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Emeritus Professor Richard Howells interviewed by 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 interviewed by 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 Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Jonathan Gross (CMCI Department, King's College London) 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… 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, Dr Hye-Kyung Lee 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 her fieldwork in Seoul in 2019, and her paper with the same title is currently being reviewed by a… Continue reading Supporting the cultural industries using venture capital: a policy experiment from South Korea

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Creativity & Cultural Labour

Un-Governing the Neoliberal Subject: Humanities in the Service of Cultural Criticism

Jessica Davis Under the influence of neoliberal tendencies, knowledge generation within academia is increasingly focused on heightened productivity, metric performance, and enhanced competitiveness. Within this context, the university has been characterized by its recalibration through a new market logic (De Angelis and Harvie, 2009). Demonstrable in this regard is the reconfiguration of higher education as… Continue reading Un-Governing the Neoliberal Subject: Humanities in the Service of Cultural Criticism

Creativity & Cultural Labour, Digital Culture, Emerging Voices

Trans-Disciplinary Fieldwork and Post-Fieldwork at CMCI

Camilo Sol Inti Soler Caicedo When I mention that I do research on dance, I am always pleased to see faces of interest, curiosity and intrigue. What is even more enthralling for me, and seemingly for those who listen to my doctoral accounts until the end, is the diversity of approaches I used during fieldwork… Continue reading Trans-Disciplinary Fieldwork and Post-Fieldwork at CMCI

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CRAFT, SKILLS & MAKING: THE RESEARCH FRONTIER

Dr Roberta Comunian and PhD student Lauren England have been presenting their research at Ca' Foscari University of Venice as part of a symposium on craft, skills and making. The event brought together international researchers to discuss the frontier of craft research, taking in both traditional and contemporary practices. Lauren presented her current doctoral research… Continue reading CRAFT, SKILLS & MAKING: THE RESEARCH FRONTIER

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The Ethics of Fashion

Dr Joanne Entwistle has returned from Getaria in the Spanish Basque Country where she has been speaking on a summer course at the Christobal Balenciaga Museum. It was entitled: “Towards an ethics of fashion: challenges and advances” and investigated how fashion converges with society, culture and the economy. It questioned the relations between the whole… Continue reading The Ethics of Fashion

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Intersemiotic Journeys

Dr Ricarda Vidal is celebrating the successful launch event for her new book: Translating across Sensory and Linguistic Borders: Intersemiotic Journeys between Media (Palgrave 2019), co-edited with Madeleine Campbell. The well-attended event was held here at King’s. The volume draws together theoretical and creative contributions from translators, artists, performers, academics and curators who have explored “intersemiotic translation”… Continue reading Intersemiotic Journeys

Emerging Voices, News

The Second’s Out

Out now: the second edition of news on the CMCI Microsite. This new edition includes five new blog posts which explore the research and thinking from staff and research students working in the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, here at King's College London. There are contributions from Dr Bridget Conor, Dr Roberta Comunian and Lauren England, Dr… Continue reading The Second’s Out

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Rolling the DISCE

A team of CMCI researchers have begun work on the €2.9 project, Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies (DISCE), funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020). Building on their previous work on creative labour, creative eco-systems and cultural policy, the KCL team - Roberta Comunian, Bridget Conor, Tamsyn Dent, Jonathan Gross and Nick Wilson -… Continue reading Rolling the DISCE

Creativity & Cultural Labour, Digital Culture

Investigating Cosmic Wellness

Dr Bridget Conor  On 19th November 2017, a new Instagram post appeared on the official goop Instagram feed, a 30 second video announcing: ‘The wait is over. GOOPGLOW is here 👏. A power shot of 6 potent antioxidants in one tiny package. Simply mix the powder with water, stir and #bottomsup (it’s delicious p.s.).’ The… Continue reading Investigating Cosmic Wellness

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production

Creative emerging economies: Fieldwork in Lagos 

Dr Roberta Comunian and Lauren England In April 2019 we undertook an intensive week of fieldwork in Lagos (Nigeria) as part of an AHRC funded research network “Understanding and Supporting Creative Economies in Africa: Education, Networks And Policy”. ​In line with the Highlight Notice and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to… Continue reading Creative emerging economies: Fieldwork in Lagos 

