Centre for Postcolonial Studies Grants

Interdisciplinarity lies at the heart of Postcolonialism and here at the Centre for Postcolonial Studies we believe that collaboration and forging partnerships lies at the core of what we do.

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Many of the events hosted by the centre have, by their very nature, represented a coming-together of a diverse range of scholars, activists and practitioners around particular themes or issues.

Beyond these singular events (details of which can be found in the Past Events drop-down tabs), the Centre for Postcolonial Studies has also forged more lasting institutional partnerships and collaborations as a way of undertaking more sustained engagement, research, publishing and practice-based interventions into the world of postcolonial scholarship and action. Details of these collaborations can be found on this page.

Research Themes

The Centre is always open to suggestion for partnering on projects which are mutually beneficial to both parties and their wider publics. We are particularly keen to hear of potential partnerships in line with our present research themes:

  • Thinking the Global: Views form the South
  • After Europe: The Politics of Knowledge
  • Migration, Borders and Diasporas
  • Postcolonial Aesthetics:  Decentring Art, Cinema and Curatorial Practices
  • Charting New Colonialism(s): The Role of Extractivism in Latin America
  • The Global Middle East 
  • Comparative Political Theory
  • Post-development and Degrowth  
  • Films from the Underside: Documentaries from the Global South
  • Contemporary Forms Slavery
  • London – A Postcolonial City
  • New Trends in Investigative Journalism from Latin America
  • Punk and Hip-Hop, from the peripheries of the Global North to the Megalopolis of the Global South
  • Ethnicity, Religion and Violence in Asia
  • Food and the Postcolonial World
  • Counter-Mapping and the Politics of Space 

Ethnicity, Religion, Conflict and Violence in Postcolonial South and Southeast Asia: A Comparative, Interdisciplinary Study

Co-organised by Goldsmiths’ Centre for Postcolonial Studies and The Graduate School of Asian and African Studies of Kyoto University. This project is generously sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (2019-2021).

These series of workshops aim to explore the causes and dynamics of ethnic and religious conflict in South and South east Asia, with a view to identifying commonalities across national and regional differences, at arriving at provisional conclusions on the salience and relative importance of these commonalities, and thus identifying issues that warrant further and intensive collaborative research.

The project combines the area expertise of the scholars assembled with a comparative outlook, to identify similarities and differences while remaining attentive to the effects of important contextual particularities.  

To learn more visit the conference website.

Non-state Education and Ethnic Conflict in Myanmar

This project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2019-21).

This network aims to bring together London-based scholars working on education, knowledge and ethnonational conflict with education researchers and practitioners in Myanmar. Its main aim is to:

  • Analyse the role of non-state education in conflict zones
  • Aid capacity building of education practitioners and researchers in Myanmar's ethnic minority communities
  • To inform the country's education reform, including international donors engaged in the reform process Myanmar's competing nation-building projects and ethnic conflict

In doing so to it aims to generate academic and policy-relevant knowledge on the extensive landscape of non-state ethnic minority-based education regimes in Myanmar's conflict zones.

The network aims to address these challenges in three workshops (two in Myanmar and one in London).

The workshops will provide the platform to connect the network, generate empirical and conceptual knowledge about non-state education in Myanmar, provide a platform for knowledge and experience sharing between participants, and inform Myanmar's education reform and international donors by incorporating seminars for a policy audience.

The network will also disseminate its findings through academic, media and policy publications.

Cátedra Ernesto Cardenal Grant, University of Texas

Francisco Carballo is the 2020-21 recipient of the Cátedra Ernesto Cardenal grant from the University of Texas.

This award will enable him to carry out extensive research in the Nicaraguan poet's archive housed at The Benson Latin American Collection in Austin. Carballo is working on an intellectual biography of Ernesto Cardenal.