[csaa-forum] Public Seminar - ‘Being in the Zone’ of Cultural Work, UniSA, Adelaide
Susan.Luckman at unisa.edu.au
Tue Apr 16 16:53:29 CST 2013
The School of Communication, International Studies and Languages would like to invite you to a Public Seminar by Mark Banks on ‘Being in the Zone’ of Cultural Work.
Tuesday 30 April 2013
3.00pm – 5.00pm
C1-60, Building C
University of South Australia, Magill campus
St Bernards Road, Magill SA
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Public Seminar Abstract
In advanced capitalist societies, workers are increasingly encouraged to offer the full, productive capabilities of their unconscious bodies. This form of surrender involves the immersive, kinaesthetic engagement of the worker into the productive tasks demanded. Of course, labour – particularly in its idealised, craft forms – has always required some surrender to the beat and rhythm of the task in hand, a kind of necessary detachment from exteriority, sufficient for the very best or most rewarding work to be done. But today – especially across the kinds of cultural and creative industries work – workers appear required to inhabit or even become one’s job, regardless of any intrinsic virtues or qualities it might possess.
In its more affirmative versions, there is a recurrent theme or idea that captures that special moment of perfect synthesis between worker and the work – the moment of ‘being in the zone’.
This seminar by Mark Banks will explore what this ‘zone’ is and examine ‘being in the zone’ from a more critical and sociological perspective.
Mark Banks is Reader in the Department of Sociology at The Open University, UK, and a member of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). He is the author of The Politics of Cultural Work (2007) and co-editor (with Rosalind Gill and Stephanie Taylor) of Theorizing Cultural Work (2013), and has written extensively on work in the cultural and creative industries, cultural policy and cultural value – most recently in relation to craft workers, artists and jazz musicians.
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