Currently working on my PhD thesis with a submission date in late spring 2020.
Understanding the Discourse of Creative Economy and its International Diffusion: The Case of the Czech Republic
My PhD thesis presents an explanatory case study exploring the emergence of new policy discourses in the field of culture and arts. The aim of the thesis is to articulate critical explanation of the origins of the creative economy discourse in the Czech cultural sector and cultural policy. Recontextualisation of creative economy discourse is explored and explained through its social and structural orders as well as its rhetorical means, ideological statements and institutional frameworks in which it is presented. The study argues that creative economy is a hegemonic policy discourse consisting of neoliberal articulations of cultural sector and its value, which has been empowered by discursive practices and networks of transnational institutions such as the European Union and United Nations, and disseminated mostly by foreign scholars and policy consultants but also Czech policy makers, cultural managers and local development advocates. The study is using a combination of thematic analysis and post-structuralist discourse analysis of media entries, policy documents, creative economy research studies published by the Institute of Arts-Theatre Institute, as well as transcripts of interviews with range of Czech cultural managers, policy makers and foreign policy consultants.
Alongside PhD research I am interested in contemporary art, its discourse and developing curatorial, editorial and writing practice.
Tomanová, J. 2020. Empathic viewing in Mieke Bal’s Don Quichotte: Sad Countenances. Corridor8.
Tomanová, J. 2020. Collecting the act of collecting in Harlan Whittingham’s films. Corridor8.
Tomanová, J. 2019. The Velvet Revolution: 30 years of freedom in which some of us are freer than others. Freedom News.
Tomanová, J. 2018. Understanding artistic quality and audience empowerment: What are they and why they can’t be without each other. In: Bonet, L. and Négrier. eds. Breaking the Fourth Wall: Proactive Audiences in the Performing Arts. Elverum: Kunnskapsverket, pp. 72-82
Tomanová, J. 2016. Multi-stakeholder platforms for promoting culture. In: Staszkiewicz, M. Creative Visegrad:City, Culture and Public Space. Prague: Aspen Institute Prague, pp. 35- 43
Kašpárek, O. and J. Tomanová. 2014. Sociální dopady kultury a umění. In: Nekolný, B. Paradigmata modern kulturní politiky.Praha: Divadelní Ústav, pp. 24-44 (translated title: Social Impacts of Culture and Arts)
Research Related Work:
11/2016 The Be SpectACTive! Annual Conference, Universitad de Barcelona, November 22 – 23
Director of the parallel session Artistic Quality and Audience Empowerment
01/2016 – 5/2016 The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU)
Conference Programme Director & Editor of conference proceedings
8/2013 – 12/2013 Ruth Crawford Mitchel Research Fellowship
2017 – 2019 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)
Curatorial Assistant, https://www.tba21.org/
2017 University of Leeds
Events Assistant, International Network for Audience Research in Performing Arts
2014 – 2017 TANEC PRAHA
2013 Cubitt Gallery London
2014 Prague Institute of Planning and Development, Conference Programme Director, International Conference Praga Caput Cultura
2014 Prague Institute of Planning and Development, Prague cultural strategy team member
2015 – 2016 Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU), Program Director of two annual international symposiums, editor of conference proceedings
Contemporary art and visual culture
Post-structuralist discourse theory and analysis
International diffusion of hegemonic policy discourses
Cultural policy in the Central and Eastern Europe
- 2012 - 2013 MA Cultural Policy and Management, City University London
- 2011 - 2012 MA Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, University of Leeds
- 2008 - 2011 BA Arts Management, University of Economics Prague