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This exciting new subject area focuses on public culture and socially-relevant research.
Formed in 2015, Media, Culture, Heritage is an exciting new subject area in the School of Arts and Cultures.
We're closely connected to the cultural, media, creative and heritage sectors. We work in partnership with museums, galleries, film-makers and news media outlets.
We focus on public culture, which we define broadly, and we do socially-relevant research.
We provide education that maximises graduates' critical and professional skills, and their experiences and understandings of cultural sector contexts.
We bring together highly successful research and teaching programmes in:
- Cultural Studies
- Digital Cultural Communication and Participation
- Film Practice
- Media Studies
- Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies
- Public Relations
Our research is world-renowned and internationally-oriented. Much of our research is interdisciplinary and has strong social relevance. It engages with public culture, policy concerns and contemporary debates in cultural and social politics.
In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework, we achieved an outstanding result in which 82% of our research was evaluated as ‘World Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent'.
A Research Associate's Story in Media, Culture, HeritageA Research Associate's Story in Media, Culture, Heritage
After spending the early part of my career working mainly in archaeological excavations and gaining a BA and MPhil in Art history and archaeology, I chose to do a second Masters in Museums Studies at Newcastle University (NU). This opened up new ideas about Heritage and Museums for me. I always wanted to come back to Newcastle. Eventually it happened, after some time working in museums and a PhD at Humboldt University in Berlin on Turkish museum politics.
Currently, I am a Research Associate in Media, Culture, Heritage (MCH), working on two projects: the EU-funded project Critical Heritages (CoHERE): performing and representing identities in Europe and the Katip Çelebi Newton Fund project Plural Heritages of Istanbul's World Heritage Sites: the case of Land Walls.
Over the course of these two projects I’ve extended my experience of qualitative, multi-disciplinary heritage research. For example, as part of Plural Heritages I have conducted numerous walking interviews with community members who live around a major UNESCO world heritage site in Istanbul, as well as with diaspora groups. The aim of this was to understand people’s senses of place and the different meanings of the past for them.
As well as building my expertise in creative qualitative methods around social memory, working on the projects introduced me to digital humanities approaches. These experiences inspired me to apply for a Leverhulme Fellowship, which I was awarded. In the fellowship I will study the memory cultures of the Greek inhabitants of Istanbul, both past and present, and to develop a digital map of their memories and life stories. The dwindling Greek-Istanbulite communities in Istanbul and Athens negotiate a collective memory of duress and marginalization relating to the Ottoman Conquest of Constantinople and later events, such as the 1955 Istanbul Pogrom. I’m interested in the memories and life of stories this ageing population. What can this tell us about the value of reflecting on historical memory cultures, for the communities involved, for heritage practice, and social relations?
My experience of working at NU and applying for the Fellowship has been very supportive and positive. Firstly, there is an atmosphere of respect for scholars, irrespective of their career stage. Secondly, there were already interdisciplinary networks in place that made it easy for me to make links across subject areas. Heritage at Newcastle is distributed across these, and there is a real strength in this diversity and it feels like NU is set up for inter- and trans-disciplinary work in heritage. This suited my own hybrid background in museums, heritage and archaeology, and my newer interests in digital humanities and memory studies. It was easy for me to build a support network across these areas.
This helped me to build a steering group for my Fellowship, providing expertise and mentorship relating to Heritage Studies (Professor Rhiannon Mason in Media, Culture, Heritage), Byzantine archaeology (Dr Mark Jackson in Archaeology), and Digital Humanities (Dr Tom Schofield in Culture Lab). I received great support and encouragement from them, from other academics who gave me feedback, and from the Professional Support staff, who guided me through the application process. All of this gave me the feeling that if you want to take the initiative and do something innovative in Heritage at NU, you can. I am eager to get started!