research, staff

Playing Queer and Queering Play – Effervescence and Transformation in Gaming Culture

Dr Gaspard Pelurson  “Queerness? What queerness? This is a question that often comes up when I casually mention my interest in queer game studies. Game studies is slowly, but surely, gaining ground in academia. There have been books, articles, conferences and conversations published over the last three decades, tackling diverse and understudied aspects of this… Continue reading Playing Queer and Queering Play – Effervescence and Transformation in Gaming Culture

research, Research Videos

New video on the impact of the Dundee Cultural Recovery Project

Dr Lauren England is delighted to share a short video about the impact of her research project “Dundee Cultural Recovery”. https://youtu.be/OqWXBoBDZWI In the video, Dr England introduces the Dundee Cultural Recovery project and reflects on how the recommendations from the report have been used to support the work of cultural organisations and recovery planning in Dundee. Highlights include the research… Continue reading New video on the impact of the Dundee Cultural Recovery Project

articles, staff

CMCI Researchers publish “A Modern Guide to Creative Economies”

Prof Roberta Comunian and Prof Nick Wilson at CMCI, with international collaborators, have curated a collection of 16 chapters within a new Edward Elgar edited collection entitled ““A Modern Guide to Creative Economies”. The book brings together a series of new perspectives and reflections on creative economies; this insightful Modern Guide expands and challenges current… Continue reading CMCI Researchers publish “A Modern Guide to Creative Economies”

articles

Richard Howells: Arise, Sir Arnold?

Richard Howells, CMCI's Emeritus Professor of Cultural Sociology, has an article published in the New York-based literary magazine the New Criterion. It's about a feud between Virginia Woolf and the (at the time) much more famous English author, editor, playwright, and critic Arnold Bennett. Howells traces the development of the falling-out, which he argues was much… Continue reading Richard Howells: Arise, Sir Arnold?

research, Research Videos, staff

The Experiential Translation Network

led by Ricarda Vidal (King’s College London) and Madeleine Campbell (University of Edinburgh) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council https://youtu.be/4xNDBcYl3CE The video was produced by Fabian Broeker with financial support from the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. The Network comprises international translators, artists and scholars with a… Continue reading The Experiential Translation Network

research, Research Videos, staff

See the “Intertwined: Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria” exhibition online

This exhibition was a collaborative creative project by photographer and King’s MA Arts & Cultural Management student, Bayo Omoboriowo, and King’s College London researchers: Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Lauren England (Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries) and Dr Eka Ikpe (African Leadership Centre). In 2019, the researchers were awarded a King’s Together Seed… Continue reading See the “Intertwined: Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria” exhibition online

Alumni, Digital Culture, MA Arts and Cultural Management

From Humanities to Advertising: An interview with Francesco Mastroviti

This week's interview is with CMCI Alumni Francesco Mastroviti, the Global Brand lead for Alfa Romeo at Starcom. In this interview, he discusses his current job role, the challenges he has faced during his career and how his education and his time at King’s College London have supported his success. by Kirsty Warner Francesco Mastroviti… Continue reading From Humanities to Advertising: An interview with Francesco Mastroviti

Alumni, Digital Culture, MA Arts and Cultural Management

A Reflection by Matthew Dorabiala

by Kirsty Warner This week's reflection is by CMCI Alumni Matthew Dorabiala, the Founder at Salonexit and Head Conservator and Stock Manager at Pax Romana Gallery and Auction. In this piece he discusses his career journey, discusses the concept behind Salonexit, and the challenges of establishing your own company. Matthew Dorabiala is an artist and… Continue reading A Reflection by Matthew Dorabiala

Emerging Voices

CMCI Emerging Voices: Meet the Panellists – Venia Polychronaki

The 29th of June 2022 saw nine emerging voices, from across the UK, present at the CMCI PGR Symposium at King's College London. At the symposium Venia presented her paper 'The second generation of Afro-Greeks: The case of ‘Negros tou Moria’ and his contribution to a new cultural space'. Biography Born in Athens, Greece, I… Continue reading CMCI Emerging Voices: Meet the Panellists – Venia Polychronaki

Alumni, MA Arts and Cultural Management

Project Management & Positive Change: An interview with Rebecca Mirasol Davison Mora

For this week’s Alumni interview, I caught up with Rebecca Mirasol Davison Mora, the Community Manager at arcarta, to find out about her current job, her past academic publications and her career aspirations. Rebecca Mirasol Davison Mora is an expert in project management and cultural policy who engages in establishing positive change in the arts… Continue reading Project Management & Positive Change: An interview with Rebecca Mirasol Davison Mora

Emerging Voices

CMCI Emerging Voices: Meet the Panellists – Dr. Blessing Chapfika

The 29th of June 2022 saw nine emerging voices, from across the UK, present at the CMCI PGR Symposium at King's College London. At the symposium Dr. Chapfika presented his paper 'On the return to humanity: A case for Africanisation'. Biography Dr. Blessing Chapfika is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Hull. In… Continue reading CMCI Emerging Voices: Meet the Panellists – Dr. Blessing Chapfika

Alumni, MA Arts and Cultural Management, outreach, theatre

Theatre & Outreach: An interview with Alejandro Librero

For this week’s Alumni interview, I caught up with Alejandro Librero, the Coordinador de Acción Dramática at the Centro Dramático Nacional (Spain’s National Theatre), to find out about his current job, career path and academic publications, and to discuss the trajectory of the theatre industry. Alejandro Librero is a theatre producer, passionate about outreach and… Continue reading Theatre & Outreach: An interview with Alejandro Librero

News

Dr Tamsyn Dent presents at Triple Helix conference

On the 28th of June 2022, Dr Tamsyn Dent presented results from the DISCE project at the 20th Triple Helix conference hosted by the University of Florence in Italy. The paper, in collaboration with Dr Lauren England and Dr Roberta Comunian, explored the role of higher education institutions in shaping and developing creative ecosystem using the example of… Continue reading Dr Tamsyn Dent presents at Triple Helix conference

Alumni, Arts Festivals, MA Arts and Cultural Management

Rethinking Arts Festivals: An interview with Mitch Tam

by Kirsty Warner This week's interview is with CMCI Alumni Mitch Tam, CoLab Festival Coordinator at Trinity Laban. In this interview, he discusses his current job role, if his expectations matched the reality of his career path and the trajectory of the arts festival industry. Mitch Tam is an expert in festival programming and public… Continue reading Rethinking Arts Festivals: An interview with Mitch Tam

Alumni, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course

Combining business and the arts: An interview with Crystal-Angelee Burrell

by Kirsty Warner Today’s alumni interview is with Crystal-Angelee Burrell. In this interview, she provides an overview of her current role, her career journey, and how she developed the key skills required to succeed. For anyone looking for a career that combines business and the arts, this is an essential read! Crystal-Angelee Burrell is a… Continue reading Combining business and the arts: An interview with Crystal-Angelee Burrell

cultural legislation, Law, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course

Law, Culture and the Colombian audio-visual sector: An interview with Mateo Londoño Rueda

by Kirsty Warner For this week’s Alumni interview, I caught up with Mateo Londoño Rueda, Counsel for Proimágenes Colombia, to find out about his career journey, aspirations and how his time at King’s College London, supported his success. Mateo Londoño Rueda is an expert in law, intellectual property, and cultural legislation. He is actively involved… Continue reading Law, Culture and the Colombian audio-visual sector: An interview with Mateo Londoño Rueda

