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Postcolonial literatures

Research Postcolonial literatures with The Open University

The Postcolonial Literatures Research Group has an international reputation in 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 LawMaking Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950 and Beyond the Frame: Indian-British Connections, 1858-1970. It also hosts the Arts Council-funded magazine of contemporary 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 series have included Biography, its Subjects and Sources, from Montaigne to Mandela and Romanticism and Postcolonialism.

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed 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 us (details below).

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

We welcome applications to study topics that complement our current research.

Current/recent research projects

  • Making Memory Work: Performing and Inscribing AIDS in post-TRC Africa (Jenny Doubt)
  • Heroines in Contemporary Black Bildungsroman (Ole Birk Laursen)
  • Women and Partition: Indian and Pakistani Novels of the Mid to late 20th Century (Richard Lee)
  • Close to the Edge: Containment and Contagion at the Frontier of Empire, 1839–1939 (Shane Malhotra)

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Fiona Doloughan
+44 (0)1908 652092

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.