Cultural Production and Consumption

About Us:

Cultural Production and Consumption (CP&C) was formed in 2010, originally as a research theme within the Department of Media and Communication. In July 2016, CP&C was incorporated as a research strand of CAMEo: the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies. With a long-standing commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity, CP&C is a hub for a range of projects and events that explore how cultural goods, practices and values are constructed, negotiated, contested and promoted by institutions, groups and individuals.

Upcoming and Recent CP&C Projects and Events:

Wealth and Status in an Age of Trump: The Cultural Production and Consumption of the Super-Rich

The recent rise of Trump as a political, cultural, and media event has opened up new opportunities for interrogating the connections between wealth, luxury, and power. Attention has been given to the aesthetics of Trump as a magnate and politician, in addition to speculation on the changes that will occur on a global scale as a result of a new US government marked by an increased influence of corporations and the super-rich. This, paired with growing inequality, urgently calls for critical reflections on the cultural production and consumption of the super-rich, and the representational politics of wealth. This event addressed the politics, aesthetics and ontology of wealth and luxury, via such topics as the politics and aesthetics of the production and provision of luxury goods and services; the spatial politics of wealth and the consumption of luxury; the mechanisms and implications of the concentration of wealth; and the aesthetics of luxury and the politics of vulgarity.

Speakers: Professor Jonathan Beaverstock (University of Bristol); Professor Sarah Hall (University of Nottingham); Dr Jo Littler (University of London); Professor John Armitage (University of Southampton). Full details here.

For a record of the event, check out our Storify page.

Craft Cultures, 8-11 November 2016

For full details, please see the CAMEo website.

Craft Cultures was a week of events exploring the contemporary significance of craft. Such an exploration is linked to an appreciation of the increasing visibility and currency of objects made in traditional or non-mechanized ways, from the handmade crafts on Etsy to the ever-changing selections of craft beers in micropubs. More fundamentally, the significance of craft is bound up in ideas and ideals of craft as skillfulness and the power of ingenuity, the transformative potential of pleasure in making, and the desire and satisfaction associated with doing things well. At the same time, celebratory discussions of craft require a critical examination of the limitations and cooptation of craft’s radical potential within hegemonic systems of production and consumption, and of the difficult realities of making a living through craft and reviving craft skills in everyday life.

Check out our Craft Cultures Storify page; you can also see the keynote talks from our headline event, 'A Conversation on Craft Culture' here:

The talks considered craft across the divide of the everyday and the professional, from research on the ordinary practices of use and craft and their implications for sustainability in the fashion sector, to examinations of craft work and craft micro-economies.

Craft Cultures events brought together over 100 participants: researchers, teachers, students, makers, artists and practitioners sharing interests in issues of creativity, artisanal production, creative industries and micro-enterprise, sustainability, and craft as object and practice. Thanks to all who could join us!

Check out other past projects and publications.

Recent CP&C Publications:

Check out other past projects and publications.

Interested in getting involved?

If you're interested in getting involved, please get in touch with Jennifer Smith Maguire (

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