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  • CMCI Researchers work on the ‘Creative Majority’ report for the APPG in Creative Diversity
    Two members of CMCI, Dr Natalie Wreyford and Dr Tamsyn Dent have been working on a research project for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Creative Diversity into ‘what works’ to improve diversity and inclusion in the creative and cultural sector. The Creative Diversity APPG, co-chaired by Cross bench Peer Baroness Deborah Bull and… Continue reading CMCI Researchers work on the ‘Creative Majority’ report for the APPG in Creative Diversity
  • CREATIVE WORK: POSSIBLE FUTURES AFTER COVID-19
    Dr Roberta  Comunian is involved alongside colleagues from the Faculty of Education of University of Bolzen (Dr Federica Vigano) and University of Dundee (Dr Lauren England) in the organisation of a Call for Papers and an online international Workshop (4-5 Nov, 2021) on the theme: Creative Work: Possible Futures after Covid-19.   The Covid-19 pandemic has re-shaped the… Continue reading CREATIVE WORK: POSSIBLE FUTURES AFTER COVID-19
  • Launching Event for Cultures of Care
    Cultures of Care is an ongoing research project, led by Prof Nick Wilson (CMCI) that seeks to make a positive intervention in response to the current crisis of care. The opening event – on Friday 11th June 2.00-4.30pm (BST) – focuses on care in the context of Higher Education. Amongst the questions being explored are –… Continue reading Launching Event for Cultures of Care
  • Emeritus Professor Richard Howells conducted an interview with David A Andelman
    CMCI Emeritus Professor Richard Howells conducted an online interview with New York Times and CBS correspondent David A Andelman. It began with questions about his new book: A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars that Might Still Happen, before the conversation expanded to current events. Questions from the audience followed. The event, which… Continue reading Emeritus Professor Richard Howells conducted an interview with David A Andelman
  • New Report for the European Parliament: The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union
    Dr Mafalda Dâmaso co-wrote with Culture Action Europe (the main European network of cultural networks, organisations, artists, activists, academics and policymakers) a new report for the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament titled “The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union”. The report’s… Continue reading New Report for the European Parliament: The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union
  • New UNESCO report published: Gender and Creativity: Progress on the precipice
    Dr Bridget Conor has just published a new report for UNESCO: Gender and Creativity: Progress on the precipice. The report is based on more than a year of research and collaboration with UNESCO and partners assessing our collective progress towards gender equality in cultural and media industries. It’s also sounding a warning: progress is far from guaranteed,… Continue reading New UNESCO report published: Gender and Creativity: Progress on the precipice
  • Clara de Massol: Winner of the MSA Excellent Paper Award
    Last year’s winner of the Memory Study Association Excellent Paper Award is Clara de Massol de Rebetz, with her article ‘Remembrance Day for Lost Species. Remembering and Mourning Extinction in the Anthropocene’. Clara is a PhD candidate at King’s College London in the CMCI department, supervised by Dr Jessica Rapson. Her article was published last September… Continue reading Clara de Massol: Winner of the MSA Excellent Paper Award
  • AHRC Award for Experiential Translation Network
    We are pleased to announce that Dr Ricarda Vidal (CMCI, KCL) and Dr Madeleine Campbell (Edinburgh University) have been awarded an AHRC Network grant. The network comprises academics, artists and translators from the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong, Hungary and Poland and explores translation between languages (interlingual) and between media (intersemiotic) as a method of creation and… Continue reading AHRC Award for Experiential Translation Network
  • NEW BOOK by Anna Woodham on “unloved” museum collections
    We’re pleased to announce that CMCI lecturer Dr Anna Woodham’s new edited book has just been published: Exploring Emotion, Care and Enthusiasm in “Unloved” Museum Collections. Edited with Dr Rianedd Smith and Dr Alison Hess, the book focuses on the millions of items that are held in museum collections around the world but which are… Continue reading NEW BOOK by Anna Woodham on “unloved” museum collections
  • Roger Fry, Bloomsbury, Transfer Lithography and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa collection
    Richard Howells, CMCI’s Professor of Cultural Sociology has a new research article published on Roger Fry, Bloomsbury, and transfer lithography.  Here, he has filled a gap in the existing literature, locating Fry’s use of the medium within the context of Bloomsbury innovation before the Second World War.   Special attention is then paid to the… Continue reading Roger Fry, Bloomsbury, Transfer Lithography and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa collection
  • Decolonize classical music!
    The exam board of Britain’s royal schools of music is being urged to address the legacy of its colonial origins after research found 99% of pieces on its syllabuses were by white composers” writes the Guardian in a recent article discussing the decolonization of classical music. The articles also draws on the work by CMCI researcher and… Continue reading Decolonize classical music!
