Master of Cultural and Creative Industries

Not jobs and growth but post-capitalism – and creative industries show the way

The term “creative industries” was first applied to the cultural sector by UK New Labour in 1998, and rapidly gained global traction. It was a kind of Faustian bargain for the cultural sector, which gave up its traditional suspicion of commercial imperatives in return for a seat at the grown-ups’ table where the governmental big…

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In defence of serendipity: the Silicon Emperor is wearing no clothes

Serendipity is the process of finding something useful, valuable or just generally “good” without actually looking for it. Throughout the history of invention and discovery serendipity has functioned as a sort of Freudian unconscious, leading – or, perhaps better, tricking – the curious human mind onto unexpected novelty. And yet, only recently have we started…

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Field work in the classroom at Monash University

By Professor Justin O’Connor The Master of Cultural and Creative Industries has just completed its innovative new unit Cultural Economy and Sustainable Development. It is focused on how developing countries can use culture in a sustainable way and contribute to a wider sustainable approach. Rather than take 50  students to different, often remote, destinations across the…

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Creative city, smart city … whose city is it?

In 2007 US creative cities “guru” Richard Florida was flown to Noosa to tell the local city council how they, too, could become a creative city. Noosa was one of a long line of cities across the globe queuing up to pay big bucks to the US-based academic-entrepreneur. “Being creative” had become an almost universal…

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Culture to go? Symposium explores creative and cultural industries futures

Debates around the creative industries, and the ‘creative cities’ and ‘creative classes’ associated with these, have now been raging for two decades. The celebratory rhetoric associated with their early expressions have been met by empirically informed critical research. This has pointed to the economic reductionism and over-inflated expectations brought by this policy agenda; the realities…

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Apply now … Global Journalism: Hong Kong field school

An exciting new unit, Global Journalism: Hong Kong field school, enables students to travel to the Asian media capital to explore why this world city is the big draw for news companies from around the globe. Exciting new unit – Global Journalism: Hong Kong field school  Credit points: 12 Unit: APG5190 Location: Hong Kong Coordinators: Dr…

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Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2017: Monash Arts alumnus Fahd Pahdepie

Monash Master of International Relations alumnus, Fahd Pahdepie, has won the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Supported by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, the award is part of the 2017 Alumni Awards which recognize and showcase the significant contribution made by Australian Alumni in their professional fields. Fahd is an author and social entrepreneur who developed inspirasi.co, an online…

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Understanding Filipino film distribution: a PhD journey with Monash-Warwick PhD candidate Michael Kho Lim

Michael Kho Lim is a recipient of the Monash Graduate Scholarship and the Faculty of Arts International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (FAIPRS) for his joint Monash/ Warwick University PhD research into film distribution in the Philippines. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the Victorian Government’s Education Award for International Student of the Year (research). We spoke…

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Tin sheds to global empires: looking at Mambo and what’s changed

Interview with Monash academic Associate Professor Tony Moore  “A recognition of the distinctness of cultural production – its involvement of genuinely different values – is not the end of sociological enquiry, but the beginning, leading us to examine the social interests in which it is inscribed. […] How do position-takings within the field define new…

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What are creative spaces for? Symposium to explore state of the art

Symposium: “Creative Workspaces – State of the Art” DATE: Wednesday 26th October TIME: 12:00 – 5:00 pm LOCATION: The Bishop’s Parlour, Abbottsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street RSVP: earvin.cabalquinto@monash.edu This half-day session will ask what creative spaces are actually for? First stepping stone for ambitious start-ups or cheap space for impoverished artists? Motors of gentrification or islands made safe…

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