Creativity and Innovation: Perspectives from the Sociology of Art

Monday, 11 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 14 (Juridicum)
RC37 Sociology of Arts (host committee)

Language: English

Creativity and innovation are buzzwords that, in the early part of the 21st century, have been adopted by governments, corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, nations, cities, communities, and civic groups. Today, no one seems to be against creativity and innovation. But what do we mean by creativity and innovation and what kinds of perspectives can sociologists of art and culture bring to these topics? Presenters might want to address the following: 

  • What does artistic creativity teach us about creativity in fields like the economy, organizational or city life? 
  • Is creativity about process or final results, distinct occupational groups or a generalized capacity of a society? 
  • Since the arts are not overly given to quantifiable measures of progress what does innovation mean in the sphere of aesthetic symbols and cultural production? 
  • Is innovation the same thing as novelty and how do we distinguish between avant-gardism and fashion? 
  • And, if we are living in the knowledge economy – as some claim – what role does/should art and culture play within that socio-economic mode of organization? 

Proposals on other related topics are also welcome. Feel free to run ideas past the session convenor.

Session Organizer:
Eduardo DE LA FUENTE, James Cook University, Australia
The Interplay of Various Forms of Artistic Knowing
Tasos ZEMBYLAS, Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, Austria
Cultural Resonance and Creativity Processes
Arturo RODRIGUEZ MORATO, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; Matias ZARLENGA, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
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