Taking matters into third hands: intermediaries and the organization of the creative economy, AAG 2011, Seattle, April 12-16, 2011. Session organized by: Bas van Heur (Maastricht University) and Doreen Jakob (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) [Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting]. For the past twenty years geographers have been analyzing the meaning, role and importance of the creative economy. It is heralded as a job and wealth creator and as a prominent tool for urban and regional revitalization. Whether one agrees with these assertions or not, the effectiveness and ethics of the creative economy will largely depend on the intermediaries that shape and regulate it. While much attention has been paid recently to the political projects that introduce a focus on the creative economy, less is known about the intermediaries that organize and govern it. When implementing dominant policy imaginaries, intermediaries translate and transform them in often unexpected ways. This session aims to investigate intermediaries and to further explore their role in producing the creative economy. We welcome papers from diverse conceptual and empirical perspectives (see Call for Papers). If interested, send a title and abstract (250 words) to Bas van Heur (b.vanheur@maastrichtuniversity.nl) and Doreen Jakob (djakob@email.unc.edu) by October 1, 2010.

Call for Papers and Organized Sessions - The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) attracts more than 7,000 geographers and related professionals from around the world. Our forum stimulates discussion about research, education, accomplishments, and developments in geography. Your participation is most welcome and encouraged. The 2011 Annual Meeting will be held at the Washington State Convention Center and the Seattle Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, WA, April 12-16, 2011. If you are interested in submitting a presentation, please read the guidelines carefully. If you have any questions about these guidelines please direct them to Oscar Larson at meeting@aag.org.

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