Centers & Research Groups

Postcolonial Studies

Postcolonial Studies Postcolonial Studies Research Group

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The Postcolonial Studies interest group is a reading group open to graduate students and faculty from all departments interested in discussing contemporary issues in postcolonial theory, criticism, and literature. The group meets roughly three times a semester to discuss literary pieces or articles, as well as to workshop pieces from students currently working within the field. In addition to functioning as a regular reading group, we also organize roundtables, talks, and events to respond to wide-ranging and relevant topics, such as the place of postcolonial studies in the academy, American imperialism, environmentalism, and intersections with World Literature.

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Greetings, all––

On behalf of both me and my co-organizer Scott Harris, I am pleased to officially announce the Postcolonial Studies Group's Welcome Meeting for the Fall 2016 semester, which will take place on Monday, September 12 at 2:30p in Murray Hall Room 107.

The Postcolonial Studies Group is a reading group open to all graduate students and faculty interested in discussing contemporary issues in postcolonial theory, criticism, and literature.

At this first meeting, we will use the occasion to briefly outline our conceptual goals for the group, to highlight our plans for the rest of the semester (which include a number of article/material workshops for some of our senior members), and to welcome our newest members from the incoming cohort. We will then round the session out with a discussion of the state of the field. To this latter end, we will be using the following readings to anchor our discussion:

Cheah, Peng. "Missed Encounters: Cosmopolitanism, World Literature, and Postcoloniality." Introduction. ​​​​​​​What is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature (2016). 19 pages.
Wa Ngugi, Mukoma. "Breaking Out of the Prison House of Hierarchy." World Literature Today (2013). 3 pages.

These can be found as PDFs in the Fall 2016 folder under the resources tab on our Sakai page. If you would like to be added to our listserv and Sakai site, please contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Scott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we will add you promptly.

Please note that we have kept the reading light, as we understand the start of a new semester can be a stressful (traumatic) time for everyone. Nevertheless we feel that these brief selections, paired together, will be provocative enough to sustain an engaging conversation that will set the tone of inquiry for the rest of the academic year.

We hope you will join us on September 12th! Snacks provided! Do not hesitate to contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Scott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to a good year!

All the best,
Noah Flora & Scott Harris