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Who’s In The Money?

Posted by lostincci on February 15, 2018

Cohen Who's In The Money Cover

We are delighted to announce the publication of Dr Harvey Cohen’s new book Who’s In The Money? The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s New Deal. Published by the Edinburgh University Press, his monograph 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.

Using newly unearthed primary sources, Cohen examines the bitter yet little-known struggle to create a National Recovery Administration (NRA) code of practice for the motion picture industry and at the same time shows how studio moguls sought to curtail workers’ salaries and rights.

Over the next few months Harvey will be talking about this research -and promoting the book- in Hollywood, Oxford, New York, Washington, and the University of Southern California. We’ll be reporting on that in future blogs.

Harvey G Cohen is a Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries.  For more information, on the book, go to:

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The Book of Dust

Posted by lostincci on February 13, 2018

Book of Dust

The latest Philip Pullman novel is reviewed by Richard Howells, our Professor of Cultural Sociology, in the current (London) Times Higher Education.

Fans will recognise this as La Belle Sauvage, the much-anticipated “prequel” to Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, which featured Lyra, Oxford, assorted witches, and armoured bears: A heady mixture of the familiar and the imaginary, woven around an epic struggle between good and evil.

Howells is not only a fan of Pullman: He has also discussed His Dark Materials in his own recent book: A Critical Theory of Creativity: Utopia, Aesthetics, Atheism and Design (2015; paperback 2017).

La Belle Sauvage is itself part of a trilogy The Book of Dust, with two more parts yet to come. Howells’ review is included in the Higher’s “What Are You Reading” feature in print and online at:


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Life in Death, Life After Death: The story of Taiwan’s LGBTQ pioneer

Posted by lostincci on February 9, 2018


The Taiwanese writer Qiu Miaojin (1969-1995) committed suicide in Paris aged twenty-six, leaving behind a handful of short stories and two full length novels, Notes of a Crocodile (1994) and Last Words from Montmartre (1996)Both novels are now recognised as part of the lesbian literary canon.

Now Qiu Miaojin’s story has been taken up in an article by CMCI’s Dr Wing-Fai Leung (pictured) in a special issue of Taiwan Insight, the online magazine of the Taiwan Studies Programme.

The Taiwan Studies Programme (TSP), housed within the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham is dedicated to developing wider and sustained scholarly interest in the study, research and teaching of the politics, culture, society, external relations and economy of Taiwan.

You can read the full story here:


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Generation Revolution

Posted by lostincci on February 5, 2018

Red at Tate

Some sixty people were in the audience at Tate Exchange as CMCI’s Dr Red Chidgey chaired a discussion on the Productivity of Protest as part of their Time Well Spent programme.

The event included a free screening of the documentary film “Generation Revolution”, which follows two Black-led grassroots groups attempting to create radical change.

Included in the discussion were the film’s directors, Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis, alongside Sarah Walker, spokesperson for the English Collective of Prostitutes.

Red is lecturer in Gender and Media at CMCI and the event connected with her current research around protest memory.

Photo by Indre Neiberkaite. Copyright: Tate.

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Sweetman, Subcultures, and Scandinavia

Posted by lostincci on January 17, 2018

Sweetman Street

Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Sweetman has been awarded a grant of more than £20,000 to work with colleagues in Norway and Sweden on a year-long project on “subcultures and innovation”. The research is funded by Knowledge Works (, a project-based knowledge centre financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

The centre aims, through the work of a team of Norwegian and international researchers, developers, and industry players, to contribute to the development of a comprehensive knowledge base for the cultural industries in Norway.

Working with Professors Atle Hauge (INN University Norway) and Dominic Power (University of Stockholm), Paul will be exploring subcultures’ role as key innovators in the cultural and creative industries, and the different ways in which subcultural creativity is harnessed by, amongst others, cities and fashionable brands.

As well as an end of project report for Knowledge Works, the research will also lead to conference papers and academic publications of different kinds. The project runs throughout 2018.

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Home on the Move: London and The Hague

Posted by lostincci on January 12, 2018

Screen Shot Kate McMillan

CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal will be presenting  poetry, art films, literary translations and sound as she and her collaborator Manuela Perteghella present two mini exhibitions of their project: “Talking Transformations: Home on the Move” at conferences in The Hague and London.

