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City of Light

Posted by lostincci on September 22, 2017

Configuring Light Image

Here’s more recent recognition for CMCI research: Dr Jo Entwistle’s “Configuring Light” project has been shortlisted for the Professional Lighting Design Recognition Award 2017 in the category, ‘Award for Research’.

The final award will be presented during the biennial Professional Lighting Design Convention (PLDC) in Paris, in November 2017. Dr Entwistle admits that her fingers are tightly crossed, but she and her team already feel honoured as social researchers and academics to be recognised by lighting professionals as contributing to the development of their practice.
The Paris convention takes place immediately after “Configuring Light” hosts its final iGuzzini sponsored Social Lightscapes Workshop on social research in design, focused on the Places des Fêtes in the 19th arrondissement in Paris. They will be presenting workshop results to the PLDC City Forum on the 1st of November at the start of the convention.

For more on “Configuring Light”, including details of Dr Entwistle’s collaborators, go to:

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Anna on the Air

Posted by lostincci on September 19, 2017


Anna Reading, Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries, has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4

She was part of a series called “The Choral History of Britain” which in its first episode  examined “singing for solidarity”. Anna was invited to appear on the programme to talk about her published research on singing as part of political protest.

The programme, introduced by Roderick Williams, was broadcast from 9am to 9:30 on September 20th, 2018. More details at:

Professor Reading, a former head of CMCI, is now back with us following research leave.

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Ricarda’s Ludic Session

Posted by lostincci on September 13, 2017


CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal will be leading a “ludic session” on language games with her collaborator Maria-José Blanco as part of “Anna Freud and Play”, a one day conference on play in the theories and practice of Anna Freud.

Dr Vidal will explore how playing with words can help understand our relationship to different languages by inviting delegates to play a game of “expanded” Boggle, which involves multilingual story-telling and translation.

The event will take place in the Council Room on our Strand Campus on Friday 15th September. For more information about the conference, go to:

The conference is organised by Alicia Kent from King’s Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies department.

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On The Double!

Posted by lostincci on September 12, 2017



We are delighted to announce two recent CMCI academic research funding successes:

Professor Jeanette Steemers has been awarded Arts and Humanities Research Council follow-on funding for the project ‘Collaborative Development of Children’s Screen Content in an Era of Forced Migration Flows: Facilitating Arab-European Dialogue’. The award is worth over £100,000. The project involves international workshops and the creation of impact reports, policy briefings, a Stakeholder Resource Book and a project website that help European broadcasters, policy-makers, producers and children’s advocacy groups to better understand the information and entertainment needs of Arabic-speaking children.

Meanwhile, Dr Jo Entwistle has been successful with her British Academy ‘Cities and Infrastructures’ bid. The project is entitled ‘Disconnected infrastructures and Violence Against Women (VAW): Innovating digital technologies in low-income neighbourhoods to produce safer Indian cities’. There were 160 applications and only 9 were awarded so it was a very competitive bid, and makes this success all the more impressive.

Jeanette Steemers will be working with Naomi Sakr (University of Westminster); Jo Entwistle with Ayona Datta at KCL and Don Slater at the London School of Economics.

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Welcome Back Harvey Cohen

Posted by lostincci on September 6, 2017

Cohen in the Money Cover

Welcome back: CMCI Senior Lecturer and cultural historian Dr Harvey G. Cohen is back at the department this autumn after two years away on a Leverhulme Trust research grant and sick leave. In the meantime, several of his previous research projects have been published:

“Hollywood’s New Deal in Song and Dance: Footlight Parade and the Great Depression,” a chapter in Hollywood and the Great Depression: American Film, Politics and Society in the 1930s (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). “Chaplin’s America, the Essanay and Mutual Years: The Making of an Artist in the Progressive Era, 1915-1917,” in Quarterly Review of Film and Video (July 2016). “The Struggle to Fashion the NRA Code: The Triumph of Studio Power in 1933 Hollywood,” in Journal of American Studies (December 2015). “Recent Music History Scholarship: Pleasures and Drawbacks” in Journal of American Studies (May 2015).

