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'Reset' & 'Red Creative': Two presentations from Justin O'Connor

We're delighted to be joined this month by Justin O'Connor, Professor of Cultural Economy at the University of South Australia, for two in-person research events.

On Thursday February 22nd at 4pm in FAB 2.43, Professor O'Connor will present 'Reset: Art and Culture in the Interregum' based on work that has emerged from the Adelaide-based Reset Arts and Culture collaboration, reflecting on the cultural sector's post-pandemic life.

On Friday February 23rd at 3pm in FAB 5.01, Professor O'Connor will present 'Red Creative: China's Cultural Reforms'.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mon 14 Feb 2022, 14:09 | Tags: Research Seminars, Events, News, International, Research news, Students

Amphibious Screens - Seminar Series 2022

The Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies has secured research development funding to create and host four interntional research seminars to build a transnational network of research seminars of collaboration between researchers from the UK, USA, Finland, Iceland and Italy. Researchers of film, television and screen cultures and environmental sciences will discuss with industry professionals and regional environmental sectors the subject of sustainable screen production in water-based locations.

Wed 26 Jan 2022, 14:02 | Tags: Research Seminars, Events, International, Research news, Industry, Online

Seminar - Joint Sociology/Centre for Cultural & Media Policy Studies

The rise of the ‘neo-precariat’? The emerging precarious challenges for and responses of formal creative labour in advertising and public relations industries

Dr. Tommy Tse, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong

Wednesday 7th November, IAS, Millburn House, 13:00-14:30.

In view of the changing state of the creative workforce, this presentation reworks the traditional concept of precarity as a habituated (rather than contingent) state, to explore the diversity of precarisation processes in the creative sector. In doing so it critiques Standing’s (2016) theorisation of the ‘precariat’ as a ‘class-in-the-making’, based on an increasingly temporary employment status and lacking seven forms of labour-related security. The term ‘neo-precarity’ is coined to describe the emerging, normalising perceptions of insecurity among full-time creative labourers. Theoretically, this study identifies the drivers and patterns of three new forms of neo-precarious experience and their derived anxieties and dissatisfactions. Empirically, it demonstrates how technologisation, intergenerational conflicts and the disempowerment of creativity constitute various forms of perceived insecurity among creative workers, including professional status and job status insecurity. The findings illustrate how interactions of Hong Kong public relations and advertising workers with the environmental context, institutional and organisational factors, and multiple actors are reshaping their definitions of career, career success and self-actualisation. Rather than a unique hallmark for non-standard workers, I argue that precarity should be reconceptualised as inherent to—in different degrees—all labour-capital relationships.

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