Creativity and Place - 23rd- 25th June 2010

School of Geography, University of Exeter.
sponsored by the AHRC

Creativity and Place

…creativity and place, creativity in place, creativity about place, creativity as practices of place… creative industries, site-specific/site responsive works, politics of display, creative clusters, art schools…regeneration, festivals, identity…governance, policy, practice, critique, collaboration…

Issues of creativity and place are currently of compelling significance as fields of scholarly research, sites of artistic practice and areas of public interest. This interdisciplinary conference brings together academics and practitioners to discuss the geographies of creativity.

Across three days of keynote presentations, paper sessions and discussion panels the conference will critically examine relationships between creativity and place.  This will include dimensions of creativity from the analysis of creative cultural practices such as art, films or literature, to the exploration of the geographies of the creative industries.  The conference looks to situate these approaches alongside discussions led by practitioners talking about their own practices and experiences of place.

Key note speakers are:

  • Professor Sam Smiles (Art History, University of Plymouth and Tate Britain)
  • Professor Wendy Larner (School of Geography, University of Bristol)
  • Professor Phil Crang ( Department of Geography, RHUL).

Programme details:

As you will see from the timetable registration opens at 2pm on Wednesday 23rd June and the conference programme starts at 3pm with a welcome before launching straight into the first of the paper sessions. We continue with two strands of parallel sessions during Thursday and Friday, ending at 4pm on Friday.

Between the paper sessions there are also a series of keynotes, activities and events. This includes a free reception on Wednesday evening and a conference dinner on Thursday evening. There will be a charge for the latter but the venue (TBC) will be flexible in terms of cost and will allow people to  eat and/or drink. If you intend to come it would be helpful if you could RSVP for these two evening events, especially the reception on Wednesday evening as we need to know numbers for catering.

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