by Professor Hye-Kyung Lee, Dr Sana Kim & Kirsty Warner The first public seminar for the UKRI-JSPS Sustainable Cultural Futures project was held online on 2nd December 2022 and discussed key findings on cultural engagement from two public opinion surveys carried out in England and Japan in the summer of 2022. The seminar opened with… Continue reading Seminar Findings: ‘Cultural engagement in the UK and Japan: key findings from the SCF surveys’
Always Keep in Control: The Pattern of TV Policy Changes in China
This event is organised as part of the King's College London Asian Cultural Policy Seminar Series. Professor Kanghua Li and Shuan Jian (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) explain the recent trends of China's TV drama policy. China is a country with a distinct cultural system. The CCP is the central factor for everything, which naturally includes culture. There… Continue reading Always Keep in Control: The Pattern of TV Policy Changes in China
Cultural engagement in the UK and Japan: key findings from the SCF surveys
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Cultural engagement in the UK and Japan: key findings from the SCF surveys
We are pleased to invite you to an online seminar on cultural engagement in the UK and Japan. This seminar will discuss some of the key findings from two public opinion surveys carries out in the two countries in summer 2022. The surveys were part of the UKRI-JSPS Sustainable Cultural Futures project, the first major… Continue reading Cultural engagement in the UK and Japan: key findings from the SCF surveys
Creative Recovery: The Role of Cultural Policy in Shaping Post-Covid Urban Futures
The World Cities Cultural Forum are collaborating with King’s College London on ‘Creative Recovery: The Role of Cultural Policy in Shaping Post-Covid Urban Futures’, a research project investigating the important role of culture to drive COVID recovery in global cities. City governments across the world have made varied responses, and this is beginning to be… Continue reading Creative Recovery: The Role of Cultural Policy in Shaping Post-Covid Urban Futures
Playing Queer and Queering Play – Effervescence and Transformation in Gaming Culture
Dr Gaspard Pelurson “Queerness? What queerness? This is a question that often comes up when I casually mention my interest in queer game studies. Game studies is slowly, but surely, gaining ground in academia. There have been books, articles, conferences and conversations published over the last three decades, tackling diverse and understudied aspects of this… Continue reading Playing Queer and Queering Play – Effervescence and Transformation in Gaming Culture
New video on the impact of the Dundee Cultural Recovery Project
Dr Lauren England is delighted to share a short video about the impact of her research project “Dundee Cultural Recovery”. https://youtu.be/OqWXBoBDZWI In the video, Dr England introduces the Dundee Cultural Recovery project and reflects on how the recommendations from the report have been used to support the work of cultural organisations and recovery planning in Dundee. Highlights include the research… Continue reading New video on the impact of the Dundee Cultural Recovery Project
The Experiential Translation Network
led by Ricarda Vidal (King’s College London) and Madeleine Campbell (University of Edinburgh) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council https://youtu.be/4xNDBcYl3CE The video was produced by Fabian Broeker with financial support from the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. The Network comprises international translators, artists and scholars with a… Continue reading The Experiential Translation Network
See the “Intertwined: Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria” exhibition online
This exhibition was a collaborative creative project by photographer and King’s MA Arts & Cultural Management student, Bayo Omoboriowo, and King’s College London researchers: Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Lauren England (Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries) and Dr Eka Ikpe (African Leadership Centre). In 2019, the researchers were awarded a King’s Together Seed… Continue reading See the “Intertwined: Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria” exhibition online
Online Interviewing Tips for Researchers
Nina Vindum Rasmussen The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to carry out qualitative interviews online. In my PhD project, I’ve used both in-person and online interviews. I’ve been surprised to learn that online interviews can produce equally rich and sometimes superior data. They can be cost-effective, convenient, and quick. But there are also specific… Continue reading Online Interviewing Tips for Researchers
Euro 2020: could Twitter stop racist abuse before it happens?
Dr Ruth Adams of CMCI met up (online) with Dr Nicole Ferdinand, Senior Lecturer in Events Management at Oxford Brookes University, to learn more about her groundbreaking work as part of the research collective RUAIRE. RUAIRE stands for Responsible Use of AI in Recreation and International Events, and is dedicated to using AI and other… Continue reading Euro 2020: could Twitter stop racist abuse before it happens?
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
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.
