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[ecrea] CFP Creative Industries and Creative Labor (Moment Journal)

Thu Mar 22 13:25:10 GMT 2018

*Moment Journal*

*Journal of Cultural Studies*

*Faculty of Communication, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey*

*Vol 5, no 2, 2018***

Call for Papers: Creative Industries and Creative Labor

Policy discourses on creative industries dominate the public agenda in diverse national contexts including England, USA, Australia, South Korea, China, and Turkey, promising remedies to internal problems of capitalism such as employment and economic growth. Policy makers generally endorse the discourse of creative industries, whereas researchers and artists adopt a more ambivalent stance. Researchers of cultural studies and cultural policy have also focused on the question of creative industries along with researchers of political economy of communications. It is in this context that we are inviting critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on creative industries, creative labor, creative industry policies and policy discourses, practices, and the experience of subjects located in these industries.

How, then, should we grasp policy makers and urban actors’ love for creative industries? In what context should we situate their passion towards creative industries?

The creative industry discourse has been popularized since 2000s by the works of John Howkins, Charles Landry, Richard Florida, and Britain’s DCMS (Department for Culture, Media, and Sport). At the centre of this discourse lie its claims to resolve unemployment derived from deindustrialization, as well as its promises to revitalize urban spaces and therefore create the “smart cities” of the 21st century. These policies mainly aimed to create the ideal topography of creative cities by attracting “creative class,” namely the creative labor force. Nevertheless, it has also been emphasized that this very creative workforce, especially within labor processes shaped by digital technologies, faces a serious form of precarization.

Responses to the question “What is a creative industry?” vary. The umbrella of creative industries includes toy industry, film, television, research and development, software, digital games, museums and heritage industries, tourism, culinary arts, libraries, fashion, and cosmetics etc. Conceptual debates regarding creativity and creative industries are also numerous. Here is a list of some of the commonly used concepts: creative labor (David Hesmondhalgh and Sarah Baker), cultural work (Mark Banks), venture labor (Gina Neff), immaterial labor (Maurizio Lazzarato, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri), hope labor (Kathleen Kuehn and TC Corrigan), aspirational labor (Brooke Erin Duffy), digital labor (Christian Fuchs, Trebor Scholz). And it is possible to extend the list of cases and conceptualizations regarding creative industries.

In this Special Issue (Creative Industries and Creative Labor) of Moment Journal, we aim to contribute to the contested terrain of diverse policies and discourses with theoretical and empirical studies. We invite authors to contribute to our Special Issue with articles on topics including but not limited to:

• Creative labor, labor processes and degradation of labor

• Identity processes of industry professionals

• Digital technologies, creative labor and everyday life

• Creative labor and ethnography

• Soap opera industry, digital game industry, journalism and digital technologies

• Gender and creativity/creative labor

• Creative industries, vulnerable groups and social inclusion

• Ethnic identities and creative labor

• Creativity and inequalities

• Creative industries and public policies

• Different national contexts and creative industry policies

• Turkish governments’ creative industry and creative labor policies in historical terms and within the contemporary moment

• Fluid borders between culture policies and creative industry policies

• Creative industries and universities

• Creative industries and city; the topography of free trade zones and creativity

• The relationship between creative industries and techno-cities and development agencies; institutional frameworks

• Transnational bodies (UNCTAD, UNESCO etc.) and their involvement in creative industry policies

• Creative industries and intellectual property

• From cultural to creative industries: historical perspectives

• Theoretical approaches to creative industries and creative labor

• Creative industry and creative labor in non-Western contexts

Media and creative industries play a vital role in the formation, reproduction, and transformation of power relations at a global scale. On the one hand, governments are struggling to attract creative industries to their geographies. On the other hand, college graduates are trying hard to find employment within these sectors. Moment Journal is expecting to receive your empirical and theoretical submissions to this interdisciplinary Special Issue and provide a ground for this ongoing debate.

*Submission process:*

Deadline for article submission: *September 3rd 2018. *Please use Moment Journal’s online submission system

*Theme editors:*

Ergin Bulut, Serhat Kaymas, Mutlu Binark

*Online submission:*

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