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Universal ideals in local realities: online viewing in South Korea, Brazil and India (2016)
Journal Article
Evans, E., McDonald, P., Bae, J., Ray, S., & Santos, E. (2016). Universal ideals in local realities: online viewing in South Korea, Brazil and India. Convergence, 22(4), doi:10.1177/1354856516641629

The potential of the internet to act as a global distribution outlet for screen content has long come into conflict with the nationally-focused strategies of producers, broadcasters, governments and internet service providers. Online viewing therefor... Read More

Lacan's Sade: the politics of happiness (2015)
Journal Article
Wright, C. (2015). Lacan's Sade: the politics of happiness. Paragraph, 38(3), doi:10.3366/para.2015.0174

This article assesses the contemporary relevance of Sade’s work and thought by returning to Jacques Lacan’s interpretation of it. It is argued that if the Sadean emphasis on sexual freedom has been co-opted by neoliberal capitalism, this is in part t... Read More

Layering engagement: the temporal dynamics of transmedia television (2015)
Journal Article
Evans, E. (2015). Layering engagement: the temporal dynamics of transmedia television. Storyworlds, 7(2),

The last fifteen years have seen dramatic changes in the UK within both the television industry and televisual storytelling techniques. Rapid technological changes have not only increased the variety of screen devices, they have also changed the boun... Read More

“Show us your moves”: trade rituals of television marketing (2015)
Journal Article
Grainge, P., & Johnson, C. (2015). “Show us your moves”: trade rituals of television marketing. Arts and the Market, 5(2), 126-138. https://doi.org/10.1108/aam-06-2014-0022

The purpose of this paper is to examine the professional culture of television marketing in the UK, the sector of arts marketing responsible for the vast majority of programme trailers and channel promos seen on British television screens. In researc... Read More

Discourse and the master's lining: a Lacanian critique of the globalizing (bio)politics of the diagnostic and statistical manual (2015)
Book Chapter
Wright, C. (2015). Discourse and the master's lining: a Lacanian critique of the globalizing (bio)politics of the diagnostic and statistical manual. In A. Zevnik, & S. Tomšič (Eds.), Jacques Lacan: between psychoanalysis and politicsRoutledge

This chapter outlines the different conceptualisations of 'discourse' in the work of Foucault and Lacan. If Foucault's understanding has been much more influential in academic approaches such as Discourse Analysis, the links between Lacan's notion of... Read More

The economics of free: freemium games, branding and the impatience economy (2015)
Journal Article
Evans, E. (2015). The economics of free: freemium games, branding and the impatience economy. Convergence, 22(6), 563-580. doi:10.1177/135485651456705

The gaming industry has seen dramatic change and expansion with the emergence of ‘casual’ games that promote shorter periods of game play. Free to download, but structured around micro-payments, these games raise the complex relationship between game... Read More

'We're all a bunch of nutters!': the production dynamics of Alternate reality games (2014)
Journal Article
Elizabeth, E. (2014). 'We're all a bunch of nutters!': the production dynamics of Alternate reality games. International Journal of Communication, 8,

Alternate reality games (ARGs) combine transmedia and pervasive storytelling, layering fictional narratives onto real world spaces and raising a number of production challenges in the process. This article will consider the key professional skills, w... Read More

The Malthusian Paradox: performance in an alternate reality game (2014)
Journal Article
Evans, E., Flintham, M., & Martindale, S. (2014). The Malthusian Paradox: performance in an alternate reality game. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 18(7), doi:10.1007/s00779-014-0762-7

The Malthusian Paradox is a transmedia alternate reality game (ARG) created by artists Dominic Shaw and Adam Sporne played by 300 participants over three months. We explore the design of the game, which cast players as agents of a radical organisatio... Read More

Somewhere (and nowhere) between modernity and tradition: towards a critique of international and indigenous perspectives on the significance of contemporary Chinese art (2014)
Journal Article
Gladston, P. (2014). Somewhere (and nowhere) between modernity and tradition: towards a critique of international and indigenous perspectives on the significance of contemporary Chinese art. Tate Papers,

Reviewing international and indigenous perspectives on the significance of contemporary Chinese art, Paul Gladston argues for the necessity of new theoretical paradigms.

