Critique, Creativity, Innovation
This project focuses on the exchanges between critique and creativity, which during the long eighteenth-century become the dominant modes of modern thinking, through which our sense of ourselves and our transactions with the world are in large part shaped. It uses this historical context to provide a rich pre-history of the present - recontextualising and in so doing defamiliarising terms often taken for granted. On the one hand: 'knowledge economy'; 'creative economy' (Landry, Florida, et al); 'entrepreneur' (Schumpeter); 'creative class', and 'creative institutions', amongst many others. And, on the other hand, reason, context, truth, objectivity, suspicion, but also regimes of truth, instrumental reason, artificial intelligence, and so on.
Our key terms are crucial to the traditional humanities, such as literary studies, theatre studies, art history, and philosophy, where they define the objects and methodologies of these disciplines - in particular through the notion of the Human. They reappear again in newer academic disciplinary-formations, such as creative writing, creative arts, screen studies, cultural studies, and arts management, which engage more pragmatically with the contemporary, through notions of creative economies and creative industries. And, of course, a wide range of cognate terms play key roles and have long histories in non-European cultures, which push us to see European understandings of these terms in new light.
In this context, 'Critique, Creativity, Innovation' proceeds from the following assumptions. First, that the old, new, and non-European humanities can learn a lot by collaborating with each other. Second, that this constellation of disciplines makes it possible to engage with developments that are transforming understandings of both critique and creativity - in business, neurobiology, politics, and education. And third, that with these collaborations and engagements we will be able productively to participate in contemporary debates about identity, education, knowledge, entrepreneurship, and the humanities, where the question at the centre of this theme can be answered, namely 'What can we make of critique and creativity today?'
Professor Peter Otto (The University of Melbourne)
Associate Professor Clara Tuite (The University of Melbourne)
Image: J. M. W. Turner. Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway 1844 (detail) Turner Bequest, 1856 National Gallery, London CC PD-US
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