C21 was founded in 2012 on the basis of recognised and developing strengths at the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts. It formally launched in September 2012. C21was directed by Dr. Katy Shaw from its launch in 2012 to the end of 2014.
The faculty has a long history of excellence in sequential and narrative illustration and performance arts and is a leading institution for innovative practice such as screendance. Practice-led research in digitial and multi-platform narrative is strongly represented at the faculty and creative writing is a major feature of community engagement, teaching and research. Among its emerging strengths in critical practice are new literatures, gaming and screen studies.
C21 unites researchers who work on a variety of twenty-first century writings from the contemporary novel, poems and plays to hypertext, digital gaming and contemporary creative writing and visual narratives, journalism and illustration. The centre operates at the intersection of creative and critical practice to promote innovative and original research, utilising staff and student teaching and research as a foundation for a new and engaging intellectual environment.
Administration of C21 is based in the College of Arts and Humanities but membership is open to all academic staff and students at the University of Brighton. We actively seek exchanges with other higher education institutions in the UK and welcome collaborations with anyone who shares an academic interest in the field of twenty-first century stories, writing and critical practices.
Activities and projects initiated by C21 will include conferences, workshops, graduate events and web publication and dissemination of research materials. In the longer term, C21 will produce funding bids, connections with undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses and engagements with broader academic and non-academic communities.
If you would like to know more about the development of the C21 centre at the University of Brighton, please contact C21Writings@brighton.ac.uk