Creativity & Cultural Labour, Digital Culture

Confronting Crisis

Lindsay Parker The inaugural Arts and Humanities Festival of Research took place from 19-20 May 2022, tackling the theme of “Confronting crisis: Arts & Humanities perspectives on a changing world”. Papers from the departments of History, European and International Studies and Digital Humanities amongst others were presented. The research panels prompted lively discussion and debate… Continue reading Confronting Crisis

events, Museum Curation, Representation

Returning the Parthenon Marbles: A Conversation with Baroness Chakrabarti

by Kirsty Warner The question ‘should the UK return colonial artefacts?’ has been a consistent and widely debated topic. However, with large institutions such as the Ethnological Museum, Berlin and the Smithsonian Institution returning objects, there has been a growing pressure for western museums to return colonial objects accessioned to their collections. One of the… Continue reading Returning the Parthenon Marbles: A Conversation with Baroness Chakrabarti

News

Emeritus Professor Richard Howells invited to give lecture at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Richard Howells, CMCI's Emeritus Professor of Cultural Sociology, has given an invited Schering-Plough Executive Lecture to students and faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the United States.   Howells spoke on: “The Joy of Semiotics”, illustrating communications theory with examples from branding and advertising, including the subliminal marketing of tobacco products in Formula One racing.  He… Continue reading Emeritus Professor Richard Howells invited to give lecture at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Alumni, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course

Working in the Civil Service: An interview with Emily Penn

by Kirsty Warner For this week’s Alumni interview, I caught up with Emily Penn, the Policy Lead for Data at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to find out about her career post-MA, and to discuss the skills needed to succeed in this role. Emily Penn is an expert in policy and… Continue reading Working in the Civil Service: An interview with Emily Penn

conferences, Emerging Voices

CMCI Emerging Voices 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS“RETURN”‘To come or go back to a place, person or condition’ The PhD student community at the Department of Culture, Media andCreative Industries (CMCI), in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London (KCL) is pleased to open the call for papers for this year’s PGR Symposium. When: Wednesday, 29th June 2022Where: Strand Campus, King’s College London WC2B 4BG, LondonAbstract submission… Continue reading CMCI Emerging Voices 2022

News

Gender and Work in the Creative Industries Seminar

Tamsyn Dent, Lecturer in Cultural Work CMCI In March 2022 members from CMCI launched the Gender and Work in the Creative Industries (GWCI) research cluster with a conference that explored current research undertaken across the department and beyond related to questions of gender and creative work. The event included a conversation between CMCI’s Kate MacMillan… Continue reading Gender and Work in the Creative Industries Seminar

News

Inhuman Memory: Race and Race and ecology across timescales conference

On Tuesday 26th April 2022, CMCI Lecturer Clara de Massol and PhD student Anna Crisp hosted the Inhuman Memory: Race and ecology across timescales conference in the Anatomy Museum, King’s College London.  The conference brought early-career and more established academics together, along with art practitioners, to discuss the connections between racism, environmental changes, climate justice, and… Continue reading Inhuman Memory: Race and Race and ecology across timescales conference

Alumni, creative industries, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course, Public Arts Policy

The trajectory of Ecuador’s Public Arts Policy: An Interview with Pablo Villalva

by Kirsty Warner For this week’s Alumni interview, I caught up with Pablo Villalva to find out about his career post-MA, and to discuss the trajectory of Ecuador’s public arts policy. Pablo Villalva is an expert in the Creative Industries, International Affairs, and Communication & Politics. He undertook an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries… Continue reading The trajectory of Ecuador’s Public Arts Policy: An Interview with Pablo Villalva

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity

New report published highlighting possible futures for creative work after Covid-19

Dr Lauren England & Dr Roberta Comunian We are delighted to announce that the report “Creative Work: Possible futures after Covid-19” now been published and is available to download for free. The report, co-authored with Dr Federica Viganó (Free University of Bolzano, Italy) and Dr Jessica Tanghetti (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), shines light further onto how the… Continue reading New report published highlighting possible futures for creative work after Covid-19

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour

Sharing research on craft higher education and professional development at the Crafts Council UK Roundtable

Dr Lauren England On 9th March 2022, I shared key findings from my PhD research on craft higher education and professional development at a Crafts Council UK Higher Education Roundtable. The Roundtable event was attended by members of the Crafts Council’s Education, Policy and Research and Professional Development teams, representatives UK craft higher education and… Continue reading Sharing research on craft higher education and professional development at the Crafts Council UK Roundtable

Memory & Heritage

New article in Narrative Inquiry on Sharing ‘memories’ on Instagram

Taylor Annabell I am delighted that my article, ‘Sharing ‘memories’ on Instagram: A narrative approach to the performance of remembered experience by young women online’ has been published in Narrative Inquiry. This article considers how sharing that takes place in-the-moment on Instagram involves the performance of remembered experience. Although the platform pushes us to share… Continue reading New article in Narrative Inquiry on Sharing ‘memories’ on Instagram

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour

CMCI staff and Arts & Cultural Management MA student Bayo Omoboriowo collaborate on exhibition “Intertwined:  Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria”

In 2019 Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Lauren England (Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, KCL) started working with Dr Eka Ikpe (African Leadership Centre, KCL) and Dr Ananya Kabir (Department of English, KCL). They were awarded a King’s Together Seed Fund grant for the “Africa Fashion Futures” project. The project looks at fashion… Continue reading CMCI staff and Arts & Cultural Management MA student Bayo Omoboriowo collaborate on exhibition “Intertwined:  Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria”

News

New article published in Innovation journal – Crafting professionals: entrepreneurial strategies for making a living through passionate work

Dr Lauren England I am delighted to announce that my article “Crafting professionals: entrepreneurial strategies for making a living through passionate work” has been published in the Innovation: Organization and Management Journal and is available to download here for free (open access). The article addresses how early-career crafts graduates often face a perceived dilemma, that of… Continue reading New article published in Innovation journal – Crafting professionals: entrepreneurial strategies for making a living through passionate work

News

Dr Hye-Kyung Lee awarded grant for the network project ‘Globalizing South Korean Creativity’

Many of us were amazed by the global success of Squid Game, the South Korean TV drama series on Netflix. And the fever continues with Hellbound, My Name, We of Us are Dead, etc. We are witnessing the growth and impact of Korean pop culture from K-pop to film and TV drama on a global… Continue reading Dr Hye-Kyung Lee awarded grant for the network project ‘Globalizing South Korean Creativity’

Digital Culture, Media, Ph.D. Culture, Media and the Creative Industries, research, staff, students

Online Interviewing Tips for Researchers

Nina Vindum Rasmussen The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to carry out qualitative interviews online. In my PhD project, I’ve used both in-person and online interviews. I’ve been surprised to learn that online interviews can produce equally rich and sometimes superior data. They can be cost-effective, convenient, and quick. But there are also specific… Continue reading Online Interviewing Tips for Researchers

News

Emeritus Professor Richard Howells speaks about Louis Le Prince in a French radio documentary

CMCI’s Emeritus Professor Richard Howells has appeared in a two-part French radio documentary about Louis Le Prince -the man said to have invented the cinema, but who disappeared in mysterious circumstances before he could take the credit.   As Howells states in: “Il aurait pu inventer le cinéma: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince”, it is… Continue reading Emeritus Professor Richard Howells speaks about Louis Le Prince in a French radio documentary

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity

What are cultural and creative ecosystems and how can they be studied? CMCI researchers provide a review of theories and methods, towards a new research agenda in international journal Cultural Trends 

