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Creatives In Hampshire

Dr Roberta Comunian was an invited speaker at a conference and networking event: ‘Growing Hampshire's Creative Economy’ organised by the ‘Creative Industries Research Network South’ at The Point in Eastleigh (Hampshire). She talked about talent progression and development, focusing on the relationship between creative graduates’ careers and location decision. The presentations from the event can… Continue reading Creatives In Hampshire

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CMCI Asian Cultural and Creative Industries Research Society Event

Our departmental Asian Cultural and Creative Industries Research Society have been in action again, this year determined to involve more PhD students in addition to the strong MA student membership. So recently they held a PhD networking event which included a guest talk on Contemporary East Asian Studies, a PhD study experience sharing session with… Continue reading CMCI Asian Cultural and Creative Industries Research Society Event

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Anna Reading and the “New East”

CMCI’s Professor Anna Reading has been invited to join the Expert Committee for the Calvert 22 Foundation, which is addressing ways of developing a strategic approach to the Cultural and Creative Industries in Russia and Eastern Europe. Their next meeting will be opened by Vince Cable, the Former UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation… Continue reading Anna Reading and the “New East”

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Dr Entwistle’s Shanghai Fashion Keynote

CMCI Reader Dr Jo Entwistle was one of the keynote speakers at the 3rd Fashion Communication International Forum: “Internet + Fashion: City, Life, Happiness” at Dounghau University, Shanghai China. Her paper “Fashion communication in the age of the internet” explored different methodologies for analysing the flow of online fashion images at a time when social… Continue reading Dr Entwistle’s Shanghai Fashion Keynote

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Dr Adams in Colombia

Dr Ruth Adams is back from Bogota, Colombia, where she was speaking at MICSUR, a pan-South American creative industries convention. The event was quite the CMCI reunion.  Ruth’s invitation to speak came from an MA Cultural & Creative Industries alumna, Natalia Manrique, now working in the Communications Department of Universidad El Bosque, and while visiting… Continue reading Dr Adams in Colombia

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Dr Conor in St Petersburg

Continuing our updates on CMCI tutors and their international speaking appearances: Dr Bridget Conor has been in St Petersburg, Russia, as an invited speaker for the two-day workshop 'Creative Labour Revisited'. This event was held at the Historical Museum of Experimental Sound (http://soundmuseumspb.ru/en/) in the city which sits alongside the aptly titled Museum of Non-Conformist Art. It… Continue reading Dr Conor in St Petersburg

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Professor Reading in China

Professor Anna Reading has been in China, presenting new work and building links with Chinese academics. At Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University (SJTU) she presented new work building on her recent book Gender and Memory in the Globital Age. The workshop, Culture and Identity: Cultural Memory in the 21st included papers by King’s College London colleagues and was funded by Kings… Continue reading Professor Reading in China

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Dr Rapson Speaks at Romanian Embassy Event

Memory continues to be a research strength within CMCI, with our academics in demand in the universities and beyond. Our Dr Jessica Rapson was invited  by the Embassy of Romania in London to speak at their conference on holocaust education: “Remembrance, Retrospection, Responsibility”, which was co-organized with University College London’s  School of Slavonic and East… Continue reading Dr Rapson Speaks at Romanian Embassy Event

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What if Europa Asks Zeus Out?

CMCI academics continue to be in demand internationally –as evidenced by our photograph of Senior Lecturer Dr Bridget Conor (centre) speaking at the annual Brussels Days (The End of Europe? What Next?) as part of a panel titled: 'A New Mythology: What if Europa Asks Zeus Out?' The panel discussion involved artists, scholars and members… Continue reading What if Europa Asks Zeus Out?

