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Culture and creativity in the age of globalization:
A study on the interactions between the cultural policy and artistic creativity

Description of the project

This project explores alternative ways of articulating the relations between public policies and culture, focusing on the interactions between the cultural policy and artistic creativity in the new context of the cultural globalization and the creative imperative.

It attempts to put forward a new conceptual framework for the understanding of contemporary cultural policy debates and processes, by taking into account the philosophical problems they raise – as the roles of national cultures in relation to global cultures and the roles that the arts play or could play in society and in the life of individuals – and examining from a philosophical view point the uses of concepts in this sphere: culture, art, artist, creativity, creative subject, creative class, creative city, creative society. The analysis and evaluation of main models of cultural policies will permit to clarify the relations between the founding values of cultural policy and its effectiveness, and to understand how institutional conditions and various types of support influence the creative processes, both at individual and social collective dimension.

At the same time, the project attempts to evaluate the impact of artistic creativity on the contemporary frames of social experience, to establish the most appropriate ways of promoting artistic creativity and to imagine new roles for artists in a creative society. By exploring the artistic sources of creative activity in the post-industrial society, we will offer arguments for a more inclusive and effective cultural policy, able to confront the challenges raised by cultural globalization.

On this basis, we can formulate a new theoretical model of the cultural action, reframing it from defensive policies to creativity policies. Methodologically, we will develop and use approaches of a comparative nature, which are cross-cutting problem-oriented rather than country-bounded, and crossing the frontiers of philosophy and sociology of culture.