Rustom Bharucha's recommended readings on the Creative Economy to be discussed during the conference


Below you can a list of reading materials for the Fluid States conference in New Delhi, India, Rethinking Labor and the Creative Economy: Global Performative Perspectives, collated by its director and curator Rustom Bharucha.


Primary points of reference for the conference include:

Special issue on PRECARITY AND PERFORMANCE, edited by Nicholas Ridout and Rebecca Schneider, The Drama Review, Vol. 56, No. 4, Winter 2012. (All articles available online on Project Muse.)

Special issue ON LABOUR AND PERFORMANCE, edited by Gabriele Klein and Bojana Kunst, Performance Research, Vol. 17, Issue 6, 2012. (Abstracts of articles available online.)

The UN Creative Economy Report 2013 This document will provide a critical reference point for the discussion on the ‘creative economy’ in the conference.


Policy documents and creative economy in India:

Florida R (2002) The Rise of the Creative Class. New York: Basic Books

Florida, Richard. 2006. "Let’s Get Creative." in The Times of India. New Delhi. 

Understanding India Cities

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The Hindu (2011) Creative economy and development

Sethi R (2005) Towards a national policy. Seminar 553


Critical texts on creative economy:

Ross A (2009) Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times. New York: New York University Press

Cunningham S (2009) Trojan horse or Rorschach blot? Creative industries discourse around the world. International Journal of Cultural Policy 15:375-386

Tremblay, G (2011) Creative statistics to support creative economy politics. Media, Culture & Society 33: 289-298 

Harvey D (2001) The art of rent. In id. Spaces of Capital (pp394-411). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Yudice, G. The expediency of culture. Durham: Duke University Press. 

Dia Da Costa, 2014. 'Cruel Pessimism and Waiting for Belonging: Towards a Global Political Economy of Affect' in Cultural Studies. 


Other related readings:

Berlant L (2011) Cruel Optimism. Durham: Duke University Press

Massumi, Brian. 2002. Parables for the Virtual. Durham: Duke University Press. 

The Affect Theory Reader, edited by G. J. Seigworth and M. Gregg. Durham: Duke University Press.

Lauren Berlant's blog

David Harvey's website on Reading Capital

On immaterial labour (including writings by Maurizio Lazzarato) in addition to Antonio Negri and Paolo Virno

Ephemera Journal: Issue on immaterial and affective labour

Lazzarato's "Immaterial Labour"


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