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Cultural work and creative biographies

March 12, 2009

via home cooked theory blog

Wednesday April 1st 2009
The Open University, Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Michael Young Rooms: 1, 2, 3 & 4

Rosalind Gill, Centre for Citizenship Identities and Governance (CCIG), The Open University Mark Banks, Department of Sociology/CRESC, The Open University Stephanie Taylor, Department of Psychology/CCIG, The Open University

The last decade has seen a huge growth of interest in cultural labour, coinciding with increased attention to the media and other fields as ‘creative industries’, and underscored by technological changes that have brought into being new occupations such as web design, digital animation, electronic arts, etc. Suddenly there seems to be an acknowledgement that media and culture involve work! Following on from our successful workshop in 2008 on “The creative industries: 10 years after”, in this symposium we bring together a series of invited speakers to explore the nature of cultural work today. Research in this field points both to the passionate attachments cultural workers have to their work, and to the costs this involves in terms of precariousness, poor pay and ‘bulimic’ stop-go patterns of working. How do workers in fields as diverse as fashion, television, film, web design or fine art negotiate and manage working lives that are characterised by insecurity, informality, and in which ‘you are only as good as your last job’?


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