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We Have the Power!

Posted by lostincci on December 18, 2014

We are delighted to announce that CMCI has been rated number one for research power in our subject area across the whole of the UK.

That is our headline fact from the national universities research audit (REF), the results of which were announced today (18 December).

REF (“Research Excellent Framework”) takes place every five years, and ranks university departments on the basis of the research publications, impact and environment.

Of the 67 departments in our subject area, we came first in the power ranking; 69% of our published research was found to be of world leading or international quality, with 100% of our research environment judged to be world-leading.

CMCI made a joint submission to the REF with the Department of Digital Humanities, with some we share several joint academic appointments.

For more detailed information including notes on methodologies, go to the REF 2014 website:

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Classic Scharff

Posted by lostincci on December 16, 2014

CMCI’s Dr Christina Scharff continues to be active disseminating her research beyond the college walls. Earlier this month she spoke at an event organised by London Music Masters and presented the findings from her current research on inequalities in the classical music profession. After her talk, Christina joined a panel of speakers including Simon Robey (Chair of the Board at Royal Opera House and Aldeburgh Music). The debate was chaired by Tom Service (BBC/The Guardian) and more information can be found at:

A week later, Christina was invited to give a presentation at the Faculty of Music/ Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge. Along with fellow academics, Christina discussed the role of ‘Creativity and Institutions’ during a daylong workshop.

Christina has also been active in the ‘online world’. With her project colleagues she designed and delivered an online international lecture series on “Feminisms in the Digital Age: Transnational Activism in Germany and Beyond”. The series consists of five lectures and a final roundtable and can be viewed at: . You can post your own questions and thoughts on Twitter @PopFemActivism #digifemactivism or send them to

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Faking It

Posted by lostincci on December 10, 2014

Football Match Fake 1961

Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, appeared on national television talking about fake works of art available over the internet. The programme was BBC1s popular “Fake Britain”, which turned its attention to the art world –and especially the consumer end of it that operates on “popular internet auction sites”. Dr Howells talked about his own collection of drawings by LS Lowry which he has assembled over the years genuinely believing them to be shameless fakes. Regular readers of the CMCI blog will remember that he published an article on a similar topic in The Times Higher Education last year. Editor’s note: The image above really is a fake!

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Anna Flies South

Posted by lostincci on December 8, 2014


The term may be over but the work carries on… Professor Anna Reading is flying off to Hong Kong and then on to Sydney as part of her role as honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney.

It’s the cumulation of a very busy semester for Anna: As well as being our head of department at CMCI, she spoke on Story Telling and the Restitutional Assemblage at the British Academy in September and Where Do iClouds Come From? in Budapest in October. She also published ‘Making Memory Work for Feminist Theory’ (2014) in The Sage Handbook of Feminist Theory and ‘Seeing Red: A Political Economy of Digital Memory’ Media, Culture and Society. Vol. 36. No.6. October. 748-760.

Her latest short theatre piece, “A Letter to my seven year old daughter” had another public airing at Camden’s People Theatre in London and has led to a public competition for children to write back their own thoughts on where feminism will be in ten year’s time. If you want to see an interview with Anna talking about her work go to:

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“Olá” to our Visting Professor

Posted by lostincci on December 4, 2014

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CMCI is delighted to welcome Danilo Rothberg from Brazil as a visiting professor to the department. He comes to us from the Communication and Media Studies programme at Sao Paulo State University, which is part of their Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Communication.

Danilo is also the principal investigator of an interdisciplinary research project funded by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation. The project focuses upon the way in which online public communications networks have been helping to mediate conflicts arising from the design and implementation of environmental policies and sustainability in Brazil. Case studies include regional councils’ management of river catchment areas as an example of effective democratic innovation in accountability and governance.

Here at King’s, he’ll be plugging into our expertise in memory and cultural studies and exchanging ideas on research projects and collaborations with CMCI scholars. Be sure to say “Olá” when you see him.

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The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Posted by lostincci on November 28, 2014

Jason Watkins at CJ Clifton Parka

CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells wrote the double-page culture feature in the week’s Times Higher Education (out November 27th).

It’s a an article on the a forthcoming TV docudrama on the Christopher Jefferies/Joanna Yates controversy in which an eccentric, retired schoolmaster was arrested and falsely vilified for the murder of a Bristol-based landscape architect whose snow-covered body was found one Christmas morning.

