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Durham University

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies

About The Centre


CNCS was founded in 2013 by Professor Bennett Zon to increase and enhance research in nineteenth-century studies at Durham University and internationally. The University was itself formally established in the nineteenth-century and is indebted to this period for developing the University into the modern, creative and forward-thinking twenty-first century institution we see today. CNCS was formed to create, produce and enhance scholarly research and publications to strengthen this area of study.

CNCS seeks to bring together aspects of nineteenth-century research currently in progress at Durham University and other institutions. From current postgraduates working in the field of Nineteenth-Century Studies to journal articles and book publications, conferences and events, the University already has a strong base in research into long nineteenth-century studies. For example, Professor Zon is General Editor of the Routledge book seriesMusic in Nineteenth-Century Britain and founder and General Editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Nineteenth-Century Music Review. CNCS seeks to build on the success and excellence of current research projects to improve and deepen our understanding of the nineteenth century.


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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