The 2018 conference takes place May 31 - June 2, 2018 in Houston, TX hosted by the University of Houston and the University of Houston - Downtown.
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Saturday, June 2 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
The 90 Minute Book Club: Multiple Economies

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Do you remember that heady graduate seminar you just loved as a student because you could discuss compelling readings about big important topics? Ideas flowing freely, you were able to make connections between the theory you were reading and your own professional, artistic, or scholarly practice? Wouldn’t you like to reclaim that level of intellectual engagement, even if for only 90 minutes? This session will provide that opportunity. Ten to fifteen participants will read a curated selection of texts before the conference and then gather in person to discuss the big and complex questions within those readings: What are the institutional logics of capitalism that inform and define the current structures of the arts and culture sector (e.g., nonprofit arts organizations, commercial galleries, etc)? What other logics are at work in artistic practice, creative exchange, and aesthetic experience? If we applied different logics and looked through different lenses, what alternative structures might we see?

  • Brown, Wendy. Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2015.
    • Read Chapter 1: “Undoing Democracy: Neoliberalism’s Remaking of State and Subject”
  • Klamer, Arjo. Doing the Right Thing: A Value Based Economy. London: Ubiquity Press, 2017.
  • Lourde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Reprint edition. Berkeley, Calif: Crossing Press, 2007.
  • Sharpe, Bill. Economies of Life: Patterns of Health and Wealth. Fife, Scotland: Triarchy Press Ltd, 2010.

  • Avent, Ryan. The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-First Century. New York, N.Y: St. Martin’s Press, 2016.
    • We especially recommend the second half of the book, chapters 7-12

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Linda Essig

Arizona State University
Professor and Director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Proud to serve on the AAAE Board of Directors.
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Andrew Taylor

Associate Professor, American University
Andrew Taylor thinks (a bit too much) about organizational structure, strategy, and management practice in the nonprofit arts. An Associate Professor of Arts Management (and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts) at American University in Washington, DC, he also consults for... Read More →

Saturday June 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Milam Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

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