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Culture, Community, Identity


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Yasmeen Narayan
  • Assessment: a 4000-word essay (100%) and an unassessed five-minute presentation

Module description

This interdisciplinary module examines postcolonial cultures, communities and identities. It is framed by discussions on British sovereignty, the cost of living crisis, the persistent criminalisation of historically marginalised communities and the global pandemic. It explores debates on the ethics and politics of work on racism, postcoloniality and decoloniality; orientalism, primitivism and colonial nationalisms; retheorising culture, community, hybridity and creolisation and postcolonial belonging, urban cultures and diaspora.

The module then discusses contemporary global multiculture, 'race' and 'beauty' before turning to debates on the imperial histories of 'western feminisms', 'carceral feminisms', 'homonationalisms' and the ‘War on Terror' and postcolonial racial nationalisms and religious authoritarian movements. It then examines discussions on migration, health and illness; histories of criminalisation, policing and community resistance in Britain and 'whiteness' and contemporary legacies of empire.