Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

The Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies has a long-standing history at the University of Sussex and reflects significant interdisciplinary and cross-school interests. Colleagues involved in the Centre work on the histories and cultures of colonialism, in postcolonial studies, including the literature of terror and trauma, and on the politics of knowledge production inherent in colonial and imperial endeavours.

The Centre's remit includes:

  • acting as the forum for discussion of themes associated with the Centre, including of work in progress among its members
  • providing an intellectual 'home' for research students with interests in these themes across the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences
  • hosting occasional international conferences and symposia
  • raising the profile of research at Sussex outside of the university

At the core of these activities is a series of informal discussions of work in progress by the centre's members. Anyone interested is welcome to attend, register as an affiliate of the centre and join in an open consultation about its activities.

The Director of the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is Prof Gurminder K Bhambra (International Relations).

The Steering Committee of CCPS for academic year 2019-20 consists of: Louiza Odysseos (IR), Alison Phipps (Sociology), Razan Ghazzawi (MFM), Johanna Skurnik (Geography), Paul Gilbert (ID) and Ali Kassem (LPS)

Spring 2021 upcoming events series
The Centre is holding a series of events titled ‘The Neoliberal and the Colonial’

Zoom link: https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/93579892721

Meeting ID: 935 7989 2721

Wednesday 3 March , 4-5.30pm: The Neoliberal and the Colonial: Anthropocentrism and Environmental Catastrophe

Leonardo Figueroa Helland (The New School, New York): Anthropocene Morbidity / Indigenous Whole Healing: Decolonizing Eco-Health

Thursday 18 March, 12.30-2pm: The Neoliberal and the Colonial: Disposability

Joint session with Sussex Critical Theory Cluster and Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre

Louiza Odysseos (Sussex) - Critical Literacies of Injured and Injurable Flesh? Phenomenology, Regimes of Semiosis and the ‘Worlds’ of Neoliberal and Colonial Disposability

Thursday 1 April, 4-5.30pm (TBC): The Neoliberal and the Colonial: Development and Neoliberalism

Heba Taha (Leiden) - Development, liberalism, and colonialism in Israel/Palestine, 1948-1966

Thursday 22 April, 4-5.30pm: The Neoliberal and the Colonial: Neoliberal Framings and Political Change

Sophie Chamas (SOAS) - Researching Activism in ‘Dead Time’: Neoliberalism and the Postcolonial Political Imagination

Toufic Haddad (CBRL, Jerusalem) - Palestine Ltd: Neoliberal Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in the Occupied Palestinian Territories 1993 - the present