Culture, Media & Creative Industries Research

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MPhil/PhD (option of joint PhD with Humboldt University, Berlin)

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Full Time

RESEARCH PROFILE
  • Current staff: 13.
  • Current PhDs: 19.
  • Research funded by:
    • AHRC,
    • ESRC,
    • UN agencies,
    • (International) National and Urban governments and bodies.
  • Recent publications:
    • Gender and the media;
    • Creativity, Innovation and the creative industries;
    • Visual Culture;
    • Hacking: digital media and technological determinism;
    • New femininities: postfeminism, neoliberalism and subjectivity;
    • Duke Ellington's America;
    • The Aesthetic Economy: Markets in Clothing and Fashion Modelling;
    • Repudiating Feminism;
    • Screenwriting: Creative Labour and Professional Practice;
    • The art of re-enchantment: making early music in the modern age;

KEY FACTS
Student destinations
The PhD in Culture, Media & Creative Industries is a programme for those seeking an academic career or who wish to become professionals in the cultural, media or creative sectors.
Head of group/division
Dr Joanne Entwistle
Duration
Expected to be PhD three years FT. September to September, January to January or April to April.
Location
Strand Campus.
Year of entry 2014
Offered by
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries
Closing date
None. Students interested in applying to funding should be aware that deadlines for this differ and may be earlier, therefore applicants should view the Graduate Funding Pages at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/index.aspx for more information.
Intake
No set number.
Fees
CONTACTS
Contact information
Dr Joanne Entwistle joanne.entwistle@kcl.ac.uk

Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2736
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
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RESEARCH DESCRIPTION
CMCI carries out world-leading research across the field of culture, media and the analysis of particular creative industries. Specialisms include cultural work, creative cities, visual cultures, popular culture, cultural and creative industries policy, cultural management, entrepreneurship and cultural production, cultural regeneration, cultural history, culture and identity, and inter-sectionally and culture. Our approach is international in perspective and is characterised by a productive engagement of the theoretical and empirical.

CMCI is also developing, in concert with Digital Humanities, research into digital cultures, particularly into social networks, digital identities and digital activism.

We work in an inter-disciplinary mode: although we are based in the School of Arts & Humanities, much of our research has roots in the social sciences.

Staff interests associated with the research programme and its research groups

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Anna’s interdisciplinary research examines broader questions of social and cultural continuity and transformation with an emphasis on:

  • Digital methodologies, materialities and knowledge practices
  • Cultural heritage and collective memory rights
  • Gender and memory Cultural memories of nonviolent struggle
  • Cultural memories of the holocaust and genocide
  • Mobile and social witnessing of terrorism and atrocity
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Bridget is an interdisciplinary scholar who has worked within and across the fields of media and communication studies, sociology, cultural studies and film studies. Her current fields of research include screenwriting theory, gender theory, critical labour studies and screen production studies.
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New media and digital technologies; subjectivity, identity, embodiment and singularity; (bio)ethics; politics of borders, immigration and citizenship; continental philosophy and psychology.
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020 7848 1011
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Gender and sexuality; young femininities; entrepreneurial subjectivities; discourse analysis.
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The history and business of American and British culture, especially cinema, popular music, but also the publishing industry and museums. Other interests include: the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington and the cultural history of New York City.
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+44 (0)20 7848 1358
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British, Asian and comparative cultural policy; arts funding mechanisms; public service broadcasting; cultural marketing theory.
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+44 (0)20 7848 1574
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The sociology of fashion, dress and embodiment, cultural work, cultural workers and processes of cultural mediation, aesthetic labour and gender.

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020 7848 1504
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Exploring the boundaries of the creative economy, the relationship between creativity and entrepreneurship, the need for a new discipline of social creativity, and the role of multi-disciplinary learning in creativity, arts and management.
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+44 (0)20 7848 1052
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020 7848 2415
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  • Social media in contemporary activism
  • New media and youth subcultures
  • Media, space and the mediated city
  • Alternative political communications
  • The politics of digital mapping
  • Net art and gaming
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Cultural sociology and the sociology of culture, social and cultural theory (particularly with reference to habitus, reflexivity and sociality), subcultures, the body and identity, fashion and consumption, visual methods and methodology, ethics, representation and recognition.

