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Harvey G. Cohen’s US Tour

Posted by lostincci on April 9, 2018

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CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Harvey G Cohen is off to the United States on a seven-date tour to talk about his latest book: Who’s in The Money?

He kicks off at the University of Texas, history department, on April 11th; then at the Film Forum, New York City, on April 23; on to three days at Lincoln Center, New York City (where he will also be talking about his earlier monograph on Duke Ellington at an event featuring Wynton Marsalis) from April 26th to 28th; and finally four events in two days (29-30th April) at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Who’s In the Money:  The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s New Deal (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) features three 1933 Warner Bros Great Depression musicals: “42nd Street”, “Gold Diggers of 1933” and “Footlight Parade”, all of which will be shown during Cohen’s “residence” at the American Film Institute.

Our photograph shows Harvey speaking  about the book at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles earlier this year, which was followed next day by a talk and signing at Book Soup on Sunset Strip. Last month he was a guest speaker at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford.

Photo credit: Stefania Marghitu

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Museums and Participation

Posted by lostincci on April 3, 2018


Our 2017-18 CMCI research seminar series ended on a high note with a well-attended presentation: “Museums and Participation- Who Goes.. (and who doesn’t?).”

Our guest speaker, Dr Lisanne Gibson, said that the audience for museums is overwhelmingly predicted by an individual’s level of income and education: Museum visitors are predominantly white and middle class. This led to a need to rethink how museums could better offer a service to the majority, now and into the future.

Her presentation drew upon interviews and emerging findings from the AHRC-funded research project: “Understanding Everyday Participation”.

Lisanne Gibson is based at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. She has worked in the field of cultural policy studies for over 25 years and focuses especially on cultural participation and value. The CMCI research seminar series is organised by our director of research, Professor Jeanette Steemers.

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CMCI MA Student’s Research Featured in the Independent

Posted by lostincci on March 28, 2018


Research that began as a collaborative dissertation project carried out by a former CMCI MA student Qiuling Liu has been featured in the Independent.

Quiling’s dissertation research led to her published report “Breaking the Binary: Exploring the Role of Media Representation of Trans People in Constructing a Safer and More Inclusive Social Environment”. According to the Independent: “A recent report by King’s College London found that negative representations of trans people in the media can worsen dysphoria causing feelings of shame.”

Recommendations from the report include the need to involve more trans people in the production of media content in order to create safer and more inclusive social environments for trans communities.

You can read the article at: The executive summary of the report can be accessed here:

Quiling’s research was carried out in association with On Road Media and supervised by Dr Red Chidgey, Lecturer in Gender and Media in CMCI.

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Moving Hearts

Posted by lostincci on March 1, 2018


How do you fancy making a human heart –out of clay of course! CMCI’s Professor Anna Reading  hopes there will be 1,000 of them ready by the time the Moving Hearts Procession she is helping to organise sets off from King’s to London’s  Migration Museum at the Workshop in Lambeth on March 24.

Moving Hearts is a collaboration between Anna, Australian artist Penny Ryan, and Dr James Bjork, also from King’s. It builds on Penny’s previous Connecting Hearts Project, which has involved 1000s of people in Sydney reflecting on their connection with people seeking asylum, particularly those in detention.

The organisers say that debates about migration often focus on the divide between those with and those without a right to belong in the UK and that it is easy to forget the hearts we have in common. Moving Hearts invites the public to participate in an art and research project that raises questions about belonging.

If you want to participate, free workshops are being held at venues in central London (including at King’s) until March 17th. More details –including how to register– are available at:  The project is funded by the Alliance PluS social justice theme with UNSW and Arizona State University. The Claytime Collective are providing free clay and firing.

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Creating Exhibitions: From Ideas to Execution

Posted by lostincci on March 1, 2018

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CMCI’s student-led Creative Careers Committee report a considerable success with their event: “Creating Exhibitions: From Ideas to Execution.”

They wanted to know what were the processes and challenges behind creating an exhibition in the cultural sector– and invited leading practitioners from the creative industries to help them find out.

The panel included Jill Cook, acting keeper of the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory at The British Museum; Jennifer Caroline Ellis, head of projects and development at Edouard Malingue Gallery & Co-founder of Young Collectors Collective (YCC); Eloise Maxwell, public relations and communications manager at the National Army Museum; and Catherine Pütz, head of touring exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The ensuing discussion was chaired by CMCI’s Dr Kate McMillan.


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Who’s In The Money?

Posted by lostincci on February 15, 2018

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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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