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 20 May 2013):
Late addition to 2013 research seminars: We are very pleased to welcome Professor Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California) to Sunderland on 13 June at 5pm to give a talk on politics and participation in the Transmedia Generation. All welcome.
Recent research funding successes: Sunderland's Caroline Mitchell is a participating partner in a collaborative research project on transnational radio encounters that has just been awarded funding under the HERA Joint Research Programme 'Cultural Encounders', while Reader Clarissa Smith has secured Marie Curie funding to work with researcher Dr Giovanna Maina on challenging stereotypes about women in porn.
Radio Research 2013 (ECREA) conference: The next conference of ECREA's radio research section will be held at the London campus of the University of Sunderland, 11-13 September. The call for papers is now closed, but for further information go to the conference website.
Revisiting Star Studies conference: We are collaborating with Newcastle University on this conference, which will take place on 12-14 June, with keynote speakers Neepa Majumdar (Pittsburgh), Yingjin Zhang (San Diego) and Stephanie Dennison (Leeds) and a keynote panel convened by Martin Shingler and Susan Smith (Sunderland) with Ginette Vincendeau (Kings College London) and Pam Cook (Southampton). The programme and registration details are available at Newcastle's Culturelab website.
Other latest news can be found on our CRMCS blog.