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CMCI in the News -Again.

CMCI’s academic staff continue to be in demand as expert commentators on worldwide news and current affairs. Our Head of Department, Professor Anna Reading, gave two filmed interviews on the media witnessing, news framing and impact of the “Charlie Hebdo” shootings in Paris. One was for the Associated Press and will be circulated globally, the… Continue reading CMCI in the News -Again.

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A Critical Theory of Navajo Design

CMCI visual culture specialist Dr Richard Howells has a new scholarly article out this month. “Looking for Utopia: Creation, Creativity and a Utopian Theory of Design” combines cultural theory with a case study on Navajo design and appears in Thesis Eleven, a multidisciplinary journal: “reaching across the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, philosophy, geography, cultural studies,… Continue reading A Critical Theory of Navajo Design

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New Korean and Chinese Editions of Howells’ Visual Culture

Korean and Chinese editions of Dr Richard Howells' Visual Culture have just been published. These are translations of the second edition of Howells' successful publication, this version co-written with his former PhD student Dr Joaquim Negreiros. The first edition was reprinted eight times before the decision was taken to update and revise the original volume… Continue reading New Korean and Chinese Editions of Howells’ Visual Culture

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Research Funding Success for CMCI Doctoral Students

Two research projects led by PhD students at the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries have won financial support from the King’s Cultural Institute’s Collaborative Innovation Scheme. Toby Bennett will be working in collaboration with UK Music to improve awareness of shared challenges and mutual communications between education and the music industry. For more… Continue reading Research Funding Success for CMCI Doctoral Students

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CMCI Expert Comments on Rolf Harris Case on Sky TV and LBC

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was called to give instant expert live reaction to Sky TV News about family entertainer Rolf Harris’ conviction on 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. Dr Howells said that in addition to the effect it obviously had on his victims and indeed Harris himself, there was a “collective… Continue reading CMCI Expert Comments on Rolf Harris Case on Sky TV and LBC

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Gamechangers – CMCI on the South Bank

CMCI’s Dr Nick Wilson gave an invited talk titled ': Period Performance' at the South Bank Centre, Purcell Room. This formed part of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's 'Gamechanger' series this season (they are an orchestra in residence). The study day was hosted by Catherine Bott, singer and presenter, formerly of Radio 3… Continue reading Gamechangers – CMCI on the South Bank

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Standing Room Only

It was standing room only at CMCI’s latest public event: “The Art of Re-enchantment: Making Early Music in the Modern Age.”This was an evening of discussion and musical performance to help celebrate Dr Nick Wilson’s new book The Art of Re-enchantment with Oxford University Press. It featured the celebrated writer, music journalist and scholar Professor… Continue reading Standing Room Only

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Going “Globital”: Beyond Digital Memory in Brazil

Five researchers from CMCI have just returned from Brazil after playing a leading role in a British Council funded Researcher Links initiative between six UK academic institutions and the University of Sao Paulo. The fully-funded three-day workshop entitled ‘Beyond the Digital: Collective Memory and Conflict in the Digital Age’ intensively developed research collaboration between British… Continue reading Going “Globital”: Beyond Digital Memory in Brazil

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A Strange and Ancient Reminder

A Strange and Ancient Reminder for Tuesday April 29: The Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries has pleasure in inviting you to join us for THE ART OF RE-ENCHANTMENT: MAKING EARLY MUSIC IN THE MODERN AGE an evening of discussion and musical performance. This is to help celebrate Dr Nick Wilson's new book with Oxford University Press,… Continue reading A Strange and Ancient Reminder

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New Book from CMCI’s Jessica Rapson

Congratulations to CMCI’s Dr Jessica Rapson on the publication of her edited volume The Transcultural Turn: Interrogating Memory Between and Beyond Borders.This new book, co-edited with Lucy Bond, is in the interdisciplinary field of memory studies, in which CMCI has a particular strength. Jessica’s volume pays particular attention to transculturalism, which sees remembering as a… Continue reading New Book from CMCI’s Jessica Rapson

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The Intimate, the Private and the Public

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was an invited speaker at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (Centre for Studies in Sociology at the University Institute of Lisbon), Portugal. The occasion was an international, interdisciplinary conference on “The Intimate, the Private and the Public: Bridges and Ambiguities.” The conference was organised… Continue reading The Intimate, the Private and the Public

