This blog started off as a learning exercise for my PhD in cultural policy at the University of Western Sydney’s Institute for Culture and Society. I’ve gradually expanded it to give a wider focus on the fields of cultural policy, cultural economics, cultural studies, the sociology of the arts, aesthetics, media studies and the philosophy of art.
I’m now a Lecturer in Entertainment Production and Screen at Deakin University’s School of Communication and Creative Arts. I also write about Australian politics, culture and the arts for a range of publications including the Guardian, Crikey and artsHub.
I’m aiming to post on a variety of topics, drawing from both the specialist academic literature, journals of letters and review, the popular media and my own writing and research.
I welcome comments! Please feel free to get involved, to debate, engage and discuss.
About Ben Eltham: I’m a writer, journalist, researcher and creative producer from Melbourne, Australia. I have recently completed my PhD in cultural policy at the University of Western Sydney’s Institute for Culture and Society. Throughout my 20s and 30s I worked as a freelance arts journalist and critic, as well as a producer and festival director at a series of experimental and fringe arts festivals in Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne. I am currently a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and I am a Lecturer at Deakin University’s School of Communication and Creative Arts.
You can contact me at ben.eltham [at] gmail.com
I tweet at @beneltham