CIDRAL Key Ideas: New directions in postcolonial studies

by | Oct 29, 2020 | Events, Lectures | 0 comments

CIDRAL Key Ideas: New Directions in Postcolonial Studies

Dear all, 

The first Key Ideas seminar will take place next Wednesday, 4th November, 12noon-2pm, when our Manchester colleagues, Robert Spencer and Anastasia Valassopoulos, will lead a discussion on ‘New Directions in Postcolonial Studies’. I’m sorry for the slightly late reminder for this event, but their new book, Postcolonial Locations, is so hot off the press they’re still waiting for copies from the publishers. However, it has just ‘arrived’ as an ebook in the library, and you can download it here:,exact,%22992982620122401631%22 

If you would like to attend the seminar, please read the introduction and chapter one (or all of it, of course). I have added a short account of the issues the seminar will focus on below. The zoom details for it (which I have double-checked!) are: 

eeting ID: 959 8270 5629 
Passcode: 673920  

Best wishes, 


Robert Spencer and Anastasia Valassopoulos, ‘New Directions in Postcolonial Studies’

We will discuss some of the questions raised in our new book Postcolonial Locations: New Issues and Directions in Postcolonial Studies. We’re interested in the ways in which postcolonial studies as a discipline is evolving in relation to various challenges, including renewed calls for institutional and political ‘decolonisation’, the rise of rival ‘world literatures’ approaches that place capitalism rather than empire at the forefront of their readings, plus the blatant continuity of imperialist power relations in the contemporary world and the threat of climate breakdown. What is postcolonial studies? Where is it going? 


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