Next in the MCH seminar series: Richard Clay


We are delighted to welcome Prof. Richard Clay to the MCH Seminar Series on Wednesday 23rd March, 4-6pm. Richard will talk about his experiences in this growing field, and set out his vision for Digital Humanities at Newcastle University.

The talk will be followed by some refreshments, so please do send an email to to book your (free) place. Everyone is very welcome.


Call for Papers: 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference

Wed 20th April, 1pm-5pm
BSTC.1.46 Newcastle University
Organised by students in MCH

The 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference aims to showcase excellent research in the field of Media, Culture and Heritage, done by our final year students as part of their undergraduate dissertations.

If you wish to present your undergraduate research, please submit a short summary of your research topic (no more than 200-300 words) to Antonia Velikova at by the 25th March 2016, using the subject line: UG CONFERENCE: [name of your research project].

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Social and mass media
Celebrity culture
Gender and sexuality in media
Media representations
Globalisations, PR and advertising
And more.

The conference will be an opportunity to develop your presentation skills, present your research to an audience of students throughout all stages of the degree, and receive valuable feedback that can be later incorporated into your final project.

A guidance session will be organised for everyone who is willing to present their research at the conference.

We look forward to seeing you!

MCH talk from Garry Whannel

As part of the MCH seminar series we are delighted to welcome Garry Whannel to Newcastle University on Wednesday 9th March, 4-6pm. Garry’s talk will focus on ‘news, digital media and vortextuality’. Garry’s talk is free and all are very welcome.

See you there!

Event: Local talk in a global age

Thursday 7 April 2016, 6pm-7.30pm
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Why are certain accents considered more intelligent, more friendly or more trustworthy? What kind of person do you imagine when you hear a Geordie, Scouse or Cockney accent? Is the so-called north-south divide reinforced by the way we speak? This discussion will explore how far local and regional identities are linked to speaking a dialect, and will consider what the future might be for accents and dialects in an increasingly globalised age.


Professor Joan Beal, University of Sheffield
Professor Tony Crowley, University of Leeds
Carmen Llamas, University of York

FREE. Registration Required.

If you have previously signed up to our contacts database, please register now to book your place for this event. (If you haven’t previously signed up to our contacts database, you will need to do so before you can register for this event at

In order to maximise attendance at our events, more places are allocated to registrants than are available in the venue. Therefore registration does not guarantee entry to the venue. Admission to British Academy events is on a first come first served basis at the event itself.

MCH researchers explore what makes us feel ‘European’

‘Europeanness’ will come under the spotlight in a major new project led by Chris Whitehead from Media, Culture, Heritage.

Chris and colleagues, including Rhiannon Mason, Areti Galani and Susannah Eckersley, have been awarded a €2.5 million grant from the Europe Union to investigate how heritage unites people from countries across the continent as ‘European’ – and how it can drive them apart.

According to the Newcastle University press release: ‘The Critical Heritages (CoHERE) project is the largest and most comprehensive study to date to explore the differences in how people, groups and institutions across Europe use the past to create a sense of belonging or non-belonging.’

Congratulation to Chris and colleagues for securing this prestigious grant! We look forward to hearing about the results in the upcoming years.

You can read the press release here:

Welcome to the MCH research blog

Media, Culture, Heritage is a new subject area in the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University.

The unit brings together longstanding staff groupings associated with highly successful research and teaching programmes in Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Cultural Communication and Participation, and Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies, alongside new provision in the area of Film Practice.

As well as offering teaching programmes (encompassing undergraduate degree programmes, a suite of taught Masters programmes, and postgraduate research programmes including standard and practice-based PhDs) we have a vibrant research community, and will be using this blog to tell you about what our staff and students have been doing.

Research summary:

MCH research is world-renowned and internationally-oriented. Much of our research is interdisciplinary and has strong social relevance through its engagement with public culture, policy concerns and contemporary debates in cultural and social politics. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework, Media, Culture, Heritage was submitted to Unit of Assessment 36 (Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management). We achieved an outstanding result in which 82% of our research was evaluated as ‘World Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’.

An important part of our research is its impact beyond academia. All of our research has considerable impact or potential for impact on society. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework 80% of our research impact was rated as ‘World-Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’ with the remaining 20% rated as ‘Internationally Recognised’. An example of our ‘World Leading’ research impact is Professor Peter Stone’s work on improving the protection of cultural property during armed conflict. This research has impacted on: national non-governmental organisations; national policy makers (including HM Government); and the international military. The importance of this work is brought into focus by the civil war in Syria and the resulting destruction of cultural property.

You can find out more about MCH here: