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Centre for Postcolonial Studies

  • Unit(s) of assessment: English Language and Literature
  • School: School of Arts and Humanities


An essential feature of NTU research since 2000, the cross-disciplinary Centre for Postcolonial Studies seeks to advance contemporary debates in postcolonial writing, culture and theory. The Centre brings together staff from across four disciplines within the School of Arts and Humanities (English, Communication, Culture and Media Studies, International Relations and Geography). Staff have a wide range of expertise in areas including:

  • Colonial travel writing and imperial adventure fiction
  • Contemporary imperialism and colonialism
  • Contemporary postcolonial writing, including African, Caribbean, Black British, Middle Eastern and South Asian literatures
  • Postcolonial theory
  • World cinema
  • Postcolonial feminism, gender and sexuality studies
  • Race, ethnicity and the popular Enlightenment
  • Technologies and migrancy
  • Writing and film by and about immigrant groups
  • Theories of diaspora, migration, exile and refugeeism
  • National and transnational identities
  • Globalisation


In collaboration with the New Art Exchange and Nottingham Contemporary, the Centre hosts the Postcolonial Speakers Series: a programme of lectures, readings, screenings and discussions featuring prominent and emergent figures in postcolonial cultural activity and scholarship. (further details)

It also runs regular symposia, workshops and conferences. Recent conferences include 'Postcolonial Traumas', 'New South Africa: Reading, Writing, Resistance' (supported by the Journal of Southern African Studies) and 'States of Liberation and The Postcolonial State: Decolonization and After' (the final two both in association with Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies).

Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA): A professional organisation that aims to bring together scholars working on postcolonial topics in any discipline or language. We aim to help foster relevant work on, across and between such areas as anthropology, area studies, cultural studies, developmental studies, economics, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, literary studies, political studies, sociology, and others.

The Association actively seeks to engage in productive collaborations with other national and international groups. The Association would like to encourage representatives from other associations, centres and research groups to get in touch and attend future PSA meetings in order to identify potential affinities and synergies.

Centre Research

Members of the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies members supervise postgraduate students on topics including:

  • Contemporary Caribbean women's writing
  • Rape narratives in South African literature
  • Athol Fugard
  • Amitav Ghosh and the writing of partition
  • Post-independence Zimbabwean writing
  • Contemporary American fiction
  • The intersections between feminist and postcolonial theories
  • Travel writing
  • Edward Said’s writing on exile
  • Narratives of travel in colonial Palestine

Postgraduate Study

Colleagues associated with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies welcome PhD proposals from prospective research students. For further information about opportunities as an English Research Student at NTU, contact us.

PhD Studentships

We’re offering fully-funded PhD studentships aligned with our research centres for UK, EU or International students. Find out more about our PhD studentships.

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