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CMCI PhD Conference 2018

Posted by lostincci on May 23, 2018


Our postgraduate research students extend an invitation to the King’s CMCI PhD Conference 2018.

This will be the fifth year that they have staged this event. This time they are staging a one-day conference on at Bush House, former headquarters of the BBC World Service (1940-2012) and now part of King’s College London. Appropriately, this year’s theme is: “World in Flux: Exploring Cultural and Media Studies in a Changing World”.

The keynote speakers for this year’s will be CMCI’s Professor Anna Reading from King’s College London and Professor Catherine Grant from Birkbeck, University of London.

The event takes place on June 15, 2018. Details are available on their new website:

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Moving Hearts: The Video

Posted by lostincci on May 18, 2018


The final video of the Moving Hearts project featuring CMCI’s Professor Anna Reading is now published on the Internet.

People were invited to make clay models of human hearts, which were then carried in procession over the river from King’s to London’s Migration Museum at the Workshop in Lambeth. Moving Hearts (see our earlier blog of March 1) of is a collaboration between Anna, Australian artist Penny Ryan, and Dr James Bjork, also from King’s.

It was organised in collaboration with the PLuS (Phoenix London Sydney) Alliance, which combines the strengths of three leading research universities on three continents – Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney – seeking to solve global challenges around health, social justice, sustainability, technology and innovation.

You can watch the final project video at accompanied by music by David Kelly.


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El Rey Del Mundo

Posted by lostincci on May 16, 2018

BBC Mundo

Research by Richard Howells, our Professor of Cultural Sociology, is quoted in BBC Mundo, the Spanish language website of the BBC World Service.

Under the headline: “5 mitos que el cine ha creado sobre el Titanic…”, the article explores the myths about the famous ship that have been created -or at least perpetuated- by the movies.

One of the greatest of these is the belief that the Titanic was held to be unsinkable “dice Richard Howells, profesor de sociología cultural del King’s College London, una universidad con sede en la capital británica.”

Howells is also quoted on the way in which the third classes are somewhat imaginatively portrayed in films about the Titanic. You can read the full article here:

Richard Howells’ published research here includes his monograph The Myth of the Titanic (two editions: 1999 and 2012) and his article “One Hundred Years of the Titanic on Film”, in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 2012. Fans of James Cameron’s 1997 film will recognise the joking reference to a famous scene from that movie in our own headline.


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His Name in Lights

Posted by lostincci on May 11, 2018

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Ever wanted to see your name in lights? CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Harvey G. Cohen was certainly surprised to see just that in the USA over the marquee for the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

Harvey did four events in two days at their at the Silver Spring, Maryland as part of his US tour taking about his books about films of the American depression and about jazz legend Duke Ellington. We’v added the Ellington poster below.

Cohen’s most recent book: Who’s in the Money?: The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood s New Deal was published by Edinburgh University Press in Spring, 2018. 

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Revolt into Style

Posted by lostincci on May 8, 2018

Che Lives

Our Professor of Cultural Sociology, Richard Howells, gave a research paper on: “Revolt into Style” at the conference “Mai ’68 at 50: Appropriations, Translations, Legacies”, organised in collaboration with the University of Paris, the Institute Francais, the National Archives, and the French Embassy.

The conference marked the 50th anniversary of the student and labour uprisings centred on Paris in May, 1968. Howells took the title and thesis of George Melly’s influential work of 1970 to examine to what extent initial political and subcultural revolt is frequently transmuted into fashion and style statements.

Case studies included the famous Che Guevara poster, together with musical examples from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Thunderclap Newman, The Sex Pistols, Tracy Chapman, and even Matt Monro.

The conference, staged here at King’s, is part of a three-year project in conjunction with the University of Paris under the themes of liberty, fraternity and equality. Events will alternate between London and Paris.

