The First Asian Workshop on Cultural Economics, the Association of Cultural Economics Japan

Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
November 27-28, 2011

The application deadline of the workshop has been extended until June 30.
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We regret that unlike the past few years there will be NO call for papers in English for the forthcoming annual JACE conference to be held in Nagoya, July 2011 for administrative reasons. However, we plan to hold a young researchers' workshop in Tokyo in November 2011, broadly in the areas of the creative economy and creative cities. We will invite papers in English.

ACEI 2012 Kyoto

The international conference of the Association for Cultural Economics International will be held at Kyoto, Japan. Click here.


The Japan Association for Cultural Economics (JACE) is a scientific society to advance research in the economic aspects of the arts and cultural sector. Membership includes those from universities, government departments, local authorities and arts and cultural organizations, as well as businesses engaged in support for the arts. It holds two meetings each year, one in June for its annual research conference, and the other in the autumn for a thematic symposium. It publishes a peer-reviewed journal, each issue with several original articles, research notes and reviews of books and conferences.

Cultural economics covered by the JACE broadly address political, economic or organizational issues surrounding the creative, cultural sector. The approach is not necessarily based on economics, but can be from diverse disciplines such as sociology, cultural studies, geography, politics and policy studies. Topics previously presented have included creative cities, government funding for the arts, government policy for nonprofit organizations in the arts and culture, cultural participation, case studies of community development with the use of the arts and comparative studies of cultural policy.


The Japan Association of Cultural Economics (JACE) was established in 1990, when, despite the economic affluence the nation was enjoying, the lack of funds and sustained policy for supporting the arts and cultural sector in Japan became a societal issue that needed serious attention and urgent action. By bringing academics and practitioners in the cultural sector, as well as policy-makers in central and local governments, together, the JACE has offered a forum where informed discussions as to Japan's cultural policy and economic analysis into the arts and culture have taken place. With a rapid surge of interest from diverse research areas, the JACE has grown into maturity with a membership of more than 600 individuals. The JACE has been keen to engage policy-makers and practitioners in the cultural sector and facilitate dialogues between them and academic researchers. Its research conferences, held annually, have been successful and fruitful for research development: heated discussions between the two professions have positively challenged both sides to rethink and review their assumptions. Since 1998, it has published two or three issues per year of a refereed journal widely read not only by economists but also by cultural policy-makers at both national and local levels.

In light of such a background, papers published by the Journal and given at annual conferences have included a breadth of topics and approaches, not necessarily confined to the discipline of neo-classical economics, but some have been based in sociology, cultural studies, urban development studies and so on.


Japan Association for Cultural Economics

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