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 17 November 2015):

Research Seminars: Lance Dann (University of Brighton) will be giving our next seminar is on Monday 30 November. His talk is entitled 'Radio in our Time: Podcasting – the presenters, the producers and their fans'.  The seminar starts at 5.30pm in room MC233. Admission free, all welcome.

Doing Women's Film History: 
The book from the inaugural Doing Women's Film History conference, held at Sunderland in 2011, is now out. Co-edited by Visiting Prof Christine Gledhill and Prof Julia Knight, Doing Women's Film History: Reframing Cinemas, Past and Future will be launched in London on 27 November 2015.

Sex(y) Seminar series:
On 3 December we are holding our second seminar for PhD students carrying out research related to sex and sexuality. The deadline for submitting an abstract has now passed. If you'd like to attend, the event is free, but registration is required – please contact Liam Wignall.

AHRC Funded PhD bursary:
Professor Julia Knight has secured AHRC funding for a collaborative PhD studentship with Amber Film & Photography Collective, to explore the role played by the Workshop Declaration and Channel 4 funding in enabling the wider distribution of community, radical, independent film and video by Amber and others during the 1980s and early 1990s. The studentship will run from 2015–18.

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.

Other news can be found on our CRMCS blog.






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