The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

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Martha Vicinus is the Eliza M. Mosher Distinguished University Professor of English, Women's Studies and History at the University of Michigan. Her interdisciplinary work has long crossed these fields, with a focus on Victorian England and the history of sexuality. She has published on nineteenth-century working-class literature, Victorian middle-class working women, and the history of sexuality. Her books include Intimate Friends: Women who Loved Women, 1778-1928 (2004), Independent Women: Work and Community for Single Women, 1850-1920 (1985), and the edited collections, Lesbian Subjects (1996), Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past (1989), with George Chauncey and Martin Duberman.  She is currently working on a group of fin-de-siècle cosmopolitan women writers living in Italy and France.  When not reading forgotten books, she spends as much time as possible bird watching and walking.

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