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A Great Place to Visit?

Posted by lostincci on March 30, 2015

According to the Kent Tourist Office, the former sea-side resort of Folkestone is a great place to visit. But is it? A group of MA CCI and MA ACM students and two of our lecturers took a field trip to find out how far that description really holds true -or whether the pastel paint is already flaking…

Their visit began with a talk by Nick Ewbank who gave the group an overview of Folkestone’s many declines and rises. After a lunch break they met with two local artists, Brigitte Orasinski, artistic director of the Folkestone arts charity Strange Cargo, and Matt Rowe, a ceramic artist and curator.

While both praised the investment and the idealism that drove the foundation of Folkstone’s Creative Quarter and the Triennials, they were at the same time aware of the pitfalls and problems inherent to a regeneration which was largely imposed from above and where some decisions seemed to have been made more with a view to appearances rather than to artistic needs.

Our picture shows the group with lecturer Dr Ruth Adams and expedition leader Dr Ricarda Vidal.

Folkestone Trip

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Harvey Cohen’s Blurred Lines on the BBC

Posted by lostincci on March 26, 2015

CMCI’s Dr Harvey G Cohen appeared on the BBC World Service to talk about the recent ruling in the United States that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ 2013 single “Blurred Lines” was plagiarised from the 1977 Marvin Gaye hit “Got To Give It Up.”

Cohen agreed with the ruling, arguing that the resemblance between the two songs was even closer than the famous 1970s plagiarism case against George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.” Media reports indicate, however, that Thicke and Williams will probably contest the ruling.

The one thing that should not be disputed, Cohen maintains, is that “Got To Give It Up” is “one of the greatest dance tracks of all time”, and he is proud to own the 11-minute 12” vinyl copy of the track. That said, we are also proud to picture the Marvin Gaye single here.


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CMCI goes K-pop

Posted by lostincci on March 23, 2015

K Pop

King’s Asian CCI Research Society have been in action again, this time exploring fandom and Asian popular culture. Their most recent event featured four different presentations including Dr. Haekyung Um from Liverpool University (pictured in action at the event) who shared her research on K-pop fandom in the United Kingdom.

King’s Asian CCI Research Society is advised by CMCI’s Dr Hye-Kyung Lee, and they have their own blog at:

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Taking Comedy Seriously

Posted by lostincci on March 19, 2015


“Jagshemash!” Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, was a guest speaker at the Centre for Comedy Studies Research, Brunel University, where he gave a research paper: “No Laughing Matter?: Race, Identity and the Humour of Sacha Baron Cohen”.

Baron Cohen is well-known as the creator of comic personae Ali G and Borat, the spoof Kazakh television reporter. Both characters created controversy with their TV and feature film appearances. Dr Howells’ research on race, humour and identity investigates the sociological content of popular comedy.

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CMCI Student Honoured in Qatar

Posted by lostincci on March 17, 2015

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Congratulations to CMCI student Latifa Al-Darwish who has been honoured by the Gulf Cooperation Council with an award for her work as a filmmaker in addition to her contributions to social, charity and volunteer campaigns.

The ceremony took place in Qatar, where the Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Thani honoured executive leaders and outstanding young people in the GCC countries for their influential role in the field of youth action and sports.

The Gulf Cooperation Council member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Christina Scharff on BBC Radio 3

Posted by lostincci on March 13, 2015


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Dr Christina Scharff was interviewed on the BBC Radio 3 programme ‘Music Matters’ about her research on equality and diversity in the classical music profession. Her full report is available for download on her website: and you can listen to the interview at:

It has been a very busy time for Dr Scharff, who was invited to discuss her research in Paris, Birmingham, London, and Leicester. Events included the ‘Classical Music and its audiences in the Digital Age’ conference in Paris, while Christina launched her report ‘Equality and Diversity in the Classical Music Profession’ at the Advance Network meeting at City Hall in Birmingham.

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Howells on Clarkson on Sky

Posted by lostincci on March 11, 2015

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Our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries Dr Richard Howells appeared live on Sky Television News to debate the “fracas” concerning BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

The controversial presenter had been suspended by the BBC. Howells argued that Clarkson made his living by transgression -the anticipation of which held the attention of global audiences. He said that as with other transgressing stars, Clarkson’s career would not in the long term suffer as he was effectively paid to misbehave.

The future of Top Gear itself was less secure said Howells. The format was already getting tired and Top Gear without Clarkson would be like “Hamlet without the prince.”

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CMCI Student Wins Gold at the ‘Jewellery Oscars’

Posted by lostincci on March 9, 2015

Liu Portrait

It’s congratulations again to CMCI student Isabella Liu, who has won multiple awards at the prestigious Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Competition.

The competition- which Isabella describes as the: ‘Jewellery Oscars‘- has been held annually by the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council (GC&DC) since 1908. This year saw over 800 entrants and 22 gold awards, three of which went to Liu.

Currently based in the U.K., China-born Isabella had three design artworks in the competition; all received gold awards in three different categories. Her 2D Design Fashion Jewellery enjoyed another two separate silver awards.

Isabella took her BA in Jewellery Design at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery in 2013 after she finished her studies at the Academy of International Visual Arts of Shanghai. Now she is studying a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management with us in CMCI. She has been winning awards since 2012. More at:

'Mending' Collection Tableware Set-2

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The (R)evolution of Street Art

Posted by lostincci on March 4, 2015


Our MA student research group on ‘Culture, Governance and Cities’, are putting on a high-powered panel discussion on “The (R)evolution of Street Art: spatiality and perceptions in contemporary society”.

The group argue that although it was once only defined by the walls, road signs, and train carriages it was sprayed upon, street art today is undergoing a revolution in form, space and governance.

The panel will be comprise of Ingrid Beazley, the creative behind the ‘Baroque The Streets: Dulwich Street Art Festival 2013’, Lee Bofkin, the co-founder of Global Street Art; Louis Masai, street and studio artist; Simon Baxter, Head of Clean and Green at London Borough of Tower Hamlets; and Dr. Luke Dickens, research associate at the Open University and the continuing project, ‘Creating Hackney as Home’.

The event takes place on Friday 27th March, 2015 from 18.30-21.30 at The Nash Theatre (K2.31), at the KCL Strand Campus. The group have a Twitter account: @KCL_StreetArt, a Facebook event and an Eventbrite event for RSVP:

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Cultures in Disarray

Posted by lostincci on March 2, 2015

PG COnference

Our energetic departmental Postgraduate Society are inviting contributions to their 2015 conference: “Cultures in Disarray”. They have already lined up an impressive, international and professorial trio of keynote speakers: Nick Couldry of the London School of Economics, Peter Dahlgren, of Lund University, and Elisabetta Lazzaro of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

But in addition to the “star turns” the organisers are seeking further contributions with the rallying call: “uncensor yourself and make real that paper you always wanted to write.”

They welcome contributions from postgraduate students and academic staff until the 15th of March, which should be sent to: The conference itself will be held at King’s on June 11 and 12, 2015.

Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent by 15th of April 2015. For further information, go to the conference website:

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