Manfredi de Bernard Recently, we have witnessed a wave of enthusiasm from scholars towards the creative and cultural ecology paradigm as a new promising model for policy development. Indeed, in his popular 2015 report, Holden argues for a shift toward “the cultural ecology” to address the criticalities of existing top-down approaches. He highlights the inextricable… Continue reading What are cultural and creative ecosystems and how can they be studied? CMCI researchers provide a review of theories and methods, towards a new research agenda in international journal Cultural Trends 

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, News

It is encouraging to see more mentions of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the creative economies, and social investment

Denderah Rickmers Photo title: SDG 11 ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’ in action; Photo by: Denderah Rickmers, artist: Debbie Ding – National Gallery Singapore, 2021  2021 marks the decade of action for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Notably, it is also the UN’s International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. In fact, the SDGs are… Continue reading It is encouraging to see more mentions of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the creative economies, and social investment

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Media, miscellaneous

New article published on MCS Journal: Responses to health risk and suffering: ‘China’ in the Italian media discourses during the early stage of the Covid-19 pandemic

Maria Paola Pofi I am delighted to announce that the article I wrote with my supervisor Dr Wing-Fai Leung has been published in the Media, Culture & Society (MCS) Journal and is available to download for free here (link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/01634437211053770). Media, Culture & Society The opportunity to start this research project arose during my PhD fieldwork in… Continue reading New article published on MCS Journal: Responses to health risk and suffering: ‘China’ in the Italian media discourses during the early stage of the Covid-19 pandemic

Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity

AHRC Award for African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies

Dr Roberta Comunian & Dr Lauren England We are delighted to announce that Dr Roberta Comunian (CMCI, KCL), Dr Lauren England (CMCI, KCL) and Dr Brian Hracs (University of Southampton) have been awarded an AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement grant to develop an African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies. They will be working in partnership with… Continue reading AHRC Award for African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour

New Report on Dundee’s Cultural Recovery

Dr Lauren England Dr Lauren England is delighted to announce that the final report from her research project “Dundee Cultural Recovery” has now been published and is available to download for free. The report provides insights into the impact of the pandemic on the organisations and individual cultural workers (specifically freelancers) who make up Dundee’s cultural economy and the role… Continue reading New Report on Dundee’s Cultural Recovery

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity

Who has the right to claim authorship when we talk about artisan production?

Jazmín Ruiz Díaz (Photos courtesy of the IPA) News related to traditional handicrafts does not usually hit the headlines in Paraguayan newspapers. However, this time was different. The reason: A dispute between an association of women potters against an entrepreneur from the capital city. The accusations were cultural appropriation from one side, and of breaking… Continue reading Who has the right to claim authorship when we talk about artisan production?

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Digital Culture, Mediated Memory, Memory & Heritage

New Chapter: Fandom: Historicized Fandom and the Conversation between East and West Perspectives

Erika Ningxin Wang The chapter I have co-authored with Dr Eleonora Benecchi, Università della Svizzera Italiana, discusses the transformation of the concept of "Fandom" before and after the digital age, and the conversation between East and West. It is included in the book Digital Roots: Historicizing Media and Communication Concepts of the Digital Age, part… Continue reading New Chapter: Fandom: Historicized Fandom and the Conversation between East and West Perspectives

Uncategorized

KCL staff from CMCI and Culture collaborate with the APPG in Creative Diversity for the Creative Majority report

Dr Tamsyn Dent In September 2021, members from CMCI presented the research findings and policy recommendations from the Creative Majority report at the House of Commons. The report, produced in collaboration with King’s Culture emerged from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Creative Diversity, co-chaired by crossbench peer Baroness Bull and Labour MP Chi Onwaruh. The… Continue reading KCL staff from CMCI and Culture collaborate with the APPG in Creative Diversity for the Creative Majority report

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity, News, Uncategorized

Creative Work: Possible Futures After Covid-19 Workshop

Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Lauren England in partnership with Dr Federica Viganò from the Faculty of Education of University of Bolzen have organised an international online workshop ‘Creative Work: Possible Futures After Covid-19’.  The workshop will include 14 papers presented over two days (4th - 5th November 2021), with contributions from across Europe, the USA and South… Continue reading Creative Work: Possible Futures After Covid-19 Workshop

News

Thinnai fête: book launch of Ari Gautier’s new works

Book launch of Ari Gautier's new short story collection and second novel’s English translation, with panel discussion and Q&A. About this event: The IATIO project (India and the Indian Ocean in the Early Decolonial Period: Archipelagic Imaginaries, 1950s-1970s), Le thinnai kreyol, and King’s India Institute launch Ari Gautier’s short story collection, Nocturne Pondichéry, and The… Continue reading Thinnai fête: book launch of Ari Gautier’s new works

News

New Report on Creative Economies in Africa

Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Lauren England are delighted to announce that the final report from the AHRC funded international research network "UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING CREATIVE ECONOMIES IN AFRICA" has now been published and is available to download for free. The report provides a summary of the research journey undertaken, including the methodology and data collected across the… Continue reading New Report on Creative Economies in Africa

Alumni, Ph.D. Culture, Media and the Creative Industries

Interview with Dr Camilo Sol Inti Soler Caicedo

by Kirsty Warner In the latest post of the Alumni Blog series, I caught up with Dr Camilo Sol Inti Soler Caicedo, to find out why he chose CMCI's Ph.D. Culture, Media and the Creative Industries course and more about his academic journey, as well as what he is currently working on. Camilo Sol Inti… Continue reading Interview with Dr Camilo Sol Inti Soler Caicedo

Alumni, research

Euro 2020: could Twitter stop racist abuse before it happens?

Dr Ruth Adams of CMCI met up (online) with Dr Nicole Ferdinand, Senior Lecturer in Events Management at Oxford Brookes University, to learn more about her groundbreaking work as part of the research collective RUAIRE.  RUAIRE stands for Responsible Use of AI in Recreation and International Events, and is dedicated to using AI and other… Continue reading Euro 2020: could Twitter stop racist abuse before it happens?

Alumni, Ph.D. Culture, Media and the Creative Industries

Interview with Dr Nicole Ferdinand

by Kirsty Warner For the next post in the Alumni Blog series, I caught up with Nicole Ferdinand to find out, among other things, why she chose CMCI's Ph.D. Culture, Media and the Creative Industries course and how it prepared her for her current role. Dr Nicole Ferdinand is an expert in international marketing, festival… Continue reading Interview with Dr Nicole Ferdinand

News

New research on ‘rituals of transition’ among dating app users

Dating app users participate in ‘rituals of transition’ as they signal mutual interest and heightened intimacy by moving conversations from dating apps to social media messaging platforms such as WhatsApp. These rituals of transition occur primarily prior to, but also occasionally during, or immediately after, a date.  Fabian Broeker, CMCI PhD candidate, examines this behaviour… Continue reading New research on ‘rituals of transition’ among dating app users

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity, research

The Covid-19 crisis and ‘critical juncture’ in cultural policy: a comparative analysis of cultural policy responses in South Korea, Japan and China

Karin Ling-Fung Chau The Covid-19 pandemic has rendered the arts and culture sectors everywhere extremely vulnerable and put cultural policy under a serious common pressure. Seeing the pandemic as a significant event that has disrupted the existing institutions and discourses, many commentators are demanding a reshaping of cultural policy to cope with the crisis and… Continue reading The Covid-19 crisis and ‘critical juncture’ in cultural policy: a comparative analysis of cultural policy responses in South Korea, Japan and China

