Studies in National and International Development


National and International Development

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Global cultural policy and the perils of development, 1967-1982

Date: Thursday January 18, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Sarah Brouillette, Professor of English, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Between 1967 and 1982 UNESCO organized dozens of meetings dedicated to discussion of cultural policy. These meetings were the first sustained attempt to think about how governments could and should be disposed toward cultural funding and administration. This talk argues that this rise of the cultural policy establishment is inseparable from worry about economic development and modernization. It was the pressing economic catastrophes of the era – oil, banking, Third-World debt – that directly shaped UNESCO’s turn toward culture as a prophylactic. But it was the permanent and ongoing crisis of integration of pre-capitalist enclaves into capitalist modernity that was the deeper source of the transformations that UNESCO sought to manage through its cultural programming. 

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Sarah Brouillette is Professor of English at Carleton University, where she teaches contemporary literature, the history of the book, and social and cultural theory. She is the author of Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace (2007), Literature and the Creative Economy (2014), and a forthcoming study of the history of cultural policy.