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CMCI’s Student Change Maker

We congratulate current CMCI MA student Suzanne Alleyne, who has been awarded over £100,000 from the Arts Council, England, to act as a “Change Maker”, increasing the diversity of England’s senior cultural leaders. In addition to studying with us, Suzanne is a creative producer and consultant who has worked with the Victoria and Albert Museum,… Continue reading CMCI’s Student Change Maker

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Paul Sweetman in Seville

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Sweetman is back from Seville, Spain, where he took part in the Fifth European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy (CCE5). Organised by colleagues at the Universities of Stockholm and Uppsala, and co-sponsored by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and Knowledge Works (The Norwegian National Centre for Cultural Industries), the… Continue reading Paul Sweetman in Seville

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“Live-To-Digital”

Dr Sarah Atkinson, our Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures, was one of the consultants for a new report: “From Live-To-Digital: Understanding the Impact of Digital Developments in Theatre on Audiences, Production and Distribution.” Dr Atkinson was, of course, the organiser of our own successful live cinema conference and event in May this year –the first… Continue reading “Live-To-Digital”

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Meet Our New Visiting Fellows

We are delighted to welcome two Visiting Fellows to CMCI this semester: Dr Tanya Notley and Dr Heather Brunskill-Evans. Dr Notley (pictured left) is currently a Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the Institute for Culture & Society Western Sydney University (USW). She will be with the Department for an initial period… Continue reading Meet Our New Visiting Fellows

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Swing If You’re Winning

Students on our MA module 'Music and American Culture' enjoyed a class outing to London’s Jewish Museum, led by tutor Dr Kevin Milburn. They participated in ‘In the Groove Late’, a special evening that tied-in with the museum’s exhibition, ‘Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl’. The theme of the exhibition – the pronounced… Continue reading Swing If You’re Winning

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Our Doctoral Students in Action

Doctoral students from CMCI held a symposium on ‘Transnational Memory in the 21st Century’. They explored the role of media in the ‘transcultural memory turn’, together with the controversial concepts of transnationalism and globalisation in the digital age. The symposium featured keynote talks given by Joanne Garde-Hansen from the University of Warwick and Stef Craps from… Continue reading Our Doctoral Students in Action

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Light and Lighting in Visual Culture

CMCI’s Dr Joanne Enwtistle has staged the seventh of her “Configuring Light/ Staging the Social” seminars –this one held at the London School of Economics in collaboration with the LSE’s Don Slater. The topic for seminar seven was “Light and Lighting in Visual Culture”, with a panel on light and visual representation chaired and introduced… Continue reading Light and Lighting in Visual Culture

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Hollywood (.com)

The first of CMCI’s research seminars kicks off on Thursday, September 29th when we welcome Professor Stuart Cunningham from Queensland University of Technology, Australia as our guest speaker. Professor Cunningham will be speaking on: “Hollywood.com: The New Screen Ecology of Social Media Entertainment”. Professor Cunningham will argue that in the 21st century, established Hollywood players,… Continue reading Hollywood (.com)

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Your Last Chance to See…

This month is your last chance to see “In Our Hands”, an installation on Utopia staged at Somerset House and devised by CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells. The exhibit, done in collaboration with the Le Gun art collective, has been running since July and finally closes on September 30th. It incorporates original artworks including a special… Continue reading Your Last Chance to See…

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Decline and Fall a Success for Jonathan

Hats off to recent CMCI PhD graduate Dr Jonathan Theodore, who has successfully turned his doctoral thesis into a book, now out with Palgrave Macmillan. His thesis, supervised by Professor Richard Howells, was about representations of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire –with a sweep that included both Gibbon and “Gladiator”. It is… Continue reading Decline and Fall a Success for Jonathan

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Change at the Top

It’s change at the top of CMCI this month as Professor Anna Reading steps down having successfully finished her term of office as Head of Department (2013-16). Professor Reading, together with Research Director, Dr Paul Sweetman, led the department’s successful Research Excellent Framework submission in which CMCI was ranked No.1 in its field for the UK in… Continue reading Change at the Top

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Bom Dia, Dr Howells

Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, has been in Lisbon, Portugal, speaking at the 17th international conference of the Utopian Studies Society. The conference, held at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, combined with the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia.… Continue reading Bom Dia, Dr Howells

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A Prize for Dr O’Neill

Congratulations to recent CMCI doctoral programme graduate Dr Rachel O’Neill, who has been named the winner of the SAGE prize for Excellence and Innovation for her article “The Work of Seduction: Intimacy and Subjectivity in the London ‘Seduction Community’”. Rachel undertook the research for this paper as a PhD student at CMCI, supervised by our… Continue reading A Prize for Dr O’Neill

