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Research Activities

CNCS assists academics and postgraduates by helping them forge and develop new interdisciplinary research partnerships and networks. It offers advice and feedback from like-minded colleagues, and provides a number of activities to help stimulate their research. These include:

  • Research conversations
  • Postgraduate research conversations
  • Administrative advice and support for conferences
  • Peer-review and advice on developing and submitting funding applications
  • List of current funding opportunites in Nineteenth-Century Studies (forthcoming)

CNCS welcomes suggestions for conferences, funding applications or networking activities. The following are sample events:

To find out more about CNCS research or to discuss a proposal for a research activity please contact: and a member of the Research Committee will contact you.

Autumn Term Card - CNCS PG 2021

We are pleased to welcome you to our CNCS PG Autumn term card. Please get in touch with our PG rep Margaret Gray if you have any questions

*All events will adhere to relevant university and government COVID policies. Currently, face coverings are expected for indoor events unless medically exempt and ventilation or outdoor spaces will be used wherever possible.

CNCS PG Events Autumn 2021

“The Most Incendiary Question”

Panel Discussion and Social. 5 November, 6-7pm; location Elvet Riverside, Room ER145, Durham
A sparkler firework

Christmas Gathering. 25 November; Time and Location TBD

CNCS PGR Christmas Gathering. 25 November; Time and Location TBD
A table with pine wreath,pine cones, brown paper wrapped present and small candles

CNCS PG Welcome Social! 21 October, 6-7pm; Percy Building and Quad (Newcastle)

  • We’ll meet on the Newcastle University campus for casual conversation and a preview of CNCS PG events for 2021/22! We’ll gather in the foyer of the Percy Building which opens onto a spacious, outdoor quad. Everyone is invited to join us afterwards for drinks and dinner at The Crow’s Nest Pub (5 minutes’ walk from Percy).
  • If you’re coming from Durham, your Uni Reps are coordinating rail travel for the event! If you’d like to ride in to Newcastle with the group or have any questions about navigating the campus, email for details.

“The Most Incendiary Question” Panel Discussion and Social. 5 November, 6-7pm; location Elvet Riverside, Room ER145, Durham

  • Reps and members will gather on Guy Fawke’s night for a lively and timely discussion of that most incendiary question in ‘nineteenth century’ scholarship: How do we actually define the nineteenth-century? (Do we count from 1800-1900? Victoria’s reign? Artistic or literary movements? Dare we even mention the LONG nineteenth century?!)
  • The event will start with a panel of CNCS Reps offering their perspectives on what the nineteenth century means within their discipline or field of study, followed by open discussion and socialising. All members are free to come and listen or engage. Although we ask that any explosive devices are left at home, you’re welcome to wear your best Guy Fawkes or nineteenth century-inspired face covering (unless exempt)!

Christmas Gathering. 25 November; Time and Location TBD

  • Join us for a glass of mulled wine, Victorian goodies, and holiday cheer! Feel free to don period costumes and/or your favourite festive outfit to get in the spirit. More information will follow in November as we keep an eye on the government guidelines for winter gatherings.

Follow us on Social Media or join our mailing list for updates on these and other upcoming CNCS PG events, including:

  • Day trips to NE historical sites
  • Virtual Writing Retreats
  • PG Teaching and Funding Workshops (led by CNCS Post-Doc and Senior board members)
  • Training events for MA and incoming PhDs
  • Panel discussions
  • Informal socials
  • Spring Conference CfP!