The Centre for Media & Culture Research (CMCR) supports high-quality research in the areas of arts, media and culture, and maintains a regular programme of seminars, lectures, exhibitions and conferences. 

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 85% of our research activities were assessed at International standard or above, with World Class and Internationally Excellent work in the areas of news & journalism, media & war, cultural memory, and new media.

Our research encompasses a wide variety of methodologies and approaches, including practice-based research, empirical work on audiences and texts, and theory-driven analysis. Key shared interests are:

Cultural memory & transcultural identities
Current research projects in this area include: research on identity and cultural memory in music subcultures; work on media representations and commemorations of war and conflict; literary research on Black British writing; photographic research on migration and transcultural flows. In addition we are also engaged in practice-based research projects on: the Macpherson Inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence; identity and memory in relation to AIDS; subjectivities, migration, and the crossing of cultural borders; and on bilingual drama.

Convergent networked media
This research cluster includes AHRC-funded research in collaboration with Tate Britain, which seeks to develop a new theoretical account of the individual encounter with the art object in light of the digital remediation of the visual field; research on accessibility and videogames; and an AHRC-funded research network, ‘The application of non-representational theories to the digitally produced and circulated photographic image’. Practice-led work in this area includes curatorial research in collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery on the shifting status and circulation of the digital image; translation work on digital poetry; research on digital video and participatory culture; and experimental work in video and music exploring the phenomenon of online collective consciousness. 

CMCR staff are on the editorial boards of several leading journals, including Philosophy of Photography, IASPM@Journal (the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music), Feminist Review, JOMEC Journal, Journal of Media Practice: Screenworks, Photography & Culture, Media, War & Conflict, Game Studies, and Photographies.

The CMCR maintains a regular programme of seminars, lectures, exhibitions and conferences, and provides six-month research internships for graduates as well as a stimulating research environment for Visiting Research Professors and Research Fellows. Our resources include a theatre, a Digital Media Gallery, and a Media Centre.