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Words, Brush-strokes and Dancing Shoes

Words, brush-strokes and dancing shoes have combined in a symposium on translatability across invisible borders in a symposium: Intersemiotic Translation, organised by CMCI Teaching Fellow Dr Ricarda Vidal and Madeleine Campbell. They explain that intersemiotic translation (such the translation of a poem into dance, or a short story into an olfactory experience, or a film into… Continue reading Words, Brush-strokes and Dancing Shoes

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Anna Reading Speaks at Oxford

Our Head of Department Professor Anna Reading has been speaking at the International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. She presented the final talk on her research project: “Gender and Memory in the ‘Globital’ Age” as part of their “Research in Gender at Oxford” series. Lady Margaret Hall was founded in 1878… Continue reading Anna Reading Speaks at Oxford

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New Publication from Laura Speers

CMCI Teaching Fellow Dr Laura Speers has a book chapter just out in an edited volume on the economic geography of music. The chapter is entitled 'From Artist to Entrepreneur: The Working Lives of London-Based Rappers', and shows how in a changing musical landscape, rappers are having to make sense of their changing role as artists.… Continue reading New Publication from Laura Speers

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International Successes for Kate McMillan

CMCI Teaching Fellow Dr Kate McMillan is celebrating a string of international success. Just as she prepares to go to St Petersburg, Russia to research new works as a guest of the National Centre for Contemporary Art, she has received Art Council England/British Council funding (via their Artists International Development Fund) to develop and present… Continue reading International Successes for Kate McMillan

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Promotion Success for CMCI Academics

Two of CMCI’s staff have just been promoted to senior academic posts. Dr Joanne Entwistle goes up from Senior Lecturer to Reader, while Dr Richard Howells moves from Reader to Professor. Joanne Entwistle’s research specialities include the sociology of fashion and, most recently, light: Her new research comes under the umbrella ‘Configuring Light/Staging the Social’,… Continue reading Promotion Success for CMCI Academics

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CMCI Research Presented in Canada

Our Head of Department, Professor Anna Reading, and CMCI’s Dr Jessica Rapson have returned from Canada, where they presented aspects of their research work at the international symposium “Economies of Memory” at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Professor Reading spoke about her work with activists at Australia’s longest site of female containment with a… Continue reading CMCI Research Presented in Canada

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CMCI Explores the Creative Economy in Africa

We are hosting a one-day seminar ‘Exploring the Creative Economy in Africa’ taking place here at King’s on the 27th of June. You are invited. The event is organised by CMCI’s Dr Roberta Comunian in collaboration with Ejemen Ojeabulu (African University of Creative Arts) and Sam Jones (Sound Thread) with the support of King’s Worldwide… Continue reading CMCI Explores the Creative Economy in Africa

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Richard Howells’ TEDx Talk Goes Live on the Internet

Why do we bother about beauty? Where does creativity come from? And what can aesthetics tell us about the path to Utopia? These are some of the questions posed by CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells in a TEDx talk, just released on the Internet. In his 16-minute, illustrated presentation in the famous TED format, Howells proceeds… Continue reading Richard Howells’ TEDx Talk Goes Live on the Internet

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Btihaj Ajana Speaks at the United Nations

CMCI Senior Lecture Dr Btihaj Ajana has been speaking at the United Nations in New York. The event was the ID2020 summit at the UN headquarters in Manhattan, and Btihaj was speaking on the topic of legal identity. The event brought together technology businesses, NGOs, charities and various experts on digital and legal identity issues… Continue reading Btihaj Ajana Speaks at the United Nations

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Teaching Awards for CMCI Staff

Congratulations to Dr Melissa Nisbett and Dr Jessica Rapson who have both received Teaching Excellence Awards for their outstanding teaching particularly in terms of student experience and support. CMCI had a total eleven staff nominated by students for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities teaching awards this year – an achievement described by Head of… Continue reading Teaching Awards for CMCI Staff

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CMCI Students Win European Advertising Competition