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Emerging Voices

CMCI Emerging Voices Conference 2019

Lauren Cantillon On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th June, the CMCI department was delighted to welcome over 100 speakers and delegates from around the world to our annual postgraduate conference, CMCI Emerging Voices. Held in Bush House, this year’s conference theme was ‘Beyond Disciplines’ – chosen by the organising committee to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of… Continue reading CMCI Emerging Voices Conference 2019

Creative Economy & Cultures of Production, Digital Culture

Immersive Promotional Media

Dr Stephanie Janes I’m coming to the end of the first year of my British Academy Postdoctoral Research project on Immersive Promotional Media (IPM). This is a 3-year project which will use interviews, focus group and analysis of immersive marketing campaigns to paint a clearer picture of what immersive promotional media is, how it is… Continue reading Immersive Promotional Media

Representation

The  Feminist Research Reading Group  

Katrin  Schindel The  Feminist Research Reading Group  has emerged out of the LISS-facilitated “Feminist Methods” seminar that took place at King’s College in the summer of 2018. The group is run by three PhD students, Sarah Louise Marks (Business School, Queen Mary), Sally King (Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s), and Katrin  Schindel  (CMCI, King’s). Our aim is to continue… Continue reading The  Feminist Research Reading Group  

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The Public Value of Creative Vocations

CMCI’s Dr Roberta Comunian has been having her say on the recent debate about the future of creative arts education in the United Kingdom in response to the recent Augar Review. She was invited, along with Scott Brook of RMIT University in Australia, to contribute with a blog entry, hosted by the Creative Industries Policy… Continue reading The Public Value of Creative Vocations

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The Body: Fashion and Physique

Out this month… A special number of Fashion Theory, guest edited by CMCI’s Dr Joanne Entwistle, along with Emma McClendon of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. This special issue on “The Body: Fashion and Physique” includes an introductory letter from the guest editors, while Dr Entwistle concludes with a discussion on “Fashion… Continue reading The Body: Fashion and Physique

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Seventy Percent of Artists….

There’s been quite a media stir over Dr Kate McMillan’s report on the representation of female artists in the UK. Headline findings include that nearly 70 percent of artists represented by London’s top galleries are men. It’s the latest in annual series of reports commissioned by the Freelands Foundation, which aims further to understand the… Continue reading Seventy Percent of Artists….

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London: Gateway to Cinema and Media Studies

CMCI is teaming up with University of Notre Dame (USA), The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and King’s own Film Studies department to present a three-day symposium:  London: Gateway to Cinema and Media Studies. The event will consider London's rich history and complex future in relation to cinema and media studies. Keynote speakers include… Continue reading London: Gateway to Cinema and Media Studies

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We Launch Our New Research Website

We are delighted to announce the launch of CMCI-kings.org, a new website for the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries here at King’s. It is designed to showcase all the latest research, impact and thinking from our academic staff and research students. Writing in the first “edition”, Professor Jeanette Steemers explains that even though… Continue reading We Launch Our New Research Website

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Launch of CMCI-Kings.org

Professor Jeanette Steemers It’s an absolute pleasure to see the launch of the CMCI-Kings.org website today. The launch represents the culmination of efforts by CMCI staff and students together to provide an accessible and up-to-the-minute resource about what is happening in the Department, which contributes to our community. It is very definitely a collaborative effort… Continue reading Launch of CMCI-Kings.org

Museum Curation

Energy in Store: How can museums encourage more productive relationships with their communities?

Dr Anna Woodham @Aura Films For the last year, I have been part of a project called ‘Energy in Store’ working with the Science Museum Group (SMG) to consider how museums can better meet the needs of diverse audiences. In particular, we have been looking at new ways of working with ‘enthusiast experts’ that could benefit not only the experts themselves but also new generations of researchers, the museum and… Continue reading Energy in Store: How can museums encourage more productive relationships with their communities?

