The Abnormality Research Network is an interdisciplinary research forum created and led by postgraduates working at the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Durham University. The network provides a space for innovative approaches to the boundaries between, and continuities in the concept of ‘abnormality’ as it has developed across disciplines from the early modern period to the present day.

This postgraduate-led initiative is intended to broaden the impact of postgraduate research across disciplines and institutions, and beyond the academy, by:

  • Creating an interdisciplinary research community of scholars researching abnormality.
  • Facilitating engagement between postgraduates, professional societies, and independent research organisations.
  • Providing an online, open-access forum for the dissemination of postgraduate research
  • Promoting regular opportunities for supportive peer-review of postgraduate research.
  • Organising conferences and seminars that will consider the scientific, philosophical, historical and cultural approaches to abnormality.

The network is open to all postgraduates, early-career researchers and academics working on the topic of abnormality.



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