Fourth Biannual NPN Symposium on ‘Postcolonial Education’: Event Report
By Shelley Angelie Saggar (MA student in Postcolonial Literature & Culture, University of Leeds, @jaleb_i)
The Fourth Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium, ‘Postcolonial Education: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in and After Empire’, was held at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. Co-organised by staff from Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds, Dr Matthew Whittle, Dr Rachel Bower, Dr Jonathan Saha and Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, the day was structured around various research presentations in the morning and an academic roundtable which followed. The symposium offered critical insights into the practice of teaching theory, history and activism in Higher Education and the particular challenges faced in different contexts. These were offered alongside discussions relating to engaging with educational programmes taking place outside of the academy and facilitating a network for dialogue between the two. Read more.
Third Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium on Asylum, Refuge, Migration: Event Report
Part 1 by Amjad Al-Shalan (University of Salford) and the NPN team
The Third Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium, co-organised by Dr Jade Munslow Ong (University of Salford) and Rena Jackson (University of Manchester) was held at MediaCityUK, University of Salford on 29th January 2016. It presented a platform for conversations relating to asylum, refuge and migration, and sought to establish dialogue between academics, local organisations, politicians and the wider public whose concerns in these areas overlap. Read more.
Second Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium on Human Rights: Event Report
By Sibyl Adam (University of Edinburgh)
On 15th June 2015, the 800th anniversary of the creation of the Magna Carta, David Cameron vowed to put right the ‘complete mess’ of Britain’s human rights laws. The current government are now making plans to employ a British ‘bill of rights’ in place of the Human Rights Act 1998. Human rights as an entity have become increasingly contentious and are now also being used as a political tool. The theme of the Northern Postcolonial Network’s symposium, which took place on 2nd July 2015 in Sheffield, was therefore a timely and fitting subject. This event was truly interdisciplinary: we had speakers and audience members from English Literature, Law, Geography, History and Sociology. Some of the key themes that arose from discussion throughout the day centred upon the inherent contradictions of human rights, namely their claim to apparent universality and the difficulties that arise as a consequence. Read more.
The Inaugural Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium: Event Report
By Danielle Hall (Leeds Beckett)
The Northern Postcolonial Network was established in 2014 to support knowledge exchange and networking amongst scholars, individuals and groups working on postcolonial topics, and its inaugural event at Liverpool John Moores University on 25th March 2015 did just that. Moreover, it facilitated discussions around the directions in which its own members saw the network progressing. As a result, the day took a welcoming, inclusive approach to the opinions of all its delegates, which ranged from undergraduate attendees and postgraduate doctoral candidates, to early career researchers, leading academics and editors of well-respected journals, all working within the field of postcolonial studies. Read more.