Where and how does innovation happen? Who are the key actors that translate what has been done before into something different? And what is the role of face-to-face interaction, of conventions and of organizations in allowing (or blocking) for creativity to flourish? What is the role of networks in producing the diffusion of innovative cultural products and practices? Are there any particular social locations that favor the production of innovative cultural forms? Is it better to be in the core or in the periphery of a field? And what are the elements that have to be in place for inventive uses to develop? What are the new ways of doing that result from the destabilization of existing patterns thanks to technological disruption? And what is the relationship between copying and making something anew? Who are the actors benefited and which are the ones who suffer when innovation happens?
Over the last decade or so scholars of communication, sociology, anthropology and science studies have developed parallel lines of study that have explored the role of networks, actors, interaction, organizations and technology in fostering innovation in creative enterprises, but have nevertheless been less interested in engaging in conversation with one another. This event aims to foster fruitful interdisciplinary conversations about the emergence, evolution, and social and political impact of innovation in the creative sector. To this end, it will bring together scholars at various stages of career development and from various disciplinary backgrounds--from communication and sociology to management and anthropology. Moreover, these scholars will draw upon a spectrum of theoretical and methodological resources and focus on a wide array of objects of study.
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Have questions? Get in touch with the conference organizers, Claudio E. Benzecry & Pablo J. Boczkowski by email.