Centre for Material Digital Culture

Networks & links

The Research Centre for Material Digital Culture is actively involved in national, European and international networks.


ECREA is the European Communication Research and Education Association. Caroline Bassett, currently a Vice Chair of the ECREA Digital Culture & Communication (DCC) section, has served as Section Chair in 2009 and as Vice Chair between 2006 and 2008. Kate O'Riordan has been Vice Chair from 2006 until 2008. The Centre has actively engaged with the Section in a number of conferences. Past events include:

  • European Network Workshop: 'Digital Media - European Perspectives' November 2007: This workshop, organized by the Digital Culture and Communication section of ECREA, the European Communication Research and Education Association, supported and hosted by this Research Centre, brought together researchers from all over Europe.
  • In 2011 the Section organised, with the collaboration of the Centre for Digital Material Culture, the workshop "Digital Culture: Innovative practices and critical theories", targeted towards scholars, PhD students and researchers on digital culture and communication. The workshop was hosted by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), in Barcelona, Spain and took place on November 24 and November 25, 2011. Members of the  Centre for Material Digital Culture Michael Bull, Caroline Basset, Kate O'Riordan and Aristea Fotopoulou were part of the Scientific Committee of the workshop.
  • In 2012 several members of the Centre for Digital Material Culture will be taking part in the 4th European Communication Conference ECREA 2012, Istanbul. For updates, see here.


MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association): The subject association for the field of media, communication and cultural studies in UK Higher Education.

Reading Group

The Centre holds a Reading Group during the academic year for faculty and researcher students interested in the area of new media/code/digital media are all welcome.

Practice Research Unit

The founding aim of Kingston University's practice research unit is to look at contemporary aspects of practice as research (practice led and practice based) within drama and performance, film, music, fine art, dance, and creative writing, with a view to sharing the latest and best ideas in terms of standalone research and research-led pedagogy.

Practice-Based Research and the REF2014

The submission of Practice-based research for the Research Excellence Framework presents opportunities and challenges to researchers involved in practice. Researchers and REF panel members came together to explore the issues through workshop based sessions with case studies of REF submissions by practice-based researchers, alongside sessions on interdisciplinary research and impact.