Congratulations to the CMCI student team on winning the pan-European, 2016 AD VENTURE student advertising competition, held in Zagreb. The four students that participated are all enrolled on the MA Cultural and Creative Industries programme and worked under the agency name 'Aedion': They are:  Chi Zhang (Strategic Planner);  Mu You (Creative Director); Petya Karagyozova (Producer); and Wayne… Continue reading CMCI Students Win European Advertising Competition

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Art and Translation

CMCI teaching fellow Dr Ricarda Vidal will be taking part in a roundtable discussion on art and translation at the Birmingham Library on 17th May. She will discuss her project Translation Games (www.translationgames.net) with artists, curators, translators and academics including Nicoline Van Harskamp,  Martin Waldmeier, and Pierre-Alexis Mével. The aim of the event is to consider the impact of working with,… Continue reading Art and Translation

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Gender, Diversity and the Media

CMCI academics Dr Red Chidgey and Dr Christina Scharff have been exploring international collaborative ideas about gender, diversity and the media. They recently met with Milica Pesic, Executive Director of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), and Dr Haiyan Wang and Dr Zhijin Zhong from Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) during their UK tour. SYSU are currently… Continue reading Gender, Diversity and the Media

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Feminismus in Pink?

Red Chidgey, Lecturer in Gender and Media, has been interviewed for an article on girl power and fashion in the prestigious German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. The article is online here: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/stil/mode-design/feminismus-in-pink-das-mode-label-me-and-you-14182727.html?printPagedArticle=true#pageIndex_2 Here, Dr Chidgey argues in that ‘girl power’ operates as a form of branding in postfeminist culture and that we should not forget its… Continue reading Feminismus in Pink?

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An Insight into Freelancing

Members of CMCI’s Creative Careers Student Committee have provided glimpse into the freelancing world of the cultural and creative industries. They brought together four panellists from the arts and media industries to debate the challenges and opportunities of freelancing in the sector: Jacques Viljoen, a South-African visual artist and PR exponent; Lucy Scholes, a freelance… Continue reading An Insight into Freelancing

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A Tale of Two (Postcolonial) Cities

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Ruth Adams is staging an event to examine issues of society, culture and identity in London and Rio -with a particular emphasis on the post-colonial cultures of each city. She will be joined fellow academics (including recent CMCI PhD graduate Dr Nicole Ferdinand), policy makers, community representatives and cultural practitioners from… Continue reading A Tale of Two (Postcolonial) Cities

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Fingers Crossed for Rachel

Recent CMCI PhD graduate Dr Rachel O’Neil has an article nominated for the SAGE Prize of Excellence and Innovation, run in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. Her article: “The Work of Seduction: Intimacy and Subjectivity in the London ‘Seduction Community’” was published in Sociological Research Online. The winner won’t be announced until the autumn, but the… Continue reading Fingers Crossed for Rachel

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Jessica Rapson to Share “Coptimism”

CMCI lecturer Dr Jessica Rapson has been invited to speak on culture and environmental change. This is part of the “Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility” project, in which King's College London and Somerset House.  In this event, the organisers promise to: “bring you to a morning filled with flashes of inspiration and… Continue reading Jessica Rapson to Share “Coptimism”

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The Games We Play

Is there a difference between Hopscotch, ‘Rayuela’ and ‘Himmel und Hölle’? Do Chinese children play Cops and Robbers? Do English children know a ball game that involves eating cherries? What do ‘Statues’ have to do with ‘Grandmother’s Footsteps’? When Venezuelan children play ‘Pollito Inglés’ (little English chick), Spanish children play ‘Escondite inglés’ (English Hide and… Continue reading The Games We Play

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“What Remains” to be Seen

There’s a chance to see CMCI teaching fellow and artist Dr Michaela Ross’ work at the ‘What remains...’ festival of new works at Siobhan Davies Dance here in central London. “What remains…” is inspired by French forensic scientist Edmond Locard’s basic principle that “every contact leaves a trace”. Over the festival weekend, each of the… Continue reading “What Remains” to be Seen

