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Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

Research within this Subject area is organised around the Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference and five distinctive research groups.

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The Subject Area provides a focus for research that theorises and analyses how the representation, practice and experience of difference connect to structures of power and inequality, and inform discriminatory practices and policies.

Groups and Centres

Research is organised within the Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference, with our researchers dedicated to the exploration of how such representations, practices and experiences have been contested and reproduced.

The Centre brings together five main research groups, each of which serves as a focal point for colleagues from the different teaching teams:

  • Research on Gender and Sexuality is a particular strength of our research and plays a key role in the work of the research centre. Within the broader topic of gender and sexuality, we focus on gender theory, queer theory and politics, feminism and postfeminism, masculinities, gender and migration, transnational sexualities, and neoliberalism and gender.
  • Continuing a proud tradition of research on culture and globalisation at NTU, the Globalisation, Migration and Diaspora research group conducts work analysing important aspects of globalisation, both contemporary and more historical.
  • Researchers in the Language, Power and Institution research group bring analytical skills and insights drawn from critical journalism studies, socio-linguistics, forensic linguistics, critical stylistics, cultural studies and political communication to bear on a wide range of institutions and social practices.
  • Research in the Media and Film Cultures research group is a long-standing strength of our Subject Area. While some of our work in this area focuses on British media and British cultural production, much of it is transnational or international, if not global, in its reach.
  • The Philosophy, Culture and Everyday Life research group brings thinkers like Gramsci, Adorno and Bakhtin to bear on areas such as popular music, food and travel cultures and film comedy. It probes questions around science and bioethics or atheism and belief drawing on philosophical tools.

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