'Alternative' economics lecture puts the creative industries in the spotlight

Published: 27 June 2008 at 14:12

Senior lecturer looks at whether the cultural sector is the new ICT in terms of securing economic growth, employment and export earnings

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As part of the ongoing Anglia Ruskin University 150 year anniversary programme of events, there will be a public lecture by Professor Nicholas Garnham from Westminster University which looks at how ‘symbolic’ or ‘immaterial’ arts and entertainment goods and services fit into the mainstream economy; and how the cultural sector has evolved and is now adapting to face the future. 


The Ashcroft International Business School lecture, entitled ‘From cultural to creative industries: the political economy of the cultural industries and cultural policy’, is on Thursday 3 July from 5.00pm to 6.30 at the Mumford Theatre.  It is included as part of the introduction to a wider conference - the 10th Anniversary Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE), 4-6 July, 2008.


The AHE is the principal world forum encouraging and supporting pluralism in economics with participants from nearly 30 countries expected at the conference which this year has a predominantly ‘green’ or ecological theme. 

In ten years the AHE has established a reputation as a major national and international forum for the discussion of alternatives to mainstream economics, and for the interdisciplinary and pluralistic nature of its discussions. At this conference, the delegates will be looking at the state of economic heterodoxy and pluralism, and the relation between them; and at environmental and ecological economics.

Presenters will examine issues or deploy approaches neglected by the current orthodoxy; and to further develop the critique - and the defence - of the neo-classical orthodoxy. Discussion and debate, amongst participants from such diverse traditions as Post-Keynesian, Austrian, Institutionalist, Evolutionary Economics, Neo-Schumpeterian, Sraffian, Marxist, Feminist and neoclassical economics, contribute towards opening up the discipline of economics.

The issues examined will include ecological and environmental economics, green economics, sustainable development, globalisation and international trade, poverty, finance, technology studies, monetary theory and policy, banking and financial institutions and so on. These are addressed by presenters from the fields of economic development, transition economics, applied microeconomics, economic history, history of economic thought, and methodology and philosophy of economics, as well as researchers working in interdisciplinary areas at the borders of economics with cognate disciplines such as sociology, psychology, political science, philosophy and management.

Speaking about the public lecture as a fitting lead into this year’s conference, Dr. Ioana Negru from Anglia Ruskin University’s Ashcroft International Business School, said:

“This lecture will appeal to everyone involved in the creative industries sector. It is intended to help open the minds of business leaders and policy makers to the way in which the sector should develop in the future for the benefit of its employers, employees and, ultimately, consumers.”

“Cambridge is noted for its creativity, culture and innovation which is why we want as many individuals from the city as possible to engage with us as we look at alternative methods of economic thinking.”

“We look forward to this 10th Anniversary Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics. The international character of the conference has been a vital factor in its growing success and we are delighted to be celebrating the first ten years during the University’s 150 year anniversary celebrations.”

For further information on the lecture and or conference contact, enquiriesBDO@anglia.ac.uk or www.anglia.ac.uk