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Higher Love

Our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Dr Richard Howells, contributed the double-page Culture section to this week’s Times Higher Education magazine. His feature article: “Faking Cats and Dogs: Shades of Grey Among the eBay ‘Lowrys’” marks the closure of Tate Britain’s blockbuster “L.S. Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life” this month. Howells’… Continue reading Higher Love

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News from Nowhere

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells has given a research paper at the 14th international conference of the Utopian Studies Society. Howells spoke on “Discord in Harmonie: George Rapp’s Ideal Communities in the United States, 1805-1905”. He compared these “lived Utopias” with British social reformer Robert Owen’s attempt to establish a similar community at New Harmony, Indiana… Continue reading News from Nowhere

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BoB’s Your Uncle

CMCI’s Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries Dr Richard Howells has accepted an invitation to serve on the British Universities Film and Video Council Research Education Space (RES) Academic Working Group. This is a new initiative with the BBC and Jisc (the UK universities’ digital technology champion), which will result in additional access to… Continue reading BoB’s Your Uncle

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Opening up Speech Archives

Our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries Dr Richard Howells continues his work with the British Library (BL)on archiving speech and moving pictures –and especially speech to text transcription technology for scholarly research. This month he attended both the BL’s advisory board on the project, and an invitation-only conference “Opening up Speech Archives.” The… Continue reading Opening up Speech Archives

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Two Cambridges and a Titanic

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was the invited guest lecturer at the Annual General Meeting of the Emmanuel College Society at Cambridge University at the weekend. The attendees also included representatives of the Harvard Club of the United Kingdom. Dr Howells spoke on “Re-Sinking the Titanic: One Hundred Years On”. Here, he showed how the myth… Continue reading Two Cambridges and a Titanic

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The Titanic on Hampstead Heath

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was a guest lecturer last weekend (November 18th) at Kenwood House, the neo-Classical Hampstead mansion that is home to the Iveagh Bequest including a very famous self-portrait by Rembrandt. Other artists represented include Vermeer, Hals, Turner and Reynolds. On this occasion, however, Howells was talking not about fine art but the… Continue reading The Titanic on Hampstead Heath

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Outrage: A Hat-trick for Dr Howells

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells is delighted to announce the publication of his latest book: Outrage: Art, Controversy, and Society, which he has co-edited with Andreea Ritivoi and Judith Schachter, his colleagues from the Center for the Arts and Society, based at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA. In addition to being a joint editor, Howells… Continue reading Outrage: A Hat-trick for Dr Howells

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Frieze: We’ve Got You Covered

The Frieze Art Fair is an annual “must see” event in the contemporary art calendar. CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was invited to the professional preview: This year’s Frieze ranges –as ever- from the mediocre to the magnificent (and much else besides). There is –as usual- too much to take in, but a few impressions stand… Continue reading Frieze: We’ve Got You Covered

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Guten Abend, Herr Bond

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells has been interviewed by ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), Germany's national public service television station, about the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film. The interviewers were keen to know how Bond had changed over the years, especially in the films’ representations of Britishness and women since the first picture (“Dr No”)… Continue reading Guten Abend, Herr Bond

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Howells to Speak at Battle of Ideas: Student Discounts

  CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells will be among the speakers at the Battle of Ideas 2012, an annual festival of ideas, debate and discussion, organised by the Institute of Ideas. The event, now in its eighth year, takes a “fresh and considered view of key issues confronting contemporary society”, and will for the first time, be… Continue reading Howells to Speak at Battle of Ideas: Student Discounts

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CMCI on American Network TV News

Our Reader in Culture, Media and Cretaive Industries Dr Richard Howells was interviewed by ABC network television news in the USA for a feature “Titanic Folklore Exposed”. See: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/titanic-folklore-exposed-nick-schifrin-busts-myths-famous-shipwreck-entertainment-16145404 (but apologies for the annoying commercial that precedes it). You can also hear him talk about the Titanic and its myths on an iKing's podcast: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/Podcasts.aspx

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Women and Children First!

It’s been a very busy period for CMCI’s resident Titanic expert Dr Richard Howells. First, the Centenary Edition of his monograph The Myth of the Titanic has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan’s scholarly division. This is an updated and expanded version of the 1999 original, and is available for the first time in paperback.… Continue reading Women and Children First!

