Cultural revolutions: interview with Paul du Gay and Michael Pryke

Du Gay, Paul; Pryke, Michael and Bennett, Toby (2022). Cultural revolutions: interview with Paul du Gay and Michael Pryke. Journal of Cultural Economy (Early Access).



Editor’s note: This interview forms part of the special issue What Was Cultural Economy? The issue has its origins in a January 2020 symposium, held at City, University of London, marking two decades since Paul du Gay and Michael Pryke convened a ‘Workshop on Cultural Economy’ at the Open University in Milton Keynes. That earlier event culminated in the publication of the edited collection Cultural Economy: Cultural Analysis and Commercial Life (du Gay and Pryke 2002). What Was Cultural Economy? Collects responses to these founding moments in the field from a number of key figures, who each reflect on the relationship between conceptual clarification and their own academic histories. Paul du Gay is now professor and director of Research in the School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, and professor in the Department of Organization (IOA), Copenhagen Business School. Michael Pryke remains at the Open University, as Professor of Economic Geography and was founding Head of the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies. In this interview, they reflect on their experiences of the OU in the 1990s and the events and circumstances that led to the first and second cultural economy workshops. The interview was conducted by Toby Bennett on 4 November 2020 by video call. The transcript has been edited for clarity and length.

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