Masterclass - Professor Tony Bennett

Presented by The ARC Cultural Research Network Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Node

a masterclass with Professor Tony Bennett


Professorial Fellow, Department of English and Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne
Professor of Sociology and Director, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change, Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University, UK

University of South Australia, Magill campus, rooms G182/G183

Monday November 27 and Tuesday November 28, 2006

Masterclass Theme:

‘Culture and Governance: Institutions, Practices, Policies’

The ARC Cultural Research Network Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Node is seeking applications from postgraduates and early career researchers who wish to take part in a masterclass with Professor Tony Bennett. This class will be limited to 25 participants who are engaged in a programme of research relating to the theme of ‘Culture and Governance: Institutions, Practices, Policies’. Participants will be chosen based on a competitive application process. The masterclass will include a discussion of the work of Professor Tony Bennett, followed by presentations from post-graduates in later stages of their candidature and early career researchers. The second day will close with an hour-long round-table discussion on key themes.

Theme: Questions concerning the relations between culture and governance have been placed on the agendas of cultural studies in a number of ways in recent years. They are clearly implicated in the development of cultural policy studies. Michel Foucault’s work on governmentality and liberal government has placed questions concerning the role of culture in relation to ‘the conduct of conduct’ at the centre of current debates focused on the relations between cultural and social theory. In the work of Pierre Bourdieu, questions concerning the governance of culture are posed by his accounts of the relations between the cultural and the political fields. Debates around multiculturalism have relations of culture and governance at their centre, as do those organised in terms of the concept of cultural diversity with its wider reference to differences of gender and sexuality as well as those organised in terms of ethnicity. Debates around censorship and obscenity raise questions concerning the legal regulation of culture and its role in relation to the ‘conduct of conduct’. Jürgen Habermas’s concept of the public sphere has generated a large and disputatious literature concerned with the role of cultural and media policies in organising varied kinds of public sphere. Recent work in actor-network-theory is bringing new perspectives to bear on the practices of cultural institutions and their role in both assembling culture in distinctive forms and connecting it to new networks in programmes of social administration.


Cost: The masterclass is free of charge to successful applicants, and includes lunch and morning/afternoon teas. Participants travelling from interstate will be eligible for travel and accommodation subsidies.

How to apply: Applications are due by Friday 13th October 2006 Wednesday 18th October 2006. Applications must include a completed application form that includes a one-page topic description highlighting specific links to the masterclass theme, and for post-graduates in later stages of their candidature or early career researchers, a one-page outline of the work to be presented. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 23rd October 2006, and where relevant, must submit a 3000 to 5000-word writing sample based on their presentation by Monday 6th November 2006.

The Application form is downloadable here.

Email completed application forms and any questions to Jon Dale at

Tony Bennett is Professor of Sociology at the Open University, a Director of the Economic and Social Science Research Centre on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), and a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. His current interests focus on the sociology of culture, with special reference to questions of culture and governance, the history and theory of museums, cultural and media policy, and relations of class, culture and social exclusion. His publications include Formalism and Marxism; Outside Literature; Bond and Beyond: The Political Career of a Popular Hero (with Janet Woollacott); The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics; Culture: A Reformer’s Science; Accounting for Tastes: Australian Everyday Cultures (with Michael Emmison and John Frow); Culture in Australia: Policies, Publics, Programs (co-edited with David Carter); Contemporary Culture and Everyday Life (edited with Elizabeth Silva); and, most recently, Pasts Beyond Memory: Evolution, Museums, Colonialism and New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society (edited with Larry Grossberg and Meaghan Morris) He was elected to membership of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1998.