  • Curating Expertise Museum Survey
    Are you a current or former museum and gallery professional working in the UK or internationally? Dr Serena Iervolino (CMCI) and Dr Stuart Dunn (DDH) are inviting colleagues in the sector to complete a survey that aims to explore the perspectives and experiences of current and former museum and gallery professionals in relation to graduate employability in… Continue reading Curating Expertise Museum Survey
  • CREATIVE INDUSTRIES RESEARCH FRONTIERS: SEMINAR SERIES – now online
    We are delighted to announce that the Creative Industries Research Frontiers seminar series, which is co-organised by King’s College London and the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), has now moved fully ONLINE. There are two sessions coming up in June. Don’t miss presentations by CMCI’s Kate McMillan and Tamsyn Dent on 1st June. Seminar 3:… Continue reading CREATIVE INDUSTRIES RESEARCH FRONTIERS: SEMINAR SERIES – now online
  • Dancing in isolation
    CMCI student Hui Zhang is doing one Chinese folk dance a day during the pandemic. Here is a Dai ethnic dance. Follow her an instagram to see more of her choreography. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_QYJJCDUL7/?igshid=102khmkzvufkz
  • COVID-19, Society & the Elderly – some ugly truths
    In times of public emergency, social truths are revealed. The coronavirus crisis is one such emergency, and it reveals that the lives of the elderly appear to matter less and, in some cases, are even deemed disposable”, writes CMCI PhD-student Shir Shimoni. Her chilling article “How coronavirus exposes the way we regard ageing and old… Continue reading COVID-19, Society & the Elderly – some ugly truths
  • Gigabitesback – CMCI community – sharing resilience
    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’ and ‘isolation’. Nevertheless,… Continue reading Gigabitesback – CMCI community – sharing resilience
  • Children’s TV and the BBC Licence Fee
    TV licence fee: What would happen to children’s TV if CBeebies and CBBC are axed? Read what CMCI Professor Jeanette Steemers has to say on the matter in inews and the Times.          
  • INAUGURAL LECTURE: This Thing Called Art – Nick Wilson, Professor of Culture & Creativity
    The Great Hall, King’s College London, 12 February, 18.30-21.30 If you’re wondering what we mean by ‘this thing called art’, then join us in the Great Hall on 12th February and listen to the inaugural lecture by CMCI Professor Nick Wilson. Prof. Wilson suggests there is much more at stake than the creation and enjoyment… Continue reading INAUGURAL LECTURE: This Thing Called Art – Nick Wilson, Professor of Culture & Creativity
  • TALK: Environmental Racism in the United States
    Thursday 6th February, 6.30pm-7.45pm This event is part of the British Academy’s season on Sustainable Futures Environmental racism is on the rise in the United States, with minority and impoverished communities much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air. In this event, CMCI Senior Lecturer Jessica Rapson (CMCI) and co-researcher Lucy Bond… Continue reading TALK: Environmental Racism in the United States
  • #KuñaJesareko: Instagram as a place for the female gaze
    Jazmín Ruiz Díaz I have recently had the opportunity of presenting my book chapter The Female Gaze in Times of Selfies as a member of the Feminist & Gender Research Reading Group at King’s/Queen Mary (Liss DTP). This chapter — part of the book Amalgama: Women, Identity & Diaspora— represents the culmination of what started… Continue reading #KuñaJesareko: Instagram as a place for the female gaze
  • “Gogglebox” and Brexit
    Here is a view from The New Yorker on “Gogglebox” and how this has become “a chronicle of Brexit fatigue” as Brits watch other Brits watching their country self-destruct in the long drawn-out drama of Brexit. CMCI professor Richard Howells was interviewed by The New Yorker’s Anna Russell for this article. Click here and enjoy… Continue reading “Gogglebox” and Brexit
  • Climate Change, Feminism, Creativity & Memory – a CFP & an Exhibition
    Symposium: 30 Jan. 2020, 10:00 to 18:00 Deadline for Proposals of 200-300 words: 13th Dec. 2019 Exhibition: 13 Jan. – 28 Feb. 2020 Bush House Arcade, London On 30 January 2020, the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London will present a symposium organised by CMCI lecturer and artist Kate McMillan. They… Continue reading Climate Change, Feminism, Creativity & Memory – a CFP & an Exhibition
  • NEW BOOK: Screen Media for Arab and European Children