Success for MA CCI Alumnus
Congratulations to CMCI alumnus Shams Bin Quader who has had an article published in the journal Cultural Studies in a special issue focusing on music scenes. The paper, entitled ‘Approaching the Underground: The production of alternative in the Bangladeshi metal scene’, is based on Sham's MPhil thesis and was co-authored with his supervisor, Dr Guy Redden… Continue reading Success for MA CCI Alumnus
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
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
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
A Century Apart
CMCI’s Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries Dr Richard Howells has had book reviews published in two consecutive editions of the Times Higher Education supplement this month –even though the books were published over 100 years apart. The first was of HG Wells’ edited volume Socialism and the Great State of 1912; the second… Continue reading A Century Apart
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
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
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
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
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
From Buddha to Bollywood
Bollywood came to CMCI –in the form of Professor Daya Thussu, who gave us a research seminar on ‘Bollywood and India’s Soft Power’. Professor Thussu explained that as the world’s largest film-producing nation, India had been exporting films since the 1930s. In more recent years, though, its popular cinema – ‘Bollywood’- had been globalized: Every… Continue reading From Buddha to Bollywood
Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, gave a public lecture “Utopia by Design: Creation, Creativity and Visual Culture” as part of the King’s College London Arts and Humanities Festival under the theme: “Being / Human”. He is pictured here in festival action at the Old Anatomy Lecture Theatre. The lecture… Continue reading Being Human
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
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
Hooray for Henrik
Congratulations to CMCI’s Henrik Lindén, who while still a PhD student with us has been given a permanent post and promoted to Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University. At King’s, Henrik is researching the art critic as mediator of contemporary African art in Britain under the supervision of Dr Richard Howells.
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
Henrik in Budapest
CMCI PhD student Henrik Lindén has given a research paper at The Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society, held at the Eötvös Lorànd University in Budapest. His paper was: titled "Analysing Newspaper Art Reviews: A Critical Discourse Analysis Approach" and his conference participation was funded by the King's Graduate School through a Conference… Continue reading Henrik in Budapest
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
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
Cambridge's Polity Press have announced that the second edition of CMCI's Dr Richard Howells' Visual Culture (2012) is already being reprinted for the second time. This second editon of the 2003 original was revised, updated and expanded with the help of Dr Howells' former CMCI PhD student Dr Joaquim Negreiros.
CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was an invited participant in an overnight consultation meeting at Windsor Castle, an official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. The event was set up to discuss “The Value of Culture and The Crisis of Judgement” and was hosted by St George’s House: “a place where people of influence and responsibility”… Continue reading Royal Standard
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
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
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
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
Congratulations to current CMCI doctoral student Henrik Lindén who has been awarded a stipened of £3,500 from the Swedish-based Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse to suppport his continuing study at King's. Henrik is the former Librarian of the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, and has worked on cataloguing projects at the Morgan Library & Museum in New… Continue reading Congratulations Henrick
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
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!
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
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
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
New Book from CMCI
CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells is delighted to announce the publication of a second, fully revised and updated edition of his Visual Culture book from Polity Press. The first edition came out in 2003 and has been reprinted every year since. Improvements for the second edition include more theoretically advanced sections: Prominent among the new provocateurs… Continue reading New Book from CMCI
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
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
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”
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
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”
A Fire in my Belly
CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells has been in the USA to discuss the American National Portrait Gallery’s removal of David Wojnarowicz's film "A Fire in My Belly" from its "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" exhibit. The Catholic League and two Senators complained about a clip showing ants crawling over a crucifix. The removal of… Continue reading A Fire in my Belly
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
‘What’s a stove doing there?’
An update from recent CMCI PhD graduate Dr Joaquim Negreiros sees him en route to give a paper at the Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting in Seattle. His paper: 'What's a stove doing there?' focuses on a visual text taken from GQ magazine and aims to identify an apparent discursive subversion performed through a particular… Continue reading ‘What’s a stove doing there?’
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
Dr Richard Howells' Visual Culture is to be translated and published in Korean. Lost in CCI learns that the Korean rights have been acquired by the The Kyungsung University Press, for publication in 2012. This follows on from the Chinese (simplified character) version, which was published by the Guangxi Normal University Press in 2007. The… Continue reading Korea Opportunity
CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was a guest speaker at “The Politics of Utopia: Marxism, Myth and Religion”, a workshop organised by the Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies and the Bakhtin Centre at the University of Sheffield. He gave a paper “Creation and Creativity: Utopia and Navajo Design”, which is part of Howells’ wider research on… Continue reading Bloch Party
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?