The continuity of ‘continuity’: flow and the changing experience of watching broadcast television (2013)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (2013). The continuity of ‘continuity’: flow and the changing experience of watching broadcast television

It has been widely argued that the experience of watching television has altered significantly since Raymond Williams’s theorisation of flow in the mid-1970s. Yet despite the rise of new technologies such as personal video recorders and on-demand ser... Read More

From brand congruence to the ‘virtuous circle’: branding and the commercialization of public service broadcasting (2013)
Journal Article
Johnson, C. (2013). From brand congruence to the ‘virtuous circle’: branding and the commercialization of public service broadcasting. Media, Culture and Society, 35(3), doi:10.1177/0163443712472088

In debates about the commercialization of public service broadcasting little attention has been paid to the ways in which the public might experience the commercial and public service activities of public service broadcasters and the impact that this... Read More

‘Dark Tourism’ and the ‘Kitschification’ of 9/11 (2012)
Journal Article
Potts, T. (2012). ‘Dark Tourism’ and the ‘Kitschification’ of 9/11. Tourist Studies, 12(3), doi:10.1177/1468797612461083

This paper aims to interrogate the framing of New York’s Ground Zero as a ‘dark tourist’ destination, with particular reference to the entanglement of notions of kitsch in academic discussions of the events of September 11th 2001. What makes Ground Z... Read More

Creating the cultures of the future: cultural strategy, policy and institutions in Gramsci. Part one: Gramsci and cultural policy studies: some methodological reflections (2012)
Journal Article
Merli, P. (2013). Creating the cultures of the future: cultural strategy, policy and institutions in Gramsci. Part one: Gramsci and cultural policy studies: some methodological reflections. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 19(4), doi:10.1080/10286632.2011.643872

Gramsci’s writings have rarely been discussed and used systematically by scholars in cultural policy studies, despite the fact that in cultural studies, from which the field emerged, Gramsci has been a major source of theoretical concepts. Cultural p... Read More

Creating the cultures of the future: cultural strategy, policy and institutions in Gramsci. Part three: Is there a theory of cultural policy in Gramsci’s prison notebooks? (2012)
Journal Article
Merli, P. (2013). Creating the cultures of the future: cultural strategy, policy and institutions in Gramsci. Part three: Is there a theory of cultural policy in Gramsci’s prison notebooks?. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 19(4), doi:10.1080/10286632.2011.643874

In this article, I argue that Gramsci’s prison notes on questions of cultural strategy, policy and institutions, which have so far been largely overlooked by scholars, provide further analytical insights to those offered by his more general concepts.... Read More

Creating the cultures of the future: cultural strategy, policy and institutions in Gramsci. Part two: Cultural strategy and institutions in Gramsci’s early writings and political practice (2012)
Journal Article
Merli, P. (2013). Creating the cultures of the future: cultural strategy, policy and institutions in Gramsci. Part two: Cultural strategy and institutions in Gramsci’s early writings and political practice. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 19(4), doi:10.1080/10286632.2011.643873

In this article, I consider Gramsci’s pre-prison writings and political practice in relation to questions of cultural strategy and institutions. I argue that the analysis of these early texts, which were written in the years in which Gramsci was acti... Read More

A song and dance: Branded entertainment and mobile promotion (2011)
Journal Article
Grainge, P. (2012). A song and dance: Branded entertainment and mobile promotion. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 15(2), 165-180. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367877911416887

This article considers the rise of branded entertainment within the contemporary marketing and media environment. Specifically, it examines how mobile phone marketing in the UK has sought to engage consumers and perform the social use of mobile techn... Read More

The politics of protest in newspaper campaigns: dissent, populism and the rhetoric of authenticity (2011)
Journal Article
Birks, J. (2011). The politics of protest in newspaper campaigns: dissent, populism and the rhetoric of authenticity. British Politics, 6(2), doi:10.1057/bp.2011.5

Newspaper campaigns embody newspaper’ most emphatic claims to speak for ‘the people’, and as such are generally regarded as populist. However, they can be oppositional, engaging in dissent of one sort or another, and often assume a certain amount of... Read More

Press protest and publics: the agency of publics in newspaper campaigns (2010)
Journal Article
Birks, J. (2010). Press protest and publics: the agency of publics in newspaper campaigns. Discourse and Communication, 4(1), doi:10.1177/1750481309353285

Campaign advocacy is a common but rarely researched practice in British tabloid journalism. Newspaper campaigns give an account of ‘public opinion’ to politicians, make explicit claims to speak for ‘the public’ and authentically represent them, and... Read More