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CMCI in Live Cinema First

CMCI is to host the first national discussion of live cinema: film screenings augmented through live performance or immersive elements, including site-specific locations, technological intervention, social media engagement, and all manner of simultaneous interactive moments including singing, dancing, eating, drinking …and even smelling. In addition to both academic and industry speakers, there will be interactive… Continue reading CMCI in Live Cinema First

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CMCI student to dance at Sadler’s Wells

Current CMCI MA student Kayla Golucke is to perform at Sadler's Wells as part of Breakin' Convention, an international hip hop dance theatre festival. She’ll be performing on the main stage at 6 pm on April 30th with Myself UK Dance, the only all-female UK crew performing. Myself UK Dance Company describe themselves as a… Continue reading CMCI student to dance at Sadler’s Wells

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New Book from Roberta Comunian

We are delighted to announce the publication of CMCI lecturer Dr Roberta Comunian’s new edited book Higher Education and the Creative Economy, Beyond the campus, co-edited with Abigail Gilmore. The book critically engages with the complex interconnections between higher education, geography, cultural policy and the creative economy. While it has a strong UK component, the book… Continue reading New Book from Roberta Comunian

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Samantha Khan: A Commonwealth Champion

Current CMCI MA student Samantha Khan has been dubbed a “Commonwealth Champion” thanks to her work for the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Workshop and Forum. She received this latest accolade during Commonwealth Week, in which the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Division hosted young leaders for a week of training and networking at the Commonwealth Secretariat's headquarters in… Continue reading Samantha Khan: A Commonwealth Champion

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Seduction on the Air

Recent CMCI PhD graduate Dr Rachel O’Neil has made her radio debut in some style – discussing seduction live on air with BBC Radio 4’s Laurie Taylor on his popular “Thinking Allowed” programme. Rachel was talking about her research on London's “seduction community”, and specifically an article she has published in Sociological Research entitled “The Work of… Continue reading Seduction on the Air

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Media Hat-Trick for Dr Scharff

CMCI's Dr Christina Scharff was interviewed on the BBC not once but three times in a week. She first appeared on the Radio 4 programme Black, White and Beethoven, which explored the under-representation of black musicians in the classical music profession ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b071tgbk). A few days later, Christina discussed the representation of women in British… Continue reading Media Hat-Trick for Dr Scharff

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Red Remembers Feminist Campaigners

Gender and media specialist Dr Red Chidgey was cited in an article for the Independent for international women's day, remembering feminist campaigners who fly “under the radar” of cultural memory. The article: "The pioneering feminists you might not have heard of" featured five of the “less recognised women who fought tirelessly for gender equality and… Continue reading Red Remembers Feminist Campaigners

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Dr Nothias Joins the Faculty at Stanford

Double congratulations to CMCI alumnus Toussaint Nothias, who has not only been awarded his PhD, but has also gained a teaching post at Stanford University in California. Toussaint's doctoral research, a development of the thesis he wrote as part of his MA in Cultural & Creative Industries degree with us, was entitled "Beyond Afro-pessimism? British… Continue reading Dr Nothias Joins the Faculty at Stanford

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À bout de souffle

CMCI Teaching Fellow Dr Richard Martin continues his work with the British Film Institute’s Jean-Luc Godard retrospective. Most recently he’s given a talk at the BFI on Southbank on 13 entitled 'Jean-Luc Godard as Architect', an event that was in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Details at: https://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Jan2016/JeanLucGodardasArchitect.aspx Dr Martin has… Continue reading À bout de souffle

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Anna Reading in the Netherlands

CMCI Professor Anna Reading was invited to speak to museum curators on how ethnographic museums can record and preserve digital practices and artefacts. The talk was held at the renowned Museum of World Cultures in Leiden, the Netherlands. Anna Reading spoke about her research on memory in the digital global or “globital age” outlining how… Continue reading Anna Reading in the Netherlands

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An Aesthetic Transformation

CMCI’s Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Dr Richard Howells, was invited to give a research seminar at Oxford University’s History of Art Department. He delivered a work-in-progress: “From Documentary to Abstract Photography: Aaron Siskind’s Aesthetic Transformation” as part of the university’s photography research seminar series. Richard Howells argued that Siskind’s transformation from documentary… Continue reading An Aesthetic Transformation

