April 27-29, 2017, University of Alberta



Reimagining Creative Economy

Transnational Histories, Local Practices, Regional Struggles

April 27-29, 2017, University of Alberta

The Reimagining Creative Economy: Transnational Histories, Local Practices, Regional Struggles workshop will be held from April 27-29, 2017, hosted by the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. Our workshop will gather an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists, and activists to dialogue about transformative creative practices alongside influential but delimiting creative economy discourses circulating in multilateral and governmental policies. Much critical scholarship analyzes creative economy discourses as neoliberal policy but fails to understand the colonial, national, and regional histories that explain its growing popularity. Our workshop designs conversations around the key question: what counts as creativity? What are the transnational, national, colonial, regional, and imperial histories that shape the meanings and realities, potential and politics of dominant as well as unrecognized creative practices?

Facilitating conversations about the intersection between creative economy policy and the complex histories of actual creative practices protects against inadvertently reinforcing inequality or retrograde uses of cultural practices. We hope these conversations will travel in unforeseen trajectories: from the international universities and cities of attendees to the University of Alberta, from the workshop to the presenters’ research, teaching and artistic communities, policy networks and affiliated social movements worldwide.


With thanks to Artist Stephen Dixon for permission to use the main website image; Title: “Clocking On”, Location: Rajnagar Mill, April 2013.

The Workshop is hosted by the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta  with funding support from: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Kule Institute of Advanced Studies, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Education, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Department of English and Film Studies.

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.