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Stephanie Taylor: A positive legacy? Creative subjectivities in the wake of the pandemic

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This talk was recorded and presented for the launch of the OPRC, Opening Psychology for Changing Times in Summer 2021.

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted heavily on the previously celebrated global sector of the creative industries. Contemporary discourses of creativity and creative work derive in large part from psychological research that both draws on and challenges the elite associations of the arts. This lecture adopts a critical discursive psychological approach to challenge accounts of the creative worker as a neoliberal subject and consider the relevance of a creative identification in a post-pandemic or perpetually pandemic society.

We asked Professor Stephanie Taylor about her talk after the OPRC launch event. Her answers can be viewed in this OU Psychology & Counselling blog.

Key Readings:

Taylor, Stephanie and Luckman, Susan (2020). New pathways into creative work? In: Taylor, Stephanie and Luckman, Susan (eds). Pathways into Creative Working Lives. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. p.267-281.

Taylor, Stephanie (2019). A practitioner concept of contemporary creativity. Social Psychology Quarterly 82(4): 453-472.

Taylor, Stephanie (2015). Discursive and psychosocial? Theorising a complex contemporary subject. Qualitative Research in Psychology 12(1): 8- 21.