Digital Culture, Memory & Heritage

Reflections on the Cultural Memory Group: Forgetting in the Digital Media Ecology

Taylor Annabell   At a recent session of the Culture Memory Group, Professor Andrew Hoskins from the University of Glasgow invited us to consider the significance of forgetting in understanding memory and in particular, approaching memory in the digital media ecology.  In my PhD project I have followed the path of memory studies in focusing on memory… Continue reading Reflections on the Cultural Memory Group: Forgetting in the Digital Media Ecology

Audiences, Participation & Engagement, Emerging Voices

CMCI Emerging Voices 2019: “Beyond Disciplines”

Elena Terranova and Rebecca Young  CMCI Emerging Voices is an annual conference led by PhD students at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI), in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London (KCL). The CMCI conference offers an opportunity for creating stimulating discussions around latest research and practices in the… Continue reading CMCI Emerging Voices 2019: “Beyond Disciplines”

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About George Clooney

Friends and colleagues gathered for an event at King’s to toast the launch of CMCI’s Professor Paul McDonald’s latest book, which traces the career of actor-filmmaker George Clooney. He begins with the hit television medical drama “ER” and proceeds up to 2017’s “Suburbicon”, showing the transition from commercial successes such as Ocean’s Eleven (2001) to… Continue reading About George Clooney

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England In Australia

CMCI PhD student Lauren England in making waves in Australia, where she is presenting her research on UK craft higher education and professional practice. She’s giving seminars at a number of Australian universities, presenting her research on the educational practices associated with professional development in UK craft degree programmes. She is also discussing approaches used… Continue reading England In Australia

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Book Award for Sarah Atkinson

Congratulations to our head of Department, Dr Sarah Atkinson, who is the runner up in the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies 2019 Awards for Best Monograph. Sarah has been honoured for her: From Film Practice to Data Process: Production Aesthetics and Representational Practices of a Film Industry in Transition, published by Edinburgh… Continue reading Book Award for Sarah Atkinson

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“Black, Brown and Beige”.

CMCI’s Dr Harvey G Cohen has been heard on 15 National Public Radio shows across the United States celebrating jazz-master Duke Ellington’s celebrated “Black Brown and Beige” of 1943. This was the Ellington orchestra’s debut at Carnegie Hall, at which he performed an ambitious 45-minute-long musical depiction of the African-American experience called:  “Black, Brown and… Continue reading “Black, Brown and Beige”.

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Subcultural Innovation – New Report

Dr Paul Sweetman's report on Subcultures and Innovation for Knowledge Works (National Centre for Cultural Industries, Norway) has just been published. This is a report on a year-long project undertaken with Professors Atle Hauge (INN University, Norway) and Dominic Power (University of Stockholm), looking at subcultural innovation and creativity and subcultures' contribution to the cultural… Continue reading Subcultural Innovation – New Report

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Evidencing the role of Public Service Broadcasting

On 2nd April, 2019 CMCI’s Professor Jeanette Steemers gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Communications Committee on Public Service Broadcasting and Video on Demand. The Committee was calling upon academic experts as part of its inquiry investigating whether there is a future for public service broadcasting in the context of the rising popularity… Continue reading Evidencing the role of Public Service Broadcasting

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Diversity in the Creative and Cultural Industries

On Wednesday February 13th the Creative Careers Student Committee welcomed a wonderful panel of speakers to discuss the future of diversity in the creative and cultural sector. Dr. Kate McMillan chaired the panel and lead the discussion with introductions from Saurabh Kakkar, Nadine Persaud, Hakeem Onibudo, Jodi-Alissa Bickerton, Amy Turton and Catherine Ritman-Smith. The discussion… Continue reading Diversity in the Creative and Cultural Industries

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Tate Appoints CMCI Graduate as Youth Engagement Trustee

Many congratulations to Anna Lowe, graduate of CMCI’s Cultural & Creative Industries MA, who has been appointed Youth Engagement Tate Trustee by the The Board of Trustees of Tate. Anna will be bringing the views of the next generation to the highest level of Tate’s decision-making process. The appointment, which has been made by the… Continue reading Tate Appoints CMCI Graduate as Youth Engagement Trustee

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“My Leg is a Giant Stiletto Heel”

Congratulations to CMCI PhD student Yana Melkumova Reynolds, who together with Dr Laini Burton from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia, has recently published an article on representations of disabled bodies in visual arts and lifestyle media in Fashion Theory journal. Focusing on three case studies – British performer Viktoria Modesta, American athlete and model… Continue reading “My Leg is a Giant Stiletto Heel”

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Funding for Collaborative PhD at CMCI: Apply now

      Dr Roberta Comunian has secured funding for a collaborative PhD scholarship in partnership with Creative United and Dr Elsa Arcaute, based at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL. The project, entitled “Complex Cultural Ecologies: capturing value through connections between public, private and not-for-profit organisations in the creative economy”,… Continue reading Funding for Collaborative PhD at CMCI: Apply now

