The Tricontinental Lectures

  The Tricontinental Lecture Series is an initiative of the teachers of Postcolonial Studies in the English Department at Barcelona University


An initiative of the teachers of Postcolonial Studies in the English Department at Barcelona University, The University of Barcelona Tricontinental Lectures Series was created in 2011 to incorporate interventions by speakers of diverse academic and diverse cultural backgrounds intervening in the Postcolonial Studies courses offered at the Department of English and German Studies. The first Tricontinental Lecture was read by Sudanese-British writer Jamal Mahjoub in 2011, in an auspicious event co-organized with Casa Africa.
The series title responds to the conviction that the interdisciplinary field of Postcolonial Studies has a social and political responsibility, and pays homage to 20th century anti-colonial struggle. It was inspired by Robert Young’s precise reclamation of the key tenets of postcolonialism:
"In many ways, tricontinental is a more appropriate term to use than postcolonial. ... As terms, both "tricontinental" and "third world" retain their power because they suggest an alternative culture, an alternative 'epistemology'... Postcolonialism begins from its own knowledges, many of them more recently elaborated during the course of the anti-colonial movements, and starts from the premise that those in the west, both within and outside the academy, should take such other knowledges, other perspectives, as seriously as those of the west. Postcolonialism, or tricontinentalism, is a general name for these insurgent knowledges that come from the subaltern, the dispossessed, and seek to change the terms and values under which we all live."

Robert J.C. Young, Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction.Oxford: O.U.P., 2003.

If you would like to offer a lecture in this series please contact Dr. Isabel Alonso:


08/11-10-2023 Ethnic Conflict and its ramifications in Sri Lanka: Ernest MacIntyre's Rasanayagam's Last Riot and Jean Arasanayagam's "The Journey"

Dr. Neluka Silva
University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)


12.30-14: 30 h


Aula 107

Facultat de Filologia i Comunicació





British-Pakistani Literature in the 21st Century 

Dr. Miquel Pomar Amer,

Universitat de les Illes Balears 

May 2 

12:30-14:30  h

Aula: 1.2 

Edifici Josep Carner

Facultat de Filologia i Comunicació



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