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Welcome Back Harvey Cohen

Posted by lostincci on September 6, 2017

Cohen in the Money Cover

Welcome back: CMCI Senior Lecturer and cultural historian Dr Harvey G. Cohen is back at the department this autumn after two years away on a Leverhulme Trust research grant and sick leave. In the meantime, several of his previous research projects have been published:

“Hollywood’s New Deal in Song and Dance: Footlight Parade and the Great Depression,” a chapter in Hollywood and the Great Depression: American Film, Politics and Society in the 1930s (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). “Chaplin’s America, the Essanay and Mutual Years: The Making of an Artist in the Progressive Era, 1915-1917,” in Quarterly Review of Film and Video (July 2016). “The Struggle to Fashion the NRA Code: The Triumph of Studio Power in 1933 Hollywood,” in Journal of American Studies (December 2015). “Recent Music History Scholarship: Pleasures and Drawbacks” in Journal of American Studies (May 2015).

Also, coming out in December 2017, is Cohen’s new book Who’s In The Money? The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s New Deal (see our photo for the cover) which 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. For more information, go to:

Harvey Cohen is currently working on his working on his third book, which examines American music, business, gender and Christianity in the mid-20th century.

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Sweetman on Subcultures

Posted by lostincci on September 5, 2017

Sweetman Scooters

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Sweetman has been collaborating with researchers from Scandinavia on a paper on ‘Subcultures and the Experience and Branding of Place and Fashion’, which they co-presented at the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference in London.

Working with Professor Atle Hauge (Eastern Norway Research Institute), and Professor Dominic Power (Stockholm University), Dr Sweetman looked at the cultural and economic impact of key subcultural groups, especially the relationship between subcultures and place, together with branding, marketing, fashion, and people’s perceptions and experiences of urban spaces.

It is part of a wider project that Paul, Atle and Dominic are currently developing, and formed part of a session on Exploring Brands and Being organised by Anna McLauchlan, University of Leeds, and Steve Millington, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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You Are Invited….

Posted by lostincci on September 4, 2017

Ricarda Farnham

CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal, together with her collaborator Sam Treadaway, are  re-presenting works from their “bookwork” Revolve:R edition two (, a two-year-long collaboration between artists, writers, filmmakers, a mathematician and a composer.

They will be showing works on paper, poems, art films, a musical score… and you are invited to join them for drinks and a chat at the exhibition on 21st September from 6pm.

The exhibition Revolve:R, edition two has just opened and continues at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, until October 07 2017. Details at

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Posted by lostincci on August 3, 2017

Howells Critical Theory

Professor Richard Howells’ latest book is now available “FTIP” –publishing jargon for the First Time In Paperback.

An academic book usually comes out first only in hardback –with a hard price to match. But if it turns out to be a success, publishers may also consider a more affordable version in paperback.

That’s what’s happened here, with the paperback set at less than a third of the original hardback price, hopefully making it more available and widely read.

When it first came out in 2015, Howells’ monograph: A Critical Theory of Creativity: Utopia, Aesthetics, Atheism and Design was praised by Slavoj Žižek as: “brilliant and magisterial”, which probably did not do its paperback prospects any harm. For more information see:


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Chile in London

Posted by lostincci on July 27, 2017

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Colleagues from Chile and London are joining CMCI’s Dr Jo Entwistle in organizing a symposium on ‘Cultural Mediators in the Digital Age’.

Together with Arturo Arrigada from Chile and Agnes Rocamora from University of the Arts, London, Jo will explore how much of the early literature within cultural studies -and across a range of industries including fashion, music, popular media/magazines- is relevant to today’s digital age.

The CMCI-supported symposium will gather experts from across the cultural industries to discuss how digital spaces (such as blogs, social media, and websites) are facilitating the emergence of new cultural and economic forms.

The symposium is set for 04 September, 2017 and places are available at £50 and £30 (for students). For more information and a draft programme, go to:



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A Matter of Debate

Posted by lostincci on July 12, 2017

Debating Matters 2 2017

CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells was a judge at the national finals of the 2017 Debating Matters schools debating competition.

