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 1 December 2016):

Research Seminars: Our next research seminar is on 12 December. Giovanna Maina and Federico Zecco will discuss 'Porn in the Hub: The social economy of Pornographic Tubes'. Seminars start at 5.30pm in room MC233. Admission free, all welcome.

Being Human Festival: Professor Clarissa Smith and Emeritus Professor John Storey are both giving public talks as part of Being Human 2016, a festival of the humanities. Sunderland is one of over 70 universities and research organisations delivering cultural events across the UK in partnership with over 200 cultural and community groups. John will be exploring the concept of utopia and the practice of utopianism on 22 November, while Clarissa will be discussing sex, love and robots with Lynne Hall on 24 November.

Invited lecture in Moscow: Over the summer, Professor Clarissa Smith delivered a lecture on 'Sex, Digital Technology and the City' at the Strelka Institute in Moscow, as part of their summer season of talks, to an audience of over 800. 

Other news can be found on our CRMCS blog.





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