    We’re pleased to announce that CMCI Prof Jeanette Steemers’s new book has just been published: Screen Media for Arab and European Children: Policy and Production Encounters in a Multiplatform Era addresses gaps in our understanding of processes that underpin the making and circulation of children’s screen contents across the Arab region and Europe. Taking account of… Continue reading NEW BOOK: Screen Media for Arab and European Children
  • Future of Film Summit 2019
    King’s is partnering with Future of Film Summit 2019 on a one-day conference designed to shape and create the future of film and storytelling. Taking place at BFI Southbank in London on 26 November, the event will feature world-class speakers behind works such as Ad Astra, Blade Runner 2049 and Black Mirror as well as hands-on sessions on the latest tech/strategies… Continue reading Future of Film Summit 2019
  • Radical Education by the Sea
    Raphael Sieraczek (PhD student at CMCI) together with his colleague Uwe Derksen have successfully established a radical educational project in the vibrant town of Margate (Kent) described by journalists as ‘Shoreditch-on-Sea’. The Margate School (TMS) is an independent liberal art school with post-graduate provision and community outreach offering a wide range of short courses as well… Continue reading Radical Education by the Sea
  • Poetry Book Launch: Home on the Move
    4th October Ledbury Book Festival’s Poetry Salon at Ledbury Books and Maps Ledbury High Street, Ledbury, 7-9pm Ricarda Vidal (an academic at CMCI) and Manuela Perteghella will be launching their poetry collection Home on the Move: Two Poems go on a Journey with an introduction, poetry readings and a roundtable discussion, followed by Q&A. The… Continue reading Poetry Book Launch: Home on the Move
  • Cohen Returns to BFI Southbank For 2 Events on History of Musicals
    On November 4, CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Harvey G Cohen will be hosting two events at the British Film Institute Southbank venue, as part of their 2-month “Musicals” film series during October and November. At one event, at 6:20PM, Cohen will sum up his new book Who’s In the Money: The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s… Continue reading Cohen Returns to BFI Southbank For 2 Events on History of Musicals
  • Joanne Entwistle’s Instagram Style Mums in Brazil
    CMCI’s Dr Joanne Entwistle has just returned from Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she gave the opening keynote speech to the 15th Fashion Colloquium at UNISINOS. Joanne spoke about her research on Instagram style mums to a packed auditorium of more than 500 academics, students, journalists and members of the public. Follow Jo on Instagram: @jo_entwistle
  • Sixteen Sixty Six and All That
    Just back from Sweden is CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells, who was invited to give a lecture, workshop and a research seminar at Lund University, which was founded in 1666. His lecture and workshop were about defining and researching visual culture, while his research seminar was on his current work in progress on a famous literary… Continue reading Sixteen Sixty Six and All That
  • Interview with Harvey G. Cohen: music, academia… and life
    Whilst researching his next book at Indiana University, Harvey Cohen, cultural historian and senior lecturer at CMCI, was interviewed by the National Public Radio station WFIU for their weekly ‘Profiles’ programme. Click the image below to find out about Dr Cohen’s books, his work on music and the music industry, his research and teaching philosophy,… Continue reading Interview with Harvey G. Cohen: music, academia… and life
  • And Then There Were Three
    The third edition of the CMCI research microsite is now up: eight new blog posts which explore research and thinking from staff and research students working here in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries. In our third edition, many of the contributions outline research projects that are concerned with media representation and subjectivities in particular cultural, socioeconomic… Continue reading And Then There Were Three
  • Lumos!
    Professor Richard Howells is back from a conference in Tuscany, Italy, where he gave a refereed paper in which he inter-wove Harry Potter, the sorting hat, serpents, parceltongue and horcruxes, together with  the “Fall”, Philip Pullman, the Republic of Heaven, Ernst Bloch, Utopia, Marxian Critical Theory, and atheistic Christianity. The conference was the 20th International… Continue reading Lumos!
