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:






Australian poet  Peter Bakowski will read from his own work






Monday 22

9.30-11am in room 107

Wednesday 24

4-6.30pm in room 102b


Facultat de Filologia


In partnership with the International Academic Forum, IAFOR, (Japan)




"Border tensions, cultural hybridity and the representation of Gibraltarian identity."







5.30 pm,

Room 3.1. Edifici Josep Carner


Organised by Isabel Alonso Breto


In partnership with the International Academic Forum, IAFOR, (Japan)





Mermaids and Australia - recontextualising a European cultural entity for a South Pacific context' (Literature, art, public sculpture and film)






Prof. Philip Hayward (U of Southern Cross)


Based on a chapter from his forthcoming book Scaled for Success: The Internationalisation of the Mermaid (JLP/Uni Indiana))


18:30-20:30 H

Room 3.1 Edifici Josep Carner


In partnership with the International Academic Forum, IAFOR, (Japan)





Sunny Singh, “Indian Culture in an Era of Global Transformations”






Wednesday 23 May,

12am-2pm, Room 111,

UB Edifici Històric






Esther Pujolràs i Noguer: Ghana.





Esther Pujolràs i Noguer is a lecturer in American and post-colonial literature at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has specialized in African literatures and cultures. Her current research focuses on Indian Ocean writing, paying special attention to the convergence of race/ethnicity and gender, on the one hand, and constructions of whiteness, on the other. She has published on postcolonialism, both fiction and cinema. She is the author of a book on the Ghanaian writer, Ama Ata Aidoo, An African (Auto)biography. Ama Ata Aidoo’s Literary Quest. Esther is also a poet and is now working on an on-line project which combines poetry, photography and feminism called Mistresses of Desire.





Felicity Hand: South Africa: Long Walk to Democracy.


18:30-20:30 h

Aula: 4.2

aulari Josep Carner


Felicity Hand is senior lecturer in the English Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She teaches post-colonial literature and history and culture of Britain and the US. Her research is focussed mainly on the South Asian diaspora, especially in the South West Indian Ocean.  Felicity is currently the head of the research project funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, The Aesthetics of Remembering:  Empathy, Identification, Mourning  (FFI2015-63739-P).  She is also editor of the new electronic journal Indi@logs. Spanish Journal of India Studies





Laura Winstanley : The (re)-emergence of South African nationalism in Kopano Matlwa’s Period Pain


17:30 - 19:00 h






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