NME LifeHacks. November 23rd 2017, Islington Metalworks, London.

In quite a diversion from my normal academic life, next week I'll be speaking at the NME Flagship LIFEHACKS event at Islington Metalworks in London. The event, in partnership with The University of Salford and Create Jobs is a series of talks and panels designed to help young people kick-start their careers in the creative industries. … Continue reading NME LifeHacks. November 23rd 2017, Islington Metalworks, London.

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Prince From Minneapolis: April 16th-18th 2018

I  am delighted to announce my involvement, alongside my Purple Reign Conference co-organiser Professor Mike Alleyne, in the upcoming Prince From Minneapolis symposium in April 2018. Mike and I will act as consultants to the event which will investigate Prince’s unique relation to Minneapolis and Minnesota and will explore what demographic, cultural, and economic conditions were in … Continue reading Prince From Minneapolis: April 16th-18th 2018

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 Purple Reign.

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

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

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 Funding bid success! Brazil beckons!

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

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

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

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