  • Queer Museology
    Drs Red Chidgey and Serena Iervolino have been hosting a workshop and a pop-up residency as part of their Queer Museology research project. They want to explore what a queer museum would look (or feel) like and which practices would be needed to change, transform or ‘queer’ a museum space? The residency incorporated three queer… Continue reading Queer Museology
  • CRAFT, SKILLS & MAKING: THE RESEARCH FRONTIER
    Dr Roberta Comunian and PhD student Lauren England have been presenting their research at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice as part of a symposium on craft, skills and making. The event brought together international researchers to discuss the frontier of craft research, taking in both traditional and contemporary practices. Lauren presented her current doctoral research… Continue reading CRAFT, SKILLS & MAKING: THE RESEARCH FRONTIER
  • The Ethics of Fashion
    Dr Joanne Entwistle has returned from Getaria in the Spanish Basque Country where she has been speaking on a summer course at the Christobal Balenciaga Museum. It was entitled: “Towards an ethics of fashion: challenges and advances” and investigated how fashion converges with society, culture and the economy. It questioned the relations between the whole… Continue reading The Ethics of Fashion
  • London Calling
    Dr Ruth Adams is back from Bordeaux, France, where she was invited to give a conference paper on the punk music scene in London in the 1970s. The invitation came from the research group “European Capitals and Heritage since 1945: Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris”, which is based at the Sorbonne in Paris. Ruth’s paper considered… Continue reading London Calling
  • Intersemiotic Journeys
    Dr Ricarda Vidal is celebrating the successful launch event for her new book: Translating across Sensory and Linguistic Borders: Intersemiotic Journeys between Media (Palgrave 2019), co-edited with Madeleine Campbell. The well-attended event was held here at King’s. The volume draws together theoretical and creative contributions from translators, artists, performers, academics and curators who have explored “intersemiotic translation”… Continue reading Intersemiotic Journeys
  • The Second’s Out
    Out now: the second edition of news on the CMCI Microsite. This new edition includes five new blog posts which explore the research and thinking from staff and research students working in the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, here at King’s College London. There are contributions from Dr Bridget Conor, Dr Roberta Comunian and Lauren England, Dr… Continue reading The Second’s Out
  • Rolling the DISCE
    A team of CMCI researchers have begun work on the €2.9 project, Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies (DISCE), funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020). Building on their previous work on creative labour, creative eco-systems and cultural policy, the KCL team – Roberta Comunian, Bridget Conor, Tamsyn Dent, Jonathan Gross and Nick Wilson –… Continue reading Rolling the DISCE
  • The Public Value of Creative Vocations
    CMCI’s Dr Roberta Comunian has been having her say on the recent debate about the future of creative arts education in the United Kingdom in response to the recent Augar Review. She was invited, along with Scott Brook of RMIT University in Australia, to contribute with a blog entry, hosted by the Creative Industries Policy… Continue reading The Public Value of Creative Vocations
  • The Body: Fashion and Physique
    Out this month… A special number of Fashion Theory, guest edited by CMCI’s Dr Joanne Entwistle, along with Emma McClendon of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. This special issue on “The Body: Fashion and Physique” includes an introductory letter from the guest editors, while Dr Entwistle concludes with a discussion on “Fashion… Continue reading The Body: Fashion and Physique
  • Seventy Percent of Artists….
    There’s been quite a media stir over Dr Kate McMillan’s report on the representation of female artists in the UK. Headline findings include that nearly 70 percent of artists represented by London’s top galleries are men. It’s the latest in annual series of reports commissioned by the Freelands Foundation, which aims further to understand the… Continue reading Seventy Percent of Artists….
  • London: Gateway to Cinema and Media Studies
    CMCI is teaming up with University of Notre Dame (USA), The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and King’s own Film Studies department to present a three-day symposium:  London: Gateway to Cinema and Media Studies. The event will consider London’s rich history and complex future in relation to cinema and media studies. Keynote speakers include… Continue reading London: Gateway to Cinema and Media Studies
  • We Launch Our New Research Website
    We are delighted to announce the launch of CMCI-kings.org, a new website for the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries here at King’s. It is designed to showcase all the latest research, impact and thinking from our academic staff and research students. Writing in the first “edition”, Professor Jeanette Steemers explains that even though… Continue reading We Launch Our New Research Website
  • Launch of CMCI-Kings.org
    Professor Jeanette Steemers It’s an absolute pleasure to see the launch of the CMCI-Kings.org website today. The launch represents the culmination of efforts by CMCI staff and students together to provide an accessible and up-to-the-minute resource about what is happening in the Department, which contributes to our community. It is very definitely a collaborative effort… Continue reading Launch of CMCI-Kings.org
  • About George Clooney
    Friends and colleagues gathered for an event at King’s to toast the launch of CMCI’s Professor Paul McDonald’s latest book, which traces the career of actor-filmmaker George Clooney. He begins with the hit television medical drama “ER” and proceeds up to 2017’s “Suburbicon”, showing the transition from commercial successes such as Ocean’s Eleven (2001) to… Continue reading About George Clooney
  • Beyond Disciplines
    The programme and final details are out for our Emerging Voices Conference 2019, under the theme “Beyond Disciplines.” The conference is organised by a team of volunteer PhD students here at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI), led by Lauren Cantillon, Katrin Schindel, Elena Terranova, and Rebecca Young. It takes place from… Continue reading Beyond Disciplines
  • England In Australia
    CMCI PhD student Lauren England in making waves in Australia, where she is presenting her research on UK craft higher education and professional practice. She’s giving seminars at a number of Australian universities, presenting her research on the educational practices associated with professional development in UK craft degree programmes. She is also discussing approaches used… Continue reading England In Australia
  • Book Award for Sarah Atkinson
    Congratulations to our head of Department, Dr Sarah Atkinson, who is the runner up in the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies 2019 Awards for Best Monograph. Sarah has been honoured for her: From Film Practice to Data Process: Production Aesthetics and Representational Practices of a Film Industry in Transition, published by Edinburgh… Continue reading Book Award for Sarah Atkinson
  • “Black, Brown and Beige”.
