Friday, 26 September 2014

Salford's CCM Research Centre Newsletter: September 2014


Welcome to the inaugural newsletter of Communication, Cultural and Media studies researchers at Salford. The last year has been a vibrant and highly successful one for CCMers who have been really active at home and internationally across a wide range of fronts. Read on…..

CCMers Produce Leading in International Research Outputs

The year has already been marked by the release of a wealth of major international research outputs from CCM members in print and audiovisual form. Published in late 2013, Michael Goddard’s Impossible Cartographies: The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz (London/New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia) looks set to become a leading work in the field. Reviews of George McKay’s latest book Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability (Univ Michigan Press) have declared it ‘a first for the field’ (Times Higher Education) and an ‘astonishing work….that will inspire and entertain audiences for years to come’ (Popular Music & Society). Erik Knudsen’s latest film The Raven on the Jetty won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Madrid International Film Festival (see: and looks set for wider acclaim.

Elsewhere CCM staff have published in journals of international repute, such as: New Media and Society (Michael Goddard), Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (Kirsty Fairclough Issacs), Film International (Andy Willis), the Journal of Historical Pragmatics (Carole O’Reilly), Government Information Quarterly (Seamus Simpson), the Journal of Media Practice (Erik Knudsen), Journalism (Sharon Coen) and Theory and Event (Ben Halligan) to mention just some.

Four important collections edited by CCMers have emerged in the last year: Michael Goddard’s Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context (with Ewa Mazierska) (Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press); Michael Goddard and Ben Halligan’s Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Musics (with Nicola Spelman) ( New York, London: Continuum); Kirsty Fairclough Issacs and Ben Halligan’s (with R Edgar) The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop', (Routledge); and David Kreps’s Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment (Ashgate).

Finally, CCMERs have been active in contributing to edited collections with international reach, such as Erik Knudsen’s ‘Dependencies and Independence in British Independent Film’ in Independent Filmmaking Around The Globe, edited by Baltruschat, D. & Erickson, M. (University of Toronto Press), Kirsty Fairclough Issacs’s ‘Growing old in the spotlight: Social Media and Ageing ‘, in: Martin, W & Twigg, J (eds.),Routledge Handbook of Cultural Ageing and Andy Willis’s 2014 ‘British Chinese Short Films: Challenging the Limits of the Sinophone’ (co-written with Felicia Chan) in Sinophone Cinemas, Audrey Yue and Olivia Koo (eds.), Palgrave, to name just three.

A longer list of our publications in no particular order is as follows:

Fairclough Issacs, Kirsty ( 2014), “Lost Voice Guy: Transcending Barriers of Disability through Technology in Live Comedy Performance”. Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering Volume 136, 2014, pp 91-98

O’Reilly, Carole (2014) ‘Dirt, Death and Disease’: Newspaper Discourses on Public Health in the Construction of the Modern British City. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 15: 2, July 2014, p. 207-228.

Coen, Sharon and Jones, C. (2014) A matter of Law and Order: reporting the Salford riots in local webpages. Invited paper for Special issue on Social Sciences and Social Movements, in Contemporary Social Sciences 9 (1) 1-16.

Goddard Michael (2013) Impossible Cartographies: The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz (London/New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia)

Knudsen, Erik (2014) The Raven On The Jetty, fiction, 88 minutes, One Day Films Limited.

McKay George (2013) Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability (Univ Michigan Press)

Simpson, Seamus (2014)‘ Next Generation Network environments in Europe: the significance of the EU as a policy actor’, Government Information Quarterly, 31(1), 100-07.

Christou, George and Simpson, Seamus (2014) ‘Shaping the global communications milieu: the EU in global Internet and telecommunications policy. Comparative European Politics, 12(1), 54-75

Goddard, Michael (2014) “Opening up the Black Boxes: Media Archaeology, ‘Anarchaeology’ and Media Materiality”, New Media and Society.

Knudsen, Erik (2014) Eyes and Narrative Perspective On Story: A Practice Led Exploration of the Use of Eyes and Eye-lines in Fiction Film. Journal of Media Practice (Vol. 15 No. 1):

Willis, Andy (2013) ‘Neo-noir: the cultural significance (and insignificance) of a film style’. In Film International 65, 11:5.

Curran, J., Coen, Sharon, Soroka, S. Hichy, Z. et al. (in press, 2014). Reconsidering ‘virtuous circle’ and ‘media malaise’ theories of the media: an 11-nation study. Journalism.

Halligan, Ben (2014) “‘({})’: Raunch Culture, Third Wave Feminism and The Vagina Monologues” in Theory & Event, 17.1, March.

