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Weekend Reading

Posted by lostincci on May 22, 2015


Dr Ricarda Vidal’s collaborative artist book Revolve:R (  will be on display at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Art Book Fair ‘Room & Book’ this weekend.

Revolve:R is the result of a year-long visual correspondence between Ricarda, collaborator Sam Treadaway and 17 artists across Europe, the USA and South Africa.

Our picture shows a composite image of some of the artworks inside the book.

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Howells Oxford Scholarship

Posted by lostincci on May 20, 2015


Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, has been awarded a Visiting Scholarship at St John’s College, University of Oxford.

The award was made on the basis of his research and publications, and will be held over the summer, 2015.

Howells will use the time to research and write a chapter on visual culture which he has been commissioned to provide for a book on methodologies to be published in the Wiley/Blackwell Companions to Art History series.

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Full House at The Power of Death

Posted by lostincci on May 19, 2015

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We don’t see many coffins in the River Room… But corpses aside there was a large turnout for our round table event on the Aesthetics of Death, supported by a film screening and book launch for the edited volume: The Power of Death: Contemporary Reflections of Death in Western Society.

Artist Sarah Sparkes gave a presentation about her work on ghosts; Ricardo Gutierrez gave a talk about femicide in Mexico; and photographer Briony Campbell closed with a very moving presentation about her work: ‘The Dad Project’, which documented her father’s death from cancer.

Editors Dr Ricarda Vidal of CMCI and Maria-Jose Blanco then presented their book The Power of Death, which covers various aspects of the topic – from the slow painful death from cancer and the grief and mourning of those left behind, to the more sensational sides of violent death, including accidents and the taboos and transgressions of murder.

Our pictures show the event –including the coffin – in full swing. Readers of the CMCI blog can get the book at a 50% discount by contacting Ricarda Vidal. More at:

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Anna Reading: Just the Ticket

Posted by lostincci on May 13, 2015

The creative side of Anna Reading, our Head of Department and Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries, is big in the news at the moment. The Phenomenal People project, which Anna is involved with along with other CMCI colleagues, is picked out in in the Guardian’s Top Tickets feature this week:

Meanwhile, Louise Blackwell is full of praise the Huffington Post:

The link to the script of Anna’s small performance piece “To My Dearest Daughter” can be found at: including a picture of a recent installation by Aphra Harvey-Reading (aged 8). Titled: “Aphra’s Desk”, it includes an office space combined with a handy crèche.

The project draws on Anna’s academic research on memory, gender and digital technologies.

Coming up: Visit the Phenomenal People’s indoor garden in Colchester on 14th & 15th May.

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When Two (or more) Tribes….

Posted by lostincci on May 11, 2015

In a break from party politics, CMCI’s Dr Ruth Adams appeared on BBC Radio 4‘s flagship “Today” programme on the morning of the General Election.
She was discussing whether ‘pop tribes‘ are still a recognizable phenomenon, or whether the internet era has made commitment to particular music or fashion styles a thing of the past. Ruth argued that pop tribes were still very much in evidence on social media, and that the emergence of ‘Milifandom’ (oops! politics again!) demonstrated that they could still possess a political dimension.
You can hear Ruth in action two hours 40 minutes in (despite what it says in the running order) at:

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Award for Jocelyn

Posted by lostincci on May 6, 2015


Congratulations to CMCI doctoral student Jocelyn Yi-Hsuan Lai, who tied for the first place in the fifth Young Scholar Award from the European Association of Taiwan Studies.

She won the award for her essay “Imaging Taiwanese in East Asia: The Taiwanese inter-Asian idol dramas in the twenty-first century” that she gave to the association’s annual conference held in Kraków, Poland.

Jocelyn’s winning essay was based on her doctoral research here in CMCI.  She has also published an essay about Taiwanese television, state policy and its interaction with TV in the People’s Republic of China in the journal Mass Communication Research (in Chinese). Her PhD supervisor is our Asian cultural policy specialist, Dr Hye-Kung Lee.

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April and Eleanor say “Go for it!”

Posted by lostincci on May 5, 2015

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If you have been reading this blog, thinking how much you would like to study with us, but are worried about the cost, then don’t miss this month’s deadline to apply to the King’s Master’s Support Scheme. This offers new awards of £10,000 to study for a master’s degree at King’s.

Two people who are already enjoying their time at CMCI are April Brown and Eleanor Griffiths who successfully applied under a similar “widening participation” scheme.  April explains that she is a first generation graduate from a low income background and says: “I feel extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to study a great course at such a well-established institution. The holistic support I have received has far exceeded my expectations. This opportunity has proved that the possibilities are endless, you just need to have courage and apply yourself!”

Eleanor adds: “To anyone wanting to apply I’d tell them to go for it – the scheme has without doubt surpassed what I had expected from it in every way. I would also say that it’s important to think about what you want from it, make sure it’s something you’re passionate about, and make sure that comes across in your application!”

You can see the full details and eligibility requirements at: The deadline is: 4pm on 29 May 2015.

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Translation Games on Tour

Posted by lostincci on April 27, 2015

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CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal takes her Translation Games project on tour –this time to Wokingham as part of the Library Fest event. The aim is (once again) to inspire participants to see different art forms through a translator’s eyes, to make new sensory links and to tap into their creative potential.

Ricarda and collaborator Katrina Barnes will draw on two visual translations produced during Still: Denise Riley to Image and challenge participants to retranslate those into a poem. At the end, they will reveal the original poem and compare it with the versions produced during the workshop. What has been preserved? Is there an essence?

The workshop is aimed at participants with creative interests from age 16 and above (but we are sure no MA students will be turned away). It takes place on 9th May 2015, from 2-3.30 pm. To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 978 1368. Extra details at:

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Britterna älskar griniga gubbar

Posted by lostincci on April 27, 2015


Readers in Sweden now know a little more about the appeal to the British ‘characters’ such as Jeremy Clarkson, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage –thanks to CMCI’s Dr Ruth Adams.

Under the headline “Britterna älskar griniga gubbar”, Ruth was interviewed for a feature in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The Stockholm-based “SvD” is among the biggest circulating newspapers in Sweden.

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Posted by lostincci on April 24, 2015


Our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Dr Richard Howells, was a guest speaker at a “Harvard Authors” event in London.

Together with the rest of the panel, Howells gave advice on the publication process to other writers, both established and aspiring.

Profits from the event went to the Harvard Book Prize fund, which donates books prizes to outstanding students in 150 secondary schools from across the UK. Dr Howells next book, A Critical Theory of Creativity: Utopia, Aesthetics, Atheism and Design, is published this summer.

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