    CMCI’s Dr Harvey G Cohen has been heard on 15 National Public Radio shows across the United States celebrating jazz-master Duke Ellington’s celebrated “Black Brown and Beige” of 1943. This was the Ellington orchestra’s debut at Carnegie Hall, at which he performed an ambitious 45-minute-long musical depiction of the African-American experience called:  “Black, Brown and… Continue reading “Black, Brown and Beige”.
  • Subcultural Innovation – New Report
    Dr Paul Sweetman’s report on Subcultures and Innovation for Knowledge Works (National Centre for Cultural Industries, Norway) has just been published. This is a report on a year-long project undertaken with Professors Atle Hauge (INN University, Norway) and Dominic Power (University of Stockholm), looking at subcultural innovation and creativity and subcultures’ contribution to the cultural… Continue reading Subcultural Innovation – New Report
  • Evidencing the role of Public Service Broadcasting
    On 2nd April, 2019 CMCI’s Professor Jeanette Steemers gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Communications Committee on Public Service Broadcasting and Video on Demand. The Committee was calling upon academic experts as part of its inquiry investigating whether there is a future for public service broadcasting in the context of the rising popularity… Continue reading Evidencing the role of Public Service Broadcasting
  • Diversity in the Creative and Cultural Industries
    On Wednesday February 13th the Creative Careers Student Committee welcomed a wonderful panel of speakers to discuss the future of diversity in the creative and cultural sector. Dr. Kate McMillan chaired the panel and lead the discussion with introductions from Saurabh Kakkar, Nadine Persaud, Hakeem Onibudo, Jodi-Alissa Bickerton, Amy Turton and Catherine Ritman-Smith. The discussion… Continue reading Diversity in the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Tate Appoints CMCI Graduate as Youth Engagement Trustee
    Many congratulations to Anna Lowe, graduate of CMCI’s Cultural & Creative Industries MA, who has been appointed Youth Engagement Tate Trustee by the The Board of Trustees of Tate. Anna will be bringing the views of the next generation to the highest level of Tate’s decision-making process. The appointment, which has been made by the… Continue reading Tate Appoints CMCI Graduate as Youth Engagement Trustee
  • “My Leg is a Giant Stiletto Heel”
    Congratulations to CMCI PhD student Yana Melkumova Reynolds, who together with Dr Laini Burton from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia, has recently published an article on representations of disabled bodies in visual arts and lifestyle media in Fashion Theory journal. Focusing on three case studies – British performer Viktoria Modesta, American athlete and model… Continue reading “My Leg is a Giant Stiletto Heel”
  • Funding for Collaborative PhD at CMCI: Apply now
          Dr Roberta Comunian has secured funding for a collaborative PhD scholarship in partnership with Creative United and Dr Elsa Arcaute, based at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL. The project, entitled “Complex Cultural Ecologies: capturing value through connections between public, private and not-for-profit organisations in the creative economy”,… Continue reading Funding for Collaborative PhD at CMCI: Apply now
  • CMCI Emerging Voices
    The CMCI PhD student community is pleased to open the call for papers for the 6th annual conference. This year’s theme is “Beyond Disciplines” and wants to celebrate new and emerging directions in the CMCI research that currently challenge how we understand and see technological, environmental, political, institutional and aesthetic developments that are shaping our cultural landscape. The two-day… Continue reading CMCI Emerging Voices
  • Speaking about Feminism
    The BBC have published a commissioned article by CMCI’s Dr Christina Scharff titled: Why so many young women don’t call themselves feminist. Drawing on Christina’s research on young women in a neoliberal world, the article asks why it is that despite feminist movements attracting significant attention across Europe and North America, many young women still… Continue reading Speaking about Feminism
  • A Window on Glassmaking
    CMCI’s Dr Roberta Comunian and Lauren England, PhD student, have recently published an article that explores the relationship between industrial and post-industrial knowledge in glassmaking in the UK in the journal Geoforum.  Following the trajectory of glassmaking in Sunderland and Stourbridge the article explores how local industrial knowledge was reorganised outside of the factory into new craft-based… Continue reading A Window on Glassmaking
  • Modern Couples
    Congratulations to Dr Red Chidgey whose recent talk at the Barbican Art Gallery on ‘Collaboration and Social Change’ was sold out. The talk was held in relation to the Barbican’s exhibition Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde, and aimed to throw new light on the inner workings of creative collaboration. Red guided the audience through… Continue reading Modern Couples
  • Female Futures
    CMCI’s Dr Kate McMillan joined a panel of experts at Female Futures, on 18th January, 2019 at the Mall Galleries. The panel discussion invited the audience to reflect on such questions as ‘How much do you think the art world has changed since 2012, when the first Great East London Art Audit was carried out?’;… Continue reading Female Futures
  • New Year: New CMCI Publications!
