The Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories is led by its Director with the assistance of an Administrator and supported by a Deputy Director and a Steering Group representing the relevant contributing sectors within the University of Brighton. It has a Researcher Membership also drawn from within and across the University, and Visiting and Affiliated Researchers from outside the University who wish to be involved or associated with its work. CMNH benefits from guidance from an Advisory Group of leading practitioners and experts, from local, national and international arenas, representing CMNH’s diverse fields of interest. It operates on the basis of an approved Constitution, Governance and Support structures provided by the School of Humanities and the Centre for Research and Development in the College of Arts and Humanities. CMNH is committed to providing a Research Environment that is conducive to the personal and career development of its researchers, with particular emphasis on early career and postgraduate researchers.
Research leadership and oversight of the practical operation of the Centre are provided by the Director, Professor Graham Dawson. Based in the School of Humanities, he is Professor of Historical Cultural Studies. His research interests focus on memories and legacies of the Troubles in Ireland and Britain, and confronting the past within ‘post-conflict’ cultures and conflict transformation processes, focusing on memory, cultural representation, imaginative geography, historical justice, and human rights.
Further research leadership and support for the Director are provided by the Deputy Director, Dr Deborah Madden who has published widely on the relationship between dissenting religion, medicine, education, politics and culture in the eighteenth century. She has also written extensively on Protestant prophetic narratives between 1780 and 1950 to show the ways in which millenarian groups have reinterpreted the Bible’s narrative structure and archetypes to both envision and literally build ‘sacred’ spaces, ‘moral geographies’ and ‘elect’ communities across Britain’s Empire and its extra-imperial sites. Drawing on these existing areas of expertise, her latest book, Victorian Cultures of Life Writing: Perspectives on Gender, Temporality and Empire, examines nineteenth-century missionary, medical and travel-writing texts in the wider context of Empire to reflect critically on the methodological use of personal testimonies, life writings, autobiographies and biographies as historical sources.
Administrative support for the Centre is provided by Dr Sam Carroll, who maintains the website and mailing list; sets up and records meetings of the Steering Group and Advisory Group; looks after the practical organisation of the Seminar Series, Annual Symposium and Postgraduate Conference; and provides a point of contact for Centre members as well as enquiries from inside and outside the University. An experienced oral historian and community history practitioner, Sam also acts as liaison with local and community history groups and co-ordinates CMNH’s participation in collaborative partnerships with such groups.
The Centre’s Steering Group works with the Director to initiate, develop and disseminate the outcomes of CMNH’s research activities. Composed of active researchers drawn from, and representative of, all parts of the University where work relevant to the Centre takes place, the Steering Group overseas the creation and maintenance of a diverse Researcher Membership across schools and colleges, disciplines and methods, and research groupings, and ensures CMNH is accessible and receptive. For details of the current Steering Group membership click here.
CMNH is developing an active Researcher membership of individual scholars and practitioners within the University of Brighton, including post-graduate students, with research interests and expertise relevant to the Centre’s aims, areas of interest and project activities, and who demonstrate the potential to contribute to, and benefit from, its work. For details of the current Researcher Membership click here. For details of the role of the Researcher Membership and how to join click here.
CMNH hosts occasional Visiting Researchers from outside the University of Brighton who seek a base here for a specified period of time, and/or an ongoing affiliation. For details of recent and current Visiting and Affiliated Researchers click here. Applications are welcome.
The Centre benefits from an Advisory Group of leading scholars and practitioners from Britain and overseas with expertise and experience in its main areas of interest. The role and contribution of the Advisory Group is currently under review. For details of the current Advisory Group membership click here.
Membership of the Steering Group for CMNH
Academic staff at CMNH
Visiting & affiliated researchers from other institutions at CMNH
Advisory group for CMNH
Constitution, governance and support for CMNH
Career development of doctoral & early-career researchers at CMNH
Annual reports of CMNH