Friday, 18 January 2013

Symposium: Media and Cultural Studies @ NTU: 21 years - the past, the present, the future

On Friday 8 February 2013, this year's annual Media and Cultural Studies Symposium takes place. This year's theme celebrates the 21st birthday of media and cultural studies at Nottingham Trent University by exploring the past, the present and the future of media and cultural studies.

While Nottingham Trent University has a long been associated with media, cultural and communication studies (a Communication Studies degree was first established here in the early 1980s), the annual Media & Cultural Studies symposium this year marks the 21st birthday of the establishment of MCS as a Joint Honours subject in the institution. This was followed four years later (in 1996) by the setting up of a Media & Cultural Studies degree (now the BA in Media). Much has happened in the intervening years, both within the discipline, and within the higher education sector more broadly, both in the UK and beyond. The purpose of the symposium is to reflect on the changes, and continuities, within this period. What can we say about theoretical developments, pedagogical initiatives, new topics of enquiry and/or disappearing fields of study? The symposium will look to consider the history of Media & Cultural Studies, the contours of current debates and challenges, and the problems, issues and potentially new directions of the future.    
Some speakers are drawn from past  NTU staff and graduates who are now teaching at other UK universities. These include Professor Roger Bromley (University of Nottingham), Estella Tincknell (University of West of England), Donna Peberdy (Southampton Solent University) and Bob Jeffery (Sheffield Hallam University).However, we're really pleased to welcome Alexander Dhoest (University of Antwerp) who is also joining us as a speaker at the event alongside NTU staff Ben Taylor and Georgia Stone.

The day long event takes place on Clifton campus and is free of charge. To find out more about how to attend, please contact Dr Ben Taylor.


  1. I'm so excited about this. These kinds of symposium don't come along often and it's a great venue to meet everyone too. This is going to be so much fun.