Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
Kent is distinctive among British Universities in having attended to postcolonial literatures and British Black and Asian writing from its foundation in 1964. It was the first University to offer a BA in African and Caribbean Studies, and now offers a BA in English with Postcolonial Literatures. It has hosted major international conferences, including the Silver Jubilee Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Societies (ACLALS) in 1989, sponsored a leading critical and creative journal in Wasafiri, and welcomed many visiting writers and scholars from all over the world, including Africa, India, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
In 1994, the Centre developed out of these activities and gave rise to new initiatives. Based in the School of English, it runs a long-established MA in Postcolonial Studies and, with the extension of its research facilities, it has attracted and supported an on-going community of postgraduate doctoral students.