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 and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over 60% of our research was ranked world leading or internationally excellent. In the 2014 results 40% of our research was also assessed as having world leading impact. 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 22 April 2015):

Research Seminars: Dr Gary Needham (Nottingham Trent University) is presenting our next research seminar on Monday 11 May. All welcome: David Puttnam Media Centre, room MC233, 5.30pm.

Toy Story at 20:
We will be holding a one day symposium on Friday 13 November 2015 to reconsider the the enormous influence of Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995) on mainstream animation and on contemporary popular cutlure as a whole. Professor Paul Wells (Loughborough) and Dr Peter Kramer (University of East Anglia) are confirmed keynote speakers. Deadline for submissions is 22 May 2015, with full details available via the call for papers or toystory@sunderland.ac.uk

More research funding:
Dr Trish Winter will be partnering this year with Jack Drum Arts to carry out an evaluation of 'Free Range, Home Grown – Music for the Dales', a £110,000 project supported by the charity Youth Music which furthers Jack Drum's very successful work with young people.

Sport and Discrimination conference:
This one-day conference will be held on Friday 1 May 2015 at our London campus. With keynote speakers Dr Daniel Burdsey and Dr Jayne Caudwell, and panel participation from Kick It Out, the conference will adopt an interdisciplinary approach and aims to explore different forms of discrimination across a range of sports. A full programme and accommodation information are available on the conference website.  Enquiries can be directed to info.sportdiscrimination@sunderland.ac.uk

15 Years of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS):
  We are holding an afternoon symposium on Friday 8 May to celebrate the 15th anniversary of CRMCS, with speakers Professor John Storey (Sunderland), Professor Charlotte Brunsdon (Warwick), Professor Andrew Crisell (Sunderland) and Dr David Walton (Murcia, Spain). The event will also celebrate the conferment of the title of Emeritus Professor on Andrew Crisell and mark the forthcoming retirement of Professor John Storey. Enquiries can be directed to Professor Julia Knight.

Other news can be found on our CRMCS blog.






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