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Seminar: “The Politics of Cultural Work: Inequality, Entrepreneurialism and Precarity”

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Location: R3.25 - Ramphal

“The Politics of Cultural Work: Inequality, Entrepreneurialism and Precarity”
Christina Scharff (King’s College London)

Abstract:
Work in the cultural and creative industries is often described as fulfilling and deeply satisfying, but research has demonstrated that it’s also precarious and marked by ongoing inequalities along the lines of gender, race, and class. This presentation will draw on research on the classical music profession in Berlin and London to discuss and problematise three features of contemporary, creative labour: 1) the underpinning entrepreneurial work ethos, 2) ongoing inequalities, 3) and precariousness. In focusing on these dynamics, special attention will be paid to the dimensions of gender and subjectivity.

Speaker Bio:
Christina Scharff is Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Her research interests are in gender, media, and culture with a focus on engagements with feminism and the politics of creative work. Christina is author of Repudiating Feminism: Young Women in a Neoliberal World (Ashgate, 2012) and, most recently, Gender, Subjectivity, and Cultural Work: The Classical Music Profession (Routledge, 2018). She co-edited (with Rosalind Gill) the books New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism (with Ana Sofia Elias and Rosalind Gill) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); and Digital Feminisms: Transnational activism in German protest cultures (with Carrie Smith-Prei and Maria Stehle).

This event is free and open to all, with no advance registration required. It will be followed by a reception.

Useful Information:

  • For information on getting to the University of Warwick, see here.
  • You can find a map of campus here. The lecture will take place in the Ramphal building, which appears at the centre of the map.
  • The venue is wheelchair accessible with accessible, gender-neutral toilets nearby. If you face other access barriers or require more detailed accessibility information, please let us know so we can support your full participation.
  • We are unfortunately not able to offer childcare for this event, but babies and children are fully and warmly welcomed, and we will do our best to provide any amenities and adjustments necessary to support colleagues bringing babies or children.
  • If you have any questions or need special assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Elwyn (L.Elwyn@warwick.ac.uk)

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