Postcolonial Colloquium

The Postcolonial Colloquium is organized by graduate students of the Department of English at Princeton University as a forum for the study of the problem of postcolonialism. During the academic year, we host talks and discussions that reflect on the different kinds of subjects and forms of subjection that can be called postcolonial today.

An important function of the colloquium is to serve as a venue within the department for conversations about difference, especially racial and ethnic difference. We also seek to provide a space for conversations about theory and method, with a particular emphasis on the intellectual legacies of anti-colonial discourse and postcolonial studies.

The colloquium’s theme for 2017–2018 is the relationship between subjectivity and technology.

Upcoming Events

Postcolonial Colloquium
Apr 10, 2024, 4:30 pm

this event is a provocation, a loose polemic, that probes into the necessity & place of politics in aesthetics. what forms rise to the occasion of narrating our ongoing post/colonial present? what kind of archives might we invoke & why? Yara Rodrigues Fowler’s novels, Stubborn Archivistthere are more…

Location
East Pyne 111
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Past Events

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Contemporary Poetry and Postcolonial Colloquium
Mar 1, 2024, 4:30 pm

Whereas the historical trauma of the Middle Passage and enslavement has been a prominent subject of Caribbeanist scholarship, there is surprisingly little sustained consideration of how poems and other imaginative works mourn this violent past, even though melancholic grief is a crucial component of the literary response to it. Building on…

Location
Chancellor Green 105
2023 - 2024
CANCELED: Postcolonial Colloquium
Apr 15, 2020, 4:30 pm

This event has been canceled.

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2019-2020
Postcolonial Colloquium
Dec 12, 2019, 4:30 pm

Poetic Archival Interventions and a Case for Liminal Studies: Writing from the Invisible Colony of the United States Virgin Islands

Reception in the Thorp Library, McCosh Hall, to follow talk.

This event is co-sponsored with the Americanist and 20th C. Colloquia.

Location
103 Chancellor Green, East Pyne
Speaker
2019-2020
Postcolonial Colloquium
Oct 24, 2019, 4:30 pm

Disaffected: A Colonial Genealogy of a Political Emotion

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Location
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall
Speaker
2019-2020
Postcolonial & Americanist Colloquia
Apr 11, 2019, 4:30 pm

Temporal Pulsations: Tishan Hsu in New York and Shanghai

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Location
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall
Speaker
2018-2019
Postcolonial Colloquium
Nov 9, 2018, 4:30 pm

Mobility and Coloniality: The Politics of Movement and the Mobile Commons

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Location
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall
Speaker
2018-2019
Postcolonial Colloquium
Oct 11, 2018, 4:30 pm

On Postcolonial Tragedy: Moral Residue and the Affliction of Second Thoughts

Location
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall
Speaker
2018-2019
Postcolonial Colloquium Workshop
Apr 20, 2018, 3:30 pm

Techne, Technique, Technology

Location
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall
Speakers
2017-2018
Atlantic Speculations, Quotidian Globalities
Nov 29, 2016, 4:30 pm

Atlantic Speculations, Quotidian Globalities

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Location
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall
Speaker
2016-2017