    Congratulations to Dr Ricarda Vidal who has published a brace of books to welcome in 2019. First is Revolve:R, the yellow edition, which (as you can tell from the accompanying image) is, indeed, an arresting yellow (third) edition of this artist book. It results from a 2-year-long correspondence between visual artists, poets, filmmakers and sound artists… Continue reading New Year: New CMCI Publications!
  • Third Edition of Richard Howells’ Visual Culture
    CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells is celebrating the New Year with the publication of the third edition of his Visual Culture (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019). Howells contends that since the first edition came out in 2003, the importance of taking the visual seriously -and learning how to read it- has only increased. His former CMCI PhD… Continue reading Third Edition of Richard Howells’ Visual Culture
  • CMCI Student Wins £5,000 Scholarship
    Congratulations to CMCI student Ally Faughnan, who has won a £5,000 scholarship towards the cost of her MA with us. Ally, who is a student on our MA in Arts and Cultural Management programme, won first place in the annual FindAMasters competition, for which she had submit a photograph / creative image and caption: “that… Continue reading CMCI Student Wins £5,000 Scholarship
  • Outstanding Paper Award for Eva Cheuk-Yin Li
    Congratulations to CMCI Teaching Fellow Dr Eva Cheuk-Yin Li who has won the Outstanding Paper Award of the Hong Kong Studies Annual Conference. Her paper, “The second life of Kowloon Walled City: Crime, media and cultural memory”, co-authored with Alistair Fraser (University of Glasgow), was selected from 300 journal articles generated from the Web of… Continue reading Outstanding Paper Award for Eva Cheuk-Yin Li
  • Fashion in China and Korea
    Hong Kong University’s Dr Tommy Tse continued the international theme of CMCI’s research seminars with a presentation on fashion and “prosumption” in China and Korea. A specialist in East Asia’s media and cultural industries, Tommy (pictured) presented his research on the way in which production and consumption are increasingly interrelated in society, and the suggestion that this leads… Continue reading Fashion in China and Korea
  • CMCI DISCES with the Cultural and Creative Industries
    CMCI has become part of a three-year research project aiming to reshape the economic and social perception of the Cultural and Creative Industries. Led by the University of Turku, Finland, it is a consortium of social and economic research institutes, cultural managers and creative workers from six European countries. Under the acronym DISCE (Developing Inclusive… Continue reading CMCI DISCES with the Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Cruel Optimism
    What don’t you normally see when you watch a reality television programme? The answer is –or should be- the “warm-up” act; the entertainers who routinely perform before and during breaks in the televised show. These professionals are an important part of the craft of making TV in front of a live audience, but are little… Continue reading Cruel Optimism
  • Museums in Arabia Conference
    We are delighted to announce that CMCI will be hosting the international Museums in Arabia conference here at King’s in 2019. It’s part of an established series that operates as a collaborative network for exploring the theory and practice of museums and heritage in the Arabian Peninsula. The conference will be investigating how different cultural,… Continue reading Museums in Arabia Conference
  • Fake?
    CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells continues his (academic) interest in art forgery with a review of Shaun Greenhalgh’s autobiography: A Forger’s Tale: Confessions of the Bolton Forger in The Times Higher Education. Greenhalgh is self-taught man from Lancashire who claims to have fooled the fine art establishment with a variety of fake works of art including… Continue reading Fake?
