Research at the School of Media

Call for Abstracts for 2018 Undergraduate Media Research Symposium 10th of May 2018

The School of Media in Dublin Institute of Technology is looking for excellent Communications, Games, Film, Journalism, Photography, and Media studies papers for its Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Students who will graduate in 2018 from a media related undergraduate honours degree programme in any third level institution in Ireland are invited to submit a 300-word abstract summarising their research. If selected they will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation. Not only is this event an excellent learning and networking experience, it will also showcase the great undergraduate media research and scholarship that is occurring across Ireland.

The symposium will take place in DIT Aungier Street on Thursday the 10th of May from 10am to 3pm.
Applications must include: name, contact details, programme of study, supervisors name title and 300-word abstract. You must also provide a short letter of support from your supervisor.

Submission deadline: Thursday 25th of April. Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday the 1st of May.
Please submit all applications or queries to Dr. Caroline O’Sullivan with Undergraduate Research Symposium in the subject line.



The Centre for Socially Engaged Practice-Based Research

The Centre for Socially Engaged Practice-Based Research (SEPR), formerly the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, offers a distinctive, multidisciplinary postgraduate and research environment, attentive to the concerns of documentary film and photography, participatory media practice, screen media, visual anthropology, cultural studies, installation and exhibition. SEPR foregrounds the use of lens-based practice and ethnographic methods as a dominant methodological orientation, with the aim of promoting a self-reflexive and critical understanding of the use of digital media technologies in the production, theorization and dissemination of new knowledge within and outside the academy.

SEPR doctoral students pursue either a 4-year full-time practice-based PhD integrated into DIT’s structural programme or a part-time 2-year PhD by Prior Publication with a focus on practice, designed for established practitioners (filmmakers, photographers, visual artists, journalists) wanting to reflect on their creative practice during the past decade.


The Centre for Critical Media Literacy

The Centre for Critical Media Literacy aims to facilitate a range of media research, production, learning and community engagement, with a commitment to equality and diversity, and to an understanding of media literacy in wider social, economic and political contexts. Its mission includes scientifically informed and timely studies of the changing technologies that are used in media production, distribution and consumption.‌


Virtual Interaction Research Lab

The new Virtual Interactive Research Lab (VIRaL) at DIT is a cutting edge virtual, and augmented, reality research and development environment, in a large dedicated space. The lab serves a number of functionsas a research space for postgraduate research, a development space for students on the MSc in Creative Digital Media and the BA in Game Design, and a development space for commercial and innovation partnerships with DIT’s Hothouse. We believe VR and AR technologies have tremendous potential to provide deeply immersive experiences across a variety of fields: digital media, journalism, games development, simulation based medical education, manufacturing, and business. We want to explore innovative, forward thinking solutions to complex problems across these domains, examining how AR and VR technologies can be used to augment, improve, and innovate existing practices and methods.