CMCI is home to groundbreaking and innovative research that cuts across the disciplines of Sociology, Social Psychology, Geography, Film Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Management, Music and Museum Studies. Its scope is slightly different from traditional Media and Communication Studies, being marked by interests in all aspects of the cultural and creative industries. CMCI research focuses on cultural production, cultural institutions and cultural consumption, with a strong historical focus and an interest in cultural policy.
CMCI comprises a dynamic group of academics, postdoctoral scholars and PhD students. CMCI regularly hosts international visiting fellows. Friendly and informal, we hold a fortnightly research seminars for staff and phd students and offer a vibrant programme of other events.
In addition to this programme we are pleased to announce that following the Research lectures for MA students introduced last year, we will have a series of events for MA students based on their Research Group interests.
At any one time, CMCI researchers are involved in many different research projects, and we have received funding from AHRC, the British Academy, ESRC, the European Commission and the Leverhulme Trust, as well as charities, NGOs, and international organisations.
We aspire to excellence in all our research, and CMCI work is published in highly rated, peer reviewed journals, and is amongst the most well cited work in the field. In the last year, scholars at CMCI have published books and articles in journals such as Media, Culture and Society, and CMCI research also garners respect well beyond the Academy, reaching out to diverse audiences among the public and impacting national and international policy debates about the value of culture, the role of the cultural and creative industries in national economies, working conditions in cultural fields, and gender and sexualisation.
We currently have 19 PhD students, working on topics that include cultural diplomacy, creative industries, postfeminism and gender studies, festivals, ancient Roman historiography, hip hop music, studies of the body, history of art criticism, the British film industry, and more. We are part of the Kings Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre funded by the ESRC.