The Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies project

Front cover detail from a Centre report

2014 saw 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 (which ran from 10 May to 29 June 2014) and conference at the University of Birmingham (held on 24 and 25 June 2014) to mark the 50th anniversary, this project sought to learn more about the Centre’s research and practices and the way it helped to shape the development of an international discipline.  This project ran for two years and finished in February 2015. 

On this website you can find more about the archive, browse selected Centre publications, listen to interviews with prominent figures from the CCCS, find out about our exhibition and artists in residence, 'meet' the project team, and learn more about the wider project.