Purple Reign.

I am so pleased to finally share news on The University of Salford’s forthcoming Prince conference, this idea has been bubbling away for a while now and I am thrilled that we are only two months away from its realistion. Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince is a three … Continue reading

Call for Papers “Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince”, Media City UK, University of Salford, Uk May 2017

I’m very pleased to announce the following call for papers: “Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince” A two-day international conference hosted by The School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA 24th- – 26th May 2017 Media City UK, … Continue reading

My take on why Frank Ocean is driving his fans crazy.

  Fans of R&B superstar Frank Ocean have been whipped into a frenzy. The release of Boys Don’t Cry, the follow-up album to 2012’s critically acclaimed Channel Orange, has been a long time coming. And after a series of cryptic clues hinted that the album was to be released on Friday August 5 turned out … Continue reading

Funding bid success! Brazil beckons!

My colleague Dr Michael Goddard, Reader in Media at the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and I have been awarded a grant from Santander Universities, for our scoping visit to Brazil in July, to develop an international research network (UK, Brazil and other countries) on the audiovisual mediation of popular music. … Continue reading

The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment just published

Given the recent spotlight on Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance, I thought why not remind folks that our recently published The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)  presents research and findings in relation to expanded critical approaches to popular music, in the context of, and as prompted by the need to evolve … Continue reading

Call for Papers: Call for Papers: Fame-inism: Feminism and Global Celebrity Culture Special Issue of Celebrity Studies

Call for Papers: Fame-inism: Feminism and Global Celebrity Culture Special Issue of Celebrity Studies  Guest Editors: Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, University of Salford, UK Natasha Patterson, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada Camilla A. Sears, Thompson Rivers University, Canada For this special issue of Celebrity Studies, the editors are seeking proposals on the topic of feminism and … Continue reading

“The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment” just published by Bloomsbury Academic

I’m really pleased to announce the publication of the first comprehensive academic study of arena concerts, “The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment”. I co-edited with a great team;  Ben Halligan, Robert Edgar, Nicola Spelman. The book has chapters and contributions from: Sunil Manghani, Erich Hertz; Jon Stewart, Kimi Kärki, Kevin Holm-Hudson and many others. … Continue reading

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership PhD scholarships in Media/Communication

NWCDTP PhD scholarships in Media/Communication We warmly invite expressions of interest further to applications for PhD studentships (full and part-time) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, in the Media and Communications and Cultural Studies Pathways. The Studentship covers all PhD fees, provides an annual stipend for the duration … Continue reading

Call for Papers: Mad Men – The Conference. Co-convened by Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Salford. May 2016.

I’m very pleased to be able to announce the next project in the School of Arts and Media Television Studies Conference Series, Mad Men: The Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, USA Date: May 26-28, 2016. Convened by the College of Media and Entertainment and the College of Liberal Arts at Middle Tennessee State University, USA, and The … Continue reading

Launch event for Women in Film & TV North. MediaCityUK Tuesday 20 October 2015 | 18:30 – 20:30 | University of Salford, MediaCityUK

This month sees the launch of the Women in Film & TV North network at The University of Salford, MediaCityUK The event, which is run in association with The University of Salford, is free to attend and open to WFTV members and non-members alike. I’ll be chairing the panel on Skills Shortages and Opportunities in the … Continue reading