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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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CMCI Value Event Podcasts Avaiable

Posted by lostincci on May 15, 2017

Beyond Value Event KCL at the  on the 13/12/2016. Photo: David Tett

Podcasts from CMCI’s “Beyond Value for Money” symposium on cultural value are now available on line, along with the script of Sir John Tusa’s opening address. This provides a valuable resource for scholars, students and professionals interested in the question of value in the arts, media and education.

The speakers are: Professor Richard Howells (CMCI),  Sir John Tusa (former head of the BBC World Service and the Barbican Centre), Ed Vaizey MP (the UK’s longest serving Culture Secretary), John Holden (Associate at Demos), Mark Damazer CBE (former head of BBC Radio 4, now Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford) , Lizzie Crump (the Cultural Learning Alliance), Jonty Claypole (Director of Arts at the BBC) and David Elstein (chairman of Open Democracy and the Broadcasting Policy Group).

You can find the podcasts here: with the addition of John Tusa’s script here:

We thank all our podcast speakers for their generosity in making their presentations available. Special thanks to Sir John for letting us have and use his script as well.

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Fashion and the City

Posted by lostincci on May 12, 2017

Joanne studio shoot 2017

Just back from New York City is CMCI fashion specialist Dr Joanne Entwistle.  Jo is on the advisory committee for their Museum@FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)’s forthcoming exhibition “The Body: Fashion and Physique”.

The exhibition will look at how fashion has influenced how we see the body. Jo was in NYC to attend the first committee meeting and was also filmed for the exhibition film and museum website (see our picture). She’ll also be editing a special issue of Fashion Theory with the museum.

The exhibition will take place in New York from December 2017 to June 2018. More news when we have it.

Joanne Entwistle is Reader in in Culture and Creative Industries at CMCI.

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Aarhus -Just Up Our Street

Posted by lostincci on May 11, 2017

Steemers Arab TV

News just in from CMCI Professor Jeanette Steemers, who until 17th May is a Visiting Researcher at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where she’s already delivered a keynote address and is contributing to their PhD programme.

Jeanette and her former colleague, Naomi Sakr have edited a new book, based on their Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research.

Children’s TV and Digital Media in the Arab World. Childhood, Screen Culture and Education is published by IB Tauris, with details at:

They also presented their findings at the Global Kids Media Congress in Angouleme in March. See: and:

In addition to her research and teaching at CMCI, Professor Steemers is our departmental Director of Research.


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Dr Leung Wing-Fai at World Cultures, University of Helsinki

Posted by lostincci on May 8, 2017

Dr Leung Wing-Fai was invited to give a public talk entitled ‘National Cinema with Chinese Characteristics: Recent Development in the Film Industry in China’ at the University of Helsinki Department of World Cultures on 20 April 2017. She talked about her research on the concept of national cinema in the context of the rapid growth of the Chinese film industry. She also attended the national Chinese Bridge competition organised by the Confucius Institute and attended by the Chinese ambassador of Finland.

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Dr Leung Wing-Fai with Professor Julie Yuwen Chen (director) and Professor Wang Hong (co-director) of the Confucius Institute of the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki

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CMCI PhD Conference 2017

Posted by lostincci on March 21, 2017


Cultural Resilience/ Resilient Cultures: the art of resistance in changing worlds

In recent times the world has experienced fundamental changes of society on a global scale: political isolationism, regional conflicts, and the displacement of refugees. In this atmosphere of uncertainty, culture has a role to play in reflection, diversification, debate, and reconciliation. Culture and cultural industries can, and should, act as a platform for discussion, analysis and critique of societal shifts. Through this interdisciplinary conference we seek to address questions of resistance and resilience through the lens of culture, media and creative industries. We invite speakers to consider examples of cultural resilience, the instrumentality of culture for resistance or mediation, and the diversity of perspectives that can be used to frame debate. Papers are welcomed in line with the following topics, but are not limited to these:

  • Cultural and creative resilience – past, present and future
  • Media intertextuality – globalized resistance
  • Mediatisation of protest
  • The art of protesting: cultural and creative modes of activism
  • Cultural perspectives on power
  • Cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations in periods of change
  • Cultural politics in identities: gender, ethnicity, diaspora, migration and transnationalism
  • Creative industries in periods of change
  • Instrumental uses of culture
  • Inequality and marginalised communities
  • Remembering and forgetting: resistance through memory and commemoration

Please send a 300-word abstract, along with your name, e-mail address, academic affiliation (and department) and short bio to

The deadline for submissions is Friday 24th March 2017.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. Oli Mould (; others TBA


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Posted by lostincci on March 6, 2017


Announcing an exciting new project from CMCI: a podcast!

