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From Parliament to Peppa Pig

Posted by lostincci on July 11, 2017

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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

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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

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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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Josephine Pachta-Reyhofenin is in The House

Posted by lostincci on June 21, 2017

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Congratulations to CMCI student Josephine Pachta-Reyhofen, who has won a paid internship at London’s Royal Opera House following her success in the latest King’s Cultural Challenge.

This year’s challenge was to design an innovative cultural project or programme to explore how the arts and culture can drive social change in “a divisive social and political climate.”

Josephine (pictured) proposed a performance festival called “Sign Stages” in which deaf and hearing artists work together to raise awareness for deaf people both on stage and in the audience. Originally from Vienna, Josephine took a BA and MA in Theatre Studies at LMU Munich and is now pursuing another MA in Cultural and Creative Industries with us here at King’s. Her internship begins in October 2017.

For more on the King’s Cultural Challenge go to:

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Do You Like Kipling?

Posted by lostincci on June 8, 2017


CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells has a piece just published in the (London) Times Higher Education. It’s about Rudyard Kipling’s Stalky & Co, first published in 1899. Howells had found an old copy in his local second hand book shop and started to read…

Stalky & Co is a collection of late Victorian school stories –a very far cry from Hogwarts. Instead of Quidditch, Stalky & Co celebrates beatings, bullying, and a dormitory jape involving a dead cat.

As Howells says in the Higher, he is not qualified to assess this is literature, but as cultural sociology… wow!

See “What Are You Reading” in The Times Higher Education, 8-14 June, 2017, p. 46.

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Images of Occupation: Wendy Burke’s Book Just Published

Posted by lostincci on June 2, 2017

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Congratulations to CMCI Research Associate Dr Wendy Burke on the publication of her book: Images of Occupation in Dutch Film: Memory, Myth, and the Cultural Legacy of War, just out with Amsterdam University Press.

The German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II left a lasting mark on Dutch memory and culture. This book is the first to explore depictions of that period in films made a generation later, between 1962 and 1986.

Dr Burke shows that as Dutch public opinion towards the war altered over the post-war decades, the historical trajectory of Dutch recovery and reconstruction-political, economic, and, most complicated of all, psychological-came to be revealed, often unconsciously, in the films of the period.

The book is based on research she did as a PhD student in CMCI under the supervision of Professor Richard Howells. For further details, go to:


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Children’s Television

Posted by lostincci on June 1, 2017


Children’s TV is something we all remember. But there is more to it than nostalgia: it’s also important.

There’s a welcome, then, for CMCI Professor Jeanette Steemers’ edited special edition on “Children’s Television in Transition”, published by the Sage journal Media International Australia.

If you are interested in policy and industry issues relating to children’s content, you can access all the articles free until June 10th here:

You might especially be interested in Children’s television in transition: policies, platforms and production by Anna Potter and Jeanette Steemers, and

International perspectives on the funding of public service media content for children by Jeanette Steemers.


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Coming Soon: The CMCI PhD Conference 2017

Posted by lostincci on May 30, 2017

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There are just two weeks left now until CMCI PhD Conference 2017. A full day of discussions has been lined up, together with a keynote address on “The Seven Ethics of Creative Subversion,” given by Dr Oli Mould (Royal Holloway, University of London) and a roundtable of CMCI academic staff on “Reflections on Resistance and Resilience from Culture, Media and the Creative Industries.

There are also panel discussions on Media Intertextuality – Globalized Resistance; Creative Industries in Periods of Change; Instrumental Uses of Culture; The Art of Protesting: Cultural and Creative Modes of Activism;  Remembering and Forgetting: Resistance Through Memory and Commemoration; and Cultural Politics in Identities: Gender, Ethnicity, Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism. A full schedule of the day can be downloaded here:

The conference will be held on Tuesday, June 13, from 8.30 until 18.30, at King’s College London’s Waterloo Campus (Franklin-Wilkins Building, Stamford Street London, SE1 9NH). Attendance is free, but it is essential that you register at

The CMCI staff speakers are: Dr Sarah Atkinson (Chair), Dr Wing-Fai Leung, Dr Kevin Milburn, Dr Jessica Rapson and Dr Kate McMillan. Please email with any questions or comments.



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Nick Wilson and “The Slow Burning Crisis”

Posted by lostincci on May 25, 2017


There is lavish praise for CMCI’s Dr Nick Wilson in the current Huffpost. In his article “The Slow Burning Crisis”, contributor Tony Woodcock writes that: “Nick’s intellectual contributions to the field are really outstanding.

Woodcock’s article is about the conference “Entrepreneurship in Music: Between Artistic Autonomy and Economic Reality”, held in Oslo, Norway, at which Nick gave the first keynote, titled: “Highway to Hell or Together Forever?”.

According to Woodcock: “…this was a wonderfully attractive, colorful and apposite title and perfectly suited Nick’s style of presentation.”

You can read the whole article at:

Nick Wilson is Reader in Creativity, Arts & Cultural Management in addition to being a musician. According to Woodcock, Nick’s “brilliant keynote” also name checked CMCI colleague Dr Christina Scharff, a fellow researcher in the field.

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