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Postcolonial Studies Centre

Unit(s) of assessment: English Language and Literature

School: School of Arts and Humanities


The Postcolonial Studies Centre at NTU, established in 2000, is a leading international hub for critical thought around the legacies of social disenfranchisement, colonialism, neocolonialism and the potential for postcolonial thought to contest marginality and social exclusion. The PSC founded the Changing Wor(l)ds Partnership which works with publishers, writers’ agencies and activist groups, and literary and cultural organisations to create a platform for dissenting and disenfranchised voices. The underpinning research of all centre members contributes to the shape of this network and its aims of establishing collaboration between postcolonial scholars and cultural activists and practitioners.

The centre aims to lead and support work on decolonisation, and is committed to engaging with diverse public audiences; its Changing Wor(l)ds Partnership and literary events and festivals have been a forum for this in recent years. Recent events have included writing events, workshops, conferences, film screening and conversation series, festivals, and events with writers. Recent guest speakers and workshop facilitators for events led by the centre have included the novelists Bernardine Evaristo (Booker Prize winner), Abdulrazak Gurnah, Kamila Shamsie, Sharankumar Limbale, Ajay Navaria, Urmila Pawar, Des Raj Kali, Cho. Dharman, Shamim Sarif, Okechekwu Nzelu, Pete Kalu; poets Kalyani Thakur, Jacinta Kerketta, Jameela Nishat and Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy; filmmakers Destiny Ekaragha, Cass Pennant, Perivi Katjavivi, Jayan K. Cherian; and translators Sipra Mukherjee, Maya Pandit, Annie Montaut, Uma Damodar Sridhar and Johannes Laping.

The PSC is led by the English department and has staff members and doctoral candidates working across all NTU departments in the Arts and Humanities, as well as Arts and Design and Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. Many of its postgraduate researcher members are supported by AHRC M4C (Midlands Four Cities) funding, by Vice Chancellor’s bursaries or by international funding. The centre runs interdisciplinary research and literary events, makes available online materials through its website and researchers’ project sites, and welcomes associate members including those outside academia seeking a research support network. The PSC is defined by a community of
scholars who work across a range of cultural contexts seeking to extend the field of Postcolonial Studies.

Centre members’ individual research projects have included work with the Refugee Forum and with refugee women, with Dalit and Adivasi writers, and have addressed writers and communities worldwide, with recent work focusing on the UK, India, Palestine, Cuba, Nigeria, and the US. The centre hosts a writer in residence – in 2019-20 and 20-21 this position is held by Eve Makis, novelist and life-writing specialist, who has delivered workshops online and in person and has supported staff and students throughout the university, as well as with our partners and collaborators, to write creatively.

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.


Centre members have worked with many local, national, and international partners, including:

  • UNESCO Cities of Literature
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • New Art Exchange
  • Nottingham Refugee Week
  • Palewell Press
  • HopeRoad Publishing
  • Exiled Writers Ink

Centre members have been awarded research grants from the British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Leverhulme Trust.

Related staff

Centre members from departments other than English Literature:

PhD student members:

  • Beth Evans
  • Daniel Bilton
  • Arwa Almefawaz
  • Purnachandra Naik
  • Margaret Ravenscroft
  • Paul Adey
  • Miguel Mejides
  • Roxie Ablett
  • Allan Njani
  • Tom Lockwood-Moran
  • Panya Banjoko
  • Dani Olver
  • Valentina De Riso
  • Victoria Callus
  • Connor Murphy
  • Patricia Francis
  • Karmanye Thadani


Selected recent publications by centre members include:

Colin Alexander, Administering Colonialism and War: The Political Life of Sir Andrew Clow of the Indian Civil Service (Oxford and New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019)

Anna Ball, Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective (New York: Routledge, 2012)

Anna Ball and Karim Mattar, eds., The Edinburgh Companion to the Postcolonial Middle East (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

Cuneyt Çakirlar, Transnational pride, global closets and regional formations of screen activism: documentary LGBTQ narratives from Turkey. CriticalArts 31(2), 2017.

Phil Leonard, Orbital Poetics: Literature, Theory, World (London: Bloomsbury 2019)

Phil Leonard, Literature after Globalization: Textuality, Technology and the Nation-State (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)

Eve Makis, The Spice Box Letters (London: Sandstone Press, 2015)

Sharon Monteith, SNCC's Stories: The African American Freedom Movement in the Civil Rights South (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2020)

Sharon Monteith, The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Jenni Ramone, ed., The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

Jenni Ramone, Postcolonial Literatures in the Local Literary Marketplace: Located Reading (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

Amy Rushton, ‘On the back of a hyena: depression and the (post-)colonial context in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s This Mournable Body’, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 19:2 (2019) 21-36.

Nicole Thiara, Judith Misrahi-Barak and K. Satyanarayana, eds. Special Issue on ‘Dalit Literature’, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (March 2019)

Nicole Thiara, Judith Misrahi-Barak and K. Satyanarayana, eds. Dalit Text: Aesthetics and Politics Re-Imagined (New Delhi: Routledge, 2019)