Bridget Conor is currently hosting Doublespeaking, a podcast about the ambiguities and euphemisms of everyday language.

There are six episodes in the first season, in which Bridget interviews academics and generally cool people about their research and ideas – you’ll hear us talk about Rihanna, power suits, childbirth, Air BnB and much more. 

Three episodes are now available at and you can subscribe there or via iTunes. And check in for updates and new episodes on Twitter @doublespeaking.

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“It’s the Art, Stupid!”

Posted by lostincci on December 20, 2016

Beyond Value Event KCL at the  on the 13/12/2016. Photo: David Tett

The UK’s longest serving Culture Minister, the Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, together with current BBC Head of Arts Jonty Claypole, were among a prestigious list of speakers at “Beyond Value for Money”, a symposium on cultural value staged by us at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries.

The symposium investigated to what extent broadcasting, the arts, and cultural education have a value that is more than financial, and whether “good value for money” is therefore a sufficient measure of the full value of what many of us do.

The BBC charter renewal was a hot topic of conversation, as were the intrinsic versus the instrumental values of the arts and education. Former BBC World Service and Barbican Centre managing director Sir John Tusa gave the opening address, arguing that providing value for money should be an instrument and not end, concluding: “It’s the art, stupid!”

BBC Trustee and former Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer, CBE, argued that simply being distinctive was not the same as being excellent, while independent TV and film executive David Elstein made a spirited case for the “race to the top” in subscription television.

Other speakers at the day-long event included Georgina Born, OBE, Professor of Music at Oxford University; Lizzie Crump, Co-Director, The Cultural Learning Alliance; and John Holden, Associate and former Head of Culture at Demos.

The symposium convenor was CMCI’s Professor of Cultural Sociology Richard Howells, and the event was funded and supported by King’s College London’s Arts and Humanities Research Institute under their new World Service initiative.

A set of high definition photographs of the speakers in action at “Beyond Value for Money” is available at:

Our picture here shows Richard Howells chairing questions for Ed Vaizey at the event. Photo credit: David Tett photography.

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Arthur In Action

Posted by lostincci on December 15, 2016


There was a bumper turnout for our final CMCI research seminar of 2016, with Pulitzer Prize nominee Professor Arthur I Miller from UCL speaking on artificial intelligence– and the controversial question of whether computers can be creative.

We were very pleased to welcome a number of people from outside CMCI and indeed King’s who came along to enjoy Arthur’s illustrated talk.

Cultural and Creative Industries student Mallory MacDonald volunteered to photograph the event for us, and the CMCI blog was delighted to accept. We’ve put up another of Mallory’s photographs of the event here:


For more on Mallory’s work as a Seattle-based photographer, see her website: She specialises in photographing children –but was happy to work with academics on this occasion!

Picture credits: Mallory MacDonald

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Transforming the Digital Landscape

Posted by lostincci on December 14, 2016

Tall Signpost

As our term draws to a close in 2016, we are already planning ahead for our research symposium on “Digital Distribution and Entertainment” in January next year.

Music streaming, video-on-demand and downloadable games are just some of the signs of how digital distribution is transforming the landscape of entertainment media. Digital delivery dematerializes while rematerializing the means of disseminating entertainment. For media industries, the potential of digital distribution to disrupt traditional structures has been accompanied by the emergence of new power players as cultural gatekeepers.

It’s organized by CMCI Head of Department Paul McDonald and speakers include our own Virginia Crisp; Andrew Leyshon (University of Nottingham); Amanda Lotz (University of Michigan); Jeanette Steemers (CMCI); and Patrick Vonderau (Stockholm University).

It takes place on Wednesday 18 January 2017 from 13.30-18.00hrs, followed by a wine reception 18.00-19.00hrs in Room S-3.20, Strand Building, King’s College London.

For full details visit:

This event is free but as places are restricted booking is required. Please register at:

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