Politics

Productive Nation? Museums, Cultural Policy and Australia’s Productivity Narrative

This article traces the emergence of productivity as a central theme in Australia’s national cultural policy

Arts and culture were given money in South Africa’s budget. Why it matters

The greater cultural economy employs 6.94% of the national workforce. It generates one million jobs.

Like a Fraction of Some Bigger Place—The “Creative Industries” in a Peripheral Zone

What specific challenges are facing “creative” producers in peripheral zones?

Why tech giants have little to lose (and lots to win) from new EU copyright law

The Copyright Directive may ensure the current crop of tech giants retain their dominant position for a long time, possibly forever

Cuts and restructures send alarm through South Australia’s arts sector

The arts have long been championed in SA, but in recent years the sector has started to stagnate

Why outer suburbs lack inner city’s ‘third places’: a partial defence of the hipster

Outer suburbs are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of life stage, ethnicity, culture and employment type

Why hipsters could be seen as modern-day colonisers

They appear progressive, but they actually demonstrate some parallels with the practices and ideologies of the settler-colonialism of earlier centuries

In censoring a ‘Queer Museum,’ Brazil edges closer to authoritarianism

The combination of unfettered sex and art is often a focal point for authoritarian regimes