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020 7848 1870
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Visual and popular culture, media, Utopian cultural theory, the sociology of representation. These interests combine cultural and critical theory with the use of case studies as seemingly varied as the myth of the Titanic, celebrity photography, Navajo design and the humour of Ali G. The methodology is interpretive with a focus on close textual analysis.
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  • Relationship between public and private investments in the arts;
  • art and cultural regeneration;
  • creative and cultural industries and knowledge and production networks;
  • social network analysis;
  • creative graduates and creative careers;
  • higher education and the creative economy;
  • complexity theory and its connections with the creative economy;
  • role of creative industries in local and regional development
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Cultural institutions and society; social class and cultural consumption; popular music and youth cultures; cultural regeneration.
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+44 (0)20 7848 1065
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Tim is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London (beginning January 2011). He is the author of Hacking: digital media and technological determinism, Activism!: direct action, hacktivism and the future of society and, with Paul Taylor, of Hacktivism and Cyberwars. He is currently working (and playing) in online persistent worlds, exploring communicative practices in online and offline life. He has published work on social movements, hackers, Pokemon, the culture and politics of the Internet and social theory. He is a co-founder and until recently an editor of Social Movement Studies: journal of social, cultural and political protest.
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ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice

Applicants will normally have a strong first degree, ideally a first class UK honours degree (or equivalent). Applicants should also hold a UK master's degree (or equivalent) in a field relevant to the proposed research, having graduated with a minimum overall grade of 65 per cent, of which they must have achieved at least a score of 70 per cent in the dissertation. Application is very competitive, thus prior qualifications are a preliminary hurdle. The research proposal, and the fit with staff expertise, is the critical criterion for our assessment of an application. Applicants with relevant work/life experience who do not strictly meet the academic entry requirements may also be considered.


APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae (resumé) and a brief outline of your research topic. We will initially assess whether supervision would be available within your research area, and whether to proceed with a full application. Your final application must include a detailed research proposal.

Full details of the application process for the PhD, together with other useful information about working towards a PhD with us, can be found on our website at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/cmci/study/pgr/how.aspx

PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
No information required.

FUNDING
Graduate School Studentships and School of Arts and Humanities Studentships. See http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/index.aspx ESRC Doctoral Training Studentships (Language, Media, Culture strand) http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/esrc.aspx


Student profiles

Culture, Media & Creative Industries Research MPhil/PhD (option of joint PhD with Humboldt University, Berlin)

I chose to study at King’s because my department (Culture, Media and Creative Industries) was the only one I found that had a truly interdisciplinary research agenda that incorporated all the strands of my research – popular music, digital media and identity politics. One of the things I enjoy most about my programme is how self-directed it is. You are in control of your research, time, seminars and training, so you can shape and tailor the programme specifically to your interests and needs. The diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the department means I am exposed to, and learn a lot from, other PhD students and staff because of the variety of research topics and social theories studied. Also, the international make-up of the department means I now have friends from all over the world!

 

Last year I received a grant from the Graduate School Open Competition to set up an Arts & Humanities Researchers’ Society for early career researchers at King’s. Founding and running this society has been a highlight of my time at King’s because of the people I have met through doing it, as well as the skills I’ve developed in events management, publicity and public speaking. These skills and experiences will enhance my employability both inside and outside academia after I graduate.

 

The central location, beautiful historic buildings and excellent facilities make it a pleasure to study at King’s, but its most attractive strength is the wealth of opportunity to get involved in wide-ranging activities and organisations either at a departmental, school, or college level. The huge potential to forge links, utilize resources, contribute to, and thus enhance, the intellectual and collegial community of the university, makes it an exciting and dynamic place to be.

Culture, Media & Creative Industries Research MPhil/PhD (option of joint PhD with Humboldt University, Berlin)

For those working at interstices of cultural studies, gender theory, critical psychology and sociology, the Centre for Culture, Media and Creative Industries Research (CMCI) provides an exciting and dynamic intellectual environment. Indeed, it was the CMCI's reputation for innovation which first led me to apply to King's College London for my PhD research.


Once installed in the CMCI PhD workroom in the Chesham Building of the Strand campus, I soon came to appreciate the further benefits of working within this institution. Combining academic distinction and public presence, the CMCI houses internationally recognised leaders in the field, who double as interested and engaged research supervisors. My own supervisor, Professor Ros Gill, is an inspiring presence in my academic life.


The department's unique programme of study incorporates weekly seminars and specialist research training, as well as frequent outings to the CMCI local over the road! The wide variety of lectures and events on offer at King's ensures that there is ample opportunity for creative and interdisciplinary engagement. As part of the University of London network, I further benefit from links with other universities and cultural institutions around the city. Generously supported by a scholarship from the Graduate School here at King's, I am able to undertake my studies full-time.