxford Brookes University - 2.1

2011-2015: Bachelor of Arts Degree in History of Art, University of Valladolid - 7.9/10

Dissertation title: Historia y estado de la cuestión del Museo Ashmolean de Oxford; un hito en la museología anglosajona.

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

2011 to 2014, Student Representation - Alternativa Universitaria (University Student Union), University of Valladolid.

Other Research Interests:

Current Political Art, Political Public Programmes, Social Movements, Human Rights, Capitalisation of Arts



Dr Isobel Whitelegg – University of Leicester
Dr Amanda Earley – University of Leicester
Prof Pat Thomson – University of Nottingham

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