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 13 July 2015):

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 vieo by Amber and others during the 1980s and early 1990s. The project will commence in October 2015.

Plans for next year's seminar series are underway and will be published in September. In the meantime enquiries can be directed to Professor Clarissa Smith.

Toy Story at 20:
We will be holding a symposium on 12–13 November 2015 to reconsider the enormous influence of Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995) on mainstream animation and on contemporary popular cutlure as a whole. Professor Paul Wells (Loughborough) and Dr Peter Kramer (University of East Anglia) are confirmed keynote speakers, and a special 20th anniversary screening of Toy Story at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle will open the conference. The call for papers is now closed, but programme and registration information will be published shortly on the conference website. Enquiries can be directed to toystory@sunderland.ac.uk

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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