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100 Years of the Titanic on Film

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells has marked the centenary of the Titanic disaster with a new journal article: “100 Years of the Titanic on Film”. Here, Howells analyses all the major films on the Titanic since 1912, beginning with the earliest newsreels (some of which were faked) to James Cameron’s Oscar winning blockbuster, which is due… Continue reading 100 Years of the Titanic on Film

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CMCI Link with the British Library

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells has accepted an invitation to join the advisory board of a British Library (BL) research project to investigate the use of speech-to-text technology in archiving and (crucially) cataloguing radio and television programmes for academic use in the arts and humanities. The BL have only relatively recently become involved in storing “time-based”… Continue reading CMCI Link with the British Library

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The British Universities Film and Video Council

CMCI's Dr Richard Howells has been re-appointed to the Advisory Board of the British Universities Film amd Video Council. The British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) is a representative body for universities and colleges in the UK. It supports the advancement of education by promoting the production, study and use of moving image, sound… Continue reading The British Universities Film and Video Council

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One Byron, Three Brontes and Two Beckhams

Richard Howells' 'Philosphy Salon' at the National Potrtait Gallery was picked out by The Times as their number one recommendation for talks in their Going Out guide. If you are reading this... you already missed it, but Dr Howells introduced and led a discussion on 'The Changing Nature of Celebrity', with the sub-title: ' One… Continue reading One Byron, Three Brontes and Two Beckhams

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National Portrait Gallery / CMCI Triple Bill

CMCI’s Dr. Richard Howells is giving a triple bill of events at London’s National Portrait Gallery. They all tie in with the gallery's current "Glamour of the Gods", an exhibition of studio stills from the golden age of Hollywood portrait photography. The events are: 1. A public lecture titled "From Actors to Icons", showing how… Continue reading National Portrait Gallery / CMCI Triple Bill

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“Groundbreaking Work”

There is glowing praise for a CMCI-based publication in the latest edition of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. It takes the form of a review of Using Visual Evidence, devised and edited by CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells, together with Professor Robert Matson of the University of Pittsburgh. Quotations for the marquee include:… Continue reading “Groundbreaking Work”

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The Titanic in Modern Memory

Richard Howells gave the keynote lecture at IAMHIST XXIV, the 24th conference of the International Association for Media and History, held this year in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference theme was ‘Media History and Cultural Memory’, Dr Howells lectured on ‘The Titanic in Modern Memory’. He anticipated next year’s 100th anniversary of the sinking by showing… Continue reading The Titanic in Modern Memory

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“Top-Notch”

There’s a glowing review of the CMCI-related volume The Public Value of the Humanities in The Times Higher Education Supplement. This is a book of essays from “leading humanities scholars” including CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells, and edited by Jonathon Bate. According to reviewer Malcolm Gillies, vice-chancellor of London Metropolitan University and a former president of… Continue reading “Top-Notch”

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Atheistic Christianity

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was a plenary speaker at the “No Future” conference staged by the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Durham. His paper, “Beyond Bloch: Creation, Creativity and a Utopian Theory of Design” linked the visual arts with Bloch’s concept of “atheistic Christianity” and was ironically counter-pointed by the bells of… Continue reading Atheistic Christianity

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Sorting The Sheep from the Sheep

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells has a chapter in a new book which has just been launched at London’s Tate Modern gallery. Speakers at the launch event included Universities Minister David Willetts, Lord Robert Winston, Baroness O’Neill and Arts and Humanities Research Council Chairman Sir Alan Wilson. In this book, “a group of distinguished humanities scholars”… Continue reading Sorting The Sheep from the Sheep

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Are we all cultural workers now?

That is the provocative question asked at a forthcoming workshop in Sydney , Australia at which CMCI’s Rosalind Gill will be giving the opening keynote. The talk will review “what we know” about the features of cultural and creative work, discussing issues such as precariousness, bulimic patterns of working, and the intensification and extensification of… Continue reading Are we all cultural workers now?

