Research Proposal

Research Proposal for the Art Philanthropy Project – Renée Steenbergen’s project

(Working) Title: t.b.a.


Presentation of Renée and her research We will briefly introduce the topic or Renee’s research and touch upon her professional background and motives for doing this particular research.

Renee is a Dutch Academic researcher, associated with UU but supported by the association Geef Om Cultuur.

Renee studies Philanthropy, and more specific, a new generation of donors their motivations for giving money to the arts.

In the introduction we will also introduce ourselves and in what way we will be connected to Renee’s research.

We will split up in two groups:
– Karel and Adam will work on the literature
– Morgane and Iris will work on data analysis and questions

The Field Setting:

As Renée’s research is mainly situated in Amsterdam, where the interviews with the donors also take place, part of our research field will be in Amsterdam, where we will accompany Renée in her work.
But we will also work on the project in our group in Utrecht. We will use our own houses as well as cafe’s and the University sites as our field settings of research.

Literature review:

Our main literary resource will be Renée’s book De Nieuwe Mecenas (2008), in which she finds an answer to the question of how more younger generation donors can be attracted to giving money to the art world; how to create a new generation of young Mecenases.

Next to Renée’s book we will use Soyini Madison’s book Critical Ethnography (2012) as a guideline for doing ethnographic research.

Thirdly, we will use Doris Sommer’s book The Work of Art in the World (2014) as a tool for gaining more background information on how art functions within (a) society and how art can play different roles.

Renée Steenbergen. De Nieuwe Mecenas: cultuur en de terugkeer van het particuliere geld. Amsterdam: Business Contact, 2008.

D. Soyini Madison. Critical Ethnography: Method, Ethics, and Performance (second edition). Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2012.

Doris Sommer. The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014. 

Theoretical framework:

As a theoretical framework we want wo focus on ethical questions. We want look at the donors’ motivations and in what way Renée’s research is perhaps overlooking things.

As main concept we will use neoliberalism. Next to that we will use Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of the symbolic, status and cultural capital.

Research design/Methodology:

1. The study population: All the people involved in giving money to the art world. The research mainly concerns a younger generation of donors.

2. Specific sites and institutions where primary and secondary research will be conducted: We will most likely to do our research in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Renée told us that most of her research interviews took place at parties and venues like the FOAM museum in Amsterdam. We will follow her research

3. Data collection methods and instruments: We will take interviews from donors using our iPhone as either camera or voice recorder, of course only if they allow us to film/record them. We will edit these clips on our MacBooks, if necessary. Or we will use the fragments for our written research.

4. Training and preparation: As Karel and Iris are the only Dutch speaking members of our team, they will most likely lead the interviews with the interviewees who don’t speak English very well. Our research, however, will be entirely written in English.

5. Mechanisms for research quality control: We will take careful care of our attained research material. We will also continue to question ourselves and each other during the research.

6. Research timeline: t.b.a.






by: Iris


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