Imagining Transnational Cultural Policy

Kate MacNeill, Sarah Reynolds


This article explores the potential offered by the internet for a transnational cultural policy in the context of the development of a national cultural policy in Australia in the period 2010 to 2013. An examination of submissions made to the National Cultural Policy Review by arts and cultural organisations reveals that only a small number of organisations thought transnationally. This, we suggest, resulted from a form of 'methodological nationalism': a framework for the review that encouraged an emphasis on the production of a national culture. In this context, it is significant that a number of organisations did imagine policy frameworks that exceeded national boundaries. Of particular interest is the way in which regional communities look beyond the nation's cultural centres and engage internationally.



Methodological nationalism, transnational cultural policy, Australian cultural policy

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