Goddard, Michael (2014) Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context. Co-edited with Professor Ewa Mazierska. Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press.

Halligan, Ben, Michael Goddard and Nicola Spelman (2013) Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Musics. New York, London: Continuum.

Fairclough Issacs, Kirsty, Ben Halligan and R Edgar (2013) 'The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop', New York: Routledge.

Kreps David (2014) (ed.) Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment, Ashgate Publishing

Chapter contributions to Edited Collections

Knudsen Erik (2014) ‘Dependencies and Independence in British Independent Film’ in Independent Filmmaking Around The Globe, ed. Baltruschat, D. & Erickson, M. (University of Toronto Press, due 2014):

Fairclough Issacs, Kirsty (2014) ‘Growing old in the spotlight: Social Media and Ageing ‘, in: Martin, W & Twigg, J (eds.),Routledge Handbook of Cultural Ageing , Routledge, London, UK.

Fairclough Issacs, Kirsty (2013) ‘Nothing less than perfect: female celebrity, ageing and hyper-scrutiny in the gossip industry’, in: Female Celebrity and Ageing Back in the Spotlight, Routledge, London, UK.

Willis, Andy (2014) (in press) ‘Hong Kong Noir and the Limits of Critical Transplant’. In East Asian Film Noir, Mark Gallagher (ed.), London: IB Tauris.

Willis, Andy, (2014) ‘British Chinese Short Films: Challenging the Limits of the Sinophone’ (co-written with Felicia Chan). In Sinophone Cinemas, Audrey Yue and Olivia Koo (eds.), Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Willis, Andy (2014) ‘Amando de Ossario’s “Bind Dead” Quartet and the Cultural Politics of Spanish Horror’. In Screening the Undead: Vampires and zombies in film and television, Leon Hunt, Sharon Lockyear and Milly Williamson (eds.), London IB Tauris, 233-248.

Halligan, Ben (2014) “From Countercultures to Suburban Cultures: Frank Zappa after 1968” for Countercultures and Popular Music, eds. Sheila Whiteley and Jedediah Sklower, Ashgate, 2014.

Kreps, David (2014) 'Virtuality and Humanity' Chapter in Grimshaw, M (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Virtuality Oxford: Oxford University Press

CCMers Edit Journal Special Issues

Seamus Simpson recently co-edited (with Katharine Sarikakis, University of Vienna) a special issue of the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics on Imposing Freedoms: New Defaults in Media and Communications Governance. This special issue emerged from a joint effort to draw together work from communication law and policy experts aired in 2012 at the conferences of the largest media and communication academic associations: ECREA, IAMCR and ICA. The 2012 conference questioned normative assumptions about the constitution of freedom through media policy and media governance. Andy Willis co-edited with Sarah Perks a special edition of Film International on ‘My Noir’ where a wide range of artists, filmmakers and critics reflected on the idea of film noir. Seamus Simpson also edited a special issue of the Journal of Information Policy on Contemporary Issues in European Media Policy. This special issue is a product of the 2013 workshop of the ECREA Communication Law and Policy section which took place at MediacityUK, 25-26 October.

CCMers in Research Funding Success

Michael Goddard along with Adriana Amaral and a team of researchers at Unisinos, a leading University in Brazil, was awarded funding of over £60,000 to become Special Visiting Researcher in Brazil form 2014-2016. The award was accepted by CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior), and is funded through the Science without Borders scheme, a Brazilian Government scholarship programme. Michael Goddard is undertaking a project which researches music scenes in Manchester and Porto Alegre in relation to popular music studies, post-industrial cities, creative industries and social edia.

Whilst something of a departure from his recent, more local research into music, media and noise, the work will take forward earlier conducted collaborative research work with CCM's Dr Benjamin Halligan and others at the University Salford into popular music, media and noise since their first collaboration on the music of The Fall in 2008. In addition to research in Brazil, the project will involve return visits of several of the members of the Brazilian research team from Unisinos to Salford, as well as the organisation of international research events in both locations, publications and technical applications.

The project began in April 2014 and so far there has been a series of presentations of Michael’s research in Brazil, a postgraduate seminar at Salford, and initial meetings and discussion groups between the research group. There have also been several appearances in Brazilian media both in print and on TV, and work has begun to develop the project's website and mobile application in additions to the already existing blog and social media sites. The first academic publications related to the project, and first academic events, are anticipated for 2015.

Elsewhere, David Kreps is Principal Investigator on an ESRC Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with Sigma Consulting Solutions Ltd valued at £122,345.00.

