'Making Publics' (MaPs) ran from 2005-2010, as an international collaboration of academics from Canada, USA and the UK who identified the emergence of various kinds of publics in early modern Europe. 'Creating Publics' runs from 2011-2014 and looks at public-formation and participatory experiments today.
The work of the ARN offers insights for the issues raised by MaPs and Creating Publics. Firstly, at a conceptual level, MaPs and Creating Publics both suggest that publics have particular modalities of attention and openness, and these can be understood in terms of the ARN's approach to emerging forms of authority that structure social relations through specific forms of attention and appeals to an 'outside', or grounding, of knowledge. Secondly, at the level of practice, the ARN's writing retreats provide an interesting - if provocative - example of a participatory experiment within academia itself. And thirdly, the ARN's recent Participatory Practice project culminated in a collection of short essays on contemporary problems of participation that can be used to inform current debates around participatory experiments.