"'After the Ball.' Post-Celtic Tiger cultural productions and practices" December 2 & 3, 2011

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University of Caen, France

The impact of the Celtic Tiger and the following recession on cultural creation and practices opens a new area of investigation for scholars in cultural history, cultural economy, sociology, art history and media studies.
At conferences and advocacy events, the Irish Arts Council, Department of Culture and cultural policy-makers directed considerable efforts to reach out to public opinion, tourists, companies and the Irish diaspora to raise awareness about the economic dimension of culture in the country. Culture indeed generates wealth and employment, and cutting public funding of culture would have negative consequences on the economy. The economic justification has dominated cultural discourse over the past few years, so that the cultural process, ie artistic creation and reception by the public have been almost totally excluded from public debate. The Arts Council is only just beginning to investigate the living conditions of artists and the social bonding potential of culture. Social sciences are also beginning to research cultural practices.
The comparison with Northern Ireland will be welcome. The impact of the recession on cultural funding and creation may be compared with the situation in the Republic. Another « after » is also to be investigated, through the impact of the Good Friday Agreement on cultural practices and productions and the effective community bonding that has taken place as a result of Northern Irish cultural policy.
Culture will be understood broadly, including not only the arts and formal cultural practices such as the attendance of cultural institutions but also cultural industries, and generally, as is the case in the English-speaking world, all modes of expression which are codified—design, fashion and culinary arts which are the multi-sensorial translation offered in daily communion of a new, more sophisticated and cosmopolitan self-perception on the part of the Irish.
What remains after the ball? What trends do we see emerging in terms of productions and practices? Papers may cover the following topics:
- Perceptions of actual or putative prosperity of cultural sectors
- Contemporary artistic creation: literature, music, cinema, architecture etc.
- Cultural institutions : attendance, evolutions of museography
- Cultural tourism, festivals, marketing strategies
- Cultural industries
- Formal or informal cultural practices (purchase of commercial cultural goods)
- Media (broadcasting, the press, the internet) as a critical space
Proposals to be submitted to Alexandra Slaby (alexandra.slaby@unicaen.fr) by June 15, 2011.