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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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Wilson and Gross: Live at the Barbican

Posted by lostincci on November 6, 2017

Caring for Cultural Freedom

CMCI’s Dr Nick Wilson and Dr Jonathan Gross continue to spread the word about their Towards Cultural Democracy project and report –this time with a presentation on a newly commissioned piece of research to some 150 people at London’s Barbican Centre.

Commissioned by A New Direction (AND), the London creative and cultural education agency, the new report explores how cultural learning happens and how it can best be supported. The research focuses on young people within the London Borough of Harrow, and shows how issues related to space, place and mobility, relationships and institutions, knowledge production and cultural agency impact on their learning.

Noting young people’s particular interest in spaces that support ‘creativity’ and ‘freedom’, Nick and Jonathan highlight the need for ‘supported autonomy’, and suggest that people’s cultural learning is characterised by the principles of care (including attentiveness, responsibility, competence and responsiveness).

A New Direction will be hosting a further event on Cultural Democracy & Cultural Freedom as part of its ‘Big Change’ series, on November 23rd.

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Hollywood Made in China

Posted by lostincci on October 26, 2017


CMCI’s Research Seminar series got off to a strong start with an extremely well-attended presentation on Hollywood and China.

Our guest speaker, Professor Aynne Kokas (University of Virginia, USA) argued that the growth of China’s media market is transforming Hollywood “from the inside out” as the two “behemoths” veer unsteadily between collaboration and competition.

Even as the Chinese market is increasingly relying on Hollywood studio films to garner large box office takings in Chinese cinemas, said Professor Kokas (pictured), the Chinese government is simultaneously cracking down on other foreign media content. Lively discussion followed.

Professor Kokas’ talk was based on her recent book: Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017). Our next CMCI research seminar is on November 22nd, when we welcome Professor David Gauntlett (University of Westminster). For details of all our forthcoming research seminars, go to:


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Amsterdam Book Launch for Wendy Burke

Posted by lostincci on October 23, 2017

Burke Launch 2

People seemed to be lining up in Amsterdam to laud CMCI Research Associate Dr Wendy Burke on the launch of her book: Images of Occupation in Dutch Film.

This took place at the city’s EYE Film Museum and featured a Q&A session with Wendy and historian David Barnouw (pictured), together with a screening of one of the films she analyses in the book: “Het Meisje met het Rode Haar” (The Girl with the Red Hair), which Wendy also introduced.

Just before the launch, she was interviewed by the head film writer of the prestigious Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. A terrific surprise followed: the sister and niece of Ben Verbong, director of “Het Meisje met het Rode Haar”, attended the screening. Our second picture shows them chatting (in Dutch, we promise) with Wendy (left) after the event.

Wendy Burke took her PhD in CMCI under the supervision of Professor Richard Howells before becoming a Research Associate in the department. Images of Occupation in Dutch Film: Memory, Myth, and the Cultural Legacy of War, is published (in English) by the Amsterdam University Press (2017).

Burke Launch 1

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Jessica Rapson in Paperback

Posted by lostincci on October 5, 2017


Another CMCI monograph has made it into paperback: Dr Jessica Rapson’s Topographies of Suffering: Buchenwald, Babi Yar, Lidice.

This book examines the Holocaust via three sites: the former concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany; the mass grave at Babi Yar, Ukraine; and the razed village of Lidice, Czech Republic. Bringing together recent scholarship from cultural memory and cultural geography, Dr Rapson focuses on the way these violent histories are remembered via the physical sites in which difficult pasts can be represented and understood in the present.

Originally published in hardback in 2015, the 2017 paperback will make Dr Rapson’s work even more widely available. There is a discount available, too: Go the publisher’s website and use the code RAP112 to get 25% off until the end of the year.

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A Touch of Frost

Posted by lostincci on September 26, 2017

exon front cover 2017 A4

CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells has an article in the latest Exeter College, Oxford University, magazine about their 20th century art collection.

Professor Howells was a Visiting Fellow at Exeter earlier this year, and was impressed by a newly-arrived collection of paintings and prints donated by philanthropist Sir Ronald Cohen.

In his article, Howells focuses on work by both Sir Terry Frost, RA and Maurice Cockrill, RA, but also writes about the benefits of living and studying with fine art, including the modern within an ancient university.

Our picture shows the cover of the current EXON magazine (2017), with art by Corrie Chiswell. Howells’ article is tag-lined here, along with others by film director Susannah White and journalist Reeta Chakrabarti.

You can read the article online at:

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