Finally, George McKay secured £7270 from the AHRC to run the ‘Carnivalising the Creative Economy’ Showcase held in March 2014 in London. George organised a panel, a stand and funded a film on the subject of ‘AHRC Research on and with British Jazz Festivals’ at the event. This featured academics from Salford and Glasgow universities, a CDA student from Glasgow, as well the directors of London, Glasgow and Cheltenham Jazz Festivals. The 15-minute film, Carnivalising the Creative Economy, was directed by professional filmmaker, Gemma Thorpe.

CCMers Deliver Papers at a Wide Range of International Conferences

CCM staff have travelled far and wide this year to present the results of their research at high quality gatherings of international scholars. Papers have been presented across the UK, as well as the USA, Austria, Ireland, Finland and Holland. Some examples are:

Sharon Coen (2014) ‘Mediating effects of State secularism on the relationship between religious orientations and same-sex marriage’ – EASP General Meeting Amsterdam July 2014.

Sharon Coen (2014) ‘I dig therefore I am: place identity and attachment & participation to community-based Archaeological initiatives’ – BPS Social Psychology Section Canterbury September 2014.

Carol O’Reilly (2014) European Social Science History biennial conference, Vienna - Selling Utopia: Urban Journalism, Town Planning and the Idea of the City, April.

Kirsty Fairclough Issacs (2014) Lost Voice Guy: Transcending Barriers of Disability through Technology in Live Comedy Performance (Intetain: 6th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, Columbia College Chicago, United States, July 2014.

Kirsty Fairclough Issacs(2014) Prime Time: Jane Fonda, ‘appropriate’ ageing and the re-making of a Hollywood persona. Celebrity Studies Conference, Royal Holloway, June 2014

Kirsty Fairclough Issacs (2014) Invited opening plenary presentation: Celebrity and Ageing, Sex and the City Ten Years On: Landmark Television and its Legacy, Roehampton University, United Kingdom, April 2014).

Kirsty Fairclough Issacs (2014) Body, Ageing and Society; The Challenge of Cultural Gerontology - Celebrity Panel British Society of Gerontology (BSG), Oxford University, United Kingdom, September 2013

Andy Willis (2013) ‘Crossing Hennessey and Big Blue Lake: New Localism in Hong Kong Cinema’ Chinese Cinemas Inside and Outside China. A Chinese Film Forum Conference, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 11-13 Oct 2013.

Andy Willis (2014) ‘Interventions on Cultural Margins: The Case of the Chinese Film Forum UK’ (with Dr. Felicia Chan, University of Manchester) East Asian Screen Studies Symposium, King’s College London, 16 May.

Ben Halligan (2014)“Slutwalk”, Suffragette Legacy conference (People’s History Museum, Manchester, March 2014)

Ben Halligan (2014) “Tito Among the Serbs for the Second Time”, Film-making and the Post-Conflict City Queens University Belfast / Belfast Film Festival, March 2014.

Ben Halligan (2014) “Skanky Shamanism: Sensual Audience Participation and the Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour”, Carnivalising Pop: Music Festival Cultures (University of Salford, June 2014)

David Kreps (2014) ‘The Time of our Lives: Understanding Irreversible Complex User Experiences’. Paper at on 11th Human Choice and Computers International Conference (HCC11) Turku, Finland, July 2014

CCMers Organise Major International Conferences

The International Communication Association Conference, Seattle.

In May 2014, Seamus Simpson co-organised (with Laura Stein, University of Austin, Texas) the Communication Law and Policy Division’s contribution to the International Communication Association annual conference, held this year in Seattle. A vibrant mix of papers was delivered by academics from across the world, alongside a lively ‘extended session’ debate on ‘communication law and policy and the good life’. The ICA conference is the largest annual gathering of academics in the field. There were 2700 attendees at the Seattle conference. Next year, ICA will be held in Puerto Rico. The call for papers is out now with a deadline of 4 November.

The Carnivalising Pop: Music Festival Cultures symposium, Salford

In June 2014, a host of leading researchers in cultural studies converged on Salford for the ‘Carnivalising Pop’ symposium organised by George McKay. Among others, Gina Arnold from Stanford University spoke on Race, Space, and Representation at American Rock Festivals. Anne Dvinge from the University of Copenhagen spoke on Musicking in Motor City: Reconfiguring urban space at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Our own Ben Halligan delivered a paper on ‘Skanky Shamanism: Sensual Audience Participation and the Miley Cyrus “Bangerz” Arena Tour’. Academics aside, Alan Lodge, veteran festivals photographer and travellers activist or led a Discussion and Showing of Some Key Photographs of Festivals, New Travellers and Alternative Culture in Britain Since the 1970s.

