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We thank IPCS members and community for their patience as we usher in a new future for the Institute. After a successful campaign to realign IPCS towards the project of decolonisation, IPCS is proud to announce a vibrant new board, spearheaded by Indigenous women and accomplices.

This transformation is the result of long-fought for goals, led by IPCS members and community. In late 2022 an IPCS Working Group was formed by members to activate change at the Institute. In early 2023, a number of actions by the former Board, relating to activities, projects and staff created an environment where members were no longer able to contribute to or collaborate with the Institute. Building on earlier histories of activism and scholarship at IPCS, the Transform IPCS Working Group put forward a range of proposals to shift the historic composition of the IPCS Board, and called for a democratically elected Board that includes Aboriginal and POC directors. Following the appointment of board directors Associate Professor Crystal McKinnon, Natalie Ironfield and Dr Evelyn Araluen, the previous IPCS board directors officially provided their resignation in December 2023.

Introducing a transformed IPCS leadership and culture

Today, we are excited to announce the re-opening of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, now led by First Nations scholars and activists for the first time in its 25 year history.

As we reopen, we stand in solidarity with Palestine and remain committed to deepening our collaboration with Palestinians fighting for liberation, the end of occupation, and against settler colonialism and apartheid within Palestine and across so-called Australia.

In a step towards our commitment to anticolonial and antiracist work, we welcome Associate Professor Crystal McKinnon (Amangu Yamatji), Dr Evelyn Araluen (Bundjalung), and Natalie Ironfield (Dharug), Lina Koleilat (Palestinian) and Dr Elizabeth Strakosch (settler) to the Board of Directors. We thank Professor Uncle Gary Foley for his leadership throughout this transition, and will soon be welcoming him as director of a new Cultural Steering committee which will support and direct the cultural and creative leadership of the Institute.

The newly elected board is committed to making IPCS a space which centres Indigenous sovereignties, cultivates solidarities and is committed to undertaking intellectual work that takes up antiracist and anticolonial struggles in the Australian colony and abroad. In order to achieve these commitments, the newly elected Board will develop a new governance structure for IPCS, updates to which will be shared with with members in due course. We are also excited to announce the return of the longstanding IPCS Theory/Knowledge/Politics Reading Group alongside new activities in development, bringing life and vitality to Curzon St. We also extend our deepest appreciation to the global editors of Postcolonial Studies, IPCS’ most significant project, now in its 27th year.

We acknowledge that the past few months have been difficult, and we are grateful for the patience of our membership and community. We will be making more announcements regarding events, membership, and the reopening of the Institute for visitors in the coming weeks. Please check our website or join the mailing list for further updates.

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