CFP: Cultural Resilience/ Resilient Cultures – deadline 24 March 2017

CMCI PhD Conference 2017

Cultural Resilience/ Resilient Cultures: the art of resistance in changing worlds

King’s College London Culture, Media and Creative Industries Conference 2017

King’s College London, Waterloo Campus, 13th-14th June 2017.

In recent times the world has experienced fundamental and ongoing changes of society on a global scale, such as political isolationism, regional conflicts, and the displacement of refugees and/or immigrants. In this atmosphere of uncertainty, culture has a role to play in reflection, diversification, debate, and even reconciliation in transformation processes and the public sphere of communities. Culture and cultural industries can, and should, act as a platform for discussion, analysis and critique of societal shifts. Through this interdisciplinary conference we seek to address questions of resistance and resilience through the lens of culture, media and creative industries. What does the current economic, social and political climate mean for creative industries? How does cultural policy negotiate changes and unpredictability? What is the role of culture in societal shifts? We invite speakers to consider examples of cultural resilience, the instrumentality of culture for resistance or mediation, and the diversity of perspectives that can be used to frame debate.

Cultural Resilience / Resilient Cultures is the fourth annual CMCI PhD conference, following last year’s successful event (In)Visible Cultures. We welcome researchers to engage with questions of resilience and resistance in our society, culture, media and the creative industries, and to share their ideas with the colleagues from around the world in a friendly and stimulating environment. Submissions from post-graduate researchers and early-career researchers as well as established scholars are welcomed. Keynote speakers TBC.

Papers are welcomed in line with the following topics, but are not limited to these:

  • Cultural and creative resilience – past, present and future
  • Media intertextuality – globalized resistance
  • Mediatisation of protest
  • The art of protesting: cultural and creative modes of activism
  • Cultural perspectives on power
  • Cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations in periods of change
  • Cultural politics in identities: gender, ethnicity, diaspora, migration and transnationalism
  • Creative industries in periods of change
  • Instrumental uses of culture
  • Inequality and marginalised communities
  • Remembering and forgetting: resistance through memory and commemoration

Please send a 300-word abstract, along with your name, e-mail address, academic affiliation (and department) and short bio to

The deadline for submissions is Friday 24th March 2017. For more information please visit our Facebook:

Please note that while letters of acceptance are available for accepted speakers, we are unable to provide any additional support for visa applications.

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