Creativity and Cultural Labour

Estrella Sendra participates in ‘African cinema and cinephilia’ at the Leeds International Film Festival

Estrella Sendra CMCI Lecturer Estrella Sendra has recently participated in a panel discussion on ‘African Cinema and Cinephilia’ at the Leeds International Film Festival, hosted between 3-17 November 2022 in Leeds. The panel discussion was part of ‘New Voices in Cinephilia’, an event series led by Dr Rachel Johnson and Prof Stephanie Dennison (University of… Continue reading Estrella Sendra participates in ‘African cinema and cinephilia’ at the Leeds International Film Festival

Special Issue ‘Musicology on Screen’ just published on Screenworks: the peer-reviewed online publication of practice research in screen media

Estrella Sendra I am delighted to share with you that the special issue ‘Musicology on Screen’, which I have had the pleasure to co-edit with guest editors Prof Barley Norton (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Dr Joseph Owen Jackson (SOAS and Institute of Civil Engineering) has just been published in Screenworks: the peer-reviewed online publication… Continue reading Special Issue ‘Musicology on Screen’ just published on Screenworks: the peer-reviewed online publication of practice research in screen media

Confronting Crisis

Lindsay Parker The inaugural Arts and Humanities Festival of Research took place from 19-20 May 2022, tackling the theme of “Confronting crisis: Arts & Humanities perspectives on a changing world”. Papers from the departments of History, European and International Studies and Digital Humanities amongst others were presented. The research panels prompted lively discussion and debate… Continue reading Confronting Crisis

New report published highlighting possible futures for creative work after Covid-19

Dr Lauren England & Dr Roberta Comunian We are delighted to announce that the report “Creative Work: Possible futures after Covid-19” now been published and is available to download for free. The report, co-authored with Dr Federica Viganó (Free University of Bolzano, Italy) and Dr Jessica Tanghetti (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), shines light further onto how the… Continue reading New report published highlighting possible futures for creative work after Covid-19

Sharing research on craft higher education and professional development at the Crafts Council UK Roundtable

Dr Lauren England On 9th March 2022, I shared key findings from my PhD research on craft higher education and professional development at a Crafts Council UK Higher Education Roundtable. The Roundtable event was attended by members of the Crafts Council’s Education, Policy and Research and Professional Development teams, representatives UK craft higher education and… Continue reading Sharing research on craft higher education and professional development at the Crafts Council UK Roundtable

CMCI staff and Arts & Cultural Management MA student Bayo Omoboriowo collaborate on exhibition “Intertwined:  Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria”

In 2019 Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Lauren England (Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, KCL) started working with Dr Eka Ikpe (African Leadership Centre, KCL) and Dr Ananya Kabir (Department of English, KCL). They were awarded a King’s Together Seed Fund grant for the “Africa Fashion Futures” project. The project looks at fashion… Continue reading CMCI staff and Arts & Cultural Management MA student Bayo Omoboriowo collaborate on exhibition “Intertwined:  Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria”

What are cultural and creative ecosystems and how can they be studied? CMCI researchers provide a review of theories and methods, towards a new research agenda in international journal Cultural Trends

Manfredi de Bernard Recently, we have witnessed a wave of enthusiasm from scholars towards the creative and cultural ecology paradigm as a new promising model for policy development. Indeed, in his popular 2015 report, Holden argues for a shift toward “the cultural ecology” to address the criticalities of existing top-down approaches. He highlights the inextricable… Continue reading What are cultural and creative ecosystems and how can they be studied? CMCI researchers provide a review of theories and methods, towards a new research agenda in international journal Cultural Trends

AHRC Award for African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies

Dr Roberta Comunian & Dr Lauren England We are delighted to announce that Dr Roberta Comunian (CMCI, KCL), Dr Lauren England (CMCI, KCL) and Dr Brian Hracs (University of Southampton) have been awarded an AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement grant to develop an African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies. They will be working in partnership with… Continue reading AHRC Award for African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies

New Report on Dundee’s Cultural Recovery

Dr Lauren England Dr Lauren England is delighted to announce that the final report from her research project “Dundee Cultural Recovery” has now been published and is available to download for free. The report provides insights into the impact of the pandemic on the organisations and individual cultural workers (specifically freelancers) who make up Dundee’s cultural economy and the role… Continue reading New Report on Dundee’s Cultural Recovery

Who has the right to claim authorship when we talk about artisan production?

Jazmín Ruiz Díaz (Photos courtesy of the IPA) News related to traditional handicrafts does not usually hit the headlines in Paraguayan newspapers. However, this time was different. The reason: A dispute between an association of women potters against an entrepreneur from the capital city. The accusations were cultural appropriation from one side, and of breaking… Continue reading Who has the right to claim authorship when we talk about artisan production?