  • Welcome New Visiting Scholar
    We are delighted to Amanda Lagerkvist as Visiting Scholar a CMCI. Amanda is Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies and a fellow of the Wallenberg Academy in Sweden. Describing herself as a “media phenomenologist”, Amanda (pictured) also heads the research programme “Existential Terrains: Memory and Meaning in Cultures of Connectivity” in the Department of… Continue reading Welcome New Visiting Scholar
  • On the Road and On the Air: A Vision for Women and Virtual Reality
    Our Head of Department, Dr Sarah Atkinson, has been on the road and on the air talking about her research on gender and the virtual reality industry. Funded by the Canadian-backed Refiguring Innovation in Games Project, Sarah’s activities have been numerous and varied, including a two-day workshop here at KCL which brought together 20 leading… Continue reading On the Road and On the Air: A Vision for Women and Virtual Reality
  • It’s A Wrap
    CMCI’s Professor Jeanette Steemers reports two reports, wrapping up her Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project “Children’s Screen Content in an Era of Forced Migration: Facilitating Arab-European Dialogue”, which has now officially reached completion. Working with Naomi Sakr and Christine Singer, the project’s consolidated report, which features recommendations, workshop briefings and a full list of… Continue reading It’s A Wrap
  • “For someone who doesn’t much like camping…”
    It’s not always obvious what CMCI people do when they are not at work. This blog does not seek to pry into their private lives…. but we can reveal that our programme administrator Rebecca Whitaker has returned from a week volunteering with Help Refugees in Calais, France. Help Refugees are a grass-roots charity created in… Continue reading “For someone who doesn’t much like camping…”
  • McMillan on Nolan
    CMCI’s Dr Kate McMillan appears in a new television documentary on the Australian artist Sidney Nolan. Made by ABC in Australia, it explores and celebrates the work of one of the country’s best-known artists, proceeding from his early years to his international career and all the success -and turmoil- that came with it. Kate (pictured… Continue reading McMillan on Nolan
  • CMCI Student Opens Art Gallery in Milan
    There cannot be too many PhD students who are combining their studies with opening their own art gallery, but step forward CMCI’s Tommaso Calabro! Tomasso (pictured) has marked the opening of his new gallery in Milan’s Piazza San Sepolcro with his inaugural exhibition: “Twombly and Tancredi: Homage to Cardazzo”. And although his premises in the… Continue reading CMCI Student Opens Art Gallery in Milan
  • Alien Beauty
    CMCI’s Dr Ruth Adams is quoted in an i-D magazine article: “Why is Everyone Obsessed with Alien Beauty: And is it a New Kind of Subculture?” Here, journalist Clementine de Pressigny argues that: “beauty today is about shaving your head, shaving your brows, adding a third or fourth eye and bleeding black from your hyper-coloured… Continue reading Alien Beauty
  • “Achtung – Mind the Gap”
    We are delighted to share some pictures and a video from Dr Kate McMillan’s commissioned work for the XXIV Rohkunstbau Festival at Schloss Leiberose, Germany. Her Instructions for Another Future (my feet are ears), 2018, took the form of an HD digital film projection, 5.54, handmade airdryed clay hagstones, hagstone, spraypaint, and theatre lights. The… Continue reading “Achtung – Mind the Gap”
  • New Book from Leung Wing-Fai
    Congratulations to CMCI’s Dr Leung Wing-Fai on the e-publication of her new book: Digital Entrepreneurship, Gender and Intersectionality: An East Asian Perspective. Her book is the result of qualitative research focusing on Internet start-ups, digital entrepreneurship, race and sex discrimination, and the “sharing economy”. It addresses intersections between gender, age, ethnicity and class with a focus on… Continue reading New Book from Leung Wing-Fai
  • Singapore Collaboration
      A senior CMCI academic is working with one of our current PhD students to organize a workshop in Singapore. It’s a collaboration between Dr Roberta Comunian, CMCI’s Reader in Creative Economy, and PhD student Denderah Rickmers, under the title: “Social enterprise, social innovation & the creative economy: current knowledge and shared research agendas”. The… Continue reading Singapore Collaboration
  • Jo Entwistle in Chile
    CMCI’s Dr Jo Entwistle has been in Chile as part of a symposium event at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago. The theme was: ‘Cultural Mediators in the Digital Age’. This was the second leg of a symposium series, the first of which was hosted by us in CMCI last September at King’s. Jo also gave… Continue reading Jo Entwistle in Chile
  • Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China
    CMCI’s 2018-19 research seminar series got off to an excellent start with a controversial and well-attended presentation on secrecy and historic photographs in post-Mao China. Our speaker was Margaret Hillenbrand, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and Tutorial Fellow in Chinese at Wadham College, University of Oxford. Under the title “Knowing What Not… Continue reading Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China
  • Paul Sweetman in Norway
    CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Sweetman is back from Norway where he gave two talks about his current research project on subcultures and innovation. On this project, Paul is working on with professors Atle Hauge (INN, Norway), and Dominic Power (Stockholm University). Paul’s first Norwegian talk was a research seminar in the Department of Tourism,… Continue reading Paul Sweetman in Norway
  • Non-Stop Nick
    Nick Wilson, CMCI’s newest (“full”) Professor, is celebrating his promotion with a clutch of books and articles just launched: First is his co-edited collection The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work (2018). Already nick-named “The big yellow book of creativity”, this features 30 research-based chapters from international writers and practitioners drawn from across the world.… Continue reading Non-Stop Nick
  • Sixty Seconds with Anna Woodham