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CMCI at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Professor Rosalind Gill gave the opening keynote address to Women in View’s SEXMEDIAMONEY conference last month – attended by film-makers, academics, policy-makers and festival goers. Rosalind’s speech, entitled Unveiling the New Normal, examined the persistence of inequalities in the film and media industries, discussing the latest research from Skillset, Women in Film and Television, The… Continue reading CMCI at the Vancouver International Film Festival

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New Journal, new paper

Andy is pleased to announce the publication of a new article, in a new journal: City, Culture and Society. Copies can be downloaded from this web site. The article is entitled "Creative cities: Tensions within and between social, cultural and economic development. A critical reading of the UK experience." City, Culture and Society 1:13-20. The… Continue reading New Journal, new paper

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Howells (Part One)

Now that the cast have trodden a rather rain-sodden red carpet in Leicester Square, CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells is able to reveal his thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part One) which premiered on November 11. Howells has so far been keeping deliberately quiet as he actually saw the film at a cast… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Howells (Part One)

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Andy lectures at the Institute for Urban Design

Andy visited Zurich, this week (Nov. 4th) to give a lecture to architects at the Institute for Urban Design , at Switzerland’s top university, ETH “The creative city?”, Institute for Urban Design. His talk was based upon a critique of creative cities that he published in Geografiska Annaler Series B-Human Geography 90B:107-117. entitled "Creative cities:… Continue reading Andy lectures at the Institute for Urban Design

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Andy in Donostia, Gipuzkoa

Andy gave a paper at the World Urban Development Congress INTA 34 held in Oct 25-26 in San Sebastián, the Basque Country, Spain (or as the Basque locals call it Donostia, Gipuzkoa). The conference took place at the Kursaal Palace, one of the architectural highlights of the Basque country (aside from Bilbao). His paper was… Continue reading Andy in Donostia, Gipuzkoa

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Young women’s negotiations of heterosexual conventions: Theorizing Sexuality in Constructions of ‘the Feminist’

Christina Scharff has a new publication is Sociology 44(5): 827-842. The article draws on her Ph.D. research and explores young women’s constructions of ‘the feminist’. Amongst other things, the article is about haunting and sticky stereotypes. Read the abstract if you’d like to find out more: ABSTRACT Even though the normativity of heterosexuality has come… Continue reading Young women’s negotiations of heterosexual conventions: Theorizing Sexuality in Constructions of ‘the Feminist’

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New Reviews for “Duke Ellington’s America”

Several reviews have come in recently for CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen's new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press). In their 28 October issue, the New York Review of Books devoted 4,000 words to the book, including: "Of many artists it can be said that deep cultural currents can be read through… Continue reading New Reviews for “Duke Ellington’s America”

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Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway Autumn Events in Los Angeles and London

CMCI Lecturer Harvey G. Cohen will be appearing at several public events in the next month. On Wednesday 10 November, he will be offering a multi-media presentation entitled "Duke Ellington in his Own Words" at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The event is hosted by jazz guitar legend Kenny Burrell, director of… Continue reading Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway Autumn Events in Los Angeles and London

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Andy Pratt has a new publication in Italian:

Andy Pratt has a new publication in Italian: 'La cultura e le politiche basate sulle industrie creative : connettere produzione e consumo' in F. Angeli (ed), Nuovi scenari per l'attrattività delle città e dei territori: dibattiti, progetti e strategie in contesti metropolitani mondiali. Details of the book can be accessed here. For those who do… Continue reading Andy Pratt has a new publication in Italian:

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A busy time for Dr. Ruth Adams…

Dr Ruth Adams has had a busy couple of weeks, squeezing in a conference paper and two publications either side of the start of the academic year. On 10 September 2010 she gave a presentation at the 9th International Colloquium on Arts, Heritage, Nonprofit and Social Marketing, which was organized by colleagues in the Department… Continue reading A busy time for Dr. Ruth Adams…

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UN/SIDA ‘Expert brainstorm’

In mid September, CMCI’s Professor Rosalind Gill took part in a prestigious United Nations/Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency ‘expert brainstorm’ to reflect on why there has been a lack of progress in achieving gender equality, fifteen years after the UN’s famous Beijing meeting, which felt so hopeful to many at the time. The focus of… Continue reading UN/SIDA ‘Expert brainstorm’

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“Duke Ellington’s America” Heads to the London Jazz Festival and Guildhall School

Duke Ellington's America, CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen's new book, now in its 2nd printing from the University of Chicago Press, will be the focus of two major free events in the next two months. First, on 27 October 2010 at 7:00PM, Cohen will be featured with the Guildhall Jazz Band and their leader/conductor… Continue reading “Duke Ellington’s America” Heads to the London Jazz Festival and Guildhall School

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Cultural economy and development

Andy gave a series of lectures for ILO/UNESCO/University of Torino on the creative economy and policy for MA in "World Heritage at Work"/”Cultural Projects for Development” 13-14th September. Andy is a visiting professor on this programme which attracts international students engaged in policy and practice work for conservation bodies, especially the World Heritage Organisation. The… Continue reading Cultural economy and development

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‘Ellington’s America’ Resonates in London

Tomorrow, Friday 3 September at 2:00PM, CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen will be discussing his new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press) live on Carole Chant's Sound Out programme on Resonance FM Radio 104.4 here in London, and on their website. The programme will not be archived, so if you want to… Continue reading ‘Ellington’s America’ Resonates in London

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“Duke Ellington’s America” Airs Across America

CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen's new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press), currently in its second printing, has been receiving attention lately on the airwaves in the United States, from coast to coast. This Friday, 20 August 2010, at 6PM London time, Cohen will be interviewed about his book on "Metro Connection,"… Continue reading “Duke Ellington’s America” Airs Across America

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Prof.Dr. Leilei Li

The Centre for Culture, Media and Creative Industries has been hosting the research visit of Prof.Dr. Leilei Li, College of Mass Communication, Shenzhen University (December 2009-July 2010). Sadly she has now returned to Shenzhen. Prof. Li has been working with Andy Pratt developing ideas about researching and teaching the cultural and creative industries. Amongst other… Continue reading Prof.Dr. Leilei Li

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‘Rethinking the Cultural and Creative Economy of Cities’

Andy Pratt gave a paper at the International Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Gothenberg on July 12th. Andy’s paper was entitled Rethinking the Cultural and Creative Economy of Cities and was part of a panel called “Creative Cities” after the Fall of Finance as part of the RC21 strand (Urban Sociologies) that Andy co-organised with… Continue reading ‘Rethinking the Cultural and Creative Economy of Cities’

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Read it Like Beckham

A new book about celebrity comes complete with a CMCI endorsement. Fred Inglis’s A Short History of Celebrity is just out from Princeton University Press. Here, Inglis argues that our seemingly modern obsession with celebrity needs to be seen in its social historical context. CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells loaned a “useful hand” at the typescript… Continue reading Read it Like Beckham

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Dr. Ruth Adams contributes chapter to Gender, Sexuality and Museums

Dr Ruth Adams has contributed a chapter to a new book called Gender, Sexuality and Museums. According to the publisher, this book provides the only repository of key articles, new essays and case studies for the important area of gender and sexuality in museums. It is the first reader to focus on LGBT issues and… Continue reading Dr. Ruth Adams contributes chapter to Gender, Sexuality and Museums

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Perfect companions – Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship

Two new books on entrepreneurship and small business have just been launched, co-authored by CMCI's Nick Wilson. The books offer a comprehensive review of entrepreneurship theory and practice across small and large firms, private and public sector organisations. With a strong international perspective, the CCI reader will find both books packed with useful content, ideas… Continue reading Perfect companions – Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship

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Radio Days and the Page 99 Test for “Ellington’s America”

CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen's new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press) has been appearing on the airwaves lately and on one literary website. For more info, read on... Cohen has a one-hour guest slot discussing his book on the latest edition of the Radio Open Source programme. Some Ellington music will… Continue reading Radio Days and the Page 99 Test for “Ellington’s America”

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Burrell, TLS and NY Times weigh in on “Ellington’s America”

More reviews are filtering in for CMCI Lecturer Harvey G. Cohen's new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press). Jazz guitar legend Kenny Burrell, who also serves as the Director for Jazz Studies at UCLA, will assign the book in his classes during the forthcoming school year. He had this to say: "Harvey G.… Continue reading Burrell, TLS and NY Times weigh in on “Ellington’s America”

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“A Definitive Anthology”

Richard Howells and Robert Matson’s Using Visual Evidence (Open University Press 2009) has received a sparkling review in the latest edition of the journal Film and History. Highlights include: "…two media historians—drawing upon years of detailed research—have compiled a definitive anthology. Clearly, Using Visual Evidence presents a unique interpretation of historical analysis where thirteen writers,… Continue reading “A Definitive Anthology”

