The event is organized by the following researchers:
Taylor Brydges (Uppsala University)
Brian J. Hracs (University of Southampton)
Johan Jansson (Uppsala University)
Cecilia Pasquinelli (Gran Sasso Science Institute)
Dominic Power (Stockholm University)
Jenny Sjöholm (Linköping University)
CCE Working Paper Text
Culture is not confined to artistic practice or heritage, nor is creativity confined to networks of creative workers and entrepreneurs: culture and creativity are practiced by workers and individuals in a range of occupational, institutional and geographical settings. Indeed, far from being restricted to global cities and urban settings, a growing body of research highlights the presence and uniqueness of cultural and creative activities in suburban and rural settings and across the Global South. Moreover, digital technologies and processes of globalization continue to create, destroy and restructure the markets and conditions under which cultural production, intermediation and consumption are undertaken and experienced. These are in turn underpinned by a plurality of micro-spatialities and micro-processes through which the dynamics and spaces of culture and creativity emerge.
Together, this underlines the importance of paying critical academic attention to the particularities of the different social, political, technological and cultural models that enable, hinder or displace the creative and cultural economy. For research and policy, there is a strong need to generate nuanced and tempered accounts which understand both the potentialities and limitations involved in the intersections of culture, creativity and economy. There is a need to pursue new research avenues that not only encompass but go beyond critical engagement with policies. For example, a “critical agenda on critical approaches” might unveil significant aporias and pitfalls in the ways we study the webs that tie culture, creativity and economy together. More than ever perhaps there is a need for critical and radical academic debate that addresses questions about the value and values inherent in culture and creativity; questions surrounding the ownership and marketization of culture and creativity; and the dynamics of cultural and creative spaces, production and work.
CCE Five Years Later
Over five years, the network of researchers has expanded to over eighty members who come from over fifteen countries - within and beyond Europe - and from a range of disciplines including geography, sociology, urban studies, economics and business. CCE is about developing, expanding and nurturing existing and emerging networks, and it’s about observing and participating in ongoing discussions about contemporary and emerging research topics, theories, concepts and empirical developments. Many researchers have met for the first time at a CCE event and these interactions have produced a range of collaborations, grant applications, research projects, related events such as conference sessions, workshops and guest lectures and publications like those in this Working Paper Series. For participants, the event is a yearly opportunity to not only frame and contextualize knowledge, but also to de-contextualize knowledge: to get away from their day-to-day operations and to be able to test their arguments among peers from distant but related departments and institutions.
Themes of Research
fter five years of CCE, a number of themes have emerged. Several of these themes are prominent in the working papers that make up this compilation.
The concept of valuation: Each year has brought new elements and evidence to this unfolding story from the growing demands on producers and consumers to engage in practices that co-create value and crowd-funding, to the emergence of new actors and roles for curators. The spatial mechanisms of value creation have also been explored, with a focus on how public space, public cultural assets and cultural heritage contribute to brand building in industries such as food and fashion, as well as urban tourism and place branding.
Labour dynamics in the creative economy: Researchers continue to engage with the broad theme of creative labour from a range of perspectives and scales. Engagement with themes such as the working conditions and subjectivities of entrepreneurs has been nuanced over time, new and interrelated issues such creative practice, aesthetic labour, co-working and co-working spaces, intersectionality, resilience, multiple identities and multiple motivations have also been discussed. Taking a critical perspective, the risks associated with this type of work have also been explored.
Methodological approaches to studying creativity: Many researchers have taken the opportunity to turn inward to think about how we as researchers ‘approach creativity’ through data collection methods and analytical techniques. These have included innovative visual methods, as well as tackling the challenges of studying actors and processes, such as bloggers, operating in virtual spaces or on digital platforms.
Creative industry policy: We also have considered the role of the researcher beyond academia and in the ‘real world’ in terms of developing local, regional and/or national polic. The increasingly contentious imperative to create and demonstrate impact has also been discussed. Recently, this research has expanded to include discussion of the intersection between platforms, policies and institutions, such as issues relating to broader institutional frameworks which regulate the ‘evolution’ of cultural and creative economies within different regional, national, global contexts, concerning, for example, formal and informal knowledge in the cultural economy and the role of the educational systems
Art, politics and museum spaces: constructing a colonial and postcolonial identity through the planning of the M+ modern art museum in Hong Kong
Hang Kei Ho, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University
Eva Aggeklint, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University
Culture Intensive Business Services
Atle Hauge, Lillihammer Univeristy College
Dominic Power, Stockholm University
Digital fabrication in less developed regions
Marianna d’Ovidio, Department. of Political Science, Università di Bari - Aldo Moro
Geography of Valuation: A Real-World Laboratory Approach
Tina Haisch, Institute of Geography, University of Bern
Max-Peter Menzel, Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg
The Production of Links - Value Creation in Contemporary Capitalism and its Geography
Max-Peter Menzel, Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg
On Creativity – from conceptual ideas towards a systemic understanding
Lech Suwala, Institute of Geography, Humboldt-University of Berlin
The evolution of ‘creative economy’ research
Luciana Lazzeretti, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence
Francesco Capone, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence
Niccolò Innocenti, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence