South African Cultural Observatory

SACO to explore the future of work in the creative economy

BY 23.11.17

THE creative and cultural industries, along with the arts, culture and heritage sectors, are positioned to play a powerful role in shaping, framing, communicating and influencing the future of work as we know it.

This is according to the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) who will be exploring the future of work in the creative economy in their upcoming conference in March.

“The critical role that arts and creativity will play in the future of work is gaining momentum and the impact of ‘creativity capital’ in today’s thriving economies is set to become even more influential as we progress into the future,” SACO Chief Executive Professor Richard Haines said.

The World Economic Forum has recently suggested that by 2020, creative thinking will be third on the list of the most important skills needed to survive and thrive in the global economy. This means that now, more than ever before, the creative economy needs to be considered a powerful addition to the world of work as we know it.

“As people look to improve and transform ways to advance and maintain socio-economic development, the role of creativity in shaping, framing, communicating and influencing economic and related occupational changes is becoming increasingly pertinent.

“The 2018 SACO conference, with the theme, ‘Beyond the Creative Economy? Trends and Issues in National and Regional Economies,’ will provide an important platform to deepen discussions on what work and the future of the creative economy could and should look like,” Haines added.

Together with discussions around the future of creative work, the conference is set to explore a range of related sub-themes, including:

  • Re-visioning the Creative Economy;
  • Funding Arts, Culture and Heritage: Current Concerns and New Options;
  • Culture & the Creative Economy: Area Studies;
  • Cultural Policy in the Age of Neo-Liberalism: Theories and Applications;
  • Popular Culture and the Creative Economy; and
  • Cultural Rights and Participation
  • Charting the Creative Economy: Past, Present and Future.

“The call for papers for the 2018 SACO conference has opened and we are looking forward to receiving local, national and international abstracts which highlight current research into the creative economy and which will encourage debate around roles, trends and challenges facing the arts, culture and heritage sectors and the creative industries,” Haines said.

The Conference is scheduled to take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 7 and 8 March 2018. The standard rate for the conference is R750.00. Registration for the conference is now open.

This is the SACO’s third national conference since it was established in 2014 by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to advance research in the field of cultural information systems. SACO is hosted by Nelson Mandela University, in partnership with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare.

Standard Conference Rates

Package

Price

Deadline

Early bird registration

R500

12 January 2018

Standard Price

R750

15 February 2018

Student Conference Rates

Package

Price

Deadline

Early bird registration

R350

12 January 2018

Standard Price

R500

15 February 2018

 

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