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The Games We Play

Posted by lostincci on April 28, 2016


Is there a difference between Hopscotch, ‘Rayuela’ and ‘Himmel und Hölle’? Do Chinese children play Cops and Robbers? Do English children know a ball game that involves eating cherries? What do ‘Statues’ have to do with ‘Grandmother’s Footsteps’? When Venezuelan children play ‘Pollito Inglés’ (little English chick), Spanish children play ‘Escondite inglés’ (English Hide and Seek) and children in the Dominican Republic play  ‘Mariposita es’ (Little butterfly it is), do they all play the same game?

Dr Ricarda Vidal and student Carolin Huth from CMCI, together with Maria-José Blanco from SPLAS, are creating an international archive of child’s play based on the multi-cultural microcosm of King’s College London. Between April and September they are collecting memories of games played by British and international students and staff when they were children. They will present the results of their research at the 2016 Arts and Humanities Research Institute festival at King’s in October.

Win a £50 book voucher! If you would like to share your memories of your favourite children’s games, please fill in the team’s questionnaire: All questionnaires submitted before 15th June will be entered into a prize draw.

Our picture shows the shadows of the organisers playing hopscotch at Somerset House.

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“What Remains” to be Seen

Posted by lostincci on April 27, 2016


There’s a chance to see CMCI teaching fellow and artist Dr Michaela Ross’ work at the ‘What remains…’ festival of new works at Siobhan Davies Dance here in central London.

“What remains…” is inspired by French forensic scientist Edmond Locard’s basic principle that “every contact leaves a trace”. Over the festival weekend, each of the artists will offer their investigation of their chosen subject, through performances, installations, interventions, a workshop and a film screening.

Michaela’s contribution is “Being Mr X” in collaboration with Olga Masleinnikova and co-created with Mr X and Josip Lizatovic.

Michaela Ross has collaborated with museums and galleries including Tate, the Serpentine, the Whitechapel Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary. The festival runs from 21–22 May at Siobhan Davies Studios, 85 St George’s Road, London SE1 6ER. Details are at:


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CMCI in Live Cinema First

Posted by lostincci on April 26, 2016


CMCI is to host the first national discussion of live cinema: film screenings augmented through live performance or immersive elements, including site-specific locations, technological intervention, social media engagement, and all manner of simultaneous interactive moments including singing, dancing, eating, drinking …and even smelling.

In addition to both academic and industry speakers, there will be interactive installations throughout the day, including ROAD, and the National Theatre’s VR exhibit.

To conclude the conference, there will a film screening of Martin McDonagh’s successful West End  play “The Hangmen”. The organisers promise “a playful re-play of the play” which will “delight, surprise and enthral” the audience.

The event is devised by CMCI’s Dr Sarah Atkinson, together with Helen Kennedy in partnership with NT Live, Omnibus and Edible Cinema with Bombay Sapphire. It takes place at King’s on Friday 27 May 2016 (Please note that the “Hangmen” event is strictly for guests aged 18 or over). Full details are at:

Our picture shows Syd (Andy Nyman), Hennessey (Josef Davies), Harry (David Morrissey) and the Hangmen company. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

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A New York Frame of Mind

Posted by lostincci on April 25, 2016

JE NYC 2016

How’s this for a view? This stylish photograph of mid-town Manhattan was taken by CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Joanne Entwistle at lunch through the roof of the refectory at City University of New York (CUNY).

Jo was in New York City as a speaker at the CUNY Graduate School Fashion Studies Symposium, discussing the future of ‘Fashion Studies’.

Dr Entwistle has published widely on fashion, dress and the body –in addition to her skills behind the lens.

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CMCI student to dance at Sadler’s Wells

Posted by lostincci on April 25, 2016


Current CMCI MA student Kayla Golucke is to perform at Sadler’s Wells as part of Breakin’ Convention, an international hip hop dance theatre festival. She’ll be performing on the main stage at 6 pm on April 30th with Myself UK Dance, the only all-female UK crew performing.

