*Conceptualizing and Re-Creating Creative Economic Spaces*

Circulated on behalf of Dr Anjan Sen

The session is inspired from amalgamation of two seminal works, the
classical work of Perroux (1950) on “economic space”, and contemporary work
of Howkins (2013) on “creative economy”.

Historically, both the classical, and the currently dominant and mainstream
Keynesian economic theories have conceptualized economies as a ‘space-less’
entity. Unlike physical geographic spaces, economic spaces are intangible,
invisible, and imperceptible. Economic space refers to the immaterial and
material system of coordinates and attractors that gives shape to how
people create and interact with economic values. Every platform, from
Facebook to the smallest of forums, creates a space, where people interact,
which in turn is contoured by the design of that space. Therefore, new
spaces create new behaviors, and through them new social ecosystems.

A creative economy is based on people’s use of their creative imagination
to increase an idea’s value. Howkins (2001) described economic systems,
where value is based on novel imaginative qualities rather than the
traditional resources of land, labor and capital. Howkins’ creativity-based
model includes all kinds of creativity, whether expressed in art or
innovation.  The term increasingly refers to all economic activity that
depends on a person’s individual creativity for its economic value whether
the result has a cultural element or not. In this usage, the creative
economy occurs wherever individual creativity is the main source of value
and the main cause of a transaction.

The session is seeking specific case-studies, attempting to conceptualize
and re-create creative economic spaces around the world.

Please send titles and abstracts (max. 250 words) to Dr. Anjan Sen (
dr.anjan...@gmail.com) by Monday, 22nd October 2018, with your IMIS ID /
PIN. I will respond about acceptance by Wednesday, 24th October 2018.

Selected References:
Perroux, F. (1950), “Economic Space: Theory and Applications”, The
Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 89-104, Oxford
University Press.
Howkins J. (2013), The Creative Economy: How People Make Money from Ideas,
Penguin, UK.

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