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Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien and Professor Bennett Zon, Director of CNCS, holding the Memorandum of Understanding

Durham University and over 30 partner organisations have created an international network that will open new research and collaboration opportunities for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

We’ve joined over 30 universities, museums and professional associations - united by a mutual love of Nineteenth-Century Studies - to forge an international and interdisciplinary partnership that dramatically expands research and collaboration opportunities.  

Our Vice-Chancellor Karen O’Brien joined leaders of organisations recognised for their contributions to Nineteenth-Century Studies in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 12 October. 

The MOU is more than just a document – it celebrates the birth of two new Nineteenth-Century Studies networks that Durham University has created with partners following a series of informal meetings starting in 2015.  

  • CNCS International aims to create international hubs of Nineteenth-Century studies  
  • The International Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCSA), its sister professional association, brings together scholars from all over the world.  

Both are the first and largest organisations of their kind. They aim to change our thinking about the Nineteenth Century – and how we use it to understand ourselves today – by bringing together academics and professionals in a wide range of disciplines.   

The MOU broadens the scope of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, which was founded in 2013 to expand and internationalise research partnerships in Nineteenth-Century Studies for universities in the Northeast of England. CNCS International recently organised a two-day conference funded by the Daiwa Foundation, Japan, Transnational Studies of 19th-Century Japanese and British Science and another conference, Beyond the Veil: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Studies of Horror, Gothic and the Occult in the Nineteenth Century. 

Find out more about the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies International.

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