The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies International (CNCSI) is the organic evolution of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS), founded at Durham University in 2013 by Bennett Zon. CNCS is a thriving research centre including postgraduates, postdoctoral fellows and academic staff at all career levels.
CNCSI represents five universities, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside and Sunderland universities, and comprises roughly 200 national and international individuals and institutions.
Since 2015 it has attracted many Northern Bridge PhD students and postdoctoral fellows (Addison Wheeler, British Academy, Fulbright, Leverhulme, Marie Curie, Newton), and has hosted numerous large and small project grants from the AHRC, ESRC and elsewhere, more recently the £1 million AHRC grant ‘Jewish’ Country Houses: Objects, Networks, People (Tom Stammers, CNCS Associate Director, 2019-23).
CNCSI was born in the image of CNCS, in 2018, at a CNCS meeting of leaders of 35 international research centres, institutes, professional societies and independent research organisations.
That meeting proved what many scholars had thought – that despite the existence of many nineteenth-century organisations all over the world, collectively they:
Tended to work in isolation, seldom collaborating with other national or international organisations.
Linguistic barriers obstructed broad international accessibility and dissemination.
Their range of scholarly interests tended, perhaps inevitably, to reflect national boundaries (for example, one of the largest ‘international’ societies, INCS (Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies), was founded in America; it serves a predominantly American membership; and its scholarly interests are largely Anglosphere – i.e., American/British/Victorian).
Their members came mainly from the country where the organisation was founded.
Despite emphasizing interdisciplinarity in theory, in practice their manifest interests lay principally in history and literature.
CNCSI was forged to redress these issues, and in 2019 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Durham, the Sorbonne, Aarhus and Monash to formalise its creation. Since then, CNCSI has grown exponentially, both in number and type of organisation.
Click here [link to add] to view our current MoU and list of participating organisations.
To create the possibility for providing international co-supervision of advanced research degrees (doctoral programmes).
To create opportunities to co-advertise international events through university research centres, professional associations and independent research organizations.
To provide opportunities for exchange between research centres, professional associations and independent research organizations (e.g., guest or advisory membership of committees, postgraduate conversations across associations; joint supernumerary events/conferences).
Durham University and CNCS Durham, United Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Durham University, United Kingdom, email@example.com
University of the Arts and NCSA, United States, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coastal Carolina University and NCSA, United States, email@example.com
Durham University and CNCS Durham, United Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctoral Fellow in Music, The University of Chicago, United States, pmtagore @uchicago.edu
The V&A, United Kingdom, email@example.com
Bishop Grosseteste University and BAVS, United Kingdom, claudia.capancioni @bishopg.ac.uk
The Courtauld Gallery, United Kingdom, emma.merkling@
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom,
Universidad de Los Andes-Bogotá, Colombia and INCS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre D’Histoire du XIX Siècle Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne, France, email@example.com
Steering Committee Members
Slavic-Eurasian Research Center University of Hokkaido, Japan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Franziska Ursula Gabriele Bergmann
Aarhus University, Denmark, Franziska.email@example.com
Newcastle University, United Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org
National University Of Music Bucharest and Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies International Romania, Croatia and Serbia, Romania, email@example.com
La Trobe University, Australia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Durham University, United Kingdom, email@example.com
National Chengchi University, Taiwan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Durham University, United Kingdom, email@example.com
Amanda B. Moniz
National Museum of American History – Smithsonian Institute, United States, MonizA@si.edu
Monash University, Australia, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Paris Nanterre, France, email@example.com
Shannon Thomas Perich
National Museum of American History – Smithsonian Institute, United States, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sebastian Ørtoft Rasmussen
Aarhus Universitet, Denmark, email@example.com
Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, United Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, N.Shaikh@bham.ac.uk
Wesleyan University, United States, email@example.com
University of Adelaide, Australia, firstname.lastname@example.org