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Conference Prize for CMCI Doctoral Student

Congratulations to current CMCI doctoral student Roger Hallam, who has been awarded the prize for the best PhD paper at the MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association) conference. Roger’s paper reported on a randomised, controlled trial he set up between with two political campaign open meetings. One was highly participatory - small discussion groups… Continue reading Conference Prize for CMCI Doctoral Student

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Richard Howells Adresses World Leaders Programme

CMCI cultural sociologist Dr Richard Howells was invited by the British Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office to address their International Leaders Programme, held in central London. Dr Howells spoke to delegates from around the world on “Creativity and Culture: The Role of the Arts”. Sadly, event protocol does not permit us to report the content… Continue reading Richard Howells Adresses World Leaders Programme

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Fashion Victims –and Men with Beards

CMCI senior lecturer Dr Jo Entwistle appeared on BBC Radio 4s “Thinking Aloud” programme to talk about how we make sense of fashions. First, she discussed fashions that cause harm or even kill (for example, mercury and arsenic in dyes, flammable clothing especially Victorian women's dresses). Second, she spoke about male facial hair and why… Continue reading Fashion Victims –and Men with Beards

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The Pedagogy of Ambiguity

CMCI’s Dr Nick Wilson hosted a one-day conference on The Pedagogy of Ambiguity at the King’s College London Strand campus. Delegates attended from across the UK to share thinking on creative practice arts-based approaches to learning and assessment. The event heard how colleagues and students within King’s, ranging across liberal arts, humanities, nursing, midwifery, dentistry,… Continue reading The Pedagogy of Ambiguity

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Thanks for the Memory

Just to remind you… Recordings of the The Stuff of Memory symposium at the Wellcome Collection are now available online. Blog readers will recall that CMCI’s Professor Anna Reading gave a presentation on “Globital memory stuff” (See CMCI Blog, October 5th). You can access the recordings at: https://soundcloud.com/wellcomecollection/sets/the-stuff-of-memory-symposium If you would like to refer back… Continue reading Thanks for the Memory

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A Little Talk About Murder

Why are the public and media are so fascinated with serial killers and the criminally insane? CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal will join forensic psychiatrists Dr Nigel Blackwood and Professor Thomas Fahy to discuss the relationship between criminal behaviour and mental disorders in relation to topics such as free will and genetic predisposition. Dr Vidal will… Continue reading A Little Talk About Murder

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Gone But Not Forgotten

What role can culture play in widening the understanding, representation and remembrance of extinction in the natural world? CMCI’s Dr Jessica Rapson is co-organising a one day conference on the subject of memory, culture and extinction at London’s Natural History Museum on December 11th. The event aims to foster dialogue between academics, journalists, museum curators,… Continue reading Gone But Not Forgotten

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Anna Reading Innaugural Lecture

We are very happy to share these photographs of Professor Anna Reading's Inaugural Lecture, which was held at King's as part of our annual Arts and Humanities Festival. Anna spoke on “A story of memory: Gender materiality technology” and her well-attended lecture was followed by wine and canapes. Professor Reading has played a leading role… Continue reading Anna Reading Innaugural Lecture

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All of This Belongs to You

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Ruth Adams has had an essay published in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Annual Review 2014-15. Ruth was invited to contribute a piece which critically considered some of the V&A's more politically engaged activities of the past year, in particular the exhibitions 'Disobedient Objects' and 'All of This Belongs to You'.… Continue reading All of This Belongs to You

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Congratulations, Dr Ferdinand!

Congratulations to Nicole Ferdinand, who has just been awarded her PhD at CMCI. Nicole wrote her thesis on "From Port-of-Spain to Notting Hill and Beyond: The Internationalization of the "Trinidad-style" Carnival" in addition to being active in carnival research in the UK including with the "Carnival Futures" project, which took special interest in looking ahead… Continue reading Congratulations, Dr Ferdinand!

