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Become a member, and be part of a community of creative and critically engaged people at the Institute. We also welcome proposals for member-led initiatives, focusing on creative practice, performance, reading or theory-based discussion, and community-oriented activities.

If you have an active interest in postcolonial theory and critical approaches to culture, environment and politics, and would like to be a part of IPCS’ growing community, there are multiple ways to get involved.

Get in touch with us if you would like to propose or discuss an initiative.

2021 Initiatives

IPCS Poetry Group

Poetry is the method of our future community 

Wednesdays 3 pm, 7 April to 23 June

Poetry is the method of our future community is a series of fortnightly sessions where friends and members of IPCS, across all levels of poetry writing experience, find in our Reading Room a space for self-expression, discovery, community, and the imagining of our future.

Join Thabani Tshuma and others to work with poetry — your own, or that contained in the many books part of the Martin Harrison Poetry Collection.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are limited to 12 participants. If you would like to join, please send a brief expression of interest to Thabani Tshuma and Carlos Morreo by 1 April.

IPCS Reading Groups

Tuesdays 4.30 pm, February to June

Starting as a space to foster community and discussion among IPCS members and friends in 2019, and shifting online amidst the tumult of 2020, the IPCS Reading Group returns in 2021 with in-person and online formats taking place on alternating weeks.

As seen in the reading program, each discussion will engage with two texts. As well as a careful discussion around individual texts, our goal in the reading group meetings is also to work within the spaces between chosen texts, connecting questions and problems beyond the Institute and academy. 

In line with IPCS’ aim to address the challenges of the present, the reading group aims to link influential texts on postcolonialism, settler colonialism, and decoloniality with works attending to the everyday pragmatics of resisting and creating alternatives to these enduring structures. Guest convenors will contribute much to this project, bringing experiences and vital perspectives and experience to our sessions throughout the year.

IPCS Reading Group In-Person

The in-person reading group meets regularly in the Phillip Darby Reading Room. Numbers may be limited given public health regulations.

IPCS Reading Group Online

Online reading groups present a number of challenges. However, they also make possible new modes of engagement. The online reading group is by no means simply an attempt at rehearsing the in-person experience in digital confines. Rather, in consultation with online attendees, we will develop approaches by which to make creative use of Zoom’s constraints, as well as collectively decide on guest convenors in order to harness the significant possibilities opened up by remote engagement.

Both our in-person and online reading group work with the same texts, sharing a sense of purpose and shaping our community (while also offering in-person attendees a second opportunity to participate should they miss the in-person meeting).

If you would like to join either the in person or online reading groups, please write to Eda Seyhan, Muhib Nabulsi or Carlos Morreo.

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2021 Reading, discussion & writing groups

Under way in 2021 and meeting on a fortnightly basis on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are a series of member-led reading, discussion and writing groups.

IPCS Reading Group (in-person)


Eda Seyhan

IPCS Reading Group (online)


Muhib Nabulsi