ACCS is an online archive of syllabi, e-prints, web links, and other digital resources related to the subject areas of Arts, Culture, and Civil Society. It is intended to serve as a starting point for students and scholars exploring similar topics in their courses or research. Arts, culture and civil society are important theoretical concerns for contemporary social criticism, political theory, and cultural policy-making. The materials collected here span a wide range of disciplines, analytical frameworks, and locations. Topics range from the nature of current-day urban formations, nation-states, and local communities to the analysis of power, modernity, and discourse as related to the arts. A key aim of the archive is to represent a wide range of approaches and resources related to the study of politics, culture, and the arts in our contemporary global society.
The origins of the ACCS project stem from Professor Timothy W. Luke's long-standing research and teaching interests in related areas, especially those tied to his graduate seminar on "Arts, Culture and Civil Society." The archive grew out of foundations provided by that course, including research and development work by graduate students, and support from the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture (CDDC) at Virginia Tech.