TS Cultural Industries

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode LJX047B05
Vaknaam TS Cultural Industries
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
Rooster Rooster onder voorbehoud

Uitgebreide vaknaam Theory Seminar Cultural Industries
Leerdoelen 1. To name, explain and critique key theoretical concepts pertaining to cultural and creative labour in the digital age.
2. To design and construct an essay that engages with theoretical concepts discussed during
the course.
3. To give an oral presentation on a given week’s theme, based on required and additional
4. To generate mindmaps displaying the main arguments and ideas of an assigned theoretical text.
5. To provide feedback on other student’s work.
Omschrijving “Creative labor occupies a highly contradictory position in modern, global, “knowledgebased”
economies. On the one hand, companies have to balance their insatiable need for a stream of innovative ideas with the equally strong imperative to gain control over intellectual
property and manage a creative workforce. On the other, creative workers have to find a balance between the urge for self-expression and recognition and the need to earn a living. The interplay between these antagonistic imperatives produces a complex set of relations,
encompassing a variety of forms both of collusion and of conflict between managers, clients, and workers, with each action provoking a counterreaction in a dynamic movement that resembles an elaborate minuet, in which some steps follow formal conventions but new moves are constantly being invented.” (Ursala Huws, Labor in the Global Digital Economy, p. 101).

In this course, we will examine the ‘elaborate minuet’ of working in the cultual industries through the concepts of ‘alienation’, ‘autonomy’, ‘self-realisation’, ‘emotional/affective labour’, and ‘self-exploitation’. We will pay particular attention to the following questions:
- What are the conditions and experiences of workers in the cultural industries?
- How are tensions between commerce and creativity experienced and expressed?
- What is ‘good’ work and how can we find meaning in work?

This course will lay the theoretical foundations for the empirical study of cultural and creative labour in the follow-up Research Seminar.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator R. Prey, PhD.
Docent(en) R. Prey, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Creative labour: Media work in three cultural industries. Hesmondhalgh, D., & Baker, S. 0415572606
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ba Media Studies  (Cultural Industries) 2 semester II a verplicht
Ba Media Studies  (Pre-master Media Creation and Innovation) 3 semester II a verplicht