Research Blog

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

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

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

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

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)

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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”

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 

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

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

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  

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?

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

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”

Symposium “Invisible Children: Children’s Media, Diversity, and Forced Migration”, 14 September 2018, King’s College London

Providing Children’s Content in an Era of Migration: Challenges and Opportunities Review by Public Media Alliance, 24 September 2018 Access the original post here. European and Middle Eastern practitioners, producers, public broadcast representatives, academics, children’s media experts and the PMA gathered at King’s College London to discuss children’s content provision, with a focus on diversity and… Continue reading Symposium “Invisible Children: Children’s Media, Diversity, and Forced Migration”, 14 September 2018, King’s College London

Live Cinema Summit 2018

Live Cinema UK is the UK’s only organisation focused on bringing artists, exhibitors, distributors and producers closer together to create experiential cinema events. Based in West Yorkshire, Live Cinema UK curates innovative programmes and new art works inspired by the moving image, advising and partnering with cultural promoters regionally (Leeds International Film Festival, Screen Yorkshire,… Continue reading Live Cinema Summit 2018

Troubled Waters, Stormy Futures: heritage in times of accelerated climate change

The winter storms of 2013-2014 set new precedents of coastal damage in the UK, forcing government, heritage bodies and local communities to seriously reconsider the future management of coastal heritage. Relevant organisations were seemingly unprepared for these events, and communities were possibly surprised by what had happened, as well as by their own emotional response.… Continue reading Troubled Waters, Stormy Futures: heritage in times of accelerated climate change