Digital Literacy and Creative Innovation in a Knowledge Economy

Brisbane, 29 – 30 March 2007
South Bank Arts Complex (State Library of Queensland)


A Joint Research Symposium by the
ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries & Innovation (CCI), and
the Cultural Research Network (CRN)


Downloadable Registration Form Here

Please note: CRN Members are invited to attend the Roundtable Forum (Day Two) free of charge, but will still need to pay for registration if they wish to attend Day One. Contact Nicki Hunt for details. For catering purposes, registration is still essential, even if you only intend to attend Day Two. Closing date: 9th March 2007.



‘Digital Literacy and Creative Innovation in a Knowledge Economy’ is a two-day research symposium for thought leaders, policy innovators and knowledge entrepreneurs, jointly presented by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) and the Cultural Research Network (CRN).

This major event will host guest speaker Sir Ken Robinson, an international expert on educational renewal. He has advised governments and top international companies on creative innovation, and is senior education advisor to the J Paul Getty Trust in LA. His presentations benefit from his “great personal warmth, intellectual clarity, and the skills and timing of a stand-up comedian.” Sir Ken is the author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (2001) and the influential All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education report for the UK government (1999).

Day One (8am-5pm):

Day Two (8am-5pm):


Changing digital technologies and consumer demographics are transforming the production and consumption of media content of all kinds, including the nature of the relationship between producers and consumers. While this is occurring across a range of more traditional media formats, it has been most profoundly realised with the explosion of user-created content in digital media from games to online social networks and epitomised by sites like YouTube, MySpace, Flickr, and

The shifting relationship between ‘producers’ and ‘consumers’ and between ‘experts’ and ‘amateurs’ now demands critical attention, as does the question of what kind of ‘digital literacy’ is appropriate to broaden participation in and uplift standards of both production and consumption. In the print media, for example, full literacy has historically involved more than the ability to read and write; it also requires engagement with elaborated textual systems like literature or journalism in which individuals may aspire to authorship as well as readership. However, participatory new media are, by and large, yet to progress fully into elaborated, organised systems for self-expression, communication, description and argumentation.

This research symposium brings together thought leaders, scholars, experts, practitioners, and activists to think collectively about what ‘digital literacy’ should mean in 2007 and beyond. It aims to take a step forward in ‘digital literacy’ scholarship by producing a tangible agenda for future research on the topic.

For Action:

Please mark these dates - 29-30 March 2007 in your diary. If you’d like to participate in this event or have any queries, please contact the relevant organiser:

CCI members, please contact Jodie Rapley on (07) 3138 8007 or

All others, please contact Nicki Hunt on (07) 3138 3889 or

There will be a cost for attendance and further information will follow shortly, including details on the venue and registration.

In the meantime, plan to meet in Brisbane March 2007!

Symposium Organising Team:


Nicki Hunt

CCI Team:

Professor John Hartley
Professor Stuart Cunningham
Jodie Rapley

CRN Team:

Dr Mark Gibson
Dr Kelly McWilliam