What is the Centre for Contemporary Narrative & Cultural Theory?

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The Centre for Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory (CCN&CT) brings together the research and enterprise of scholars working in the areas of contemporary narrative and cultural theory:

  • LGTB and gender studies
  • trauma studies and cultural memory
  • postcolonial and diaspora studies
  • modernism and postmodernism
  • contemporary engagements with Renaissance and Victorian texts
  • film, TV and screen studies
  • fantasy, science fiction and the gothic/ horror
  • comics and graphic novels
  • contemporary approaches to classical and popular music

The Centre is organised into three research clusters:

  • Postcolonial Visual Culture, Performance and Narrative Group
  • Interdisciplinary Research in Trauma, Narrative and Performance
  • TV Cultures

Each has its own rationale, programme of events, participants, doctoral students, and provides independent momentum. There is also an emerging research interest in Fantasy and Wonder. The centre acts as a hub for postgraduate students working in these areas and provides a centre for visiting doctoral students. It is additionally a source of project and discipline-based training for research students through staff projects and publications, journal-based activities, conferences and colloquia.

Areas of interest

The Centre for Contemporary Narrative & Cultural Theory has research interests in six areas:

  • Postcolonial literature & visual culture
  • Gender and LGBT Studies
  • Trauma narratives
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • TV Cultures
  • Pulp visions: film, music, graphic novels

Recent projects

Brigid Brophy Conference, October 2015

The Faculty of Education and Humanities (formerly School of The Arts) hosted an international conference on novelist, critic and animal rights activist, Brigid Brophy on 9-10 October 2015.

Convened to mark the twentieth anniversary of Brophy’s death, the conference was a major event, with a number of prestigious speakers, including Professor Philip Hensher (Bath Spa University), Kate Levey (daughter of Michael Levey and Brigid Brophy) and Dr Robert Mackay (The University of Sheffield).

‘Decolonizing Trauma Studies’ Symposium  (15 May 2015)

Convened in conjunction with a special issue of the online journal Humanities that Dr Sonya Andermahr is editing, the CCN&CT was pleased to welcome Professor Stef Craps from Ghent University to give the keynote lecture at the one day symposium, ‘Decolonizing Trauma Studies’.

This symposium was an international event which featured academics, early career scholars and PhD students from the University of Northampton, our academic partners, Zaragoza and King Saud University, as well as from UCL and the University of Edinburgh. We were also pleased to welcome artists, Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri who introduced their exhibition in Maidwell atrium, ‘My Grandad’s Car‘.

The symposium ended with closing thoughts from Professor Janet Wilson and an excellent round-table on the future of trauma studies, which featured Professor Craps, Professor Bryan Cheyette (The University of Reading) and Dr Alan Gibbs (University College Cork).

External partners

CCN&CT works with a range of external partners locally, nationally and internationally.

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Lead by Professor Janet Wilson, the CCN&CT has been a member of the prestigious EU Marie Curie funded Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging Initial Training Network, alongside WWU Münster, SOAS and the universities of Oxford, Stockholm and Mumbai.

University of Zaragoza

Internationalising the work of Dr Sonya Andermahr’s Trauma Working Group, the CCN&CT has a strong PhD student exchange partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Narratives in English at the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

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Dr Lorna Jowett’s ‘Cult TV: TV Cultures’ research project is funded by an AHRC Networking grant.

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Dr David Simmons, Dr Mike Starr and Dr Lorna Jowett run a Cult Film Night at Northampton’s Errol Flynn Filmhouse. Screenings have included: The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Blue Velvet, among many others.

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Professor Richard Canning and the CCN&CT’s Literature scholars annually sponsor a talk at the Althorp Literary Festival. Speakers sponsored include Edward St. Aubyn (2014) and Rev. Richard Coles (2015).

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Demonstrating the global reach of the CCN&CT, members of the centre co-supervise a number of PhD students based at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.

Working with the CCN&CT

If you are interested in working with CCN&CT please contact: Janet.Wilson@northampton.ac.uk (Director of Research) or Rod.Rosenquist@northampton.ac.uk (Researcher and Research Administrator)

For more details please visit their research website.


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