Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

Institute for colonial and postcolonial studies

The Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is a multilingual forum - internationalist in spirit, interdisciplinary in method - for the comparative treatment of ideas, issues and problems related to the study of the colonial past and to the cultures of the contemporary postcolonial world.

Our work plays a key role in expanding each of these dynamic and rapidly developing research fields. We are a truly interdisciplinary initiative engaged in constructive dialogue between postcolonial approaches that challenge existing cultural and geo-political boundaries. Our central objectives are to re-assess colonial histories in all their complexity and diversity, and to gauge their continuing impact upon our globalised world.

We have a reputation for research excellence, with our members’ outputs consistently being published in the main journals and with leading academic presses worldwide. We also provide a vibrant research environment for research students and visiting scholars, helping them develop their projects and integrating them into our community.

At the same time, our mission commitment is t the general public as well the international academic community, and we seek to engage both through our projects and events.

We welcome applications from prospective research students interested in colonial and postcolonial studies. To find out more, visit the staff profiles of our members.



We have hosted a wide range of events ranging from our Annual International Lectures to conferences to community days in conjunction with local schools and museums. Past speakers have included Prof. Ato Quayson, Prof. Elleke Boehmer, Prof. Helen Tiffin, Prof. Vijay Mishra, Professor Catherine Hall and Professor Dane Kennedy.  

Recent past events include:

Hauntings of Empire: the Continuing Memory of Italian Expansionism (Thursday 5 December 2019, 17:00 – 18:30)

Annual Lecture - ICPS and Centre for World Literatures (Thursday 17 October 2019, 17:15 – 18:30)

New Voices in Postcolonial Studies symposium with keynote lectures by Dr Amy Rushton and Professor John McLeod, curated parallel panel sessions of 20 minute papers with questions, and a network discussion workshop.

After Empire? The Contested Histories of Decolonisation, Migration and Race in Modern Britain (December 2018)

Reading for the Planet: Environmental Crisis and World Literature (November 2018)

Memory and Performance in African-Atlantic Futures (2018)

Animals and Borders (2017)

Affiliated networks 

Centre for World Literatures Network

Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA)

Postcolonial Studies Initiative (PCI)


Academic Staff

Jason Allen Paisant Ian Law
Gregorio Alonso Simone Lomartire
Anyaa Anim-Addo John McLeod
Manuel Barcia Sean McLoughlin
Clare Barker Paul Melo e Castro
Rachel Bower Amrita Mukherjee
Richard Cleminson Stuart Murray
Ingo Cornils Brendan Nicholls
Shane Doyle Thea Pitman
Sam Durrant Jane Plastow
Claire Elridge Julia Reid
Helen Finch Jonathan Saha
Eva Frojmovic Max Silverman
William Gould Angel Smith
James House Andy Stafford
Graham Huggan Gigliola Sulis
William Jackson Rodanthi Tzanelli
Catherine Karkov Jane Wilkinson


Postgraduate researchers

Arunima Bhattacharya Dominic O'Key
Maya Caspari Sally Osei-Appiah
Dima Chami Emma Parker
Ruth Daly Naomi Popple
Sreya Datta Claudia Rogers
Alex Henry Arththi Sathananthar
Ganzi Isharaza Caitlin Stobie
Amber Lascelles Emily Timms
Rebecca Macklin Hayley Toth



For further information about the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, please email Professor Graham Huggan.