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About Us

The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS) was founded in 2013 by Professor Bennett Zon to develop research in long-nineteenth-century studies in northeast regional universities in the United Kingdom.

We aim to shape research through regional, national and international collaboration, and advance interdisciplinary studies involving the widest possible geographical and thematic reach. We have roughly 200 national and international members and are currently governed by a cross-institutional advisory board comprising postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and academic staff from Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria.
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What we do


We have three subcommittees on issues concerning postgraduate, postdoctoral and research and hold regular events throughout the year, including academic and train-related conferences, workshops, seminars and lectures. CNCS hosts many externally funded projects and has recently expanded its national and international interests through the creation of CNCS International, a consortium of universities, independent research organisations and professional societies from around the world.



  • Shaping research in nineteenth-century studies through regional and international collaboration
  • Advancing interdisciplinary research by hosting conversations on long nineteenth-century studies
  • Disseminating scholarly research through seminars, lecture series, publications, and conferences
  • Providing opportunities for postgraduate and early career researchers to engage in regular research conversations and reading groups
  • Inspiring students through an interdisciplinary MA and doctoral supervisors with international expertise
  • Developing new links with cultural and heritage institutions to advance academic research through cultural exchange
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