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CMCI Emerging Voices 2022

‘To come or go back to a place, person or condition’

The PhD student community at the Department of Culture, Media and
Creative Industries (CMCI), in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London (KCL) is pleased to open the call for papers for this year’s PGR Symposium.

  • When: Wednesday, 29th June 2022
  • Where: Strand Campus, King’s College London WC2B 4BG, London
  • Abstract submission deadline: 26th May 2022

This year’s multi-disciplinary postgraduate symposium seeks a broad array of perspectives that explore cultural representations, practices, and industries connected to the theme of ‘RETURN’. Over the last two years, Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and several other significant social and political changes have occurred. The impact of these on creative organisations has led to a variety of industry-wide developments and challenges, from deviations in working practices to digital adaptions and conversations about identity, empire, and organisations’ role in cultural colonialism. Inspired, but not limited by, questions around the claimed or anticipated post-Covid-19 return to ‘normal’, this symposium invites discussions about the new and emerging directions of the creative industries.

Doctoral students and early career researchers from arts and humanities disciplines who can contribute to these discussions are invited to send an abstract (up to 250 words) and a short biography (up to 150 words), to by 12.00 pm on 26th May 2022. In order to accommodate the maximum number of presenters, presentations should be kept to a maximum of 15 minutes. Proposals will be reviewed by the CMCI PGR Conference team. Successful applicants will be notified by the 28th May 2022.

Submissions may address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Re-gaining audiences, engagement and participation
  • Re-establishing authorial and creative control
  • Re-initiating collaborative working practices across the creative industries
  • Restitution, Repatriation and Cultural Justice
  • Returning to post Covid-19 working conditions
  • Replacing cultural and social memory
  • Re-articulating gender, race, class, age, ability, sexuality, etc. in media, culture and creative industries
  • Revisiting or readdressing prevailing industry challenges
  • Readdressing exclusion and inequality in culture and creative industries
  • Reinventing digital culture


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