More than 25 years after being introduced to the world by British policymakers, Creative Industries continues to fascinate. As a conceptual and empirical object, scholars from several disciplines have produced a healthy body of literature that has both permeated mainstream academic journals and given rise to many specialized others. As an economic sector, many jurisdictions remain engaged in crafting policies to attract and support them, aware of what creative industries entail in terms of jobs, growth, and reputation.
During that time, we have heard promises about the creative industries’ potential and witnessed tangible achievements, but also experienced disillusions and failed expectations. We have seen robust growth for some, enhanced cultural expression and thriving ecosystems, yet also rampant inequality, gentrification and precarity. Today’s literature reflects this ambivalence and makes for uncertain ways forward. In this mix of praise and criticism, we see a field mature enough to be assessed for what it is (or is not), but also still emerging enough and ever evolving to be steered towards what it should /could be.
These tensions provide the foundations for the De Gruyter Handbook of Creative Industries. We welcome proposals for contributions from multiple perspectives, including (but not limited to) management, cultural studies, economic geography, sociology and communication, and ranging from historical perspectives, current issues and emerging debates. Specifically, we are seeking 400-500 words abstracts by December 15th 2023.
Abstracts should include a description of the principal topic and expected contribution, in addition to author(s)’ information as well as up to 5 keywords (cf. call for chapters).
Louis-Etienne Dubois (corresponding co-editor)
Toronto Metropolitan University