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Our Mission

We build collaborations, projects, and knowledge in support of new forms of sustainable coexistence.

We operate a lively hub where scholars, students, artists, activists and citizens come together to share practically engaged ideas for creating a better world.
Through creative research, performance, and discussions we aim to cultivate new relationships of shared responsibility and care—across communities and for the places we inhabit.

Our History

The Institute of Postcolonial Studies was founded in 1996 by Phillip Darby and Michael Dutton as an independent venue for the exploration of postcolonial scholarship, politics and creative practice.

Occupying its own premises in North Melbourne, the Institute was established with generous support of a private benefactor as well as strong local and international networks of friends and scholars. The Institute is home to the internationally renowned scholarly journal, Postcolonial Studies and a book series Writing Past Colonialism (with Routledge). The Institute is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors. It has deductible gift recipient status.