Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

The Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is a leading centre for Colonial and Postcolonial studies in Europe and a major research environment for Global History.

About us

Our mission

Initially a ten-member project funded by the Swedish Research Council in 2010, the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is one of six prominent research environments at Linnaeus University. As an interdisciplinary centre, it brings together twenty Linnaeus University researchers, from graduate students to full professors, in eight disciplines: Archaeology, Comparative Literature, English Literature, French Literature, History, the Study of Religions, Social Work, and Sociology.

The Centre hosts regular seminars, workshops, conferences and other research activities. A guest researcher program was established in 2012, which to date has allowed around forty scholars − including many from the Global South and Indigenous groups − to spend between one and six months at the Centre. Each semester contains a two-day workshop focused on a specific concept or topic, with invited guests or in collaboration with other leading research centres and institutions in the fields of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and Global History.

Most of the Centre's research is organized into research clusters: the Cluster for Colonial Connections and Comparisons, the Cluster for migration, citizenship, and belonging, and the Aesthetics of Empire Research Cluster.

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The research at the Centre is organized around three thematic research clusters, with most members of the Centre belonging to one or two of the currently three research clusters. The clusters organize seminars, workshops, guest lectures and other activities designed to stimulate synergy and collaboration between cluster members and associated members at other universities in Sweden and worldwide.

Research projects

Our Researchers

Post-graduate Education

One of the most important tasks of the Centre for Concurrences is the training of the next generation of researchers, and to date four students associated with the Centre have completed their PhD theses in the field of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. Currently, three PhD student are attached to the Centre. A Master's Program in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies started at Linnaeus University in 2020. 



S2S Mahesh Rangarajan


Publications in DIVA

Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives on the Covid-19 Pandemic

There is little doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic affects communities and nations across the world in different ways, and that the world’s poor are going to experience this crisis much more keenly than people belonging to affluent communities. As a postcolonial research centre, Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies will help monitor the development of the crisis. Under this temporary heading, you will find articles that highlight the dispersed and uneven impact of the crisis in Swedish and global society. It should be noted that many of these items are news articles or opinion pieces, and as such they have not been peer reviewed before publication.

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