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In addition to our regular research seminar series and postgraduate research days we also hold conferences and study days which host international speakers and delegates. 

Forthcoming events 

The Jungle Book on Screen

We are currently in very early planning stages of organising a conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the animation feature film The Jungle Book (1967), alongside Jon Favreau's hugely successful remake. The conference will be interdisciplinary, looking at the many cinematic and televisual takes on Kipliing's beloved, yet controversial, story.

The event will take place in 2018 at the University of Sunderland, in collaboration with Liverpool Hope University. Dates, keynote speakers and a call for papers will follow soon. Information will also be announced on the Facebook and Twitter.

Past events 

Sex(y) Seminar series (3 December 2015)
This was the second of two seminars, co-hosted with Northumbria University, which was aimed at PhD students at any level carrying out research related to sex and sexuality. The purpose of the seminar was to provide a friendly and fun platform via which students can present their research. The event included presentations on introductions, methodologies and preliminary analyses of results.
(Convened by Liam Wignall, University of Sunderland, and Sara Mohammad Zadeh, Northumbria University)

Toy Story at 20 (12–13 November 2015)
Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995), Pixar's first feature-length production, and Hollywood's first completely computer generated animated film, is an international cultural phenomenon. With keynote speakers Professor Paul Wells (University of Loughborough) and Peter Kramer (University of East Anglia), this conference – timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Toy Story's release in November 1995 – reconsidered this film's enormous influence on mainstream animation and on contemporary popular culture as a whole. The conference opened at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on the evening of 12 November with a special 20th anniversary screening of Toy Story and a keynote address by Professor Well. Peter Kramer's keynote address and a day of conference papers followed on 13 November.
(Convened by Dr Susan Smith, Sam Summers, Michael Shaftoe and Noel Brown)

15 Years of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (8 May 2015)
This afternoon symposium celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS). It also celebrated the conferment of the title of Emeritus Professor on Andrew Crisell (who retired in 2014) and marked Professor John Storey's forthcoming retirement from Sunderland in August 2015 to pursue a career as a writer and freelance academic. The event comprised presentations by Professor John Storey (University of Sunderland), Professor Charlotte Brunsdon (University of Warwick), Emeritus Professor Andrew Crisell (University of Sunderland) and Dr David Walton (University of Murcia, Spain). Full programme: CRMCS 15th Anniversary programme 
(Convened by Professor Julia Knight and Professor John Storey)

Sport and Discrimination (1 May 2015)
This one day conference explored the nature and extent of discrimination in sport today.  How does it affect people's experience of sport and their wider lives? What are the barriers to change? And how can discrimination best be tackled in the future?  With keynote speakers Dr Daniel Burdsey (University of Brighton) and Dr Jayne Caudwell (University of Brighton), plus panel participation from Kick It Out, the conference provided a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination of different forms of discrimination (abuse, stereotyping, prejudice, harassment, exclusion), across a range of sports, drawing on work from a variety of academic fields (including sociology, sports studies, psycholoty, politics, history, and media and cultural studies).
(Convened by Dr John Price and Dr Daniel Kilvington)

Read more about our past events.