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

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.

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Craig Hamilton
Research Fellow

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

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