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Kevin Milburn Marks Canadian Memory

Posted by lostincci on December 14, 2016


This month sees the 99th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to the first test of an atomic bomb, this explosion caused by a collision in Halifax harbour involving a ship carrying munitions to WWI battlefields, was the world’s largest ever man-made blast and resulted in over 2,000 fatalities.

CMCI teaching Dr Kevin Milburn went to Canada to give a talk about the event and the responses to it, particularly artistic ones, at the 2016 Universities Art Association of Canada Conference at L’Université du Québec à Montréal. Kevin spoke in the ‘To Protect and Conserve: Memory, Art and Preservation’ session.

Interestingly, each year, as thanks for the help that the city of Boston, Massachusetts, gave to Halifax in the aftermath of the disaster, Halifax provides a Christmas Tree for Boston. Here’s is a picture of this year’s model being waved off as it starts its journey from Canada to the USA.

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Beyond Value for Money

Posted by lostincci on December 6, 2016


The Department of Culture Media and Creative Industries announces: King’s College London Symposium: “Beyond Value for Money” a symposium on cultural value taking place on Tuesday 13 December in the Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus.

We want to know: Is there more to culture, the arts, broadcasting and arts education than providing “good value for money”? Headline speakers include academics, professionals and policymakers: Georgina Born, OBE, Professor of Music, Oxford University and author of Rationalizing Culture and Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC; Jonty Claypole, Head of BBC Arts; Lizzie Crump, Co-Director, The Cultural Learning Alliance; Mark Damazer, CBE, former controller of Radio 4 now Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford; David Elstein, television and film executive; chairman of; John Holden, Associate and former Head of Culture at Demos, author of Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy;  Sir John Tusa, Managing Director of the BBC World Service, 1986-1993; former chair, Clore Leadership Programme, author of Pain in the Arts and Art Matters; and The Right Honourable Ed Vaizey, MP, Minister for Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, 2010-2016

We are limiting the audience for this event to 65 to allow for full discussion, questions and answers, so please book your place as soon as possible at:

The event is organised by Richard Howells, Professor of Cultural Sociology, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London.  Please forward any enquiries to

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Posted by lostincci on December 2, 2016


CMCI Professor Jeanette Steemers has a new article published. It’s called ‘International Sales of U.K. Television Content Change and Continuity in “the space in between” Production and Consumption’ and is appears in the December 2016 edition of Television and New Media.

In her article, Professor Steemers addresses key issues facing the international distribution industry arising from over-the-top (OTT) digital distribution and the fragmentation of audiences and revenues.

You can find the full article at:

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Creatives In Hampshire

Posted by lostincci on December 2, 2016


Dr Roberta Comunian was an invited speaker at a conference and networking event: ‘Growing Hampshire’s Creative Economy’ organised by the ‘Creative Industries Research Network South’ at The Point in Eastleigh (Hampshire).

She talked about talent progression and development, focusing on the relationship between creative graduates’ careers and location decision.

The presentations from the event can be downloaded from the organisers’ website

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Can Computers Be Creative?

Posted by lostincci on November 30, 2016


Pulitzer Prize nominee Professor Arthur I Miller will be speaking at CMCI: He claims that there is a revolution going on in the world of art, a new avant-garde pushing the boundaries farther than ever before. Art, science and technology, he says, are merging to form a “Third Culture”. He calls this exciting new art movement ‘artsci’.

Artsci sees artists, scientists and technologists rolled into one. But today this goes dramatically further because computers are playing an increasingly important role in producing art and music. The question naturally arises: Can Computers Be Creative?

Miller (pictured) is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking – in art on the one hand and science on the other. What are the similarities, what are the differences? He has published many critically acclaimed books, including Insights of GeniusEinstein, PicassoEmpire of the Stars and 137, and writes for the Guardian and The New York Times. His latest book Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art tells the story of how art, science and technology are fusing in the twenty-first century.

This CMCI Research Seminar takes place from 16.00-17.30hrs on Wednesday7 December 2016; Strand campus room S-3.20. All are welcome.

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CMCI Asian Cultural and Creative Industries Research Society Event

Posted by lostincci on November 30, 2016


Our departmental Asian Cultural and Creative Industries Research Society have been in action again, this year determined to involve more PhD students in addition to the strong MA student membership.

So recently they held a PhD networking event which included a guest talk on Contemporary East Asian Studies, a PhD study experience sharing session with Dr Jocelyn Yi-Hsuan Lai who recently got her doctoral degree from CMCI, and a group discussion on how to develop their research network still further.

This event was co-organised by CMCI current PhD student Mengying Li, and attracted more than 25 PhD students and researchers from a variety of academic institutions in the UK.

The society’s academic adviser is CMCI’s Dr Hye-Kyung Lee (pictured in action at the event).  More information about the society can be found on the society’s own blog:

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Anna Reading and the “New East”

Posted by lostincci on November 21, 2016


CMCI’s Professor Anna Reading has been invited to join the Expert Committee for the Calvert 22 Foundation, which is addressing ways of developing a strategic approach to the Cultural and Creative Industries in Russia and Eastern Europe. Their next meeting will be opened by Vince Cable, the Former UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Anna Reading is our immediate past Head of Department at CMCI, and is currently on research leave following her term of office.

The Calvert 22 Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to support and share the contemporary culture and creativity of the “New East”:  Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia.

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Dressed for Success?

Posted by lostincci on November 18, 2016


Creative workers: How important is your appearance, and does it matter at work?

The Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries’ Drs Jo Entwistle and Paul Sweetman are inviting creative workers to participate in a focus group, part of a research project to find out how important (or not) it is to manage one’s appearance as part of a creative career.

If you work in the cultural and creative industries and are interested in taking part, please click here to find out more.

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Dr Entwistle’s Shanghai Fashion Keynote

Posted by lostincci on November 10, 2016


CMCI Reader Dr Jo Entwistle was one of the keynote speakers at the 3rd Fashion Communication International Forum: “Internet + Fashion: City, Life, Happiness” at Dounghau University, Shanghai China.

Her paper “Fashion communication in the age of the internet” explored different methodologies for analysing the flow of online fashion images at a time when social media and blogging are challenging earlier models of fashion communication that was traditionally coordinated by the fashion industry itself.

This very large event was funded not only by the University but also by Shanghai City Council and local businesses who are seeking to develop Shanghai Fashion Week and grow international recognition for Shanghai as a fashion city.

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This is Tomorrow?

Posted by lostincci on November 8, 2016


The show may be over, but there’s now a video online of CMCI’s Professor Richard Howells discussing “In Our Hands”: the installation and exhibition based on his research and monograph A Critical Theory of Creativity: Utopia, Aesthetics, Atheism and Design and held at Somerset House as part of the “Pathways to Utopia 2016” project.

It was done in collaboration with the Le Gun art collective (ex Royal College of Art), Somerset House, and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

“Pathways to Utopia” attracted over 9,000 visitors. Howells’ “in conversation” talk on the installation was staged and streamed live by contemporary arts magazine This is Tomorrow and remains available at:…/paths-to-utopia-in-convers…/P24



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