Alumni, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course

Interview with Marie-Nour Hechaime

by Kirsty Warner As part of an ongoing Alumni Blog series, I caught up with Marie-Nour Hechaime to find out, among other things,  why she chose CMCI's MA Cultural & Creative Industries course and what skills, networks, or experiences she would suggest students who want to become a curator, develop whilst at University. Marie-Nour Hechaime is a… Continue reading Interview with Marie-Nour Hechaime

conferences, Emerging Voices

CREATIVE LABOUR AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

Day Two: Friday 2nd July, 10am-15.15pm (BST)    Panel 1 - Transformations in cultural institutions  10.15-11.15am Chair: Kirsty Warner, King’s College London   Stella Toonen, King’s College London Co-creation in Covid time: Opportunities for change in museums  Abstract: Co-creation has become a prevalent term in the museum sector, but many museums are still hesitant to share power with communities, give away control and work without predetermined outcomes.… Continue reading CREATIVE LABOUR AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

conferences, Emerging Voices

CONSUMPTION, DIGITAL CULTURE AND MEMORY

CMCI Emerging Voices Conference 2021 Programme Rethinking Culture, Media and Creative Industries in the Era of Covid  Day One: Thursday 1st July, 10am-15.15pm (BST)   Keynote speaker: Dr Wing-Fai Leung, King's College London  10.00-10.45 am  Asian Body and the Virus: Decolonisation of Knowledge Production as a Method  Abstract: The global pandemic has changed the academia from e-conference, curtailed and cancelled fieldwork to numerous… Continue reading CONSUMPTION, DIGITAL CULTURE AND MEMORY

News

CMCI Researchers work on the ‘Creative Majority’ report for the APPG in Creative Diversity

Two members of CMCI, Dr Natalie Wreyford and Dr Tamsyn Dent have been working on a research project for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Creative Diversity into ‘what works’ to improve diversity and inclusion in the creative and cultural sector. The Creative Diversity APPG, co-chaired by Cross bench Peer Baroness Deborah Bull and… Continue reading CMCI Researchers work on the ‘Creative Majority’ report for the APPG in Creative Diversity

News

CREATIVE WORK: POSSIBLE FUTURES AFTER COVID-19

Dr Roberta  Comunian is involved alongside colleagues from the Faculty of Education of University of Bolzen (Dr Federica Vigano) and University of Dundee (Dr Lauren England) in the organisation of a Call for Papers and an online international Workshop (4-5 Nov, 2021) on the theme: Creative Work: Possible Futures after Covid-19.   The Covid-19 pandemic has re-shaped the… Continue reading CREATIVE WORK: POSSIBLE FUTURES AFTER COVID-19

Alumni, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course

Interview with Danielle Green

by Kirsty Warner On Wednesday 3rd March, the Arts and Humanities Alumni Panel saw four panelists gather to discuss the growing variety of routes into different creative careers. Danielle Green, the Associate Director of Annual Giving for NYU Stern School of Business was one member of this panel discussion.  Danielle Green is a fundraising and… Continue reading Interview with Danielle Green

Alumni, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course, Uncategorized

Interview with Lisha Yan

by Kirsty Warner As part of an ongoing Alumni Blog series, I caught up with Lisha Yan to find out, among other things, why she chose CMCI's MA Art's & Cultural Management Course and how the course prepared her for a future working the cultural and creative industries.   Lisha Yan is an expert in television… Continue reading Interview with Lisha Yan

Alumni, MA Arts and Cultural Management

Interview with Gabrielle Young

by Kirsty Warner As part of an ongoing Alumni Blog series, I caught up with Gabrielle Young to find out more about her experience on CMCI's MA Art's & Cultural Management Course. As part of the following interview, she discusses, among other things, how her time at King's helped to prepare her for her current career,… Continue reading Interview with Gabrielle Young

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Digital Culture, Representation, Uncategorized

An Invitation to Translate

Dr Ricarda Vidal How do you translate a poem into a film, how do you render a soundscape in words, what will this look like when it is turned back into a poem? How could it be performed?  I’d like to invite you to listen, watch and read the example below – and as you… Continue reading An Invitation to Translate

News

Emeritus Professor Richard Howells conducted an interview with David A Andelman

CMCI Emeritus Professor Richard Howells conducted an online interview with New York Times and CBS correspondent David A Andelman. It began with questions about his new book: A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars that Might Still Happen, before the conversation expanded to current events. Questions from the audience followed. The event, which… Continue reading Emeritus Professor Richard Howells conducted an interview with David A Andelman

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, events

Future Festivals South Africa

Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Jonathan Gross We are leading on a one-year project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Future Festivals South Africa: Possibilities for the Age of Covid-19 is an international collaborative project developed in collaboration with Prof Jen Snowball, Delon Tarendaal and Fiona Drummond at Rhodes University (South Africa). It aims… Continue reading Future Festivals South Africa

Alumni, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course

Interview with Alicia Liu

by Kirsty Warner In the latest Alumni interview, I caught up with Alicia Liu, to find out, among other things, why she chose CMCI's MA Cultural and Creative Industries Course, how this course helped to prepare her for her career, and what advice she would give to students currently enrolled on the course. Alicia Liu… Continue reading Interview with Alicia Liu

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour

Supporting the cultural industries using venture capital: a policy experiment from South Korea

Dr Hye-Kyung Lee On 24 March 2021, I gave a talk “Supporting the cultural industries using venture capital: a policy experiment from South Korea” in the CMCI staff seminar.  The talk was based on the findings of my fieldwork in Seoul in 2019, and my paper with the same title is currently being reviewed by a journal. The… Continue reading Supporting the cultural industries using venture capital: a policy experiment from South Korea

articles, students

CMCI Careers Event: Building a Career in a Sector in Transition: Employability, Resilience and the CMCI

On Thursday 1st April, the CMCI Careers Committee hosted their second event of the week, which was orientated around the importance of resilience within the CMCIs, and how to navigate the sector whilst it is in transition. Within the discussion, we were lucky to host three professionals with diverse career histories: Marine Van Schoonbeck, who… Continue reading CMCI Careers Event: Building a Career in a Sector in Transition: Employability, Resilience and the CMCI

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, events

Racism as a Virus: Creative and Collective Responses to Sinophobia and Racist Discourses

Dr. Wing-Fai Leung The global coronavirus transmission has made the world a volatile place. Racist hate crimes against Chinese, East Asian and Southeast Asian descents in North America and the UK have surged. Singaporean student Jonathan Mok was beaten by a group of youths on Oxford Street, London, in February 2020, which symbolised the rising… Continue reading Racism as a Virus: Creative and Collective Responses to Sinophobia and Racist Discourses

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Creative Economy & Cultures of Production

Exploring multiple nightlife

Jiawei Zhao  The question “what is the night?” was common for asking the time in early Modern England; it is now worth questioning again to understand how people perceive the night and their nightlife when we witness more people spend their night differently.  By definition, the night is the period from sunset to sunrise when it is dark outside and… Continue reading Exploring multiple nightlife

News

New Report for the European Parliament: The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union

Dr Mafalda Dâmaso co-wrote with Culture Action Europe (the main European network of cultural networks, organisations, artists, activists, academics and policymakers) a new report for the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament titled “The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union”. The report’s… Continue reading New Report for the European Parliament: The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, events, Memory & Heritage

