AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago

Chicago, IL, the city of Obama; Oprah; Bulls, Bears and Cubs; a mecca for urban sociologists and home to this year’s Association of American Geographer’s Annual Meeting.

From the 21st to the 25th of April, I spent my days listening to fascinating presentations, keynotes and panel discussions, meeting, meeting tons of interesting people and drinking some Chicago’s many local beers.

I had the pleasure to present some of my ongoing work on place, reputation and creativity at the From Kreuzberg to Williamsburg: Exploring the trans-local nature of cultural scenes and the creation and diffusion of knowledge, practices and value(s) across space, scale and industry session. In short, my presentation addressed how creative workers and artists talk about space and places in the story they tell about themselves. An important conclusion here is that a place’s reputation plays an important role in locational decision making, as well as the identity of the creative worker. It is strongly related to social networks, romanticised views of other (creative) places far away, and a negative attitude towards ‘competitive’ places.




Abstract paper


From Kreuzberg to Williamsburg session program



3rd International Research Conference on the Cultural and Creative Industries

On May 23 2014, I presented, together with my colleagues Erik Hitters and Pawan Bhansing, the preliminary findings of the CICI project on the 3rd International Research Conference on the Cultural and Creative Industries in Antwerp, Belgium. The Creative Jumbers team of the Antwerp Management School nicely summarised and discussed our findings. You can find our PowerPoint presentation below.

IMG_3975-400x400Hitters, E. Bhansing, P., Wijngaarden, Y.,’Cultures of Innovation in small scale creative clusters’ (PDF)