Founded in 2000, the Postcolonial Studies Centre at Nottingham Trent University is a cross-disciplinary, transregional research centre. It is an hub for individual and collaborative research, teaching, and engagement projects at NTU and elsewhere with our Associate Members in the UK and abroad.
The current programme of activity at Postcolonial Studies Centre focuses on cultural activism, consciousness, and emerging forms and spaces of resistance. Through a sustained programme of outreach, pedagogical, and research activities, the Centre will ask a number of questions related to these themes, including:
- to what extent do postcolonial writing, teaching, and research constitute cultural activism?
- what forms and spaces of resistance might be forged through these practices?
- what forms does cultural activism take in the twenty-first century more broadly, and what different spaces might it occupy?
- in what ways is the postcolonial a politically meaningful and relevant term in the twenty-first century?
- in what ways does research and teaching associated with postcolonial studies need to adapt to contemporary modes of political engagement and impact?
- how might a twenty-first century postcolonial studies intersect with other modes of social activism, consciousness-raising, and resistance, for instance as evidenced in the Occupy Movement?
Some of our current projects include:
- Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature
- Readers and Local Postcolonial Literary Marketplaces
- The Body in Flight: Landscapes of the Palestinian Imagination
- Postcolonial Sexualities
These projects share a commitment to investigating patterns, practices, and effects of colonialism in both historical and contemporary forms, which involves reflecting on the ways in which the landscape of colonial, postcolonial, and related studies has changed in recent decades. In concert with a programme of public events and research seminars, our website offers an interactive public forum to promote engagement and knowledge exchange.
Homepage image: Magie Relph, “Packing List for the Fabric Hunter.” We are grateful for Magie Relph’s permission to use her work.