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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

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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

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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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Congratuations, Dr Theodore!

Posted by lostincci on September 23, 2014


Congratulations to CMCI postgraduate research student Jonathan Theodore who has been awarded his PhD.

Jonathan came to us from Christ Church, Oxford, where in addition to gaining first class honours, he was very active in student journalism.

His thesis title was: “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as a Modern Cultural Myth”, which he wrote under the supervision of Dr Richard Howells, Reader in Culture Media and Creative Industries. The CMCI blog is further delighted to report that Jonathan already has a scholarly book under contract (and such is his energy it’s on another topic).

Congratulations “JT”!

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Success for MA CCI Alumnus

Posted by lostincci on August 20, 2014

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 at the University of Sydney.  After successfully completing his MA in Cultural & Creative Industries at King’s in 2008, Shams went on to teach as Senior Lecturer at the Independent University in Bangladesh (IUB).  His research interests include new media, information communication technology (ICT), Social Network Sites (SNS), popular music and cultural identity.  The article can be accessed in full here.

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Cohen on the history behind recent events in Ferguson, MO

Posted by lostincci on August 20, 2014

BBCNewsOn 19 August, CMCI cultural historian Dr Harvey G Cohen appeared on a live televised BBC News Channel segment, commenting on recent disturbing events that have unfolded since Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, was shot dead recently with six bullets by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Cohen was asked for possible reasons for the outpouring of rage in the streets (including not just peaceful protests, but also shooting, looting and firebombing) from black Ferguson residents. Cohen referred to the extreme lack of black civic and police representation in majority-black Ferguson and the initial stonewalling of information related to the case by the Police Department, as well as the fatal 2012 shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, which returned a not guilty verdict for the gunman. He also discussed what historians have called the “revolution of rising expectations.” After the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act 50 years ago, African Americans hoped their livelihoods would improve, but during the last half century, African Americans have consistently suffered twice the unemployment and poverty rate of whites, and the gap between blacks and whites in yearly median household income ($54,000 vs. $32,000 in 2010) has not budged appreciably since the mid-1960s. Though generations of politicians have promised increased opportunity, it hasn’t happened. Such conditions may well have influenced the reaction to Brown’s tragic fate. As the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr once remarked, “a riot is the language of the unheard.”

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