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Richard Howells and the Campaign for the Humanities

Posted by lostincci on June 8, 2018


Richard Howells, our Professor of Cultural Sociology, is featured in the “Spotlight on…” section of publisher Palgrave Macmillan’ s “Campaign for the Humanities” website.

Professor Howells was invited to write an opinion piece on the value of the humanities, which he contributed under the heading: “Know, then, thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man.”

“There was a time when one did not have to make a case for the humanities”, laments Howells, who proceeds to mourn the concept of “impact” as an apparent justification of the value of the humanities today.

He refers more optimistically, though, to the CMCI event: “Beyond Value for Money” in which Sir John Tusa told the audience that the arts were “a public good” while the impact they had was “a private matter for the recipient”.  You can read Richard Howells’ opinion piece here:

Readers wondering about our choice of image may recognise it as a portrait of Alexander Pope, who in his “Essay on Man” of 1734 declared “Know, then, thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man.”


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Home on the Move

Posted by lostincci on June 5, 2018

Home on the Move

CMCI academic Dr Ricarda Vidal goes into curator mode for the opening of “Talking Transformations: Home on the Move”, an exhibition of artist films, sound art and poetry in translation.

It’s based on two poems which themselves have “travelled” across national borders and then returned “home”: Welsh poet Deryn Rees-Jones’ poem ‘HOME’ travelled from the UK via France to Spain and back, while  Polish poet Rafał Gawin’s ‘DOM. KONSTRUKCJA W PROCESIE SĄDOWYM’ (“Home. Structure on Trial”) travelled via Romania to the UK and back to Poland.

Both poems were written on the basis of workshops with local communities in the UK and Poland. In each country they visited, the poems were translated by a literary translator and a local film artist. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to read the two poems in ten different versions; watch the artists’ visual interpretations in seven film versions; and to listen to the various language versions in an immersive sound collage.

The event is curated by Ricarda Vidal and Manuela Perteghella, with additional input from CMCI’s Dr Kate McMillan. It can be seen at the 64a Gallery, 64a Oxford Street, Whitstable CT5 1DG from 9-10 June; full details at:

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Panis Angelicus

Posted by lostincci on May 24, 2018

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Universities often turn up in fiction, and Richard Howells, our Professor of Cultural Sociology, is always interested to see how they are represented in literature and popular culture.

A case in hand is Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Gate of Angels (originally published in 1991), set in the fictional St Angelicus College in Cambridge and nominated for the Booker Prize. In a review as part of the Times Higher Education’s “What Are You Reading?”column, Howells compares the quietly cerebral St Angelicus with another fictional Cambridge college, the famously riotous Porterhouse of Tom Sharpe. The food is considerably better at the latter.

Richard Howells is a regular contributor to the Higher’s book review sections. You can read his latest piece at:


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CMCI PhD Conference 2018

Posted by lostincci on May 23, 2018


Our postgraduate research students extend an invitation to the King’s CMCI PhD Conference 2018.

This will be the fifth year that they have staged this event. This time they are staging a one-day conference on at Bush House, former headquarters of the BBC World Service (1940-2012) and now part of King’s College London. Appropriately, this year’s theme is: “World in Flux: Exploring Cultural and Media Studies in a Changing World”.

The keynote speakers for this year’s will be CMCI’s Professor Anna Reading from King’s College London and Professor Catherine Grant from Birkbeck, University of London.

The event takes place on June 15, 2018. Details are available on their new website:

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Moving Hearts: The Video

Posted by lostincci on May 18, 2018


The final video of the Moving Hearts project featuring CMCI’s Professor Anna Reading is now published on the Internet.

People were invited to make clay models of human hearts, which were then carried in procession over the river from King’s to London’s Migration Museum at the Workshop in Lambeth. Moving Hearts (see our earlier blog of March 1) of is a collaboration between Anna, Australian artist Penny Ryan, and Dr James Bjork, also from King’s.

It was organised in collaboration with the PLuS (Phoenix London Sydney) Alliance, which combines the strengths of three leading research universities on three continents – Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney – seeking to solve global challenges around health, social justice, sustainability, technology and innovation.

You can watch the final project video at accompanied by music by David Kelly.


