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Cohen Comments on Hip Lexicographer Calloway on Radio 4

Posted by lostincci on October 29, 2014

callowayOn 28 October 2014, CMCI cultural historian Dr Harvey G Cohen appeared on the Radio 4 documentary “Dr Hepcat and the Hepcat’s Dictionary,” which focused on African American entertainer Cab Calloway’s best-selling 1938 book “The Hepster’s Dictionary,” which delineated the Harlem slang of the 1920s and 1930s.  Cohen commented on the struggles that famous black musicians like Calloway, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington experienced in the late 1930s as jazz during the Swing Era became America’s most popular music, yet African Americans were denied the best financial opportunities during this period because of rampant discrimination even though they were largely the originators of the music.  To hear the entire programme and enhance your “jive” vocabulary, consult the iPlayer:


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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Rutter

Posted by lostincci on October 27, 2014

Nick Speaks, They Listen

Kudos to CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Nick Wilson, who is having a carol he composed performed at The Children’s Trust Christmas Concert at London’s Cadogan Hall. The concert is in aid of the trust, and is an annual event in which Nick has been taking part (as a singer) for the last few years. With luck the carol, which he wrote for the tiny hamlet of Liston in Suffolk, is also being performed by the Aldeburgh Voices in their Christmas concerts this year. Nick is understandably pleased to see his name listed on the programme between Handel, Corelli and Rutter. The concert will be given on Tuesday 9th December, see:

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Critical Challenges in Classical Music

Posted by lostincci on October 27, 2014


CMCI’s Dr Christina Scharff has been extremely busy with not one but two classical music events. First was a conference “Classical Music: Critical Challenges”, the second in a series of debates on contemporary practice. The event, organised along with Anna Bull (Goldsmiths, University of London), featured speakers from Canada, the US and the United Kingdom, and represented the views of academics along with practitioners such as the Musicians’ Union. You can find further information on the conference together with the abstracts at:

The second was: “Ain’t I a woman?” a public event aimed at uncovering inequalities in classical music as part of this year’s Arts & Humanities Festival here at King’s. Working again with Anna Bull, Christina’s event  kicked off with a performance of Sojourner Truth’s 1851 speech ‘Ain’t I a woman?’ by the musician and composer Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Christina presented the findings from her ESRC-funded research on inequalities in the classical music profession and the conductor Alice Farnham talked about women conductors at Morley, a programme she co-founded to encourage women into the profession. The classical music journalist, novelist and playwright Jessica Duchen discussed gender inequalities in the classical music world and concluded with a call to speak out against them.

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Award for Dr Bridget Conor

Posted by lostincci on October 21, 2014

Bridget Conor
CMCI lecturer Dr Bridget Conor has won an AHRC network grant for a project ‘Improving Cultural Work: Combating inequality and exclusion in the cultural and creative industries’.

Along with Professor Kate Oakley from the University of Leeds, Bridget will be running six seminars over the course of the grant, the first of which will be here at King’s. The other seminars will be spread around the country and will involve experts from industry and policy as well as academia.

Bridget is the author of Screenwriting: Creative labour and professional practice (London: Routledge, 2014).

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CMCI Student Wins Jewellery Award in Barcelona

Posted by lostincci on October 15, 2014

nomination party1

Congratulations to current MA Arts and Cultural Management student Isabella Liu who gained 1st place as a student group finalist at the ENJOIA’T Contemporary Jewellery Award in Barcelona, on 10th October.

Isabella tells us that ENJOIA’T is one of the most important prize awards for contemporary jewellery-making in South Europe, rewarding outstanding work in the field of jewellery-making from both professionals and students.

She is pictured here receiving her award and also modelling one of her creations.

'Mending' - Shoulder Brooch In Long Ceramic Pottery

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CMCI at the Arts and Humanities Festival

Posted by lostincci on October 7, 2014


CMCI is making another big contribution to the KCL Arts and Humanities Festival this year:

Nick Wilson is contributing to an event titled ‘53 Million Artists’ This will be a talk and workshop, introducing the 53 million artists project that seeks to promote cultural and artistic engagement by everyone, not just those already actively involved in the arts. It’s at 7pm on October 22nd: Go to to book a place and see for a gallery of pictures and reflections so far.