Six formers from all over the UK competed in the initial heats and then a series of regional finals across the country before the remaining 12 made it to the national decider held at the Museum of London.

Howells (far right in our picture) judged debates on the ethics of sharing of medical records and then the removal of statues of controversial historical figures. Part of the format involved grilling the teams himself.

The winners this year were Loreto Sixth Form College, Manchester; the runners up were the Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre, Hampshire. The annual event is run by the Institute of Ideas. More at:

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From Parliament to Peppa Pig

Posted by lostincci on July 11, 2017

Steemers Peppa Pig 2

There’s not many people can combine Peppa Pig and Parliament with such authority, but CMCI’s Professor Jeanette Steemers continues to fly the flag for the academic study of children’s media, and especially television.

She joined up with with ”Teletubbies” creator Anne Wood to appear on BBC Radio 4’s popular “Woman’s Hour” programme with Jane Garvey , asking why so much of our current children’s TV is not British made. You can listen again at:

Jeanette has also been campaigning for Flemish Children’s TV via a feature in Belgium’s Flemish language daily newspaper De Standaard (pictured here with Peppa Pig).

Recently she also chaired a session on policy at the Children’s Media Conference held this year in Sheffield. See

Next up: Jeanette attends the Save Kids’ Content: a leap forwards for British children’s television event at the Houses of Parliament.

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Btihaj Ajana and the Quantified Life

Posted by lostincci on June 30, 2017


CMCI’s Dr Btihaj Ajana has just made a 13-minute documentary film called “Quantified Life” as part of her research project on digital health and “self-tracking.”

It focuses on Thomas Blomseth Christiansen, who for the last eight years has been meticulously tracking and documenting various aspects of his life and health, ultimately ridding himself of his severe allergies and improving his overall health.

The film captures some of Thomas’ experiences while also providing reflections on the wider implications and ethical dimensions of self-tracking and quantification. Watching it makes you wonder: If your boss gave you a Fitbit, would you really be wise to wear it? See:

Dr Alana is a Senior Lecturer with CMCI and the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s, and also currently a Marie Curie Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark.

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Towards Cultural Democracy: Dancing Breaks Out

Posted by lostincci on June 22, 2017

breaking 2

Dancing broke out at the launch of CMCI’s Towards Cultural Democracy: Promoting Cultural Capabilities for Everyone report.

Headed by Dr Nick Wilson, our Reader in Creativity, Arts and Cultural Management, the report is the culmination of a 15-month research project that presents a vision of how to build a cultural life for the UK that is: “valuable for everyone, and made by all”.

The report makes 14 recommendations in all, targeted at national government departments and agencies, private trusts and foundations, local cultural policy makers, together with arts and cultural organisations.

Nick’s co-authors are Dr. Jonathan Gross, Teaching Fellow and Researcher at CMCI and Dr. Anna Bull, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Portsmouth (formerly Researcher, CMCI).

Full details are available at from which the complete report can also be downloaded. There is also an article about the report in Arts Professional

The launch event included a breaking masterclass and performance from Flo and Alex: See our photos.

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By-Line: Molly Whyte

Posted by lostincci on June 22, 2017

Molly Whyte

Readers of the Guardian and the (London) Times Higher Education online may have been noticing a familiar by-line: CMCI MA student Molly Whyte.

Molly, who studies part time on our Arts and Cultural Management programme, contributes to the Higher as a student blogger. Articles published so far include Why Student Volunteering Matters, Four Tips to Manage Your Part-Time Postgraduate Course and How to Write a Master’s Application (in which she clearly has had some success). You can find her author profile here.

A graduate in English and History from Southampton University, Molly manages communications for Student Hubs, a charity supporting student social action at UK universities. Through this role, she wrote an article about unlimited annual leave for the Guardian.

She also runs a personal blog,, which has attracted 4,500 visitors to date. After graduation from King’s, Molly (pictured) hopes to move into arts marketing.


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