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El Rey Del Mundo

Posted by lostincci on May 16, 2018

BBC Mundo

Research by Richard Howells, our Professor of Cultural Sociology, is quoted in BBC Mundo, the Spanish language website of the BBC World Service.

Under the headline: “5 mitos que el cine ha creado sobre el Titanic…”, the article explores the myths about the famous ship that have been created -or at least perpetuated- by the movies.

One of the greatest of these is the belief that the Titanic was held to be unsinkable “dice Richard Howells, profesor de sociología cultural del King’s College London, una universidad con sede en la capital británica.”

Howells is also quoted on the way in which the third classes are somewhat imaginatively portrayed in films about the Titanic. You can read the full article here:

Richard Howells’ published research here includes his monograph The Myth of the Titanic (two editions: 1999 and 2012) and his article “One Hundred Years of the Titanic on Film”, in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 2012. Fans of James Cameron’s 1997 film will recognise the joking reference to a famous scene from that movie in our own headline.


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His Name in Lights

Posted by lostincci on May 11, 2018

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Ever wanted to see your name in lights? CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Harvey G. Cohen was certainly surprised to see just that in the USA over the marquee for the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

Harvey did four events in two days at their at the Silver Spring, Maryland as part of his US tour taking about his books about films of the American depression and about jazz legend Duke Ellington. We’v added the Ellington poster below.

Cohen’s most recent book: Who’s in the Money?: The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood s New Deal was published by Edinburgh University Press in Spring, 2018. 

WB Musicals 2018 Duke Ellington Small (1) 2


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Revolt into Style

Posted by lostincci on May 8, 2018

Che Lives

Our Professor of Cultural Sociology, Richard Howells, gave a research paper on: “Revolt into Style” at the conference “Mai ’68 at 50: Appropriations, Translations, Legacies”, organised in collaboration with the University of Paris, the Institute Francais, the National Archives, and the French Embassy.

The conference marked the 50th anniversary of the student and labour uprisings centred on Paris in May, 1968. Howells took the title and thesis of George Melly’s influential work of 1970 to examine to what extent initial political and subcultural revolt is frequently transmuted into fashion and style statements.

Case studies included the famous Che Guevara poster, together with musical examples from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Thunderclap Newman, The Sex Pistols, Tracy Chapman, and even Matt Monro.

The conference, staged here at King’s, is part of a three-year project in conjunction with the University of Paris under the themes of liberty, fraternity and equality. Events will alternate between London and Paris.

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Ordem e Progresso

Posted by lostincci on April 27, 2018

Ruth Brazil 5

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Ruth Adams is back from her fifth visit to Brazil, where she was the guest of the Culture and Media Studies Department at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense) in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro.

Ruth led a post-graduate seminar over three days on the topic of Youth Subcultures, Popular Music and Identity.  While she was there, Ruth also gave a guest lecture to staff and students at ESPM (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing) in Rio, on the subject of ‘Nostalgia in English Society and Culture’, and attended a launch for a book in which she has a chapter on punk.

Ruth (second from the right) is pictured here with Claudia Pereira and Joana Beleza, the editors of A cultura material nas (sub)culturas juvenis: Do DIY as trocas digits (The material culture of youth (sub)cultures: From DIY to digital exchanges), and fellow contributor Monica Machado.


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What is Visual Culture –And Why Should We Care?

Posted by lostincci on April 19, 2018

Howells Inaugural Image

Richard Howells, CMCI’s Professor of Cultural Sociology, is to give an Inaugural Lecture at King’s on: “What is Visual Culture –And Why Should We Care?”

In his talk, Howells will define visual culture as an academic field, especially as distinguished from art history. He’ll argue that art history is a subdivision of visual culture, and not vice versa. He will then proceed to make the case for the study of visual culture today. It is an argument that he promises will include some heretical departures from the orthodoxies of current thought in education and beyond.

The lecture will be followed by a wine and canape reception, and will be introduced by Professor Evelyn Welch, KCL’s Provost and Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences).

Inaugural Lectures are a traditional way in which UK universities mark the appointment or promotion of new professors. They are open to both university members and the public. Richard Howells’ inaugural takes place on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in the Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus from 19:00 to 20:15. The reception follows.  It is open to all and free to attend, but booking is required via Eventbrite. Please click

Further details are available at: The event is organized by the King’s College London Arts & Humanities Research Institute.

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