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CMCI Emerging Voices

The CMCI PhD student community is pleased to open the call for papers for the 6th annual conference. This year’s theme is “Beyond Disciplines” and wants to celebrate new and emerging directions in the CMCI research that currently challenge how we understand and see technological, environmental, political, institutional and aesthetic developments that are shaping our cultural landscape. The two-day… Continue reading CMCI Emerging Voices

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Speaking about Feminism

The BBC have published a commissioned article by CMCI’s Dr Christina Scharff titled: Why so many young women don’t call themselves feminist. Drawing on Christina’s research on young women in a neoliberal world, the article asks why it is that despite feminist movements attracting significant attention across Europe and North America, many young women still… Continue reading Speaking about Feminism

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A Window on Glassmaking

CMCI’s Dr Roberta Comunian and Lauren England, PhD student, have recently published an article that explores the relationship between industrial and post-industrial knowledge in glassmaking in the UK in the journal Geoforum.  Following the trajectory of glassmaking in Sunderland and Stourbridge the article explores how local industrial knowledge was reorganised outside of the factory into new craft-based… Continue reading A Window on Glassmaking

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New Year: New CMCI Publications!

Congratulations to Dr Ricarda Vidal who has published a brace of books to welcome in 2019. First is Revolve:R, the yellow edition, which (as you can tell from the accompanying image) is, indeed, an arresting yellow (third) edition of this artist book. It results from a 2-year-long correspondence between visual artists, poets, filmmakers and sound artists… Continue reading New Year: New CMCI Publications!

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Third Edition of Richard Howells’ Visual Culture

CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells is celebrating the New Year with the publication of the third edition of his Visual Culture (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019). Howells contends that since the first edition came out in 2003, the importance of taking the visual seriously -and learning how to read it- has only increased. His former CMCI PhD… Continue reading Third Edition of Richard Howells’ Visual Culture

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CMCI Student Wins £5,000 Scholarship

Congratulations to CMCI student Ally Faughnan, who has won a £5,000 scholarship towards the cost of her MA with us. Ally, who is a student on our MA in Arts and Cultural Management programme, won first place in the annual FindAMasters competition, for which she had submit a photograph / creative image and caption: “that… Continue reading CMCI Student Wins £5,000 Scholarship

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Outstanding Paper Award for Eva Cheuk-Yin Li

Congratulations to CMCI Teaching Fellow Dr Eva Cheuk-Yin Li who has won the Outstanding Paper Award of the Hong Kong Studies Annual Conference. Her paper, “The second life of Kowloon Walled City: Crime, media and cultural memory”, co-authored with Alistair Fraser (University of Glasgow), was selected from 300 journal articles generated from the Web of… Continue reading Outstanding Paper Award for Eva Cheuk-Yin Li

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Fashion in China and Korea

Hong Kong University’s Dr Tommy Tse continued the international theme of CMCI’s research seminars with a presentation on fashion and “prosumption” in China and Korea. A specialist in East Asia’s media and cultural industries, Tommy (pictured) presented his research on the way in which production and consumption are increasingly interrelated in society, and the suggestion that this leads… Continue reading Fashion in China and Korea

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CMCI DISCES with the Cultural and Creative Industries

CMCI has become part of a three-year research project aiming to reshape the economic and social perception of the Cultural and Creative Industries. Led by the University of Turku, Finland, it is a consortium of social and economic research institutes, cultural managers and creative workers from six European countries. Under the acronym DISCE (Developing Inclusive… Continue reading CMCI DISCES with the Cultural and Creative Industries

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Museums in Arabia Conference

We are delighted to announce that CMCI will be hosting the international Museums in Arabia conference here at King’s in 2019. It’s part of an established series that operates as a collaborative network for exploring the theory and practice of museums and heritage in the Arabian Peninsula. The conference will be investigating how different cultural,… Continue reading Museums in Arabia Conference

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Welcome New Visiting Scholar

We are delighted to Amanda Lagerkvist as Visiting Scholar a CMCI. Amanda is Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies and a fellow of the Wallenberg Academy in Sweden. Describing herself as a “media phenomenologist”, Amanda (pictured) also heads the research programme “Existential Terrains: Memory and Meaning in Cultures of Connectivity” in the Department of… Continue reading Welcome New Visiting Scholar

