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 November 2013):
Late addition to our research seminar programme: Our Senior Research Fellow, Christine Gledhill will be delivering an additional research seminar on 9 December, entitled 'Mary Pickford and the Emergence of Film Stardom'. Full details of our research seminars can be found here. All welcome (Media Centre, room 233, 5.30-7pm).
Trish Winter's new book just out: September saw the publication of Performing Englishness, a co-authored book by Trish Winter with Simon Keegan-Phipps (University of Sheffield). Subtitled 'Identity and politics in a contemporary folk resurgence', the book charts the twenty-first century rise of English folk music and dance, and considers how the resurgence speaks to a broader explosion of interest in the subject of English national and cultural identity.
Latest AHRC funding awards: In recent weeks Vicky Ball (together with Newcastle's PI Melanie Bell) has been awarded an AHRC research grant for a longitudinal study of women working in the British film and TV industries (1933-89), while Trish Winter has been awarded AHRC funding for her project 'Somatic Ethnography of Grand Gestures Elders Dance Group'.
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 8-9 April 2013, 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). The call for papers will close on 1 December 2013.
Other latest news can be found on our CRMCS blog.