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Dr. Ruth Adams gave a paper at the Fourth Annual Comedy Conference

Earlier this month Dr. Ruth Adams gave a paper at the Fourth Annual Comedy Conference in Manchester, 'So Funny It Hurts' - http://www.famss.salford.ac.uk/page/4th-comedy-conference-2010 Ruth gave a paper on Mike Leigh's iconic 1970s play Abigail's Party, in which she discussed - drawing on the writings of the French philospher Henri Bergson - whether this was, as… Continue reading Dr. Ruth Adams gave a paper at the Fourth Annual Comedy Conference

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Professor Andy Pratt gave papers at two conferences earlier this month.

The first was on culture and the post-industrial city, and was given at the International Congress "Postmetropolis Cerdà": Governance of the Metropolitan Regions in the 21st Century, held at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB). Andy’s paper was on Urban policies and the compact city: from social segregation to the economy of culture.… Continue reading Professor Andy Pratt gave papers at two conferences earlier this month.

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Ellington’s early years spotlighted on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Library

On Saturday afternoon, 5 June 2010, CMCI Lecturer Harvey G. Cohen guested on Jazz Library for an hour on BBC Radio 3, hosted by Alyn Shipton, who was recently named Jazz Broadcaster of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. From the Cotton Club to national icon, Cohen traces Ellington's finest output from the decade… Continue reading Ellington’s early years spotlighted on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Library

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Ros Gill awarded International Gender and Language Association Prize

Professor Rosalind Gill in the Centre for Culture, Media and Creative Industries Research has just been awarded the International Gender and Language Association’s 2010 prize for her book Gender and the Media (Polity Press). This is a a bi-annual prize that recognises ‘the most outstanding scholarship on gender, language and communication’. It will be awarded… Continue reading Ros Gill awarded International Gender and Language Association Prize

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Duke Ellington and Modernism on BBC Radio 3

CMCI Lecturer Harvey G. Cohen appeared last night on BBC Radio 3's Nightwaves programme, discussing his new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press) with a panel that included musician/journalist Kevin LeGendre and novelist John Harvey. Nightwaves host Philip Dodd wanted to focus on Ellington's connection to modernism, so Cohen discussed how Ellington fit… Continue reading Duke Ellington and Modernism on BBC Radio 3

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Researching Cultural and Creative Industries in London

There was a public launch of the RCCIL database on 11th May 2010 at City University London, which included a keynote address given by Professor Andy Pratt (King’s College London), together with a demonstration of the RCCIL website. Andy gave a talk entitled ‘Constructing an evidence base for research and governance of the cultural and… Continue reading Researching Cultural and Creative Industries in London

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Global and World Cities lecture

Andy delivered the 12th annual Global and World Cities (GaWC) lecture on 28th April entitled ‘Global Cities and the Creative Economy’. Previous annual lectures have been delivered by well known speakers such as Prof Saskia Sassen and Prof Sir Peter Hall. Andy’s lecture highlighted the lack of attention that global city researchers had paid to… Continue reading Global and World Cities lecture

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UK events announced for “Duke Ellington’s America”

In the next few months, several public events will focus on "Duke Ellington's America", the forthcoming book by CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen, which will be released in Europe in mid-June and in the US in mid-May on the University of Chicago Press. Using extensive new research, the book offers a new look at… Continue reading UK events announced for “Duke Ellington’s America”

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Debates on both sides of the Atlantic

Yesterday morning, on the Breakfast Show on BBC London radio, CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen commented on the history of American presidential campaign debates, in light of the first British Prime Minister debates taking place this week. He spoke about how such debates have served to focus the electorate on the campaigns, and have… Continue reading Debates on both sides of the Atlantic

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Andy Pratt’s European travels

Germany: CMCI's Prof. Andy Pratt gave a keynote lecture entitled ‘The cultural economy and the creative city’ to policy makers and academics in Mannheim on March 25th. He was speaking at a Creative City Forum organised by the City Council, and was introduced by the Mayor, a key supporter of policy to support the music industry… Continue reading Andy Pratt’s European travels

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Controversy, Art and Power

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells has just returned from the Unites States where he had been invited to give a public lecture at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Richard argued that controversies in the arts are rarely only about the arts. While he agreed that some controversies are deliberately created for publicity and commercial reasons,… Continue reading Controversy, Art and Power