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On the Road and On the Air: A Vision for Women and Virtual Reality

Our Head of Department, Dr Sarah Atkinson, has been on the road and on the air talking about her research on gender and the virtual reality industry. Funded by the Canadian-backed Refiguring Innovation in Games Project, Sarah’s activities have been numerous and varied, including a two-day workshop here at KCL which brought together 20 leading… Continue reading On the Road and On the Air: A Vision for Women and Virtual Reality

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It’s A Wrap

CMCI’s Professor Jeanette Steemers reports two reports, wrapping up her Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project “Children’s Screen Content in an Era of Forced Migration: Facilitating Arab-European Dialogue”, which has now officially reached completion. Working with Naomi Sakr and Christine Singer, the project’s consolidated report, which features recommendations, workshop briefings and a full list of… Continue reading It’s A Wrap

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“For someone who doesn’t much like camping…”

It’s not always obvious what CMCI people do when they are not at work. This blog does not seek to pry into their private lives…. but we can reveal that our programme administrator Rebecca Whitaker has returned from a week volunteering with Help Refugees in Calais, France. Help Refugees are a grass-roots charity created in… Continue reading “For someone who doesn’t much like camping…”

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CMCI Student Opens Art Gallery in Milan

There cannot be too many PhD students who are combining their studies with opening their own art gallery, but step forward CMCI’s Tommaso Calabro! Tomasso (pictured) has marked the opening of his new gallery in Milan’s Piazza San Sepolcro with his inaugural exhibition: “Twombly and Tancredi: Homage to Cardazzo”. And although his premises in the… Continue reading CMCI Student Opens Art Gallery in Milan

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“Achtung – Mind the Gap”

We are delighted to share some pictures and a video from Dr Kate McMillan’s commissioned work for the XXIV Rohkunstbau Festival at Schloss Leiberose, Germany. Her Instructions for Another Future (my feet are ears), 2018, took the form of an HD digital film projection, 5.54, handmade airdryed clay hagstones, hagstone, spraypaint, and theatre lights. The… Continue reading “Achtung – Mind the Gap”

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New Book from Leung Wing-Fai

Congratulations to CMCI’s Dr Leung Wing-Fai on the e-publication of her new book: Digital Entrepreneurship, Gender and Intersectionality: An East Asian Perspective. Her book is the result of qualitative research focusing on Internet start-ups, digital entrepreneurship, race and sex discrimination, and the “sharing economy”. It addresses intersections between gender, age, ethnicity and class with a focus on… Continue reading New Book from Leung Wing-Fai

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Singapore Collaboration

  A senior CMCI academic is working with one of our current PhD students to organize a workshop in Singapore. It’s a collaboration between Dr Roberta Comunian, CMCI’s Reader in Creative Economy, and PhD student Denderah Rickmers, under the title: “Social enterprise, social innovation & the creative economy: current knowledge and shared research agendas”. The… Continue reading Singapore Collaboration

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Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China

CMCI’s 2018-19 research seminar series got off to an excellent start with a controversial and well-attended presentation on secrecy and historic photographs in post-Mao China. Our speaker was Margaret Hillenbrand, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and Tutorial Fellow in Chinese at Wadham College, University of Oxford. Under the title “Knowing What Not… Continue reading Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China

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Paul Sweetman in Norway

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Sweetman is back from Norway where he gave two talks about his current research project on subcultures and innovation. On this project, Paul is working on with professors Atle Hauge (INN, Norway), and Dominic Power (Stockholm University). Paul’s first Norwegian talk was a research seminar in the Department of Tourism,… Continue reading Paul Sweetman in Norway

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Non-Stop Nick

Nick Wilson, CMCI’s newest (“full”) Professor, is celebrating his promotion with a clutch of books and articles just launched: First is his co-edited collection The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work (2018). Already nick-named “The big yellow book of creativity”, this features 30 research-based chapters from international writers and practitioners drawn from across the world.… Continue reading Non-Stop Nick

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Sixty Seconds with Anna Woodham

Here’s a chance to catch CMCI’s Dr Anna Woodham talking about her Heritage and Climate Change project –and getting the key points over in just one minute. It’s one of a series of mini-videos about the link between climate change, museums, collecting and discussions under their “care for the future” theme.  The short videos are… Continue reading Sixty Seconds with Anna Woodham