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When the value of culture is being challenged

Abstract : My work focuses on the notion and category of creativity. In the past, I have observed how this category is employed and handled in the private sector, and I am now interested in how it appears to be used in the production of public policies, notably cultural public policy. To say it simply, my research intends to explore the idea of a transition from what we've been calling since the 1950s "cultural policies", to what, after the years 2000, appears to be called more and more, "policies for creativity". As a matter of fact, the European program for the financing of arts and culture , which constitute the main object of my PhD thesis, has been baptized in 2013, Creative Europe. So for more than a year now, my reflection has been built around two intertwined questions, which are: first, why, since the beginning of 2000, do culture and cultural policies seem to be progressively redefined around the category of creativity? And mostly, how does the import of this category contribute to modifying the production and management of cultural policies as well as the financing of culture? In order to answer these questions, I had the idea to look into indicators, frameworks and models produced and used by European institutions as they fabricate and manage European cultural polities. Indeed, European institutions spend a lot of time formulating and selecting indicators, statistical frameworks and theoretical models to define and evaluate culture. Started in the 1960s, the production of these tools kept developing, evolving and contradicting itself till today. And this is the reason why the answer to both of my questions is deeply linked to the topic of valuation and evaluation. Because those successive developments and contradictions in the
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Mehdi Arfaoui. When the value of culture is being challenged. Valuation and Evaluation, Dec 2015, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02559315⟩



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