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
Lost in CCI bloggers are proud to welcome back Toussaint Nothias from presenting a paper at the International Conference on Media and Sport in Portugal. Toussaint based the paper on his MA CCI dissertation on afro-pessimism in French and UK newspapers during the 2010 South African World Cup. Encouraged by his MA supervisor, Dr Hatty… Continue reading Toussaint Optimism
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’
Congratulations to CMCI PhD student Henrik Lindén, who has received a stipend from the prestigious Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation in Sweden. Henrik is the former Librarian of the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, and has also worked at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York and the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books in Stockholm. He… Continue reading Congratulations Henrik
Congratulations to CMCI’s latest PhD graduate, Dr Wendy Burke. She is pictured here with her research supervisor, Dr Richard Howells, at the July graduation ceremony held at London’s Barbican Centre. Even before the official ceremony, Wendy had been appointed Senior Lecturer at York St John University. Mortar boards off all round.
“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”
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
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
Brick Lane: Innovation space
Andy Pratt and Kate Oakley (visting Professor at City University) have written a paper about Brick Lane in East London as an innovation space. The paper is part of four case studies in a report Local Knowledge published by NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). This report shows how innovative economic… Continue reading Brick Lane: Innovation space
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
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
New faces at CMCI!
It’s a new year and there is lots of news from CMCI, in particular some new faces (seven: count them!) that you’ll see around. I hope that you’ll make them all welcome. First, we are very happy to welcome Professor Ros Gill who officially began at KCL on Jan 1st; although she has popped in… Continue reading New faces at CMCI!
Merry Christmas, Dr Burke
It’s an especially merry Christmas for CMCI postgraduate research student Wendy Burke, who has sailed though her viva (with no corrections!) to be awarded her PhD. Wendy’s thesis: “A Dutch occupation: The representation of World War Two in films from the Netherlands, 1962 to 1986”, analysed the films as reflections of the underlying concerns of… Continue reading Merry Christmas, Dr Burke
Centre Director Dr Richard Howells was an invited speaker at a UK Film Council event to launch their latest report: “Stories We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves: The Cultural Impact of UK Film 1946-2006.” Richard praised the allusion to Clifford Geertz in their title, but (controversially) criticised their focus on “impact” at the expense of “value”… Continue reading Deep Impact
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)
Fitting the Bill
CMCI was delighted to stage a guest lecture on “Creativity in Fashion: Fashion Design in the Cultural Economy” from Dr Amanda Bill, from Massey University, New Zealand. Dr Bill has been involved with creative industries for over twenty years and has been a lecturer in design since the inception of design degree programmes in New… Continue reading Fitting the Bill
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
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
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
Congratulations to Joaquim -Again!
Congratulations again to CMCI’s recent PhD graduate Dr Joaquim Negreiros. He’s now won a post-doctoral award from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, the public Portuguese institution that supports scientific research. The grant will enable Joaquim to carry out a research project focusing on the connections between citizenship and family life, and how these… Continue reading Congratulations to Joaquim -Again!
CMCI’s Professor Andy C Pratt gave a paper at an international seminar held in London on the topic of media clusters. The conference, organised by Prof R.Picard of Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden is one of three that has been held in the last 18 months and has as its objective the production of… Continue reading Media Clusters
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
After the Fall
CMCI’s Professor Andy Pratt is one of the organizers of the “Creative Cities: after the fall of finance” event at the World Congress of Sociology in Sweden next year. He’s also calling for people to take part. The session will explore whether the global financial crisis is changing prospects and policies for cultural and creative… Continue reading After the Fall
Culture, Creativity -and Recession
Recession is all over the news –but what does this mean for the creative industries? Traditionally it was thought that culture and creativity would be the first victims of recession. However, CMCI’s new Professor of Culture, Media and Economy Andy C. Pratt argues in a new paper that this has changed and we need to… Continue reading Culture, Creativity -and Recession
A Sound Research Resource
The British Library have launched their spoken word and music sound archive on line. They tell us that they are putting "thousands of rare, unpublished and out-of-print recordings" on line for UK academic and researchers. The archive includes fine art, photography and design interviews in addition to ICA talks from luminaries including Salman Rushie, John… Continue reading A Sound Research Resource
Lost in CCI would like to congratulate Joaquim Negreiros on gaining his PhD. Joaquim, who comes from Portugal and who was a journalist before beginning doctoral study, wrote his thesis on representations of family life in British lifestyle magazines under the supervision of Centre Director Dr Richard Howells. His examiners were Shani Orgad from the… Continue reading Congratulations Joaquim!
