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Beyond Disciplines

Posted by lostincci on May 13, 2019

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The programme and final details are out for our Emerging Voices Conference 2019, under the theme “Beyond Disciplines.”

The conference is organised by a team of volunteer PhD students here at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI), led by Lauren Cantillon, Katrin Schindel, Elena Terranova, and Rebecca Young.

It takes place from 6th- 7th June; the keynote speakers are Dr. Hongwei Bao, Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, and Suhair Khan, Program Manager at Google Arts & Culture. It all takes place in the Exchange at Bush House, King’s College London, North East Wing, Aldwych, WC2B 4BG Strand, London.

The participation is free thanks to support from CMCI, who are covering catering and venue costs. The pathway 7: Linguistics, Media & Culture (LMC) of the London Interdisciplinary Social science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS) have also contributed to the conference by supporting the travel and accommodation costs for the keynote speakers.

Full programme details are at: https://cmciphd.com/conference-programme/

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England In Australia

Posted by lostincci on May 9, 2019

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CMCI PhD student Lauren England in making waves in Australia, where she is presenting her research on UK craft higher education and professional practice.

She’s giving seminars at a number of Australian universities, presenting her research on the educational practices associated with professional development in UK craft degree programmes. She is also discussing approaches used by crafts graduates in establishing careers and businesses as independent creative producers.

This includes her recommendations for higher education providers, policy makers and craft sector stakeholders to facilitate the professional development of early-career makers and support the establishment of sustainable craft enterprise.

Lauren’s venues include the University of Melbourne, the University of South Australia, and the Australian National University. Her research is conducted in partnership with Crafts Council UK.

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Book Award for Sarah Atkinson

Posted by lostincci on May 8, 2019

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Congratulations to our head of Department, Dr Sarah Atkinson, who is the runner up in the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies 2019 Awards for Best Monograph.

Sarah has been honoured for her: From Film Practice to Data Process: Production Aesthetics and Representational Practices of a Film Industry in Transition, published by Edinburgh University Press.

The judges found this to be: “a timely, fascinating and informative book, using the close study of a particular film’s production as a means to reflect on important technological, industrial and theoretical developments. As well as an original contribution to the field, it offers an accessible path into a particularly exciting area of scholarship.”

Further details of the book are available here: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-from-film-practice-to-data-process.html

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“Black, Brown and Beige”.

Posted by lostincci on May 7, 2019

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CMCI’s Dr Harvey G Cohen has been heard on 15 National Public Radio shows across the United States celebrating jazz-master Duke Ellington’s celebrated “Black Brown and Beige” of 1943.

This was the Ellington orchestra’s debut at Carnegie Hall, at which he performed an ambitious 45-minute-long musical depiction of the African-American experience called:  “Black, Brown and Beige”.

Appearing on “Night Lights” with David Brett Johnson, Cohen was joined by the celebrated jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, while the programme also featured the voice of Ellington himself, in addition to his music.

Harvey Cohen’s monograph Duke Ellington’s America was first published in 2010. For more on the broadcast, and to hear the complete programme, go to: https://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/black-brown-beige-duke-ellingtons-historic-jazz-symphony/#disqus_thread

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Subcultural Innovation – New Report

Posted by lostincci on April 5, 2019

Dr Paul Sweetman’s report on Subcultures and Innovation for Knowledge Works (National Centre for Cultural Industries, Norway) has just been published. This is a report on a year-long project undertaken with Professors Atle Hauge (INN University, Norway) and Dominic Power (University of Stockholm), looking at subcultural innovation and creativity and subcultures’ contribution to the cultural and creative industries. Although the formal project has now come to an end, Paul and his colleagues’ work in this area is ongoing and will now be developed in additional research and publications.  Knowledge Works, financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, is a project-based knowledge centre involving a team of Norwegian and international researchers, developers, and industry stakeholders, with the aim of developing a comprehensive knowledge base about the cultural industries. The report is available on Knowledge Works’ website

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Evidencing the role of Public Service Broadcasting

Posted by lostincci on April 4, 2019

Steemers Parliament

On 2nd April, 2019 CMCI’s Professor Jeanette Steemers gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Communications Committee on Public Service Broadcasting and Video on Demand. The Committee was calling upon academic experts as part of its inquiry investigating whether there is a future for public service broadcasting in the context of the rising popularity of video on demand services. Amongst the lines of questioning, the Committee wanted to better understand the changing viewing habits of younger generations, and whether public service broadcasters’ obligations and privileges are still appropriate.

