The session is inspired from the 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 behaviours, 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 the value is based on novel imaginative qualities rather than the traditional resources of land, labour 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. 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. 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.