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 19 January 2015):

Research Seminars: John Mercer (Birmingham School of Media) is presenting our next research seminar on Monday 26 January. His seminar is entitled 'On "Bad Acting": Triangulating Film Performances'. All welcome: David Puttnam Media Centre, room MC233, 5.30pm.

Sport and Discrimination conference:
This one-day conference will be held on Friday 1 May 2015 at our London campus. With confirmed 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. Proposals for contributions are invited from academics, postgraduates and policy makers.  See call for papers for full details (30 January 2015 deadline). Inquiries can be directed to info.sportdiscrimination@sunderland.ac.uk

Sport, Racism and Social Media:
A new book co-authored by John Price, Lee Hall, Daniel Kilvington, Neil Farrington and Amir Saeed, Sport, Racism and Social Media (Routledge 2014), is attracting national and local media attention, with page leads in the Northern Echo and Sunderland Echo, coverage by Metro Radio and due for inclusion in a forthcoming news bulletin across all ITV regions.

Sexual Cultures 2: Academia meets Activism: This international conference at our London campus on 8-10 April 2015 and co-hosted with the Onscenity Research Network, will bring together academics and activists. Keynote sessions will address sex and disability, trans* and non-binary activism, sex worker and stripper activism, and youth, race and sexuality. Submissions addressing the following are welcomed: intersecting sex, advising/educating sex, sex and technology, and working sex. Proposals for non-standard types of presentation are particularly welcomed. Call for papers.

Other news can be found on our CRMCS blog.





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