GaWC Young Researchers and Postgraduate Workshop: ‘Cities and the Creative Economy’

Call for Papers – Deadline 5th March 2010

GaWC Young Researchers and Postgraduate Workshop: ‘Cities and the Creative Economy’

28th April, 2010, Loughborough University, UK

The Globalization and World City Research Centre (GaWC), based in the Geography Department at Loughborough University is hosting a workshop for young researchers and postgraduates on the creative economy and the city. We will be looking for presentations that explore the role of the creative economy in the production of cities through globalization, and the outcomes that this has on those who occupy the urban environment.

We invite presentations from postgraduates and young researchers which deal with this topic. Suggested themes could be, but are in no way limited to:

* Critical perspectives on the Creative Class thesis
* Creative industries development in the city
* The role of technology in enabling creativity
* Creativity and the materiality of cities
* Case studies of particular creative locales, cities or sectors
* Creative economic activities across the world city network
* Tensions of place marketing and branding versus the cultural economy

On the day of the workshop, GaWC will also host their annual lecture, which this year will be delivered by Andy C Pratt, Professor of Culture, Media and the Economy from the Centre for Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) at King’s College London. Professor Pratt is a leading academic and international policy advisor on cities and the creative economy and will deliver a talk entitled “Global Cities and the Creative Economy”.

The workshop will be on the 28th of April 2010. Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words to and by 5th March 2010. The workshop is FREE and lunch and refreshments will be provided. There will also be some travel subsidies available to presenters, although this cannot be guaranteed for all applicants. Hence, please indicate in your email why you require funding and we will make decisions based on all applicants.

A flyer from the event can be downloaded from Please feel free to distribute through your own networks.

For more details, contact:
Allan Watson
Lecturer in Human Geography
Department of Geography
Faculty of Sciences
Staffordshire University
Staffs ST4 2DE
Tel: +44 (0)1782 294441


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