About Us

The Centre of Postcolonial Studies

The field of postcolonial studies has had a major impact on research across the arts, humanities and social sciences. In an age after the formal end of European empire, how do we rethink global relations between nations and cultures? The Centre of Postcolonial Studies at Stirling offers a place to trace the local and global links between cultures, societies and histories. Its aim is to refine and rethink the critical vocabularies and disciplinary interests that help us understand colonial and postcolonial systems.

Stirling was one of the pioneering institutions in this field, opening its Centre of Commonwealth Studies in 1985. The first Director, Prof. Angela Smith, emphasized the importance of bringing together researchers and students to debate the parameters of ‘Commonwealth Studies’. Since then we have continued and built on the original interdisciplinary focus to help define our comparative and multilingual interests. Today academic researchers and students in English, French, Film, Spanish, History, Philosophy, creative artists, writers and practitioners work to challenge and invigorate the field.

Each year an Indian creative writer is based at Stirling thanks to the Charles Wallace Fellowship. Since 2006 the Africa in Motion film festival in Edinburgh (founded by Stirling PhD students) has offered our student interns the opportunity to gain experience in the creative arts industries.

Studying at Stirling

Masters students can pursue a full programme of research in postcolonial studies through the MRes in Humanities, and PhD students are an essential part of our research culture.

House of Words

A series of texts traced on the walls, windows and wilder places of the campus

The Charles Wallace Fellows also play an integral part in a new initiative co-curated by the Pathfoot Gallery and Stirling’s Centre of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. ‘House of Words’ celebrates the writers connected to the University of Stirling since its foundation in 1967. The initiative, launched in 2014, is part of a long-term vision to celebrate art and literature throughout the campus. A series of quotations from the Charles Wallace Fellows are being installed on the windows of the Pathfoot Building to complement the existing pieces in the art collection that explore relationships between text, image and literature. ‘House of Words’ text installations are positioned to create interaction between the corridors and courtyard spaces of the Pathfoot Building, encouraging visitors, students and staff to pause and spend time with the artwork and texts displayed in the Gallery. 


Our Research

Recently funded projects include Devolving Diasporas (AHRC), Struggles that Unite Us All: The Life and Work of Lamine Senghor (British Academy), Martin Carter and Pan-Caribbean Literary Culture (AHRC), Making histories: towards more complex genealogies of Francophone African literature and cinema (AHRC), Meghdoot: Using new technologies to tell age-old stories (AHRC).

We welcome visiting academics, writers and students. Working with the Centre for Scottish Studies and the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Prof Carla Sassi (Verona) was a RSE Caledonian Fellow in 2008. Recent conferences and workshops held in Stirling on postcolonial topics include: ‘Caribbean-Scottish Passages’ (British Academy-funded and resulting in a special issue of the IJSL); ‘The French Slave Trade’ (Carnegie Trust); ‘Reading After Empire’ (AHRC), ‘Locating African Culture’ (3 workshops funded by Carnegie Trust); ‘The State of the Question: Latin American and Caribbean Studies in Scotland’; ‘Death and the Dead’; and the Postcolonial Studies Association’s Postgraduate Conference.


In Partnership with the Stirling Centre of International Publishing and Communications  Visiting Speaker Series


Peepal Tree Press: Between the Caribbean and the UK

Jeremy Poynting and Shivanee Ramlochan


23 November 2017


D3 Pathfoot Building, Stirling University


Jeremy Poynting is Peepal Tree's founder and managing editor. He first developed an interest in Caribbean writing as a student almost fifty years ago. The University of the West Indies Mona awarded him an honorary DLitt, and in 2016 was given the Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters. Peepal Tree is an independent company, founded in 1985, and has been supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation since 2011. Peepal Tree publishes around 20 books a year by new and established writers, and runs Inscribe, a writer development project that supports writers of African & Asian descent in England. See http://www.peepaltreepress.com/ http://www.peepaltreepress.com/inscribe​.


Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian poet, arts reporter and book blogger. She is the Book Reviews Editor for Caribbean Beat Magazine. Shivanee also writes about books for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the Anglophone Caribbean's largest literary festival, as well as Paper Based Bookshop, Trinidad and Tobago's oldest independent Caribbean specialty bookseller. She is the deputy editor of The Caribbean Review of Books. Her first collection of poems, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2017.



Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting

A poetry reading and discussion with Shivanee Ramlochan

Thursday 23 November 2017


A7 Pathfoot Building, Stirling University 

Everybody Knows I am a Haunting Poster


Praise for Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting

"In transgressive mode, Shivanee Ramlochan invokes gods, goddesses or demons to do what poetry should do -- alarm and ignite us, surprise and blast us and tear at our heartstrings. Welcome to a challenging, unforgettable and courageous new voice.” — Olive Senior, author of The Pain Tree


"Ramlochan’s poetry slays whoever would force an ‘identity’ on it.” — Vahni Capildeo, author of Measures of Expatriation


"This debut book is a subversive tour-de-force... These stunning poems fiercely and inventively wrestle language of beast, wolf, fishtail, and gods monstrous, singing firesongs of purification for the island dead and survival for the living. In these pages of la sangre viva, 'spirit does linger'.”Loretta Collins Klobah, author of The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman

"These poems crackle with soucouyant ire and the voices of duennes in stanzas so bewitching you will not want to look away." -- Rajiv Mohabir, author of The Cowherd's Son


"Ramlochan's poetry is lawless, provocative and uncompromising... Presence comes in the book only in ghostly form, a ghostliness that unravels the brutality of the past and a violent masculinity... What survives in this landscape is the possibility of encounter, of intimacy that must be safeguarded against the wrestle of survival." -- Jess Cotton, Poetry London 




These events are supported by Renaissance One, the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, the Stirling Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies, the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communications, the Stirling Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and the Stirling University Literature Society


For more information contact: gemma.robinson@stir.ac.uk



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