Leading the World
Centre Director Dr Richard Howells gets an honourable mention in the new AHRC report: “Leading the World: The Economic Impact of UK Arts and Humanities Research”, which is just out. He was among the 33 UK arts and humanities researchers selected by the AHRC to contribute essays on the value of arts and humanities research.… Continue reading Leading the World
Making Meaning, Making Money
All our PhD and MA students are invited to a book launch and panel discussion which the centre is putting on in collaboration with the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies and in partnership with the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University. The book is Making Meaning, Making Money, an Anglo-Australian volume edited by Lisa… Continue reading Making Meaning, Making Money
New Book from CMCI Director
Lost in CCI is delighted to report the publication of centre director Dr Richard Howells’ latest book: Using Visual Evidence. It’s just out from the Open University Press in the UK and McGraw Hill in the United States. Using Visual Evidence is a collection of specially commissioned essays from scholars around the world. It seeks… Continue reading New Book from CMCI Director
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
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.
The Red Carpet
Celebrity seems even more prominently in the news at the moment, fuelled by the Oscars and a cornucopia of other awards ceremonies with their attendant red carpets and flashing cameras. This has also added to the rich vein of research for centre director Dr Richard Howells, who continues to be in demand as a guest… Continue reading The Red Carpet
The Pleasure of Patronage
Our friends at the Royal Academy are kindly keeping in touch with details of their architecture programme events, especially when they think these will interest MA CCI students. The latest is on a hot topic in the cultural and creative industries: patronage. They tell us: "The role of a patron in contemporary society, albeit different,… Continue reading The Pleasure of Patronage
Paper ‘Democratic Culture: opening the arts to everyone’ by James Holden
A paper entitled Democratic Culture: opening the arts to everyone, published by Demos in December 2008, is available to download at http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/democraticculture More info: "This report looks at what ‘culture’ means today, and challenges audiences, critics and cultural professionals to change their attitudes in order to allow greater access and participation. "We can all now… Continue reading Paper ‘Democratic Culture: opening the arts to everyone’ by James Holden
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
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?
All In the Family
PhD student Joaquim Negreiros already has a busy spring 2009 lined up. First off, he’ll be speaking at the 1st Global Conference: Ethics in Everyday Life in Salzburg, Austria from 17-19 March. His topic will be: “The ‘super-ethical mum’: discursive instability in a mass mediated representation of the ethical dimension of motherhood”. Then the following… Continue reading All In the Family
British University insiders have been in a state of considerable excitement now that the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 results have been published. Briefly, the RAE is a periodic audit (the last one was seven years ago) of research quality in universities throughout the UK. Research-active programmes and departments submit examples work published by their… Continue reading RAE 2008
Myth, Film and Memory
CMCI PhD student Wendy Burke presented her research paper ‘Myth, memory and re-writing the past in film: The shifting image of resistance and collaboration in Dutch films about World War Two from the 1960s and 1970s’ at the UCL Centre for European Studies Symposium ‘Transitions: European Communities of Experience and Memory’. Lost in CCI understands… Continue reading Myth, Film and Memory
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
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
Researching the Arts -Why Bother?
Organisers had to put out extra chairs to cater for the demand at the CMCI-initiated “Researching the Arts –Why Bother?” public debate held in the splendour of the Weston Room at KCL’s Maughan Library. The event was conceived by centre director Dr Richard Howells in collaboration with the Institute of Ideas and the Arts and… Continue reading Researching the Arts -Why Bother?
