BCMCR - New Thinking #1 - 2019/20

I recently edited a new zine publication featuring writing from my colleagues in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at BCU

I recently put together the publication of “New Thinking #1”, the first in a new series of ‘zine-style publications developed by researchers within BCMCR.

This first issue came about following a BCMCR strategy meeting in July. Ahead of that meeting our centre director, Nick Gebhardt, had asked each of the research-active staff scheduled to attend to prepare and deliver a 2-minute talk around their research. Each were asked to frame that presentation as a response to the following prompt:

“Start with an object, event, theory, problem, technological innovation, inspiration, etc., and tell a story of where you’re going with your work, and feel free to experiment with the form/content. The emphasis is on lucid writing, imagination, and brevity!”

The resulting presentations were unique and engaging, and together they provided a new perspective on the work being developed across the centre. We decided to pull them together into a ‘zine-style publication that could be presented as a snapshot manifesto of BCMCR at this point in time.

Our hope is that you will enjoy reading this publication, and that it will provide you with a route in to the exciting and innovative research we are developing here at BCMCR.

You can download a PDF copy here, or read it online here. There are also a limited number of printed copies available. Please contact me if you would like to discuss getting one of those.

A second issue of New Thinking will be published in 2020, with more to follow as the series develops.

Dr Craig Hamilton
Dr Craig Hamilton

My research interests include popular music, digital humanities and online cultures.