The Think-Tank DoIT, (Delaktighet och Inkluderings-Tankesmedja (Participation and Inclusion Think-Tank) focuses on work and dialogues concerning issues related to participation, inclusion and equity. DoIT was initiated in 2016 through the collaborative efforts of (i) Örebro Regional Theatre, (ii) the international network-based research group CCD, Communication, Culture and Diversity, and (iii) The Swedish National Touring Theatre.
As the world around us changes we are, in nation-states like Sweden, trying to adjust to a society where diversity is itself becoming recognized as the new norm. Such diversity is the norm in other parts of the world. If diversity is normal, an acceptance of the composite person and societal complexity in general becomes an issue that needs to be discussed. This means that societal efforts regarding participation and inclusion in contemporary society need to recognize “everyone” as part of society, irrespective of the characteristics of people or groups. From such a point of departure efforts for women, for immigrants, for lesbians, for Sami, for deaf, or for other specific groups becomes problematic.
This also means, that there exists a need to move from the dichotomy inclusion/integration/ mainstreaming on the one hand, and segregation from the majority group, on the other hand. Both solutions envisage the majority group in terms of a fixed norm. Instead, a third perspective raises questions regarding dominant norms themselves, allowing for the majority group to also evolve and change in parallel to shifts regarding the opportunities for minority groups. Such a two-way integrational process constitutes a key dimension of the DoIT vision.
Another key societal aspect of the DoIT vision relates to the need for cross-sectorial dialogical efforts. Within the Think-Tank DoIT, we are jointly attempting to create conditions for new meeting places where social actors such as artists, representatives of businesses and the civil sector, local government representatives, institutions like schools, work agencies, health care, together with researchers focus upon questions regarding everyone´s participation and inclusion, rather than the participation or specific groups.
Historically, this ambition dates back to the inter-sectional project DoT (Delaktighet och Teater; Participation and Theatre) (2012–2015), supported by, among others, The Swedish Arts Council. DoT ran under the auspices of (i) Örebro county theatre, and (ii) the research group CCD, Communication, Culture and Diversity. The project DoT built on meetings (between people and sectors) as a fundamental strategy for change in societal arenas. The explicit aim was to contribute to a more equal and democratic society in the 21st century. Through collaboration and exchange, and through research and documentation, DoT engaged the performing arts, the infrastructure of cultural politics and researchers in order to enrich different sectors in society.
For more information, contact:
Fausto Calligari, Development leader, HLK, JU
Anette Almgren White, Senior Lecturer in Swedish, HLK, JU
Elisabet Sandblom, Senior Lecturer in German, HLK, JU
Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, Professor in Pedagogics, HLK, JU
Petra Weckström, CEO, Örebro Regional Theater
Anna Lundberg, Business Developer, Riksteatern
Content updated 2018-11-01