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Speaking about Feminism

Posted by lostincci on February 8, 2019

The BBC have published a commissioned article by CMCI’s Dr Christina Scharff titled: Why so many young women don’t call themselves feminist. Drawing on Christina’s research on young women in a neoliberal world, the article asks why it is that despite feminist movements attracting significant attention across Europe and North America, many young women still say they do not identify with the term. With up-to-date discussion of surveys and high-profile campaigns, Christina raises the question of what it means to be a feminist. She concludes with the ‘heartening’ observation that whichever label women choose to adopt, the vast majority of people now support equality. As a mark of the widespread interest in Christina’s piece, the article received over 600,000 hits in the first 36 hours alone.








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A Window on Glassmaking

Posted by lostincci on February 7, 2019

CMCI’s Dr Roberta Comunian and Lauren England, PhD student, have recently published an article that explores the relationship between industrial and post-industrial knowledge in glassmaking in the UK in the journal Geoforum.  Following the trajectory of glassmaking in Sunderland and Stourbridge the article explores how local industrial knowledge was reorganised outside of the factory into new craft-based glassmaking through processes of deskilling, reskilling and upskilling. It is argued that creative and cultural production is not just place-specific, it has a heritage, it evolves and can be ‘sticky’ in terms of located knowledge and skills.

Roberta and Lauren’s paper is free for everyone to download in the next 50 days.

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Modern Couples

Posted by lostincci on February 6, 2019

Congratulations to Dr Red Chidgey whose recent talk at the Barbican Art Gallery on ‘Collaboration and Social Change’ was sold out. The talk was held in relation to the Barbican’s exhibition Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde, and aimed to throw new light on the inner workings of creative collaboration. Red guided the audience through artworks and intimate letters from a range of artists including Hannah Höch, Virginia Woolf, and Frida Kahlo. Amongst the themes raised were the thorny question of working rituals and artistic recognition; feminist disruptions of traditional ideas of womanhood; and queer invitations to re-think the creative couple beyond the human.

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Female Futures

Posted by lostincci on February 6, 2019

CMCI’s Dr Kate McMillan joined a panel of experts at Female Futures, on 18th January, 2019 at the Mall Galleries. The panel discussion invited the audience to reflect on such questions as ‘How much do you think the art world has changed since 2012, when the first Great East London Art Audit was carried out?’; and ‘What will the art world look like for today’s graduates in five years’ time?’ The event was part of FBA Futures 2019, the UK’s largest annual survey of emerging contemporary figurative art, mapping new practices and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship. Kate has been commissioned by the Freelands Foundation to undertake the 2019 report assessing gender in the visual arts across the UK.

Image: Emma Fineman, Your Lips Taste Like Cherry Chapstick (detail)

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New Year: New CMCI Publications!

Posted by lostincci on January 16, 2019

Congratulations to Dr Ricarda Vidal who has published a brace of books to welcome in 2019. First is Revolve:R, the yellow edition, which (as you can tell from the accompanying image) is, indeed, an arresting yellow (third) edition of this artist book. It results from a 2-year-long correspondence between visual artists, poets, filmmakers and sound artists and comprises visual artworks, poetry, video art and soundscapes. Ricarda’s interest in intersemiotic translation is also extended in Translating across Sensory and Linguistic Borders: Intersemiotic Journeys between Media (co-edited with Madeleine Campbell). Systematically engaging with contemporary discourses across the performing arts, philosophy, religion and neuroscience, Ricarda’s book has been described as “a cutting-edge statement about how humans generate meaning in all areas of life.” (Karen Bennett, Nova University Lisbon)

Additionally, it is exciting to welcome Dr Hye-Kyung Lee’s brand-new Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia (co-edited with Lorraine Lim). As the first handbook of CCIs in Asia, it offers interesting case studies from 12 different societies including not only East Asian cultural powerhouses but also many Southeast Asian countries as well as India. An added bonus – it includes a chapter on ‘The artepreneurial ecosystem in Singapore’, co-authored by CMCI’s Dr Roberta Comunian.

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Third Edition of Richard Howells’ Visual Culture

Posted by lostincci on January 2, 2019

VCIII Cover 2019

CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells is celebrating the New Year with the publication of the third edition of his Visual Culture (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019).

