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Btihaj Ajana Speaks at the United Nations

Posted by lostincci on May 27, 2016


CMCI Senior Lecture Dr Btihaj Ajana has been speaking at the United Nations in New York.

The event was the ID2020 summit at the UN headquarters in Manhattan, and Btihaj was speaking on the topic of legal identity. The event brought together technology businesses, NGOs, charities and various experts on digital and legal identity issues to address the challenge of providing legal identities for vulnerable populations.

You can read more about the event and her critical commentary at:

Btihaj is currently undertaking Marie Curie Research Fellowship.


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Teaching Awards for CMCI Staff

Posted by lostincci on May 27, 2016


Congratulations to Dr Melissa Nisbett and Dr Jessica Rapson who have both received Teaching Excellence Awards for their outstanding teaching particularly in terms of student experience and support.

CMCI had a total eleven staff nominated by students for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities teaching awards this year – an achievement described by Head of Department Professor Anna Reading as ‘incredible’. She adds that since there are only nine awards made across the Faculty, for CMCI staff to be given two of the awards was particularly impressive.

Our pictures show Dr Nisbett (right) and Dr Rapson (left).

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Ruth in Rio

Posted by lostincci on May 27, 2016

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CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Ruth Adams is back from Rio de Janeiro, where she gave a keynote address at ProPesq PP, the seventh annual conference of the Brazilian national association of advertising and marketing researchers, hosted by PUC-Rio (Pontifical Catholic University).

The theme of the conference was ‘Advertising everyone uses: advertising challenges of everyday life: pervasiveness, representation and identity’.  Ruth’s presentation was called ‘The Saatchi Generation: Art & Advertising in the UK’, and considered the (arguably disproportionate) influence of advertising mogul turned art collector Charles Saatchi, and his impact on art production and the creative economy in Britain.

Today, Ruth is bringing a little bit of Brazil to King’s with the one-day symposium: ‘Rio/London: A Tale of Two (Post-Colonial) Cities’, which features two guest speakers from PUC-Rio amongst the participants, as well as a performance from the London School of Capoeira.  Tickets and more details available from here:

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CMCI Students Win European Advertising Competition

Posted by lostincci on May 24, 2016

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Congratulations to the CMCI student team on winning the pan-European, 2016 AD VENTURE student advertising competition, held in Zagreb.

The four students that participated are all enrolled on the MA Cultural and Creative Industries programme and worked under the agency name ‘Aedion’: They are:  Chi Zhang (Strategic Planner);  Mu You (Creative Director); Petya Karagyozova (Producer); and Wayne D’Cruz (Account Director).

Their winning campaign: YOUR WEB VOTE aimed to build awareness of the role of advertising in facilitating the availability of high-quality content on the internet and placed the onus of decision-making on the audience.

As first-prize winners, the team won an opportunity to attend the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity scheduled for next month.

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Re-Hanging “Hangmen”

Posted by lostincci on May 23, 2016


In the build-up to the CMCI Live Cinema conference and event at King’s on Friday (May 27th), student Emily Brown has been reflecting on her work as a researcher on the project.

As part of the day, a multi-disciplinary performance has been devised to demonstrate how live performance, “event” cinema, and “live” cinema combine to captivate an audience and provide a unique theatrical experience.

The King’s event concludes with a “re-hanging” of Martin McDonagh’s West End play “Hangmen”, part of which eerily parallels the case of James Hanratty, one of the last people in Britain to be executed for murder, and defended in court by King’s College London alumnus Michael Sherrard.

Emily, who is studying history, was brought into the creative process by CMCI’s Dr Sarah Atkinson and her team as a researcher, helping to ensure that the re-playing of the original text was grounded in historical accuracy. You can read all about her involvement with the project at:

For more on the conference and event, go to:


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The Inequality of Light

Posted by lostincci on May 16, 2016


Light is a powerful material that is it is fundamental to our lives, but not all of us benefit from it equally.  That is one of the conclusions of the final report of The Configuring Light project, co-founded by CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Joanne Entwistle. The project now has launched its final report: ‘Tackling Inequalities in Public Lighting

The research involved roundtables held this spring, gathering together academics with London planning and policy makers including  the ‘secure by design’ team at the Metropolitan Police, lighting designers, social housing providers, and homeless charities.

Here is the link to both their latest blog, from which you can also scroll down to download the report and see a film based on the project’s work at experience at London’s Thamesmead Estate:

Image courtesy of Catarina Heeckt and the Configuring Light project

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Art and Translation

Posted by lostincci on May 13, 2016

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CMCI teaching fellow Dr Ricarda Vidal will be taking part in a roundtable discussion on art and translation at the Birmingham Library on 17th May. She will discuss her project Translation Games ( with artists, curators, translators and academics including Nicoline Van Harskamp,  Martin Waldmeier, and Pierre-Alexis Mével.

The aim of the event is to consider the impact of working with, within and across linguistic boundaries, and alternative modes of working inter-culturally and inter-lingually in the future.

The event is free to attend, but due to size of the room places are limited. You can register here: Registration will be open from 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start.

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Gender, Diversity and the Media

Posted by lostincci on May 12, 2016

MDI Meeting

CMCI academics Dr Red Chidgey and Dr Christina Scharff have been exploring international collaborative ideas about gender, diversity and the media.

They recently met with Milica Pesic, Executive Director of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), and Dr Haiyan Wang and Dr Zhijin Zhong from Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) during their UK tour. SYSU are currently working with MDI to develop a new course on diversity and media in China.

Dr Wang said that gender and sexuality was an important issue in China, and that understanding these phenomena, and how to reflect such societal changes in higher education, was a challenging issue for Chinese academics and educators.

Dr Chidgey hoped that their meeting would signal the start of ongoing discussions and possible collaborations between King’s, the Media Diversity Institute and Sun Yat-sen University.

Our photograph captures the meeting on the terrace of Somerset House. For more information go to:

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New Date for London-Rio Event

Posted by lostincci on May 11, 2016

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There’s a new date for the London-Rio event previously announced on the CMCI Blog. This will now take place one day later than originally planned: It will now happen on Friday 27 May.

This is the event staged by CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Ruth Adams to examine issues of society, culture and identity in London and Rio -with a particular emphasis on the post-colonial cultures of each city.

She will be joined fellow academics (including recent CMCI PhD graduate Dr Nicole Ferdinand), policy makers, community representatives and cultural practitioners from the UK and Brazil.

Comparing and contrasting British and Brazilian contexts, the event will explore questions of hybridity and transnationalism, socioeconomic inequality, public space, the relationship between state and community, and emergent tensions and opportunities.  Specific themes will include popular and participatory music cultures, literature, sport, fashion, youth cultures, and the enduring significance of the local in the era of globalization.

For more details and ticket information, go to: The event is free to attend, but please reserve a ticket on Eventbrite. It will take place here at King’s on 27 May 2016, from 9am to 6pm.


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Feminismus in Pink?

Posted by lostincci on May 10, 2016


Red Chidgey, Lecturer in Gender and Media, has been interviewed for an article on girl power and fashion in the prestigious German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. The article is online here:

Here, Dr Chidgey argues in that ‘girl power’ operates as a form of branding in postfeminist culture and that we should not forget its radical roots in the youth subculture Riot Grrrl.

For more on Riot Grrrl,  the British Library has a useful explanatory page at:

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