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How can we create more just and less unequal creative cities?



How can we create more just and less unequal creative cities?

Open panel hosted by the Centre for Culture & the Creative Industries, Department of Sociology, City, University of London. Funded by the British Academy (Rising Star Engagement Award)

Room A130, College Building
Tuesday 6th September 2016 17.00-19.00

All guests are invited to an afternoon tea from 4.15pm before the main event in the Great Hall Foyer

The promotion of ‘creative cities’ has become the latest trend in global urbanism, championed by international agencies and celebrated by local governments across the world. This creative turn in urban policy development, however, is problematic because of the economic focus of most policies and debates on creativity, the instrumental use of a culture and creativity rhetoric for city branding, and the challenges posed by the different institutional frameworks and diverse contexts in which cities operate. As part of the British Academy-funded engagement events Urban Cultural Policy and Creativity: A Platform for Creative-City Exchanges between Policy and Academic Communities, this international panel will offer global South-global North exchanges on alternative models of creative economy and state-civic society collaboration in the creative field, reflecting on how we can create more just and less unequal creative cities.

Ana Wortman (Professor, University of Buenos Aires, cultural policy expert, Argentina)
Francisco D’Almeida (Cultural development expert and international consultant, Togo)
John Newbigin (Chairman of Creative England)
Luiz Antônio Gouveia de Oliveira (Culture Ministry policymaker, Brazil)
Mamou Daffe (Cultural entrepreneur, Mali)

Andy Pratt (Professor of Culture and Economy, City, University of London)

Cecilia Dinardi (Urban Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellow, City, University of London)

Speakers bios:

Ana WortmanAna Wortman is PhD in Social Sciences (University of Buenos Aires, UBA), Magister in Social Sciences (FLACSO) and a full time researcher at the Gino Germani Institute in the Culture and Society field. She is Professor of Contemporary Sociology in the Social Sciences School (UBA) and of Postgraduate Courses in Sociology of Culture. She has studied Argentine middle classes in a cultural perspective, particularly referring to cultural policies and cultural consumption. Her latest research has focused on cultural cooperative experiences in the city of Buenos Aires. She is author of several books and articles concerning youth culture, cultural policies, middle-class transformations, cultural consumption, and media cultures in Argentina.

Francisco DalmeidaFrancisco D’Almeida has been, since 1986, the Delegate General of the Culture and Development association, which promotes the inclusion of culture in development policies. In this capacity he advises governments and local authorities in Francophone Africa in terms of cultural policy, notably regarding the support of cultural industries. Mr D’Almeida has also been a consultant for international organisations such as UNESCO, IFO, the European Commission and the French Foreign Ministry, for national organisations such as the ministries of culture of Burkina Faso and France, and for local authorities in West Africa. As well as his actions related to cultural project development, he carries out training activities in the framework of his association in the Cultural Policy Observatory in Grenoble, France, and the Senghor University for African development in Alexandria, Egypt.

John NewbiginJohn Newbigin is Chairman of Creative England. As Special Advisor to the Minister for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, he was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. He is a member of the UK government’s Creative Industries Council; Chairman of the British Council’s Advisory Group for Arts and Creative Economy; member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London; and of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Knowledge Exchange Oversight Group. He was awarded an OBE for ‘services to creative industries and the arts’ in the 2015 New Years Honours List.

Luiz Antonio OliveiraLuiz Antônio Gouveia de Oliveira holds a B.Sc. degree in Economics and an MSc in Management and has professional and academic experience on international business, innovation, and creative economy in Brazil. From 2011 up to 2014, he held a position of Director in the National Secretariat of the Creative Economy of the Ministry of Culture of Brazil. At that time, he was responsible for designing and implementing public policies on the issue of the creative territories in Brazil, ranging from creative districts up to creative cities. Currently, he holds a position of advisor on strategic management in the same Ministry and is partner consultant at AnimaCult Consultancy and Research in Creative Economy.

Mamou DaffeMamou Daffé is a well-known creative entrepreneur, author and expert in the management of art and culture. He is the initiator of one of the biggest tourist and socio-cultural attractions of the West African sub-region, the Festival on the Niger, which gave rise to the Foundation of which he is president, and the CPEL Segou (Council for the Promotion of Local and Regional Economy). Daffé has directed the Kôrè Segou Cultural Centre and the Kôrè training institute of Arts & Crafts since their creation, as well as being is the founding Chairman of the KYA network, the network of cultural organisations in Mali, and since October 2015, the President of the Arterial Network continental. He is also the initiator of the project 'Segou Creative Cities' which falls within the programme of Creative Cities Arterial Network, in partnership with the city of Segou.

Andy PrattAndy Pratt is Professor of Cultural Economy at the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, City, University of London. An internationally acclaimed expert on the topic of the cultural industries, he has published over 100 items. His current research interests concern the cultural economy and questions of policy, work, regulation and organisation in the context of urbanisation, internationalisation and trans-localism. He has held academic appointments at University College London (Bartlett School of Planning), the LSE (Geography, and Urban Research Centre), and King’s College, London (Culture, Media and Creative Industries). Andy has worked as a consultant or advisor for national and urban policy makers, and the EU, UNESCO, UNCTAD, and WIPO, and the British Council.

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5.00pmTuesday 6th September 2016

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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