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
New Lecturer Joins the MA in CCI
Lost in CCI welcomes a new lecturer to the MA in Cultural and Creative Industries programme for 2008-9. Originally from Canada, Dr Lynne Nikolychuk joins us from the Department of Management, here at King’s College London. Previously she worked on the CMI (Cambridge-MIT) Digital Technologies Project at Judge Business School (JBS), Cambridge University, investigating the… Continue reading New Lecturer Joins the MA in CCI
Creative Industries Journal
A journal devoted to the creative industries was launched earlier this year, edited by Simon Roodhouse of the London College of Communication. The journal aims to have a global scope, being "primarily aimed at those studying and practicing activities which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent, and which have a potential for… Continue reading Creative Industries Journal
Dr Hye-Kyung Lee's latest article appears in the current issue of the journal Poetics. Entitled 'Uses of civilising claims: Three moments in British theatre history', the paper argues that, during the last ten years, British cultural policy has seen "a remarkable rise in the discourse of culture's civilising and governing powers, which are commonly called… Continue reading Civilising claims
Punk rock as English heritage
Dr Ruth Adams's latest publication is a paper for the academic journal Popular Music and Society entitled 'The Englishness of English Punk: Sex Pistols, Subcultures, and Nostalgia'. The paper considers "the Englishness of the Sex Pistols and the cultural productions associated with them", asking whether "the challenge that they posed to conventional, Establishment, consensus notions… Continue reading Punk rock as English heritage
Nearer, my God, to Thee
Centre Director Dr Richard Howells gave a guest seminar this week to the University of East London on the myth of the Titanic - and especially the hymn that is widely believed to have been played by the ship's band as the liner finally sank. Dr Howells argued that there is very little evidence that… Continue reading Nearer, my God, to Thee
The Value of Arts and Humanities Research
Centre Director Dr Richard Howells is one of “a small number of eminent UK arts and humanities scholars” commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to write an essay on the value of academic research in the arts and humanities. The commission is to show “in language accessible to non-specialists” how arts and humanities… Continue reading The Value of Arts and Humanities Research
Thinking About a PhD?
MA CCI students who are thinking about applying to stay on and study for a PhD with us have until until 1 May to apply for the King’s Alumni Awards. These include bursaries for alumni who wish to continue their postgraduate studies at King’s from the 2008/09 academic session. This means that as a taught… Continue reading Thinking About a PhD?
Kudos from Amsterdam
Kudos to Culture, Media and Creative Industries PhD student Wendy Burke, who is pictured here giving a very well-received paper at the European Identity and the Second World War, 1939 to 1970, conference in Amsterdam. Although she is fluent in Dutch (a rare thing for a British PhD student) Wendy spoke in English on “Re-writing… Continue reading Kudos from Amsterdam
M.A. Postdoctoral Fellowship
This research opportunity may be of interest to CCI students and alumni... The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum/Mellon Foundation M.A. Postdoctoral Fellowship for period 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009 £22,000 per annum plus £300 travel award upon application This fellowship offers an early career researcher in the field of Modern or Contemporary… Continue reading M.A. Postdoctoral Fellowship
Liverpool’s cultural sustainability
We received this ad via the Cultural Industries mailing list... THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL MANAGEMENT SCHOOL PhD Studentship AHRC/ESRC funded research: ‘Cultural Sustainability? Liverpool in 2008’ £12,600 tax free stipend An opportunity has arisen for a fully funded research studentship leading to the qualification of PhD based on research into the theory and practice of… Continue reading Liverpool’s cultural sustainability
Visual Culture in Chinese
Dr Richard Howells' Visual Culture is now available in Chinese. The book was originally published in England and the United States by Cambridge's Polity Press. Now, the Guangxi Normal University Press have published a 2007 edition in Chinese simplified characters. The cover remains very similar, though, with a digitally re-worked version of Jan Van Eyck's… Continue reading Visual Culture in Chinese
Collaborate to innovate
The latest NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) newsletter can be found here.
Creative Workers in a Global Economy
[from press release] Creative Workers in a Global Economy - new publication "To all those with an interest in Communications Studies, Media Studies and Cultural Studies. "We are proud to announce the publication of Volume I No 1 of this new international, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. Also published independently as a book entitled The Spark in… Continue reading Creative Workers in a Global Economy
Posted by Richard Howells Quite a number of people have been asking me about the new Borat movie on the strength of the article I published on Ali G over the summer. I gather it also came up in discussion in Ruth Adams’ class today. Although my article is essentially about Baron-Cohen’s previous comic incarnation,… Continue reading Borat!