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Postcolonial Studies
About ITP
Imperial, Transnational, Postcolonial Studies

The ITP requirement is one of the most geographically and historically diverse new breadth requirements. ITP combines a number of possible histories and periodizations (stretching from the medieval period to the present), and is not localized to specific geographies; it also brings together recent theory (from the period of decolonization in the twentieth century) and a much older tradition of writing about travel and empire; finally, it encompasses a potentially vast field of literatures in English, from writings by authors of the commonwealth nations that emerged from the breakup of the British empire, to creole literatures that arose historically from contact between colonizing and indigenous languages and peoples, to canonical British and American writing that addresses those nations' respective empires in one form or another.


The study of imperialism is the study of the conditions and process by which empires are formed and maintained. This process involves at its core the interaction between two political entities in which the dominant metropolitan center of one exerts control over the effective political sovereignty of the other, often described as the subordinate periphery.


Transnational studies is a set of critical practices premised on the notion that national boundaries can no longer be regarded as the only viable category for discrete study. It seeks to understand the social and cultural processes underlying such complex issues as racial formations, global economics, and gender politics developing across national borders.


Postcolonial Studies is an academic discipline featuring methods of intellectual discourse that analyze, explain, and respond to the cultural legacies of colonialism and of imperialism, to the human consequences of controlling a country and establishing settlers for the economic exploitation of the native people and their land.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

4:00 - 5:30pm in 193 Humanities


Nalo Hopkinson & Oonya Kempadoo
Moderated by Elizabeth DeLoughrey and Jenny Sharpe
Book Signing and Reception to Follow
Cosponsored by the Departments of Gender Studies and English

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