    Here’s a chance to catch CMCI’s Dr Anna Woodham talking about her Heritage and Climate Change project –and getting the key points over in just one minute. It’s one of a series of mini-videos about the link between climate change, museums, collecting and discussions under their “care for the future” theme.  The short videos are… Continue reading Sixty Seconds with Anna Woodham
  • Double Whammy
    Congratulations to Drs Harvey G Cohen and Wendy Burke on contributing to a CMCI “double whammy” in the American scholarly journal Film History. Both their recent books have been selected by the journal’s editorial staff for their contributions to new scholarship in the history of cinema. For Harvey it’s his Who’s in the Money? The… Continue reading Double Whammy
  • Home on the Move Comes to London
    After stops at the Whitstable Biennale and the Ledbury Poetry Festival, “Home on the Move”, headed by CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal, is coming to London for the summer. As we reported here in June, this exhibition of European artist films, sound art and poetry in translation is the result of a journey undertaken by two… Continue reading Home on the Move Comes to London
  • Utopia Unlimited
    Utopia is always worth thinking about, and CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells has been talking and writing about it, too. He began with an invited presentation to the “Is Utopia Possible?” event, which was part of the Bonas MacFarlane extension lecture series for non-traditional university applicants, held at the London School of Economics. This is part… Continue reading Utopia Unlimited
  • Besides the Screen
    CMCI is collaborating with colleagues in Portugal with a series of events about the archiving and preserving of audio-visual materials in the 21st century. Under the title: “Besides the Screen: Vaults, Archives, Clouds and Platforms” we are joining with the Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação and the Instituto Universitário da Maia in Porto… Continue reading Besides the Screen
  • Arthur’s Room
    The name of artist Alfred Cohen may not be on everyone’s lips at the moment, but when he died in 2001, his Guardian obituary described him as a “brilliant colourist and deft draughtsman” while the Daily Telegraph reported his friendships with Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman, Kirk Douglas, Sophia Loren, and David Niven. In anticipation of the… Continue reading Arthur’s Room
  • The Page 99 Test
    What is the “Page 99 Test”? CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Harvey G Cohen knows, having twice been invited to subject his work for scrutiny. The “Page 99 Test” follows the maxim of American early 20th-century novelist Ford Madox Ford that one should: “Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the… Continue reading The Page 99 Test
  • Richard Howells and the Campaign for the Humanities
    Richard Howells, our Professor of Cultural Sociology, is featured in the “Spotlight on…” section of publisher Palgrave Macmillan’ s “Campaign for the Humanities” website. Professor Howells was invited to write an opinion piece on the value of the humanities, which he contributed under the heading: “Know, then, thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper… Continue reading Richard Howells and the Campaign for the Humanities
  • Home on the Move
    CMCI academic Dr Ricarda Vidal goes into curator mode for the opening of “Talking Transformations: Home on the Move”, an exhibition of artist films, sound art and poetry in translation. It’s based on two poems which themselves have “travelled” across national borders and then returned “home”: Welsh poet Deryn Rees-Jones’ poem ‘HOME’ travelled from the… Continue reading Home on the Move
  • Panis Angelicus
    Universities often turn up in fiction, and Richard Howells, our Professor of Cultural Sociology, is always interested to see how they are represented in literature and popular culture. A case in hand is Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Gate of Angels (originally published in 1991), set in the fictional St Angelicus College in Cambridge and nominated for the Booker Prize.… Continue reading Panis Angelicus
  • CMCI PhD Conference 2018
    Our postgraduate research students extend an invitation to the King’s CMCI PhD Conference 2018. This will be the fifth year that they have staged this event. This time they are staging a one-day conference on at Bush House, former headquarters of the BBC World Service (1940-2012) and now part of King’s College London. Appropriately, this year’s theme is:… Continue reading CMCI PhD Conference 2018
  • Moving Hearts: The Video
    The final video of the Moving Hearts project featuring CMCI’s Professor Anna Reading is now published on the Internet. People were invited to make clay models of human hearts, which were then carried in procession over the river from King’s to London’s Migration Museum at the Workshop in Lambeth. Moving Hearts (see our earlier blog… Continue reading Moving Hearts: The Video
  • El Rey Del Mundo
    Research by Richard Howells, our Professor of Cultural Sociology, is quoted in BBC Mundo, the Spanish language website of the BBC World Service. Under the headline: “5 mitos que el cine ha creado sobre el Titanic…”, the article explores the myths about the famous ship that have been created -or at least perpetuated- by the… Continue reading El Rey Del Mundo
  • His Name in Lights
    Ever wanted to see your name in lights? CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Harvey G. Cohen was certainly surprised to see just that in the USA over the marquee for the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Harvey did four events in two days at their at the Silver Spring, Maryland as part of his US… Continue reading His Name in Lights
  • Revolt into Style
    Our Professor of Cultural Sociology, Richard Howells, gave a research paper on: “Revolt into Style” at the conference “Mai ’68 at 50: Appropriations, Translations, Legacies”, organised in collaboration with the University of Paris, the Institute Francais, the National Archives, and the French Embassy. The conference marked the 50th anniversary of the student and labour uprisings… Continue reading Revolt into Style