Centre for Postcolonial Studies |


Forthcoming events (2016-2017)

Postcolonial Seas

The ‘Postcolonial Seas’ research seminar series will be returning in the autumn semester featuring the following speakers:

Dr Berny Sèbe (University of Birmingham)
Silent Sentinels in Seas of Sand: French Fortresses in the Sahara, 1850s to the present day
21 September 2016, 5pm, Senate House, room 243

Professor Peter Hulme (University of Essex)
“Our womb of history”: the Caribbean as postcolonial sea
9 November 2016, 5pm, Senate House, room 243

Dr Jamal Bahmad (University of Leeds)
Title: TBC
14 December 2016, 5pm, Senate House, room 234

All seminars are free to attend, but please register by contacting CPS@london.ac.uk.

Imagining the Guyanas – Conference

27-29 October, Senate House, London

The CPS is proud to be part of the 3-G Network conference series celebrating the Guyanas – French Guyane, Guyana and Suriname. The next conference will be held in London on 27-29 October 2016, while the final conference in the series will take place in Montpellier on 4-5 November 2016.

Full details are available here.

Francophone Postcolonial Studi​es in the 21st Century – Conference

18-19 November, Senate House, London

The Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies annual conference will take place in Senate House on 18-19 November 2016, on the theme of ‘Francophone Postcolonial Studies in the 21st Century’. To register please contact the conference secretary, Dr Catherine Gilbert, via email.

Past events

Writing South Asia – Book Launch

6 July 2016, Senate House, London

The CPS was proud to host this launch event marking the publication of two exciting new titles from Palgrave Macmillan exploring South Asian literature:

Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women’s Fiction: Gender, Narration and Globalisation by Ruvani Ranasinha

South-Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations Edited by Alex Tickell

The launch was introduced by Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature at the University of Oxford. Full details of the event are available here.

Speaking East: Lettrisme Now and Then – Workshop

22 June 2016, Reid Hall, Paris

The CPS ran a workshop in Reid Hall, Paris, on 22 June 2016 which brought together academics, writers and lettristes in order to explore the living legacy of lettrisme, the significance of the origins of lettrisme in the experience of the Romanian Holocaust and the movement of ideas from the Eastern margins of Europe to avant-garde movements which are considered to be part of ‘Western’ modernity.

This event marked the beginning of a series of other projects, sponsored by the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London and other partners, which will begin to address these and other issues, proposing finally to re-evaluate the past and present of the European avant-gardes.

Speakers included:
Professor Andrew Hussey (Centre for Postcolonial Studies)
Professor Frédéric Alix (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Professor Sarah Wilson (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Professor Cosana Eram (University of the Pacific)
Raphaëlle Jamet (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Christine Donovan (writer)

Full details of the event are available here.

Postcolonial Seas

10 March 2016, Senate House, London

The Postcolonial Seas research seminar series was launched on Thursday 10 March 2016, with a talk from Dr Barbara Spadaro (University of Bristol) on the topic of Italian Waves in Mediterranean Memory: Geometries and Geographies of Transculturality.

Read Dr Spadaro’s blog post reflecting on her research.

Inaugural Workshop

18 January 2016, Senate House, London

The CPS held its official launch event on 18 January 2016. This took the form of a one-day workshop bringing together heads of Postcolonial Studies research centres from across the UK and beyond in order to discuss potential collaboration. The workshop comprised two large panels, the first focusing on UK-based research centres and the second featuring representatives from both UK- and EU-based networks. The closing round-table discussion explored the types of activities that would be of benefit to the academic community and how the new CPS can best support and promote research in the broad area of Postcolonial Studies.

Read the full report here.

The workshop featured in a Times Higher Education piece written by Matthew Reisz which is available to read here.

Podcasts from the workshop are available on the School of Advanced Study website:

Centre for Postcolonial Studies Inaugural Workshop – Panel 1
Centre for Postcolonial Studies Inaugural Workshop – Panel 2