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Conferences and Events Organised by Centre Staff

Upcoming conferences and events:

  • The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, will give this talk, followed by a dialogue on settler colonialism with Bashir Abu-Manneh, on Thursday 13 February 2020.

Past conferences and events:

  • Imperial and Culture annual lecture; a new annual lecture which aims to revisit the question of culture and imperialism in postcolonial studies. Vivek Chibber, Professor of Sociology at New York University and author of Postcolonial Theory and the Spectre of Capital (2013) and Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (2003), will be our speaker on 21 March 2019.
  • Maritime Animals, organised by Kaori Nagai, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, 25-27 April 2019.
  • ‘On Abdulrazak Gurnah: Belonging, Colonialism, Arrival’, chaired by Giles Foden and Razia Iqbal – with Abdulrazak Gurnah, 22 November 2018.
  • Emotional Politics: The Role of Affect in Social Movements and Organizing, a one-day interdisciplinary conference organised by Katja May in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing, 31 May 2018, University of Kent.
  • Mediterranean Fractures – Contested Pasts, Unrealised Futures, a two day symposium organised by the Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and the Associazione Italiana di Studi sulle Culture e Letterature di Lingua Inglese (AISCLI), 5-6 November 2015, University of Malta Valletta Campus
  • Subverting the State: The Postcolonial Predicament, 22nd May 2015. Website.
  • Global Realism Conference, 24-25 April 2015, a 2-day conference on ‘Global Realism: Capital, Empire, and the Politics of Form’ convened by Dr Bashir Abu-Manneh from the School of English. Contributors included Joe Cleary, Valentine Cunningham, Pam Morris and many others.
  • “Moving a Country”: Refugee Stories. Hosted by Kent Refugee Help and the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, and part of the Canterbury Festival Fringe programme, the event spotlighted what it’s like to be a refugee. Highlights included: readings and talks by writers and former detainees, a play by an award winning poet and playwright, and political poetry by local, national and international poets. Readers of their fiction and poetry include Abdulrazak Gurnah, Caroline Rooney, and David Herd. The event took place on Saturday 25th October at Penny Theatre, 30-31 Northgate, Canterbury CT1 1BL, 2pm- 7pm.
  • ‘Mediterranean Fractures: postcolonial displacements, political insurgencies’: a 2-day symposium presented by the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, The University of Kent, Canterbury on on 2-3 May 2014, in collaboration with the Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century, University of Kent and Associazione Italiana di Studi sulle Culture e Letterature di lingua inglese (AISCLI).
  • Cosmopolitan Animals, Dr Kaori Nagai and Professor Landry (Institute of English Studies, University of London ,October 2012).
  • Audre Lorde’s Legacy: A film and cultural festival, Dr Stella Bolaki (Women’s Library, London, May 2012).
  • ‘Indigeneity, Hemispherism, and the Arts’, the inaugural workshop of Dr David Stirrup’s Leverhulme network: Culture and the Canada-US Border (a crossover-project with American Studies which will run until 2015) was held in London in September 2012.
  • Indigeneity and the Arts: Visual Culture and Communication”, Dr David Stirrup, 2011.
  • ‘The South Asian Short Story’, Dr Alex Padamsee and Professor Gurnah (University of Kent, September 2010).