Fan Studies Research Seminar at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Erika Ningxin Wang I was invited as a guest speaker at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), the Chinese campus of the University of Liverpool, to give a talk entitled “Resistance or Negotiation? The Relationship between Chinese Fan Culture and the Mainstream Power Discourse”. On Friday, 2nd April 2021, Professor Marco Pellitteri chaired the seminar in School… Continue reading Fan Studies Research Seminar at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Alumni, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course

Interview with Betsy Brand

by Kirsty Warner As part of an ongoing Alumni Blog series, I caught up with Betsy Brand to find out more about her experience on CMCI's MA Cultural and Creative Industries Course. As part of the following interview, she discusses, among other things, her typical working day and how Covid-19 has impacted it, how she came to enter… Continue reading Interview with Betsy Brand

Alumni

Interview with Gabriel Whitehead

by Kirsty Warner On Wednesday 10th February, the Arts & Humanities Digital Skills & Creative Arts event saw four panellists gather to discuss the growing value of digital skills to the cultural and creative industries. Gabriel Whitehead was one member of this panel discussion. I followed up with him after the event to discuss how his studies at King’s… Continue reading Interview with Gabriel Whitehead

Alumni, MA Arts and Cultural Management

Interview with Khayla Jordan Golucke

by Kirsty Warner As part of the Alumni Blog series, I caught up with Khayla Jordan Golucke to find out, among other things, why she chose CMCI's MA Arts & Cultural Management course, how this course helped to prepare her for her future after graduation, and to ask what advice she would give to students… Continue reading Interview with Khayla Jordan Golucke

conferences, Emerging Voices

Rethinking Culture, Media and Creative Industries in the Era of Covid

CMCI Postgraduate Conference, King’s College London, 1-2 July 2021 CALL FOR PROPOSALS The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries of King’s College London will host its first online postgraduate conference – Rethinking Culture, Media and Creative Industries in the Era of Covid – in July 2021. This year, the CMCI PGR conference will set… Continue reading Rethinking Culture, Media and Creative Industries in the Era of Covid

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour

What does it mean to be sustainable?

Lindsay Parker When asked what my PhD topis is, my usual response is “fashion and sustainability”. These are terms that are recognisable and used frequently however, their precise definitions (particularly when used within an academic context) are complex and contested. Part of my research is concerned with how different people give meaning to these terms… Continue reading What does it mean to be sustainable?

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Representation

Why Queer Fashion is important

Veronica Gargallo Llamas When I tell people that I am doing my research on the topic of ‘queer fashion’ they mostly respond by saying that it sounds interesting or ‘cool’ but not necessarily knowing what it means exactly. I don’t blame them, even researching the subject myself sometimes I struggle to pinpoint an exact concrete… Continue reading Why Queer Fashion is important

Alumni

Interview with Marcela Kopytko

by Kirsty Warner On Wednesday 10th February, the Arts & Humanities Digital Skills & Creative Arts event saw four panellists gather to discuss the growing value of digital skills to the cultural and creative industries. Marcela Kopytko was one member of this panel discussion. I followed up with her after the event to discuss how her studies at King’s prepared… Continue reading Interview with Marcela Kopytko

News

New UNESCO report published: Gender and Creativity: Progress on the precipice

Dr Bridget Conor has just published a new report for UNESCO: Gender and Creativity: Progress on the precipice. The report is based on more than a year of research and collaboration with UNESCO and partners assessing our collective progress towards gender equality in cultural and media industries. It's also sounding a warning: progress is far from guaranteed,… Continue reading New UNESCO report published: Gender and Creativity: Progress on the precipice

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Representation

Care and co-creation – CMCI students explore the civic role of arts

The past year has been a challenging one, with COVID-19 uprooting our lives but also sparking thoughts and desires about how we might want to reset the way we want to live and how communities operate.  As we slowly emerge into whatever might be the ‘new normal’, arts organisations are helping to shape the future:… Continue reading Care and co-creation – CMCI students explore the civic role of arts

Alumni, MA Cultural and Creative Industries course

Interview with Joshua Dedman

by Kirsty Warner As part of a new Alumni Blog series I caught up with Joshua Dedman to find out, among other things, why he chose CMCI's MA Cultural and Creative Industries Course, how this course helped to prepare him for his current career, and what advice he would give to students currently enrolled on… Continue reading Interview with Joshua Dedman

News

Clara de Massol: Winner of the MSA Excellent Paper Award

Last year's winner of the Memory Study Association Excellent Paper Award is Clara de Massol de Rebetz, with her article 'Remembrance Day for Lost Species. Remembering and Mourning Extinction in the Anthropocene'. Clara is a PhD candidate at King’s College London in the CMCI department, supervised by Dr Jessica Rapson. Her article was published last September… Continue reading Clara de Massol: Winner of the MSA Excellent Paper Award

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Representation

Care Manifesto

Manfredi de Bernard and Takao Terui The Care Manifesto stresses the need for and elaborates on an alternative to the neoliberal principles that regulate both our personal and shared existence. Informed by feminist, antiracist and eco-socialist theories, the authors argue for a radical change in the current understandings of human life, individualist and productivity. They… Continue reading Care Manifesto

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, conferences, Digital Culture, Uncategorized

Oral evidence: The future of Public Service Broadcasting

On Tuesday 17th November 2020, CMCI Professor Jeanette Steemers offered oral evidence to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for its inquiry on the future of public service broadcasting. In a panel together with Dr Caitriona Noonan, Senior Lecturer, Media and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies… Continue reading Oral evidence: The future of Public Service Broadcasting

News

AHRC Award for Experiential Translation Network

We are pleased to announce that Dr Ricarda Vidal (CMCI, KCL) and Dr Madeleine Campbell (Edinburgh University) have been awarded an AHRC Network grant. The network comprises academics, artists and translators from the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong, Hungary and Poland and explores translation between languages (interlingual) and between media (intersemiotic) as a method of creation and… Continue reading AHRC Award for Experiential Translation Network

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Digital Culture, Media Industries

Five tips for producing a short academic video

Nina Vindum Rasmussen Universities all over the world are scrapping face-to-face lectures and pivoting toward audiovisual delivery of events and conferences. What tools and skills are required to create video content that transcends the Zoom aesthetic we have grown so accustomed to? In this essay, I want to share five practical tips I have picked… Continue reading Five tips for producing a short academic video

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Digital Culture

Ut[app]ías del deseo: An artistic project on utopias, desire and dating apps

Jazmín Ruiz Díaz In the face of the pandemic, there is no need to overexplain that as a PhD student, I needed to find the right mechanisms to cope with anxiety, uncertainty and a severe case of writer’s block after the lockdown started in the UK, while my home country, Paraguay, took a much strict… Continue reading Ut[app]ías del deseo: An artistic project on utopias, desire and dating apps

News, Uncategorized

NEW BOOK by Anna Woodham on “unloved” museum collections

We’re pleased to announce that CMCI lecturer Dr Anna Woodham’s new edited book has just been published: Exploring Emotion, Care and Enthusiasm in “Unloved” Museum Collections. Edited with Dr Rianedd Smith and Dr Alison Hess, the book focuses on the millions of items that are held in museum collections around the world but which are… Continue reading NEW BOOK by Anna Woodham on “unloved” museum collections

