Newcastle University’s dynamic and cutting-edge research in Media, Culture, Heritage is interdisciplinary and international in scope. The thriving and helpful research environment empowers staff to be committed, critical, and creative researchers who advance theoretical knowledge and impact policy and communities. We value working collaboratively with partners and stakeholders at local, regional and global level to bridge theory and practice.
In the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 82% of our research was classified as ‘World Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’. An important part of our research significance is our impact on social, cultural, environmental, economic and scientific concerns and events both within and beyond academia.
An example of such impact is Professor Peter Stone's work on improving the protection of cultural property during armed conflict. This research has impacted on non-governmental organisations, national and international policy makers (including HM Government), and the international military.
Another example is Dr Geetha Jayaraman and Dr Ian McDonald’s work on the multi-award winning film Algorithms (2012, 100 mins) that has had an international theatrical and DVD release. They are both members of the from the Research Centre for Film and Digital Media.
We are committed to connecting leading academic researchers with other people working on a deeper understanding of matters in governmental, non-governmental, creative, and community settings. Our shared aim is to foster and improve sustainable capacity for quality of life across ever-changings contexts and for diverse groups.
For the most recent REF we submitted research alongside the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies. In the Unit of Assessment: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (UoA36) we were ranked 12th out of 67 in the country.
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Newcastle Critical Discourse Group is a research group previously organised by staff at Newcastle University and Northumbria University. Under the broad umbrella of Critical Discourse Studies, the group aims to address issues concerning the relationships between language, politics, media and culture.
The group was initially run by co-organisers Dr. John Richardson, Dr. Christopher Hart and Dr. Majid KhosraviNik. It is currently run by Dr. Majid KhosraviNik and Dr. Darren Kelsey at Newcastle University and is co-ordinated by Soudeh Ghaffariand and Sarah Hill. The group hosts a range of speakers to present innovative research and encourage constructive discussion. Staff and post-graduate students from all disciplines concerned with language and society are welcome.
Newcastle Critical Discourse Group aspires to be an interdisciplinary group, facilitating discussion on all aspects of Critical Discourse Studies. The group includes members from institutions across the UK, including the editors and board members of the journals CDS (Critical Discourse Studies) and CADAAD (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines).
It endeavours to bring together an interdisciplinary community of internal and external researchers, including postgraduate students, from adjacent fields, including but not limited to linguistics, media and cultural studies, politics, journalism, history, etc.
The group therefore welcomes and encourages critical studies of texts and discourses from various theoretical and methodological perspectives and on a variety of socio-political issues.
The Queer Media, Culture, Heritage (QMCH) seminar series and network hosts, develops and sustains a unique programme of seminar discussions, screenings, and network events / performances around the three key themes of queer media, culture, and heritage. By bringing together writers, performers, political activists and academics the network explores, unpacks and discusses how media texts, archives, subjectivities, technologies, experiences, desires and memories are all linked.
In 2017 this was established by Dr Gareth Longstaff as The Queer Media, Self-Representation and Cultural Change seminar series but since then it has grown to encompass a much broader and diverse range of collaborative events that explore the queer intersections of themes such as community, resistance, performance, futurity, assimilation and subversion. All of those involved and allied to QMCH are connected to these approaches and the intention to develop and explore them in relation to historical, political and discursive practices allied to queer desire, creativity and experience.
In a short space of time this has has created a series of intersectional networks and dialogues from both inside and outside the academic unit, school and university itself which will continue into 2018-19.
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