Hartley, J ~ From Cultural Studies to Cultural Science

Hartley, John
From Cultural Studies to Cultural Science

He is sad about the intellectual state of cultural studies (while he acknowledges that the institutional state is healthy). Cultural studies has lost its sense of provocation and going new ways. It is in the same situation economics was 100 years ago. Today it seems logical for cultural studies to use its (unexpected) closeness with evolutionary economics to become exciting and purposeful again.

“These preoccupations with social structure (class inequality), textuality (constructions of meaning), identity (the politics of the personal) and structural Marxism (base and superstructure) have driven cultural studies ever since. It retains a structuralist interest in systems (in which oppositions can be identified) rather than an evolutionary interest in ‘cumulative sequence’ and change. And it has modelled ‘macro’ change as exogenous not endogenous – it would come from revolution (external shock) not evolution (cumulative sequence).”

Explains the DCMS ‘creative industries’ mapping document from 1998, its downsides, upsides, and reactions to it from all over the world.

About the author

Woitek Konzal

Producer, Consultant, Lecturer & Researcher. I love working where technology meets media in novel ways. Once, I even won an Emmy for digital innovation doing that. Be it for a small but exciting campaign about underground electronic music collectives or for a monster project combining two movies, various 360° videos, 72 ARG-like mini puzzles, and a Unity game, all wrapped up in one cross-platform app – I have proven my ability to adapt to what is required. This passion for novel technologies has regularly allowed me to cross paths with tech startups – an industry and philosophy I am all set to engage with more. I intensely enjoy balancing out my practical work with academic research, teaching, and consulting. Also, I have a PhD in Creative Industries, a M.Sc. in Business Administration, and love to kitesurf.

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