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SUMMERCOUSE THE VALUE OF CULTURE
Amsterdam, 31 July - 9 August, 2000
The relationship between economics and culture is an uneasy one. The
majority of economists would reject the idea that culture is of any
relevance to their discipline, while those from cognate disciplines who do
treat culture seriously find economic theorizing inadequate for its
omission. This schism notwithstanding, culture undeniably has an economic
dimension and, it could be argued, economic behavior has a significant
cultural dimension. In this fourth course on 'The Value of Culture', we aim
to explore the interactions between culture and economics, bringing along
the insights we have gained from three previous years. The central themes
will be the twin concepts of 'value/s' and 'culture'. The course involves
not only inquiry into the economic value of the arts, but also the value of
culture in general. We will accomplish this task by importing into economic
theorizing ideas drawn from art theory, anthropology, cultural studies,
philosophy, the 'new rhetoric', and the post-modern critique of orthodox
economic thinking. The lecturers represent at least three different
philosophical and political positions: Smithian/libertarian,
postmodern-marxist and neo-traditionalist. The consequences of these will be
brought out in several debates. The cultural richness of Amsterdam will
serve as the backdrop to our discussions. The course is recommended to
anyone working in the field of economics, cultural studies, sociology,
anthropology, the arts, philosophy and related fields. Some background in
economic ideas is recommended.
The course will begin Monday, 31 July and will end Wednesday, 9 August 2000.
Morning sessions will begin at 9.30 a.m. and finish at 1 p.m. Afternoon
sessions will start at 2 p.m. and conclude at 4.30 p.m.
Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
NLG 1750 (EURO 795), including lunch, excursions and free access to the
cultural program of The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University.
Scholarships and tuition waivers
Those working in academic institutions can apply for a partial tuition
waiver of NLG 250 (EURO 114). A limited number of partial tuition waivers of
NLG 900 (EURO 409) are available for advanced students. A limited number of
full scholarships (covering the course fee, accommodation and meals) are
available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe, Morocco, Turkey
and Egypt who have a proven interest in the economics of the arts. To take
part in the selection procedure for tuition waivers and scholarships, please
submit a letter of motivation, a letter of recommendation, a curriculum
vitae, and a completed application form.
Please return the completed application form as soon as possible and not
later than 1 July 2000 to The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University, P.O.
Box 53066, 1007 RB Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Fax: + 31.20.6249368.
Registration will take place on Sunday, 30 July between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in
Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam. At 5 p.m. the
Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University will offer welcoming drinks to the
Monday July 31: Economics, Art and Culture
We will begin by introducing ourselves, to discover the resources of the
group, together with the concerns and interests that each of us brings to
the course. This will enable us to explore the ways in which we connect to
the main themes of the course.
Tuesday August 1: Alternative approaches:
The lecturers use conceptual tools and insights from rhetoric, hermeneutics,
and post-modernism in their work to come to respectively
Smithian/libertarian, postmodern-marxist and neo-traditional positions. We
will explore the consequences of these approaches and positions for our
perception of the economy in general and the world of the arts in
particular. One of the questions concerns the importance of including the
cultural dimension in the conversation.
Wednesday August 2: Attention and Persuasion
Is all science persuasion? Are markets about persuasion (think of
advertising)? How crucial is attention in the modern economy? Drawing from
insights in rhetoric, psychology and communication studies, we will look at
the importance of attention and persuasion in the economy in general and
cultural industries in particular.
Thursday August 3: The Value of Culture
Culture implies difference, implies distinctions, implies inclusions and
exclusions. How does culture figure in economics? How does economics figure
in culture? Do cultural differences matter in economic processes? If so,
why? Discussing the role of culture in nation-state formation,
globalizations and network-societies we will figure out where and if we find
our stability, constructed or not.
Friday August 4: Culture and the city: the case of Amsterdam
What makes a city? Using Amsterdam as example, we will explore the
formation of economic, social and cultural capital, with an emphasis on the
latter. What makes a city attractive? Can anything be learned about an
effective cultural policy? We will try to find out about the "other" city,
the city that is under cover.
Saturday August 5: Excursion (optional) and Dinner
Sunday August 6: Free
Monday August 7: Markets, Money and the Gift: a debate
In the art world, agents engage in both gift-giving and monetary exchange.
Do the modes of financing matter? Is there such thing as disvalue? Is the
pure gift possible? Exchanging our insights and concerns with a visual
artist/economist we will investigate how these concepts figure in the world
of the arts. In addition we will have a debate on the vices and virtues of
Tuesday August 8: Consumption (and Art)
Are preferences given, or does consumption take over production as the focus
of economic life? What do consumption patterns tell us about value/s and
identity? And what do value and identity tell us about consumption? Do we
'consume' art, and if so, is consumption of art any different from
consuming, for example, cars or milk?
Wednesday August 9: Values of Culture: Presentations of the Results by the
Today's session picks up where we began. How do the concepts and ideas
developed in the course connect with our concerns? What have we learned
about the relationship between value/s and culture? Do our ideas have
practical implications for the conduct of policy in the arts, or for
research and teaching in economics?
Deirdre McCloskey, The Rhetoric of Economics, University of Wisconsin Press,
Arjo Klamer (ed.), The Value of Culture, Amsterdam University Press/
University of Michigan Press, 1996.
Martha Woodmansee & Mark Osteen (eds.), The New Economic Criticism. Studies
at the Intersection of Literature and Economics, Routledge 1999.
A collection of notes and articles will be distributed in the form of a
reader at the beginning of the course.
Profile of the lecturers
Jack Amariglio is Professor of Economics at Merrimack College, US. He was
one of the founders of the journal Rethinking Marxism and was the first
Editor. He has written extensively on post-modernism in economics, Foucault
and economics, and the neglect of the body in standard economic theory. He
is currently working on a book with David Ruccio on post-modernism and
Deirdre McCloskey is currently Professor of the Human Sciences at the
University of Illinois at Chicago and Visiting Professor at the Erasmus
University Rotterdam. She has become well known for her work in economic
history and caused a stir in the world of economists by claiming that
economics is rhetorical. Her most recent publication is Crossing: A Memoir
(University of Chicago Press, 1999).
Arjo Klamer is Professor of Economics of Art and Culture at the Erasmus
University Rotterdam. He has contributed to the rhetorical perspective on
economics with his book Conversations with Economists. He is currently
working on The Art of Persuasion: Essays in Cultural Economics.
Judith Mehta is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of East Anglia.
Her research interests include the implications of recent French philosophy
for the conduct of economic analysis; applications of game theory and
decision-making; and the role of culture in industrial organisation.