When: at 10AM
Prof Justin O’Connor
Why Australia needs a cultural policy.
Australia is surrounded by a world in transformation but is refusing to face up to it. Neo-liberalism is collapsing around us. Manufacturing and mining are in decline, with agriculture a minor sector. Culture has, at the federal level, been reduced to a rump of state-funded elite arts happy to see their poorer colleagues go under. Justin will propose a way for culture to articulate a new sense of the change beyond ‘disruptive innovation’, and allow us to reimagine the future.
When: at 4PM
Prof Justin O’Connor, Carolyn Curtis, Jane Mussared, Dr David Panter, Dr Amrita Malhi
Australian identity in the Asian century.
As Australia’s national interests become increasingly bound up with the future of Asia, it seems a good time to examine how comfortable we really are with cultural diversity. How do contemporary policies hold up as Australia becomes increasingly diverse, and more integrated in a transforming, region?
When: at 12:45PM
Prof Justin O’Connor, Carolyn Curtis, Jane Mussared, Dr David Panter, Dr Amrita Malhi, Greg Mackie, Phillip Adams, Rebecca Evans, Prof John Long, Dr Paul Willis
Cultural institutions such as museums and galleries are both repositories and exhibitors of our cultural heritage. They are also hotbeds of active research and immensely popular attractions. But how should they operate in a future with changing cultural and economic values? How will our institutions be valued by the next generation, steeped in digital experience?
When: at 3:45PM
Prof Justin O’Connor, Carolyn Curtis, Jane Mussared, Dr David Panter, Dr Amrita Malhi, Greg Mackie, Phillip Adams, Rebecca Evans, Prof John Long, Dr Paul Willis, Rebecca Evans, Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Justin O’Connor
What is culture worth? Can we put a price on it? Should we? And if we do, what are the consequences for artists and the so-called creative industries? From economic policy to the cultural sector, what does it take to survive in the arts today?