Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies

The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies seeks manuscript submissions for a special issue on postcolonial nostalgia.

This issue seeks to explore the relation between contemporary history and the melancholy of empire, the specificities of this type of remembering, the position of who remembers vis-à-vis imperial and colonial administrations, and the modalities of remembrance.

The editors will consider contributions in the humanities and social sciences that reflect on the following questions:

  • What is it about the postcolonial present that creates the longing for empire?
  • What is the purpose of postcolonial nostalgia, and whose nostalgia is present in the public sphere?
  • What is the place of violence and suppression of democracy in the personal and public memories of empires?
  • How does nostalgia manifest itself in high or elite culture and in popular culture?
  • Can nostalgia ever be positive and represent resistance to present oppressive circumstances?

Manuscripts of about 5,000 words should be submitted by 1 November 2017. Additional submission guidelines can be viewed at Preliminary ideas or complete articles can be submitted to the guest editors, Simon Lewis ( and Giusi Russo (