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Mediated Memory

Remembering life using social media during pandemic times

Taylor Annabell Like many in the CMCI academic community, my research has adapted and responded to the unfolding social environment brought about by Covid-19. In fact, entering lockdown in the UK on the 23rd March 2020 was the midway point for me in my fieldwork interviews. My PhD looks at how memory is entangled in… Continue reading Remembering life using social media during pandemic times

Digital Culture, Media Industries

Besides the Screen 2020 Online Festival

Dr Virginia Crisp 2020 was supposed to be a big year for the network I co-founded with Dr Gabriel Menotti,  Besides the Screen. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the network, we had events planned in Brazil, China, Portugal, Italy, Germany and the UK throughout the year. We were also looking forward to the publication… Continue reading Besides the Screen 2020 Online Festival

News

Roger Fry, Bloomsbury, Transfer Lithography and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa collection

Richard Howells, CMCI's Professor of Cultural Sociology has a new research article published on Roger Fry, Bloomsbury, and transfer lithography.  Here, he has filled a gap in the existing literature, locating Fry’s use of the medium within the context of Bloomsbury innovation before the Second World War.   Special attention is then paid to the… Continue reading Roger Fry, Bloomsbury, Transfer Lithography and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa collection

Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity, Representation

A PhD Overview in Three Acts: Cauldrons, Super Bowls and Export-grade Joy

Dr Camilo Solinti Soler Caicedo On January 11th, 2020, on a final wrap-up fieldwork visit, I was approached by a hip-hop dancer, who had seemingly heard of my research on salsa: “Brayan: They told me you are doing a research to find out why the best dancers always come from the ghettoCamilo: You could say…… Continue reading A PhD Overview in Three Acts: Cauldrons, Super Bowls and Export-grade Joy

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity, Representation

The Asian Cultural Policy Research Seminar Series

Takao Teuri Dr Hye-Kyung Lee (CMCI), Karin Chau (CMCI), and I (Takao Terui, CMCI) launched a new seminar series titled Asian Cultural Policy Research Seminar Series (ACPRSS). This series aims to broaden our understandings about the cultural and creative industries /cultural policy and to contribute to de-Westernising this field and de-colonising our curriculum, by sharing voices… Continue reading The Asian Cultural Policy Research Seminar Series

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity

Creative Economy Research Frontiers Seminar Series – Creative Work and Gender: Barriers and Activism

Dr Tamsyn Dent & Dr Kate McMillan Dr Tamsyn Dent and Dr Kate McMillan both presented research as part of the Creative Economy Research Frontiers Seminar Series, organised and hosted by CMCI and DISCE.EU in partnership with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), Nesta. The event, Creative Work and Gender: Barriers and Activism… Continue reading Creative Economy Research Frontiers Seminar Series – Creative Work and Gender: Barriers and Activism

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour

Creative and cultural work without filters: Covid-19 and exposed precarity in the creative economy

Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Lauren England  In the first of our DISCE Webinars Dr Roberta Comunian, DISCE researcher, presented some of her work (with colleague Dr Lauren England at King’s College London) on the impact of Covid-19 on creative and cultural workers. The review article “Creative and cultural work without filters: Covid-19 and exposed precarity… Continue reading Creative and cultural work without filters: Covid-19 and exposed precarity in the creative economy

News, Uncategorized

Curating Expertise Museum Survey

Are you a current or former museum and gallery professional working in the UK or internationally? Dr Serena Iervolino (CMCI) and Dr Stuart Dunn (DDH) are inviting colleagues in the sector to complete a survey that aims to explore the perspectives and experiences of current and former museum and gallery professionals in relation to graduate employability in… Continue reading Curating Expertise Museum Survey

Mediated Memory, Memory & Heritage, Representation

Emotionally Demanding Research in Lockdown

Lauren Cantillon One definition of ‘emotionally demanding research’ is ‘research that demands a tremendous amount of mental, emotional, or physical energy and potentially affects or depletes the researcher’s health or well-being’ (Kumar and Cavallaro, 2017, p.648). There is an ever-growing literature on how to protect the mental wellbeing of a researcher or research team when… Continue reading Emotionally Demanding Research in Lockdown

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Digital Culture, Media Industries

Children who are well informed are less worried – A study in 42 countries on “Children, Media, and COVID-19”

Professor Jeanette Steemers  Together with Cardiff University, CMCI administered the UK component of a worldwide survey of 4,322 children aged between 9 and 13 in 42 countries.  289 UK children took part in the survey over a period of 10 days from 16-26 April, the second-highest number after Belgium, also a country that has experienced… Continue reading Children who are well informed are less worried – A study in 42 countries on “Children, Media, and COVID-19”

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity

“Social Enterprises, Social Innovation and the Creative Economy” – Special issue of the Social Enterprise Journal

Dr Roberta Comunian and Denderah Rickmers The creative economy is dead – long live the creative-social economies CMCI staff are involved in the launch of a new special issue of the Social Enterprise Journal on the creative-social economies. Dr Roberta Comunian and PhD Denderah Rickermers have curated the special issue and written the editorial (with… Continue reading “Social Enterprises, Social Innovation and the Creative Economy” – Special issue of the Social Enterprise Journal

News, Uncategorized

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES RESEARCH FRONTIERS: SEMINAR SERIES – now online

We are delighted to announce that the Creative Industries Research Frontiers seminar series, which is co-organised by King’s College London and the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), has now moved fully ONLINE. There are two sessions coming up in June. Don't miss presentations by CMCI's Kate McMillan and Tamsyn Dent on 1st June. Seminar 3:… Continue reading CREATIVE INDUSTRIES RESEARCH FRONTIERS: SEMINAR SERIES – now online

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Digital Culture

Creative Higher Education and the impact of Covid-19

Dr Roberta Comunian, Dr Tamsyn Dent and Dr Lauren England Dr Roberta Comunian, Dr Tamsyn Dent and Dr Lauren England have launched this week a new website and research project – in collaboration with the H2020 funded project DISCE (Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies). The project entitled ‘Creative Higher Education and the impact of… Continue reading Creative Higher Education and the impact of Covid-19

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Digital Culture, Representation

Facebook as Focus Group Tool

Katrin Schindel Faced with the impossibility of conducting research in person due to the current pandemic, many researchers find themselves looking for alternative online methods. This often poses new practical and ethical considerations, with some academics trying out online research they might not have encountered yet. Since my PhD project has been designed as an… Continue reading Facebook as Focus Group Tool

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Cultures of Creativity, Digital Culture, Mediated Memory, Representation

Lockdown Fashion: An exploration of dressing at home in 2020

Yana Reynolds As a fashion sociologist, I have always been fascinated by everyday sartorial behaviours as a mechanism that allows to ‘articulate the relationship between a particular body and its lived milieu, the space occupied by bodies and constituted by bodily actions’, as fashion theorist Jennifer Craik put it. But what happens to dress in… Continue reading Lockdown Fashion: An exploration of dressing at home in 2020

News, Uncategorized

COVID-19, Society & the Elderly – some ugly truths

In times of public emergency, social truths are revealed. The coronavirus crisis is one such emergency, and it reveals that the lives of the elderly appear to matter less and, in some cases, are even deemed disposable", writes CMCI PhD-student Shir Shimoni. Her chilling article "How coronavirus exposes the way we regard ageing and old… Continue reading COVID-19, Society & the Elderly – some ugly truths

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Creativity & Cultural Labour

Gigabitesback – CMCI community – sharing resilience

CMCI Gigabites team At a time like this, our first thoughts are for everyone’s health and wellbeing. We are a community of students, staff and alumni drawn from many parts of the world, and our experiences of the current crisis will take many forms depending on our own circumstances and current conditions of ’social distancing’… Continue reading Gigabitesback – CMCI community – sharing resilience