“The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies” is a two-parter written by Peter Morgan and directed by Roger Michell. It is a high-powered combination: Morgan is acclaimed for his scripts for “The Queen”, “Frost /Nixon” and “Rush”; Michell for his stage work including the Royal Shakespeare Company and later with films such as “ Notting Hill”, “Hyde Park on Hudson”, and “Le Week-end.”

In the article Dr Howells interviews Roger Michell and together they explore the narrative and ethical issues involved in turning this real life murder into a TV drama.

It appears in print in this week’s THE as “Dramatic Restitution” and is also available on the web at:

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King’s Asian Cultural and Creative Industries Research Society Success

Posted by lostincci on November 25, 2014


King’s Asian CCI Research Society conducted their first self-organised event ‘Creative Spaces in Asia’ -and are celebrating a great success. The event attracted attendees from a variety of academic backgrounds and institutions and comprised student presentations made in an informal environment.

Presentations were made by: Bin Zhang, Yu Zhao, Jieyun Yi, Sophie Chu, Tuchung Liu, Jiah Park, Sun Kyu Lee, Carolin Becke, Jeffrey D. Liu, and Liw Phitchakan Chuangchai.

The society’s academic adviser is CMCI’s Dr Hye-Kyung Lee. Full details are available on the society’s own blog at:

The event was organised and chaired entirely by CMCI students, and attracted more than 50 attendees from CMCI, Film Studies, KCL Japanese Society, UCL, and Birkbeck, together with a number of CMCI alumni. Their next event follows in 2015.

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Dr Adams, Country Life, and the Counry House

Posted by lostincci on November 20, 2014


The British country house continues to provide a fine example of contested culture – and to create a lot of interesting work for our CMCI expert, Dr Ruth Adams.

Ruth explains that the continued popularity of country houses is evident both in the exponentially growing membership of the National Trust, and the very large viewing figures (both at home and abroad) of television programmes like “Downton Abbey”.

Now Ruth’s academic journal article on the subject has been cited in a feature in Country Life magazine, written by Sir Roy Strong, a former director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
You can read Ruth’s original article at:

As we reported here earlier this autumn, Ruth staged a symposium at King’s called ‘Forty Years of English Heritage: The Legacy of “The Destruction of the Country House”‘. She was then invited to participate in a further symposium, organised by the V&A and SAVE Britain’s Heritage, a very influential campaigning charity on country house issues. The event and gave Ruth the chance to speak alongside Sir Roy Strong, Marcus Binney (President of SAVE), and John Harris – formerly Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine, all of whom reflected on the importance of the 40th anniversary of the landmark exhibition ‘The Destruction of the Country House’ at the V&A, which Ruth says played a fundamental role in changing both policy and public attitudes to conservation in the UK, and helped enshrine stately homes as a key element of the British cultural identity.

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Bridget on the ‘Net

Posted by lostincci on November 19, 2014


CMCI lecturer Dr Bridget Conor can be heard on the Internet talking about her new book in an interview “all the way from London” on the American-based New Books Network. It’s called: Screenwriting: Creative Labour and Professional Practice (Routledge 2014), which we first announced in the CMCI Blog in April this year.

The book analyses the histories, practices, identities and subjects which form and shape the daily working lives of screenwriters and Dr Conor considers the ways in which contemporary screenwriters navigate and make sense of the labour markets in which they are immersed.

You can hear Bridget’s interview at:

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Bright Ideas

Posted by lostincci on November 18, 2014

It’s been a busy autumn for CMCI senior lecturer Dr Jo Entwistle. Jo, who runs our PhD programme, has been dealing with light and fashion at two events in London.

The first was a “Lighting the Local” event, which was in turn inspired by research by the “Configuring Light” team earlier this year. It looked at on the lighting master plan for the city of Derby and examined how lighting shapes our sense of the city space, how it promotes (or not) the legibility of the city at night, and how it can be used to give a more unified and attractive sense of place at night. You can see Jo’s own blog entry on this at:
The next seminar in the series will in February 2015. “Configuring Light/Staging the Social” is an LSE and ESRC-funded research project upon which Jo collaborates with Don Slater and Mona Sloane of the LSE.

Meanwhile, Jo was also a panelist on a design culture event as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s “Listen-Talk-Think” programme. This event asked the question: “How do fashion cycles and design culture interact?” Some fifty people attended the pubic event, which was chaired by Christopher Breward, the principal of the Edinburgh College of Art.

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