The creative economy
This issue of Audiovisual Thinking focuses on ‘the creative economy’, which has become a central focus of government policy in many states. In the belief that cultural production is now central to economic life, and an essential part of global competitiveness, governments have intervened in various ways to try and stimulate cultural production and financial returns. How does this look from the standpoint of those in cultural work?
Topics could include (but are not limited to):
Case studies of cultural workers at work.
Reflections on intervention by government bodies and cultural agencies: the exercise of power. How do subsidies, tax breaks, training and other kinds of support impact on the structures and strategies of creative businesses?
Cultural work and intellectual property – are there connections? Who benefits?
How is digital technology affecting cultural work and intellectual property?
How do ideas about the creative economy circulate?
What links are there between cultural work, philanthropy and other forms of patronage?
What do we know about the self-organisation of cultural collectives?
Richard E. Caves, Creative Industries, Harvard University Press, 2000.
John Howkins, The Creative Economy, Penguin Books, 2007.
John Hartley (ed.) Creative Industries, Blackwell Publishing, 2005.
David Hesmondhalgh, The Cultural Industries, Third Edition, Sage 2012.
Philip Schlesinger , 'Creativity: from discourse to doctrine?' Screen 48(3) 2007: 377-387
Philip Schlesinger, ‘Creativity and the experts: New Labour, think tanks and the policy process’, International Journal of Press Politics 14(3) 2009: 3-20.
Guest Editor: Professor Philip Schlesinger.
THIS CALL IS NOW OPEN. DEADLINE 15th OCTOBER 2013.