Applied cultural studies : why now?

Ching-kiu Stephen CHAN

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At the Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development (KFCRD) Programme, the designated focus area in Applied Cultural Studies research has in-built capacity for long-term growth as locally significant cultural imperatives change for communities, policymakers, and scholars alike in Hong Kong. Associated with the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, we have focused on education in culture and creativity in our collective attempt to map and rebuild cultural and creative communities, set as our strategic target conceived within the regional context in dialogue with other Asian imperatives. Specifically we are concerned with the applied, contextually pragmatic work in contemporary projects that aim to: (1) investigate the conditions for enhancing broad community participation in cultural and creative life, with special reference to education and training; and (2) collaborate with cultural and creative groups (especially, but not only artists) in order to promote the sustainability of their efforts, the enrichment of the wider social networks in which they participate, and, finally, the creation of community-based solutions to cultural policy and educational problems. In this paper, I shall draw on KFCRD's current work with schools and arts organizations to show how applied research of this kind may have the added benefit to the academic and local community alike of identifying key issues for future cultural research. I shall also discuss (i) the condition for registering new knowledge of cultural practices in Hong Kong, China and the region, and (ii) the critical evaluations of, and emergent models for, the disciplinary development of cultural studies thus conceived. With such an emphasis, it is expected that our work would shed light on research training, theoretical debate, and policy discussion for the growth of the discipline.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2010
Event8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference - Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Duration: 17 Jun 201021 Jun 2010 (Event link)


Conference8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityTuen Mun
OtherThe 8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference will be held in Hong Kong during June 17 – 21, 2010. Hosted by Lingnan University and organized by its Department of Cultural Studies and Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, this is the first Crossroads Conference to be held in East Asia.

Started in 1996 in Tampere, Finland, the Crossroads Conferences were to fill what was felt to be a gap in the international cultural studies community. Since then it had become one of the most important international conferences in cultural studies where scholars from all five continents get together to exchange their scholarly insights as well as to get in touch with different cultures. Organized by the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS), Crossroads conference is now held every two years in different parts of the world: Birmingham in UK, Illinois in US, Istanbul in Turkey and Kingston in Jamaica.
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