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CMCI hosts Animation seminar

CMCI hosted the "Animation industry in Japan and China: insiders’ views" seminar on 18 March 2010. Prof. Leilei Li from Shenzhen University gave a presentation on the Chinese animation industry from the perspective of media, geography and policy. This was followed by a talk by Mr Daisuke Okeda on current issues of the anime industry… Continue reading CMCI hosts Animation seminar

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CCI joins UNCTAD network

CMCI has just been invited to join the UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Creative Economy Academic Network. CMCI staff are involved in knowledge exchange and policy advice for UNCTAD and other UN family agencies. In particular, Prof. Pratt has recently helped to draft the UNCTAD "Creative economy report", and gave a presentation at… Continue reading CCI joins UNCTAD network

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CMCI professor to address Council of Europe

On Monday, March 8, as part of an event to celebrate International Women’s Day, Prof Rosalind Gill from the Centre for Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College, will give a keynote address to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on representations of women in the media. The event is part of a number… Continue reading CMCI professor to address Council of Europe

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Creatives, academics and workplace stress

According to CMCI's Prof Rosalind Gill we should look in an unlikely place to get a barometer of what the contemporary workplace is really like: the greetings card industry. 'Happiness is an empty inbox' declares one card Gill has noticed. 'Nothing beats the satisfaction of crossing things off lists', remarks another, and (Ros's particular favourite,… Continue reading Creatives, academics and workplace stress

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The Cultural Impact of UK Film: Questions and Evidence

The full report of the seminar “The Cultural Impact of UK Film: Questions and Evidence” has now been published online. It includes the contribution of CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells, who was invited to present his thoughts on the issue. By way of background: In 2008 the UK Film Council commissioned a consortium of Narval Media,… Continue reading The Cultural Impact of UK Film: Questions and Evidence

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Tough marks for Obama from CMCI Lecturer

Last Wednesday, on the first anniversary of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama, CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen was asked by Metro International newspapers in Sweden and Denmark to produce a report card for Obama, judging his performance so far in five categories, with one sentence for each category (not a lot of… Continue reading Tough marks for Obama from CMCI Lecturer

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Can the Arts Save the Economy?

Centre Director Dr Richard Howells' contribution to the Battle of Ideas debate on "Can the Arts Save The Economy" is now available via online audio at: http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/index.php/2009/session_detail/2548/ The event was held at the Royal College of Art in London: joining the discussion with Richard were James Boyle, former controller of BBC Radio 4, Angus Kennedy,… Continue reading Can the Arts Save the Economy?

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Thank You for the Music (terms and conditions apply)

Music copyright is a very hot issue at the moment, and so Lost in CCI recommends a recently published and highly topical special issue of the journal Information, Communication and Society (Vol 12.2) edited by CMCI’s Professor Andy Pratt with Martin Kretschmer. The article is titled: ' Copyright, and the Production of Music', and here… Continue reading Thank You for the Music (terms and conditions apply)

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More from Andy

CMCI’s new professor Andy Pratt is certainly keeping both busy and productive: he reports two more publications and a keynote conference paper. The publications are Pratt, A.C. (2009) "Cultural Economy" in R. Kitchen and N. Thrift (eds.), International Encylopedia of Human Geography, Volume 2, Elsevier, Oxford, pp 407-10. Pratt, A. C. (2009) "Critical Realism/Critical Realist… Continue reading More from Andy

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Manga, Anime and Scanlation

Congratulations to CMCI’s Dr Hye-Kyung Lee, who has just had an article published in the highly respected journal Media, Culture and Society. “Between fan culture and copyright infringement: manga scanlation” is based on her successful presentation at last year's CMCI symposium on anime and manga. Hye-Kyung is already known for her work on cultural policy… Continue reading Manga, Anime and Scanlation

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Andy’s Swiss Role

CMCI’s Professor Andy Pratt is recently back from Geneva, where he was attending an expert meeting on “Developing guidelines to assess the economic, social and cultural impact of intellectual property in the creative industries” at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (an agency of the United Nations). It is hoped that this group will develop means… Continue reading Andy’s Swiss Role

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Museums and Urban Regeneration

