Inside the department
Welcome to the Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London
Postcolonial theory is a flourishing field of enquiry at Goldsmiths, where it is taught and researched in most academic departments, including English and Comparative Literature, Theatre & Performance, Sociology, Media & Communications, Cultural Studies, Art, Anthropology, Visual Cultures, Music, and Politics. Two of the founding co-editors of the leading international journal in the field, Postcolonial Studies (Taylor & Francis), as well as the Managing Editor, are in the Department of Politics at Goldsmiths.
As postcolonial studies expanded beyond its origins in literary studies (and more generally, a concern with ‘representation’) to an engagement with epistemological, ethical and political questions, this interdisciplinary Centre was created and housed in the Politics Department. It draws upon scholars throughout Goldsmiths, and internationally, through its Advisory Boards. The Centre seeks to provide a forum for those engaged in pushing postcolonialism into new domains to meet, discuss, and to explore and disseminate new ideas, through seminars, colloquia, public events and conferences; and it engages in collaborative and joint work with other centres both inside the academy and without.
Films from the underside: a free festival of political documentary
30 November – 8 December, Goldsmiths, University of London
Films from the Underside showcases political documentaries coming from, and about, almost every corner of the world. Organised by Goldsmiths´ Centre for Postcolonial Studies, the festival reflects the principles guiding the Centre’s intellectual activities: that politics must be conceived in its broadest sense, as an arena of social contestation, and not merely as electoral politics and the doings of the state; that to grasp contemporary politics, we need to start by ‘provincializing Europe’ and looking beyond its borders; and that the study of politics and society is inconceivable without a serious engagement with culture. All of these concerns are well represented in the selection of films for this festival, the first of what will become an annual event.