Cultural Observatory: First Call For Papers: National Conference

02 Febbraio 2017

Call for Abstracts

2nd NATIONAL CONFERENCE ' 24 & 25 MAY 2017

'The Creative Economy & Development - Perspectives from the Developed and Emerging Economies'

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) invites all local and international academics; industry professionals and practitioners; public managers and intellectuals; researchers and consultants; private sector sponsors and practitioners; NGOs, organisations working in Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs), and organisers of cultural festivals & events to submit abstracts and proposals for consideration for the SACO's second National Conference on 24 & 25 of May 2017, at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg.  

Proposals from relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields that are relevant to the themes and subject matter outlined below will be considered. Proposals from practitioners, organisations and interested parties in all cultural domains – and particularly case studies – are welcome. 

  • Proposals for papers and presentations should take the form of an abstract of between 200 -400 words.
  • Proposals for popular or academic panel discussions should be accompanied by a short rationale, abstract or motivation, under 500 words, and a short outline of the speaker/s' experience in the field.

Prompt consideration will be given to all submissions and applicants will be notified within two weeks whether their submissions have been accepted.

CONFERENCE THEME: ‘The Creative Economy & Development - Perspectives from the Developed and Emerging Economies.'

In support of the major theme, papers, presentations and panel discussions are invited within the following broad thematic areas. These will be refined in line with abstracts and papers accepted:

1. Area Studies

  • International, Regional, BRICS and African Experiences, Best Practice& Case Studies
  • Cultural Diplomacy and Bi-lateral and Multi-lateral Applications.
  • Globalisation, Culture and the Creative economy.
  • Trends in the Creative Economy and CCI sectors.
  • Creative Cities, Towns and Regions.
  • Regional Policies and the Creative Economy.

2. Understanding the Creative Economy: Trends and Issues

  • New Theoretical Explorations.
  • Business Structure in the Creative Economy.
  • The CCIs and Value Chains.
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship and Business: What are the trends?
  • From the Market to Markets: New Developments in Arts and Culture Markets.

3. The Creative Economy: Value and Development across the CCIs

  • Intellectual Property Rights and the CCIs.
  • The Informal Sector and CCI's: Mobility and Transition into the Tradable Activity.
  • Cities, Towns and Creative Nodes: the Power of the Creative Economy.
  • Financing the CCIs & Arts: Challenges in a New Era of Frugality.
  • The Economics, Value and Management of the Performing and Visual Arts.
  • The CCIs and Digital Creative Economy.
  • Case studies.

4. Public Policy and the Creative Economy

  • Cultural Policy at National and Sub-National levels.
  • Urban, Regional and Rural Policy and the CCIs.
  • Clusters, Smart Specialization and the CCIs.
  • Culture and Development: Applying the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Case Studies.

5. Human Resources in the CCIs

  • Networks, Social Capital and CCIs.
  • Human Capital: Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Diversity and Transformation: Constraints and Options.
  • The CCI Training Sector Dimensions: Taking Stock of Emerging Issues.
  • Employment in the CCIs.
  • Training, Skills Development & the Youth:Enhancing Youth Talent through CCI's.

6. Research & Mapping

  • Cultural Festivals and Events: Measuring Social, Cultural and Economic Impacts.
  • Mapping and Measuring the CCI sectors: Empirical Material and Methodological Challenges.
  • Establishing and Refining a Cultural Statistical Economic Framework for South Africa.
  • The Role of Digital Systems for Capturing and Mapping Impact of the CCI Sectors.
  • Cultural Satellite Accounts for New and Emerging Economies.

7. The South African Experience: Current and Emerging Issues

  • The Revised White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage (2016).
  • Policy and Practice in regard to the South African CCIs.
  • DAC's National Research Agenda: Updates and Inputs.
  • Case studies.

Deadline for abstract submissions: Friday 31 March 2017, 5pm SAT.  All abstracts & motivations to be submitted online.

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For more information contact Bavuyile Mbatha, South African Cultural Observatory Administrator on:


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