Creative Work: Possible Futures After Covid-19 Workshop

Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Lauren England in partnership with Dr Federica Viganò from the Faculty of Education of University of Bolzen have organised an international online workshop ‘Creative Work: Possible Futures After Covid-19’.  The workshop will include 14 papers presented over two days (4th – 5th November 2021), with contributions from across Europe, the USA and South… Continue reading Creative Work: Possible Futures After Covid-19 Workshop

The Covid-19 crisis and ‘critical juncture’ in cultural policy: a comparative analysis of cultural policy responses in South Korea, Japan and China

Karin Ling-Fung Chau The Covid-19 pandemic has rendered the arts and culture sectors everywhere extremely vulnerable and put cultural policy under a serious common pressure. Seeing the pandemic as a significant event that has disrupted the existing institutions and discourses, many commentators are demanding a reshaping of cultural policy to cope with the crisis and… Continue reading The Covid-19 crisis and ‘critical juncture’ in cultural policy: a comparative analysis of cultural policy responses in South Korea, Japan and China

Future Festivals South Africa

Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Jonathan Gross We are leading on a one-year project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Future Festivals South Africa: Possibilities for the Age of Covid-19 is an international collaborative project developed in collaboration with Prof Jen Snowball, Delon Tarendaal and Fiona Drummond at Rhodes University (South Africa). It aims… Continue reading Future Festivals South Africa

Supporting the cultural industries using venture capital: a policy experiment from South Korea

Dr Hye-Kyung Lee On 24 March 2021, I gave a talk “Supporting the cultural industries using venture capital: a policy experiment from South Korea” in the CMCI staff seminar.  The talk was based on the findings of my fieldwork in Seoul in 2019, and my paper with the same title is currently being reviewed by a journal. The… Continue reading Supporting the cultural industries using venture capital: a policy experiment from South Korea

What does it mean to be sustainable?

Lindsay Parker When asked what my PhD topis is, my usual response is “fashion and sustainability”. These are terms that are recognisable and used frequently however, their precise definitions (particularly when used within an academic context) are complex and contested. Part of my research is concerned with how different people give meaning to these terms… Continue reading What does it mean to be sustainable?

A PhD Overview in Three Acts: Cauldrons, Super Bowls and Export-grade Joy

Dr Camilo Solinti Soler Caicedo On January 11th, 2020, on a final wrap-up fieldwork visit, I was approached by a hip-hop dancer, who had seemingly heard of my research on salsa: “Brayan: They told me you are doing a research to find out why the best dancers always come from the ghettoCamilo: You could say…… Continue reading A PhD Overview in Three Acts: Cauldrons, Super Bowls and Export-grade Joy

The Asian Cultural Policy Research Seminar Series

Takao Teuri Dr Hye-Kyung Lee (CMCI), Karin Chau (CMCI), and I (Takao Terui, CMCI) launched a new seminar series titled Asian Cultural Policy Research Seminar Series (ACPRSS). This series aims to broaden our understandings about the cultural and creative industries /cultural policy and to contribute to de-Westernising this field and de-colonising our curriculum, by sharing voices… Continue reading The Asian Cultural Policy Research Seminar Series

Creative Economy Research Frontiers Seminar Series – Creative Work and Gender: Barriers and Activism

Dr Tamsyn Dent & Dr Kate McMillan Dr Tamsyn Dent and Dr Kate McMillan both presented research as part of the Creative Economy Research Frontiers Seminar Series, organised and hosted by CMCI and DISCE.EU in partnership with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), Nesta. The event, Creative Work and Gender: Barriers and Activism… Continue reading Creative Economy Research Frontiers Seminar Series – Creative Work and Gender: Barriers and Activism

Creative and cultural work without filters: Covid-19 and exposed precarity in the creative economy

Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Lauren England  In the first of our DISCE Webinars Dr Roberta Comunian, DISCE researcher, presented some of her work (with colleague Dr Lauren England at King’s College London) on the impact of Covid-19 on creative and cultural workers. The review article “Creative and cultural work without filters: Covid-19 and exposed precarity… Continue reading Creative and cultural work without filters: Covid-19 and exposed precarity in the creative economy

“Social Enterprises, Social Innovation and the Creative Economy” – Special issue of the Social Enterprise Journal

Dr Roberta Comunian and Denderah Rickmers The creative economy is dead – long live the creative-social economies CMCI staff are involved in the launch of a new special issue of the Social Enterprise Journal on the creative-social economies. Dr Roberta Comunian and PhD Denderah Rickermers have curated the special issue and written the editorial (with… Continue reading “Social Enterprises, Social Innovation and the Creative Economy” – Special issue of the Social Enterprise Journal

Creative Higher Education and the impact of Covid-19

Dr Roberta Comunian, Dr Tamsyn Dent and Dr Lauren England Dr Roberta Comunian, Dr Tamsyn Dent and Dr Lauren England have launched this week a new website and research project – in collaboration with the H2020 funded project DISCE (Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies). The project entitled ‘Creative Higher Education and the impact of… Continue reading Creative Higher Education and the impact of Covid-19

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

Intersemiotic Journeys between Practice and Theory

Dr Ricarda Vidal   Can we translate between poetry and dance, between painting and music, between scent and performance in the same way as we translate between French and English in literary translation? How would such a translation differ from response, adaptation or illustration? And what might we find out about communication if we tried to… Continue reading Intersemiotic Journeys between Practice and Theory

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

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

Investigating Cosmic Wellness

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

Live Cinema Summit 2018

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

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

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