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Posted by lostincci on September 26, 2016


The first of CMCI’s research seminars kicks off on Thursday, September 29th when we welcome Professor Stuart Cunningham from Queensland University of Technology, Australia as our guest speaker.

Professor Cunningham will be speaking on: “ The New Screen Ecology of Social Media Entertainment”.

Professor Cunningham will argue that in the 21st century, established Hollywood players, norms, principles and practices are ceding significant power and influence to new digital streaming platforms. Just as notably, digital platforms, preeminently YouTube, have started to represent a greater value proposition to the advertising industry that has served as the bulwark for legacy media since the middle of the last century.

The seminar takes place from 17.00-18.30hrs on  29 September 2016 in room, in theK3.11 King’s Building, Strand campus. All staff and students are welcome. Stuart Cunningham is Distinguished Professor of Media and Communications at Queensland University of Technology and was recently a Fulbright Senior Fellow.

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Your Last Chance to See…

Posted by lostincci on September 19, 2016

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This month is your last chance to see “In Our Hands”, an installation on Utopia staged at Somerset House and devised by CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells.

The exhibit, done in collaboration with the Le Gun art collective, has been running since July and finally closes on September 30th. It incorporates original artworks including a special commission on the theme of mythology by Le Gun, and was recently featured in New Scientist magazine.  It has so far been visited by over 5,000 people.

Professor Howells and Le Gun will be talking about their work on the evening of Thursday, September 29th, with the event live streamed by the online magazine This is Tomorrow. See

For more on “In Our Hands” go to:

And for a video of Le Gun’s part of the installation, go to:


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Decline and Fall a Success for Jonathan

Posted by lostincci on September 14, 2016


Hats off to recent CMCI PhD graduate Dr Jonathan Theodore, who has successfully turned his doctoral thesis into a book, now out with Palgrave Macmillan.

His thesis, supervised by Professor Richard Howells, was about representations of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire –with a sweep that included both Gibbon and “Gladiator”. It is now revised and published as: The Modern Cultural Myth of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media, 2017).

Jonathan is currently working on a further book project about the future of the EU (again for Palgrave), and then a more mainstream book of macro history for the general reader. For more on his decline book, go to:

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We’re No Mugs

Posted by lostincci on September 12, 2016


There’s been some fetching new pottery adorning the desks of some of our CMCI academics.

We’ve already reported in the blog that Drs Jessica Rapson and Melissa Nisbett have won Teaching Excellence Awards from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities here at King’s.

What we did not know at the time was that four others: Drs Ruth Adams, Red Chidgey, Kevin Millburn and Professor Richard Howells were also nominated by students for Teaching Excellence Awards –and were the recipients of these “TEA” mugs (pictured) to  commemorate their success.

Tea all round, we think.

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Paul McDonald Steps Up

Posted by lostincci on August 8, 2016

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The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries welcomes Professor Paul McDonald as our new Head of Department. He steps up to the top job having first joined CMCI 12 months ago as Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries.

Before coming to King’s, Paul was Professor of Cinema and Media Industries at the University of Nottingham. He has played a leading role in developing the field of critical media industry studies, and his current research is focused in the area of screen media industries, with particular emphasis on the political economy and history of film and television piracy. His recent publications include co-editing the collection Hollywood and the Law (British Film Institute, 2015).

Paul will serve as Head of Department for the four years until summer 2020, during which time he aims to build on the successes achieved by the previous head, Professor Anna Reading (see our story in the CMCI Blog for August 1).

Paul’s ambitions as head of department include further enhancing our standing in the international scholarly community, with plans to build close links with similar centres of excellence at overseas institutions.

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Change at the Top

Posted by lostincci on August 1, 2016


It’s change at the top of CMCI this month as Professor Anna Reading steps down having successfully finished her term of office as Head of Department (2013-16).

Professor Reading, together with Research Director, Dr Paul Sweetman, led the department’s successful Research Excellent Framework submission in which CMCI was ranked No.1 in its field for the UK in Research Power; she provided work and training for CMCI’s PHD students by bringing in a new scheme for Graduate Teaching Assistants; she oversaw the successful Programme Review of the MACCI in 2013 as well as the introduction of a new programme, the MA in Arts and Cultural Management. She oversaw the appointment of ten new permanent staff including two new Professors.  She worked hard to obtain more funds for masters student activities and staff research.  She oversaw the provision of a new postgraduate research room and an internationally competitive CMCI annual conference, as well as refurbishment and waymarking of CMCI in the Chesham and Norfolk buildings.