Ricarda will be at “Tuning into the Noise of Europe” at The Hague University of Applied Science in the Netherlands, where she will also lead a workshop on home, migration and intersemiotic translation. Manuela will be at “Multilingualism and Multilingual Identities in World Literatures” at SOAS, London, where she will also give a curator’s talk.

On top of that, the exhibition contains a film by CMCI’s Dr Kate McMillan: Our picture is a still from the film. The events will take place from 18th to 20th January 2018. If you would like to see the show at SOAS on 18th January, please email Dr Vidal. More information about “Talking Transformations” go to:

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Children’s Screen Content in an Era of Forced Migration

Posted by lostincci on January 11, 2018

Arab Europe AHRC

We are delighted to announce the new website for the CMCI-led research project into “Children’s Screen Content in an Era of Forced Migration: Facilitating Arab-European Dialogue”.

Headed by our Professor Jeanette Steemers, the researchers are investigating ways in which European broadcasters, policy-makers, producers and children’s advocacy organisations can better understand the information and entertainment needs of young Arabic-speaking children who have fled to Europe –together with the children who have seen them arrive. Thousands of Arabic-speaking families, most of them from Syria and Iraq, have taken up residence in Germany and Sweden in the last two years, while hundreds of unaccompanied refugee children have found homes in these countries and the UK.

The project will show how imaginatively-produced screen content for young children could fill gaps in what is currently available on all sides of the forced migration flows at a time when they may struggle to make sense of the new environments in which they find themselves.

In this work, Professor Steemers is assisted by Co-Investigator: Professor Naomi Sakr of the University of Westminster, and Research Associate Dr Christine Singer of CMCI. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the project website is at:


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Why, Why, Why, Delilah?

Posted by lostincci on November 29, 2017

Fans 1a

Yes: That is a Stoke City shirt. It is being proudly displayed by CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells, who was invited to speak at the launch of Henrik Linden and Sara Linden’s new book: Fans and Fan Cultures.

The book is a scholarly exploration of the relationship between fandom and consumer culture, and includes chapters on football and popular culture.  All speakers and participants were invited to bring along examples of their own “fandom” to the event. In our picture, Sara Linden holds up her much-treasured “Kylie at Christmas” cut-out; Henrik Linden sports his West Ham United supporters’ scarf.

In his talk, Richard Howells attempted to explain how people who really ought to know better were still football fans –and even followed teams such as Stoke. He also spoke about some of the differences -and surprising similarities- between professional football and academia.

Dr Henrik Linden is a recent PhD graduate from CMCI (having been supervised by Professor Howells) and is now Senior Lecturer at the University of East London. Dr Sara Linden is a Lecturer at Goldsmith’s College. Fans and Fan Cultures: Tourism, Consumerism and Social Media is published by Palgrave Macmillan (2017).

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What’s The Problem?

Posted by lostincci on November 23, 2017

Gauntlett One Edit

What’s the problem with creativity in media studies? That was the question posed by our guest speaker Professor David Gauntlett  (University of Westminster) in the latest CMCI departmental research seminar.

The idea of a creative life is very close to people’s hearts he argued, but the cynicism and economic exploitation at the heart of most major online platforms is deeper and more damaging than some of us had anticipated. But that does not at the same time remove great opportunities for creative exchange and networks that the internet has enabled, he said.

Professor Gauntlett wondered why this was not a more popular topic in media and communications studies today. Discussion ensued….

This was one of Professor Gauntlett’s last presentations in the UK for now: From January 2018 he will be Professor of Creative Innovation and Leadership at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.


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The Spirit of ’68

Posted by lostincci on November 20, 2017


CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells has just returned from France as an invited member of the Délégation de King’s College Londres to L’université Paris Diderot (also known as Paris 7).

The two days of meetings in Paris were held to consolidate research collaborations between King’s and Diderot. It was agreed that research events will be held in both London and Paris for three years under the themes of Liberté, égalité, and fraternité.

In May 2018, King’s will also host a joint conference with Diderot to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Mai ‘68” uprisings in France. Here, student protest and university occupations played a prominent part -and also resulted in the dissolution of the old Sorbonne in 1970, resulting in the establishment of Université Paris 7 –and 12 others- the following year as part of a reconstituted University of Paris system.

The KCL delegation comprised representatives from Film, Law, German, Political Economy (represented by the Head of School, Social Science and Public Policy) English and Comparative Literature, in addition to CMCI. The KCL delegation was led by Professor Ziad Elmarsafy, Head of Comparative Literature at King’s.

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