Myself UK Dance Company describe themselves as a collective of strong, female, hip-hop dancers formed together to inspire females and the wider society of all ages. The company promote empowerment, ambition, individuality and self-worth through the medium of hip-hop dance and the slogan ‘I ♥ Myself’.

You can find out more about Kayla’s company at:


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London to Paris

Posted by lostincci on April 22, 2016


Euston Arch

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Ruth Adams was recently invited to Paris to contribute to a research seminar series on ‘European Capitals and Heritage since 1945: Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris’.

The seminar series is hosted by Professor Françoise Taliano-des Garets, at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and is run with the support of the History Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and in partnership with the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux.

Ruth’s presentation was entitled ‘John Betjeman, The Euston Arch, and the Fight to Save London’s Industrial Heritage’, and examined the role of a high profile campaign to save a monumental piece of railway architecture in changing planning policy and public attitudes to Victorian style and the built legacy of the Industrial Revolution.

The text of Ruth’s presentation will be published in the ‘Carnet de Recherches’ produced by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Our picture shows the Euston Arch in its Victorian Heyday. It was demolished in 1961.


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New Book from Roberta Comunian

Posted by lostincci on April 19, 2016

Roberta new book

We are delighted to announce the publication of CMCI lecturer Dr Roberta Comunian’s new edited book Higher Education and the Creative Economy, Beyond the campus, co-edited with Abigail Gilmore.

The book critically engages with the complex interconnections between higher education, geography, cultural policy and the creative economy.

While it has a strong UK component, the book also includes international perspectives from Australia, Singapore, Europe and the USA.  The collection challenges the boundaries of creative and cultural industry development by bringing together international experts with a unique multidisciplinary approach to the topic.

The details are: Comunian, R. & Gilmore, A. 2016. Higher Education and the Creative Economy: Beyond the Campus, Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138918733. There is more information here from Routledge.

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Samantha Khan: A Commonwealth Champion

Posted by lostincci on April 15, 2016


Current CMCI MA student Samantha Khan has been dubbed a “Commonwealth Champion” thanks to her work for the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Workshop and Forum.

She received this latest accolade during Commonwealth Week, in which the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Division hosted young leaders for a week of training and networking at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s headquarters in Marlborough House, London. The event sought to develop delegates’ understanding of current issues and to build their leadership, communication and advocacy skills.

Samantha and her colleagues met the Deputy Secretary Generals of the Commonwealth Secretariat, while outgoing Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma named them “Commonwealth Champions” as part of a new initiative to recognise and support the work of leaders around the Commonwealth.

Samantha was invited to the workshop because of the work she already does with -a youth news website. In addition to contributing articles to the website, she’s an assistant editor. Our photograph shows Samantha at the Commonwealth Youth Forum, held in Malta last year.


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Fabbrica Alta

Posted by lostincci on April 12, 2016


Dr Roberta Comunian has been invited to join the Scientific Committee for the regeneration of one of the most important sites of industrial archaeology in the North East of Italy: ‘Fabbrica Alta’ in Schio, in the province of Vicenza.

The town had historically been one of the main wool manufacturing centres in Italy and was known as: ‘The Manchester of Italy’. The ‘Fabbrica Alta’ (Tall Factory, pictured here) was designed in 1861 by the Belgian architect Auguste Vivroux.

In its heyday, it hosted more than 800 workers. Then 2013 it was re-acquired by the Town Council, who wanted both to preserve the site for its historical value and also to re-connect it with the town centre and its community.

At the press conference for the launch of the Scientific Committee, Dr Comunian highlighted the importance of learning from the mistakes of sites that have been developed to attract tourists, but have not enabled engagement of the local communities and their creative and cultural industries.

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Floreat Exon

Posted by lostincci on April 8, 2016


Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, has been elected to a Visiting Fellowship at Exeter College, University of Oxford, for the Hilary term 2016-17.

Visiting Fellowships at Exeter are awarded to persons “of distinction in some branch of knowledge”, and Dr Howells will use his fellowship to research an article on the 20th century American photographer Aaron Siskind as part of his interest in visual culture.

The fellowship coincides with Dr Howells’ forthcoming study leave from King’s for the second semester of next academic year.

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