The news feed from the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City, University of London

An Interdisciplinary Food Studies Conference in Prato

PhD student Aysegul Kesimoglu was in Prato, Italy last week to present a part of her research on food and cultural consumption in Turkey. She attended the conference as a Graduate Scholar. As an awardee, this entitled Aysegul to receive a fee waiver at the conference and along with other awardees, they received a formal…

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Book Review of Zhao’s ‘The Chinese Fashion Industry’

Dr Casey Brienza has reviewed The Chinese Fashion Industry: An Ethnographic Approach by Jianhua Zhao for the November issue of Contemporary Sociology. An extract is available online from SAGE.

Body Image: Briefing MPs

CCI’s Professor Ros Gill addressed the Government’s Body Image Summit today (October 27th) on the topic of gender, media and consumer culture. The Summit, hosted by the Government’s Equalities Office, and led by Jo Swinson MP and Susie Orbach, brought together academics and  senior civil servants to gather evidence on the relationship between body image…

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London’s Ghost stations

Postdoctoral research fellow Cecilia Dinardi, an expert on cities and culture has written a short article for ‘The conversation’ on the plan to sell off London’s disused tube stations:   Why disused London tube stations should not just be sold to the highest bidder London has more than 40 “ghost” underground stations that are…

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The future of Cities and Culture

In what has turned out to be a very busy week Andy is very pleased to announce a new publication. Andy was commissioned by the UK Government Office for Science Foresight Committee on the Future of Cities to write a paper on Cities and Culture. (click to download here). The Foresight programme seeks to provide…

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Controversies and contradictions around creativity in cities

Andy contributed to a two day workshop held at WZB research centre in Berlin on creative cities. The event was chaired by Prof. Michael Hutter who runs a research programme on the cultural sources of newness at WZB. The event attracted contributors from across Europe.  Andy’s paper was called ‘Creativity + City? Some dis-connections in…

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Andy speaks to London’s planners

On Oct 21st Andy Pratt gave a presentation on “Arts, culture and urban  regeneration’ to the Arts and Cultural Forum a strategic alliance of London Local planning officers who were discussing arts and culture in new communities, place making and urban development. The meeting was chaired by Paul Martin the Chief executive of Wandsworth (who…

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Prof Klaus Kunzman, tuesday 17.30 Room AG21 (St John Street entrance)

Just a reminder of the first CCI annual international lecture with renowned speaker. Prof. Klaus R. Kunzmann. ‘Creativity and Urban Development: Culture, competitiveness, social inclusion and sustainable development’ The creative paradigm has excited policy makers, policy advisors and academic researchers alike.  They expected that making superficial use of the creative paradigm in urban marketing campaigns would…

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International comparative mapping of the creative industries

NESTA have awarded for the project of £30K concerned with an international measure of the creative industries, Andy Pratt, a leading expert of the measurement of the creative industries, and the international analysis of the cultural economy, is part of this team. The project is led by NIESR (national institute of economic and social research)….

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Andy’s new publication in Italian

Andy has just had a paper published, co-authored with Marianna D’Ovidio who is based at Dip. Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, Università Milano – Bicocca. The paper ‘Which culture for the creative city?’ contributes to a particular debate in Milan at the moment. Milan hosts the World Expo in 2015 and this paper, based on a seminar held…

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