Welcome to the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS)

Our Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS) was founded in 2000.  In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 65% of our research was ranked world leading or internationally excellent.  The Centre has two principal strategic aims:

(1) to promote and sustain a lively and inclusive research culture, providing a supportive framework and a sense of collective purpose for those academic staff and postgraduate students at the university whose work is situated within the fields of media, film and cultural studies;

(2) to develop and support research initiatives via collaborative research projects and collaborations with other institutions and organisations. 

We also regularly host visiting scholars and welcome enquiries from any prospective research students who are interested in working with us.  If you are interested in taught postgraduate programmes, please see our MA Courses, or if you are considering PhD study, we offer supervisory expertise in a range of areas.

Latest news highlights (last updated 9 April 2014):

Research Seminars:  Our next research seminar is on Monday 12 May and will be given by Dr Scott Rodgers (Birkbeck, University of London), who will be discussing 'Techlocalities: emergent geographies of location-based media in the UK'. Room MC233, 5.30-7pm, all welcome.

Freedom and Censorship in the Media: Where are we now?  Our next international conference addressing freedom and censorship in the media will be held on 23-24 April at our London campus, with keynote speakers Professor Martin Barker (University of East Anglia), Jerry Barnett (Sex and Censorship), Professor Julian Petley (Brunel University) and Professor Clarissa Smith (University of Sunderland); and papers from Italy, Ireland, Turkey, UK, Czech Republic, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, USA, Finland, Germany, Israel and Hong Kong. A full programme and registration details are available on the conference website

Launch of Porn Studies journal:  The first issue of Porn Studies, co-edited by Clarissa Smith (University of Sunderland) and Feona Atwood (Middlesex University) came out in March and enjoyed 22,000 website views during its first weekend.

Keynote and public presentations:
Our PhD candidate William Proctor has been invited to give the keynote address at the Neolit Conference, run by the Faculty of Philology, at the University of Silesia, Poland in May; Dr Trish Winter has been invited to give a public talk at the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media at the University of Gloucester in June and will be discussing her AHRC research with Grand Gestures Elders Dance Group; and Professor Shaun Moores has been invited to deliver the opening keynote presentation at the Media and Place conference, being held at Leeds Metropolitan University in July.

Further funding success: 
Journalism lecturer Alex Lockwood has been awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship for 2014, worth £6000. He will be spending seven weeks in Canada and the USA researching the role of writing practice in marine conservation education.

Other news can be found on our CRMCS blog.





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