New Thinking in Urban Creative Industry Research: Social Justice, Urban Space and Cultural Production

LDN 104

New Thinking in Urban Creative Industry Research

With Keynotes from: Prof Martina Loew, Dept of Sociology, Technische Universitat Berlin Prof Mark Banks Professor of Cultural Economy, (Theatre, Film and TV Studies) Glasgow University Dr Joy White, Dept of Applied Social Studies, University of Bedfordshire Prof Andrew Chitty University of Loughborough London Prof Graham Hitchens University of Loughborough London

The urgency of the post-pandemic times poses key questions for urban studies and for creative industry research. With ever widening social inequality, questions of access to space for living and for working have never been more pertinent. There is also a sense that the times of creative economy boosterism are now over. Changes in work and employment put new pressures especially on the freelance, creative sector.

This afternoon seminar will focus on a range of questions:

  • How does the politics of space in the 2020s impact on diverse urban populations?
  • What new concepts and ideas can inform more equitable creative economy policies?
  • How can the institutions of higher education facilitate community engagement?
  • How do we assess the outcomes of previous flagship creative industry policies (eg the London fashion hubs)?
  • What theoretical resources can be drawn upon to develop better understanding of social and urban processes?

We have invited a number of academic experts as keynotes from various relevant fields to discuss their research as contemporary interventions in new knowledge production.

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The event has a capacity of 60 people, and is open to Lougborough University London faculty and students and a few others from London universities.

Event schedule

12:45-1:00 Introduction Prof Angela McRobbie and Prof Thomas Tufte

13:00-13:45 Prof Mark Banks (University of Glasgow) Re-Futuring Popular Cultural Economies. Respondent Prof Thomas Tufte

13:45-14:30 Prof Julian Henriques (Goldsmiths) The Creative and Commercial Mix of the Sound System Dancehall scene. Respondent Prof Jo Tacchi

14:30-14:45 Quick tea break

14:45-15:30 Prof Martina Loew (TU-Berlin) Re-Figuration on an Urban Scale: Conflicts in Berlin and Seoul. Respondent Prof Graham Murdock

15:30-16:15 Dr Joy White (University of Bedford) Reflections on Terraformed: An East London Story. Respondent Prof Angela McRobbie

16:15-16:30 Quick tea break

16:30-17:30 Prof Dave O Brian and Dr Heather Carey (Sheffield University and Work Advance) What is ‘Good Work’ in the Culture Industries?, Prof Kate Oakley (Glasgow University) Towards a Foundational Economy. Respondent: Angela McRobbie

17:30-18:15 Plenary of Olympic Park, Claire Swift (London College of Fashion) and Baroness Young of Hornsey (House of Lords) Respondent: Prof Graham Hitchens (Loughborough London)