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CMCI at the Arts and Humanities Festival -Update

CMCI continues to contribute as the KCL Arts and Humanities Festival enters its second week. Don't forget: The film screening followed by a panel discussion on the co-creative process chaired by Dr Btihaj Ajana on Monday the 20th October. Registration URL: http://praxisthroughfilm.eventbrite.co.uk  Professor Anna Reading gives her Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Wednesday on 21st October at… Continue reading CMCI at the Arts and Humanities Festival -Update

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CMCI Goes To The Festival

CMCI is playing a significant part in the King’s College London Arts and Humanities Festival, which opens this week. Up first for the department is Dr Richard Howells with his public lecture/book launch on Tuesday, October 13th. Admission and post-launch drinks are free, but you have to book at: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/…/2015…/festival/tues13/creativity.aspx Professor Anna Reading gives her… Continue reading CMCI Goes To The Festival

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Atlantropa in the Independent

Our Dr Ricarda Vidal has an article published in the Independent. It is a piece about the utopian project of Atlantropa (creating a eurafrican supercontinent by building dams across the Mediterranean) with a short reflection on the current refugee crisis. You can read it at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/atlantropa-one-mans-colossal-answer-to-europes-postwwi-refugee-crisis-10506582.html The article was originally published on-line in The Conversation… Continue reading Atlantropa in the Independent

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A Book Launch and a Special Offer

CMCI’s Dr Jessica Rapson celebrated her new monograph Topographies of Suffering: Buchenwald, Babi Yar, Lidice at a drinks reception at the international Mnemonics Postgraduate Summer School, an event co-funded by CMCI (see our previous item). Jessica’s book examines the transcultural politics of commemorative landscapes of the Nazi Holocaust. Here. She argues that commentary on memorials… Continue reading A Book Launch and a Special Offer

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A Conference to Remember

CMCI is played a leading part in the Mnemonics 2015 event here in London.   Working in collaboration with Goldsmiths and the University of Westminster, this high profile international postgraduate research conference was part of the international ‘Mnemomics’ network, designed to help support colleagues doing work related to cultural memory studies. The event featured keynotes, book… Continue reading A Conference to Remember

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“It Don’t Mean a Thing….”

CMCI Senior Lecturer and cultural historian Dr Harvey G Cohen provided commentary on BBC Radio 3, celebrating the history of big band swing music during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Along with jazz critic/author and radio host Alyn Shipton and Open University academic Catherine Tackley, he discussed the historical influences of Prohibition, New York City… Continue reading “It Don’t Mean a Thing….”

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A Critical Theory of Creativity

Dr Richard Howells’ new book A Critical Theory of Creativity: Utopia, Aesthetics, Atheism and Design has just been published (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press). It argues that a Utopian drive is aesthetically encoded within the language of form. Combining multidisciplinary theory with case studies ranging from planned communities to the… Continue reading A Critical Theory of Creativity

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Dr Querol’s Paper at the École Normale Superiéure

CMCI’s Dr Nuria Querol was in Paris to give a paper gave a paper at the ARTLAS Conference: “South-South Axes of Global Art” at the prestigious École Normale Superiéure. The conference focused on South-South axes of global art circulation from the beginnings of decolonisation to the present day. Her presentation “The Delhi Biennale: Paradoxical Conditions… Continue reading Dr Querol’s Paper at the École Normale Superiéure

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The Upside of Decline and Fall

Recently minted PhD graduate Dr Jonathan Theodore has a double cause for celebration: He has just signed a contract for the publication of a book based on his doctoral thesis. His book will investigate representations of the “decline and fall” of Rome from the late nineteenth through the early twenty-first centuries. Jonathan is showing how… Continue reading The Upside of Decline and Fall

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Btihaj Ajana Awarded Marie Curie Fellowship

Congratulations to CMCI lecturer Dr Btihaj Ajana who has been awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship. Dr Ajana will be working on the project ‘The Over-examined Life: Ontologies of the Quantified Self, researching the social significance and ethical dimensions of metric culture as manifested through the example of the Quantified Self movement. The Marie Curie… Continue reading Btihaj Ajana Awarded Marie Curie Fellowship

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‘The cloud is not green, cheap or safe’

