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The Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group, founded in 1992, represents an active community of scholars who work on a wide range of individual and collaborative projects, both within the Open University and in partnership with other academics and organisations. The group is organised as a research collective, and its activities are co-ordinated by its current director, Alex Tickell. 

The predominant focus of the group is on Anglophone literatures from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, and forms of colonial and neo-colonial experience represented in these literary traditions, but group members’ interests also encompass the writing of the Caribbean and South-Asian diasporas; colonial cultural and literary history; anti-colonial political thought, and wider global literary systems. Members of the group also work on poetry, film and drama, anthropology, postcolonial theory, and the publishing and reception of literature in the post-colony.

In the past five years members of the group have directed and participated in several externally-funded AHRC and Leverhulme Trust projects (see Projects), organised numerous conferences and seminar series (see Events) and disseminated its research through the international journals incuding Wasafiri, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and the Journal of Southern African Studies. In the past twenty-five years the group has published extensively and has shaped the field of postcolonial studies.

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The aim of the Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group is to facilitate the study of colonial and postcolonial writings and expand the boundaries of the discipline through the group’s collaborative emphasis on history, material contexts and archival research. Members of the group share a common interest in the material cultures of post/colonial literature, and are currently working on aspects of anti-colonial political discourses, civil society, urban narrative and collective biography.



Publication of Alex Tickell's co-edited collection Delhi: New Literatures of the Megacity

In this book, leading scholars working on urban South Asia chart new forms of literature about contemporary Delhi. Incorporating original contributions by Delhi-based commentators and covering significant new themes and genres, it updates current

3rd September 2020

Publication of David Johnson's Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa

David Johnson's monograph Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa: Literature between Critique and Utopia came out in December 2019 with Edinburgh University Press. Focusing on well-known and obscure literary texts from the 1880s to the

1st September 2020

Empire and Decolonisation workshop

Convened as an online conference on 9th and 10th July 2020, this event was a collaboration between the Postcolonial and Global Literaures Research Group and the Ferguson Centre and involved postgradute researchers and faculty members from English

1st September 2020
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Heer Ranja DVD cover

Film cover of Masood Parvez’s adaptation of the popular Punjabi romance Heer Ranja released in Pakistan in 1970. In the same year a Hindi version, Heer Ranjha was released in India. The latter, directed by Chetan Anand, featured a screenplay entirely in verse: a reminder of the famous poetic version of the story by the great Punjabi Sufi poet Waris Shah, written in 1766.

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Contact us

To contact the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group, please email:

The Postal Address is:
Department of English
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

Tel +44-1908-652092