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Catching Up…

As we make our way towards reading week, Lost in CCI has been catching up on what the staff have been doing outside the lecture room lately.

Drs Richard Howells and Harvey Cohen both put questions to Margaret Hodge MP, Minister of State for Culture, Media & Sport, at a seminar held by the Economic and Social Research Council and held here at King’s. The event was chaired by Mark Lawson -the journalist, broadcaster and author who is also well-known as the presenter of Front Row and the Late Review for the BBC.

Richard Howells was a guest of the Polis journalism and society event at the LSE, which discussed the controversial issue of the Madeleine McCann case and the media. Richard was able to question former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie and the McCann’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell about Press handling of the case. Meanwhile, Richard is working to complete his latest book project Using Visual Evidence, which he is co-editing with Professor Robert Matson of the University of Pittsburgh. Harvey Cohen’s book Duke Ellington’s America is due out later this year.

Dr Hye-Kyung Lee has been working on organising the next round of our Asian Cultural Industries Research Seminars, while at the same time working to set up other research projects on Korea and Japan in particular. We’ll keep you posted. Dr Ruth Adams is on a very well-earned sabbatical, conducting research on the South Bank cultural quarter.

Dr Ralph Parfect and programme officer Alicia Liu have been putting a great amount of work into the conference Creative China: Visual Culture, Architecture and Design, which we are staging at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 6-7th June this year. The conference will be part of the programme of events for the V&A’s major exhibition China Design Now, which will take place from March to July. At the moment Alicia is taking a break back in China helping her family celebrate the Spring Festival -and to welcome in the year of the Rat.

Happy New Year!

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