Also, coming out in December 2017, is Cohen’s new book Who’s In The Money? The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s New Deal (see our photo for the cover) which outlines the history of the Warner Brothers musicals during 1933 and their political, historical and cultural connections -on and offscreen- with the newly-elected U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal. For more information, go to:

Harvey Cohen is currently working on his working on his third book, which examines American music, business, gender and Christianity in the mid-20th century.

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Sweetman on Subcultures

Posted by lostincci on September 5, 2017

Sweetman Scooters

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Sweetman has been collaborating with researchers from Scandinavia on a paper on ‘Subcultures and the Experience and Branding of Place and Fashion’, which they co-presented at the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference in London.

Working with Professor Atle Hauge (Eastern Norway Research Institute), and Professor Dominic Power (Stockholm University), Dr Sweetman looked at the cultural and economic impact of key subcultural groups, especially the relationship between subcultures and place, together with branding, marketing, fashion, and people’s perceptions and experiences of urban spaces.

It is part of a wider project that Paul, Atle and Dominic are currently developing, and formed part of a session on Exploring Brands and Being organised by Anna McLauchlan, University of Leeds, and Steve Millington, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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You Are Invited….

Posted by lostincci on September 4, 2017

Ricarda Farnham

CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal, together with her collaborator Sam Treadaway, are  re-presenting works from their “bookwork” Revolve:R edition two (, a two-year-long collaboration between artists, writers, filmmakers, a mathematician and a composer.

They will be showing works on paper, poems, art films, a musical score… and you are invited to join them for drinks and a chat at the exhibition on 21st September from 6pm.

The exhibition Revolve:R, edition two has just opened and continues at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, until October 07 2017. Details at

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Posted by lostincci on August 3, 2017

Howells Critical Theory

Professor Richard Howells’ latest book is now available “FTIP” –publishing jargon for the First Time In Paperback.

An academic book usually comes out first only in hardback –with a hard price to match. But if it turns out to be a success, publishers may also consider a more affordable version in paperback.

That’s what’s happened here, with the paperback set at less than a third of the original hardback price, hopefully making it more available and widely read.

When it first came out in 2015, Howells’ monograph: A Critical Theory of Creativity: Utopia, Aesthetics, Atheism and Design was praised by Slavoj Žižek as: “brilliant and magisterial”, which probably did not do its paperback prospects any harm. For more information see:


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Chile in London

Posted by lostincci on July 27, 2017

Captura de pantalla 2017-07-24 a la(s) 16.09.17

Colleagues from Chile and London are joining CMCI’s Dr Jo Entwistle in organizing a symposium on ‘Cultural Mediators in the Digital Age’.

Together with Arturo Arrigada from Chile and Agnes Rocamora from University of the Arts, London, Jo will explore how much of the early literature within cultural studies -and across a range of industries including fashion, music, popular media/magazines- is relevant to today’s digital age.

The CMCI-supported symposium will gather experts from across the cultural industries to discuss how digital spaces (such as blogs, social media, and websites) are facilitating the emergence of new cultural and economic forms.

The symposium is set for 04 September, 2017 and places are available at £50 and £30 (for students). For more information and a draft programme, go to:



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A Matter of Debate

Posted by lostincci on July 12, 2017

Debating Matters 2 2017

CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells was a judge at the national finals of the 2017 Debating Matters schools debating competition.

Six formers from all over the UK competed in the initial heats and then a series of regional finals across the country before the remaining 12 made it to the national decider held at the Museum of London.

Howells (far right in our picture) judged debates on the ethics of sharing of medical records and then the removal of statues of controversial historical figures. Part of the format involved grilling the teams himself.

The winners this year were Loreto Sixth Form College, Manchester; the runners up were the Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre, Hampshire. The annual event is run by the Institute of Ideas. More at:

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