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Creativity and the Social Space

From Classic Intellectual Cafes to Contemporary Cafe Connectivity

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As more cities build a local economy on art and creativity, the cafe is not only a place to enjoy a cup of coffee, it is also a space - distinct from its urban environment - in which to reflect and take part in intellectual debate.

Since the eighteenth century in Europe, intellectuals and artists have gathered in cafes to exchange ideas, inspirations and information that has driven the cultural agenda for the world The café as an institutional site has been the subject of renewed interest amongst scholars in the past decade, and its role in the development of art, ideas and culture has been explored in some detail.

Learn how cafes have undergone a transformation into a space where contemporary knowledge workers interact both face-to-face and on the Internet.

Discussion Topics

  • The role of the city as a place of creativity based on social interaction.

  • Cafes as a bridge between daytime work space to the nighttime economy

  • Rise of the Internet and the transformation of the cafe as the world increasingly shifts from industrial to intellectual labor

  • Review of generation surveys and details of how urban social interaction produces creativity.  

  • References from writers, painters, and intellectuals about cafe space and creativity.  

  • Making urban socializing spaces more creative

W. Scott Haine, PhD.

Co-author of a forthcoming book on the Cafe and Creativity published by Ashgate Publishing, Scott Haine received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin Madison and currently teaches at the University of Maryland University College. His books include The World of the Parisian Café: Sociability Among the French Working Class, 1789-1914 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), The History of France, (Greenwood Press, 2000), chosen by Choice as an outstanding academic title for 2001 and The Customs and Culture of France (Greenwood Press, 2006). Read more.


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