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Call for Papers

International Conference:

Creative Industries in Africa: Labour, Entrepreneurship and Policy

University of Ghana, Accra

January 8-10, 2025

The creative industries in Africa have witnessed remarkable growth and garnered unprecedented global attention in recent decades, reshaping perceptions and discussions surrounding economic and cultural development across the continent. There is currently an air of optimism, with assertions that creative industries will propel Africa into high-growth economies and foster self-awareness, well-being, and prosperity. The creative industries, however, are marked by precarious labour conditions, underdeveloped infrastructure, and inadequate policy frameworks.

This conference focuses on the intricate interplay between labour dynamics, entrepreneurship, and policy imperatives that shape the trajectory of Africa's creative industries. Key themes to be explored include: shifting dynamics of creative labour, opportunities and challenges faced by creative entrepreneurs, changing business models, and policy shifts.

Spanning three days, the conference will feature keynote speakers, parallel paper presentation sessions, and an art exhibition. The conference is organized by the collaborative, interdisciplinary research project Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana (ACIG), see: NB This is an in-person conference with no hybrid option.

Paper presentations are invited from scholars, researchers, and artists focusing on the creative industries in Africa. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

·         Creative Labour, precarity, and social protection

·         Creative industries and infrastructure

·         Careers in creative industries

·         Creative industries and policy

·         Collective organizing in the creative industries

·         Business models in the creative industries

·         Intermediaries in creative industries

·         The creative economy and digital technologies

·         Gender and creative work

·         Researching the creative industries in Africa

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1st September, 2024.

Submission: Please email an abstract (max. 200 words) by September 1, 2024 to together with the following information:


Designation/Job Title:

Institutional affiliation:


Email address:


Conference Co-conveners:

Akosua K. Darkwah (University of Ghana)

Katherine V. Gough (Loughborough University)

Thilde Langevang (Copenhagen Business School)

Rashida Resario (University of Ghana)


Contact Email for Conference enquiries:


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