In April, an internationally co-produced symposium on Teaching Screenwriting: Creativity, Innovation and Professional Practice held at Mediacity. CCM’s Erik Knudsen co-organised this highly successful event with Craig Batty from RMIT, Australia. The symposium was supported by UK Higher Education Academy.

CCMers Play Prominent Role in the 2014 Salford International Media Festival

This year’s Festival has three component parts: The Challenging Media Landscapes conference; The 21st Nations and Regions Media Conference and Next Gen. CCMers make up the Programme Committee for the CML conference, running over 17th and 18th November. The conference promises to be an international event with paper givers lined up from universities in the UK, USA, Australia, Norway, Finland, France, the Ukraine, Nigeria, Ireland, and Canada among others.

Seamus Simpson is Content Director for NARM 2014, the centrepiece of the Festival. The conference this year features keynote addresses from Harriet Harman, Ed Vaizey and Peter Fincham as well as a diverse range of panels in which leading media industry professionals will speak on topics such as the future of the UK licence fee, new digital technologies, the radio business, diversity in the media sector, the internationalisation of media formats and the future of commissioning in the UK.

CCMers Deliver Keynote Addresses at Major International Conferences

In July 2014, Garry Crawford delivered a keynote lecture at the 2014 Leisure Studies Association conference in Glasgow. The event was hosted by University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus. LSA 2014, Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures, brought together comparative and contrasting perspectives upon both the digital age in leisure and upon digital practices as leisure - as prevalent in cultural forms, such as sport or festivity and other leisure pursuits. The conference occurred in a particularly important year for both Scotland and the global sporting and cultural communities.

In March, Erik Knudsen delivered a keynote address on The Meaning of Independence: Challenges and Opportunities for Ghanaian Film in an Age of Abundance at the Legon International Film Event, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. HE also gave a keynote address in June at the Journal of Media Practice Symposium, Roehampton University, London.

In 2014, George McKay gave a keynote lectures at the University of Porto and Birmingham City University. George also gave addresses at the Foundation Bec Zmiana, Synchronicity conference, Warsaw; the 2014 Cheltenham Jazz Festival; and the On Invasive Grounds Exhibition, Marabouparken art space, Stockholm;

Spring 2014 was a busy period for CCMers. Kirsty Fairclough lectured on gender and stand up comedy at Columbia College Chicago. Andy Willis led a one hour introduction as part of Viva Spanish and Latin American Film Festival at Manchester Cornerhouse. David Kreps was invited speaker at Camp Digital held at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. Sharon Coen gave a talk on Empowering citizens: media, identity and engagement at the Media Research Seminar Series at Aberystwyth University. Andy Willis co-ordinated a screening and led Q&A with director Andrew Leavold of the film The Search for Weng Weng at Cornerhouse, 5th June. He did a Q&A with director Ken Loach at the preview of his latest film Jimmy’s Hall at Cornerhouse May 29th.

CCMers Bring Forward the Next Generation of Academic Talent

This year has seen a significant number of PhD completions in CCM. The growing number of successful candidates, making contributions to knowledge in a diverse range of fields, is testament to the quality of supervision received and the growing reputation of Salford as a place to undertake internationally outstanding media research. Congratulations to:

Abdullah alMaghlooth (2014) The Relevance of Gatekeeping in the Process of Contemporary News Creation and Circulation in Saudi Arabia. Supervisor: Carole O’Reilly

Sharon Coleclough (2014) Film performance; the role of the actor in cinematic expression (Steve Davismoon, Erik Knudsen)

Greg Bevan (2014) Voice, Language and Texture: The Myth of Objectivity and the Renegotiation of Documentary Aesthetics. Supervisor: Erik Knudsen

Lisa Morriss (2014) 'Accomplishing social work identity in interprofessional mental health teams following the implementation of the Mental Health Act 2007'. Supervisor: Greg Smith

Everette Ndlovu (2014) The role of diasporic media in facilitating citizen journalism and political awareness in Zimbabwe. Supervisors: Seamus Simpson and George McKay

Deborah Gabriel (2014) African Carribean bloggers in the UK: Alternative voices on the web. Supervisor: George McKay

Tom Sykes (2014) Jazz for the ipod generation. Supervisor: George McKay

Mary Oliver (2014) The digital performer: performance, technology and new performance paradigms. Supervisor: George McKay

Lloyd Peters (2014) Media practice and new approaches to mise-en-scène and auteur theory in broadcast radio. Supervisor: George McKay

Eileen Wattam (2014) Social Media and Community Empowerment Supervisor: Kirsty Fairclough

Mikko Sihvonen (2014) ‘Public Service Priorities in Transition – Catering for Minority Interests in the Public Service Media Environments of the UK and Finland’ non-Salford candidate supervised by Seamus Simpson

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