Harvey Cohen will be returning briefly from his sabbatical to do a live film and lecture event about the early career of Charlie Chaplin. It’s on 24 October at 6:30PM. Tickets are free but need to be signed up for at:

Christina Scharff is organising two events: Classical Music: Critical Challenges – a one-day international conference: and What lies beneath? Exploring the hidden currents of the classical music world – Concert and panel discussion on inequalities in the classical music profession: Both are on October 17th.

Btihaj Ajana is staging an exhibition: “Autopoiesis 2.0” which will also be running during the upcoming Art and Humanities Festival 2014. For details, see:

and B McLure is an Associate Researcher on the ERC-funded Modern Moves project and will be participating in various discussions and dance workshops during the festival with colleagues from the English and Music departments. Details at

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Nicole Ferdinand on the Future of Carnival

Posted by lostincci on October 6, 2014


CMCI Doctoral student Nicole Ferdinand’s work on the future of carnivals has won the international attention of the National Carnival Commission Trinidad and Tobago.

She was contracted as a Consultant Masquerade Engineer to write a report on Trinidad and Tobago’s Masquerade Industry – and her report is largely based on her PhD work here at CMCI.

The report is now been published as part of their development programme and is out for public consultation. It can be found on the following link:

Congratulations Nicole.

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Hye-Kying Lee’s New Book on Cultural Policies in East Asia

Posted by lostincci on October 6, 2014

Congratulations to CMCI lecturer Dr Hye-Kyung Lee on the publication of hew new book on East Asian cultural policy. Her book, co-edited with Lorraine Kim, takes a detailed snapshot of past and current cultural policies in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The editors interrogate the transforming dynamics between the state, arts and creative industries against the regions’ rapidly changing political and economic backdrops. Three emerging themes are highlighted: the continuity of cultural identity formation linked with nation building; the contentious coupling between culture and the state and the challenges it faces; and the emergence of creative industries as a new link between culture and economy.
Cultural Policies in East Asia: Dynamics between the State, Arts and Creative Industries is available now in hardback and electronically from Palgrave Macmillan.

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Coming up: Translation Games

Posted by lostincci on October 3, 2014

TG collage

CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal invites you to join her and collaborator Pavle Ninkovic for a journey into the wonderful world of translation within fine arts and literature.

They are staging a workshop called: “Far Within Us – A Translation Game in Art and Poetry”.

They’ll begin by presenting the work produced in previous Translation Games events, such as translations from flash fiction to film, from film to ceramics or choreography, from concrete poetry to scent. They will discuss the fine line between translation, interpretation and response. What does translation mean within different contexts and how can we define language beyond the linguistic realm?

For the remainder of the workshop they will challenge participants to translate a visual translation of a poem by Vasko Popa back into words. The original poem was written in Serbian and has been translated by artist Danka Dimitrijevic into the more international language of images. They will also provide a recording of the original poem in Serbian for non-Serbian speakers as well as a German translation for Serbian speakers.

No foreign languages are needed to participate in this workshop, but you’ll have to enjoy the creative, imaginative and playful use of language – be it linguistic or artistic.

Time and place: Wed 22 October 2014, 6.30pm – 8pm, Glass Suites, Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College London, but places are limited, so please book here:

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Bringing the House Down

Posted by lostincci on September 24, 2014


CMCI lecturer Dr Ruth Adams is running an event on “The Destruction of the Country House” here at King’s on October 1st. Speakers include CMCI’s Dr Melissa Nisbett.
The event marks the 40th anniversary of ‘The Destruction of the Country House’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum. This was a very influential exhibition that helped change changed popular and governmental attitudes to ‘stately homes’ and their status as part of English history and culture.
Speakers at the CMCI-hosted event include:
Robert Hewison – independent writer, curator, journalist and cultural consultant. He has published more than twenty books in the field of 19th and 20th century British cultural history, among them The Heritage Industry: Britain in a Climate of Decline (1987).
Pamela Cox – Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex and writer and presenter of BBC documentary series, Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs and Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter
Professor Penny Sparke of the School of Art & Design History at Kingston University
Jo Littler, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Industries, City University
Roshi Naidoo, Heritage Consultant and Director of Egino
Oliver Cox, Knowledge Exchange Fellow – Thames Valley Country House Partnership Project, Oxford University
Melissa Nisbett, Lecturer in Arts & Cultural Management, King’s College London
The event starts at 9am on October 1st in the college council room on the Strand campus. Further details from Drs Adams and Nisbett.

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