2014 is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. This project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, marks this anniversary by reflecting on the legacies of the Centre.
Using innovative teaching and research methods and often adopting a politicised engagement with subjects, the Centre was one of the first academic bodies to take ‘mass’ culture – pop music, television programmes, fashions – seriously. By creating an archive of Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) material, as well as staging an exhibition at the Midlands Art Centre (running from 10 May to 29 June 2014) and conference at the University of Birmingham (on 24 and 25 June 2014) to mark the 50th anniversary, this project seeks to learn more about the Centre’s research and practices and the way it helped to shape the development of an international discipline.
On this website you can find more about the archive, browse selected Centre publications, listen to or watch interviews with prominent figures from the CCCS, register for the conference or other events, find out about our exhibition and artists in residence, 'meet' the project team, and learn more about the wider project and plans for the next two years.