Centre for Australian and Postcolonial Writing
Our Centre is a world leader in the successful melding of new reading practices and structures with creative writing. In our study and celebration of Australian and international, postcolonial literary works, we promote critical engagement as an exercise that is as creative as it is scholarly.
Among our current members are some of Australia’s leading scholars and practitioners of literary scholarship and creative writing, and our past guest speakers and collaborators have included some of the world’s and Australia’s most important and most exciting literary thinkers and authors, including Homi Bhabha, Wole Soyinka, Robert Young, Bill Ashcroft, Adam Shoemaker, Maureen Freely, David Morely, Serenella Iovino, Trevor Harris, Elleke Boehmer, Frank Sculze-Engler, Sissy Helff, Tapati Gupta, Jewell Parker Rose, Stephen Muecke, Kim Scott, Robert Drewe, Janette Turner Hospital, Gig Ryan, Tony Birch, Jeff Sparrow, Meg Mundell, Jessica L. Wilkinson, Peter Goldworthy and Tariro Mavondo.
We focus on work by major established as well as emerging Australian and international authors, including fiction writers, poets and writers of creative non-fiction.
We are interested in new theoretical and conceptual approaches to the work of these writers, and the ways in which new theoretical perspectives could encourage new ways of literary creation. We are also interested in the historical view of the postcolonial era, and we focus on a wide range of formerly colonised countries and their literary texts. We engage with discourses of past empires and we consider the impact of globalisation and diaspora on contemporary literature.
- A collection of poems inspired by observations on different cultures and political philosophies by a Monash University academic has been shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The collection, Ashes in the Air, by Dr Ali Alizadeh from the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, deals with matters such as injustice and political violence, history ... Read more