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Gigabitesback – CMCI community – sharing resilience

At a time like this, our first thoughts are for everyone’s health and wellbeing. We are a community of students, staff and alumni drawn from many parts of the world, and our experiences of the current crisis will take many forms depending on our own circumstances and current conditions of ’social distancing’ and ‘isolation'. Nevertheless,… Continue reading Gigabitesback – CMCI community – sharing resilience

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Creativity & Cultural Labour, Cultures of Creativity, Media Industries

The Birth of the Creative Industries Revisited

Dr Jonathan Gross CMCI began life in 2002 as an MA in Cultural & Creative Industries. This led in 2007 to the launch of the Centre for Culture, Media & Creative Industries, becoming a ‘Department’ in 2010. We now welcome students from all over the world to our three MA programmes (and soon to our… Continue reading The Birth of the Creative Industries Revisited

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Digital Culture, Media Industries

Shaping digital methodologies and ethics at Humboldt University’s MeDiA Lab

Fabian Broeker As part of my PhD research, I am currently carrying out a year of ethnographic fieldwork in Berlin, focusing on the intersection between technology, culture, and the mythology of the city among dating app users. Professor Christoph Bareither graciously agreed to supervise me during this year as a visiting PhD researcher at Humboldt… Continue reading Shaping digital methodologies and ethics at Humboldt University’s MeDiA Lab

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Representation

East Asian Popular Culture as a Disruptor 2020 Symposium Report

Liang Ge The East Asian Popular Culture as a Disruptor Symposium was successfully held at King's College London on 6th March 2020 attended by 15 PhD students and early career researchers across the UK. As the initiator and organiser of this symposium, I would like to, first of all, express my sincere thanks to all… Continue reading East Asian Popular Culture as a Disruptor 2020 Symposium Report

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Museum Curation

The Lost Girl – practice as research

Dr Kate McMillan  In a recent public lecture, the well-known curator and art critic Nicolas Bourriaud declared that when he has questions, he makes an exhibition, and when he has answers he writes a book. This statement really resonated for me, as both an artist and a writer on art. During the course of my… Continue reading The Lost Girl – practice as research

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Cultures of Creativity, Representation

Practising Hope in the Netherlands

Dr Jonathan Gross Just three days after the UK left the European Union I travelled to Nijmegen in the eastern Netherlands. I was there to visit the HAN University of Applied Sciences, which holds an annual International Week. This is the opportunity for students to attend workshops offered by academics from across Europe and beyond. I… Continue reading Practising Hope in the Netherlands

Digital Culture, Memory & Heritage, Representation

Understanding contemporary Chinese national identity formation through Taiwan

Andong Li Scholarship of nationalism studies has been trying hard to respond to the paradox that nationalist sentiment sharply surges in many countries while the world is becoming more digitalised and globalised. It seems to be increasingly obvious that the cosmopolitan promise of globalisation and digitisation has failed, and cross-Strait (Chinese mainland-Taiwan) relations might be… Continue reading Understanding contemporary Chinese national identity formation through Taiwan

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Digital Culture, Museum Curation

Curating expertise: Towards an Interdisciplinary Museums Studies Research Agenda at KCL

Dr Serena Iervolino and Dr Stuart Dunn There has recently been much interest and attention within King’s College London to the field of museum studies. This is hardly surprising: the university sits within one of the richest and most diverse cultural cities in the world, surrounded by gems such as the British Museum, the National… Continue reading Curating expertise: Towards an Interdisciplinary Museums Studies Research Agenda at KCL

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INAUGURAL LECTURE: This Thing Called Art – Nick Wilson, Professor of Culture & Creativity

The Great Hall, King's College London, 12 February, 18.30-21.30 If you're wondering what we mean by ‘this thing called art’, then join us in the Great Hall on 12th February and listen to the inaugural lecture by CMCI Professor Nick Wilson. Prof. Wilson suggests there is much more at stake than the creation and enjoyment… Continue reading INAUGURAL LECTURE: This Thing Called Art – Nick Wilson, Professor of Culture & Creativity

News, Uncategorized

TALK: Environmental Racism in the United States

Thursday 6th February, 6.30pm-7.45pm This event is part of the British Academy's season on Sustainable Futures Environmental racism is on the rise in the United States, with minority and impoverished communities much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air. In this event, CMCI Senior Lecturer Jessica Rapson (CMCI) and co-researcher Lucy Bond… Continue reading TALK: Environmental Racism in the United States

Representation

The ‘Migration Crisis’ in Italy: a Crisis of Identity?

Maria Paola Pofi My PhD research project aims at investigating the phenomena of human mobility (migration) and mediated mobility (mediation) across national borders through a study of migrant transnational lives in Italy. In particular, placing the research within the context of the ‘migration crisis’ – and the conflicts over cultural diversity it triggered – has… Continue reading The ‘Migration Crisis’ in Italy: a Crisis of Identity?

Digital Culture, Media Industries

Response to Ofcom Consultation on BBC Children’s news and first-run UK originations and the BBC’s request to change its Operating Licence

Due to significant changes in children’s viewing habits, the BBC requested that Ofcom change its operating licence to implement changes to its children’s news bulletin Newsround, and the Corporation’s quota of original productions for children. In November 2019, Ofcom opened a consultation on the BBC’s plans inviting other interested parties to comment. This piece is… Continue reading Response to Ofcom Consultation on BBC Children’s news and first-run UK originations and the BBC’s request to change its Operating Licence

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Digital Culture, Media Industries

Industry and Academia Meet in Edinburgh to Discuss AI-Driven Creativity

Nina Vindum Rasmussen The hype is real: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is truly having a moment. The broad term refers to devices designed to act intelligently by mimicking the cognitive functions of the human brain. Advances in AI are disrupting major industries, including the creative sector. News headlines chronicle how AI and machine learning are aiding… Continue reading Industry and Academia Meet in Edinburgh to Discuss AI-Driven Creativity

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Museum Curation, Representation

Chile: Doing research in times of social change

Catalina Urtubia Figueroa Just two months ago, Chilean president Sebastian Piñera stated in a televised interview that Chile was “an oasis in Latin America”, referring to its stable democracy and growing economy. On October 18th, it became evident that Chile was more likely to be a mirage when mass protests kicked off in Santiago due… Continue reading Chile: Doing research in times of social change

Cultures of Creativity, Digital Culture, Museum Curation, News, Representation, Uncategorised

#KuñaJesareko: Instagram as a place for the female gaze

Jazmín Ruiz Díaz I have recently had the opportunity of presenting my book chapter The Female Gaze in Times of Selfies as a member of the Feminist & Gender Research Reading Group at King’s/Queen Mary (Liss DTP). This chapter — part of the book Amalgama: Women, Identity & Diaspora— represents the culmination of what started… Continue reading #KuñaJesareko: Instagram as a place for the female gaze

News, Uncategorized

Climate Change, Feminism, Creativity & Memory – a CFP & an Exhibition

Symposium: 30 Jan. 2020, 10:00 to 18:00 Deadline for Proposals of 200-300 words: 13th Dec. 2019 Exhibition: 13 Jan. - 28 Feb. 2020 Bush House Arcade, London On 30 January 2020, the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London will present a symposium organised by CMCI lecturer and artist Kate McMillan. They… Continue reading Climate Change, Feminism, Creativity & Memory – a CFP & an Exhibition

