Interdisciplinarity lies at the heart of Postcolonialism. The Centre for Postcolonial Studies believes that collaboration and forging partnerships lies at the core of what it does.
Many of the events hosted by the Centre have represented a coming-together of a diverse range of activists, artists, practitioners and scholars around particular issues.
The Centre for Postcolonial Studies has also forged more lasting institutional partnerships and collaborations as a way of undertaking a more sustained engagement, research, publishing and practice-based interventions into the world of postcolonial scholarship and action.
The Centre for Postcolonial Studies is part of CHAINS, a project centring the humanities around investigating the normalization of slavery in the contemporary world.
This is a collaboration with our European partner institutions: Institut d’Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3; Centro Studi Postcoloniali e di Genere, L’Università degli Studi di Napoli – L’Orientale; Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University; Research Platform Gender Studies: Identities – Discourses – Transformations, Innsbruck University.
Postcolonial Theory and the Politics of Knowledge, Routledge Major Works Series
Routledge contracted the Directors of the Centre to produce a 4 volume reference work on Postcolonial Politics, which would bring together many of the most important contributions in postcolonial theory, across various fields and disciplines, accompanied by an introduction to survey and introduce developments in postcolonial theory. This 4 volume work will be published in 2021.
Films from the Underside: A Showcase of Political Documentaries
This festival 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.
The Centre for Postcolonial Studies and Matadero Madrid, Madrid’s leading public artspace, signed an agreement to engage in collaboration in 2013.
Thus far the collaboration has taken the form of scholars and artists connected with the Centre giving talks and collaborating with the artists, curators and scholars associated with Matadero, who are currently engaged in two projects.
A research and production group formed by theorists, curators, and visual artists who, basing themselves on postcolonial and de-colonial approaches, seek to dismantle the imagery and the discourses underpinning Spain’s mainstream historical narratives.
Margin of Error
Margin of Error is a critical re-assessment of past and present-day coloniality focusing on the dominant narrative construction of historical events such as the ‘Discovery’ and the Conquest of America, as they are reflected in textbooks used in schools in Spain.
The basic audiovisual structure beneath the Margin of Error project emerges from the deconstruction of a traditional history class into a series of cinematic fragments depicting alternative exercises- from the staging of scenes based on colonial imagery, to debates on dominant (or repressed) concepts in history lessons dealing with colonialism, or the disruption of specific texts through memorising games or even through physical interventions on the books themselves.