Home of the Postcolonial Studies Department
Postcolonial Studies is concerned with the relationship former colonies had and have with the coloniser.
The field of studies includes such diverse literatures and cultures as, for instance, Australia, India, Pakistan, Canada, the Caribbean, Nigeria, South Africa and Namibia. Issues like ethnicity, identity, hybridity and gender always have to be taken into consideration. Which new forms of cultural, literary and linguistic expressions have emerged during and since the colonial times? How are Western norms and literary genres challenged and changed by postcolonial cultures and theories? How do Indigenous perspectives impact on Western institutions such as the museum? Culture, ethnicity and indigeneity, religion, gender and power are among the key concepts that are reflected critically in lectures and seminars. Postcolonial Studies thus has a strong focus on diversity, and has been involved in facilitating a dialogue on Critical Diversity Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
The Postcolonial Studies section engages with academics, writers and artists by hosting guest lectures , Postcolonial Writers in Residence and Artist Talks. Moreover, the section regularly offers excursions to diverse cultural institutions, it also encourages students to participate in postgraduate research seminars and interact with visiting researchers, often in collaboration with the Essen Gender Research Institute.
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