Manchester Postcolonial Ateliers, Autumn 2014

Students-on-Campus37We’re pleased to kick off the new academic year with another round of postcolonial ateliers on the theme of DevelopmentWe’re interested in new approaches to development and are delighted to announce a series of highly renowned speakers whose work connects with ongoing critical discussions on economic change, ecocriticism, globalisation and environmental humanities.

Atelier 3

Title: The Complex and Changing World Economy
Date: 23 September 2014
Time: 14.30-15.30

Location: Hanson Room, Humanities Bridgeford Street

Atelier guest: Professor Jim O’Neill, Honorary Chair of Economics (University of Manchester). The atelier offers a chance to engage in conversation with a world renowned economist who will be delivering the Arthur Lewis Centenary Public Lecture that evening. Jim is the creator of the acronym ‘BRIC’ and has conducted much research about these and other emerging economies. He has published various books on the topic, and made a documentary series for the BBC entitled MINT: The Next Economic Giants. He writes frequently on these and many other international economic and financial topics, including regular columns for Bloomberg as well as the Daily Telegraph in the UK.

Please note that the unveiling of the Arthur Lewis Mural follows at 16.30 at the Arthur Lewis Building (with light refreshments afterwards). Professor O’Neill will be delivering the Arthur Lewis Centenary Lecture, 18.30-20.00 (Lecture Theatre A, University Place). The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in Christie’s Bistro.

To sign up for the Mural Unveiling

To  sign up for the Public Lecture


Atelier 4

Title: Postcolonialism, Materialism and the Politics of Knowledge

Date: 30 September 2014

Time: 11.00-12.00 (followed by lunch)    

Location: Training Room C1.18, Graduate School, Ellen Wilkinson Building 

Atelier guest: Professor Cheryl McEwan (Geography, University of Durham). Professor McEwan, author of Postcolonialism and Development (Routledge, 2009), will be discussing her current project on the intersections between cultural, political and development geographies. At a conceptual level, her work has sought to explore the productive tensions between postcolonial and feminist approaches within geographies. These theoretical concerns are also grounded in empirical research in South Africa and the UK.


Atelier 5

Title: Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature

Date: 7 October 2014

Time: 17.00-18.30 

Location: Room 5.206, University Place

Atelier guest: Professor Neil Lazarus (English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick). Professor Lazarus will be discussing the book currently in press that he and colleagues in the Warwick Research Collective (WReC) have co-written. The book, entitled Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature, will come out early next year with Liverpool University Press. Professor Lazarus will also be sharing from his own latest project, entitled ‘Into Our Labours: Work and Literary Form in World-Literature’.

Further information about the ateliers can be found on our blog:

Please get in touch with any questions and requests for preparatory readings:

Manchester Postcolonial Reading Group

Twitter: @McrPoco



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