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The Institute of Postcolonial Studies runs a lively public program where pressing concerns of the present are raised and responded to in critical and creative ways. From 2019 we are embarking on an ambitious new trajectory, with an aim to generate income in support of practically engaged research projects that address the challenges of coexistence.

There is a cluster of issues that make our vision for coexistence through critical and creative practice compelling and urgent and indicate the unique contribution to be made by an organisation framed by the concerns of postcolonialism. These include:

  • Australian governments’ ongoing failure to address the long shadow of colonisation
  • the refusal of care in Australia’s response to displaced persons seeking refuge 
  • faultlines around the recent resettlement of migrant communities
  • climate crisis and broader issues of human impact on the natural world
  • challenges related to how and what we produce and exchange between cities and rural and remote regions. 

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

Our location in Melbourne, Australia provides a vital focus for our activities, but the Institute is also well connected to regional, national and transnational communities. 

Governed by a dedicated Board of Directors, the Institute’s activities are curated by a separate advisory Council with diverse scholarly expertise and extensive collegial networks. 

To discuss potential proposals or donations in support of Institute activities, please contact our executive director, Melinda Hinkson.

The Institute has deductible gift recipient status. 

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