Howells contends that since the first edition came out in 2003, the importance of taking the visual seriously -and learning how to read it- has only increased. His former CMCI PhD student Dr Joaquim Negrieros came on board with the second edition in 2012, and this third edition (2019) adds new sections on taste and judgement; on images for power, fear and seduction; and on video games as new media. There is a new glossary, and for the first time the whole book is in colour with over 50 illustrations.

The cover (pictured) continues the tradition of the earlier editions by taking a “new media” perspective on a traditional oil painting –this time a manipulation of Gainsborough’s “Mrs and Mrs Andrews” of circa 1750. The original is in London’s National Gallery. Previous editions have been translated into Korean and Chinese.

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CMCI Student Wins £5,000 Scholarship

Posted by lostincci on December 20, 2018

Ally 2

Congratulations to CMCI student Ally Faughnan, who has won a £5,000 scholarship towards the cost of her MA with us.

Ally, who is a student on our MA in Arts and Cultural Management programme, won first place in the annual FindAMasters competition, for which she had submit a photograph / creative image and caption: “that captures what postgraduate study means” to her. The judges then asked the shortlisted candidates to submit a one-minute video from which they chose their winner.

Following on from her BA in Liberal Arts, also at King’s, Ally (pictured) combines her studies with work as a volunteer at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in addition to contributing to the arts and culture sections of the KCL newspaper and the Strand Magazine.

FindAMasters, a business that provides a searchable database of MA programmes around the world, have posted a video of Ally talking about her mission to make art galleries accessible to everyone, while also explaining how her CMCI optional module at Tate Modern helps her explore how this might be done.

You can watch the video at: which also provides links to the scholarship competition for 2019.

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Outstanding Paper Award for Eva Cheuk-Yin Li

Posted by lostincci on December 3, 2018


Congratulations to CMCI Teaching Fellow Dr Eva Cheuk-Yin Li who has won the Outstanding Paper Award of the Hong Kong Studies Annual Conference.

Her paper, “The second life of Kowloon Walled City: Crime, media and cultural memory”, co-authored with Alistair Fraser (University of Glasgow), was selected from 300 journal articles generated from the Web of Science. Eva is proud now to be sponsored to present the paper in person in Hong Kong.

It is all about transmedia cultural memory of the Kowloon Walled City in colonial Hong Kong, which she describes as an instance of anarchic urbanism in the multidirectional global and inter-Asian cultural flow.

If you cannot make it to Hong Kong to hear Eva present her paper in person, you can read the article online in Crime Media and Culture, Vol 13, Issue 2, 2017:

Our picture shows a night view of Kowloon Walled City from the southwest corner, 1987. Photograph by Greg Girard.

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Fashion in China and Korea

Posted by lostincci on November 30, 2018

Tommmy Two

Hong Kong University’s Dr Tommy Tse continued the international theme of CMCI’s research seminars with a presentation on fashion and “prosumption” in China and Korea.

A specialist in East Asia’s media and cultural industries, Tommy (pictured) presented his research on the way in which production and consumption are increasingly interrelated in society, and the suggestion that this leads to the increased power of the consumer.

However, Dr Tse challenged the theoretical assumption that all types of ‘prosumer’ become directly empowered -especially by digital technology and that they actually have an equal opportunity to participate in the production process.

Tommy Tse is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at The University of Hong Kong. His presentation concludes CMCI’s autumn research seminar series: We start again in the new year with David Buckingham, Emeritus Professor in Media and Communications at Loughborough University, and a Visiting Professor at King’s, who will talk about “Growing up Modern: Writing the history of childhood, youth and popular culture since 1945.” This will take place on Wednesday, January 30th from 16.00-18.00, in room G.01, Norfolk Building, Stand Campus. All are welcome.

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CMCI DISCES with the Cultural and Creative Industries

Posted by lostincci on November 27, 2018


CMCI has become part of a three-year research project aiming to reshape the economic and social perception of the Cultural and Creative Industries.

Led by the University of Turku, Finland, it is a consortium of social and economic research institutes, cultural managers and creative workers from six European countries.

Under the acronym DISCE (Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies), it is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 programme and aims to reassess the role of the Cultural and Creative Industries in cities and regions across the European Union.

The CMCI contingent is made up of Dr Roberta Comunian, Dr Bridget Conor, Dr Jonathan Gross and Professor Nick Wilson, starting in January 2019.

In addition to lead coordinators from Turku, members of the consortium include the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) from Italy; the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Riga, Latvia; the Belgian-based non-profit consultancy Culture and Media Agency Europe aisbl (CUMEDIAE); and the Swedish-based European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH).

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