Studying changes in
culture in the 21st century, and producing new theories to
account for these changes and their broader social and
research will produce an understanding of the impact of
globalization on culture and lead to new models and theories
for cultural study.
The Politics of Culture in the 21st Century
encounter with an artwork change how someone views the world?
Is there an intrinsic difference between culture created for
free and culture created for commercial purposes? Do
documentary films change how we view political events? What is
the appropriate role of governments in sponsoring and
promoting cultural production?
addressing questions like these, Imre Szeman’s research probes
the increasingly complex and multifaceted ways in which we
understand culture in the 21st century. The enormous changes
in the speed and scale of everyday life in the era of
globalization have created new challenges for the study of
culture. Existing ideas about the spaces and places of culture
have been upended; innovative technologies have created new
forms of culture, including novel means of transmitting and
reproducing cultural forms, old and new; and culture has now
become an important engine of development, whether through
“creative cities” initiatives, cultural tourism or the
expansion of the global entertainment industry.
research studies the impact of these developments on both
cultural practices and the theories used to study culture. His
research will produce new models for the investigation of
culture, and will explore the dynamics and significance of
contemporary culture production in the new century.
research will establish Canada as a leading nation in the
study of contemporary culture and will help train a new
generation of humanities scholars.