Castle Conference

Power, Privilege and Possible Futures

Durham Castle Conference is an annual interdisciplinary conference organised by Castle MCR’s Academic Committee to showcase postgraduate research from across the North-East of England. It addresses a broad theme, applicable across disciplines. As well as displaying postgraduate research, the conference includes a keynote speech and a panel discussion related to the theme. The panellists and keynote speaker invited to take part are those with academic or public expertise/experience in the chosen area.

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Castle MCR held Castle Conference 2021: Power, Privilege and Possible Futures over Zoom in June 2021. It was a hugely successful conference with attendance free and open to all, with optional donations to hugely important charity, The Black Curriculum.


Through the conference, the urgent societal need to address the inequalities of resources and opportunities highlighted following the recent Black Lives Matter protests and the need to decolonise our own institutional spaces was discussed. At the same time, the conference engaged wider academic conversations about a range of broad issues relating to the theme.

We were honoured to have leading Professor of Black Studies, Kehinde Andrews, Author of 'The New Age of Empire' as our Keynote Speaker.

Additionally, a in-depth panel discussion on 'Decolonising Higher Education: Are British Universities Doing Enough?'

The Lead Organiser of Castle Conference 2021 was Aidan Bracebridge, Castle Academic Officer 2020-21.

New Castle Academic Journal

New this year, the MCR are creating an interdisciplinary Castle Academic Journal to showcase the wide range of exciting research being conducted across the college. We have received submissions from Postgraduate Research, Postgraduate Taught and Final Year Undergraduate students at Castle for the very first edition of the journal. There will also be a section dedicated to research presented at Castle Conference 2021. Submissions are in the form of either a short academic research paper or a research poster, aimed at an interdisciplinary, non-subject specialist audience. Participants of the journal could discuss any academic topic. 


The deadline for the submission of abstracts was Monday 26th April. Full papers from successful submissions was due by Monday 10th May.

We will be releasing the full open-access journal soon!