Professor Anna Reading, head of CMCI, brought ‘the cloud’ back to earth with a keynote address to 200 people at the Public Concert Hall in Norkopping, Sweden. Her talk: ‘Cloud Memories: The Material Fabrication, Frictions and Flow of Digital Memory” opened the annual Cultural Studies International Conference in Sweden and also garnered coverage in the… Continue reading ‘The cloud is not green, cheap or safe’

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Fan Translators Keynote From Dr Lee

CMCI lecturer Dr Hye-Kyung Lee gave a keynote speech at the ARTIS Conference: Advancing Research in Translation & Interpreting Studies held at University College, London. The conference focused on multidimensional methodologies for collaboration and networking in translation research. Her presentation "Locating fan translators and their work" discussed the broader context of fan translation and its… Continue reading Fan Translators Keynote From Dr Lee

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“Our name is humankind, not humancruel”

Our head of department Professor Anna Reading has a new book out this month. Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggles: Powerful Times is co-edited with her friend and colleague Tamar Katriel, who is currently Visiting Professor with CMCI until October. The opening line is “Our name is humankind, not humancruel”. The book marks a new trajectory… Continue reading “Our name is humankind, not humancruel”

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Gender and Creative Labour

CMCI’s Dr Bridget Conor is the lead editor of the latest, special issue of the The Sociological Review, dedicated to gender and creative labour. Along with her fellow editors, she argues that international research in the cultural and creative industries reveals gendered patterns of disadvantage and exclusion which are further complicated by divisions of class,… Continue reading Gender and Creative Labour

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Abbey International

It’s certainly quite a setting: Our photograph shows Wroxton Abbey, a Jacobean mansion in Oxfordshire, where CMCI’s Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries Dr Richard Howells gave a guest seminar to visiting American students on communications theory with a focus on semiotics. Three English kings and one American president stayed at Wroxton during its… Continue reading Abbey International

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Weekend Reading

Dr Ricarda Vidal's collaborative artist book Revolve:R (http://www.revolve-r.com/)  will be on display at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Art Book Fair ‘Room & Book’ this weekend. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/seasons/roombook-ica-art-book-fair. Revolve:R is the result of a year-long visual correspondence between Ricarda, collaborator Sam Treadaway and 17 artists across Europe, the USA and South Africa. Our picture shows… Continue reading Weekend Reading

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Anna Reading: Just the Ticket

The creative side of Anna Reading, our Head of Department and Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries, is big in the news at the moment. The Phenomenal People project, which Anna is involved with along with other CMCI colleagues, is picked out in in the Guardian’s Top Tickets feature this week: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2015/may/11/home-manchester-bristol-mayfest-imaginate-brighton-norwich-festival-theatre-top-tickets) Meanwhile, Louise Blackwell… Continue reading Anna Reading: Just the Ticket

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Britterna älskar griniga gubbar

Readers in Sweden now know a little more about the appeal to the British 'characters' such as Jeremy Clarkson, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage –thanks to CMCI’s Dr Ruth Adams. Under the headline “Britterna älskar griniga gubbar”, Ruth was interviewed for a feature in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The Stockholm-based “SvD” is among the… Continue reading Britterna älskar griniga gubbar

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Manchester Sees the Light

The Configuring Light/Staging the Social programme continues to roll –this time into Manchester. The fourth research seminar in the series will consider issues around light and sustainability and will discuss ideas from the wide range of work being done on light and lighting both within and outside of academia. This latest seminar is a collaboration… Continue reading Manchester Sees the Light

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Harvey Cohen’s Blurred Lines on the BBC

CMCI’s Dr Harvey G Cohen appeared on the BBC World Service to talk about the recent ruling in the United States that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ 2013 single “Blurred Lines” was plagiarised from the 1977 Marvin Gaye hit “Got To Give It Up.” Cohen agreed with the ruling, arguing that the resemblance between the… Continue reading Harvey Cohen’s Blurred Lines on the BBC

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CMCI Student Honoured in Qatar

Congratulations to CMCI student Latifa Al-Darwish who has been honoured by the Gulf Cooperation Council with an award for her work as a filmmaker in addition to her contributions to social, charity and volunteer campaigns. The ceremony took place in Qatar, where the Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Thani honoured executive leaders and outstanding… Continue reading CMCI Student Honoured in Qatar