Congratulations to Jeanette for also being appointed Chair of the Steering Committee of Users for the Young Audiences Content Fund, launched on 1st April by the BFI.

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Diversity in the Creative and Cultural Industries

Posted by lostincci on March 20, 2019

On Wednesday February 13th the Creative Careers Student Committee welcomed a wonderful panel of speakers to discuss the future of diversity in the creative and cultural sector. Dr. Kate McMillan chaired the panel and lead the discussion with introductions from Saurabh Kakkar, Nadine Persaud, Hakeem Onibudo, Jodi-Alissa Bickerton, Amy Turton and Catherine Ritman-Smith. The discussion identified the problematic use of the term diversity, with the terms inclusivity, intersectionality and social justice deemed more accurate and sensitive to the reality. Jodi-Alissa and Hakeem discussed visibility, how seeing an image of yourself in the industry is welcoming and encourages one to feel a sense of belonging. For meaningful change we must, in Nadine’s words, ‘walk the walk’ and move beyond the discussion to create the change we want to see. Saurabh underlined the importance of the economic argument when presenting the benefits of diversity. Sometimes to actualise change, you have to make an argument that persuades people of its economic value beyond its intrinsic social value alone. Catherine touched upon the importance of education; learning the value of inclusivity through shared experience in schools and institutions, and Amy discussed education’s specific role in relation to unconscious bias, particularly within hiring practices.

Emma Áine O’Leary (member of the Committee) writes “We hope this brief overview encourages those not able to participate to consider the future of the creative and cultural sector and how we might embrace inclusivity and intersectionality going forward.” For more information on the speakers and the event visit the Creative Careers Student Committee website.

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Tate Appoints CMCI Graduate as Youth Engagement Trustee

Posted by lostincci on March 14, 2019

Many congratulations to Anna Lowe, graduate of CMCI’s Cultural & Creative Industries MA, who has been appointed Youth Engagement Tate Trustee by the The Board of Trustees of Tate. Anna will be bringing the views of the next generation to the highest level of Tate’s decision-making process. The appointment, which has been made by the Prime Minister, began on 1 March 2019 for a period of four years. Anna is the youngest serving Board member at a UK national museum or gallery. On her appointment, Maria Balshaw, Director of the Tate, said “I’m delighted to welcome Anna to Tate’s Board of Trustees. She has fantastic experience and networks on which to draw to bring new insight to the Board and to help shape Tate’s future.” CMCI is equally delighted for Anna, and looks forward to continuing close engagement with the Tate (including its collaborative MA modules), as she takes up this very exciting and hugely important role.

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“My Leg is a Giant Stiletto Heel”

Posted by lostincci on March 11, 2019

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Congratulations to CMCI PhD student Yana Melkumova Reynolds, who together with Dr Laini Burton from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia, has recently published an article on representations of disabled bodies in visual arts and lifestyle media in Fashion Theory journal. Focusing on three case studies – British performer Viktoria Modesta, American athlete and model Aimee Mullins, and Japanese artist Mari Katayama – the paper considers how the female amputee body is incorporated into the visual mainstream through the use of “fashionable” prostheses, how such prostheses de-medicalize disabled bodies and instead construct them as consumer bodies, and how—and if—fashion can help to disrupt ableist discourses of normalcy. Yana has also written an opinion piece for Vestoj magazine discussing Cambridge Analytica’s profiling matrix and the way it “weaponised” fashion labels and their social media following. Drawing on examples including Nike, Diesel and Gilette’s marketing campaigns, she considers whether brand allegiances can really reflect or shape political ideologies.

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Funding for Collaborative PhD at CMCI: Apply now

Posted by lostincci on March 11, 2019

 

 

 

Dr Roberta Comunian has secured funding for a collaborative PhD scholarship in partnership with Creative United and Dr Elsa Arcaute, based at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL. The project, entitled “Complex Cultural Ecologies: capturing value through connections between public, private and not-for-profit organisations in the creative economy”, will explore the connections existing between publicly funded cultural organisations (PFCOs) and the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) with a specific focus on London and its cultural ecology across public, private and not for profit organisations. Using a complexity science perspective and integrating qualitative methods with social network analysis, the project aims to map the collaborative networks connecting PFCOs and CCIs and reflect on the motivations and benefits behind these interconnections. Applications for this scholarship from eligible students are welcome via the LAHP website, and you can read the full project overview here.

 

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