Moral Economies of Creative Labour

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July 2011



A two day conference at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Organised by The Media Industries Research Centre, ICS, Leeds and Sociology/The Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, The Open University.

Keynote lectures

  • Hard Jobs in Hollywood: How Concentration in Distribution Affects the Production Side of the Media Entertainment Industry by Susan Christopherson (author of Remaking Regional Economies (with Jennifer Clark) and numerous publications on creative economies);
  • Bringing ethics back in: cultural production as a practice by Russell Keat (author of the classic text Cultural Goods and the Limits of the Market);
  • Creative work: problems for moral economy by Andrew Sayer (author of, amongst other books, the forthcoming Why Things Matter to People: Social Science, Values and Ethical Life and co-editor of Culture and Economy after the Cultural Turn).

Plenary panel

  • Labour politics and the state of exception by Melissa Gregg (author of Cultural Studies’ Affective Voices and Work’s Intimacies);
  • Free creative labour and exploitation by David Hesmondhalgh (author of The Cultural Industriesand (with Sarah Baker) Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries);
  • Living on performance by Philip Schlesinger (Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow and author of numerous books and articles on the media industries);