CMCI’s Professor Andy Pratt has been busy presenting ongoing work about museums and urban regeneration. He recently presented a joint paper at a seminar at LSE, written with Corinna Dean and Caroline Donnellan of LSE Cities Programme, entitled ‘The Tate Modern: pushing the limits of regeneration’. The paper discussed a range of tensions created within… Continue reading Museums and Urban Regeneration

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End of the world is near… on screen

CMCI lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen appeared last Saturday morning on SkyNews, discussing the rash of apocalyptic-themed movies arriving from America in the last couple of years (Cloverfield, Wall-E, and the upcoming 2012, Book of Ely and The Road). He argued that anxiety over 9/11 and global warming plays a part in this trend, just… Continue reading End of the world is near… on screen

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Radio discussion on Cultural Decline

Dr Ruth Adams made a guest appearance on the BBC Radio programme Good Morning Wales on Friday 14 August 2009. Dr Adams and Peter Finch, poet and Chief Executive of Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers, were asked to comment on some controversial statements made by Jonathan Mills, the director… Continue reading Radio discussion on Cultural Decline

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Manga scanlation interview

CMCI's Dr Hye-Kyung Lee recently gave an interview to a Japanese news agency about the scanlation of manga (comic books), on which she has been doing some research. Scanlation is defined by Wikipedia as 'the unauthorised scanning, translation, editing and distribution of comics from a foreign language into the language of the distributors'. An article… Continue reading Manga scanlation interview

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In the Loop

CMCI academics Dr Richard Howells and Dr Harvey Cohen enjoyed a preview screening of “In the Loop”, the Anglo-American political comedy-satire directed by Armando Iannucci and starring (among others) James Gandolfini. There’s a lot of (hugely enjoyable) high calibre swearing combined with razor-sharp personal insults, and there has been much speculation on how much basis… Continue reading In the Loop

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Free Speech in the Universities

Centre Director Dr Richard Howells is among the academics and students contributing to the new “Free D” campaign funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and supported by the National Union of Students, Universities UK and the Guardian. The campaign is intended to encourage students, academics, policy makers and members of the general… Continue reading Free Speech in the Universities

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Picture Perfect

Congratulations to CMCI lecturer Dr Harvey Cohen: The King’s College Humanities Research Committee has awarded him a welcome sum to help with the photographic costs for his forthcoming monograph Duke Ellington’s America. Lost in CCI thanks the committee in return. Harvey’s book is due out in spring 2010 with Chicago University Press.

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Managing Nicely

CMCI’s cultural management specialist Dr Lynne Nikolychuk has been more than a little busy lately... She was the lead researcher for a report just published on “UK Independent Television & Film Sectors: Exploring New Collaborative (Business) Models”. The project was funded by the London Development Agency and supported by King’s Business Ltd. It’s been published… Continue reading Managing Nicely

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Is It Becoz I Went to Cambridge?

The character of Ali G may not be famed for his intellectual capacities, but he was nevertheless the subject of a research paper that centre director Dr Richard Howells gave at Cambridge University. “It’s Semiotic, Innit?” explained the often contentious relationship between race, humour and television, and looked closely at how Sacha Baron Cohen, the… Continue reading Is It Becoz I Went to Cambridge?

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The Contentious Museum

Last week Dr Ruth Adams attended the 6th University Museums in Scotland conference, on the topic of 'The Contentious Museum', at the University in snowy(!) Aberdeen. Session topics included 'Human remains and sacred items', 'Negotiating with communities' and 'The Legacy of empire and slavery'. Ruth contributed a paper to this last session which considered the… Continue reading The Contentious Museum

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Celebrity Photography Since the Kuroi

Centre director Dr Richard Howells gave a well-attended guest research seminar next door at the Courtauld Institute of Art . "Celebrity Photography since the Kuroi" was a research paper in progress in which Richard worked to explain the almost sacred appeal of the celebrity photographic image today. The paper was followed by questions and then… Continue reading Celebrity Photography Since the Kuroi

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Visiting Researchers

The Centre for Cultural, Media and Creative Industries now has three visiting researchers as part of the team. Sue Hoyle is Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, Bettany Hughes is a witer and broadcaster, and Antti Tietäväinen of the University of Tampere, Finland. He is researching globalisation, Foucauldian analysis and actor network theory. To find… Continue reading Visiting Researchers