Ben Eltham | The political economy of Australian cultural policy

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CPD Fellow, Ben Eltham will be joining Professor Nikolas Kompirdis at the University of Sydney this Thursday to deliver a paper on the political economy of Australian cultural policy as part of the Centre for Cultural Research Seminar Series.

Here’s a little more on what you can expect to hear about from Ben Eltham:

Drawing on the work of Vincent Mosco and other members of the political economy of communication school, this seminar examines some of the current issues in Australian cultural policy from the perspective of political economy. The author will give a thumbnail sketch of the various researchers and research programs that study Australian cultural policy. Why have public and media discourses about Australian cultural policy continued to be dominated by discussions of funding for performing arts institutions, while largely ignoring broader questions about media concentration, innovation policy, copyright law and the National Broadband Network? It will be argued that a political economy approach allows a number of disparate policy concerns to be examined synthetically and coherently from a position outside of the typical neoclassical position adopted by Australian public policymak-ers. Finally, in the spirit of political economy, the author’s own social and cultural activism will be briefly detailed, in particular his call to abolish the Australia Council for the Arts.

Ben Eltham is a researcher, writer, journalist and creative producer. His most recent publication was a chapter for the Centre for Policy Development’s book More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. This chapter, “Cultural policy in Australia”, co-written with Marcus Westbury, argues that Australia’s frag-mented cultural policy needs to move beyond its ‘funding paradigm’. Ben is currently completing his PhD at the University of West-ern Sydney’s Centre for Cultural Research.

Thursday April 14, 2011, 2pm – 4:30pm
Building EB, level 2, Room 21 (EB.2.21)
Parramatta Campus
Contact Greg Noble: g.noble(at)
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