Tack to the Future: Is Wind Propulsion an Ecomodernist or Degrowth Way to Decarbonise Maritime Cargo Transport?

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 21 October 2021

This article explores the political economy of the re-uptake of wind propulsion for maritime cargo transport so as to shift this sector onto a decarbonization pathway.

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COVID-19 Border Closures Cause Humanitarian Crew Change Crisis at Sea

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 24 June 2021

COVID-19 Border Closures Cause Humanitarian Crew Change Crisis at Sea The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many countries to close their borders to travellers, in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. Given the initially indiscriminate travel restrictions adopted in March 2020, many seafarers have been stranded on their ships, well beyond their initial…

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Friction in the Creative City

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 2 June 2021

Friction in the Creative City The Indonesian city of Bandung presents itself as an “emerging creative city.” This raises the question of how an “emerging” creative city can attain realisation: when and where is the creative city accomplished? The formalisation of the creative city creates friction – to borrow the term from Tsing. This friction manifests in…

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Emergent Film Production in the Pacific: Oceanic Strategies of Connection and Exchange

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 19 May 2021

Emergent Film Production in the Pacific: Oceanic Strategies of Connection and Exchange Cultural policies that promote film production and exchange in small island states face numerous challenges (including training, funding, and infrastructure). Yet, in the Pacific, Indigenous film-making is a key strategy for redressing reductive framing of the region during the colonial period (which continues…

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COVID-19 At Sea: ‘The World As You Know It No Longer Exists’

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 4 May 2021

Seafarers may be invisible; they are also indispensable. Despite the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is thanks to seafarers that the life as we know it still mostly exists.

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Cinq Perspectives sur l’Économie Culturelle Mondiale

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 1 December 2018

Cet article propose cinq prismes idéologiques à travers lesquels le discours multipolaire sur l’économie culturelle est communément défini : laudatif, ambitieux, dissident, agnostique, réflexif.

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Mobilizing African Music

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 26 November 2018

Across the African continent, music distribution has long been dominated by makeshift networks operating in the margins of the formal economy. The rise of digital distribution has promised change, but how has this affected the political economy of music industries?

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The Creative Economy as a Versatile Policy Script

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 20 November 2018

This article explores the various ways inter-governmental organisations (such as UNESCO and UNCTAD) have adopted the ‘creative economy’ as a way to influence the governance of cultural industries around the world.

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The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights in Ghana

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 18 October 2018

Ghana, like many other countries, tries to eliminate media piracy. But what does this mean for distributors working in the margins of the formal economy? And, more fundamentally, what does this means for the tension between copyright and cultural rights?

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Ordinary Culture in a World of Strangers

By Christiaan De Beukelaer / 23 October 2017

Can societies deal with difference within a methodologically nationalist framework for cultural policy? This article argues it can’t and calls for a methodologically cosmopolitan approach to cultural policy instead.

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