T02P32 - Cultural Policy: Local/National/Regional/Global

Topic : Comparative Public Policy

Panel Chair : Su Fern Hoe - sfhoe@smu.edu.sg

Panel Second Chair : Julian Meyrick - julian.meyrick@flinders.edu.au

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

All across the world, culture is identified as a distinct domain of public policy. Today, cultural policy operates at multiple levels: in the global circulation of policy buzzwords and trends; in national discourses on culture and cultural production; in the implementation of cultural programmes at different echelons of government; in the activities and regulation of cultural institutions; in the practices of cultural intermediaries; and in the local, on-the-ground appropriations and resistances by cultural practitioners themselves. At the transnational level, there has been a proliferation of policy-making processes, beyond but also overlapping with traditional nation-state policy-making processes. If anything, the relationship between culture and policy has become more complex and dynamic than ever.

This panel explores how contemporary regimes of policy governance impact the arts and cultural sectors. It brings together scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines and backgrounds, to problematize current methodological and theoretical paradigms, and provide new insights into the key structures, orientations, mechanics and practicalities of cultural policy today. Ultimately it aims to advance cultural policy research by exploring new sets of references and approaches.

Call for papers

We invite papers on the following topics:

  1. Comparative cultural policy: We invite papers, either case-study-oriented or variables-oriented, cross-national, cross-cultural, relational, historical, socio-economic, or between geographical areas or institutional arrangements and partnerships. We also welcome papers that identify and interrogate the influence of global trends and paradigms on the constitution, character and effectiveness of local cultural policy. Papers that look beyond the Anglophone and European contexts will be preferred.
  2. Processes of cultural policy-making: We welcome papers that focus on the processes of cultural policy-making, including agenda-setting, design, decision-making, implementation and evaluation. We are also interested in papers that investigate how policy actors and cultural practitioners navigate the challenges put forward by cultural policy and its regulatory regimes.
  3. Practice-oriented research on cultural policy: We invite practice-led and practice-based submissions that critically articulate and examine the role of cultural policy. These may include, but are not limited to engage critiques of the values, beliefs and priorities of cultural policy, localised models of cultural policy formulation and/or intervention, and the practices of intermediaries that navigate between culture, policy and industry. We particularly invite creative analyses and responses that problematize and re-examine traditional notions of cultural policy.




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