The University of Newcastle's Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is proud to present Professor Justin O'Connor from Monash University

The value of nothing: Aesthetics, Culture, Creativity

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 04:00 pm — Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 05:00 pm

Location UNH4.16, Fourth Floor, University House, Corner Auckland and King Street, Newcastle NSW
Contact Tracy Redhead +61 4921 8948
RSVP Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Professor Justin O'ConnorThe Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is proud to present a free public lecture with Professor Justin O'Connor from Monash University, as part of an exciting research seminar series featuring cutting-edge research and creative perspectives on social and aesthetic issues. 

O'Connor will look at current debates around the creative industries and their role in urban and national economies. 

He suggests that we are living through a major crisis of value that relates to the wider social and political transformations of the last forty years. This debate has been predominantly conducted through the terms 'culture' and 'economy', but O'Connor shows how aesthetics is also crucial to this discussion in a range of often unspoken ways.

This one hour talk will be followed by a networking opportunity (5:00pm to 6:00pm). 


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About the Speaker

Justin O'Connor is a Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy at Monash University and a major international thinker on cultural economies, urban revival and the integration of cultural and economic values.

Until 2012, he was Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology and visiting Chair, Department of Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University. From 2006 to 2008, he was Professor of Cultural Industries at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, and between 1995 and 2006 he was Director of Manchester Institute for Popular Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He has published over 100 books, papers, chapters and reports in the field of cultural and creative industries, arts and cultural policy, urban cultures and popular music. He is currently finishing a book for Sage After Creative Industries, is working on a joint book on Cultural Economy in the New Shanghai(Routledge), and co-editing The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries.

O'Connor is the lead investigator the ARC LP grant: 'Soft Infrastructure, New Media and Creative Clusters: Developing Capacity in China and Australia' with Shanghai Jiatong University and a co-investigator with colleagues on the ARC LP 'Creating the Bilbao effect: MONA and the social and cultural coordinates of urban regeneration through arts tourism looking at the social, cultural and economic effects of MONA on Hobart'.

He is currently one of 20 international experts appointed under the UNESCO/EU Technical Assistance Programme in support of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. He is working with Mauritius to develop a national cultural industries strategy and Barbados on developing a program on cultural entrepreneurship.


Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is an interdisciplinary research group located within the School of Creative Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle. CeCAR brings together national and international researchers in the creative arts, humanities, sciences, health and social sciences with external collaborators in the community, industry, other universities and institutes.

CIRIC Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster

This event is proudly supported by the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster

The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster (CIRIC) intends to strengthen multi and interdisciplinary research and enhance knowledge transfer capability in the Creative Industries specifically within the Central Coast and Hunter regions.

For more information about the Cluster, visit