Castle Conference

Castle MCR’s Academic Committee is proud to present Durham Castle Conference 2022! This year’s conference will be held in person as well as streamed online as Castle’s first ever hybrid conference. This is the 6th annual conference and it’s theme, “Transitions and New Realities”, is designed to inspire postgraduates from all disciplines to think about the significant changes that influence their research as we transition into a new “Post-Covid” moment.

Durham Castle Conference 2022, 29th-30th April

Transitions and New Realities

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Anne Karpf as our keynote speaker.


Dr. Karpf is Professor of Life Writing and Culture at London Metropolitan University, a sociologist, writer, and award-winning journalist.


She will be talking to us about her latest book How Women Can Save the Planet, a study of global feminism in relation to the climate crisis.





We also look forward to hearing from Jeremiah Thoronka, our Lead Poster Presenter. Jeremiah is an Anthropology MA student at Durham studying Sustainability who recently won the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Excellence Award and the Global Student Prize.

The 2022 conference keynote speaker: Dr Anne Karpf

The Lead Organiser of Castle Conference is Lydia Atkins, MCR Academic Officer 2021-22

A logo of the Durham Castle Conference 2022

New Castle Academic Journal

The inaugural edition of the Durham Castle Journal is now live!


It is a student-led interdisciplinary project, created by the Castle MCR Academic Committee to showcase the research being conducted in University College. It features a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate work as well as from speakers at Durham Castle Conference 2021.

Papers address a variety of topics, including:
• Flood response policies in Mozambique.
• Newly developing techniques for observing distant planets capable of supporting life.
• The politics of graffiti in spaces of confinement and isolation.
• The medieval castle as a symbol of power (which is especially relevant to our college).

Whilst the journal is academic, its interdisciplinary nature means it has been designed with non-subject specialists in mind. It seeks both to celebrate the detailed and complex research undertaken at Castle and to share it across the divisions that all too often segregate academic disciplines.

We hope it can provide a snapshot of the current research undertaken in Castle at this transitional moment both globally and within our own academic community.