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 21 April 2016):
Research Seminars: Alistair Robinson (Sunderland University) will be giving our next seminar on Monday 25 April 2016, which is entitled 'Training the Mind of Many': Class, Press and Social Control in 1850s Tyneside'. The seminar starts at 5.30pm in room MC233. Admission free, all welcome.
Contemporary Children's Media: On Friday 13 May, 1–5pm, we're hosting an afternoon of speakers who will discuss their research on 'Contemporary Children's Films and Literature', looking at the ever-blurring boundaries between child and adult audiences. The event is free, but if you wish to attend you need to book a place.
AHRC Cultural Value: Dr Trish Winter's research with the Elders Dance Group Grand Gestures has contributed to a new report by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The report, Understanding the value of arts and culture, presents how we think about the value of the arts and culture to both individuals and society, and the methodologies we can use for capturing cultural value.
New Book: Senior Lecturer Alex Lockwood has just published his book Pig in Thin Air: An Identification, which draws on academic scholarship and animal advocacy organisations to explore the relationship of the body to animal activism.
MA programmes in film, media and cultural studies: We are relaunching our MA in Media and Cultural Studies, alongside a revamped MA in Film and Cultural Studies, both one-year full-time, to start in October 2016. For more information contact Prof Julia Knight or for information on how to apply, contact Donna Beardmore.
Other news can be found on our CRMCS blog.