Some information about me
Co-Convenor, Reframing the Nation
My main interest is in work, employment and identity formation in the creative and cultural industries. I currently lead research on 'The Cultural Industries' in the context of the Reframing the Nation research theme.
Recent research has been concerned with issues of autonomy and creativity, craft values and artistic labour in the creative industries. Recently I co-edited (with Justin O'Connor, QUT) a special issue of the International Journal of Cultural Policy entitled 'After the Creative Industries' (2009) which examined the legacy of the UK creative industries policy model and questioned assumptions around the normative union of cultural and economic policy.
I am also contributing a strand on 'cultural ownership' to the AHRC 'What is Black British Jazz?' project led by Jason Toynbee. This examines musical production as a distinctive practice (drawing on MacIntyre and Bourdieu) and theorises historical moments in the consecration of British jazz. Other interests include gendered aspects of cultural work and the role of putatively 'radical' leisure in enhancing creative and cultural work identities. Finally, I am conducting research into 'artmoney' a complementary currency based on the exchange of original art, looking at relationships between art and money objects and their circulation amongst different communities and interest groups.
Refereed Journal Papers
Reframing the Nation
This project reflects on the organisation and practices of work in the cultural and creative industries. In line with CRESC thinking it asks; what patterns of continuity and change...
Cultural Values and Politics: Social Cohesion and Expertise
‘The Renaissance view of work, which sees it as intrinsically meaningful, is centred in the technical craftsmanship – the manual and mental operations – of the work process itself’ ...
Thu, Jul 7th 2011 - Fri, Jul 8th 2011
This conference asks: what are the moral or ethical dimensions of creative work? What are the political outcomes of efforts to infuse creative labour with ethical intent or content? How might an ethical politics of creative labour be theorized and organized?
Wed, Sep 14th 2011
Thu, May 17th 2012 - Fri, May 18th 2012
How does music relate to the social? Substantively? And methodologically? This workshop will explore how music matters to people - and innovative research methods for thinking about this. Please subscribe early: numbers are limited.