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The Institute of Postcolonial Studies is an independent public educational project. We interrogate colonial relations and their consequences in the past, present and future in Australia and globally.

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).

IPCS is governed by a community of scholars, artists, activists, and advocates with deep and wide-ranging expertise.

We aim to support projects that intervene in public debate; generate discussions that can change minds; and produce practically grounded ideas for ethical and just relationships geared towards a better future.  

At the core of the activities and projects we aim to foster and support there is one central guiding concern: how can we best respond to the pressing challenges of coexistence in the present?

ARTICLES

The contributions below, written over the years by friends and members of the Institute, reflect our history and efforts to cultivate new relationships.

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The Tyranny of the Leather Book

Joan E Clarke

For people with a mental illness in Australia, an abiding fact is governments’ regulation of their personhood stretching back to colonial times. Laws were statements about their sanity.

The Tigers of Curzon Street

Desmond Manderson

One would be hard pressed to find a more ironic address for an Institute of Post-Colonial Studies than Curzon Street.