Creativity, knowledge, cities conference

Date: 04 July - 05 July 2018
Venue: Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Bristol BS1 5TX


Universities have long been active in the production of creative economies. We forge research relationships with cultural partners. Through teaching and practice, we cultivate creative talent. Through mapping and measuring, we contribute to conversations about the boundaries, composition and impacts of the creative economy.

We're vocal about how political discourse around creativity has instrumentalised culture. And yet recent policy shifts have pushed universities into new relationships with creative industries that are rife with contradiction. The intensified industrialisation of 'creativity' as a catalyst for economic growth and innovation is casting universities as talent pipelines, regional anchors, and incubators for the 'creative economy'.

While we address questions of diversity and access, our work is often responsible for taking part in the very conversations that shape, define, and value a creative economy, which is beset by exclusivity, precarity and exploitation. Universities forge relationships with organisations at different scales, such as schools, third sector organisations, cultural institutions, and creative companies.

Although we strive to work collaboratively with creative practitioners, artists, and talent of all kinds, our institutional processes and lack of interdisciplinary experience makes these partnerships hard to sustain.

Finally, as placemakers, universities may become complicit in gentrification processes by constructing new urban amenities, student housing and downtown learning hubs while concurrently supporting social goals such as inclusivity, education and accessibility. Creativity, Knowledge, Cities explores these contradictions with keynote speakers, panels, papers, roundtable discussions and interactive workshops.

The conference is organised by the Creative Economy Unit, part of the Digital Cultures Research Centre.

How to attend

In order to attend please purchase a ticket via our online store.

Cost: £100-£250
Contact: Nicole Foster
Telephone: +44 (0)117 37 08874
E-mail: creativeEconomies2018@gmail.com

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