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production

Understanding And Supporting Creative Economies In Africa Conference

Sana Kim and Manfredi De Bernard On the 14thof November CMCI department hosted Understanding and Supporting Creative Economies In Africa, a one day international conference, which served as a closing event of the AHRC funded research network Understanding And Supporting Creative Economies In Africa: Education, Networks And Policyled by Dr Roberta Comunian (King’s College London)… Continue reading Understanding And Supporting Creative Economies In Africa Conference

Digital Culture, Media Industries

China on the Move and the Children Left Behind

Xiaoying Han My research interest in children’s media grew out of my time studying for a master’s degree in journalism. I came across an online forum called ‘Left-behind Children Bar’, the members of which were mainly left-behind children in China. Many of them posted about their hatred towards their parents and their feelings of abandonment.… Continue reading China on the Move and the Children Left Behind

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production

Reconceptualising the Public-Private Partnership in Cultural Policy: The Insights from the Historical Research of UK Film Policy

Takao Terui To fully understand the culture, media and creative industries, the public policy for them is a fundamentally essential issue. That’s why I have been exploring cultural policy as my doctoral research theme. I began to be particularly intrigued by the practices and history of UK cultural policy since I moved to Coventry and… Continue reading Reconceptualising the Public-Private Partnership in Cultural Policy: The Insights from the Historical Research of UK Film Policy

News, Uncategorized

NEW BOOK: Screen Media for Arab and European Children

We're pleased to announce that CMCI Prof Jeanette Steemers's new book has just been published: Screen Media for Arab and European Children: Policy and Production Encounters in a Multiplatform Era addresses gaps in our understanding of processes that underpin the making and circulation of children's screen contents across the Arab region and Europe. Taking account of… Continue reading NEW BOOK: Screen Media for Arab and European Children

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Future of Film Summit 2019

King’s is partnering with Future of Film Summit 2019 on a one-day conference designed to shape and create the future of film and storytelling. Taking place at BFI Southbank in London on 26 November, the event will feature world-class speakers behind works such as Ad Astra, Blade Runner 2049 and Black Mirror as well as hands-on sessions on the latest tech/strategies… Continue reading Future of Film Summit 2019

News, Uncategorized

Radical Education by the Sea

Raphael Sieraczek (PhD student at CMCI) together with his colleague Uwe Derksen have successfully established a radical educational project in the vibrant town of Margate (Kent) described by journalists as 'Shoreditch-on-Sea'. The Margate School (TMS) is an independent liberal art school with post-graduate provision and community outreach offering a wide range of short courses as well… Continue reading Radical Education by the Sea

News, Uncategorized

Poetry Book Launch: Home on the Move

4th October Ledbury Book Festival's Poetry Salon at Ledbury Books and Maps Ledbury High Street, Ledbury, 7-9pm Ricarda Vidal (an academic at CMCI) and Manuela Perteghella will be launching their poetry collection Home on the Move: Two Poems go on a Journey with an introduction, poetry readings and a roundtable discussion, followed by Q&A. The… Continue reading Poetry Book Launch: Home on the Move

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Cohen Returns to BFI Southbank For 2 Events on History of Musicals

On November 4, CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Harvey G Cohen will be hosting two events at the British Film Institute Southbank venue, as part of their 2-month “Musicals” film series during October and November. At one event, at 6:20PM, Cohen will sum up his new book Who’s In the Money: The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s… Continue reading Cohen Returns to BFI Southbank For 2 Events on History of Musicals

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Sixteen Sixty Six and All That

Just back from Sweden is CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells, who was invited to give a lecture, workshop and a research seminar at Lund University, which was founded in 1666. His lecture and workshop were about defining and researching visual culture, while his research seminar was on his current work in progress on a famous literary… Continue reading Sixteen Sixty Six and All That

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Interview with Harvey G. Cohen: music, academia… and life

Whilst researching his next book at Indiana University, Harvey Cohen, cultural historian and senior lecturer at CMCI, was interviewed by the National Public Radio station WFIU for their weekly 'Profiles' programme. Click the image below to find out about Dr Cohen's books, his work on music and the music industry, his research and teaching philosophy,… Continue reading Interview with Harvey G. Cohen: music, academia… and life

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Memory & Heritage, Museum Curation

The new activist museum agenda: an interview with Dr Red Chidgey

Protest has become a popular topic of interest in the national arts and heritage sector.  In the past year alone, The British Museum hosted I object, an exhibition dedicated to protest objects running from graffiti on a Babylonian brick to a recent anti-Trump Pussyhat. The Imperial War Museum celebrated peace activism in People Power, and… Continue reading The new activist museum agenda: an interview with Dr Red Chidgey

News, Uncategorized

And Then There Were Three

The third edition of the CMCI research microsite is now up: eight new blog posts which explore research and thinking from staff and research students working here in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries. In our third edition, many of the contributions outline research projects that are concerned with media representation and subjectivities in particular cultural, socioeconomic… Continue reading And Then There Were Three

Audiences, Participation & Engagement

Media education in the age of digital capitalism

Professor David Buckingham Readers of this site would probably agree that all of us need to study and learn about contemporary media – and that includes children. Teaching about media in schools is by no means a new development: in the UK, it can be traced back to the 1930s, both as part of English… Continue reading Media education in the age of digital capitalism

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Museum Curation

The co-created museum: art institutions’ search for new roles and relevance

Stella Toonen  When visiting museums as a child I was always fascinated by the exotic stories from far away countries or the extraordinary ideas coming from the creative minds of the featured artists. When I grew up, that fascination transformed into wanting to find out where those stories and ideas came from, and especially who… Continue reading The co-created museum: art institutions’ search for new roles and relevance

Creativity & Cultural Labour, Representation

Intersemiotic Journeys between Practice and Theory

Dr Ricarda Vidal   Can we translate between poetry and dance, between painting and music, between scent and performance in the same way as we translate between French and English in literary translation? How would such a translation differ from response, adaptation or illustration? And what might we find out about communication if we tried to… Continue reading Intersemiotic Journeys between Practice and Theory

Digital Culture, Media Industries, Representation

A Window into South Africa through Reality TV and Social Media

Addiel Dzinoreva In 1994 South Africa finally ended apartheid and a new country led by Nelson Mandela was born, carrying the hopes and dreams of previously disenfranchised black people. For black people in the media and creative industries, and hopeful storytellers like myself, there was great excitement about the opportunities the new dispensation provided for… Continue reading A Window into South Africa through Reality TV and Social Media

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Digital Culture, Media Industries, Representation

Researching Media, Gender, and Sexuality in East Asia

Dr Eva Cheuk-Yin Li Broadly speaking, my academic and teaching interests focus on two inter-related areas. Firstly, East Asian media and culture. Secondly, gender and sexuality through the lens of the multi-directional flows of transnational and regional popular culture, audience participation (or non-participation), and everyday practices. I am interested in understanding the interplay between media… Continue reading Researching Media, Gender, and Sexuality in East Asia

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Museum Curation

Museums in Arabia Conference: An Intercultural Dialogue through Museum Practice

Miruna Mirica-Damian At the end of June, King's College London hosted the Museums in Arabia conference, a thought-provoking event that united scholars and practitioners interested in the development of the cultural sector in the Arabic Peninsula. The interesting mix of ideas emerging either from academic research or from work experience created the feeling of an… Continue reading Museums in Arabia Conference: An Intercultural Dialogue through Museum Practice