This informal interdisciplinary group intends to foster dialogue about the history, meaning and significance of non-professional cultural activity (and to interrogate those terms). In our first meeting, we shared research on different aspects of amateur practice, including amateur creativity in faith settings, amateur family photography, amateur folk dance and amateur theatre.
The second meeting of this informal forum will begin to address a surprising absence of theories of amateurism as social and cultural practice. Our topic is: ‘How might amateurism be conceptualised?’
We will be joined by visiting speakers: Hilary Geoghan, University of Reading; Stephen Knott, University of Kingston and Jonathan Gross, KCL and BBC Get Creative. To focus discussion, we invite you to read the following in advance:
Tim Edensor et al, 'Introduction: Rethinking Creativity: Critiquing the Creative Class Thesis’, in Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy (Routledge, 2010). It is available as an ebook and via Google Books.
You are welcome to post comments before or after the meeting on some shared Google Docs which can be accessed via the ’Thinking Forward’ tab after following the link above.
Date of meeting: Wednesday 9 November 2.00-5.00 pm
Venue: Department of Drama, RHUL, Rehearsal Studio 2
Perspectives from the 'Get Creative' Research Project - Jonathan Gross
How to Conceptualise the Amateur - Stephen Knott