Asked what she felt her best achievement was she said: “The REF result of course which has been terrific in terms of providing staff with more research funds, but I was also just thrilled with  being able to contribute to  improving  gender equality in CMCI.” Professor Reading enabled six women to gain promotion including at a senior level.  “CMCI is now a very positive place to work in which students and staff  are able to excel and support each other to thrive”, she said.

Professor Reading also combined her head of department responsibilities with invited keynotes around the world, the publication of an edited book, Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggles: Powerful Times (Palgrave 2015) and a new monograph Gender and Memory in the Globital Age (Palgrave 2016) . She also wrote for the theatre, jointly edited the international journal Media Culture and Society and was made Principle Investigator on a large Australia Research Council Discovery Award on Data Centres and the Governance of Labour as well as a Dutch Network bid with six other countries on digital memories of the Shoah.

Professor Reading has been rewarded with a year’s research leave for 2016-17 in which to lead funded research projects and research a new book. Professor Reading now hands over to our new Head of Department Professor Paul McDonald.

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Bom Dia, Dr Howells

Posted by lostincci on August 1, 2016

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Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, has been in Lisbon, Portugal, speaking at the 17th international conference of the Utopian Studies Society. The conference, held at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, combined with the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia.

Dr Howells spoke on the topic: “In Our Hands” which is also the title of his installation/exhibition currently on show at Somerset House in London.

While in Lisbon, he was also able to catch up with his former PhD student and CMCI graduate Dr Joaquim Negreiros, with whom he has recently signed a contract for a third edition of their Visual Culture, due in 2017 from Polity Press.

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A Prize for Dr O’Neill

Posted by lostincci on August 1, 2016


Congratulations to recent CMCI doctoral programme graduate Dr Rachel O’Neill, who has been named the winner of the SAGE prize for Excellence and Innovation for her article “The Work of Seduction: Intimacy and Subjectivity in the London ‘Seduction Community’”.

Rachel undertook the research for this paper as a PhD student at CMCI, supervised by our former Professor Rosalind Gill. The award is run in conjunction with the British Sociological Association and includes a prize of £250 worth of SAGE books.

Full details are available here:

Rachel will be joining the Department of Sociology at the University of York from September as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where she will be working on a new project on the cultural politics of food.

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In Our Hands

Posted by lostincci on July 8, 2016

Navajo Rug c 1910 (detail)

Scholarly research meets artistic expression at a new exhibition at Somerset House. It’s a collaboration between CMCI academic Dr Richard Howells and London-based art collective Le Gun, under the title “In Our Hands”. It explores the relationship between creativity and Utopia, combining their ideas about the role of aesthetics, culture, mythology and religion in making the world a better place.

The starting point is Howells’ book A Critical Theory of Creativity: Utopia, Aesthetics, Atheism and Design, and this two-room exhibit translates the verbal into the visual, showing Utopia to be a process rather than a destination.

Le Gun’s installation Temple of Perpetual Myth combines with Howells’ cross-cultural selection of exhibits to ask where creativity comes from. Together they illustrate the human drive to take the raw materials of life and make them into things that are better than they instrumentally need to be.

Making in the arts is shown to be both a process and a metaphor for the path to Utopia. This is not a luxury but an obligation. As the philosopher Ernst Bloch declared: “Life has been put into our hands.”

The installation runs until September 30th at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, as part of the Utopia 2016 celebration. More at:

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Words, Brush-strokes and Dancing Shoes

Posted by lostincci on July 4, 2016


Words, brush-strokes and dancing shoes have combined in a symposium on translatability across invisible borders in a symposium: Intersemiotic Translation, organised by CMCI Teaching Fellow Dr Ricarda Vidal and Madeleine Campbell.

They explain that intersemiotic translation (such the translation of a poem into dance, or a short story into an olfactory experience, or a film into a painting) opens up a myriad of possibilities to carries form and sense from one culture into another -beyond the limitations of words. The symposium brought together an international group of academics, translators, curators and artists.  For more information, see:

Meanwhile, you can still join Ricarda and her team for a lunchtime of child’s play in The Quad at the Strand Campus on Wednesday 6 July, 1pm – 2pm. If you haven’t yet filled in thier survey, you can do so here: Participants will go into a draw to win a £50 book voucher!

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