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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

Audiences, Participation & Engagement

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