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Ordem e Progresso

Posted by lostincci on April 27, 2018

Ruth Brazil 5

CMCI Senior Lecturer Dr Ruth Adams is back from her fifth visit to Brazil, where she was the guest of the Culture and Media Studies Department at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense) in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro.

Ruth led a post-graduate seminar over three days on the topic of Youth Subcultures, Popular Music and Identity.  While she was there, Ruth also gave a guest lecture to staff and students at ESPM (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing) in Rio, on the subject of ‘Nostalgia in English Society and Culture’, and attended a launch for a book in which she has a chapter on punk.

Ruth (second from the right) is pictured here with Claudia Pereira and Joana Beleza, the editors of A cultura material nas (sub)culturas juvenis: Do DIY as trocas digits (The material culture of youth (sub)cultures: From DIY to digital exchanges), and fellow contributor Monica Machado.


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What is Visual Culture –And Why Should We Care?

Posted by lostincci on April 19, 2018

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Richard Howells, CMCI’s Professor of Cultural Sociology, is to give an Inaugural Lecture at King’s on: “What is Visual Culture –And Why Should We Care?”

In his talk, Howells will define visual culture as an academic field, especially as distinguished from art history. He’ll argue that art history is a subdivision of visual culture, and not vice versa. He will then proceed to make the case for the study of visual culture today. It is an argument that he promises will include some heretical departures from the orthodoxies of current thought in education and beyond.

The lecture will be followed by a wine and canape reception, and will be introduced by Professor Evelyn Welch, KCL’s Provost and Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences).

Inaugural Lectures are a traditional way in which UK universities mark the appointment or promotion of new professors. They are open to both university members and the public. Richard Howells’ inaugural takes place on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in the Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus from 19:00 to 20:15. The reception follows.  It is open to all and free to attend, but booking is required via Eventbrite. Please click

Further details are available at: The event is organized by the King’s College London Arts & Humanities Research Institute.

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CMCI Hosts International Media Conference

Posted by lostincci on April 13, 2018


The second semester may be over, but CMCI is getting into full international research mode as we host the Media Industries Conference, 2018. Under the theme: “Current Debates and Future Directions” the three-day event provides an interdisciplinary forum for reviewing the past and present state of media industries research, together with future directions in the field.

The conference chair, CMCI’s Professor Paul McDonald, notes the range of disciplines involved in the conversation, including the political economy of communications, sociology of media occupations and institutions, media economics, media management, and media industry historiography, together with critical and cultural studies.

Our international plenary speakers come from: Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Lund University, Sweden; the University of California; Northwestern University in Qatar; RMIT University, USA; Université Grenoble Alpes, Switzerland; University of Texas, Austin; Tallinn University, Estonia; and the University of Rhode Island.

The host committee includes CMCI’s Dr Bridget Conor, Dr Virginia Crisp; Professor Jeanette Steemers, and our Head of department Dr Sarah Atkinson, who has provided a note of welcome in the conference programme.

The conference takes place at King’s College London’s Strand Campus from 18-20 April 2018. Further information, including a list of our sponsors, is available at:

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ACE Award for Ricarda Vidal

Posted by lostincci on April 11, 2018

Talking T

Congratulations to CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal, who has just received news from Arts Council England that she has won for a grant of £9,000 to support her “Talking Transformations: Home on the Move” project.

The money will go towards a travelling exhibition and a programme of public workshops and talks. The exhibition of poems, literary translations, art films and sound work will be installed at the Whitstable Biennale (64a Gallery Whitstable) from June  9th -10th;  the Ledbury Poetry Festival from June 29th to July 8th;  and at the Poetry Library Southbank Centre from July 26th to October 14th.

“Talking Transformations” is a platform to examine what “home” means at a time when notions of “home” in Europe are becoming more fluid, and being challenged and reshaped by unprecedented migration. Full details are at:

“Talking Transformations” is led by Ricarda and Manuela Perteghella, who is a translation theorist, translator and curator.

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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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