Housed within the Department of English, the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group has for the past 19 years promoted and published research on postcolonial literatures, broadly conceived as including literary works representing colonial and neo-colonial experience. Particular specialisms include the literatures of South Asia, Southern Africa, the Caribbean, Britain and West Africa. The group has been involved in three major externally funded projects – The Postcolonial History of the Book, The Indian Ocean: Narratives of Literature and Law, and Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870–1950. It also hosts the international journal of new writing, Wasafiri. Members of the group, including our postgraduate students, organise regular conferences, seminar series and workshops both in Milton Keynes and the Institute of English Studies, London. Recent seminar series have included ‘Biography, its Subjects and Sources, from Montaigne to Mandela’ and ‘Romanticism and Postcolonialism’.
We welcome applications in areas which correspond to current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact the department.