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 25 February 2014):
Research Seminars: Our next research seminar is on Monday 3 March and will be given by Dr Dan Hassler-Forrest (University of Amsterdam), who will be discussing 'Zombies in the City: Junk-space, Disposable Labour, and Urban Militarisation'. Room MC233, 5.30pm start, all welcome.
Launch of Porn Studies journal: The first issue of Porn Studies, co-edited by Clarissa Smith (University of Sunderland) and Feona Atwood (Middlesex University) is due out in March 2014.
Further funding successes: Film, media and cultural studies lecturer Trish Winter has been selected to participate in an AHRC Research Development Workshop addressing Disconnection, Division and Exclusion, to be held in late March. She is one of a small number of successful applicants selected from over 350 applications. Workshop attendess will have the opportunity to forge collaborative relationships with scholars and other partners across a range of disciplines, with a view to applying for funding for follow-up projects. Also, 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.
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 2013 at our London campus, with confirmed 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 will be available shortly.
Conference papers and keynote presentations: In the course of the coming year our staff will be presenting keynote addresses, conference papers and research seminars in Germany, Austria, Poland, Silesia, USA, Italy, Iran, Finland and Canada, as well as in the UK at the Universities of Salford, Gloucester, Leeds Metropolitan, Middlesex, West of England, and Lincoln.
Other latest news can be found on our CRMCS blog.